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Old 02-04-2013, 09:09 PM   #1
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Bus or Car to Magic Kingdom

So we have only used a car for our last Disney trip, and loved having one. My question is when you go to Magic Kingdom, the buses actually drop you closer than when driving. Do you actually save time by taking the bus or should we just drive like usual?
We are staying at Art of Animation.
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Old 02-04-2013, 09:12 PM   #2
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We usually take the bus everywhere from our resort. That way, we don't have to worry about getting to the tram + finding our car + driving back to the resort. Especially if we are out late and get sleepy

Plus, this was saves gas for us and the buses usually drop you off closer to the entrance of MK rather than the extra stop at TTC. Have fun!!
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Old 02-04-2013, 10:23 PM   #3
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We always rent a car... We get our car... Drive straight to our resort or stop for water and etcs...

I don't have to wait for the bus to fill... I don't have to travel to other resorts.... I can make stops on the way to pick things up...

The best part.... I leave when I want to leave !!! Not when Disney thinks I should leave....

I like getting up in the morning and getting to the park when I wanted... And leaving when I want to leave.... Going to another resort for and ADR. Quickly.

I can't imagine having to wait at a bus stop

It is worth it to me... The car rental is never really that pricey.
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Old 02-04-2013, 10:30 PM   #4
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When we rent a car we drive everywhere but the Magic Kingdom. I don't find it saves us any time or hassle to have to park and take the tram to the monorail or ferry and then ride over to the MK. We are usually dog tired at the end of the night and prefer just walking over to the bus line.
However, we find the car convenient for everywhere else.
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Old 02-05-2013, 12:54 PM   #5
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When we rent a car we drive everywhere but the Magic Kingdom. I don't find it saves us any time or hassle to have to park and take the tram to the monorail or ferry and then ride over to the MK. We are usually dog tired at the end of the night and prefer just walking over to the bus line.
However, we find the car convenient for everywhere else.
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For all other parks and DtD, though, we drive as much as possible, since there's no TTC to get in the way at the other places.

Also, in re another poster, Disney's not "deciding" when guests leave. They send buses continually. Luck, not Disney, "decides" if your bus happens to be there or if there's a wait for it.
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Old 02-05-2013, 12:57 PM   #6
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I would take the bus from AoA. Yes, you will get closer to the park and the AoA bus isn't shared with other resorts. I took a cab to MK last year to try to avoid the bus hassle only to find it was a hassle to walk to TTC and get on a monorail. Lesson learned!
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Old 02-04-2013, 10:42 PM   #7
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We rent a car. We like to head straight to the resort with no stops. If we are staying on the monorail, we will take that to MK and Epcot, but drive to DHS, AK, DD and the water parks. We like the flexibility of having a car.If we are at AKL, we use the car for everything. If you shop around for a car rental, you can get a good deal.
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Old 02-05-2013, 12:38 PM   #8
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I love the WDW transportation. I love the ME, and I love not having to drive anywhere during my vacation. I find it one of the best perks of my vaca. We used to rent a car pre-ME, and it would not move for most of the vaca, unless we did a split, or had SeaWorld plans...

I have never had a truly bad transportation experience at WDW that would make me not want to use it.

The only way I'd consider a car when staying on is if I stayed at the Cabins, OKW or SSR.

Of course, everyone is different.
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Old 02-07-2013, 03:59 AM   #9
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We stayed at AOA in October and took the bus to MK. I thought it would be faster, but it was about the same. At the end of the night when we went back to get on the bus, the line was VERY long. Since AOA is the newest resort, it is very full. The bus lines for all the other resorts were not too bad. After that, any time we went to MK we took the car.
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