Take a virtual audio trip in this installment of the WDW-Memories podcast, brought to you in immersive binaural sound, as we enjoy another magical memory from Walt Disney World. In today’s memory, you will join my family as we hop aboard the Magic Kingdom Ferry and the Epcot Monorail and get to enjoy the best of Disney Transportation in Walt Disney World.
Well hello and welcome to the WDW-Memories Podcast where together we relive that Walt Disney World Magic. My name is Lou and I’ll once again be your host on this magical adventure.
Well, I got the reminder I set to remind me to make my FastPass reservations for my trip in September. That means we are under 60 days away at this point. Unfortunately, there is no FastPass system to use because of the COVID 19 plans. So we’ll just have to see how this goes. Right now, we are still booked for September, but with surges in cases in the US, and speculation about how crowds look when the parks open, nothing seems set in stone. At least we can look back still, and remember fondly the memories of when COVID 19 wasn’t a thing in our minds, and we could just enjoy a day in the parks. I know transportation is one of those things that will change some, but today we’ll get to ride from the Magic Kingdom over to Epcot, enjoying the way things were.
In today’s memory, we will continue our day from September 2016 as we began our day in the Magic Kingdom. On this day, my extended family is with us and we will be picking up as we walked through the tapstiles and are about to board the Express Monorail (as we had promised the kids we would do) around the 7 Seas Lagoon. The problem is, they have closed the express for the midday hours, but the resort is running still. We debate for a bit but decide to take the ferry boat, which is just pulling in. We’ll wait in the queue area for a few minutes as the boat finishes unloading and then we will be allowed to board. Traci and I take the older kids to the top deck and get a spot on the railing to watch the resorts go by as we make our way across the water. The wind is stronger up there, but it feels so good on a hot day like today, and if you can stand in the shade it’s almost pleasant. Once we get to the other side of the lagoon, we change our mind about how we are going to continue. See, we had been debating if we should take the monorail or drive our cars to Epcot. We end up deciding to do both, so Traci takes my keys and goes to get the car and drives it to Epcot, while I take the rest of the family up the ramp to catch a Monorail to Epcot. This ends up being a key decision because Extra Magic Hours in Epcot would have let us out after the monorail closed for the day since they follow the Magic Kingdom hours, and that would have necessitated a ride on the buses to get back to the Magic Kingdom parking lot. Both rides are quiet and uneventful, so we’ll get to listen to almost all of them, and in no time we’ll be looping around Epcot and pulling into the station. As the doors open, we’ll make our way down the very long ramp, and through another bag check, finishing today’s memory as we pass through the tapstiles and are standing in front of the fountain discussing our first stop.
We are big fans of the Disney Transportation system… for the most part. It’s such a treat to do, and the kids love it, however, if you’re purely looking at numbers and time, it saves you nothing over driving or Uber, in fact, it may be longer. This is especially true at the end of the day when lines to board the busses stretch on for hours, and you just want to get to your hotel to rest. Standing and waiting for your bus to return is just not worth it.
Today’s memory is in binaural once again, so I’d suggest putting those headphones on to fully immerse yourself in the memory.
Now join my family on our 2 day trip to Walt Disney World, brought to you in immersive binaural sound, as we ride the Magic Kingdom Ferry across the 7 Seas Lagoon and then catch the Monorail to Epcot.