Does transportation play an issue when you book a DISNEY hotel?

Discussion in 'Disney Resorts' started by argue, May 19, 2007.


Does transportation play a role in the hotel you book?

  1. Yes

  2. No

  3. Sometimes, but not always

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  1. argue

    argue Mouseketeer

    Apr 30, 2007
    When you book a Disney Hotel, does transportation play a big role in where and when you book your hotel?
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  3. argue

    argue Mouseketeer

    Apr 30, 2007
  4. kldmom2000

    kldmom2000 DIS Veteran

    Sep 19, 2004
    We love Epcot and tend to spend a lot of time there, so we always stay at the YC/BC resorts because you can just walk into Epcot :thumbsup2

    I'd be able to do the GF for the proximity to the MK but I don't think I could stay anywhere in which I need to rely on bus transportation to get EVERYWHERE....

    I'm spoiled I guess :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl:
  5. mickeymedic

    mickeymedic <font color=red>Loves Off Kilter<br><font color=te

    Feb 26, 2005
    As we're figuring out where we're going to stay, lately money trumps transportation. We were lucky enough to stay at GF once, and we got really spoiled being on the monorail line. However, we can't afford to stay at deluxes usually. We considered AKL in the past, but it's so far from everything except AK. And, if we're going to spend that kind of money on a resort, we want to be more central.

    The best balance we've found so far is POR. It's centrally located, we love the theme and, unlike others, we've never had an issue with the bus service. Then again, we like to go during off season.
  6. minnie61650

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    Jun 7, 2005

    Word is the bus transportation from any of the resorts should be much better by this fall with the new GPS dynamic bus routing.

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  7. nhpooh

    nhpooh <font color=deeppink>I just can't stop visiting th

    Nov 10, 2004
    I said no, we rent a car when we go.
  8. CR Resort Fan 4 Life

    CR Resort Fan 4 Life DIS Veteran

    May 27, 2006
    I voted yes and here is why. Since my family and I always stay at the Contemporary or at the Polynesian for the 1st time this December, we could not see ourselves not staying at a Magic Kingdom Resort that is on the Resort Monorail line. Before we made our December reservations we talked about what if we tried the Boardwalk, Yacht Club or Beach Club? However we kept going back to how easy it is with the Monorail to visit the Contemporary, Polynesian and Grand Floridian which is why we sticked with that area.
  9. dogsmom

    dogsmom DIS Veteran

    Sep 9, 2006
    I've stayed at POFQ, Contemporary , Wilderness Lodge and Animal Kingdom Lodge. I think the transportation was great at all of them. I've heard people say that AKL is too far. But, AKL doesn't share busess with any other resort. The only time I had to wait longer than five minutes at AKL was for a bus for DTD. The only time I saw large amounts of people and had to wait for another bus, was at closing at any of the parks. Most of the time we leave for the parks later in the morning after the am rush and if we stay till the park closes we take our time coming back ( sit and watch the crowds). i don't know how fast people want to travel around WDW, but I think the transportation is great!
  10. KingdomHearts

    KingdomHearts Married in Disney July 6th, 2006

    Apr 1, 2007
    Sometimes. When we go down with my father, who has a bad back and hips then yes. If it is just my DH and I then no.
  11. cloverkat

    cloverkat Mouseketeer

    Aug 8, 2005
    I voted sometimes because come closing time at a park I much prefer a nice leisurely stroll back to my hotel to being packed on a bus.For this reason I like to stay somewhere on the Boardwalk whenever possible but,if finances require that I stay somewhere less expensive or not go at all I will definitely stay elsewhere. I just might not do as many nightime activities.
  12. SGMCO

    SGMCO Vintage Style is Sweet--Rumbleseat Fashions

    Jan 17, 2007
    I Vote YES Because:
    Since my DH drives all day for his work, we are so
    happy to have Disney Drive us around, it wouldn't be a vacation
    without it.
    I have all the patience in the world when I don't
    have to fight park closing traffic and busy streets.
    There will always be someone
    complaining and whining about the transportation to and from
    WDW Resort, no matter which resort you stay at, but our family is very satisfied and look at it as a Gift.
    It's all in the way you view things. :upsidedow
  13. PezDSpencer

    PezDSpencer ROCKY TOP

    Apr 19, 2007

    Anytime we stay at a monorail resort, it just "feels" like Disney. In other words, I view Disney transportation as part of the experience.

    I am a Disney sheep. Baaaaah! :thumbsup2
  14. ktink

    ktink <b><font color=f95602>Member of the 'Jambo! WildBu

    Jan 30, 2005
    I voted yes. While we've never stayed on the monorail we do like to stay where there are busses that do not share. The ride time to the parks has never been an issue for us so far. We've always experienced fast and convenient transportation.
  15. HugsForEeyore

    HugsForEeyore <font color=coral>Heck with the rides, give me som

    Mar 26, 2000
    In the past, transportation wasn't an issue with me. But after a few recent value/mod stays, my thinking has changed. I find it soooo hard to get to MK in a timely manner in the mornings on a value/mod bus! I been timing it - if I leave my room at 9:45 am., I will usually be lucky to get to MK at 11:15! I know I should get up earlier and beat the crowds, but I'm too lazy to get up, so I pay the price with long lines, and usually waiting until the 3rd bus to come before I can get on. Even if I drive to MK, it takes a long time to get there, park, wait in line to take the tram, wait in line for ferry or monorail, etc. I like getting to MK early so I can get character photos for my website, but the slow transportation has really bogged me down. :(

    So nowadays, I am leaning towards paying more money to get better buses and/or a park in walking or monorail/boat distance. I am tired of the crowded buses and standing in the crowded bus aisles over and over. Next trip, we are splurging for the Poly, and I am soooo excited!! :)
  16. Harambe

    Harambe I miss Tapestry of Dreams!

    Mar 30, 2003
    Yes, yes, yes.

    It is important for us to be able to get back to our resort quickly, and without too many stops. This is the reason we have never stayed at a moderate, because DH dislikes the thought of stopping at all the bus stops within the resort. Can you imagine? Waiting for busses after Wishes, then standing thru all those stops!

    That said, we were floored last year when we stayed at BWI and had to endure seven stops - seven - when we returned from AK. We had been spoiled with AKL who doesn't share buses (it does have an occasional extra stop at BB).

    But it is all give-and-take! BWI transportation to Epcot (feet!) and MGM (boat) are wonderful.
  17. traci

    traci Doesn't want any Tags

    May 31, 2005
    yes ;)

    Since we have 2 young children, we tend to spend most of our time at MK. I wonder though, if it will still be as important when they are a few years older. There are some other resorts we would like to experience, but we just love that monorail!
  18. Alicnwondrln

    Alicnwondrln DIS Veteran

    Jul 8, 2003
    our kids are 8 and 3 so we do think about where we will be eating and going
    we will rent a car if we think its gonna be an issue
  19. 2manypets

    2manypets DIS Veteran

    Jan 28, 2005
    Sometimes, I pick my resort according to my budget first, then think about the transportation options. This next trip we're staying at AKL. Because it's just DH & I going, I'm not so worried about getting to parks quickly. We're there to relax this trip.
  20. blanq

    blanq DIS Veteran

    Jul 12, 2000
    I voted "no". I pick my resort absent consideration for transportation. I think the Disney transportation system is exceptional. We have stayed at CBR, WL, Swan, BCV, AKL, OKW and SSR and have used WDW transportation exclusively on all of our trips. I am never in a hurry to get anywhere when on vacation, and love not having to drive. Yes, there are times when my bus, boat or monorail may make several stops, and I may have to make an occasional transfer, but I really don't care. The Disney transportation system always gets me where I need to go, and it gets me there safely. So, I figure, what's there for me to complain about?
  21. Karnak

    Karnak DIS Veteran

    Jan 20, 2006
    Yes, and the older I get, the more important it gets.


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