When going to Disney World, it's best to prepare to do a ton of walking. There was a time, pre-covid, that Disney would offer its open-air tram service which would take guests from the parking lot to the front of the park.
The tram service, which had been temporarily shut down during the pandemic, returned to Magic Kingdom in late 2021, followed by Disney's Animal Kingdom in early 2022. However, Epcot and Hollywood Studios remained tram-less.
That will change in September. Walt Disney World confirmed that trams will be returning to both parks sometime in September, although an exact date has not been announced.
Although the courtesy tram ride from the parking lot to the front gates is free, Disney still charges for parking. The current rates are $25 for cars and motorcycles or $30 for oversized vehicles such as RVs and buses. Registered staying at Disney World hotels and certain annual pass holder tier members get standard parking for free.
For those who have a hard time walking, the return of the tram service is surely good news. Even if it doesn't save a ton of time, it's incredibly helpful for those who don't walk as quickly or have little kids.
I used to love the trams, but that was pre-kids. With a stroller, I find it more of a hassle to unpack everything from the stroller and fold it up so that I can save a few extra steps by riding the tram. Also, I'm not sure if you've ever waited for the tram, but sometimes people in line can be a bit rude and cut you off. I'd just prefer to skip it entirely.
I'm not even 100 percent convinced that it saves time. On multiple occasions, I've timed myself walking from my parking spot to the park and I get there at about the same time as the tram I'd have waited for.