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vital
04-07-2007, 06:54 PM
How hard is it to find your way around driving? I'm either staying at ASMO or POFQ in October. We're going to AK and MK on the same day. How hard is it to find your way around and which resort would be best for those parks?

Thanks so much!

Blondie
04-07-2007, 06:56 PM
Why not let Disney do the driving? Park your car at the resort and forget about it!

Blondie
04-07-2007, 06:58 PM
Sorry, I didn't really answer your question, did I?

The first day or two you'll be somewhat confused, but after you get the layout of the land so to speak, you'll do just fine. There are signs all over place. The MK and AK are kind of at opposite ends of the property.

Even still, we always use Disney transportation. It's just one less thing for me to worry about. It's easy to catch a quick snooze too while in transit!

vital
04-07-2007, 07:05 PM
Sorry, I didn't really answer your question, did I?

The first day or two you'll be somewhat confused, but after you get the layout of the land so to speak, you'll do just fine. There are signs all over place. The MK and AK are kind of at opposite ends of the property.

Even still, we always use Disney transportation. It's just one less thing for me to worry about. It's easy to catch a quick snooze too while in transit!

I should've said we're only going to be there for one day. I'm driving in and won't get to WDW until midnight Thurs night/Fri morning. Then we are going to AK that day and MK for MNSSHP that night. We are hopping on a DCL cruise that Sat morning! I don't want to spend my time waiting for a bus! I've only been in June and the crowds were intense. How are they in October?

SlightlyGoofy
04-07-2007, 07:28 PM
MGM and AK are quite easy to drive to from the All Stars or even POP.

AK is just the second exit to the left after you pass McD and stay to the right.

MGM is right down the road straight on the right opposite the gas station at the Boardwalk.

I do not drive to the other parks as they are harder to get out of and I do not want to be with all the other people who have no clue as to where they are going either.

From what I understand I would not want to drive to the MK anyway as it is harder to get into the park from the parking lots there. I drive over to Fort Wilderness during daylight but everything looks different to me at night. The purple and red signs are wonderful in the daylight but disappear at night.

Will you be going to MK first or second that day?

Slightly Goofy

byoung
04-07-2007, 07:48 PM
Most of the time we stay at Disney and use there transpertation. When we have had a car it's very easy to get around Disney, well marked.

dunnhorn
04-07-2007, 08:08 PM
AK is a very easy drive from ASM - probably a mile away. My suggestion is that if you are going to be on prop that short of time, stay at All Star and drive to AK, then drive back to the resort and then ride the bus to MK. The parking situation at MK is ridiculous. Consider this: You have to park in the MK parking lot, then take a tram to the Transportation and Ticket Center, and then take a ferry or the monorail to MK - talk about a time burner! I would say this will take a min of 40 minutes - AFTER YOU HAVE PARKED YOUR CAR. Much faster/easier to take a bus from ASM to MK - it lets you out just yards from the front gate. It is a complete pain in the neck to drive to MK and I really don't know that you would be saving much time.

vital
04-07-2007, 08:41 PM
We're going to AK that morning and MK for MNSSHP that night. It sounds like dunnhorn's plan would work perfectly! Now for the magic 8 ball question, how are the busses from All Star to MK? Which one gets picked up first?

Y'all rock! Thanks so much!

crazy4wdw
04-07-2007, 08:41 PM
AK is a very easy drive from ASM - probably a mile away. My suggestion is that if you are going to be on prop that short of time, stay at All Star and drive to AK, then drive back to the resort and then ride the bus to MK. The parking situation at MK is ridiculous. Consider this: You have to park in the MK parking lot, then take a tram to the Transportation and Ticket Center, and then take a ferry or the monorail to MK - talk about a time burner! I would say this will take a min of 40 minutes - AFTER YOU HAVE PARKED YOUR CAR. Much faster/easier to take a bus from ASM to MK - it lets you out just yards from the front gate. It is a complete pain in the neck to drive to MK and I really don't know that you would be saving much time.

Not to mention that you'll have to do the same thing in reverse when you leave the park. You mentioned that you were staying at the MK for Spectro Magic so you'll be leaving the park with lots of other people which will compound the problem. I would definitely take the bus to MK - it will be much quicker for the return back to your resort.

dunnhorn
04-07-2007, 08:51 PM
We're going to AK that morning and MK for MNSSHP that night. It sounds like dunnhorn's plan would work perfectly! Now for the magic 8 ball question, how are the busses from All Star to MK? Which one gets picked up first?

Y'all rock! Thanks so much!

I think Sports picks up and drops off first. So - that means on pickup you'll get a seat, and on dropoff you'll get off first.

SlightlyGoofy
04-07-2007, 09:02 PM
If you are staying for the party I would manage to be around the MS ice cream parlor if it stays open late that night, as it often does, and enjoy a treat while the hoards rush to stand in line for the buses. BTW, the AS buses are all the way down to the left out of the park and the first few buses fill up quickly. POP buses are the very last in line.

We have learned, the hard way, that it is best to linger and then saunter and by the time we finally do get to the buses there is seldom a line at all. If we get to the bus stop and there is a long line we just sit on a bench until the lines clear out so that we get seats rather than have to stand. I fall easily.

BTW, if you happen to stay at one of the All Star resorts and you are away from the main building BUT closer to the bus stop of one of the sister resorts you might be better off taking that bus rather than the one of the resort you are staying at. Works that way with the food courts as well.

Good luck and have a blast!!

Slightly Goofy

darkcyber
04-07-2007, 09:16 PM
No matter if you only staying one day, I would still leave my car parked at the resort and use the Disney buses. Then just use the bus to come back and get your car and leave. Much easier than trying to navigate all the mess yourself...but to each his own. :cool1:

And besides, if you drive your car to the parks, they will charge you to park (don't they?). Leave it at the resort and it's free parking.

mommyoftwinfants
04-07-2007, 09:23 PM
:rotfl: we used our car for the 1st 3 days when we were there last year and kept getting lost, so we said to heck with it and took the bus the other 7 :idea: . If you have never been before it is very confusing :confused3 but after the trip this year and last we might try and drive around next year :rolleyes1 .

TinkerbellLuvr7
04-07-2007, 10:08 PM
The very first time we stayed on property we used the buses just to get familiar with the place and every trip after that we had gotten a rental car b/c my father is a very impatient man and doesnt like to wait for the bus, so we would drive to a park in the morning except MK if staying at WL and park the car, move it in the afternoon for a rest/pool and then drive back at night and convince the parking ppl to let us look for a spot up close to the front b/c ppl would have left and we never had a problem convincing them to let us look for a spot. We are using ME in May b/c my dad is for certain it is not busy like in june so hopefully he doesnt regret not getting a rental car but we saved a ton of money and were able to afford the 300+ a nite at WL so good luck with the driving if you do it, if not, i'm sure the buses will work out fine too, and if you get tired of the car park it and let Disney bus you around!!!

silmarg
04-08-2007, 12:38 AM
We always drive to and from the parks (one of us in our party is an Annual Passholders so we can get the room discount and the DDP discount... and added bennie is we dont pay for parking).

I think Coronado is the most centrally located hotel to all the parks.

But any property is easy to get to any park.

Plus if you have odd ball dining ressie, having a car is a big time saver.

magicmouse2
04-08-2007, 01:33 AM
We find it quicker to take the car. Plus you then dont have to wait around for buses when the kids are tired. We tend to use Disney transportation when going to the MK though. Our first few trips to WDW we ended up getting lost but now we are pretty good navigating WDW. Do you have a Sat Nav ? that might help.

Bell30012
04-08-2007, 03:29 AM
Three letters for you... GPS. I have a cheap Garmin on the dashboard and all of the Disney parks were pre-programmed so were all the resorts. Worked out great.

Also, came in real handy on the trip down... finding Ci-Ci's for a cheap meal.. etc, etc.

vital
04-08-2007, 06:34 AM
HMMMM.......GPS!? Never even thought of it. We travel a LOT so that might be a good investment! I'll be doing a search on the net today just to check things out!

Thanks for all your wonderful ideas!!!!

finedice
04-08-2007, 06:53 AM
When we were last at WDW, we found having the car was awesome. I much prefer the flexibility of being able to lock things in the trunk I might need for a "later in the day" stop. You park free as a resort guest everywhere.

Driving around WDW is very easy if you have any sense of direction and can read a map. Try downloading a current WDW road map before you go.

I never found traffic to be heavy except when in line to enter the parking lot first thing in the mornings.

For us, the car is a necessity. We also like the freedom to be able to go off property some evenings (not many). For some trips we might choose the resort transportation, but if you plan to move around, or go to multiple places within the world on the same day, it seems like a hassle with the TTC, transfers, multiple stops en route, and lines (at times). :hourglass

MiltInMadison
04-08-2007, 08:32 AM
Just back from POFQ and I can tell you Disney Transportation is phenomenal. Can't imagine using a car. We never waited more than 15 minutes (and that was when we saw the bus just leaving as we got there). Numerous times our wait was less than 5 minutes or a bus was already waiting.

On one occassion there was a very long queue after MK closed and we thought we'd be there long, but suddenly 2 buses appeared and lined up side by side to load. Same with the boats to DTD. Came back full from POR once but within 5 minutes another came to pick up only POFQ and headed right for DTD.

denisekayt
04-08-2007, 09:05 AM
Our first trip we did not rent a car and used Disney transportation exclusively...our second trip we decided to rent a car, and probably will never do a trip without one again! It's just so much faster to use your own transporation for all the parks except MK (We DO continue to use Disney trans for that)....especially if you're staying in a resort that shares buses with other resorts.

Edited to add...we don't find getting around very difficult. Here is a link to one of the best maps I've found that really shows the internal WDW road system well: http://www.disney.co.uk/usa-resorts/waltdisneyworld/VII/maps/pdf/wdwmap.pdf

I printed the map before we left and kept it in the rental throughout our stay

TinkerbellLuvr7
04-08-2007, 09:13 AM
we have GPS too!! A garmin one but we wont be using it on our trip in May b/c we arent getting a rental car and we're using ME instead but my dad is so crazy w/it, we use it when we go out to eat to see if it can locate the places or not, so I better not tell him he could use it in WDW, he might change his mind bout the rental car lol!! although it keeps him from complaining about the bus lines so I'm not sure, at one point he even said that he would get the rental car and my mom, brother and I could do ME and put all the luggage with it but the cost of rental cars for May i guess arent fitting into our budget so no GPS using for us and I dont think my dad is that crazy to take it on the buses, i'm not even sure you could??

dunnhorn
04-08-2007, 07:15 PM
We have Garmin. Couldn't live without it.... Fabulous.

disneymoon_0307
04-08-2007, 07:20 PM
Normally you can just follow the signs but sometimes that doesn't work to well either. Just make sure you have someone in the passenger seat looking at the map they give you of the parks and roads and you should be okay. Also plan ahead look at the map before you leave. If you're still not to sure you can always take the bus from MK to AK or from the resort.

vital
04-08-2007, 07:26 PM
Denise, that's an awesome map! I've bookmarked the site! I've never known how everything was layed out until now. I'm 99% sure we're going to stay at an All Star now!

SlightlyGoofy
04-08-2007, 08:22 PM
dunnhorn, I was researching portable GPS devices today. I am hard of hearing would the Garmin work for me? Will it plug into my car speakers? Do you have to attach it to the windshield? Any and all info greatly appreciated. It was going to be my Christmas present but I am thinking it would be better to get it before our upcoming trips. Thank you so very much!!:)

Vital, one of the best kept secrets at Disney is how convenient the AS's are to many things. What I love the most is that it is at the end of the main road so I cannot get lost UNLESS I turn left out of Pleasure Island instead of right. :rotfl2:

Slightly Goofy

dunnhorn
04-08-2007, 08:35 PM
Hi there -

We have the 2730 and it does have a FM transmitter on it (or look to make sure that the model you are looking at does) and it comes fully loaded with a host of female voices. If the frequency of the female voice doesn't work for you, you can download a male voice (Daniel) from the internet (we did that... I like the sound of his british accent.) Also, there is a CHIME that goes off right before the person talks to you, which is good. The display also lists your vehicle speed and the exact distance before you make a turn, so if you have trouble hearing the visual is good. If you miss your turn, it will recalculate in seconds. We usually leave the sound off unless we are in total unfamiliar territory.

The one we have doesn't hard-install on any car. It sits on a bean bag holder that is surprisingly stable. We like this because this means we can take it with us whereever we go. I bought the carrying case for it from amazon.com but it is not that big.

My husband is saying that there is also an earphone jack... he said that he is thinking you can also use that earphone jack to put in a tape adaptor to broadcast over your speakers in case the FM transmitter doesn't work.

The model we have has XM radio - my husband's dad has the one right below it with no XM and his love for Garmin is what turned us on to it - we need th XM traffic because we live in Atlanta and my husband's commute is 25 miles one way. Anyway - the XM is not essential, but it is a nice feature. Couldn't recommend Garmin enough. I have a friend who has one too (the non-XM model). He totally loves it....

SlightlyGoofy
04-09-2007, 07:24 PM
Leslie Ann, thank you so very much for taking the time and trouble to give me this very useful information. It sounds like the Garmin would be the perfect thing for this directionally challenged person. Wonder if it would give me directions around DW too? As many times as I have been I still get turned around in some of the parks. Just about the time I remember where everything is it is time to leave. :lmao:

My new car has six speakers so I do not use the sound system unless I am on a freeway.

You LIVE in Atlanta?? You brave folks. There is lots to love there but I do not envy you the traffic one tiny bit. I will be passing through on September 8th and you never saw so many prayers coming so fast in the 15 minutes or so it takes me to get through there.

Vital, I booked into Sports for 24 nites this morning. Maybe I will see you round?

Slightly Goofy

dunnhorn
04-09-2007, 07:33 PM
Glad I could be of help!!! :hippie: Enjoy your time at AS! :thumbsup2

vital
04-10-2007, 05:28 AM
Leslie Ann, thank you so very much for taking the time and trouble to give me this very useful information. It sounds like the Garmin would be the perfect thing for this directionally challenged person. Wonder if it would give me directions around DW too? As many times as I have been I still get turned around in some of the parks. Just about the time I remember where everything is it is time to leave. :lmao:

My new car has six speakers so I do not use the sound system unless I am on a freeway.

You LIVE in Atlanta?? You brave folks. There is lots to love there but I do not envy you the traffic one tiny bit. I will be passing through on September 8th and you never saw so many prayers coming so fast in the 15 minutes or so it takes me to get through there.

Vital, I booked into Sports for 24 nites this morning. Maybe I will see you round?

Slightly Goofy

There are quite a few of us going on a cruise October 27 and are going to MNSSHP the 26th! If y'all want to meet us for the party, come to our cruise meets thread and join in! The more the merrier! We are also meeting some from the adults and solo travelers thread there!pirate:

Thank y'all for your help! I'm seriously thinking of a Garmin now~! But I do know for sure that I'll be staying at an All Star thanks to all the info here!

SlightlyGoofy
04-12-2007, 08:02 PM
vital, our plans call for going to the Halloween Party (our first) on the 21st right now. We will be at EPCOT on the 26th.

I have decided to go ahead and get the Garmin soon instead of giving it to myself for Christmas. Since we have two trips to Florida planned before Christmas it makes more sense.

I am keeping an eye on the Boards and making a list, and checking it twice or more to see who is going to be at the Sports while we are there and if someone starts a Free Dining ADR thread I will print that out also and I really hope to be able to meet several people, you included.

I counted and I met over 2 dozen last time. I credit it all to my special t shirt I had made. You would have to see it, and I hope you do, to believe it. :lmao:

SG/Linda

vital
04-13-2007, 05:25 AM
I'm going to stay at Sports unless there's a team event those 2 nights! I'm already going to be tired and I don't need to be exhausted when I hop on that 7 day DCL cruise! I need my energy to snorkel, swim and walk on the beach!:lmao: We are going to make ADR's for LTT the 26th at 5ish so we'll be in the park for MNSSHP! During the day on the 26th we'll be at AK just so my son can ride EE. He made me (his poor mother:rotfl: ) ride it all alone last time. Now he regrets not riding it. He's only 7! He shouldn't have regrets yet!

Maybe we can meet at Sports between parks! Just look for a gal and her son running around the field looking crazy. We'll probably have on our Mississippi State hats too! I usually put a lime green mickey head on me somewhere!pirate:

SlightlyGoofy
04-14-2007, 01:27 PM
I understand that you can request written out directions for any place you want to go at your resort desk.

It was step by step too, which would be very helpful for someone like me. I can get lost going around the corner, of my hometown.

SG