Driving to the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World is a little different than driving to the rest of the parks. When you visit the Magic Kingdom you actually park at the Transportation and Ticket Center. From there you can either take the monorail or the ferryboats.
We usually take the ferry for two reasons. One, it is a beautiful ride. Two, it is a little easier than the monorail. I love the monorail but the ramp to get to it at the Ticket and Transportation Center is long and steep as is the one when you exit at the Magic Kingdom. (I’ll have a more in depth post on the monorail next week). The ramp that you take to get to the ferryboats is easier for me.
The loading dock for the ferryboats at the Transportation and Ticket center has a ramp. Its wooden so its a little bumpy but it is easy to navigate and is wide so it makes things easier if it is crowded.
The lower level of the ferryboats are wheelchair accessible. I tend to stay towards the back to avoid the rush if it’s a busy day but you can also head to the front to the rope to get a head start. Just make sure you are toward the middle. The ropes on the sides don’t come down and you can get stuck waiting for the crowd to clear if the ferry is full.
And you can’t beat the view. I love riding the ferry and seeing the Polynesian,Grand Floridian, and Contemporary Resorts in the morning sun. And no matter how many times I see it, I still get excited seeing Cinderella Castle in the distance.
When you arrive at the Magic Kingdom, the ramp is the same as when you boarded. When you leave the park for the day, you use the same loading area to board for your trip back to the Transportation and Ticket Center.
Keep in mind that the ferryboats are free floating vessels. I’ve never had any problems but the ride could be bumpy at times. The ferryboats typically start running an hour before the park opens and the last pick up an hour after the park closes. If you’ve never taken the ferryboats try it at least once. It is another one of those Disney touches that should be experienced.