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Old 10-01-2012, 04:26 PM   #16
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I agree that you should have done more research before your stay.Universal has the three onsite hotels which are close enough to either walk to the parks or take their boat transportation.Next time my suggestions would be to stay onsite,stay at the hotels across Kirkman rd which are close enough to walk to,rent a car or gain some trust in taking cabs,they don't bite.The example someone said of Disney running buses to and from hotels on 192 or south of I-4 on 535 in Lake Buena vista is a good one,they don't do it,why would Universal?As far public transportation in Orlando goes,you're comparing it to Chicago,a much bigger major city.Even in my area of Miami in the weekends 6-7pm is the latest you'll see a bus on the weekends.
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Old 10-02-2012, 12:20 AM   #17
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How can Universal do anything about municipal transportation? I don't get this complaint at all.
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Old 10-02-2012, 08:46 AM   #18
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How can Universal do anything about municipal transportation? I don't get this complaint at all.
Yeah, I was a bit confused myself. No one is going to provide transportation to and from offsite hotels or resorts. The only place Disney provides transportation to/from is the airport, and that's strictly so that you will remain onsite and spend 100% of your dollars there while visiting.
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Sorry the transportation issue happened to you.


I have done great America fright fest for years and feel opposite than you do on the comparison.

HHN is totally a bigger, more elaborate and more detailed than GA fright fest.

GA is small scale and geared to families and littles for a Halloween event.
No comparison.

Nothing hardcore about It. If some one is looking for a more intense experience,HHNis the one to do.


There is no local transportation to Gurnee, Il for doing great America.
Driving is the only way to get there.
Even the locals have to drive there.

In Orlando, there are different options. To getting around in the metro area.
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Old 10-02-2012, 03:12 PM   #20
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I appreciate all of your comments, thanks for taking the time to write them. I guess if you were in my situation last week with getting ridiculous quotes from drivers for $50 to go from a Seaworld hotel to the airport you would be happy to take the public transportation there.

I don't agree with the comment that those buses are just for "workers." If that's the case then no on else but workers should ride public transportation anywhere. Its a free country, you can take the bus or drive, you know?
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Old 10-02-2012, 03:16 PM   #21
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As for Great America there is a bus stop right in front of the park. You can take one of the buses to the Libertyville Metra train which can take you back to the Chicago area. They also have rt transportation in the summer via bus from different cities near the Chicago area and suburbs.
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Old 10-02-2012, 03:48 PM   #22
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I appreciate all of your comments, thanks for taking the time to write them. I guess if you were in my situation last week with getting ridiculous quotes from drivers for $50 to go from a Seaworld hotel to the airport you would be happy to take the public transportation there.

I don't agree with the comment that those buses are just for "workers." If that's the case then no on else but workers should ride public transportation anywhere. Its a free country, you can take the bus or drive, you know?
What they meant was that the city taxpayers don't want to fund buses geared mainly for tourists. They want their buses to be geared mainly toward their residents. There would be no profit made running a city bus for HHN to the variety of hotels, hence the people of Orlando would not be wanting to fund it.

In Chicago, I would imagine it is mostly locals who go to the Six Flags park. Hence a city bus going there makes sense. In Orlando, it is mainly tourists who go to the parks, hence the lack of city buses going to the parks.
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Skewter04,I hope that you have been answered to your satisfaction! The folks on the Universal Boards are gracious,knowledgeable,and kind.I've never encountered a reply by one of the regulars that hasn't been tactful,helpful,and encouraging.Don't be a stranger!
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Old 10-04-2012, 08:02 AM   #24
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As for Great America there is a bus stop right in front of the park. You can take one of the buses to the Libertyville Metra train which can take you back to the Chicago area. They also have rt transportation in the summer via bus from different cities near the Chicago area and suburbs.
Yes there are some bus lines but the amount of time it involves are horrible.

From Kenosha, Zion or Waukegan, you could be on the bus for almost two hours before you reach the park.
You drive and depending on which line you would have taken, could be 15 minutes.

From chgo, you are looking at a long time on the bus.

One of my sons worked at ga one summer.
Driving him took 12 minutes. By bus 90minutes.
I did a lot of driving that summer. Lol.......
Was thrilled when he quit.

If you are coming from Libertyville by bus, and the last stop until you reach the park, this would be a good deal.
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Old 10-04-2012, 02:41 PM   #25
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Interesting article on the DIs today that I thought was worth mentioning in this thread

http://www.wdwinfo.com/news/General_...sney_World.htm


Basically, Disney has been subsidizing the LYNX route that runs from the airport to the parks. Because they believe that not enough of their employees are actually using the route, they have decided to quit subsidizing this route. As a result, LYNX is seriously looking at cutting the route to end service to the resort as the additional costs to run the route that far south is WAY WAY above the revenue generated from riders.
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