Getting There: Disney World's Epcot Transportation Tips

Monorail running through Epcot
••• Arrive at the gates of Epcot in style by taking Disney's Monorail. © Dawn Henthorn, licensed to About.com

With great attractions like Soarin' and Test Track and the unique appeal of the countries of World Showcase, Epcot is a major draw for any Disney World vacationer. If you are planning to spend time exploring Epcot, be sure to arrive early — or you could miss out on some of the best attractions. Thankfully, Epcot offers many transportation options for guests staying at the Disney resorts, so you have plenty of ways to arrive on time.

Tip: Can't get enough of Epcot? Consider staying at a nearby resort like Disney's Yacht and Beach Club, and arrive by boat or on foot.

Travel by Monorail

You can travel to Epcot by monorail from the Ticket and Transportation Center, or from the Magic Kingdom (you will need to switch monorails to complete your journey). This is a great way to arrive at the gates of Epcot in comfort and style.

Bonus for families traveling with small children — you won't have to fold up your stroller to ride, and most kids think the monorail is a ride.

Travel by Car

Follow the signs to the Epcot parking area. If you are a guest at a Disney World resort, parking is free. Other visitors should expect to pay a fee for parking.

If you are arriving in the morning, parking attendants will direct you to the next available spot. Fun fact: parking attendants at Epcot often use a unique mode of transportation — a Segway.

If you are in one of the closest two parking lots, walk on the sidewalk to get to the park entrance quickly.

If you are parked in a more remote lot, wait for the tram.

Hint: If you decide to walk to the entrance, you don't need to walk to where the tram is loading. If you approach the park entrance from either side of the parking area, you can enter near the kennel area or the taxi/bus area, you do not have to walk all the way across the parking lot.

Warning: You do have to fold up your stroller and carry babies to ride the parking tram to and from the Epcot entrance.

Tip: Epcot now has four Level 2 charging stations for electric vehicles. Located at the front of the Journey parking area, the charging stations are operated by ChargePoint and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Travel by Boat

Guests staying at select Disney resorts can arrive at Epcot in style — by boat! You can board a boat from the Yacht or Beach Club, the Swan, Dolphin, or the Boardwalk resorts and enjoy a leisurely ride to the park.

Tip: For convenience, resort guests can arrive and depart Epcot via the International Gateway, located between France and the United Kingdom in World Showcase.

Travel by Bus

You can take the bus from any Disney theme park or resort, and arrive right at the entrance to Epcot. While the bus is free and convenient, expect delays at peak times and plan accordingly!

Edited by Dawn Henthorn