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Lesley
05-04-2006, 09:42 PM
Hello!

I'm staying at Amerisuites for the first night of our visit next month and I was wondering if anyone here knows what their theme park shuttle schedule is like? I'm thinking that it might be nice to let my guys head over to WDW early (for the Star Wars stuff) with the car and we could take the Amerisuites shuttle over when the girls are up and ready to go....

Is this a reasonable plan?

Thanks!

A Mickeyfan
05-05-2006, 09:20 PM
I can't answer your question, but bumping you up because I would like to know as well. If I do end up finding out, I will post. I think I may email them to see if they can tell me..

Lesley
05-06-2006, 05:37 PM
Yes, great idea. Perhaps I'll do the same.... Thanks!

A Mickeyfan
05-07-2006, 12:19 AM
I did email them yesterday but haven't heard back yet. I wonder if there is anyone going to the Amerisuites soon... if so, maybe they can get us the schedule. When is your stay? Mine is 6/3-6/9

Lesley
05-07-2006, 10:28 AM
Mine is on 6/8....just the one night so we can get an early start Friday morning. I was hoping to get an All Star room and extend it for 3 nights...but this works okay for us.

Maybe we'll see you there! If so it will be at breakfast Friday...we won't be arriving until around midnight...leaving SC when dh gets done work.

kilee
05-07-2006, 10:40 AM
I have no exp. w/ this hotels shuttle. However, I have used shuttles from other hotels in the WDW area. Service is usually spotty at best. What I found pretty consistent was that there is usually 2 or 3 runs in the morning and 2 or 3 runs in the afternoon/evening. Doesn't always matter what the park hours are, they don't run in accordance to those.

So it might be something like this for getting to the park:

7:45 am
8:20 am
9:00 am


Then home from the parks:

4:00 pm
7:00 pm
8:00 pm

**They did seem to run this close together, and seems most hotels only offer a few runs to and then a few runs from the parks each day. Most hotels also don't actually run the shuttle but it's a contracted company that also picks up at other hotels. Once the shuttle is full it's full-- they don't send another. I've seen people turned away on the last shuttle because it was too full. They were advised to call taxi's. So, it's not always the best thing to rely on because they are not reliable.

A Mickeyfan
05-07-2006, 06:33 PM
I have no exp. w/ this hotels shuttle. However, I have used shuttles from other hotels in the WDW area. Service is usually spotty at best. What I found pretty consistent was that there is usually 2 or 3 runs in the morning and 2 or 3 runs in the afternoon/evening. Doesn't always matter what the park hours are, they don't run in accordance to those.

So it might be something like this for getting to the park:

7:45 am
8:20 am
9:00 am


Then home from the parks:

4:00 pm
7:00 pm
8:00 pm

**They did seem to run this close together, and seems most hotels only offer a few runs to and then a few runs from the parks each day. Most hotels also don't actually run the shuttle but it's a contracted company that also picks up at other hotels. Once the shuttle is full it's full-- they don't send another. I've seen people turned away on the last shuttle because it was too full. They were advised to call taxi's. So, it's not always the best thing to rely on because they are not reliable.
thanks for that info! I have a feeling you may be right too....

A Mickeyfan
05-07-2006, 06:36 PM
Mine is on 6/8....just the one night so we can get an early start Friday morning. I was hoping to get an All Star room and extend it for 3 nights...but this works okay for us.

Maybe we'll see you there! If so it will be at breakfast Friday...we won't be arriving until around midnight...leaving SC when dh gets done work.Yep, I will be there on the 9th for breakfast then heading over to the AS-Music for my last 2 days of my trip.. I will be the one eating her waffles with cream cheese on them :stir:

CarolA
05-07-2006, 07:52 PM
This may sound like I am being rude, but.... I would suggest you call them and ask.

I find an amazing tendency on these boards to discuss things when none of us have a real clue. And in that case the information you get is worth what you paid for it.....

bizeemom4
05-07-2006, 09:10 PM
The information online indicates that they have shuttle service to Epcot only, We're staying there 6/6-6/8 thanks to Priceline.

kilee
05-08-2006, 07:00 AM
Carol-- I do agree the best course of action is to always get the info right from the hotel. However, employee's have also been known to give incorrect information. So, many times posters are looking just for an idea of what others may have exp. in the past. This way you can gather all the info together and come up w/ some sort of idea as to what to expect.

CarolA
05-08-2006, 07:06 AM
As I said I wasn't trying to be rude, but it does appear that no one here really has a clue... LOL! (I will be surprised if the only shuttle is to Epcot.. I could see MK, but not Epcot)

A Mickeyfan
05-08-2006, 04:31 PM
This may sound like I am being rude, but.... I would suggest you call them and ask.

I find an amazing tendency on these boards to discuss things when none of us have a real clue. And in that case the information you get is worth what you paid for it.....
Actually you arent' rude but if you read my post, I said I was emailing them. I hadn't gotten an answer until today.. here it is .. straight from them.. so this is correct info:


Greetings from AmeriSuites:

Thank you for your e-mail. The AmeriSuites Orlando Lake Buena Vista South
property does provide complimentary shuttle transportation to and from the
Disney World theme parks. I have provided the times below.

MORNING (DROP OFF) EVENING (PICK UP)
8:25a.m. 6:00p.m.
10:10a.m. 8:00p.m.
11:45a.m. 9:45p.m.

If I can be of any further assistance, please feel free to contact me.

A Mickeyfan
05-08-2006, 04:52 PM
The information online indicates that they have shuttle service to Epcot only, We're staying there 6/6-6/8 thanks to Priceline.
Where online did you find this? They emailed me but did not say it was just to Epcot. I have just emailed them back to ask "which parks or central location". I stayed there in April but never used the shuttle. As far as you saying thanks to Priceline.. I hope you mean that in a good way. This hotel is a decent place to stay. And at the price you may have won it at, I would think that you cannot beat it.

Lesley
05-08-2006, 06:15 PM
Thanks for the info! I was suspecting something like that, but I really was only looking for one ride to get on property so my guys could take the car. We stayed at a place up on Kirkman Rd. on our honeymoon (last time we passed it I think it was a Radisson, but it was called the Gateway Inn in back in 92 and for quite a while before that...as my dh stayed there as a child) and that was pretty much the shuttle schedule there. We were too young to get a rental car and it was awful having to leave the parks so early!

A Mickeyfan
05-08-2006, 08:22 PM
Thanks for the info! I was suspecting something like that, but I really was only looking for one ride to get on property so my guys could take the car. We stayed at a place up on Kirkman Rd. on our honeymoon (last time we passed it I think it was a Radisson, but it was called the Gateway Inn in back in 92 and for quite a while before that...as my dh stayed there as a child) and that was pretty much the shuttle schedule there. We were too young to get a rental car and it was awful having to leave the parks so early!
Hey, was the Gateway really on International but by Kirkman? I stayed at one that was called the Gateway back in 1977.. it was the round blue tall one & it is on International near Kirkman. It is still there, but I do not know the name of it..
also, I still haven't heard back as to where the shuttle drops you off at. I am thinking since they do not say, it is the Transportation Ticket Center. From there you can get on any bus to any park.
We should make it a point to meet for breakfast that morning. I will be there with Adventure Kat.. we can have a mini meet over waffles & bagels :thumbsup2

Lesley
05-08-2006, 09:38 PM
This one was not tall...probably only 2 floors from what I recall and the building was sort of off-white, pale sand colored. They had a toucan in a cage inside and the pool was tiny and in a courtyard. It was definitely on Kirkman, but not far at all off International Dr. Its the place on the far side of the Perkins that is a lot or two off of Int. Dr. I know there was another Gateway Inn though....we were asked "which one?" several times while we were there.

Yes, we should definitely try to meet at breakfast...though I warn you, I'll probably be on my own with a 2yo and 6yo!

A Mickeyfan
05-09-2006, 03:04 PM
Here is a copy of the email reguarding my question as to what parks.. it does say EPCOT...then it says etc....
Hello again from AmeriSuites:



Thank you for your e-mail. The AmeriSuites Orlando Lake Buena Vista South property provides the shuttle transportation to Universal Studios, SeaWorld, Epcot, etc. I am going to re-email & ask what Disney Parks... for sure..



If I can be of any further assistance, please feel free to contact me.



Sincerely,



Jamie Lynn Brock

Contact Specialist




--------------------------------------------------------------------------------

A Mickeyfan
05-09-2006, 06:21 PM
The information online indicates that they have shuttle service to Epcot only, We're staying there 6/6-6/8 thanks to Priceline.
Seems I owe you an apoligy for thinking that it could not just be EPCOT :guilty: . I did finally get the actual drop off from them.. it is only EPCOT But where on the net did you find it. I know I couldn't. Here is the last email from them....

Thank you for your e-mail. The AmeriSuites Orlando Lake Buena Vista South property provides the shuttle transportation to SeaWorld and the Epcot Park. Then, when they drop you off at the Epcot Park, their Disney Worlds transportation will pick you up from Epcot and take you to all of the Disney theme parks. Disney’s shuttle transportation is free of charge. I hope that this information will help you.

Have a great time!

If I can be of any further assistance, please feel free to contact me.

Sincerely,

Jamie Lynn Brock

Contact Specialist

A Mickeyfan
05-09-2006, 06:25 PM
This one was not tall...probably only 2 floors from what I recall and the building was sort of off-white, pale sand colored. They had a toucan in a cage inside and the pool was tiny and in a courtyard. It was definitely on Kirkman, but not far at all off International Dr. Its the place on the far side of the Perkins that is a lot or two off of Int. Dr. I know there was another Gateway Inn though....we were asked "which one?" several times while we were there.

Yes, we should definitely try to meet at breakfast...though I warn you, I'll probably be on my own with a 2yo and 6yo!
The one I stayed at was really tall & roundish. It is still there but I cannot remember the name of it now. It had a sort of circular courtyard in the center too..
As far as breakfast, it will be me, my 13DD, maybe her 12yr old friend & AdventureKat should be there with her 3 yr DS. So mine can help you :thumbsup2 at least carry your food for ya..

kilee
05-09-2006, 06:27 PM
Looks like they have the typical 3 trips each way schedule. This seems to be pretty par for the course w/ the Orlando area hotel shuttles.

A Mickeyfan
05-09-2006, 06:31 PM
Looks like they have the typical 3 trips each way schedule. This seems to be pretty par for the course w/ the Orlando area hotel shuttles.
Yeah, I noticed that..seems some of your times weren't too way off either. At least you had a start for some of us....

Donnainnj
05-11-2006, 07:26 PM
Lesley,
Just noticed that you are in Columbia area and have Amerisuites for your first night. I was also trying to get All stars for my dad's first night (also June 8th) and got Amerisuites. On the 9th we are all meeting at a rental house at Emerald Island. He is driving down from Gilbert, SC, Thursday because he will need the rest on the 9th to keep up with us at the parks. (with scooter) So if you notice a gray haired limper at breakfast it might be dear old dad. Just thought it showed how "It's A Small World After All".
Donna

dennise
05-12-2006, 07:18 AM
A Mickeyfan:

I think the round hotel on I-drive is the Sheraton Studio City. It is the only round one that I have seen, about 20 floors and near Kirkman. We stayed there last year and the year before. Done in 50's theme. Great beds there.

bizeemom4
05-12-2006, 07:36 AM
Where online did you find this? They emailed me but did not say it was just to Epcot. I have just emailed them back to ask "which parks or central location". I stayed there in April but never used the shuttle. As far as you saying thanks to Priceline.. I hope you mean that in a good way. This hotel is a decent place to stay. And at the price you may have won it at, I would think that you cannot beat it.

Hi. Yes, I did mean it in a good way. Of course, I wanted All Stars but I'm happy with my $36 win.

I honestly don't remember where I saw Epcot only. I went all over the 'net after I won. I went to travelocity, expedia, tripadvisor, amerisuites....one of those had "shuttle to Epcot" listed.

A Mickeyfan
05-12-2006, 07:27 PM
A Mickeyfan:

I think the round hotel on I-drive is the Sheraton Studio City. It is the only round one that I have seen, about 20 floors and near Kirkman. We stayed there last year and the year before. Done in 50's theme. Great beds there.
Yes, that is the one now that you have said it. Back in 1976 (7/4/76) it was a Gateway. I stayed there when I went to Disney's celebration for our country's 200th birthday.

A Mickeyfan
05-12-2006, 07:30 PM
Hi. Yes, I did mean it in a good way. Of course, I wanted All Stars but I'm happy with my $36 win.

I honestly don't remember where I saw Epcot only. I went all over the 'net after I won. I went to travelocity, expedia, tripadvisor, amerisuites....one of those had "shuttle to Epcot" listed.
I looked high & low & could not find it anywhere.. guess I must have skipped over it. I stayed there this past April thru PL for $45 (spring break) and really liked it. I didn't use the shuttle though I do remember seeing it though.
I feel as you, I would have liked the All Stars but happy with Amerisuites...