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Old 02-13-2013, 12:53 PM   #31
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100% always use disney transportation. part of vacation for me is taking time off from behind the wheel.

The extra 10-30 mins one may save by driving them selves means nothing to me.
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Old 02-13-2013, 01:01 PM   #32
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We use both. I like to take a bus to MK, because you don't have to go through TTC like you do if you are driving - the bus drops you off outside the gates. I like to take the bus to Epcot at night if I know that we are both going to be drinking. Most of the rest of the time, we drive. We are staying at POR this next trip and I plan on utilizing that boat to DTD.
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Old 02-13-2013, 01:01 PM   #33
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Personally, I stretch myself to the limits of endurance in the parks and would rather not to have to think about driving back to the room, so I take the bus. But I stretch myself because I don't get to go all that often.

I found the bus connections to DTD rather annoying in my '09 trip. Long waits and extra stops. I'd rather drive to/from DTD next time. Other than that one location, I'd like to let someone else do the driving for me.

I'm guessing that you'd want a more relaxed pace for you. If that's the case, it's probably just a personal preference. Would you rather take control behind the wheel or let someone else take the responsibility?
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Old 02-13-2013, 01:10 PM   #34
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Isn't there a boat to DTD from POFQ?
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Old 02-13-2013, 01:13 PM   #35
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Isn't there a boat to DTD from POFQ?
Yes! The boat goes to and from DTD, POR, POFQ!
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Old 02-13-2013, 01:13 PM   #36
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I guess you gotta ask yourself also if you care to drive or not. A lot of people don't want to drive a measly 5-10 minutes and rather spend 20-40 minutes waiting and riding on a bus. As someone who drives from NJ to FL, the short drive to and from the resort/park is nothing. It actually causes much more anxiety/stress to wait and ride a crowded bus... especially as I've had to do sometimes carrying my sleeping child while standing and holding onto a pole on a moving bus. People farting and stinking up the bus, coughing and sneezing all over each other... then again you can meet some really nice folks in there, even while a foul odor going around. Disney farts... yuck! LOL
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Old 02-13-2013, 01:15 PM   #37
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We drive everywhere. It doesn't bother me. I just drove 16 hours to get to Orlando and I'm just not much of a bus person I'd just rather get in the car and go when I'm ready to instead of waiting for a bus and taking the extra time.
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Old 02-13-2013, 01:16 PM   #38
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Could Ya'll tell me how long it generally takes to get from your hotel to the parks while driving? I also plan to stay till closing for most parks, so we will be lagging behind while everyone else fights for the rush of getting out the parks.
About 10 minutes total! Always a shorter trip than the bus.
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Old 02-13-2013, 01:20 PM   #39
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Its no contest for me, Disney Transportation all the way! I have had a car on two trips, and didn't use it once. Last time, we flew, so we didn't have a car, and I never wished for one.

Yes, you wait for the bus, sometimes for a little while, although at least half the time on this last trip we waited 5 minutes or less (POR). But there is no finding a spot, no worrying about taking the wrong turn, no car keys to carry, and I can relax in air conditioned comfort on the bus after a long, tiring day. The longest waits we had were for MK, which many people bus it to anyway. I don't like driving to begin with, and now I am a single mom, so no navigator. Its just so much more relaxing to take the bus.
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Old 02-13-2013, 01:25 PM   #40
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We like to drive to and from Florida rather than flying, but generally we leave the car sit until its near time to go home when on Disney property.

These are the exceptions:

1. We don't leave property much but we make a single grocery run at the start of the trip, we did fly last time and accomplished this with a cab pretty reasonably.
2. There is no hotel to hotel bus transportation, so if we were at our resort and had an ADR at another resort we would drive rather than try to get a connecting bus transfer.
3. If we had a pre-opening ADR or even earlier fishing reservation we would drive to those to avoid the stress of worrying if we'd find an early enough bus.
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I've done both and I much prefer driving. I like not having to wait for a bus. I can just walk to my car at the end of the day and be on my way. I also like not having to walk all the way from the bus stop to my room.
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Old 02-13-2013, 07:58 PM   #42
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I'm confused about something...If you drive to the parks you still have to pay to park, right? How much is that now? We've not had a car with us since your honeymoon back in... cough, cough... 1995. But we're driving for this trip and I never even thought about driving to the parks. We've always used Disney transportation and the only time it bothers me is at the end of the day/evening because I have terrible foot pain and the standing and waiting for 2 and 3 buses until we get on is pretty rough.
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Old 02-13-2013, 08:00 PM   #43
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I'm confused about something...If you drive to the parks you still have to pay to park, right? How much is that now? We've not had a car with us since your honeymoon back in... cough, cough... 1995. But we're driving for this trip and I never even thought about driving to the parks. We've always used Disney transportation and the only time it bothers me is at the end of the day/evening because I have terrible foot pain and the standing and waiting for 2 and 3 buses until we get on is pretty rough.
You park for free if you're staying on site at WDW resort!
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Old 02-13-2013, 08:07 PM   #44
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You park for free if you're staying on site at WDW resort!
Oh Wow!! Well that's of horse of another color... Thanks so much for the info!
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Oh Wow!! Well that's of horse of another color... Thanks so much for the info!
You're quite welcome! It's nice to have options.
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