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  1. Vanessa
    September 29, 2018

    I’m wanting to make dinner reservations at different resorts and Disney Springs but I’m wanting to find the quickest form of transportation to and from the parks and resorts for time measures as we would be leaving the park and coming back after we eat. I’ll choose what day I plan on spending at what parks based on the reservations for quicker transportation. We will have our own vehicle but wouldn’t mind using any of the transportations at Disney as long as it’s the fastest transportation to and the parks. I’d like to do reservations from Disney Springs, Disney Beach Club resort, Disney contemporary resort, Disney’s grand floridian resort & spa, Disney’s Polynesian village resort and the cabins at Disney’s fort wilderness resort. We plan on spending 2 days at each park at minimum without visits to the water parks. My question is what park is closest to each of these resorts and what form of transportation would be the fastest to and from one another? Is there maybe an app that I could punch in where I want to go from where and it would tell me what transportation would be best lol.

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    • Dave
      September 30, 2018

      Well, Vanessa, I guess you could do that, but many times of the year you would be better off picking your parks first, then fitting your reservations in around them. There are no certain time estimates, as variables include where you are in a park when you start your journey to transport, how long you have to wait for transport, etc.

      The Beach Club is just outside of Epcot’s International Gateway, and is walkable from Epcot. Give yourself half an hour to get to it form Epcot

      Disney Springs is not close to anything. Buses run there from the resorts, and after 4p from the parks. Give yourself an hour to 90 minutes to get there.

      The Contemporary, Grand Floridian, and Polynesian are all stops on the resort monorail loop that also stops at Magic Kingdom. Once you are at the front entrance of the park, where the station is, plan on ~20 minutes for the Contemporary and ~30 for GF and Poly.

      Fort Wilderness is accessible by boats that run from the front of MK. Give yourself 40 minutes from the front of MK.

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  2. Rachel
    June 30, 2017

    We have always stayed at Deluxes (first at Wilderness for 3 trips, then 3 at Contemporary, and staying at Beach Club this summer). Looking at a trip early March 2018, and considering Port Orleans Riverside. We do not rely on Disney transporation. Will I be annoyed/disappointed at a Moderate? I kind of have sticker shock on the rates for the dates I am looking at for the Wilderness…

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    • Dave
      July 1, 2017

      Rachel, as long as your expectations are reasonable (smaller rooms–though comparable to WL; less kid appeal; less interesting pools; more sprawl) it’s a great idea. If you end up finding moderates adequate, then in future years you’ll save a lot of money.

      You could also get deluxe style spaces at moderate prices by renting DVC points for a studio. See this.

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  3. Diana
    February 19, 2017

    Hi im staying at Saratoga Springs resort one bedroom villa which the best for close to pool and bus stop..
    Diana

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    • Dave
      February 19, 2017

      Diana, there are multiple bus stops and multiple pools. All of them have hot tubs. Take a look at this, part of this review.

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  4. Diana
    February 19, 2017

    I want to make sure we are located by a pool with a hot tub and close to bus stop we booked one bedroom villa what do u reccomendi have special needs for my foot so need to be close to pool to soak my foot

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  5. Jane
    October 2, 2014

    Not sure where is the best place on the site to ask this Q: I am interested in using taxis a few times to spare us the ordeal of moving the car or getting on the bus. If you get a taxi to go from one park to another, can you get one easily? Can you get dropped off right at the gates of the MK, or do you have to go through the transportation center still? I want to avoid the transportation center, as it sounds like a madhouse. Specifically, we have one night with a babysitter where we will leave HS and then have to get back to HS for a dining res. Then later that night we may want to go to MK.

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    • Dave
      October 3, 2014

      Jane the axis drop you off near the parks except, as you feared, at MK. At Mk it is indeed at TTC. Usually they are easy to get…

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  6. Brooke
    March 13, 2013

    Thanks so much Dave…I appreciate the advice! Just due to my own curiosity, why is it so much better to take the buses to MK?

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    • Dave
      March 13, 2013

      Brooke, at MK, the parking lot is at the TTC, and after you park, you still have to take either a monorail or the ferry to get to the park entrance. This adds another 15-30 minutes to travel time for cars vs WDW buses, which drop you off right outside the MK entrance…

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  7. Brooke
    March 12, 2013

    Hi Dave…more questions! (Third one in the last week!) We will likely stay at either Pop Century or AoA when we go in 11 months. (Leaning towards AoA if we can get a room there.) A couple things I was wondering about in relation to the convenience factor. We will be driving to WDW and so will have our car available on the trip. Is it worth considering driving to and from the parks each day rather than taking the Disney buses? And, a somewhat related question, if we do drive to the parks each morning but want to eat first at Landscape of Flavors, could we drive from our room (it would be a Little Mermaid room) and have a place to park near Animation Hall? Or is that area pretty much reserved for buses and guests checking in? The 10 minute walk to breakfast would be fine, but then having to walk back to the room to get our car and go to the parks seems silly. Maybe it’s not worth driving anywhere once we’re on property, but from numerous reviews I’ve read, the buses seem like they could be an issue. I don’t want to spend alot of time waiting around for a bus if we have our own car and it would be easier to take that. Just curious…thanks for your help!

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    • Dave
      March 12, 2013

      Hi Brooke, for three of the four parks driving is always better than the buses. The exception is the Magic Kingdom, where it’s always better to take the bus!

      And yes, there’s central parking at both Pop and AofA to which you can drive from your room, park, eat, and then drive to the parks…

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