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Old 05-17-2018, 01:25 PM   #1
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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, 02:14 PM   #6
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AKV is actually the one location we rarely drive from. The majority of the length of travel is the drive and since there isn't a sharing with other resorts, which IMO adds quite a bit to the bus transportation for other places, there doesn't seem to be much of a time savings for driving from AKV. Most everything else that takes longer with the buses usually has an offset of timing savings because of the closer park drop off locations.

And we always bus to MK. Driving means quite a bit more travel time because you park and then have to get thru TTC to the monorail or the ferry. The buses drop off right at the park.

We drive when we plan on non-park stops along the way.
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Old 05-17-2018, 02:15 PM   #7
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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   #8
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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, 02:27 PM   #10
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We just stayed at AKL-Kidani this past week so this is all still fresh in my mind. We had a car there, but chose to take the buses. We can park for free at any of the parks, so that was a non-issue. We do have two young children and a double stroller, but we had extra help from my family so that was also a non-issue. That being said, we had terrible luck with the buses to and from Kidani. From MK back to Kidani on our first park day, we waited 40 minutes and then two AKL buses pulled in literally behind each other. Assuming that was just a one-off kind of thing, we still continued to use the buses. We waited an average of 20 minutes each time we took the bus. Going from Hollywood Studios to Animal Kingdom (the park, not the resort), we waited 25+ minutes in the sun/heat (no shaded spots at all to stand under) with a lot of other angry guests who were waiting even longer than us. Luckily my two year was in good spirits and her singing helped create some much needed magic for everyone.

It was very refreshing to step onto the air conditioned bus and let someone else do the driving. However, 75% of the time, the bus was super crowded and people were standing shoulder to shoulder (possibly because of the large gap of time between buses, so there were even more people on each bus). Overall, I'd have to give the bus situation a big thumbs down this trip.
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