Accessible Disney Transportation - Magic Kingdom Ferryboats

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.

Magic Kingdom Ferryboats

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.

Magic Kingdom Ferryboats

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.

Magic Kingdom Ferryboats

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.

Magic Kingdom Ferryboats

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.

Magic Kingdom Ferryboats

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.

Magic Kingdom Ferryboats


  1. HeidiPortzlineStrawser on October 24, 2014 at 8:56 am

    I think I might actually prefer the Ferryboats.  The monorail is GREAT (it’s Ian’s favorite!) but there’s something so special about riding the ferry up to the MK.  And, on crowded mornings, I think the wait is less.

  2. MouseFanDiane on February 27, 2012 at 7:19 pm

    I always learn something reading your posts. ;-). The differences that others experiences is always good to know. Believe it or not this is one mode of transportation we have never been on, I always wanted too

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