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corey2
08-25-2005, 12:08 PM
I will be staying in early Feb 06. The only thing i read that is bad about this resort is transportation. I am curious. how hard is it to get around? Do i need to get a rental car if i don't plan to leave disney?

Thanks in advance

HopperFan
08-25-2005, 12:13 PM
I think they have great transportation. We never waited long at the resort to get anywhere and always had a seat. Now coming home from Magic Kingdom at closing was tough, but every resort had a long line of tired guests waiting. The longest ride was to the MK and it was a whole 10 minutes.

brentalex
08-25-2005, 12:24 PM
we found the transportation to be great. Of course if you just miss a bus, you have to wait, but that is the same for any resort. But it has its own bus, no stopping other at the park you are going to. We never had a problem at all with the buses.

Nik's Mom
08-25-2005, 12:27 PM
I found the transportation to be outstanding last May! We rarely waited for buses and they were never crowded. Actually, I think one time it was standing room only, but that was after a parade, then the rain came pouring down and everyone ran for the buses. But other than that, there were always seats available. Longest ride was to DTD (about 1/2 hour). MK was only about 10 minutes. We loved AKL!

Laurajean1014
08-25-2005, 12:35 PM
We've stayed there a few times and love it.

I think the transportation is a mis-perception. Everyone thinks AKL is sooo far from everything and it really isn't. It's not too far from MK (looking on a map).

We've not had more than a 15 minute wait for a bus.

I think the only thing that is missing at this resort from others, is the option to use a ferry or other water transportation.

We had much longer waits waiting for the Ferry at WL than at AKL.

WDW LifeLong Fan
08-25-2005, 12:37 PM
We also have found the transportation to be among the best at WDW. :moped:

:banana:

tekmom
08-25-2005, 12:41 PM
Stayed there last month and never waited long for a bus and they were never crowded. We drove down from NY in a rental and never used it once our entire stay. Bus transport was so good, we're booked again for next July, also.

puffkin
08-25-2005, 12:58 PM
Bus transportation is great at the AKL. I really don't understand why people say it is so bad and that you need a car to stay here :confused3

There is only one bus stop at the resort and it takes you directly to the park. No stopping at a numerous stops (like the moderates) or at other resorts (like the other deluxes). This cuts off a lot of time in my opinion and makes this resort one of the best resorts relying solely on busses.

Nuchi15697
08-25-2005, 01:22 PM
Another thumbs up. We thought the bus service was great.

ReggieB
08-25-2005, 01:34 PM
Another thumbs up for the buses at AKL. No route sharing with other resorts, which even outs the time thing in some ways and also makes the buses a little less crowded. It's nice to have a boat or a monorail, but I think you will find that the AKL transportation is pretty good. For our stay at AKL we had taken the autotrain, thinking we would need the car with our DS3 and my parents-in-law. We used the car once, and only for my DH to show it off to his Dad.

ReggieB
08-25-2005, 01:36 PM
Plus a quick thing to add, the waiting area is completely covered, plenty of benches out of the sun/rain whatever!!

4greatboys
08-25-2005, 01:38 PM
I stayed there in 2002 and didnt have any transportation problems. Busses came regularly and it didnt take that long to get anywhere we were going.

minnie61650
08-25-2005, 01:53 PM
The bus rides from AK to the parks is not bad at all according to my
PassPorter book:

Bus ride times from AK
MK----20 min.
Epcot--15 min
MGM---10 min
AK 5 min
DTD--15 min.
See you are closer than you thought.
Have a great time at Disney!
Linda ::MinnieMo

stinkerbelle
08-25-2005, 02:03 PM
Plus a quick thing to add, the waiting area is completely covered, plenty of benches out of the sun/rain whatever!!

AND sometimes there is a CM out there with some African Artifact or a "feel box" for the kids. (stick their hand in and feel what's inside)

kgkmom
08-25-2005, 02:21 PM
We just returned from AKL, and the transportation was fine! We rented a car, and it sat in the lot the entire trip. The longest wait for a bus was at Epcot, and it was just before Illuminations was due to begin. We had to wait about 20 minutes.

The great thing about the bus stops for AKL (and the other deluxes) is the location of the pickup queues (always one of the closest to the park entrances). We've stayed at the values, and let me tell you-the hike to the bus stop can be the last straw on a hot, humid day!

I agree with another poster who said that a wonderful benefit is the covered bus stop at the Lodge. Again, at the values, you are wide open to the elements.

candleonwater
08-25-2005, 02:41 PM
Of course I have to be the only one complaining... we were there for spring break last year (2004)... and had a 45 minute wait for a bus to MK. I could understand later in the day, maybe, but this was 7am. It's the sole reason I'm not choosing to stay there this trip.

Danadisney
08-25-2005, 02:44 PM
We also give it a thumbs up! Never had a problem with the buses.
:hourglass 36 days until our trip to AKL and MNSSHP!!! :banana:
and free dining :teeth:

DutchsMommy
08-25-2005, 02:54 PM
We were there in Feb of '05. The transportation was great. As others have said, always room to sit, never crowded, bus stop is short distance from main lobby (like 30 second walk). In fact, I remember thinking when leaving several parks that I was happy we were going back to AKL because some other resort bus line-ups were quite long. Because in general crowds are lower in Feb (for the most part) I think you will find transportation is no issue at all.

rt2dz
08-25-2005, 04:58 PM
So many people complain about AKL because of the location, but in my experience, most of these people have never stayed there. The transportation is among the best of all the WDW Resort Properties. It is actually faster, and less crowded, because it doesn't share stops. I'm sure there are people who have had an issue from time to time, but that is the same with anything. Nothing is perfect 100% of the time, but I see very few problems with AKL. Plus, it is one of the best themed resorts in all WDW which, imho, makes the transportation a non-issue anyhow.

Stitches
08-25-2005, 05:49 PM
Of course I have to be the only one complaining... we were there for spring break last year (2004)... and had a 45 minute wait for a bus to MK. I could understand later in the day, maybe, but this was 7am. It's the sole reason I'm not choosing to stay there this trip.

I was there over spring break and witnessed this happen one morning. We were heading to a different resort, but I felt really bad for all those waiting to get to MK. This was an EMH morning and they missed it completely! I hope this was the same day you had your experience; I'd like to think this was an isolated event.

I asked our driver; he said there should have been one or two buses by that time. Here are all these families who have gotten up early to get to the park early and beat the crowds. What a way to start the day! I think all those people should have been given a set of 'go to front of the line' privileges for a number of rides to make up for missing the least crowded time of the day. Has anyone ever received something like that at Disney? I know I received it at the local amusement park one day when the ride we were on had a breakdown; they gave us tickets to get to the front of the line on other rides.

beagle744
08-25-2005, 06:24 PM
We were at AKL in July (busy time of year) We had no problems with the buses. Always regular and never had to stand.

Just came back from BWV yesterday (slower time of year) and found the bus transportation lacking. Had to wait long periods for certain buses and they tended to be crowded as some routes are shared with BC/YC, Swan and Dolphin.

AKL transportation is excellent.

UrsulasShadow
08-25-2005, 07:04 PM
What they said. Bus transportation is wonderful. I wonder where the idea that transportation to/from AKL is a problem. I have heard many more complaints from EVERY other resort than I ever have from AKL guests.

SqueakyMouse
08-25-2005, 07:29 PM
Transportation during both our May and October trips was fantastic!! We never waited more than a couple of minutes for a bus at the lodge and only waited once at MK for any length of time (all other resorts appeared to be waiting then, too). We did not have a car during our October visit and did not miss it. During our May trip, our car helped us get to meals at other resorts more quickly.

mpbs
08-25-2005, 08:23 PM
We stayed there July 04, and the bus service was excellent.

Hollymom1229
08-26-2005, 10:08 AM
We stayed at AKL in September '02 and the bus service was amazing. Honestly when we stayed at WL this past year the only park we got to faster than we had at AKL was MK. Because the buses at AKL are dedicated to that resort it makes things go faster.

bugbugmom
08-26-2005, 10:15 AM
I think the transportation is great! Never had to wait more than 5-10 minutes. Sure it "isolated" but the service well make up for it :goodvibes Have a great trip. We'll be @ AKL again May 2006 :cheer2:

Slapster
08-26-2005, 11:07 AM
Stayed there May 2005 and the service was pretty good. On two occasions we waited for a bus to Epcot while several came and went for the other resorts. Total wait time was only 20 mins or so, but it was odd that so many came one after another for the other parks. Guess if we were going to any other resort we wouldn't have had a problem!

Other than those two very minor issues - great resort, great time!

Tikiman
08-26-2005, 11:23 AM
Well I was going to stay out of this since everyone in here seems to think the AKL transportation is the best but the location and the transportation is the only issue I have with the AKL. Other wise I think it is one of the best resorts in WDW. Waiting for a bus from the AKL did not seem to take very long but on both stays at the AKL we commented on how we had to wait for a but from a park to the AKL while we would see busses for other resorts come more than once.

I think the other reason I am not thrilled with the transportation at the AKL is because there is only one form of transportation. I love the resorts that have multiple forms of transportation but this is just my observation and my opinion which I see many donít agree with.

ReggieB
08-26-2005, 01:12 PM
I think the other reason I am not thrilled with the transportation at the AKL is because there is only one form of transportation. I love the resorts that have multiple forms of transportation but this is just my observation and my opinion which I see many donít agree with.

I think that is a valid point. It is nice to have options with your transportation. You would not believe how creative our routes got from WL to avoid buses (just because we could, we are odd like that!), and to satisfy my son's love of the monorail.

Snowysmom
08-26-2005, 03:53 PM
We have stayed at AKL twice and the bus transportation is mostly very good. However, we did have a couple of issues. We did wait about 30 minutes for a bus to DTD and Typhoon Lagoon. Also, one late afternoon, we waited and waited for a bus to MK but it did not come. Most guests waiting, including us, took a bus to Epcot and then the monorail to MK. We also waited about 40 minutes for a bus to take us from AK back to AKL in the late afternoon. The crowd in the line was getting ugly when the bus finally came. We should have made a parade and hoofed it back! (Just Kidding!) Other than that, the buses have been good. We will be staying at AKL again next summer. Can't wait!

experiment626mom
08-26-2005, 04:11 PM
We were there in June and never had a problem with transportation. the longest we waited was 20 minutes and that's because the bus didn't have air conditioning and the driver took it back to the garage. (At least that's the story we got) Otherwise we waited maybe 5 minutes, most of the time the bus was all ready there.

a Really Bad Egg
08-26-2005, 04:14 PM
There in July - a very, very busy time of year - and hardly ever waited more than 10 minutes for anything.

twojo21
08-26-2005, 04:59 PM
akl is our favorite resort, were returning on november 13th, yeah :goodvibes & weve havent encountered any problem with the transportation, weve had more problems at the grand floridian sharing with the poly & the multi stop caribbean beach. akl is great all around!

cudworth
08-26-2005, 05:20 PM
We have been back for a week now from the Lodge & we thought the bussing was amazing . we have stayed at Riverside & Pop before & we thought there bussing was good but Animal is our best so far we had no long waits for our whole time one nite after spectro the driver even made it back to the lodge in 15mins . We ended up on a bus from blizzard with people from Wilderness Lodge who said there bussing was bad.