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  • On Dec 5, 2012
    Holly from MI Asked

    Thanks Andrea ;) I want to save as much money as possible so I was thinking of not renting a car but I'm afraid if I don't we will waste a lot of time on the buses to & from parks? Is renting worth it? Also do the buses make it to the parks be4 they op

    Hi, again, Holly!

    I completely agree with you about saving money wherever possible, especially while on a trip to Walt Disney World.

    There are so many affordable ways to see the parks, and utilizing Disney's complimentary transportation is one of my favorites. We rarely bring or rent a car to WDW, so I've counted on Resort Buses, monorails, ferry boats and my own two feet to get me from the resort to the park and back again. While everything can have its glitches, Disney transportation, to me, is a real money and time-saver. Personally, I'd rather spend that extra money on a great dining experience or on an extra night's stay.

    Plan your days accordingly; arrive at a bus stop about an hour before you'd like to be at a park's entrance. Sometimes, you may get to the stop just as a Resort Bus has arrived, and will be whisked away with arrival just a few short minutes later. Other times, you may have just missed a bus to your park, so will have to wait for the next one. While Disney states that buses run, on average, every 20 minutes, this is a guideline, not a schedule. At certain times of day (i.e. prior to open or if there is a Special Event in a park) there may be several buses heading to the same park within minutes of each other. In addition, for us, we don't want to have to deal with traffic, finding parking, waiting for a tram, then walking from the tram to the lines at bag check, so we really love resort transportation. Plus, chatting with the driver and other Guests is always part of the fun!

    Resort Buses start running approximately 1 hour prior to park open, so if you arrive at your resort bus stop a bit before that, you'll get to the park prior to its opening. No worries!

    Send more questions as you think of them, Holly; I'd love to help you plan the perfectly magical, yet cost-effective, trip to Walt Disney World!
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Meet the Panelist: Andrea, Pennsylvania

I am a teacher, wife and mom who has been a member of the Disney Vacation Club since 2003. I love discovering a new favorite DVC resort, fantastic restaurant or hidden gem onboard a Disney ship! I'm a micro-planner who can help you capture your own magic! Learn More About Andrea

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