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christy08
10-11-2008, 11:03 PM
Hi ~ I keep reading complaints about the length of the boat ride to/from WL to MK. How long is it? Is it really that bad? Do you really have wait a long time for one? Do they keep to a regular schedule of any kind?

Also, do the boats stop at FW everytime, or are there just certain boats that do?

We're leaving in a week and we were planning to use WDW transporation (especially the boat service), and I"m wondering if we need to rent a car instead? Help! :goodvibes

Christy

lopez
10-11-2008, 11:14 PM
Oh, I think you will love it. It's very convenient, takes about 15 minutes and is very pleasant.

tardin1964
10-11-2008, 11:25 PM
The boat from WL to MK is now a direct one. It no longer stops at FW. The actual ride itself is about 12 minutes or so. Like most WDW transportation if you just miss a boat or a bus you may have to wait 10, 15 or 20 minutes for the next one.

That being said, I think the best kept transportation secret about the WL is that there is also a direct bust from WL to MK. It is a 5 minute ride. If you do miss the WL bus the most you usually have to wait for the next bus is about 10 minutes since MK is so close to WL.

The bus ride isn't as pretty or relaxing as the boat. But if you want to get to MK as fast as possible it is the most reliable.

Also, there are times when it is busy that the line to the boat is so long that every now and then you may not fit on the boat that is loading and have to wait for the next one. I have never seen the WL bus so crowded that you couldn't get on the bus.

christy08
10-12-2008, 12:23 AM
WOW -- that is some GREAT information. Thank you soo much for sharing. I feel better about the transportation now. Thank you!! :)

Just 9 more days....:cool1:

GoofyFairie
10-12-2008, 08:02 AM
We have never had issues w/ the transportation at the WL. The boat ride is one of the main reasons we like WL. I find it very relaxing, especially after a day at MK. You are going to have a wonderful stay at the Lodge.

jerseymom473
10-12-2008, 08:38 AM
Don't worry about needing a car. The boat is great and the buses were fine the whole time we were there. You will love the WL. Try Artist Point if you get the chance. Roaring Forks has good quick service meals! Enjoy!!! Have a wonderful trip!:)

pepe of ohio
10-12-2008, 09:35 AM
Don't worry about needing a car. The boat is great and the buses were fine the whole time we were there. You will love the WL. Try Artist Point if you get the chance. Roaring Forks has good quick service meals! Enjoy!!! Have a wonderful trip!:)


and we've taken 41 trips to WDW since 1977. The Lodge is our favorite deluxe, last 10 stays here. Catch the boat to FW and Trail's End has some of the best breakfast and dinner buffet on property and cheapest along with Crocketts Tavern, good pizza, relaxing atmosphere and hardly a sole in the place, our happy place to spend a quiet evening.

Kae
10-12-2008, 09:39 AM
One time when we stay at WL we were in the furthest room form the bus stop, kid you not but we could here & see the boats from our balcony so we would know when to go to the dock. Sometime we would take the boat to the CR & then the monorail to MK, it wasn't really any shorter & more walking but the CR has a Coffee Bar so I could get a decent cup of joe in the mornings.

Kae

bas71873
10-12-2008, 11:29 AM
Hi ~ I keep reading complaints about the length of the boat ride to/from WL to MK. How long is it? Is it really that bad? Do you really have wait a long time for one? Do they keep to a regular schedule of any kind?

Also, do the boats stop at FW everytime, or are there just certain boats that do?

We're leaving in a week and we were planning to use WDW transporation (especially the boat service), and I"m wondering if we need to rent a car instead? Help! :goodvibes

Christy


NO COMPLAINTS HERE. We just returned last Monday and the boat rides to and from MK were EXCELLENT. Beats the busses by far. There are 2 boats at WL...one only goes back & forth between WL and MK and that takes about 5 minutes. We never waited more than 5 or 10 minutes for that bus to arrive on either side. We never used the other bus, but I believe that one goes to FW first and then I have no idea what it does from there :)

Don't sweat the boats. They were GREAT and now I think I'm spoiled for life!!!

rie'smom
10-12-2008, 01:43 PM
That being said, I think the best kept transportation secret about the WL is that there is also a direct bust from WL to MK. It is a 5 minute ride. If you do miss the WL bus the most you usually have to wait for the next bus is about 10 minutes since MK is so close to WL.


Where is the bus stop? I was thinking about driving to the MK but if we can get there in 5 minutes w/out sharing a bus, that sounds better.

Katems
10-12-2008, 01:51 PM
The thing about the boats though, that can be really frustrating, is the 'no wake' rule near the Contemporary. You're so anxious to get there and then you C R A W L thru one part of it. I much prefer the bus.

kaybird
10-12-2008, 01:54 PM
Like Pepe, we never use a car. Think the transportation overall is great. The boat ride is super, we take it often, even when not staying at WL. They have a terrific sandwich at Roaring forks, went there twice in Sept!

Kae
10-12-2008, 03:48 PM
Where is the bus stop? I was thinking about driving to the MK but if we can get there in 5 minutes w/out sharing a bus, that sounds better.

Don't forget once you get to the MK parking lot you have monorail or ferry to the MK.

Kae

rie'smom
10-12-2008, 04:27 PM
Don't forget once you get to the MK parking lot you have monorail or ferry to the MK.

Kae

That's true! Thank-you!!!!

Mrs D
10-12-2008, 04:45 PM
I stayed at VWL Sept 7 -12 with 2 kids in strollers and FIL on a ECV scooter. We used the boats to MK exclusively!
There are 2 docks from WL; one to MK and one to FW. There are 2 types of boats that service MK a larger yacht type boat that you can roll a stroller or ECV onto and a smaller tinder type boat. An ECV can't do the tinder boat, but you may fold your strollers to take on this boat. We never waited more than 10 minutes for a boat and only had to wait for a larger boat once when FIL was with us. My kids (3 & 1) loved the boat ride and I think they were more content on it versus the buses.

Have a fabulous trip and say HI to the ducks that swim in the swimming pool!
:wizard:

christy08
10-12-2008, 05:06 PM
Thank you for all the great posts. I feel much better about the boat. My kids are very excited about it, so no car for us then!

Getting very excited to go -- 8 days!! :)

Carol Ann
10-12-2008, 07:16 PM
I am one of those get there way before rope drop people. I remember on my last trip that the first boat for MK didn't leave WL until about 8:30 and got us in at about 8:45 on a normal rope drop day...is that still the case?

bas71873
10-13-2008, 06:07 AM
I am one of those get there way before rope drop people. I remember on my last trip that the first boat for MK didn't leave WL until about 8:30 and got us in at about 8:45 on a normal rope drop day...is that still the case?

I believe the boat to MK starts 1 hour prior to opening (at least that is what I read somewhere and I can't remember where now :))....we never did it because we had early breakfast ressies at CP so we did the bus for our MK morning which worked out fine too?

Endeavour105
10-13-2008, 08:32 AM
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http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1646456

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eliza61
10-13-2008, 09:19 AM
Hi ~ I keep reading complaints about the length of the boat ride to/from WL to MK. How long is it? Is it really that bad? Do you really have wait a long time for one? Do they keep to a regular schedule of any kind?

Also, do the boats stop at FW everytime, or are there just certain boats that do?

We're leaving in a week and we were planning to use WDW transporation (especially the boat service), and I"m wondering if we need to rent a car instead? Help! :goodvibes

Christy

LONG time :rotfl2: You gotta be kidding me. It's a 8 minute boat ride. No worries on this one.

MissionMouse
10-13-2008, 09:31 AM
...There are 2 boats at WL...one only goes back & forth between WL and MK and that takes about 5 minutes. ... It takes about 5 minutes to just clear the water bridge area, so I think around 15 minutes is more accurate. Also, how well guest load and unload can play a part in the cycle time too. ECV loading and unloading can also add additional time as the boat and dock do not always align even during specific times of the year. Park closing also causes a surge of demand on the cruiser and launch that can have guest waiting for an extended period of time. In these cases it does pay to glance over at the WL bus stop to see what the demand on it may be as it may be the better choice at that time.

Overall if you get to the dock just as it is pulling away or the boats just keep filling up as you are waiting in line you should figure the other boat is leaving the opposite dock and it will take it 15-20 minutes to arrive and unload.

TimPaulaDisney08
10-13-2008, 10:42 AM
I agree the bus is the best kept secret!!! It's round trip 10 min, direct & almost never crowded. If you need to get to the park early, the buses start before the direct boat (the one to CR & FW starts earlier). The boat is great too. We usually took the bus in the AM because it was faster & boat back in the afternoon. Never waited for either more than 5 min.