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Old 08-14-2012, 01:53 PM   #16
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The signage is very good, but the secret I used to do before I became familiar with WDW was if I got there early and had a little time to kill, I would drive around and see where everything was in relation to where I was staying. It made things much easier when I was ready to go to a specific place and took away all the anxiety of getting there.

Once you have done it with your own vehicle you will never go back to the bus system. It's so much easier and way less stressful driving yourself to the parks. It offers flexibility and, in a lot of cases, speed to the process contrary to what you may have heard or read. I found that many times the amount of time waiting for transportation would have had you at your resort and probably even in the pool by the time the bus even gets there.

In other words, don't worry. Even if you don't use my "pre-trip" procedure, it is very simple, just pay attention to the signs to be sure you are in the proper lanes. Even if you aren't, there isn't much to getting back on track again.
Not worrying about a car is a one of those things I also enjoy about a cruise. Plus I hate lugging a stroller on trams.
I suppose the driving is not that bad. If I lived in a major urban area i would think WDW was a comparative drive in the park. WDW is a bit stressful driving if you are used to rural traffic, though.
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Old 08-14-2012, 02:27 PM   #17
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Well I must be the exception becasue I don't think it's all that easy to drive around the World.

Yes, there are very large and colorful signs with lots of information on them, but sometimes that is not enough (for me). It's not as if there are no distractions. And if you miss your "exit" ... there are no signs to help you get back. If you follow the signs strictly you'll be fine. But once you get lost is can be really hard to figure out where you've got to go to fix your mistake. There's no street grid convention and it's hard to figure out which direction you're headed at any given time. An on board compass doesn't really help becasue you're always switching direction. Turns come up quickly becasue every road is curved. The roads can be crowded and prevent you from changing lanes when you need to. And the locals drive pretty fast.

The path from the main gate to Poly and GF is particularly tricky. You need to know in advance that you should be in the far right lane when you go through the parking booths becasue you need to take an immediate exit (single file lane) on the right to reach the access road. If you didn't know that in advance, you may have to cut accross about eight lanes of incoming guests.

Yes. after I made these mistakes a few times it got easier. But the first time can be a challenge. Good luck!
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Old 08-14-2012, 02:35 PM   #18
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I think I read here at the DIS that a regular GPS doesn't work that well at WDW, you need to download something to help. I think it's because WDW is "private property" and the GPS recognizes it that way?
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Old 08-14-2012, 02:45 PM   #19
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There are signs that show you the way. In every single past trip, I have printed maps to and from the airport and to and from Walmart (for our supplies), even if I already knew the way. I just like to be prepared like that.

I also go over Google maps of the Walt Disney World layout, so I know what to expect. I have OCD, though, so you can blame that.
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Old 08-14-2012, 02:47 PM   #20
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GPS works great at WDW, we've used it a lot. The signage is great and will easily get you around. But the GPS can also find interesting ways around, on the public roads, that are a little diiferent than the signage and a bit more convenient. It's found better ways to go to DTD from the Poly and AK, and a faster way to AK from the Poly. There are several others as well.

So, be confident in the signage, you won't get lost, but sometimes let the GPS take you a different way, as long as you stay on public access roads. It might surprise you with better less busy routes.
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Old 08-14-2012, 09:58 PM   #21
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The parks don't have physical addresses. If you go to http://www.mousesavers.com/using-aut...-disney-world/ you can download the all of Disney Worlds points of interest, including all the resorts, DTD, water parks, and the 4 main parks. It helps out a lot when you're driving to another resort. You can also add the other parks Universal and SeaWorld.
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Old 08-14-2012, 10:08 PM   #22
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I used our GPS at CBR in January, the only problem I had was that it wanted to lead us to the back entrance to CBR which is reserved for buses.
When the signs say one thing and the GPS says another, follow the signs.
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Old 08-14-2012, 10:08 PM   #23
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If you get lost, or think you are, find a bus going to your destination and follow it.
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Old 08-14-2012, 10:11 PM   #24
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If I can offer 1 tip, when you see a sign that has your destination and says "Next Right" it means exit now. To me it would mean not this coming exit but the next one after that. Its probably just me. HAHA
Thank you! You've helped at least one person!! I am forever missing my turn with the GPS when I try to figure out if it literally means "this" one or the "next" one It has been a few years since we drove, so this will help for our trip next month.

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Well I must be the exception becasue I don't think it's all that easy to drive around the World.

Yes, there are very large and colorful signs with lots of information on them, but sometimes that is not enough (for me). It's not as if there are no distractions. And if you miss your "exit" ... there are no signs to help you get back. If you follow the signs strictly you'll be fine. But once you get lost is can be really hard to figure out where you've got to go to fix your mistake. There's no street grid convention and it's hard to figure out which direction you're headed at any given time. An on board compass doesn't really help becasue you're always switching direction. Turns come up quickly becasue every road is curved. The roads can be crowded and prevent you from changing lanes when you need to. And the locals drive pretty fast.

The path from the main gate to Poly and GF is particularly tricky. You need to know in advance that you should be in the far right lane when you go through the parking booths becasue you need to take an immediate exit (single file lane) on the right to reach the access road. If you didn't know that in advance, you may have to cut accross about eight lanes of incoming guests.

Yes. after I made these mistakes a few times it got easier. But the first time can be a challenge. Good luck!
Reading your comments about grids, curves, and direction made me smile! I knew you must be from Illinois or the midwest because you sound exactly like my Dad complaining about Tennessee roads (he's from IL). Thanks for the laugh!
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Old 08-14-2012, 10:21 PM   #25
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If I can offer 1 tip, when you see a sign that has your destination and says "Next Right" it means exit now. To me it would mean not this coming exit but the next one after that. Its probably just me. HAHA
That's so funny you mention that. There is a sign going to Animal Kingdom on Lake Buena Vista that says it is "Next Right". The right turn is literally a foot after the sign, so any reasonable person would think you take the right turn after that one. Nope. I missed rope drop the first time I drove to AK and I was not a happy camper.
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Old 08-14-2012, 10:24 PM   #26
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We have always driven. It just seems easier (a PP makes a great point about 6min in your car vs. 30min on the bus). The only time we take the bus is if we are going to MK. I have made a couple of wrong turns (found a back entrance to EPCOT ) but for the most part, it is very easy and well marked.

Now if you want to venture off property to go to the Target, Wal-Mart, etc. That is a whole other story....
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Old 08-14-2012, 10:24 PM   #27
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Thank you! You've helped at least one person!! I am forever missing my turn with the GPS when I try to figure out if it literally means "this" one or the "next" one It has been a few years since we drove, so this will help for our trip next month.



Reading your comments about grids, curves, and direction made me smile! I knew you must be from Illinois or the midwest because you sound exactly like my Dad complaining about Tennessee roads (he's from IL). Thanks for the laugh!
I was thinking the same thing! We live in AL but our family is all from NY/MI/ON and having the hills and curves in all our roads (even though we are in a small city) throws them off completely!!
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Old 08-14-2012, 10:44 PM   #28
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There are only three roads you really need to know; Buena Vista Dr, World Dr, and Osceola pkwy. The only poorly marked thing I can think of is the World Dr turn when going east on Osceola. Epcot center drive might be good for getting to Epcot from your CSR location.

Plenty of printable maps if you google for them.
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Old 08-14-2012, 10:46 PM   #29
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I agree with the other posters. Even the offsite signage is good. If you end up taking I-4 (the main highway) there is great signage for all area attractions. If you ever get lost, just pull into a gas station. Locals in that area are very friendly and know where pretty much everything is.
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Old 08-14-2012, 11:37 PM   #30
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Here's an official (from DisneyWorld.com) road map of WDW.

http://disneyworld.disney.go.com/med...operty-map.pdf

Here's another map from my blog.



As you can tell, the main road at Walt Disney World is World Drive. There are "side-roads" that stem off of it which will take you to Epcot, Disney's Hollywood Studios, Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park, DTD, water parks, and all but five resorts. Just go north on World Drive to get to MK, TTC, PR, CR, GF, WL and FW.
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