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Old 09-29-2012, 06:47 PM   #16
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Fair enough, different strokes and all. We will just have to agree to disagree.

WDW is quite easy to navigate from SSR or OKW without a car. To be fair, the wait for the bus happens at all resorts. My point was that the actual bus time from OKW is on par with anywhere else. In my experience, the bus service from CR and BWV is much more sporadic than that from OKW, SSR or AKV so it all evens out.
But not all resorts need a bus to get to some options. I find the bus generally unacceptable at all resorts, that's why we generally drive to everywhere except MK due to the TTC vs bus locations.
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Old 09-29-2012, 06:52 PM   #17
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I find the bus generally unacceptable at all resorts, that's why we generally drive to everywhere except MK due to the TTC vs bus locations.
I am the exact opposite. I find the buses to be extremely convenient and timely. We always drive to WDW and then leave the car parked at the resort and use the buses to get everywhere. Even when we were at OKW for New Year's Eve we had no bus issues. We never waited more than 10 minutes and always had a seat. Again, different strokes.
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Old 09-29-2012, 07:20 PM   #18
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I am the exact opposite. I find the buses to be extremely convenient and timely. We always drive to WDW and then leave the car parked at the resort and use the buses to get everywhere. Even when we were at OKW for New Year's Eve we had no bus issues. We never waited more than 10 minutes and always had a seat. Again, different strokes.
I've waited over 30 min and up to 45 a number of times and that's with only limited use. I've also had buses full and had to wait on the next one. During some seasons and times of the year they stretch out the bus times quite a bit.
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Old 09-29-2012, 07:30 PM   #19
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I've waited over 30 min and up to 45 a number of times and that's with only limited use. I've also had buses full and had to wait on the next one. During some seasons and times of the year they stretch out the bus times quite a bit.
Fortunately we have only experienced a wait time anywhere close to that once. We were going from the Poly to DtD and waited 30 minutes. There have also been times when we have waited the quoted 20 minutes but it is not the norm. We have been members since 1997 (and going to WDW since the year it opened) and have traveled at least once in every non-summer month. We have stayed at every WDW resort except the Yacht Club and the Grand Floridian and rely on the WDW transportation about 90% of the time.

I realize that the buses aren't for you. They certainly aren't for everyone. Since you mentioned that you don't often take them it just seems a bit misleading to use your experiences with them as advice for others. It would be like me telling someone not to eat at Mama Melrose's because we had a bad meal the one time we ate there.

Again, I'm not being argumentative. I just want to make sure the OP gets a full range of opinions.
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Old 09-29-2012, 07:34 PM   #20
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Fortunately we have only experienced a wait time anywhere close to that once. We were going from the Poly to DtD and waited 30 minutes. There have also been times when we have waited the quoted 20 minutes but it is not the norm. We have been members since 1997 (and going to WDW since the year it opened) and have traveled at least once in every non-summer month. We have stayed at every WDW resort except the Yacht Club and the Grand Floridian and rely on the WDW transportation about 90% of the time.

I realize that the buses aren't for you. They certainly aren't for everyone. Since you mentioned that you don't often take them it just seems a bit misleading to use your experiences with them as advice for others. It would be like me telling someone not to eat at Mama Melrose's because we had a bad meal the one time we ate there.

Again, I'm not being argumentative. I just want to make sure the OP gets a full range of opinions.
We've taken them plenty, likely as much or more in aggregate as most who only do buses due to more and longer trips and trips when only the buses made sense (MK, start one park and end up at another). That's part of the reason we try not to use them when we have other good options, because of our previous experience. IMO they're not a bad option but not a good one either. I know some prefer not to drive and that's their option.
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But not all resorts need a bus to get to some options. I find the bus generally unacceptable at all resorts, that's why we generally drive to everywhere except MK due to the TTC vs bus locations.
I totally agree with this! You never know when you will walk up to a bus stop and JUST have missed it. We have waited 30 min on a bus more than once! I also love having my car at the end of the night!

I would not change resorts either. I would hope I would not even have to change rooms!!
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I totally agree with this! You never know when you will walk up to a bus stop and JUST have missed it. We have waited 30 min on a bus more than once! I also love having my car at the end of the night!

I would not change resorts either. I would hope I would not even have to change rooms!!
But that is not the fault of the bus system, that is simply timing. Same could be said that you are at BLT and just as you get ready to walk to MK, a thunderstorm comes up with severe lightning.

This happened to us at Epcot one day walking back to BCV and we were stuck at the International Gateway for longer than I have ever waited on a bus.

So transportation for me is something I never consider when choosing a Disney resort.

I guess we have been lucky in over 30 trips we have never waited for any bus regardless of where we stayed for more than 20 mins. As said thought it's all personal choice, as high as gas is now, we let Disney drive us around.
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But that is not the fault of the bus system, that is simply timing. Same could be said that you are at BLT and just as you get ready to walk to MK, a thunderstorm comes up with severe lightning.

This happened to us at Epcot one day walking back to BCV and we were stuck at the International Gateway for longer than I have ever waited on a bus.

So transportation for me is something I never consider when choosing a Disney resort.

I guess we have been lucky in over 30 trips we have never waited for any bus regardless of where we stayed for more than 20 mins. As said thought it's all personal choice, as high as gas is now, we let Disney drive us around.
The system is what it is and one has to accept it to use it. That part doesn't bother me but I do realize the limitations of it's usage. I simply chose to avoid it when I can even when it works as expected. While I have plenty of bus experience, I'm not an expert on the system itself. However, IIRC, there are times during the day at certain times of the year when the system has stretched out to ?40 min by design.
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However, IIRC, there are times during the day at certain times of the year when the system has stretched out to ?40 min by design.
This has not been true for many years. When they attempted this schedule they had so much negative feedback that it quickly changed. Now that they have the "bus on demand" program the needs of each resort or park bus stop are taken into account. It is not always perfect, but it has kept the average wait time well within the 20-minute guideline.

We were just there mid-September. That was one of the times when the longer afternoon waits were in effect. We never waited more than 10 minutes for a bus, either in the morning, afternoon or evening.

I am one who hates driving at WDW. By the time you get in the hot car, get to a park, walk to the shuttle and get to the main gate it is about the same amount of time as taking the bus. I do occasionally drive from resort to resort but only when that is our only destination.
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But those longish waits at the bus stop are a great time to talk to other guests and just be friendly. Make some lemonade with those lemons.
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But those longish waits at the bus stop are a great time to talk to other guests and just be friendly. Make some lemonade with those lemons.
I agree. Some of the best interactions we have had with other guests have been at the bus stop or on the bus. It may sound odd, but it makes me feel more like a part of the Disney community to take the buses. The excitement on the kids' (and adults') faces, the common bond of heading somewhere great together, talking to the family next to us and sharing what we did that day,...all great memories that have happened on the buses.

On our last trip a woman put her child on her lap and offered me the seat. I ended up chatting with her all the way to the Magic Kingdom. They were from Scotland and we talked about her country and the other places she would like to go here. It was a lovely way to spend 10 minutes.
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