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wishesUT
05-08-2007, 11:28 PM
I have the Unofficial Guide to WDW and the book lists the transportation times to get to the various parks using WDW buses, etc. Will it really take us an hour to get from the Poly to Downtown Disney? :eek: That sounds like a really long time. This will be the first time that we don't have a car, so I don't know what to expect. If you've stayed at the Poly what did you think of Disney's buses?

Karebear
05-09-2007, 01:00 AM
First off, let me say that this is just my experience, but I was not impressed with the bus transportation at the Poly. I had always stayed at the mods, so I was really excited to try the Poly. I was there during a slow time in Nov. of 2003. The monorail was great. The buses were not! We often waited up to a 1/2 hour or more for a bus to DTD, MGM, etc. Not sure if I had bad luck or what. We were there 7 nights and most of the bus waits were bad. The monorail to MK and Epcot was great. Hope this helps!

cara loves the poly
05-09-2007, 01:20 AM
No, it was not an hour. I think 1/2 hour is a pretty good estimate if I remember correctly! The Poly is great! Have a great time!

pepe of ohio
05-09-2007, 03:18 AM
We've stayed numerous times at the Poly and the buses are of a hit and miss situation. Seems to me that during the slack season, there are less buses running at all the resorts, medium waits and during peak and holiday seasons more buses but more people. We've waited anywhere from 2 minutes to 30 but we're on vacation, whose counting. When we're at Disney, no watches are allowed in our group, we're not timing anything and need to be anywhere in no set time.

Experiences from past trips seems to be that no matter where we are off to, the bus just left or just pulled out, hence the next 20 minute wait. Since we tour with no plan, been there over 38 times plus, we just grab the first bus that pulls in and head to that park, or upon arriving switch to another bus to where we would like to go. The buses to us are pare of the experience, no where else do they transport you around for free. Only place you can leave your car for the whole stay and have others escort you around.

Time from Poly to DTD, don't think its an hour but its a good standard to go by if your trying to make a certain deadline. No sense rushing, had a CM, as we ran to catch a bus, you're on vacation, why run, another bus will be along. So true, take it at an easy gait, relax, see it all, landscaping, trees and scenery.

wishesUT
05-10-2007, 08:19 AM
Thanks everyone for the advice. I like the idea of no watches. I think I do need to just take it easy and not stress. But it's good to know that if we do need to be somewhere we need to plan an extra time cushion into our travel time. Most of our dining reservations are at the Magic Kingdom and EPCOT and it sounds like those are the easiest to travel to, so that's good. We'll just plan on having a magical time no matter what. :wizard:

cara loves the poly
05-10-2007, 09:05 AM
Thanks everyone for the advice. I like the idea of no watches. I think I do need to just take it easy and not stress. But it's good to know that if we do need to be somewhere we need to plan an extra time cushion into our travel time. Most of our dining reservations are at the Magic Kingdom and EPCOT and it sounds like those are the easiest to travel to, so that's good. We'll just plan on having a magical time no matter what. :wizard:

Awesome philosphy!!!

princess mom of 4
05-10-2007, 09:19 AM
Any opinions on driving to MGM or AK instead of riding the bus? We will be in RapaNui (wheelchair accessible room) with a close parking lot, and then we could park in W/C spot at the parks, but how long would it take to drive it yourself?

zoemurr
05-10-2007, 10:44 AM
and the ride to DTD was only about 15min (to the marketplace) but the ride home was closer to 45 as there were a lot more stops. We waited both times about 10min for a bus, but I suppose that can vary quite a bit.

Have fun! We loved the Poly. :)

bamaguy06
05-10-2007, 10:53 AM
This may be helpful:

http://www.ourlaughingplace.com/asp/twiz.aspx

It gives an estimated time of the trip between places.:thumbsup2

wishesUT
05-10-2007, 10:59 PM
Awesome link! Thanks so much. I appreciate everyone sharing their experiences. I guess it would be nice to have a car sometimes, but I also think it will be nice not to have to worry about parking and such. I only wish the trip was sooner!

beccasmom
05-11-2007, 08:43 AM
I think the no-watch policy is great, too. But if you are staying at the Poly and have ADRs somewhere that require a bus, I think you need to give yourself a good deal of extra time or take a taxi. Don't forget that the bus may stop en-route at other resorts. I love the monorail resorts and think they are awesome for getting to the MK and to EC via the TTC. BUT it can be onerous to get anywhere else if you don't have a car. Other than that caveat, try not to stress about the situation. It may be better than you think and you'll be pleasantly surprised!

jnshakun
05-11-2007, 09:45 AM
Just got back from the Poly Tuesday. The bus process was fine. We went to MGM one day and waited maybe 5 min. at the stop and then the ride was pretty quick--including the stop at GF, it was not much more than 15 min. The day we went to AK, we waited about 2 min. at the stop, but the ride was a little longer because we stopped at one of the water parks first. All in all, maybe a 20-25 min. ride.

The monorails to MK and Epcot are SO easy and convenient, especially with strollers. We also took the boat over to MK a lot. It was the same short ride, but a nice change of scenery.