Just got back from BWV, anyone else find WDW driving not as easy as one would expect?

Discussion in 'Purchasing DVC' started by luckytso, Feb 17, 2003.

  1. luckytso

    luckytso DIS Veteran<br><a href="http://www.wdwinfo.com/dis

    Mar 29, 2002
    We just flew back last night, it was a great trip.

    We love BWV, and we were now spoiled by the 1-2 bedroom units. I changed our reservation to a 1-bedroom for our May's trip for the 4 of us and DH would not even complain about the extra points versus a studio.

    When we checked in on 2/9, we were told that the resort was 100% sold out. We were given a 2-br preferred view unit overlooking Swan. It was very nice. The front desk told me that this was the only room available. She said all the rooms with people who have not checked in yet have notes saying they cannot be moved. How do you get that? Is it just based on when the reservation was made?

    Even though the resort was sold out, we hardly saw anyone most of the time. Not even around us (sides, or above, across the hall), no sound at all. With little kids, it is great to have the washer/dryer right in the unit.

    We rented a car for the first time at WDW. I think we will always have a car from now on. However, was I the only one who finds WDW road signs not good? I got lost EVERYWHERE. It seems that you see signs everywhere, but I get nowhere. I got on I-4 a couple times by mistake, I made a wrong turn somewher trying to park at MK and everything was wrong way, gave up and went to Epcot. Went to Publix the first night and of course got lost. Ended up at one point on a dirt dead-end road. It got better as the time went on. But I find it annoying that there are no road names on many intersections and you have to completely rely on WDW signs before the turn. If you ever miss the sign, you could not figure out where you were. The saving grace was that I just start over. But it was harder than I thought. I don't normally get lost while driving. But WDW somehow seems challenging to me. I think I can get around much better now. It was just to my surprise.

    Went to Goodings too, despite the higher price, can't beat the location.

    We did not cook, only breakfast in the room, cereal and bagels.

    Met our DVC guide finally.

    We stayed at DD Hilton via Priceline for the last 2 nights. Never again. There was nothing wrong the hotel, plus we got club privilege, but it was just not WDW. DH thinks I am turning into a Disney snob.

    The trip was just too short, just have to wait for the next one.
  2. Dancind

    Dancind Tinkerbell's Mom

    Jul 25, 2001
    LOL, Luckytso. I remember going around in circles at WDW, trying to follow the signs. One time we wound up in the parking lot at Epcot, trying to get to the Beach Club. We finally got a good map of the area, and after 5-6 trips, we've got it figured out. Guess that's why lots of people prefer the busses. Glad it didn't ruin your trip!
  3. wdwnut

    wdwnut DIS Veteran

    Jan 12, 2000
    hi: you can get a decent map from bell services/parking valets. we've been using their transportation maps for many years now. at night though, it can be confusing and we've done the epcot parking lot a couple of times over the years. i'm fairly used to the wdw signs now and am usually the designated navigator. see you just have to go a couple of times a year for many years to get comfy with this!
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  5. kdonnel

    kdonnel DVC-BCV

    Feb 1, 2001
    It doesn't seem to help that the bus drivers themselves take a seemingly different route every time from one destination to another.
  6. luckytso

    luckytso DIS Veteran<br><a href="http://www.wdwinfo.com/dis

    Mar 29, 2002
    We do have the map from the Bell Capitain at BWV. It is a very good map. However, even when he gave directions, he gave it based on traffic lights, because there are no road signs. By following his directions the first time, we made a complete loop to get back on to Buena Vista Drive (turned left, rather than right after we passed the guard going out). DH was saying that it was kind of strange why we were passing Beach, Yacht, Swan and Dolphin......

    However, by getting lost everywhere, we discovered more roads about our surroundings. Accidentally past Vistana Reosrt, Holiday Inn Family Suites, etc.
  7. Alice Sr.

    Alice Sr. My two little Mouseketeers

    Apr 26, 2000
    hehehe we have been going to WDW 2-3 times a year for the last 7 years. We always rent a car. I am the only driver, my DD's are only 15 and 12. You would think that by now I would have it down but no. Their big joke is how many times they see the "You are now leaving Disney World" sign. Next year I can sit in the passenger seat and revenge will be mine.
  8. buzz5985

    buzz5985 DIS Veteran

    Jul 6, 2000
    My parents had a really hard time driving in Disney. I told them, it must be tough to be sooo old. Dads 70 and Mom's 65. Well, Dad told me, If your Mother could read a ******* sign. LOL I drive in Boston every day. I am used to no signs, bad signs, changed roads. To me Disney World has the best signs. Just don't miss one. LOL


    Jan 8, 2001
    I guess I know my way around well enough now that I don't even pay attention to the signs anymore, but I think WDW intentionally takes you the long way around from point A-to-B to give the illussion of a larger size. You'd never guess just how close Epcot,Okw,CBR & Typhone Lagoon are to each other until you've seen aerial photos. I also think that the longer loops break up the congestion that would occur if the shortest possible routes were used. One trick to the signage is to understand that Epcot Resort Area does not mean Epcot. Same with the other parks. They assume you know BW,Y&B,Swan/Dolphin,BCV & BWV are Epcot resort area.
  10. Luv2Dream

    Luv2Dream <a href="http://www.wdwinfo.com/dis-sponsor/index.

    Nov 9, 2000
    My husband would totally agree with the comment that Disney takes you on big long loops around everything to get you from point A to point B. He's figured out some shortcuts, but you can't follow the signs posted in doing this. I guess that's the benefit of going to WDW so many times.
  11. Halle

    Halle DIS Veteran

    Nov 12, 2000
    I had to laugh when I read this post. We have been going to WDW and renting a car every year since 1986, we were there last week and my DH ventured out alone. He went to Downtown Disney and decided to take a different route back to BCV...a shortcut around the back of Epcot. An hour later he arrived back at BCV...he was soooooo lost, finally found a police officer who laughed when he told her where we wanted to be.....he was out past Celebration. My DD and I told him that he's not allowed to travel the world alone ever again!!!
  12. Chuck S

    Chuck S DVC Boards Co-Moderator Moderator

    Feb 6, 2000
    And roads are changing due to construction...look at the intersection that used to be at DTD...it just doesn't "look right" anymore. We go down 2x a year and have a car, I still do the "But I didn't want to go to EPCOT" mistake at least once a trip. Usually on the way back to OKW from AK. We've been staying at OKW for 10 years.
  13. lacool

    lacool The second mouse gets the cheese!

    Dec 30, 2002
    Well, you people officially have me scared. The last two times we were at WDW we stayed at the Poly and the Contemporary, and didn't see the car from check-in to check-out. This time we're staying at OKW and plan on using the car regularly. I HATE getting lost (I am the navigator so I always get in trouble with DH)! Who's got suggestions on the best road map of the Disney area?
    :confused: Come on .... for the sake of my marriage ...

    GAIL HAYDEN DVC Member since '92

    Aug 19, 1999
    They have very good maps at guest services at your resort.
    We have been lost maybe 2x's, the road signs are very good, you just have to not panic and watch them carefully.
    I have ZERO sense of direction and generally get lost, but, for some strange reason, don't do it at WDW. Go figure.
  15. BillM

    BillM Mouseketeer

    Aug 24, 1999
    We always have a car at OKW and I am always the driver. I have a reputation of being able to go into strange places and never get lost. On our last trip in January after a night at the CG, with only one glass of wine, we left the Contempoary and I made a right turn and within 1/4 of a mile I was off the property in an industrial area owned by Disney. I had to ask 2 security guards how to get back to OKW.

    My reputation was ruined.
  16. erikthewise

    erikthewise Guest

    I agree that it can be tricky. It doesn't matter how good the maps are if you can't read them while driving. Once you're on the road, you're at the mercy of the signs, and they don't always tell you what you need to know. And if your exit is closed, or you miss a turn-off....

    I was fortunate last year in that I went to a conference at WDW about 6 weeks before our family trip (rented a car both times), so I was able to make most of my mistakes with no one watching. The most humiliating thing was having to pay 50 cents toll on the Osceola Parkway to get back into WDW when I hadn't intended to leave.
  17. Caskbill

    Caskbill <font color="blue">DVC-Operations<br>DVC-Planning< Moderator

    Nov 19, 2000
    Actually it's not that bad, but it does take some time to learn it all.

    I'm probably a fairly good expert about getting around. Want to use the back door exit on Buena Vista or on Dopey Drive? Just go past the warehouses.

    Best way to VWL from OKW? Go toward the campground. And pass the future(???) site of Eagle Pines on the way.

    AK, ASR, BB, Coronado, McDonalds....All easy to get to.

    It just takes a little time to learn it all. For me, well I guess it started November 1971, so 31 years later (and 10 years worth of DVC), I've finally got it down pretty good.

    Those of you newer to WDW or DVC, don't fret. By 2034 you'll know your way around just fine.:p
  18. GrammieMame

    GrammieMame <a href="http://www.wdwinfo.com/dis-sponsor/index.

    Jan 6, 2000
    I have to laugh. During our first trip about 5 years ago, we got the maps out and tried (in vain) to follow them to get from here to there. Immediately found that the street ID's on the map didn't have any relationship to street and road signs (if you can find them). I quickly found that following the Disney signs was the only way I could be sure of getting to where I want to be. They are completely in charge of traffic control by means of taking you around in circles, but at least I know I'll get there.

    It helps to know what the "Epcot Resorts" are, and the "Magic Kingdom" resorts, since resorts aren't named until you get right on top of them. I also found that going to Crossroads and Publix (or any other grocery store) was easier if I just follow the signs to Downtown Disney and then exit through all the convention hotels.
  19. MinnieGi

    MinnieGi DVC/BWV & HHI

    Nov 3, 2001
    I can relate to this thread!! LOL!

    We've driven around on our past two trips and have missed one of those direction signs (a few times) and ended up taking a big loop around to get to where we were going.

    I didn't feel to bad about missing one of those signs when on our last trip to AKL we were on the bus going to MK and the bus driver missed one of those signs!! He apoligized as he pulled into the Swan parking lot to turn us around and head back out to the main road to make the turn to MK.

    The nice thing though is if you do miss one of those signs there always seems to be another sign up ahead to get you going in the right direction. Even if it does take you longer to get there, I never felt lost.

  20. Dancind

    Dancind Tinkerbell's Mom

    Jul 25, 2001
    Luckytso, thanks for breaking the ice here. Apparently, we have all had these great stories for years but were too embarrassed to share them. You've let all of us WDW directionally challenged people come out of the closet! We would be fine if my DH took direction as well as I can read a map. Don't tell him I said that. Diana
  21. lizziepooh

    lizziepooh DIS Veteran

    Mar 15, 2002
    Well, now I don't feel quite so bad. We rented a car for the first time in January at the WDW Car Care Center and weren't sure how to get out of the parking lot! The sign said "to I 4" or something like that and we wanted to get back to OKW. We found some signs confusing or not complete, but were doing better after a few days. We didn't do much driving after dark, only to Crossroads area which we knew how to get to from OKW. I do think next year will be better as we'll be a little more familiar with the roads.

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