4 Confirmed and Rumored Transportation Changes Coming to Walt Disney World

It may take people to make the dream of Walt Disney World a reality, but it takes busses, monorails, and boats to get the dream moving. It may sound hyperbolic, but Walt Disney World really is its own city, and as such it is constantly making changes to the various transportation options around the resort in order to better serve the guests and Cast Members who rely on Disney’s complex transportation system every day. If you are going to be riding a bus, parking tram, or using any other of Walt Disney World’s transportation options, here are a few interesting changes that you should probably know about! 

1. New parking trams will debut in the very near future

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Though the design of parking trams might not sound like the most exciting topic for discussion, when you’re talking about a place as iconic as Walt Disney World, such minutia matters. And according to an article posted earlier this year in the Eyes and Ears Cast Member magazine, it looks like Walt Disney World’s parking tram fleet is being completely replaced with newer models that will not only feature a quieter ride, but will also have a new color scheme that will take its cues from the Walt Disney World Monorail System.

While we don’t know exactly when this new tram system will debut at the theme parks, considering several of these new models have been found parked in unused parking lots, we’d guess the official rollout of this updated fleet will be very soon, possibly in time for the upcoming Spring Break holidays. 

2. The Express Transportation upcharge gets a price hike

Late last year, Disney began offering a new Express Transportation ticket option that allowed guests to pay extra to have a special VIP bus pick them up inside the theme parks and use backstage roads to get guests to their destinations faster than regular bus service. These special Express Transportation vehicles also allowed guests to skip the security lines at the theme parks, and pick guests up at more regular arrival times than standard buses, running on a precise 30 minute schedule. 

Just three months ago, this premium option costed $15 per person for a single day, or $24 per person for multiple days. However, as Express Transportation has been quite the hit offering around the resort, and Disney has raised prices in response, with this offering now costing $19 per day or $29 for 7 days. 

3. Blizzard Beach bus no longer available from Animal Kingdom Lodge

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Last year Disney scaled back the number of busses that provide direct service to its water parks, and now it looks like another, similar cut has been made. As of this week, there will no longer be direct bus service from the Animal Kingdom Lodge to Blizzard Beach, with guests who want to visit this water park needing to take a bus to one of the theme parks, and then transferring to a different bus to Blizzard Beach from there.

While this is quite inconvenient for guests hoping to hit this water park directly from this resort, it is a common sense cost-cutting measure likely in response to decreased demand for transportation from this specific resort. 

4. Rumors about the future of Walt Disney World transportation 

Over the past several months, some interesting rumors have been swirling about the future of Disney transportation. The most pervasive of these popped up just a week ago, when whispers of a new elevated gondola system that would connect Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Epcot, and two area resorts began circulating online. And while this project might seem a little far-fetched at first, recently-filed permits seem to indicate that Disney is at least strongly considering this idea. While we don’t know what kinds of discussions are being had behind closed doors about this project, if it does indeed come to fruition, we’d expect work to begin fairly soon, with an announcement before the end of the year. 

However, beyond this potentially exciting project, there is something else that happened last year that could hint at another potential transportation development at Walt Disney World. Last year at the D23: Destination D special event, fans were able to check out a new transportation “concept”: the Sorcerer-class bus. You can check out a video of this new prototypevehicle below:

-Originally in Theme Park Tourist By , Saturday, February 25, 2017 05:22


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