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  • On May 26, 2008
    Ellen Asked

    Bret – you seem to be the transportation guru most like DH & me. We have 8:25 am ADR @Tusker House & 2:45 for CRT on the same day. (I know, crazy, but had to take CRT for when I could get it.) What is the best way to plan trans. that day? Will h

    Ellen,

    Now I'm really curious!  What type of "transportation guru" am I?? ;-)

    Based on prior answers, I'll assume you believe that I like to be efficient and arrive early.  Assuming I'm right, and assuming you want to use Disney transportation, I'd recommend you try to be at the Animal Kingdom (AK) bus stop no later than 1:30 pm.  Personally, I'd be there around 1:00 pm just to be safe, and likely have spare time to enjoy some free time at the Magic Kingdom (MK).

    To get to the MK from the AK there are two most logical Disney transportation options:
    1) Take a bus to the Animal Kingdom Lodge (AKL), and then take a bus to the MK
    2) Take a bus to the Transportation and Ticket Center (TTC), and then take the monorail to the MK
    Both take approximately 50-60 minutes, including wait times.

    I'd recommend you take whichever bus shows up at the AK first, so you can minimize your wait time for the first leg of your trip.  Be sure to also tell your bus driver where you are going, since sometimes they can help you out a bit (e.g., call ahead and ask the MK bus to wait for you at the AKL).

    If you have a car, by all means take it to the TTC and take the monorail to the MK from there (according to the Unofficial Guide, this would save you about 20 minutes total).

    If this is your first visit to WDW, I just have to mention that you should at least consider canceling the Tusker House meal.  In my opinion, a first-time visitor should spend more time enjoying the parks, and less time at the restaurants and on the buses.  Without the Tusker House, you could enjoy a much more relaxing morning at the Magic Kingdom, and not have to worry at all about transportation options between the parks.  No single meal at WDW is worth messing up your overall plans for the day -- especially for first-time visitors who really should try to keep things as simple as possible.
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