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Old 08-08-2010, 06:10 PM   #1231
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We had our car for the first time this last trip and I loved driving to the parks. Parking was never a problem and the shuttles were usually right there. The only time we rode buses was to head to the Magic Kingdom in the afternoon and evening. This was mainly because I didn't want to mess with the monorail on the way home. I figured the bus would be easier. So I think driving to your early ADRs is the way to go.
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I never answered your "miss" question! It's amazing that several of the attractions on other lists are must-do things for us!!! Isn't that the joy of Disney???
My DH is very nostalgic about Carousel of Progress so we do it each time. My kids love, love, love Astro Orbiter. We really enjoyed the Conservation Station at AK as something a little educational and relaxing after rushing around so much. Etc...
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DHS: I don't have a "miss" but that's because we've never done a lot of the attractions due to size/time constraints!

Driving question: We've never had a car at Disney but I believe it would be great for everything except MK. I can't justify renting a car but I think it would be great to have a car!!! One of these years we'll do the autotrain....

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Old 08-08-2010, 08:35 PM   #1233
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June 2009 was our first trip with no car and we just loved it! My DH loved just being able to hop on a bus and we didn't have to remember where we parked. For most early ADR's, if you tell the bus driver where you're going, they will sometimes take you right there (after they've dropped off the other guests). I love not having to worry about driving, but that's just me.
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Old 08-08-2010, 11:26 PM   #1234
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I am hoping to get thoughts from you all on navigating around the World.

Specific questions I have:
--how easy is it to drive from park to park?
--have any issues parking before at the parks or other resorts?
--should we drive to the parks the mornings we have ADRs? I am leaning towards this as I do not want to be late.

Here are my thoughts:

I think that anytime we have to be at another resort, and we are traveling from CSR, I figure we will drive. With being able to park at the other resorts for free, this just seems to be the best option rather than allowing an hour or longer to get from CSR to another resort on time.

I am worried that we will be late to our morning ADRs if we depend on the bus system. Unless you all think this will not be an issue, I will have us driving the mornings we have early ADRs or BBB. That means we will drive Monday, Tuesday, Thursday mornings to the EP, MK and AK respectively. Is this crazy? We will also most likely be driving Tuesday again to 1900 PF so we can rest until we have to be there for dinner.

What do you all think? Thank you for any and all advice you can give me. We have never experienced going to any other resorts nor have we eaten at any resort other than food court at the one we stayed at.

Joe and I always drive.....everywhere actually. This will be the first time in a LONG time that we are not driving to MK. We'll just take the boat over. We like to be able to come and go and it seems so much easier to get places if we just drive. There is one notable exception.......The Grand Floridian! If you don't let them valet park for you, you have to walk from the parking in no-mans-land. It literally took us about 15 minutes to get from the parking lot to 1900 Park Fare. I got worried because we were so close to our ADR time.
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I can't really help with the car thing because the last time we were at Disney with a car, I was a teenager with my parents and they did the driving!

We always use Disney transportation and have never had a problem, but we also never had early morning ADR's until last year when we stayed at the Poly and all of our morning ADR's were either a boat or monorail ride away!

I think if I had a car, I would drive to the early ADR's so I could sleep in an extra 1/2 hour!
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Old 08-09-2010, 11:48 AM   #1236
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Mark and I drive to all of the parks, including MK, and to Downtown Disney. I am not a fan of buses and trains (having taken them for 35+ years for my job) and Mark enjoys driving. We are always there before rope drop so we don't have to worry about the tram (and at the MK we just hop on the ferry boat after we've walked from our car to the TTC).
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Old 08-09-2010, 11:56 AM   #1237
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OH this is a hard question!! We drove for the first time last vacation. We parked the car when we checked in and used the bus and the boat to get to the parks, resorts, etc. Everything worked out great. We were there during a VERY slow time, though.

We did drive to the AK on our last day (checkout day). It was extremely easy to park and the tram was right there. We got on and went to the park. It probably saved us 10-15 minutes rather than waiting for the bus. I have to say, I personally felt that the overall "magical feeling" of being at WDW was lost when we drove. Being on the bus or monorail and driving up to the park makes it so fun. Also, not having to worry about driving there yourself and truly relaxing letting Disney do the work. When you drive to the park yourself, it is a reminder that you are in a theme park and not a magical world

With that said, I can see your hesitation for important ressies like BBB. I guess just play it by ear to see if the buses are late when you arrive. It might just be great to get an early start regardless. HTH!
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Old 08-09-2010, 12:32 PM   #1238
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I leave you with another question (you know me, I LOVE questions):
I have asked what one thing you would not miss in each park. This next question should be much simpler: what one thing are you not sad if you skip (crowds and lines do not count )?
Hi didn't realize you had posted this....

I love answering all your good pondering questions

MK...I intentionaly skip Stitch and COP...but my older kids are interested in COP this yr...so we may do it...as well we skip Astro Orbitor & Country Bears...I don't dislike Robinson Treehouse...but don't do it each time either, for our trip in Nov...we plan to skip most of the above and have Laugh Factory and TSI on the if time list (the kids are not pleased w/ LF on this list...but the line is rough)

EP...we have skipped Innoventions due to time many trips....but I think there alot of cool things in there...I personally skip Mission Space (though I told DH I'd do the green side ONLY w/ him next yr during our anni trip...since I'll be "ditching" home several times for the thrill rides I also don't mind skipping Malestrom in Norway or the movies...but would like to see them w/out kids in tow

DHS...all for skipping the Animation Tour "talk" but love going inside to find the characters and let the kids look at the computer stations...I will skip the afternoon parade and have never seen the Stunt action show (although Nathan would love to, time wise it just never works for us. We also generally skip the Backlot Tour but will do it this upcoming trip

AK...I plan on skipping the Train to the Conservation station this trip and we don't always do the 3 shows




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I am hoping to get thoughts from you all on navigating around the World.

Specific questions I have:
--how easy is it to drive from park to park?
--have any issues parking before at the parks or other resorts?
--should we drive to the parks the mornings we have ADRs? I am leaning towards this as I do not want to be late.

I wish I could help you on this...the only time we drove was w/out kids in '95 and once there we just used Disney transportation but didn't really have any TS ressies....


I like your thoughts...I guess just give it a try and you may have to tweak it as you go...also look on the transportation boards

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Old 08-09-2010, 01:27 PM   #1239
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Driving Day 1

This time next month, we will be on our first leg of our drive. We will be leaving our home in Michigan to drive to my Dad’s home to stay the night (and pick him up for the next day).

Here are our plans for Driving Day 1:

Wednesday, September 8th we will have the car completely packed up, besides last minute toiletries, pillows and snacks. We hope to be on the road between 3:00 and 4:00 a.m. Ugh! I know it will be an EARLY morning but we are leaving at that time so we can get to my Dad’s at a decent time and so we will all be tired to go to bed early this evening. We will be getting up early on Friday too.

If we leave by 4:00 a.m., we should be to my Dad’s about 2:00 p.m. with stops. Along the drive down, we will stop for lunch and at rest areas to stretch our legs. I'm sure we will stop for coffee as well.

My Dad works from 4:30 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. so he will head off to work shortly after we get there. We will eat dinner, play and relax before an early bedtime. If Lilian is wired, one of us will stay up with her and sleep in the car for the first part of the drive. Whichever one of us gets the most sleep, will start the drive down to Georgia.

Tomorrow is our actual 30 days so I will be back with Driving Day 2 plans as well as begin my countdown here on DIS!!!!

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I've never had a problem driving anywhere in WDW. We relied on bus transportation completely last year and it almost made us late for our Hoop Dee Do. It took us over an hour to get there! Definitely drive to your ADRs if they aren't in the park.
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ONE MONTH!!!

I love that your giving us a day by day break down of what you'll be doing in one month. I may have to steal that for my PTR.
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We had our car for the first time this last trip and I loved driving to the parks. Parking was never a problem and the shuttles were usually right there. The only time we rode buses was to head to the Magic Kingdom in the afternoon and evening. This was mainly because I didn't want to mess with the monorail on the way home. I figured the bus would be easier. So I think driving to your early ADRs is the way to go.
Thanks Jenny for the feedback. I am not sure if we will drive ALL the time but to the morning ADRs and when we are going from our resort to another resort so we do not have to leave as early.
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I never answered your "miss" question! It's amazing that several of the attractions on other lists are must-do things for us!!! Isn't that the joy of Disney???
My DH is very nostalgic about Carousel of Progress so we do it each time. My kids love, love, love Astro Orbiter. We really enjoyed the Conservation Station at AK as something a little educational and relaxing after rushing around so much. Etc...
My misses:
MK: Stitch. We rode it once and never again!
AK: The Bug Show (whatever it's called). We haven't done it but I know it'll freak my kids out!
Epcot: Definitely Honey I Shrunk the Audience. Totally outdated!
DHS: I don't have a "miss" but that's because we've never done a lot of the attractions due to size/time constraints!

Driving question: We've never had a car at Disney but I believe it would be great for everything except MK. I can't justify renting a car but I think it would be great to have a car!!! One of these years we'll do the autotrain....

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We would use the autotrain too, but it is not convenient for us to use it. I don't want to drive our whole vacation (especially after the drive down) but I am a bit worried about the mornings and all the time it takes to transfer from resort to resort. Those times, I think we will drive.
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June 2009 was our first trip with no car and we just loved it! My DH loved just being able to hop on a bus and we didn't have to remember where we parked. For most early ADR's, if you tell the bus driver where you're going, they will sometimes take you right there (after they've dropped off the other guests). I love not having to worry about driving, but that's just me.
I cannot say I really want to drive everywhere (I don't and we won't) but I am obsessing over the mornings we have ADRs. I'm not sure quite what you mean about telling the bus drive where you want to go.

I had read that the buses are out an hour and half before the parks open for early ADRs and such but I am afraid we will miss them or not come at all.
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Joe and I always drive.....everywhere actually. This will be the first time in a LONG time that we are not driving to MK. We'll just take the boat over. We like to be able to come and go and it seems so much easier to get places if we just drive. There is one notable exception.......The Grand Floridian! If you don't let them valet park for you, you have to walk from the parking in no-mans-land. It literally took us about 15 minutes to get from the parking lot to 1900 Park Fare. I got worried because we were so close to our ADR time.
Good to know about GF's parking. I'm not sure if we will valet or not, so I guess if we are running behind we will.
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