When the news broke that Disney would be reducing Monorail hours back in August, people were wondering what transportation options would be available on Mickey’s Party nights where Magic Kingdom closes at 7pm. My worry was what transportation options would look like when Magic Kingdom closed at 8pm without Extra Magic Hours. At least on a Mickey’s Party night, we knew that Disney would be running buses all night – until at least 1am to all resorts. At the very least, people would be able to catch a bus from the Monorail Deluxe Resorts to Magic Kingdom and then transfer there if necessary. Or better yet, a bus would service all three resorts and the Magic Kingdom, making it easy to use the bus in lieu of the Monorail. Now that the Resort Monorail runs until at least 12:30am on Mickey’s Party nights, that “issue” is mostly resolved. But what about days when Magic Kingdom closes at 8pm and doesn’t offer evening Extra Magic Hours. Today was the first one of those days.
The Magic Kingdom Resort and Express Monorails closed at 9pm, one hour after regular Park close. The Epcot Monorail closed at 10pm, one hour after regular Park close.
After the Resort Monorail shuts down, a bus will take guests from the Magic Kingdom to the Contemporary Resort, Ticket/Transportation Center, Polynesian Resort, and Grand Floridian Resort. This bus will run until Magic Kingdom is “clear of all guests” and usually until Epcot is “clear of all guests” as well, depending on the time of day and whether or not Disney is offering direct bus transportation from Epcot to the Monorail Deluxe Resorts. When I say “clear of all guests,” I mean that Magic Kingdom is empty and all guests are back to their resorts or the parking lot.
This is the bus stop at the Ticket and Transportation Center. That’s the Hollywood Studios bus in front of us.
The Animal Kingdom, Downtown Disney Resorts, and Lynx bus stops in the opposite direction.
To get here from the Monorail, you would walk down the Monorail ramp so you’re facing the parking lot. Take a left and continue walking until you come to the building that’s right in front of you. There’s a small gift shop in the right corner of this building. Walk around this building so that the gift shop is on your left. You’ll see the lost and found building on your right as well as the complimentary shuttle to the Richard Petty Driving Experience. Continue walking straight and you’ll be here.
Should you find yourself at one of the Monorail Deluxe Resorts when both the Monorail and the Monorail Resort Bus aren’t operating, you’ll need to take a taxi “home” or take the bus to Downtown Disney and then transfer there. If another Disney theme park is open later with evening Extra Magic Hours (Epcot operating until 12am or 12:30am or Hollywood Studios operating until 10pm or later), you could also take the bus from the Monorail Deluxe to that theme park and then transfer to your resort bus once you arrive. I try to avoid Downtown Disney if at all possible because buses are less frequent, it’s out of the way, and buses are often busy on weekend nights when you’re most likely trying to transfer in the first place.