You drive through the gates to Magic Kingdom. You park the car and get on the tram. You get off at Ticket and Transportation Center (TTC) and get pushed along by a herd of excited park-goers to the Express Monorail.
Is the Express Monorail line long? Hint: if you can see the line from below, odds are it's long. Fear not, you have other options!
The first option is to take the resort monorail loop. You do not need to be staying at one of those hotels to use the monorail, it just means that there will be stops at Polynesian and Grand Floridian before your arrival at Magic Kingdom. The journey itself is longer than the Express Monorail, but depending on the line for either monorail, the resort loop could be a better choice. Just use your judgment.
Your second option is the ferry boat. This can also be a slower mode of transportation, but it's our favorite for a couple of reasons. One, Grandma uses a wheelchair in the parks, and we've found that navigating the ramps up to the monorail can be tricky, especially during a busy time of day. The ferry is much easier for us to wheel her on. Families with those large 2-child strollers will probably have similar issues, so that's something to keep in mind. But mostly, Brad and I love seeing Cinderella Castle get bigger as you approach the park. It's a view that can't be beat!
Before you go gallivanting off to the monorail or ferry, do a "How are you feeling?" check with your family. Make sure everyone has sunscreen, that nobody needs a bathroom break. If anyone is peckish, there are vending machines with pop, and a Joffrey's Coffee kiosk for coffee or a pastry. Don't rush off until everyone is all set, that way you don't have anything to worry about once you reach the park!
Do you have a favorite way of getting from TTC to the Magic Kingdom? Does your family have any tradition for getting to the park? Let us know in the comments, or Tweet us! We'd love to hear from you!