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Old 05-17-2018, 01:25 PM   #1
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Default Resorts to Parks: Drive vs Bus

I'm an owner at AKL and my biggest complaint is transportation to the parks (I know not alone on this one). This next trip we'll be driving to WDW and I'm wondering what other people's experience is with driving vs Disney Transportation around WDW? I'll be at Kidani, so I assume the car will be relatively easy to get in and out of the resort.

Who has tips for driving vs bus from Kidani?

What other tips does anyone have driving from the other resorts (especially OKW, SSR, BR/CC) vs Disney transporation?
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Old 05-17-2018, 01:29 PM   #2
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The main advantage of Disney Busses (that I can think of) is the drop offs at the parks are much closer than parking your car and grabbing some sort of additional transportation from the parking lot to the entrance.
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Old 05-17-2018, 01:54 PM   #3
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You will find that everyone has their own opinions on this - and for different reasons. We all have our own priorities, and that plays a big role in preferences. For us, predictability and time investment are the highest priorities most of the time. For this reason, we drive to all parks, with the exception of MK. Most of the time we still use Disney transport to MK because their are too many layers to driving (car, tram, monorail/boat).

When we are more flexible, we sometimes use Disney Transport, but we drive more often than not.
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Old 05-17-2018, 01:58 PM   #4
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You will find that everyone has their own opinions on this - and for different reasons. We all have our own priorities, and that plays a big role in preferences. For us, predictability and time investment are the highest priorities most of the time. For this reason, we drive to all parks, with the exception of MK. Most of the time we still use Disney transport to MK because their are too many layers to driving (car, tram, monorail/boat).

When we are more flexible, we sometimes use Disney Transport, but we drive more often than not.
How about a strategy for park closing? Do you try and beat the crowd out before closing? Do you hang in the park until parking clears out? Is exit traffic not a problem/concern?
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Old 05-17-2018, 02:11 PM   #5
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Bus fan here.....

I find that the buses work for us most of the time. The drive time from Ak to the parks is the same whether its a car or bus.

The differences are -
Waiting for the bus vs car is always ready.
Parking car in lot and walking or riding the tram to the drop off.
Bus is already cooled/heated.
Cost money to park, bus is free.
Someone else drives, you get to relax.

For MK, driving you have to park at TTC and take the boat over.

traffic at the end of the night is a bitch.
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Old 05-17-2018, 02:15 PM   #6
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Bus fan here.....

I find that the buses work for us most of the time. The drive time from Ak to the parks is the same whether its a car or bus.

The differences are -
Waiting for the bus vs car is always ready.
Parking car in lot and walking or riding the tram to the drop off.
Bus is already cooled/heated.
Cost money to park, bus is free.
Someone else drives, you get to relax.

For MK, driving you have to park at TTC and take the boat over.

traffic at the end of the night is a bitch.

These are my exact thoughts....any time you save by driving is lost with parking walking to where the bus would have left you. We just resign ourselves to the fact that it takes a little longer from AK and just relax and enjoy the ride counting it as part of the adventure
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Old 05-17-2018, 02:21 PM   #7
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To me, AK has the best all around Disney Transportation of all the WDW DVC resorts.

All of the other resorts has one or two "gotchas" to a Disney Park or Disney Springs. AK is solid all around......dedicated to AK, 1 stop at AK. Nothing else is consistent.
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These are my exact thoughts....any time you save by driving is lost with parking walking to where the bus would have left you. We just resign ourselves to the fact that it takes a little longer from AK and just relax and enjoy the ride counting it as part of the adventure

Relax and let them do the driving. Also, we have met the nicest people waiting on or riding on the buses. Disney transportation is definitely a part of our adventure.
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Old 05-17-2018, 02:55 PM   #9
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Bus fan here.....

I find that the buses work for us most of the time. The drive time from Ak to the parks is the same whether its a car or bus.

The differences are -
Waiting for the bus vs car is always ready.
Parking car in lot and walking or riding the tram to the drop off.
Bus is already cooled/heated.
Cost money to park, bus is free.
Someone else drives, you get to relax.

For MK, driving you have to park at TTC and take the boat over.

traffic at the end of the night is a bitch.
Also, using Disney transportation lets you take-in the sights along the way, instead of constantly trying to read signs (there are new routes) and pick the correct lane.
We're on vacation and refuse to drive. If we were local, we may use a different strategy.
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Old 05-17-2018, 04:12 PM   #10
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Bus fan here.....

I find that the buses work for us most of the time. The drive time from Ak to the parks is the same whether its a car or bus.

The differences are -
Waiting for the bus vs car is always ready.
Parking car in lot and walking or riding the tram to the drop off.
Bus is already cooled/heated.
Cost money to park, bus is free.
Someone else drives, you get to relax.

For MK, driving you have to park at TTC and take the boat over.

traffic at the end of the night is a bitch.
I think when staying at Kidani specifically, as OP is doing, most of the "cons" of driving are gone.

- You park your car directly under your room in a garage, so its shaded.
- Elevator goes directly to car parking area
- Parking is free when staying at Kidani on points.

IMO, specifically when staying at Kidani or one of the resorts where you don't have to walk out to a parking lot for your car, driving has a lot of benefit.
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