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Old 10-27-2012, 12:09 PM   #1
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Disney transportation to and from FW

I have read that the Disney transportation system is not very good between FW and the Disney parks. I have read there is a lot of switching buses. So how long does it take to go from one of the parks to FW using the Disney transportation system. The reason I am asking is that is sounds like too much of my vacation will be lost if I take the bus back to my motorhome for lunch and then bus back as opposed to dining in the park. It sounds to me like Disney is making it as hard as possible to keep people in the park instead of returning to the RV for an inexpensive meal.
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Old 10-27-2012, 02:15 PM   #2
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There are two different bus systems when staying at Fort Wilderness.
First is the internal system that stays inside the Fort Wilderness campground. These buses get you around Fort Wilderness: examples to pools, trading post, Settlement(Boat Launch), campsite loops, Campfire, and Outpost(buses to Parks)
Second is the bus system that moves people around WDW from resorts to parks and DTD. These buses depart from the Outpost at the main entrance to Fort Wilderness.
So if you want to go to Magic Kingdom you can take the bus from you loop to the Settlement and then take the boat over.
If you want to go to DTD, HS, AK, or EP you will take the bus from your loop to the Outpost and then transfer to the bus for the park you want to go to.
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Old 10-27-2012, 02:47 PM   #3
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I have read that the Disney transportation system is not very good between FW and the Disney parks. I have read there is a lot of switching buses. So how long does it take to go from one of the parks to FW using the Disney transportation system. The reason I am asking is that is sounds like too much of my vacation will be lost if I take the bus back to my motorhome for lunch and then bus back as opposed to dining in the park. It sounds to me like Disney is making it as hard as possible to keep people in the park instead of returning to the RV for an inexpensive meal.
I don't know what your source is but it is no worse than any other resort . People complain about Disney transportation no matter where you stay on site . The only difference at the Fort is you need some kind of internal transport whether it be buss , bike , or cart .
As a matter of fact the transportation to MK is the best on site in opinion . Its a boat though . Not a bus.
Dont pay so much attention to the negative , those people are just louder .
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Old 10-27-2012, 03:54 PM   #4
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I don't know what your source is but it is no worse than any other resort . People complain about Disney transportation no matter where you stay on site .
My source is the Unofficial Guide to Disney World. I have no idea how to compare it to any other resort, I have never been to any other resort. I am trying to figure out how long it takes to go to and from the parks so I can decide if I want to eat inside WDW or return to my motorhome for lunch and dinner.
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Old 10-27-2012, 07:03 PM   #5
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My source is the Unofficial Guide to Disney World. I have no idea how to compare it to any other resort, I have never been to any other resort. I am trying to figure out how long it takes to go to and from the parks so I can decide if I want to eat inside WDW or return to my motorhome for lunch and dinner.
We are bringing our lunch to the parks in a backpack cooler.

There is also an app that tells you the best way to get to and from your WDW destinations. Mine is a laughing place app without GPS.
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Old 10-27-2012, 09:21 PM   #6
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Our typical day, we go to the park in the morning and return to the motorhome about 1:00 or 2:00 for a late lunch. We walk the dogs, enjoy the campground and go back to the parks in the evening. We usually plan on 45 minutes transit time . Sometimes it's more, sometimes it's less...we just adjust according to how long it takes us to get from point A to point B. it's the best campground and resort anywhere...I know you'll have a great time.
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Old 10-27-2012, 09:46 PM   #7
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Go w/a open mind to have a great time.Personally we pack a lunch in a pack back. Freeze water bottles the night before, pack the lunch ,chicken salad ,tuna, ham & cheese, peanut butter & jelly whaterever, fruit, cookies also.By the time lunch rolls around water is defrosted, lunch is nice and fresh and you are hungry. AlsoYou have saved yourself a lot of money!!! Enjoy the park! Also try taking the boat back from the Magic Kingdom,have lunch in your MH go to the pool and just relax the return to the parks.The Magic Kingdom is the easiest to get to by the boat and most relaxing. The bus system is a little more hectic but really not that bad remember your on vacaton, relax and enjoy! Especially enjoy Ft Wilderness!!!
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Old 10-29-2012, 01:07 PM   #8
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My source is the Unofficial Guide to Disney World. I have no idea how to compare it to any other resort, I have never been to any other resort. I am trying to figure out how long it takes to go to and from the parks so I can decide if I want to eat inside WDW or return to my motorhome for lunch and dinner.
We use the boat to MK, but our own transportation everywhere else for the most part. We have found it is just easier and faster. This isn't a negative commentary on Disney Transportation. I happen to think its pretty good. However, jumping in our truck at the campsite and going directly to the parking lot of any park or Downtown Disney saves time. It also helps if you have dinner reservations outside of the park, or are park hopping at all during the day. Also, at the end of the day it is nice to jump in your own vehicle with no crowds and no wait and go directly back to your campsite.

We have on occasion after returning from Epcot for lunch taken the boat to the Contemporary or MK, then the Monorail to TTC and the Epcot Monorail back. There is just something special about arriving at Epcot via the monorail.

We also have used the reverse route back after Illuminations and gotten to MK in time to see Wishes!
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Old 10-29-2012, 07:39 PM   #9
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We always use Disney transportation from the Fort. We use the boat to MK, and often the boat to the ferry at MK to go to TTC and monorail on to EPCOT. That sounds long, but it is a different type of Disney experience, especially if you haven't ridden the ferry or monorail. We take busses to HS and AK. I might add we have 2-4 wheelchairs and have almost always gotten good service from the busses.
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I have seen the comment in the Unofficial Guide and think it's a bit over stated. Relax and enjoy the time on boat or bus. This is supposed to be a fun time; don't get too hung up on timing trips to the minute. The boat to MK is always a pleasant trip and from there it's a fun monorail to Epcot and then a boat or a walk to HS if you wish to avoid busses.
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Old 11-10-2012, 11:17 AM   #11
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It sounds to me like Disney is making it as hard as possible to keep people in the park instead of returning to the RV for an inexpensive meal.
I don't think this is intentional. I think they actually do an amazing job with transportation at WDW.
You are right about taking a lot of time going back and forth though. We plan our days to go at park opening each day (the best time for rides) and taking a break midday anyway (while the parks are overflowing.) Then we return in the evenings for entertainment.
If you want to stay straight through, why not pack a lunch to take with you?
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I have read that the Disney transportation system is not very good between FW and the Disney parks. ....

It sounds to me like Disney is making it as hard as possible to keep people in the park instead of returning to the RV for an inexpensive meal.
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I don't think this is intentional. I think they actually do an amazing job with transportation at WDW.
You are right about taking a lot of time going back and forth though. We plan our days to go at park opening each day (the best time for rides) and taking a break midday anyway (while the parks are overflowing.) Then we return in the evenings for entertainment.
If you want to stay straight through, why not pack a lunch to take with you?
The bus situation is what it is. FW, square mileage wise, is the largest resort on property so it has its own challenges.

When we visited in 1999 there were different bus loops. The buses for all the parks except MK stopped at every internal bus stop. You also had to take an external bus to the TTC to get to the water parks and DTD.

I'm pretty sure the current system was put in place to try to simplify things.

Of course years ago you took trams around to the marina or RC because they were the only places to get to.
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Old 11-11-2012, 12:03 AM   #13
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Just finishing a week at the cabins and we didn't have any problems. We use a Disney cart instead of the FW buses so I can't comment on those. However we did use Disney Transportation to get to the parks. As has been said the boat to MK takes about 15 minutes. As of Wed they were down one boat due to maintenance so they had three boats operating MK to Wilderness Lodge to FW to MK. Because of that it took longer to get back from MK but it was the normal time to get there. As for the buses it took 10 minutes to get to Downtown Disney, 15 minutes to Hollywood Studios, and about 20 minutes to Animal Kingdom. Some days we lucked out and the busses and boats were there we we got to them at other times we had to wait 10 - 15 minutes. All that being said I would still rather use Disney transportation than driving myself to the parks.
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