When I first moved to Florida I didn’t have a Disney Annual Pass, only Universal. So when we wanted to go to Disney we just went to Springs, walked around, ate something and then left. Then we realized that we have only seen maybe three resorts on all of Disney property so we started resort hopping.
It’s a lot of fun to just explore the different hotels and I’m going to give you some advice to do this efficiently if you wanted to give it a try.
First if you don’t have a pass and can’t park for free, just start at Springs. You can park there for free and then hop on a bus to whichever resort your heart desires. You can try and park at the resort you want to visit but most of the time (and more so now than before) the parking guards won’t let you park there without staying there or having a dining reservation.
Without further ado, check out some of the ways to resort hop!
Magic Kingdom area resorts:
Start at Springs and take a bus to either Poly, Grand Floridian, or Contemporary. From any of these resorts you can just hop on the monorail and check them all out in one day then hop on a bus back to Springs.
Also from here, you can get to Wilderness Lodge and Fort Wilderness by taking a boat from either Magic Kingdom or Contemporary. That’s five resorts you could see in one day.
Epcot area resorts:
Starting at Springs, just hop on a bus to Boardwalk, Beach Club, Yacht Club or Swan & Dolphin and just walk the loop, super easy.
If you happen to have an annual pass and want to continue resort hopping from the Magic Kingdom area hotels, take the Monorail to the TTC (Ticket & Transportation Center) and hop on the Epcot Monorail then cut through the park to the International Gateway, which leads you to those resorts.
Starting at Springs you can take a boat to either Port Orleans Riverside or French Quarter and have a look around. These resorts are connected so you can see both with one boat ride.
You can also take a boat to either Old Key West or Saratoga Springs from Disney Springs as well.
You can also take a bus to Art of Animation or Pop Century. These two resorts are connected by a bridge so you can take a look at those at the same time. You could do the same with the All-Stars resorts, these are connected and you can walk to each of them but it’s kind of a bit of a walk between the three.
The only resorts you don’t really have an easy route to are Coronado Springs, Caribbean Beach and Animal Kingdom Lodge. You only have the option to take a bus to them and they’re by themselves. I do highly recommend visiting Animal Kingdom Lodge though, because it is beautiful and you can the animals while you are there!
Take time to just enjoy the resorts, maybe grab something to eat at one of their restaurants or quick service places. You could really make a whole day out of this. I do want to add, after a while Disney Transportation can’t get a little.. annoying lol. This is why I prefer the ones with boat transportation or where I can go and walk around multiple to just limit the amount of times we have to go from one place to the next.
Want to resort hop around Universal? Check out my blog post about how to get around! Let’s Go Resort Hopping! Universal Edition.