The Buses of Walt Disney World
By Dave Shute
FAVORITE NO-TICKET ATTRACTIONS AT WALT DISNEY WORLD
My friends on the Blogorail view this as just more evidence that I’m nuts–but my candidate for “favorite attraction that doesn’t need a ticket” is the Disney World buses.
Yes, the buses…
THE BUSES OF WALT DISNEY WORLD
If you are staying at a Walt Disney World resort hotel, you’ll find that Disney provides transportation from your hotel to the parks.
- At the Epcot resorts, it’s boats to and from Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios
- At the Monorail resorts, it’s the monorail to the Magic Kingdom, and also, after either a walk or a transfer, to Epcot as well. Moreover, boats to the Magic Kingdom are available from both the Grand Floridian and the Polynesian
- At the Wilderness Lodge, it’s boats to and from the Magic Kingdom
Now the boats and the monorail are legitimately fun, and almost anyone would count them as fun attractions that don’t need a ticket (although by the end of a trip I do get tired of the boats)…but the buses? What’s up with that?
The buses, with (in most cases, especially at the moderates) multiple stops, uncertain arrival and loading times, vast lines at park close, and all too often standing room only, are usually viewed as the bane of a Disney vacation.
Better than having to pay for a rental car…but that’s about the only positive.
Well I used to think that too. We almost always have a rental car, and, except for the Magic Kingdom, which is always easier to access via bus than car, that frees us from the buses–and hooray for that!
But on recent trips where my younger son has joined me for just a few days (he was in college in St. Augustine) when we didn’t go to the Magic Kingdom…he still wanted to take the bus. “Buses are part of my Disney World happy memories,” he explained.
And as I thought back to our first visits to Disney World, with two little boys exhausted with joy quietly sleeping in their parents’ arms in a darkened bus rumbling back to the Wilderness Lodge, I got it.
If your first visits to Walt Disney World go mostly right, then any of their component parts, even the ones that later seem like part of the frustration, not part of the fun, can merge into almost tactile memories, and any recollected experience, sight, sound, or smell can reconnect to the remembered self, stunned by magic.
So the buses can be attractions too–at least in memory, and with nostalgia.
Almost all my visits to Walt Disney World these days are working visits, and my day usually starts around 5a at one of the nearby Starbucks, answering comments posted here, working on new material, working on the real job.
And so I learned where the buses nest at night. Get up early enough, and you can see them here yourself, as together they dream of children dreaming.
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