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mamacatnv
12-17-2006, 05:01 PM
Seems like the busses are a big issue with many. I am so thankful to not have to drive anywhere for 8 or 9 days, I think the Disney transportation system is great!

I don't mind waiting for one, standing on one, if I don't want to stand I wait for another.

It is free, it is pretty dang efficient and takes all the worry out of where to park, where is the car and where are we going........

Just my thoughts.......

CarolA
12-17-2006, 05:07 PM
I agree.

I also take ALL of the bus complaints with a grain of salt.

I once got on the bus at OKW with a man who proceeded to YELL at the driver that he had been waiting for WELL OVER HALF AN HOUR.... Funny, I looked at the driver and said "I waited 15 minutes and HE arrived after I did" (Man shut up and sat down!)

goofy4tink
12-17-2006, 05:14 PM
Count me in with you two!! I love the buses at WDW. Rarely do I encounter any problems with them. Had one last week that was incredible though. The bus got to MK, the bus driver hopped out, two other drivers got in, closed the doors. Then, finally opened the doors. My friend and I hopped on, they closed the doors behind us! Reopened to let the ECV person in. The whole thing took forever. Why? The driver was being trained. I guess everyone has to learn. It only took about 10-15 minutes longer than it normally would have...it just seemed like it took forever. I can see why people think they have been waiting for much longer than they actually do. Now.....let's not talk about the buses to DTD...those are the ones I avoid if at all possible.

beccasmom
12-17-2006, 09:16 PM
I agree except for two points -

- We once got on a bus from MGM to SSR that had no a/c; it had quit. The bus was stifling and most uncomfortable. I think they should have taken it out of service, but the driver picked up more passengers when we alighted (I warned some of them). This was in mid-June. :crazy:

- The bus route for the Epcot hotels is too long. IMHO, it should be broken up.

I drive a lot during the week and do appreciate not having to do so on vacation at WDW. 90% of the time, it is a pleasant experience. :goodvibes

Honeymooners1021
12-17-2006, 09:29 PM
I agree- I would dread the idea of DH in a rental car trying to follow a map to get from place to place. No searching for parking! AND we are both under 25 so an extra $25 a day for a rental car YEAH RIGHT!!!!! WE WILL TAKE THE BUS!!!

plutospup
12-17-2006, 09:56 PM
First of all...I have issues with busses. It goes back to high school, so yes it's a 'me' thing. That said, I really don't mind the busses at WDW. Although we normally rent a car, I look forward to MK days when I know it's easier and faster to take the bus. The park buses normally are quite efficient(however, the DTD buses are another story!). Enjoy the busses to the parks, enjoy reading the signs above the seats, enjoy talking and listening to your fellow park goers, and build your enthusiasm for a fun filled day at the parks!

swillis
12-17-2006, 09:57 PM
You are not the only one. I really don't like taking any sort of public transporation. It's just me, I like my space, quiet etc. I was willing to give the Disney busses a try, but after all my researching, I decided to rent a car.

We are staying at Fort Wilderness Cabins, and it seems those busses are some of the slower ones. So since we leave the day after my birthday, I asked my hubby to rent me a car for our trip. I think it will be less stress for me, and I'm usually pretty good with directions. We stayed offsite last year, and rented a car to get around, so I think I will be ok.

I'mNoPrince
12-17-2006, 10:08 PM
I really try to limit my driving as well . I drive from 30 to 300 miles everyday and it changes.This is from the Balto. to DC beltway systems and for those that know know it's a real pain.

I do think they could be much more efficent with the way they run .with one person on a platform to watch and call out .I know they do it at certian times but it would be good to do all day long.

bab31
12-17-2006, 10:16 PM
I dont want to stand in a looonngg line to rent a car. I dont want to try to find my way to WDW. I dont want to get lost in WDW. I dont want to endure parking lots


I Just want to go and enjoy our vacation!

minkydog
12-17-2006, 10:21 PM
We love riding the bus. We always drive to WDW, so it's not lack of a car, but we just love the cameraderie of the bus. We especially like walking out to the bus at the end of the day, letting them drive us around, drop us at the door and we go to bed :goodvibes No hassling with parking or walking all the way out to the back-40 parking lot. We like to ride the boats & mnorail too :teeth: In fact, sometimes we just get on the transportation and ride. In our next life we're coming back as hound dogs.

disneykid4ever
12-17-2006, 10:24 PM
I'm just glad to be at WDW . . . why worry about busses, just enjoy!!

RobInBigKC
12-17-2006, 11:08 PM
The busses rule! I love not having to drive for a whole week. My only frustration with not having a car is that I'm always hungry when I get in from the parks at 12:45 in the morning and nothing is open unless I want to head to Downtown Disney (and even those choices are extremely limited after midnight).

We only had two bus issues this past week.

Waiting at ASSpo on Thursday evening, 12/14, to go to MK for MVMCP, an MK bus finally arrives and we head over to the next two All-Star resorts. At one of them (I think it was ASMo), our bus driver waits for the MK bus ahead of him to finish loading so that he can pull into the MK spot to pick up some passengers. While we're loading, another MK bus pulls up on the driver's side of our bus blocking us in. Now, we have to wait for that bus to load as well before it pulls out so that we can finally pull out (would have been nice for us if that driver had waited like ours did; instead, those people further back in the line at ASMo got to leave before those before them did).

Waiting at ASSpo on Friday evening, 12/15, to go to Epcot, an Epcot bus arrives after we waited for about 8 minutes and is just ready to pull out with the six passengers he picked up there when three female teenage volleyball players showed up, then 2 minutes later, another couple of them with their coach and/or chaperone, then 5 minutes later, another 3 of them showed up and of course, they all had to laugh at how "Jill" can never get anywhere on time. I told my son (not really meaning it) that in the future, we'll just send one family member to the bus while the rest of us finish our final dressing. No sense in us waiting for the whole group to get there before boarding if the bus will wait for us!

-- Rob

dogsmom
12-18-2006, 01:49 AM
We were just at AKL from 12/7 thru 12/12. the busses were awesome. We never waited longer than three minutes (I know , we must have had great timing!) to go to any of the parks. I thought the drive to the parks was shorter than the drive from POFQ. It was nice not sharing with other resorts. My only complaint is that the air conditioning was constantly running in the busses even though one night it had gotten down into the 40's. It made for some chilly rides!!

kaw1218
12-18-2006, 02:59 AM
We normally drive down...and park the car for the week. Wait I take that back....we won't use the buses if we are eating at the Hoop de doo...... THAT takes forever!!!lol

I Love Pluto
12-18-2006, 03:31 AM
I would assume that most bus complaints are from people who have never used public transportation. Disney's transportation is comparably excellent.

simzac
12-18-2006, 04:54 AM
Seems like the busses are a big issue with many. I am so thankful to not have to drive anywhere for 8 or 9 days, I think the Disney transportation system is great!

I don't mind waiting for one, standing on one, if I don't want to stand I wait for another.

It is free, it is pretty dang efficient and takes all the worry out of where to park, where is the car and where are we going........

Just my thoughts.......
Someone stole my thoughts. :thumbsup2

OKW Lover
12-18-2006, 08:23 AM
We don't worry about the busses either. We almost always drive so when we do take the bus, we just allow ourselves an extra 30 minutes if we are following some kind of schedule.

Buzz's Buddy
12-18-2006, 08:54 AM
We know they're not perfect, but we LOVE the busses.

On most trips, we either have our own car or a rental, but we have never taken our own car to the parks. I have to drive every day at home and I enjoy letting someone else drive when I'm on vacation.

Poohbear123
12-18-2006, 09:44 AM
Its the ONLY way I can get around, as I do not drive. When WDW came up with ME thats when I started to Fly. :thumbsup2 I was paying 65-70 dollars round trip, from the Amtrak train station in Kissimmee to my resort, and that was 4 times a year. :rolleyes: As far as on site busses, it depends on what time of year you go, How crowded it is, and what time you get up. ;) I noticed when I get up early, and get the bus, its really easy and not very crowded. Same with leaving a park at night, last trip, I had little or NO wait after leaving MK! :thumbsup2

DVC Grammy
12-18-2006, 09:54 AM
We love ALL the Disney transportation systems, whether bus, boat, or monorail. It's fun to "people watch", and many times, the interaction with some of the other passengers/driver is another source of fun! :goodvibes

Melrosgirl
12-18-2006, 10:49 AM
I like the bus service. With that said, last week we had two instances of HORRIBLE bus drivers. The first driver got lost. Yes lost. Couldn't figure out where the Yacht Club bus stop was. She kept going in circles. 3 times in and out of Yacht Club's parking lot. People were getting irritated. I was laughing.

The other bus driver drove to Blizzard Beach instead of Typhoon Lagoon. Blizzard Beach is CLOSED this month.

SoarinJ
12-18-2006, 11:29 AM
I have been to Disney eight times since 2001 and have never had an issue with the busses at all. Some of the passengers perhapps, but that is another thread I am sure.

Violet Crayon
12-18-2006, 09:45 PM
I would assume that most bus complaints are from people who have never used public transportation. Disney's transportation is comparably excellent.

I expect to find this is true. I use the busses here (Milwaukee) to get to school (15minute ride) and work (2 busses/1hr 10minute in waiting and travel time). Disney's transportation sounds like a dream, and people always have stories of getting direct service if a bus doesn't show. 20minutes is seriously no big deal, try freezing on a corner in town for 60 minutes because the bus never showed up at a specific time slot, and it only comes around every 30minutes.

traviesojmt
12-19-2006, 07:19 AM
My DD3 would revolt if we didn't use the Disney busses. She thinks that they are one of the rides. :) We like the Disney bus system. I sometimes think that I must walk around is some sort of Disney-induced haze because I just rarely see the majority of the complaints that I read about on the Dis. The busses have always worked well for us.

CleveRocks
12-19-2006, 11:46 AM
LOVE LOVE LOVE Disney Transport.

I love the idea of not even carrying around a car key for a week.

Besides, when I go to WDW, I wrap myself comfortably in the Disney cocoon and don't want to leave WDW grounds while I'm there.

rkandmjsmommy
12-19-2006, 12:37 PM
We love the busses, part of the magic for our family

Tasmen
12-19-2006, 12:54 PM
For me, I think it's great that bus service is offered at all. Free transportation is something that should be appreciated and not complained about imho. :)

GoofyBaseballMom26
12-19-2006, 01:10 PM
Count me in as a bus fan! I agree with OPs. When I am at WDW I am on VACATION!!!!!!! I have quit trying to do everything every trip and now I am able to relax and enjoy it much more. I love not having to drive, cook, clean or work... a bus that takes a few minutes longer than anticipated does not ruffle my feathers. In fact, if a lot of people would chill a little they might enjoy their experience a lot more. I have found in my "old age" that sweating the little things is a huge waste of energy.

The last couple of trips, we have had some really entertaining bus drivers that brought smiles to everyones face.

vacation dreamer
12-19-2006, 06:46 PM
Seems like the busses are a big issue with many. I am so thankful to not have to drive anywhere for 8 or 9 days, I think the Disney transportation system is great!

I don't mind waiting for one, standing on one, if I don't want to stand I wait for another.

It is free, it is pretty dang efficient and takes all the worry out of where to park, where is the car and where are we going........

Just my thoughts.......


I love using WDW transportation. I had my first off-site experience the week of Thanksgiving and I did not see the time saving of drivingthat people have commented on. I had to wait in line to pay for my parking pass, wait in line to park, wait in line for the tram, wait in line for the ferry or monorail. It is so much easier to get on the bus at the resort and get off at the park!! JMPO

ILoveMagic
12-19-2006, 08:56 PM
Bottom Line.......................You are on vacation, and have all the time in the world :rotfl2: I love the busses :thumbsup2

Boncho
12-21-2006, 10:19 AM
Seems like the busses are a big issue with many. I am so thankful to not have to drive anywhere for 8 or 9 days, I think the Disney transportation system is great!

I don't mind waiting for one, standing on one, if I don't want to stand I wait for another.

It is free, it is pretty dang efficient and takes all the worry out of where to park, where is the car and where are we going........

Just my thoughts.......

I'm right there with you - I LOVE the buses!!! I've never had to wait long for a bus and I just love not having to drive while on vacation - I can look around at the scenery on the way to the parks instead of keeping my eyes on the road. :thumbsup2

dbarker
12-21-2006, 10:12 PM
It's Buses for us!! We don't mind the waits or the standing. However, I do mind when we get "Grumpy" for a bus driver. We got him twice (same man) on our last trip. (Dec 1-10). Then we were lucky and never saw him again.

I love the buses. We do not get lost on the bus like we do when DH drives.

Luv'sTink
12-21-2006, 11:11 PM
We rented a car and ended up using the busses a lot. Sometimes it was just easier to hop on a bus.

jimmiej
12-21-2006, 11:17 PM
We love the WDW Transportation system! We've never rented a car & only once used a taxi. On rare occasions, we've waited more than 20 minutes. Overall, I'd give them a grade of 98.

2Princes2Princesses
12-21-2006, 11:24 PM
We don't worry about the buses ever. We have driven to WDW a few times and never moved the car once it was parked.

If the bus is full and we don't want to stand, we wait for the next one. If they are running slow? Oh well!!!

I swear sometimes we must be the most laid back bunch at WDW. :teeth: I cannot remember rushing anywhere in all the times I have gone.

Hibernians
12-21-2006, 11:28 PM
I think Disney's transportation system is very good and its free - what's there to complain about, honestly ? Sure, every now and then we experienced a long wait (our most recent vacation of 7 days we had only one very long wait for a bus at DTD, so I think Disney batted about 95% for the week and again its free, so no complaints from me.

I think for some people the issue with relying on public transportation is that it becomes a "control" issue and you are no longer in control if are relying on Disney to get you from point A to point B. I can understand this, but fortunately I'm happy to leave the driving to Disney.

We also enjoy the socializing aspect too; sharing stories with our fellow travelers and learning something new about the most wonderful place on earth :)

Happy Trails -

Joe

WDWFRV
12-22-2006, 08:00 AM
What it comes to is that you will always have insatisfied people out there that just like to complain for nothing. People complain about the wait, about the food (if the restaurant is too loud), about the resorts etc. (why don't they just stay home). I am a very mellow person and I enjoy myself wherever I am. They expect everything to be perfect because it's Disney, I mean chill out people and just friggin relax and go with the flow :cool1: and be thankful that you get to see Disney World. I've been to Disney 4 times now and I do not have one complaint to make, everything was perfect (from the resort to the parks and restaurants). They well exceeded my expectations.

Boncho
12-22-2006, 11:38 AM
What it comes to is that you will always have insatisfied people out there that just like to complain for nothing. People complain about the wait, about the food (if the restaurant is too loud), about the resorts etc. (why don't they just stay home). I am a very mellow person and I enjoy myself wherever I am. They expect everything to be perfect because it's Disney, I mean chill out people and just friggin relax and go with the flow :cool1: and be thankful that you get to see Disney World. I've been to Disney 4 times now and I do not have one complaint to make, everything was perfect (from the resort to the parks and restaurants). They well exceeded my expectations.

Well said! I feel the same way. :thumbsup2

C.Ann
12-22-2006, 12:00 PM
I think the busses are great! Of course I've never used them when it's been extremely busy, but it still beats trying to find your way around Disney property with their less than helpful signs.. And if it were dark and I had a rental car? Forget it! I'd end up in Miami.. :rotfl2:

Sammy
12-26-2006, 11:44 AM
We love using the Disney transportation! We're never usually in a great hurry to get anywhere....we're on vacation! Plus, DH hates to drive when he's on vacation at WDW. However, if we are traveling resort-to-resort for dinner or an event, we do take the rental car to avoid transfers and extra-long commute times.

jodifla
12-26-2006, 11:50 AM
I just don't like all that time wasted, sitting around for buses. I wanted to ride the new AK rollercoaster, so I took a bus over one morning. Getting over there wasn't bad, maybe 45 minutes from OKW, but getting back again took almost an hour and 15 minutes! I could have driven in 15, including the parking lot walk.

And then there's trying to dine out at another resort. Why would I want to waste two hours EACH WAY just to have dinner, when it's a 10 minute drive. My time is too valuable.

Lewisc
12-26-2006, 12:32 PM
Resort to resort bus transportation is poor. Many of the better resort restaurants are located near a theme park. I suspect you can take a bus to the MK and then take the monorail to a monorail resort in less than 2 hours but I agree a car is a lot more convenient.

Buses to/from the theme parks run every 20-30 minutes (or less) even during the non-peak periods. It shouldn't take 75 minutes but I'll agree you can frequently make better time with a rental car.



I just don't like all that time wasted, sitting around for buses. I wanted to ride the new AK rollercoaster, so I took a bus over one morning. Getting over there wasn't bad, maybe 45 minutes from OKW, but getting back again took almost an hour and 15 minutes! I could have driven in 15, including the parking lot walk.

And then there's trying to dine out at another resort. Why would I want to waste two hours EACH WAY just to have dinner, when it's a 10 minute drive. My time is too valuable.

PlainJane
12-26-2006, 02:11 PM
I love the buses. Not having to deal with parking lots or directions, and also not having to deal with a car as hot as a blow torch during the summer when you first get in. Before I actually got up the courage to try the buses myself I thought those who did use them were crazy. My mom and I were going to first use them back in 2003, but we wimped out and rented a car when we got to the airport. Last January we took the plunge and are never going back:thumbsup2

SoarinJ
12-26-2006, 04:34 PM
I just don't like all that time wasted, sitting around for buses. I wanted to ride the new AK rollercoaster, so I took a bus over one morning. Getting over there wasn't bad, maybe 45 minutes from OKW, but getting back again took almost an hour and 15 minutes! I could have driven in 15, including the parking lot walk.

And then there's trying to dine out at another resort. Why would I want to waste two hours EACH WAY just to have dinner, when it's a 10 minute drive. My time is too valuable.

nothing prevents one from having a car and driving if they wish.

I have never had a problem with the bus system at WDW, mostly because i have actually researched how long it takes to get from place to place and plan accordingly.

HelenePA
12-26-2006, 04:51 PM
I hope they aren't anything like the "bad" reviews I've read. We will be using them.. I'm on vacation. I got no other place to be.. If I gotta stand 20 min to get a free ride some place so be it.. Relax... its supposed to be a happy carefree time right? If its for free its for me! Espically because I HATE driving in major cities I live in a town of 2500ppl.... anything over that scares the CRAP out of me!!

luvsmickeymouse
12-27-2006, 10:21 PM
We don't worry about the buses ever. We have driven to WDW a few times and never moved the car once it was parked.

If the bus is full and we don't want to stand, we wait for the next one. If they are running slow? Oh well!!!

I swear sometimes we must be the most laid back bunch at WDW. :teeth: I cannot remember rushing anywhere in all the times I have gone.

Gee, another person like myself. I love the Disney Transportation System, to me its part of the vacation. I ride around on it just for fun. I never rush around while I am there. I love it there, I take in everything that I can.