How bad are the buses to BC during low season?

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  1. shaynar

    shaynar Mouseketeer

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    I keep hearing about how bad these buses are, that they are shared with BWV and S/D. Especially during low season, like January?

    How bad are they, really?

    I'm trying to plan out my days. We'll be doing a split stay at BCV and VWL so the plan was to stay at EP and HS while at BCV to avoid these buses, but looking at my plans and must dos (including MSEP - only during our BCV stay) I realize I'm going to have to take these buses.....

    So really, how bad? :scared1:
     
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  3. mickeynut1

    mickeynut1 DIS Veteran

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    The buses are hit or miss, IMO. Our stay at the BC was in December 2003 and while we were not there actually over Christmas, it was not slow season either as it was right before Christmas and was pretty busy. Our experience with the buses wasn't great as they were shared with all 5 Epcot resorts. But I have read reports that others have experienced the buses only servicing the BC & YC, so I think it all just depends how Disney schedules them, with nothing being definite as to what it will be like until you're there. With all of that said, the Epcot area is a great place to stay and the bus situation would not deter us from staying there again, we would just be more prepared to deal with it. I wouldn't worry too much about it, especially if you aren't planning to use the buses every day. Good luck and have a great trip.
     
  4. goofy4tink

    goofy4tink No tags...not needed! Transportation moderator Moderator

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    Oh man...they aren't bad at all!!! Every single resort has some type of bus issue...the moderates don't share with other resorts, but they do make multiple stops within the same resort, so not any better than buses at the Epcot resorts.
    Pop has only the one stop, and shares with no other resorts, but the buses can be crowded due to the resort size..especially at park closing.

    So...how are the buses at BC? Just fine. Yes, they sometimes share a route with BW/S/D, but not always. YC and BC are always routed together...and BW/S/D are always together. Sometimes they all get lumped on one route though.

    I have stayed at all of the Epcot resorts, mostly at BW though. Even when at BC I didn't have any issues with the buses. Besides, you get to walk or boat to two different parks. That's a huge plus.
    You can spend your time at MK when at VWL...and at Epcot and DHS when at BCV. Since you won't be doing the MK buses a lot, you probably won't have any issues at all.

    Go, enjoy!!!
     
  5. Amy&Dan

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    While I do think the bussing at the Epcot resorts leaves something to be desired, I also agree that all resorts have bussing issues.

    The shared route the Epcot resorts sometimes have can take a while.

    So if you are trying to make a specific time of arrival to MK, AK or DTD, allow at least one hour. Which goes at any resort.

    I would never not stay at any resort based on transportation. I would not worry too much about this, you know it might be an issue and leaving in plenty of time will cut down on the stress and take away the problem!
     
  6. disneydee6

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    I think that the 'bus issues' aren't as bad as they are made to be on the boards. We have had plenty of stays at BC and plenty of experiences with transportation (all my family lives in the BX, NY and that is the ONLY way to get around the area). If you make sure to make time for wait, it isn't all that bad. Transportation to and from MK from BC is probably the longest and most painful, but give yourself 30-45 min of transporting time (including walk and wait at the bus stops) and it isn't so bad. Most of the time, I would say it averages between 20-30 min of travel. And we have always gone during peak season. On occasion there are times where it tops to an hour of traveling, but that is not the standard.
     
  7. siskaren

    siskaren DIS Veteran

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    I found this post in a thread about POR and bookmarked it because I thought it was a very good analysis regarding buses at WDW:

     
  8. OKW Lover

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    I agree with the PP's that the busses at BC are no worse than any other resort. The stories the OP is hearing are certainly true but do not reflect the vast majority's experiences.

    Bus karma is really variable. You might have just missed the bus and need to wait 20 minutes (which seems like forever) for the next one. Or you might have one pull up as soon as you walk to the bus stop. Both situations will happen. And probably during the same trip.
     
  9. AlohaAnnie

    AlohaAnnie DIS Veteran

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    We have used theses buses while staying at BWV and it wasn't bad at all & I agree it was no different than any other issues at any other resort.

    We had only one problem where we were stuck at the swan or dolphin because a vehicle was blocking the bus. We waited for about 10 minutes. We ended up getting off the bus & walking to boardwalk. No big deal.
     
  10. Wood Nymph

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    We've stayed at the Beach Club many times in January and the buses aren't too bad at all. The last few times we've been there the buses only shared with YC.
     
  11. maxiesmom

    maxiesmom The Mean Squinty Eye Works

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    We stated at the Beach Club once, during the month of October, and hated the bus service. The rides seemed so long that I started timing them, thinking it was all in my head. Nope. 45 minutes to/from AK/MK was typical.

    One of my nieces wondered if we were lost one time. I wondered if maybe they had hired a bunch of new drivers who were not used to the roads. In any case, the bus service at the Beach Club was the worst we have run into, in all our trips to WDW.

    I would probably stay at the Beach Club again, but keep some cab money on hand for those times I don't feel like having to hassle with the buses.
     
  12. Abby Wednesday

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    I was at BWI in September and the bus to MK was not shared, but everything else was. I never had to wait too long for a bus, but the rides to DTD and AK were loooooong due to all the stops, and I think we stopped at blizzard beach on the way to AK. All in all I thought it was worth it not using a car, but we also spend most of our time at Epcot and MK.
     
  13. Hopefully

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    We are BCV owners and stay in this area yearly. We find the bus service to be great. In our experience, usually in October, the BC only shares with the YC to and from the MK and the AK. Buses to/from DTD are a nightmare from ALL resorts, and all 5 resorts have shared that route.
    We love being able to walk to EC and DHS.
    All in all, we find the buses to be fine from the BC.
     

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