Walt Disney World is over 42 square miles in size. With over 52 million visitors annually, as you can imagine, transportation to and from the various parks and resorts needed a great deal of planning. For someone on their first trip it could be a bit confusing to know how to navigate the area efficiently.
If you are staying at one of the Walt Disney Resorts they offer a free shuttle from the airport to your hotel. This is a great benefits but you are not obligated to take this and are welcome to bring your own vehicle or rent a vehicle as well.
Once at the resorts, there are a number of ways to get around Disney. Each of the parks have parking facilities and they offer tram rides from the parking lot to the entrances as it can be quite a distance. There are fees unless you are a resort guest or season pass holder. When parking be sure to take note of the area in which you parked so that you know how to get back to your vehicle.
Another option is the use of taxi services or Uber drivers. These will have costs associated with them but some may prefer this option.
Your choice to use the Disney complimentary transportation allows you to either walk, use ferryboats, monorail or buses depending on the destinations.
Transportation will have heavy times so you will need to plan accordingly. For instance after the park closes the line ups will be very long. Some tips for avoiding the long waits include, leaving early, positioning yourself near the entrance/ exits at the final show or perhaps watching the fireworks from outside near the transportation stations.
For more information on the transportation schedule and routes for the buses click the link Bus Transportation around Walt Disney World .
The cast members and staff at the resorts are more than happy to assist you with directions. If you are staying at one of the resorts it might be nice for the family to have the opportunity to travel by monorail and ferryboat as you do not necessarily get that chance every day.
Have a wonderful trip!