New Express Transportation: $19/day or $29/week-SERVICE ENDING AUGUST 23RD 2017

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  1. yulilin3

    yulilin3 Disney Freak Moderator

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    UPDATE 2/22/2017
    $19/Day or $29/Week (7 Consecutive Days
    This service runs weather permitting only)


    Walt Disney World Resort is introducing a special, add-on service associated with the park-hopper ticket called Express Transportation. This new option enables Guests with park-hopper tickets to travel more conveniently than ever between theme parks by whisking them from inside one and transporting them straight into another.

    After initial entry into a theme park, Guests will be picked up and dropped off by Disney buses from directly inside the parks. By traveling between backstage locations, Guests can spend even more time experiencing the magic with their families.

    This feature will be available when purchasing Park Hopper tickets online or upgrading at Vacation Planning or Guest Relations. For single-day service, Express Transportation can be added onto a Park Hopper ticket for $15 per person. For multi-day service, it is $24 per person.

    Express Transportation is available at all four Walt Disney World theme parks from 10 a.m. until park close beginning Dec. 7.



    How does it work? Express Transportation is a new transportation option that provides Guests with faster access when traveling between our theme parks. After initial entry into a theme park, Guests can board a Disney bus which will take them directly to another theme park.
    By traveling between backstage location, Guests can spend even more time experiencing the magic inside our theme parks.
    How can Guests get Express Transportation? Guests may add this option at Vacation Planning and Guest Relation locations throughout property as well as at the new Express Transportation kiosks in the four theme parks. For single-day service, Express Transportation can be added onto a Park Hopper ticket for $15 per person. For multi-day service, it is $24 per person.

    Where will Express Transportation pick up and drop off Guests?
    • Magic Kingdom Park
    o Onstage kiosk location – near the exit of Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin in Tomorrowland
    o Backstage location – Park 1
    • Epcot
    o Onstage kiosk location – East of Spaceship Earth
    o Backstage location – Eastgate bus loop
    • Disney’s Hollywood Studios
    o Onstage kiosk location – Adjacent to the Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Courtyard
    o Backstage location – Behind “The Twilight Zone” Tower of Terror & Sunset Showcase
    • Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park
    o Onstage kiosk location – Near Tusker House
    o Backstage location – Vehicle Maintenance parking lot

    How often will Guests be picked up? When will it start and stop each day? Guests will be picked up every 30 minutes. Service will begin each day at 10:00am Service will conclude at park close each night.
    Will Guests be in backstage areas by themselves? No. Whenever stepping into a backstage area, Guests will be escorted by a Guest Relations Cast Member. Similar to the way we currently operate our VIP Tour Services and other experiences, Express Transportation will allow Guests limited access backstage with an escort. This includes no Guest photography in backstage areas.
    Is this service available for Cast Members with Main Entrance Passes and Annual Passholders? Cast Members and Annual Passholders may purchase the single-day service for $15 or the multi-day service for $24 (valid for seven consecutive days from day of sale).
    SCHEDULE THANKS TO @Good Morning Dewdrop
    She made this schedule back in January but it has proven to still be consistent. Make sure to check when you are visiting just in case the changed it
    MK - EP 10/40
    MK - DHS 20/50
    MK - AK 0/30

    EP - MK 10/40
    EP - DHS 0/30
    EP - AK 20/50

    DHS - MK 20/50
    DHS EP 0/30
    DHS - AK 10/40

    AK - MK 0/30
    AK - EP 20/50
    AK - DHS 10/40

    Another way of reading the schedule above
    If you are in Magic Kingdom

    On the hour a bus goes to Animal Kingdom
    10Min after a bus goes Epcot
    20Min after a bus goes to Hollywood Studios
    30Min after a bus goes to Animal Kingdom
    40Min after a bus goes to Epcot
    50Min after a bus goes to Hollywood Studios

    If you are in Epcot
    On the hour a bus goes to Hollywood Studios
    10Min after a bus goes to Magic Kingdom
    20Min after a bus goes to Animal Kingdom
    30Min after a bus goes to Hollywood Studios
    40Min after a bus goes to Magic Kingdom
    50Min after a bus goes to Animal Kingdom

    If you are in Hollywood Studios
    On the hour a bus goes to Epcot
    10Min after a bus goes to Animal Kingdom
    20Min after a bus goes to Magic Kingdom
    30Min after a bus goes to Epcot
    40Min after a bus goes to Animal Kingdom
    50Min after a bus goes to Magic Kingdom

    If you are in Animal Kingdom
    On the hour a bus goes to Magic Kingdom
    10Min after a bus goes to Hollywood Studios
    20Min after a bus goes to Epcot
    30Min after a bus goes to Magic Kingdom
    40Min after a bus goes to Hollywood Studios
    50Min after a bus goes to Epcot

    In each park the service runs until one bus past the closing time.

    UPDATE 6/5/17 NEW ANNUAL PASS SUMMER LONG RATE $59 FOR UNLIMITED USE FROM JUNE 5TH THROUGH AUGUST 10TH
    https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/passholder-program/specials/
     
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  2. Selket

    Selket Been there - done that

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    Will it work for annual pass holders as well?
     
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  4. TeresaWen

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    Oh I hope it is available to annual pass holders as well! We are in!
     
  5. yulilin3

    yulilin3 Disney Freak Moderator

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    One of the questions I also have. We might get more information around 9am. I'll keep the first post updated when I get new details
     
  6. ArwenMarie

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    Wow it seems they are literally up charging everything they can
    This seems useful though if it saves time
     
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  7. DisneyWishes14

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    That's pretty darn cool. Thanks for posting!
     
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  8. mom2rtk

    mom2rtk Bring Back MARIE!

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    I really don't mind them adding stuff like this. If someone wants to do this, it's up to them and affects me in no way.

    But when I sit back and look at the entirety of the situation, I have to wonder how great the parks would be right now if they put as much effort into what the regular schlub guests get. They seem to be pulling out all the stops to offer all these extras. It's amazing to see just how many upsells they have come up with, and how they have continued to roll out one after another.
     
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  9. Robo

    Robo 1971 Castle in the Hub: Your lights are on!

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    Cuts out the additional security screenings at the subsequent parks, I assume.
     
  10. ArwenMarie

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    It could affect others if they pull buses off the regular lines to service this. But it would be hard to know or prove that
     
  11. Disneylover99

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    Looking forward to finding out the pick up/drop off locations at each park. It might be worth it.
     
  12. yulilin3

    yulilin3 Disney Freak Moderator

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    I agree, this will benefit everyone visiting
    Less people at the regular, front of the park security screenings
    Less people at the regular bus loops for the parks
    Less people entering through the front entrance to the parks
    I think it's a win/win
    I doubt it'll be available to ap holders without addditional cost, but let's see
     
  13. ravenclawtrekkie

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    If they can do this without impacting break areas backstage, I'm fine with it. But if we're going to get pressured to stay "show ready" when we're off the clock, there's going to be CM pushback.
     
  14. HopperFan

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

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    As an AP I don't think I'd pay the extra, I don't find hopping too big a deal other than long walk to/from buses at Epcot.

    It repeats itself when saying it can be purchased WITH park hoppers. I also don't see it easily implemented for us. Will be interesting to see how it plays out.
     
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  16. mouselike-harrier

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    I might be in the minority here, but I think this is disgusting of Disney. Shouldn't every guest who pays to stay there have faster bus service to the parks? Are they going to make available less buses so that people are forced to buy this express transportation? How many "extras" are they going to provide for those people that can afford to pay it? Don't get me wrong, Disney is first and foremost a business, but every business should be following their original concept if it works. I've seen it before, they are going to out price their main base of guests. I'm a DVC member but am seriously considering next trip, stay in the DVC, rent a car, and buy park tickets for Universal only.
     
  17. Kebby

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    This for christmas week is awesome- hoping they do add it for AP holders! Hopping between parks on some of the busiest days of the year is great!
     
  18. Wood Nymph

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    If people don't buy a park hopper ticket then they don't really plan to go to another park. They wouldn't use this bus service anyway. But if annual passholders are excluded then I will protest, too. ::yes::
     
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  19. mom2rtk

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    I'll agree with that once it rolls out and we get a feel for whether they divert buses and/or staff from the "regular" transportation system for it. If it's additional buses and additional staffing, then I'm all for it.
     
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  20. miamimi

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    I hope the bus stop is right next to the tents in the MK! Kidding! I think it's a great idea, depending on where the bus stops are located. I hope they can't be seen from the guest areas.
     
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  21. yulilin3

    yulilin3 Disney Freak Moderator

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    Have you ever seen a bus from on-stage? They have buses coming and going all day backstage. Don't worry, you will not see a bus from inside the park
     

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