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Old 02-13-2013, 10:14 AM   #1
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Transportation to Dowwntown

Hi everybody,

Is there direct transportation from the parks to DTD or do we have to go from the parks to our resort, then transfer to a bus to DTD?

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Old 02-13-2013, 10:17 AM   #2
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No direct transportation from theme parks to DTD.
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Old 02-13-2013, 10:25 AM   #3
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Thx

I thought this would be a nice feature for people wanting to end a day at the parks with dinner and relax time at DTD... I'm sure the buses would be full each time.

But again, Disney probably thought about it before and there is some reason why they do not have this.
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Old 02-13-2013, 10:34 AM   #4
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It can be done wiith a little bit of a walk.

Take a bus to Saratoga Springs Resort. Then walk through the resort to DTD. They have a path that is set up for this walk.

The only issue is, the bus station is on the other side of the resort. a good 1/2 mile walk. but it can be done.
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Old 02-13-2013, 10:36 AM   #5
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There's also the option of taking a bus to Port Orleans Riverside or Port Orleans French Quarter, and then taking a boat from there to DTD.
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Old 02-13-2013, 10:35 AM   #6
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They used to run buses between the parks and DTD. People figured out that parking at DTD was free and so would park there all day while they went to the parks, leaving no room to park for people actually going to DTD.
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There is free parking at DTD so it keeps people from being able to park there and take a bus to one of the parks...thus not having to pay the parking fees at whichever park. I understand this...but people could still park at DTD, transfer to a resort and then to the park of their choice so it doesnt make a whole lot of sense...
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Old 02-13-2013, 10:43 AM   #8
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There is free parking at DTD so it keeps people from being able to park there and take a bus to one of the parks...thus not having to pay the parking fees at whichever park. I understand this...but people could still park at DTD, transfer to a resort and then to the park of their choice so it doesnt make a whole lot of sense...
Yes. Or they could offer the ride from the parks to DTD only, not the other way around. These buses could then be serviccing resorts from DTD to resorts to make sure they do not run empty. This could be managed through a transpotation management system.

ttintagel: There's also the option of taking a bus to Port Orleans Riverside or Port Orleans French Quarter, and then taking a boat from there to DTD.

Yes, we'll probably do this since we will be staying at POR. It will still be a waste of time in transportation after a day at AK to a ressie at DTD...

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There is free parking at DTD so it keeps people from being able to park there and take a bus to one of the parks...thus not having to pay the parking fees at whichever park. I understand this...but people could still park at DTD, transfer to a resort and then to the park of their choice so it doesnt make a whole lot of sense...
Disney made it harder, but not impossible. Apparently it's okay with them as long as you want to waste a bunch of park-time to save $14.
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As PPs have noted, you need to go from a park to a resort to get to DTD; but you don't have to go to your resort.

From the MK, for example, you could walk to the Contemporary and get a DTD bus there. Or you could just jump on the first bus you come across and transfer wherever that takes you.

I don't think the SSR option is as difficult as the PP noted. If you take the SSR bus just make sure to stay on until the Congress Park bus stop and walk from there. That's the stop closest to DTD and the walking path.
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As PPs have noted, you need to go from a park to a resort to get to DTD; but you don't have to go to your resort.

From the MK, for example, you could walk to the Contemporary and get a DTD bus there. Or you could just jump on the first bus you come across and transfer wherever that takes you.

I don't think the SSR option is as difficult as the PP noted. If you take the SSR bus just make sure to stay on until the Congress Park bus stop and walk from there. That's the stop closest to DTD and the walking path.
I would do your first option. Walking to the Contemporary is super fast and easy, and you can grab a bus there to DTD.

Well, actually, I would drive myself. But this would be my 2nd option.
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Apparently it's okay with them as long as you want to waste a bunch of park-time to save $14.
$14 x 6 days at the parks = $84

i would rather save the $84 and spend it on other items, like snacks or gifts.

Even when I stay off site, I go park some place (free) and then take disney transportation. Crowds and a little extra time do not bother me. $14 to park, does bother me.
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There is free parking at DTD so it keeps people from being able to park there and take a bus to one of the parks...thus not having to pay the parking fees at whichever park. I understand this...but people could still park at DTD, transfer to a resort and then to the park of their choice so it doesnt make a whole lot of sense...
Of course the parks will have been open for hours.

Buses don't run from DTD to the resorts until a hour to two hours after DTD opens.

Penny wise and pound foolish to waste half a day to save $14
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There is free parking at DTD so it keeps people from being able to park there and take a bus to one of the parks...thus not having to pay the parking fees at whichever park. I understand this...but people could still park at DTD, transfer to a resort and then to the park of their choice so it doesnt make a whole lot of sense...
Okay..lets say you drive to DTD at about 8:15...you want to make rope drop at, say, Epcot. Okay...walk over to the bus stops (going to take you about 5 mins or so). You find the bus stop for BW or YC/BC. Then, you wait. You could be waiting for up to 2 hrs!!! Why? There is no reason for buses to be arriving at DTD until much later...the shops don't open until 9:30, earliest. And even then, the buses back to resorts are sporadic until later in the morning. So, lets say you get lucky and a BW bus comes and you get on by, hmmm, 9:30. Now, it will take you about 15-20 mins to get to BW. Once there, you now have to walk through the resort and over to the International Gateway...that's going to take you about 20 mins. So, it's now about 10:30!!!
Or you want to go to MK? Same thing happens but you are lucky because you can take a CR bus and then it's under 10 mins to walk to the MK from there.

Using DTD to get to a park is not smart. Cheap? Sure. But what is your time worth to you?? And Disney has no plans to change any of this because it just isn't cost effective for them.
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Makes sense. Remember when a bus existed between Fort Wilderness and the TTC? Disney eliminated it about ten years ago. I bet by that point there were three people riding it during a shift.
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