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Old 05-28-2001, 03:47 PM   #1
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I read on Screamscape that water launches to the MK from the Mk area resorts is going to be discontinued due to budget cuts. Does anyone have any further info on this? If so, I'll be very upset!
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Old 05-28-2001, 04:35 PM   #2
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I didnt think there were water launches from any of the MK resorts except for Wilderness lodge. There is also a launch to the TTC.
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Old 05-28-2001, 06:39 PM   #3
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The Contemporary, the Polynesian and the GF all have boat service to and from the MK.

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Old 05-28-2001, 06:50 PM   #4
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The Screamscape rumor also reports that the Friendships in the World Showcase at Epcot will also be discontinued.
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Old 05-28-2001, 07:10 PM   #5
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Ft Wilderness has a boat to MK also.
No big deal for me though. The stupid things were never accessible anyway. If the able-bodied have to put up with the nonsense I have to go through all the time maybe they'll scream loud enough to get some changes.
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Old 05-28-2001, 07:44 PM   #6
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*frowns*

Does this mean that the ferry won't be running between the TTC and Magic Kingdom? If so, that makes me mad... I loved riding the ferry much more than the monorail. And it was such a great picture-taking opportunity. *sigh*

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Old 05-28-2001, 08:13 PM   #7
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No, the one from the TTC to MK isn't going to close. It's the boats from the resorts to the MK that are suppose to be closing.
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Old 05-28-2001, 09:23 PM   #8
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Thumbs down What???

Now most of you know I'm an avid Disney defender (Landbaron always reminds me of the 'rose colored glasses' I wear), but I'm here to say that if this rumor comes to pass I will be one disheartend puppy. I loved the launches from the Poly and what about WL? The launch is the only special transportation they have. It'll certainly be tough to sell the WL as deluxe with just bus transit...I know, I know that bus transit is all AKL currently has but at least AKL is dedicated service, WL shares with the Poly, TTC, FW, etc...

There had better be more than cost cutting behind this decision because I feel the "deluxe" tag of these resorts will be severly damaged should this rumor come true...
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Old 05-28-2001, 09:39 PM   #9
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I doubt that they'll cut the boat from WL. They are probably getting rid of the other launches because all of those resorts are connected by monorail.
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Old 05-29-2001, 05:05 PM   #10
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Unhappy I would be very upset if that were true!

There is nothing better than a leisurely boat ride back to your resort after a day at the MK! I look forward to that! And, of course, that is the only transportation to the MK from WL. What would they do-use buses there, too? Yech!
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Old 05-29-2001, 05:15 PM   #11
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If this rumour proves true, I will make DVC-Landbaron look like Micheal Eisner's bestest buddy in the whole world.

They may have finally hit the wall with me.


Of course Screamscape isn't all that accurate, so I'll be praying they're wrong.
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Old 05-29-2001, 10:05 PM   #12
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Assuming this is true….

I am absolutely amazed with some of my closer friends on this board (you know who you are). Why are you surprised by this move? After all, why should Disney shell out the expense of keeping around expensive boats and/or launches when a bus will serve the purpose? Surely you can see that this WILL increase the bottom line. By cutting this needless frivolity we can expect to realize additional savings thus allowing us to bail out some sinking enterprise that Ei$ner has gotten us into. I don’t know, makes sense to me. Smart business move. Isn’t that what you guys always say? Ei$ner acting fiscally responsible. Nothing more, nothing less. Like they said in the Godfather, “It’s business, Sonny, and you’re taking it personal.”

OH!! I get it!! They finally cut something that is near and dear to your own heart!! Sooooo!! Now you can feel the pain!!! But come on guys!! A bus will do the job! What’s that you say? Nothing magical about a bus? So what?! It gets you there. Innovative and creative transportation!! HA!!! Don’t make me laugh!! We’ve got to be competitive you know.

But seriously. For me it was shorter hours (unannounced), bus schedules and Mickey-head butter. For you it’s a launch. Everyone has got a breaking point. Give Ei$ner enough time and he’ll drive everyone away. Welcome to the fold!!! We’ll schedule your Ei$ner-bashing baptism as soon as possible.
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Old 05-31-2001, 10:27 AM   #13
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If they close the Friendships in the Epcot area, how do we get to MGM or Epcot? They can't expect everyone to walk and running busses would seem more costly than the current system...
BTW, if they are getting rid of the Friendships they must be having one last hurrah because there are three of them making the route right now instead of the usual two.
I am a little upset by the early closing of most of the counter service places at MGM. All but two close at 4 or 5. We had a hard time finding a burger at dinner time the other day.
I have a good picture of the BAH construction that I'll post later. I'll be here till next Wednesday. Anybody want me to find any specific info?
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Old 05-31-2001, 10:40 AM   #14
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...I think by "Friendships" they were referring to only the two ferries from the front of World Showcase lagoon to the docks near France and Italy.

I'm not even enough of an Eisner-basher to suggest he'll cut the boat service from the Boardwalk area to MGM (although it wouldn't surprise me as much if they cut the Boardwalk area to Epcot boats. Much shorter walk).

The MK boat cuts were presumed more palatable because of the monorail. By that reasoning, the WL launch should stay, as it's the only alternative transport available. We'll see if it does, I guess.

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Old 05-31-2001, 10:42 AM   #15
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That's not much of a hurrah, they used to run 4 Friendships at 1 time in the good ole days.

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