View Full Version : i love disney transport,am i sick?

04-17-2004, 10:12 PM
maybe because we tend to go at more off peak times, but dw and i love using the disney transport system, we rarely find the bus wait annoying, have met a lot of nice fellow disney addicts on the transport, we gave up renting cars in 95 when it sat unused for 8 out of 10 days in the poly parking lot
i spent 22 years looking out at the world through a windshield so i really enjoy letting someone else do the driving
and i've found the key is being flexible, think where am i now, what theme parks are still open, and where am i going, we just jump on the first bus to a park or a resort and hub through there, we allow enough time and just relax, after all, we be on vacation dude, hakuna matata, gave up commando planning years ago, rarely have more than 1-2 ps in a week long trip, prefer to think of it as jumping into the disney river each day to see where it takes us
anyone else out there doing it the same way

04-17-2004, 10:32 PM
No, you're not sick. :D

Our family also enjoys Disney transport. The boats and monorail are the most fun but buses are fine too. We're quite laid back and don't mind sitting at a bus stop chatting with the other guests. We've driven arround before and I think the hassle of parking (esp. at MK) is just too much.

04-17-2004, 10:39 PM
We agree. The transportation system is fine for us. We stay at BWV most and walk to Epcot and MGM and thru Epcot to the monorail for MK (if we're not going at park opening). I guess the only time we don't enjoy the buses is when it's standing room only and packed late at night. We generally aren't on any kind of schedule.

04-17-2004, 10:55 PM
I am in complete agreement with you. It is the most relaxing way to go. After five trips, it still utterly amazes me that no matter where we are going, by boat or bus, how organized it all is. It is so amazing to me how they transport thousands of people each day with such ease. I take it all in stride as well. The wait doesn't bother me.

04-17-2004, 11:39 PM
Originally posted by garylpn
i spent 22 years looking out at the world through a windshield so i really enjoy letting someone else do the driving

I agree. That is a big part of the vacation for me now. Not having to touch a steering wheel while on vacation is pure luxury. I never rent a car anymore and let Disney haul me around the world. :)

Suzi Q
04-18-2004, 05:31 AM
My DH and I love the Disney transport system as well. We have met so many nice people over the years. Since we are in WDW at least once a year or more, we don't mind waiting. Generally, when we travel in off season, the waits aren't bad at all. DH loves not having to watch traffic and letting someone else do the driving. And me....I'm just happy to be on WDW property!

Doug Wolfe
04-18-2004, 07:12 AM
I have to agree with the sicko.:crazy: I have no probelms with Disney Transport.

I rented a car while staying at Poly in 1997 and it sat in the parking lot for a week, just like the other person. I did not recognize it when I had to get it out of the lot to go back to the airport.

I did rent in 2003, but I needed the vehicle for grocery shopping & going to Downtown Disney while staying at Old Key West.

But Disney Transporation is fairly easy for me.::MickeyMo

04-18-2004, 07:50 AM
I agree; my husband and I rented a car on one trip to WDW, and will never do it again. The car sat in the Dixie Landings parking lot the entire trip; what a waste of money. Flexibility is the key, as the OP mentioned. We stay at the BWV usually and have learned to get off the bus at the Swan(or Dolphin, which ever is first on the route) and walk across the bridge to the BWV. We love the boat rides, so relaxing, and the monorails are my DS's favorite. So add us to the crazy lot. :crazy:

04-18-2004, 08:06 AM
That is one of the things we love.. maybe we'll rent a car when we have kids... but for now... let someone else fight the traffic.. we'd rather just sit back and relax.

04-18-2004, 09:03 AM
We don't rent a car any more, either. But we do sometimes choose a specific destination, and when the bus system takes forever (as happened last November when it took 2 hours to get from WL to DD), we can't just shrug it off. We were paying an outrageous fee to a babysitting service so we could have just one evening to ourselves, and our idea of a date isn't sitting at a bus stop.

04-18-2004, 09:22 AM
I love disney transporation!

DH and I have never rented a car for our on site vacations. Like everyone else, we just go with the flow and have learned a few tips. Like if we have a PS for dinner at another hotel...take a taxi. While staying at WL, we don't wait for the boat to take us back to WL after the fireworks (too long of a wait), we walk to the contemp and take the boat from there back to WL. We love the boat ride from the studios to epcot...often stopping at the boardwalk for a great lunch or dinner. And we always use a towncar service that offers a free grocery stop. In addition dh and I don't have to argue over who's the designated driver at dinner because the disney driver will take care of us;)

04-18-2004, 10:19 AM
Originally posted by WDW4metoo
I love disney transporation!

DH and I have never rented a car for our on site vacations. Like everyone else, we just go with the flow and have learned a few tips. Like if we have a PS for dinner at another hotel...take a taxi.

You guys are all SICK! Just kidding.

We like the flexibility of a car (and drive down from Atlanta), so, it is best for us.

My question is, if you are going to take taxi's an the shuttle service from the airport, how much is that? In the end does it not justify a rental car?


04-18-2004, 10:22 AM
We love Disney Transportation!

I'm always amazed by people who would rather walk or tram or (at MK) take the ferry to a hot car, then have to park at their resort at the end of the day. They say this saves time? Much more relaxing to wait for a cool bus. On my younger daughter's first trip at 14 months of age she would have been happy to ride the buses all day and skip the parks! And we go during the busy times.

04-18-2004, 10:27 AM
I agree with you and your attitude: "we be on vacation, dude!"

We have driven to WDW the last three trips, but have yet to use the car while we're there. We've taken an occasional cab when the bus line was crowded (usually at a park closing), but I really enjoy the buses even when they're crowded. Afterall, everyone there is on vacation too, and it's fun to swap stories on the bus.

On one of our early trips, we booked through a travel agent out of New Orleans and met her and her family in person for the first time on a Disney Bus leaving the AK. It's a small world afterall!

The monorails and boats are more like rides than transportation to us, so we use them whenever we can.

04-18-2004, 10:46 AM
I agree, but DH hates the buses. We will be at BWV next weekend and I could convince him we don't need the car except that we arrive after midnight and our flight out is 9am. Mears would not be convenient as they would pick us up at 6am:eek: :eek: and the night we arrive I am concerned they may be closed or have limited transfers causing us to wait sometime. And we will be tired and not want to wait. And we like to ride around and become more familiar with the area, and visit Celebration. Plus we can go to the grocery store and eat off property if we want to. It really is hard to weigh sometimes. But I do like the leave the worries to someone else theory. :)

04-18-2004, 10:49 AM
I think you are sick.

You have Disney disease!


04-18-2004, 11:20 AM

Have you looked into some of the townecar services instead of renting a car? With 5 in my family, we had to rent a van, but they picked us up at the airport and made a grocery stop on the way to BWV. Once there, we walked to Epcot and MGM, and used the bus to MK, AK and DD. We always got off at the Swan on the return trip, and even used the monorail between MK and Epcot. All in all, the service was pretty good, with the worst being the ride to AK, but still not that bad. The good part about the bus service at BWV seemed to be that you were always picked up by an empty bus, which meant you always got a seat, no problem. When we left on a Sunday, our flight was at 7:15 am, so the townecar service picked us up at 5:15, and we were checked in and on the plane with no problems. I believe they all will run 24 hours a day. We used Tiffany Townecar and for the van it was $87.00 plus tips (the regular van rate was $95, but we had a coupon from Passporter), and to rent a car for the 9 days would have run me about $250 with codes. I was also worried about not being able to go offsite for meals and such, but the BWV area is packed with places to eat including places at BC, Swan and Dolphin and let's not forget Epcot. All in all, I am glad we didn't get a car!! :cool: :cool: :cool:

04-18-2004, 12:11 PM
This is one of the reasons we bought into DVC. I can't stand driving around and looking for places (I'm guilty of not wanting to stop and ask directions). It keeps the peace in our family b/c we are free to do whatever we want.

04-18-2004, 01:15 PM
I also love Disney transportation. The wait never bothers me (unless it's late at night and I'm tired waiting to get back to the resort). Otherwise, it's always been nice to let someone else do the driving. Where I live, it's always bumper to bumper and I despise being behind the wheel. When I'm on the vacation, I am more than happy to let someone else do the job. I'd also much rather be dropped off at the front gates than have to locate parking, walk farther, and the real problem is trying to find your car after coming out of the park. I'm one of those people that always loses my car.

04-18-2004, 01:45 PM
ITA ::yes::

I wouldn't do it any other way--you'll never find me driving to the parks. Actually I may be in the minority but I do really like the bus transport...if there isn't a boat at the resort I'm at it really doesn't bother me :confused: Weird, I know :teeth:

It was kind of neat because before our trip in '02 my DH had never been to Disney before. When we got there it was kind of fun to see his amazement that we didn't have to do any of the driving or navigating. No matter where we went there was a monorail, boat, or bus to take us to wherever we needed to go.

04-18-2004, 02:36 PM
Count me in with the sickos, LOL. I think Diseny does an amazing job of moving literally huge numbers of people around in a single day, in an extremely efficient manner. I always say many major cities' transportation companies could learn a lot from WDW transportation.
We almost always have a car while at WDW but we only use it when we go off property, change resorts or go to the water parks and sometimes DTD. We almsot always stay the bulk of each trip at BWV so we only need Disney bus transport for MK & AK, and of course our PI nights, LOL!

04-18-2004, 04:33 PM
Count me in too. I just love the Disney transport. The bus drivers are so nice. Maybe it's because we are flexible but I have had some of the niocest bus rides mid afternoon returning from the parks with a bus driver who spends time telling you all about what is going on around 'the world'.
Why drive to a park then have the hassle of parking your car, riding a tram/ferry etc. when you are dropped off by the bus near the front gate?
Yes we do rent a car and use it for shopping-groceries, outlets, visiting other resorts, trips off property for meals etc.
But our main transport around WDW is the buses, ferries, monorail.
My favorite 'day trip' used to be the bus to MK, then the monorail to Epcot, walking through Epcot to the boat to the Studios and the bus back 'home'. At each park we would buy somthing or eat something or see a show we hadn't seen. My friend won't do that any more telling me that trying to ride all forms of Disney transport in one day is a bit nuts. So I'm nuts, what else is new?:crazy: ::yes::

04-18-2004, 04:48 PM
I love the boat ride to DD from OKW. When I stay at a mono-rail resort, the mono-rail is just fine. But the bus service is not for me. I have to tell you it starts with the buses themselves, then the long waits, and of course the long rides. I use my car and valet service when I am going to any of the parks. I think we are second class citizens when we have to use the buses. I don't go to places that treat me as such, the buses do, I avoid them. Disney should have thought of a better way to transport us then buses, actually they did, but then came the moderate and value resorts, and well the rest is history.

04-18-2004, 05:41 PM
trying to ride all forms of Disney transport in one day is a bit nuts. So I'm nuts, what else is new?
:) LOL! I also get a kick out of how many different forms of Disney transport we take in a day. So I am nuts also!! I love zipping around WDW via Disney transportation, it is like living in a big city/community that is totally magical and for the most part, hassle free! Once you basically get the "lay of the land" and which different forms of transportation go where; getting around WDW is a snap. I find it much easier and much more user friendly than navigating most major cities via public transportation.

04-18-2004, 06:54 PM
We also like the Disney tranport system. But I think that DD & I are the true "sickos." About one month ago, we were walking into Target just as a city bus was pulling away. We walked right through its exhaust. After we got inside, DD turned to me and said "That smell reminds me of Disney World." I looked at her and said, "You're not going to believe this, but I was just thinking the same thing!" Now, how sick is that??

04-18-2004, 07:11 PM
Count us in too! We use either Mears or town car service to get to and from our hotel and WDW transportation for every place else. We enjoy trying to figure out how to get from here to there using the transportation system and are quite good at doing so. No worries about parking, traffic, or as other poster wrote--boiling hot car interiors. We travel both peak and off peak seasons and use WDW transportation exclusively. Even when we drove and spent 2 weeks at WDW in 2002, our car never moved from it's parking spot until we were ready to head home.

This past February, we spent a day visiting the different resorts and often go to a new resort each day for a meal or just to walk around. All this with WDW transportation and our handy, dandy transportation map.

04-18-2004, 07:40 PM
Thanks for the tips. There are only the 2 of us so Mears makes the most sense. I asked DH again today if he still wanted the car or to cancel and he insisted the car. I forgot about another issue. We were at WDW on 9/11 and we had rented a car which was the first time in many years as we were at VWL then the 3 day cruise, then back to VWL. Our trip was cut short and if we had not had the car we would have been stranded and unable to get home for who knows how long as no-one really knew anything for several days. DH says he never wants to be in that position again and having a car makes him feel safer even if we park it for the week. But I agree, you kind of miss some of that magic without the buses. We will still walk to Epcot and MGM or take the boat. But I kind of agree that MK and AK at the close is easier without the bus.

04-18-2004, 08:09 PM
We do too! Especially since we can walk to Epcot and MGM from BCV. Once in a while there will be a long wait but I don't usually mind. Afterall, we are on vacation. Annmaire

04-18-2004, 08:39 PM
I agree I don't mind Disney transportation. We drive down from Jersey the last thing I want to do when I get there is more driving. I find the buses relaxing we usually go during the off season so they are not busy. I have even dosed off on the way home.:wave: :wave:

04-18-2004, 10:36 PM
btw, some of those 22 yrs were spent on a bus with convicts, it's nice to be on a bus that does not have wire across the windows and a cage around the driver, 14 spent wearing sergeant stripes responding from 1 troublesome situation to the next, last 2 spent in domestic violence unit usually responding to some place where some person, usually male, sometimes intoxicated just didn't understand that yes, the court really meant for him to live somewhere else for a while, and that means exile starts now, voluntarily or otherwise, so yeah it's nice to leave the logistical transport worries to someone else

04-18-2004, 10:49 PM
but after driving for 24 straight hrs just to get to WDW the last thing I want to do is drive to the parks or to another resort for dinner.
When we get to our room my keys get tossed on the table and unless we have to make a run off-site for some reason they stay there until it's time to head home. ::yes::

04-18-2004, 10:50 PM
but after driving for 24 straight hrs just to get to WDW the last thing I want to do is drive to the parks or to another resort for dinner.
When we get to our room my keys get tossed on the table and unless we have to make a run off-site for some reason they stay there until it's time to head home. ::yes::

04-18-2004, 11:16 PM
Count me in, too! The transportation is one of the things that makes a WDW vacation so relaxing. It's one of the things DH always tells people when he's explaining why he'd rather vacation at WDW more than anywhere else. It's so nice to not have to get behind the wheel while you're on vacation. We just have the towncar sevice do the airport driving and let Disney take it from there.:earsgirl:

04-19-2004, 05:35 AM
We take the auto train from Lorton, VA. so we always have a car. We use it when we go out to dinner at another resort. It is a real pain to try to take a bus. We also prefer to drive to Typhoon Lagoon. If we have an early morning PS for Cinderella's Breakfast we will drive (we love to go before the MK opens). The rest of the time we take the bus or boat...we don't mind the wait either. We are generally on "slow" in the morning anyway, and they are never crowded by the time we get to the bus stop. Sandie