Boat Transportation Between Fort Wilderness Resort & Wilderness Lodge Returning

Boat Launch at Disney's Wilderness Lodge

Beginning October 1, 2023, the boat transportation service, known as the “blue” route, connecting Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campgrounds and Disney’s Wilderness Lodge will resume its operations. This service had been on a long hiatus but will now be available from 3:00 p.m. each day.

Other Water Taxi Routes In Magic Kingdom Resort Area

Apart from the blue route, both resorts also offer separate water taxi routes to reach Magic Kingdom park, referred to as the gold, green, and red routes.

Gold Flag

  • Service To: Grand Floridian, Polynesian, Magic Kingdom

The Gold Flag itinerary escorts visitors from the Magic Kingdom to Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, then on to Disney’s Polynesian resort, before returning to the Magic Kingdom. This route operates in the opposite direction to the resort monorail.

The service begins 30 minutes prior to park opening, including Extra Magic Hours and continues until 1.5 hours after the park closes. Typically, two launches are available on this route. ECVs cannot be accommodated on this route. Wheelchair users must be able to transfer out of their wheelchair and step down 2 feet into the boat.

The journey around the lake takes about 20 minutes, with approximately 7 minutes between each stop. The wait time between boats is usually 10-15 minutes.

Red Flag

  • Service To: Wilderness Lodge, Magic Kingdom

The Red Flag route carries guests from the Magic Kingdom to Disney’s Wilderness Lodge. This route usually operates one cruiser and one launch, which means guests with ECVs may have to wait for the cruiser. The journey from the Magic Kingdom to the resort takes roughly 8 minutes, and the wait time between boats is typically 8-12 minutes.

Blue Flag

  • Service To: Wilderness Lodge, Fort Wilderness, Contemporary

The Blue Flag route comprises two launches that ferry guests around Bay Lake, stopping at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, Fort Wilderness, and Contemporary Resort. The two launches operate in opposite directions, meeting at the Contemporary.

Green Flag

  • Service To: Fort Wilderness, Magic Kingdom

The Green Flag route transports guests from the Magic Kingdom to Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground. This route generally operates two cruisers, both capable of accommodating ECVs and wheelchairs without needing a transfer. The journey from the Magic Kingdom to Fort Wilderness takes about 13 minutes once the boat has departed. The waiting time between boats is typically 10-20 minutes.

Watercraft Sail Between Other Walt Disney World Disney Locations

Watercraft sail between EPCOT, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Disney’s BoardWalk Villas, Disney’s Beach Club Villas, Yacht Club, Dolphin, and Swan hotels. This broad network of water transport enhances the connectivity within the EPCOT Resort Area.

Guests can also catch boats from Disney Springs to travel to nearby DVC resorts such as Disney’s Saratoga Spring Resort & Spa, and Disney’s Old Key West Resort. This offers a convenient and enjoyable way of moving around the Disney Springs Resort Area for the visitors.

More Information on Disney’s Water Transportation

For a complete list and a map of water transportation boat launches around Walt Disney World, you can check out our in-depth article here: Walt Disney World Water Transportation: Everything You Need To Know. It provides all the necessary details about the different routes and schedules of the water taxis.

Written by

Rachel Van Norman

Contributing Writer

Rachel fell deeply in love with all things Disney as a little girl. Now as a wife and a mother herself, she shares this Disney obsession with her son and everyone around her. From her love of princesses to eating all the Disney food, Rachel spends her time radiating Disney magic and keeping everyone up to date on Disney news.

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