The Walt Disney World Bus System…what did you think of when you read those words? Raise your hand if it was something positive…hmm, only two (yeah, I can see you…nice shirt). I figured that, so I’m here to give you only the positive things about the bus system.
I’m sure you’ve heard over and over all of the problems with Disney buses and you may have even been advised against using it. I know there is a renegade podcast out there that even recommends a rental car. What you don’t always hear are the reasons why you should ride the bus…well here are the top 10.
10. No Driving – Okay, so we’re starting with the obvious, but I may or may not have had trouble coming up with ten items. Granted that driving around Walt Disney World is not very hard, but it’s still nice to not worry about going the wrong way because the bus drivers never miss turns…ahem).
9. People Watching – You enjoy seeing some of the cool and, um…interesting choices people have made about their clothing and accessories too, right?
8. Kids like it – To many young children, the bus is another attraction. It’s like the preshow to a day of fun…the Christmas Eve of bus service (there’s a phrase I thought I’d never write).
7. Extra Rest Time – I don’t know about you, but when I’m up early trying to make rope drop I like having an extra few minutes of time to zone out and prepare myself for the Toy Story Midway Mania 400 yard dash.
6. No Car Seats – This one is not going to apply to everyone but, as the father of two in car seats, it does to me. With a rental car I either have to lug two seats through the airport and onto the plane or rent them (which will never happen again after my poor daughter had to sit at a 45 degree angle for a week). With the bus, car seats are not something we have to worry about. Is it as safe? Sorry, I didn’t hear the question…
5. The Music – I’m a total dork when it comes to Disney music (okay, I didn’t need to add ‘when it comes to Disney music’), so I love how the buses play music applicable to the park or resort that you are heading to. I’ll take any extra chances to get “One Little Spark” stuck in my head.
4. Magic Kingdom bus drops off at gate, not TTC – The biggest problem with driving to the Magic Kingdom is that you have to park at the Ticket and Transportation Center, thereby still relying on Disney transportation. The bus takes you as close to the gate as you can get.
3. Interesting Conversation – Being in close proximity to other like-minded people is a natural conversation starter. It’s a great opportunity to talk to people from all over the world and tell them about how awesome Touring Plans is (specifically a certain blogger, maybe).
2. Relaxing Your Pace – It is unarguable that driving yourself around Walt Disney World is a more efficient use of time. It is also indisputable that you are on vacation, so maximum time efficiency may not be a top priority. I am organized to a fault sometimes (I schedule spontaneity), so I find taking the bus forces me to relax my schedule. I have to allow transportation time, so we usually end up with a little bit of extra, unplanned time that I can use to make better plans (yeah, I have a problem).
1. It’s Free – F-R-E-E, FREE!