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We recently stayed at Disney's Port Orleans - Riverside and were shocked that we had to wait 90 minutes for a bus to Magic Kingdom! We found out later that just the MK buses stop at the South bus depot first instead of the usual bus route around the POR resort where the South depot is last (usual is West, North, East, then South), so the buses were filling up before getting to our depot. To remedy this issue, we walked to the South depot to catch a MK bus the next morning, and we didn't have to wait for a bus at all -- we boarded a waiting bus immediately! As we guessed, the MK bus filled to capacity at the South depot, so it bypassed the West, North, and East depots altogether and went straight to MK. Just wanted to share this info for guests staying at POR so they can avoid the headaches we encountered. (As a side note, we went to City Hall in MK since arriving so late made us miss one of our FP+ reservations, and they made it available for us to use at anytime that day.) - Alex and Kim
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On mornings when Disney expects larger than normal crowds passing through the Transportation and Ticket Center, they often add bus service to get you to the Magic Kingdom. Be sure to take a look toward the bus area when coming in from the parking lot or at the end of the Epcot monorail exit ramp to see if the signs are out for the bus service. There are usually six buses in this rotation, so they are continuously dispatched. It is definitely faster than the ferry and usually beats the express monorail, too. This service only runs for a few hours in the morning; it is not available all day. - Jack
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Know the theme park closing schedule and schedule your non-hotel dinners before the buses make you route to Disney Springs to get back to your "home" hotel. We went from Boma (Animal Kingdom Lodge) to Disney Springs and back to All Star Music. That occurred starting at 10:45 p.m. We didn't make it to bed until just before 12:30 a.m. Fortunately we didn't have to be at Typhoon Lagoon until 10 a.m. the next day. - Rudy Costa EDITOR'S NOTE: Sometimes it is in your best interest to use the taxi service for late evening transportation from resort to resort. Cost is usually under $20.
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After the last 2 Hoop Dee Doo shows each evening, Disney offers bus transportation to the resorts. Check with Guest Relations just outside of Pioneer Hall to get directions.
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Don't overlook the "front seat" of the Disney buses. Strike up a conversation with the driver... they all are incredibly friendly, and are a WEALTH of helpful information, including park shortcuts, the latest events, the easiest methods of "how to get from here to there," etc. Most have a vast knowledge of Disney trivia as well... talking with the drivers is like a "mini vacation" in itself. - Jan Hardy EDITOR'S NOTE: Be aware for safety reasons, many drivers will choose to not have a conversation until the buses are stopped. They do enjoy guest interaction!
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We happened upon a wonderful mid-day break for our Chicago area family during our Christmas break trip to Walt Disney World. We stayed off property. The kids (8 and 6) were more excited about the monorail than they were about anything else at Epcot. To kill time until our FASTPASS+ time on Soarin', and to satisfy their curiosity, we took a ride on the monorail after lunch. It was a fun, air-conditioned trip that gave them a sensory break from the heat and intense sounds of touring, they got to see other parts of WDW and we were all totally refreshed when we came back to Epcot about half an hour later. It didn't cost us anything extra and it was just their speed! - Ruth Gauss

EDITOR'S NOTE: Please be careful of your timing. Monorails can be in holding periods or be delayed leaving you in a situation where you will not be able to make your FastPass+ time window.

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Don't be afraid to use GoLynx, the public buses serving Orlando. Using the No. 50 gets you to Seaworld and I-Drive from the Ticket and Transportation Center and Disney Springs. The No. 111 is a direct bus to the Florida Mall. It's cheap, reliable and punctual, and way cheaper than shuttles or taxis. - Diane
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Old Key West - We just enjoyed a wonderful week at Disney's Old Key West. However, we wondered why we spent so much time (greater than 45 minutes on a couple occasions!) waiting for buses to take us to the parks. After inquiring (finally) with the concierge, we were told that if the bus filled prior to our stop at Hospitality House, the bus driver would automatically skip this stop and a bus would only stop when vacant. Our tip -- walk the extra three minutes to the Peninsular Rd. bus stop and enjoy an empty bus each time! - Jen Tesoriero

EDITOR'S NOTE: We are afraid that the concierge gave you some erroneous information. Buses at OKW make all of the stops since many times people will use a park bus (any park bus) as an internal shuttle to the Hospitality House as they all stop there last before heading out to a park. This is especially true in the mornings and around dinner time.
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If you want to play miniature golf at Winter Summerland, be advised that bus transportation is not running to Blizzard Beach due to its refurbishment (until October 25 in 2008). - Janine

EDITOR'S NOTE: The Coronado Springs-Epcot bus will stop at Blizzard Beach upon request even when the water park is down for refurbishing.
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Here's a tip for those of you who have to use Disney transportation to get to a very early morning breakfast reservation in the parks or resorts. Take the bus from your resort heading to the theme park closest to where you are going. Take a Magic Kingdom bus for Chef Mickey's or Trail's End, Animal Kingdom for Boma's breakfast, etc. When you get on, be sure to tell the driver where your final destination is. Often times if the bus is not crowded and it is still prior to park opening times, they will take you directly to your destination after dropping off at the park they were headed to. This is not always the case but it happens more often than not. - Jack Marshall EDITOR'S NOTE: Boats from the Magic Kingdom to Fort Wilderness begin 1/2 hour before park opening. If you have early dining reservations at Trails End, you would need to walk to the Contemporary to catch the boat from there to Ft. Wilderness. These boats begin service at 6:45am daily.
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All Star Resorts - If you're staying at the All Star Movies, one extremely useful tip is to use the bus for the All Star Music resort when coming back from the theme parks at night, and simply walk over to All Star Movies. The Music buses are by far less crowded than the Movies (seeing as the Movies is a more popular resort), and the short walk between the resorts is much more enjoyable than standing in line for an hour trying to get on the All Star Movies bus. - Lindsay P.
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My daughter and I recently spent a week at Walt Disney World. She wanted to spend some time at DisneyQuest. We would head over to Disney Springs from our hotel. When we wanted to go back to the parks we would either go to an Epcot resort (Boardwalk, Yacht and Beach Club, Swan or Dolphin), and then take the boat to Epcot or Disney's Hollywood Studios, or we would go to a Magic Kingdom resort (Contemporary, Grand Floridian, or Polynesian) and take the monorail to Magic Kingdom. It was very easy to get from the bus stop at the resort to the transportation to the park, and it was much quicker than going back to our resort. - Hermione
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One assumption we made that was incorrect was that you could take a bus from Disney Springs to the theme parks. You have to go back to one of the resorts and then go from there. Another tip is that if you are staying at Port Orleans, like we did, you are better off taking the boat to Disney Springs rather than the bus. It runs much more often. - Deanna M. Grebe
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I had read the article about driving to the parks versus taking the transportation system. My sister and brother-in-law had always driven and we had secretly made fun of them for years, but after reading the article we decided to give it a try. We did so on our February trip and were amazed at how much time we saved at the end of the day returning to our hotel. This trip we did the same thing and have some warnings. Do NOT drive to the Magic Kingdom if you plan to stay until the end of the day. You have to get back to the Ticket and Transportation Center before getting to your car. It was a good 45 minutes longer than if we had waited for the bus. Driving to Animal Kingdom, the Studios, or Epcot does make sense if you have the transportation. - David Bowman
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Since we have Florida resident passes, we go three times a year and stay for a few days at one of the Disney hotels. One of the things we like about staying at the hotels on Disney property is the fact that we can park our car when we get there and not drive again until we leave. The buses take us from the hotel to the park of our choice and back to our hotel with relative ease. Lately we've been noticing that at the end of the day the wait for a bus to get from the park we are visiting back to our hotel is getting longer. We usually end up standing on the bus, which is difficult for a family with small children who are exhausted after a day at the theme park. I decided to try an experiment this trip. For three days my family took the bus to/from the hotel/theme park. I drove our car and parked in the parking lot at the theme park. As expected, I got to the park first. At night, my family took the car back to the hotel and I took the bus to see who would arrive first. On each of the three nights my wife was back at our hotel room and had both kids bathed and in bed before I got back to the hotel. My suggestion is that unless you don't mind the wait for the bus, take your car and use the parking lot. Hotel guests do not pay for parking, so be sure to have your hotel ID with you at the parking lot toll booth. - Craig Merwitzer
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