Disney vacations create special memories for families from all over the world. The Walt Disney Company’s special attention to each visitor makes their guest experiences stand out in comparison to other theme parks. In fact, the Disney property in Orlando is about as big as San Francisco at 40 square miles. The Walt Disney World Resort includes multiple parks: The Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios, Animal Kingdom, Disney Springs. The best part is, you don't have to spend a fortune to get to the parks! Riding the train down to Disney World can be a more economical option than flying or driving for many families, leaving more funds available for rides and entertainment. Once you’re there, getting to Disney World from the train station is an easy endeavor.
Choose the Right Station for Your Needs
Train passengers can access Walt Disney World from three Amtrak train stations: Sanford, Kissimmee or Orlando. Which station you choose for disembarking depends on your train schedule, the public transit schedule and whether you intend to rent a car.
Consider Renting a Car
Rent a car if you plan to explore the Orlando area beyond Main Street. The Orlando and Kissimmee train stations each have a car rental counter. Most rental car companies can arrange a shuttle to pick up passengers at the train station and drive them to its closest rental location, so those who arrive in Sanford can easily rent a car too.
Take a Taxi Directly to Your Resort
Take a taxi directly to the Disney Parks. The Kissimmee Station is only 15 miles from the entrance to Disney World. Since it's closest to the theme parks, a taxi fare will be cheapest from there. The Orlando station is 20 miles away, while the Sanford station is 43 miles away. Taxis are often waiting outside each station.
Explore Your Ride-Hailing Options
Popular ride-hailing apps like Uber and Lyft make it much easier to get around a new city. Download either app, then easily request a ride from one of the registered drivers. Don’t request a ride until you've gotten off the train at your Florida stop and are ready to get in the car.
You don’t need to have any cash on hand because you can even tip in the app itself. However, it’s perfectly okay to bring along cash for tipping, too. Drivers work hard and generally don’t make a lot of money, so tipping is customary. When the driver pulls up to the train station, make sure the make and model of the car and its license plate matches what the app shows. The driver will generally address you by name, confirming that you are the correct rider.
Take Public Transportation to Disney World
Plan your trip online with the Central Florida Regional Transportation Authority's LYNX trip planner, or download one of the trip-planning apps. You can buy passes on the Go Lynx website prior to your trip. Trips from the Orlando train station to Disney World take around two hours; the bus stop is on the north side of the Amtrak station. Trips from the Kissimmee train station take around 90 minutes; the closest bus stop is one-tenth of a mile from the station.
Arrive With Your Own Car via the Auto Train
Take the auto train service and drive your own car directly to WDW. The only local train station serving the auto train is Sanford station, which is approximately a 50-minute drive to Disney World. The Sanford station offers a complimentary internet connection, so you can access maps and driving instructions from the station.