AKL- how bad is the transportation

Discussion in 'Disney Resorts' started by corey2, Aug 25, 2005.

  1. corey2

    corey2 Earning My Ears

    Aug 25, 2005
    I will be staying in early Feb 06. The only thing i read that is bad about this resort is transportation. I am curious. how hard is it to get around? Do i need to get a rental car if i don't plan to leave disney?

    Thanks in advance
  2. HopperFan

    HopperFan "It's a bug-eat-bug world out there, princess."

    Sep 6, 2003
    I think they have great transportation. We never waited long at the resort to get anywhere and always had a seat. Now coming home from Magic Kingdom at closing was tough, but every resort had a long line of tired guests waiting. The longest ride was to the MK and it was a whole 10 minutes.
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  4. brentalex

    brentalex DIS Veteran

    Oct 27, 2000
    we found the transportation to be great. Of course if you just miss a bus, you have to wait, but that is the same for any resort. But it has its own bus, no stopping other at the park you are going to. We never had a problem at all with the buses.
  5. Nik's Mom

    Nik's Mom Karl Pilkington is a genius

    Dec 22, 2001
    I found the transportation to be outstanding last May! We rarely waited for buses and they were never crowded. Actually, I think one time it was standing room only, but that was after a parade, then the rain came pouring down and everyone ran for the buses. But other than that, there were always seats available. Longest ride was to DTD (about 1/2 hour). MK was only about 10 minutes. We loved AKL!
  6. Laurajean1014

    Laurajean1014 <font color=blue>WISH Biggest Loser/Blue Team<br><

    Jun 28, 2001
    We've stayed there a few times and love it.

    I think the transportation is a mis-perception. Everyone thinks AKL is sooo far from everything and it really isn't. It's not too far from MK (looking on a map).

    We've not had more than a 15 minute wait for a bus.

    I think the only thing that is missing at this resort from others, is the option to use a ferry or other water transportation.

    We had much longer waits waiting for the Ferry at WL than at AKL.
  7. We also have found the transportation to be among the best at WDW. :moped:

  8. tekmom

    tekmom DIS Veteran

    Aug 15, 2004
    Stayed there last month and never waited long for a bus and they were never crowded. We drove down from NY in a rental and never used it once our entire stay. Bus transport was so good, we're booked again for next July, also.
  9. puffkin

    puffkin DVC Owner- SSR & AKV

    Apr 30, 2001
    Bus transportation is great at the AKL. I really don't understand why people say it is so bad and that you need a car to stay here :confused3

    There is only one bus stop at the resort and it takes you directly to the park. No stopping at a numerous stops (like the moderates) or at other resorts (like the other deluxes). This cuts off a lot of time in my opinion and makes this resort one of the best resorts relying solely on busses.
  10. Nuchi15697

    Nuchi15697 Navy Dad

    Sep 18, 2002
    Another thumbs up. We thought the bus service was great.
  11. ReggieB

    ReggieB DIS Cast Member<br><font color=red>I don't kiss ca

    Feb 28, 2005
    Another thumbs up for the buses at AKL. No route sharing with other resorts, which even outs the time thing in some ways and also makes the buses a little less crowded. It's nice to have a boat or a monorail, but I think you will find that the AKL transportation is pretty good. For our stay at AKL we had taken the autotrain, thinking we would need the car with our DS3 and my parents-in-law. We used the car once, and only for my DH to show it off to his Dad.
  12. ReggieB

    ReggieB DIS Cast Member<br><font color=red>I don't kiss ca

    Feb 28, 2005
    Plus a quick thing to add, the waiting area is completely covered, plenty of benches out of the sun/rain whatever!!
  13. 4greatboys

    4greatboys DIS Veteran

    Aug 10, 2002
    I stayed there in 2002 and didnt have any transportation problems. Busses came regularly and it didnt take that long to get anywhere we were going.
  14. minnie61650

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    Jun 7, 2005
    The bus rides from AK to the parks is not bad at all according to my
    PassPorter book:

    Bus ride times from AK
    MK----20 min.
    Epcot--15 min
    MGM---10 min
    AK 5 min
    DTD--15 min.
    See you are closer than you thought.
    Have a great time at Disney!
    Linda ::MinnieMo
  15. stinkerbelle

    stinkerbelle In a #10 sort of way?<br><font color=green>Sometim

    Oct 27, 2002
    AND sometimes there is a CM out there with some African Artifact or a "feel box" for the kids. (stick their hand in and feel what's inside)
  16. kgkmom

    kgkmom Mouseketeer

    Jun 26, 2001
    We just returned from AKL, and the transportation was fine! We rented a car, and it sat in the lot the entire trip. The longest wait for a bus was at Epcot, and it was just before Illuminations was due to begin. We had to wait about 20 minutes.

    The great thing about the bus stops for AKL (and the other deluxes) is the location of the pickup queues (always one of the closest to the park entrances). We've stayed at the values, and let me tell you-the hike to the bus stop can be the last straw on a hot, humid day!

    I agree with another poster who said that a wonderful benefit is the covered bus stop at the Lodge. Again, at the values, you are wide open to the elements.
  17. candleonwater

    candleonwater The Tag Fairy has been around forever

    Sep 15, 2000
    Of course I have to be the only one complaining... we were there for spring break last year (2004)... and had a 45 minute wait for a bus to MK. I could understand later in the day, maybe, but this was 7am. It's the sole reason I'm not choosing to stay there this trip.
  18. Danadisney

    Danadisney Mouseketeer

    Feb 18, 2005
    We also give it a thumbs up! Never had a problem with the buses.
    :hourglass 36 days until our trip to AKL and MNSSHP!!! :banana:
    and free dining :teeth:
  19. DutchsMommy

    DutchsMommy <font color=blue>I did the Pirate Name thing<br><f

    Dec 12, 2003
    We were there in Feb of '05. The transportation was great. As others have said, always room to sit, never crowded, bus stop is short distance from main lobby (like 30 second walk). In fact, I remember thinking when leaving several parks that I was happy we were going back to AKL because some other resort bus line-ups were quite long. Because in general crowds are lower in Feb (for the most part) I think you will find transportation is no issue at all.
  20. rt2dz

    rt2dz DIS Veteran

    Oct 26, 2004
    So many people complain about AKL because of the location, but in my experience, most of these people have never stayed there. The transportation is among the best of all the WDW Resort Properties. It is actually faster, and less crowded, because it doesn't share stops. I'm sure there are people who have had an issue from time to time, but that is the same with anything. Nothing is perfect 100% of the time, but I see very few problems with AKL. Plus, it is one of the best themed resorts in all WDW which, imho, makes the transportation a non-issue anyhow.
  21. Stitches

    Stitches Mouseketeer

    May 17, 2004
    I was there over spring break and witnessed this happen one morning. We were heading to a different resort, but I felt really bad for all those waiting to get to MK. This was an EMH morning and they missed it completely! I hope this was the same day you had your experience; I'd like to think this was an isolated event.

    I asked our driver; he said there should have been one or two buses by that time. Here are all these families who have gotten up early to get to the park early and beat the crowds. What a way to start the day! I think all those people should have been given a set of 'go to front of the line' privileges for a number of rides to make up for missing the least crowded time of the day. Has anyone ever received something like that at Disney? I know I received it at the local amusement park one day when the ride we were on had a breakdown; they gave us tickets to get to the front of the line on other rides.

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