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Old 08-12-2009, 08:32 PM   #1
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Transportation to an ADR before the open time for the park it's in?

Last week we were at the Wilderness Lodge and at CRT reservations at 8:20 AM for breakfast. MK opened at 9:00 AM. We left our rooms at 7:15 and headed down to the boat launch and waited. Thankfully a boat arrived from the campground and I asked the captain what time the boat to MK started in the morning. He said "half hour before the parks opens, so today that's 8:30 AM".

Okay...fine...we left with plenty of time, so we just walked through the resort to the bus stop for MK. We're waiting and waiting...finally I called the Wilderness Lodge and asked when that bus started because I was getting nervous. By this time it was 7:50ish. They said "one hour before the park opens, so 8:00 AM". Thankfully at about 7:55 the bus pulled up, we got to the park and were able to just barely make our reservation on time. (it was wonderful, by the way!)

So my question is this...are these transportation schedules typical? I had planned to get into the MK with a few minutes to spare to take some great photos. Plus, we're planning on another early breakfast at CRT in March, leaving from the Ft. Wilderness campgrounds, which will have a longer trip time.

Can anyone comment?

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Old 08-12-2009, 09:40 PM   #2
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When we stayed at Caribbean Beach and had an 8:10 am at Crystal Palace in MK, we got there by using "the special early breakfast bus". We called the front desk the night before and they told us that they have a bus that just shuttles for the early morning breakfast ressies.

I would think that would be true of any of the Disney resorts.
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Old 08-13-2009, 03:20 PM   #3
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We're in the same boat w/an upcoming Tusker House Reservation (ADR @8, park opens at 9). I was getting stressed about getting an early enough bus, etc.. I decided to just call a cab that morning to take us from the Beach Club to AK - I read somewhere that it should be no more than $15, and will take the stress & worry about getting where I need to be on time in the am.

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