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    I've just returned from a nearly perfect trip. Nearly perfect would have been perfect if the bus transportation would have been working at all. They now schedule estimated bus times at every 20 minutes (when did that change .. November it was 15). I can say with all certainty that time frame is not an accurate representation of the actual times. We stayed two nights at POP, arriving early to get into the Magic. The busses were running slow, but okay. We moved over to AOA for 5 additional nights as we needed more room for the kids. The busses at Art were horrible. Actually, knowing that it's a relative short walk from POP to Art, we 98% of the time used the POP busses to get us "home". It was so bad, actually, that a man walked out into the lane of busses leaving the MK, stopping them, to complain that he had stood in line over one hour. They entertained his conversation with him finally coming back to the bus depot to try to incite others in doing the same. Security never came, no one said a thing to him. Over the course of the week on property we noticed huge lines for busses at most all resorts, so it was not a value versus a deluxe thing. After the 9 pm fireworks at MK, one evening, we headed to the busses and waited well over an hour. The incoming busses used to come in droves after fireworks to get people moving, but this time, the busses came in fewer numbers and most drove right on by, empty, exiting, headed elsewhere. My thinking is they're reducing free bus availability so we will pay for the new service provided using vans directly to each destination. I did notice many of those over the course of the week. With this amenity seemingly slipping away, housekeeping at an all-time low, what drives us to continue to stay on property .... ??
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    What is this van service you are talking about?

    We used the Disney Express Park to Park service and loved it, but I have not heard of the vans. Is this a new Disney offering?
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    The more I hear about assortd construction projects and closings and unlimited bus issues the more I'm incline to just stay up north at Universal for my up coming Fall trip. Disney seems to be charging more and more and giving less and less for it.

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    Sorry to hear about the bus issues you experienced. I thought Disney buses had always been scheduled to arrive approximately every 20 minutes - don't ever recall hearing about a 15 minute schedule. On our last trip, we found a lot of variety in our bus wait times but don't recall any waits that were extremely excessive.
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    When we went last year we stayed at POR and it was the same. The night we saw the Star Wars fireworks show we must have cycled through 6 buses before we finally got on one, and even then the wait time in between was very long. I'm not one to complain about this type of thing because I understand that these people are doing their job and it's not like its entirely their fault, but I do remember the buses being a little more efficient back in the day. So you are not alone in your thinking!
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    Quote Originally Posted by #1donaldfan View Post
    I'm not sure where to post this .... move as necessary ....

    I My thinking is they're reducing free bus availability so we will pay for the new service provided using vans directly to each destination. I did notice many of those over the course of the week.
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    Being able to book your fastpasses in advance and your dining is what will keep you on property.
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    One of the reasons we bring a rental car. I give it a go on the buses, and if it seems to "situation normal, all messed up," then we go jump in the truck. The exception would be on EPCOT days as we tend to drink too much for that.
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    Personally (and I may be in the minority here), one of the things that makes me feel like I am at Disney is riding the buses. No matter how inefficient I may think it is, I will always be riding the buses and soaking in all the WDW atmosphere while I can. Not trying to say gripes aren't necessary or invalid, but personally I enjoy not having to drive (after a 14 hour drive to Florida I don't want to see/get in the car again until I have to leave) and being all-in with the atmosphere. And if I'm stuck an extra hour at the park waiting for the bus, then so be it - I'm in Disney!
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    I'd like to know about the van service too. I know there was some chatter about it awhile back but didn't hear anything about it coming to fruition other than the VIP Tours.
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    We had no problems with the busses in Oct/Nov. They came to both resorts we stayed at on schedule. Every 20 minutes. Only waited the 20 min. once. When we left Magic Kingdom one night we waited for a bus and nothing came. When I mentioned it to a CM because we had my 72 yr old dad and he needed to be sitting. They called a bus right over and sent us on our way.

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    We were there in November and had no problems with bus service. Busses ran pretty much on schedule and at times were even a little early. If all the times we have been there it has always been every 20 minutes.
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    I have some thoughts. 1) Keep in mind that the bus schedule can be effected by loading and unloading guest in wheel chairs and scooters. This is especially true if the guest is using a rental scooter that they are unfamiliar with, and are having trouble operating it. 2) The time of year that you go can effect the efficiency of the buses. Remember many of Disney's employees are seasonal, and are not necessarily as efficient as the full time employees.

    I also have a tip. If you stay for Wishes, Illuminations, or Fantasmic don't go to the buses right away. Most of the shops near the exit will remain open, so check them out. In my experience if I spend 45 - 50 minutes in the stores after the night time entertainment ends, then I will have a very short wait for the bus when I get to the station.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Speedy1998 View Post
    I have some thoughts. 1) Keep in mind that the bus schedule can be effected by loading and unloading guest in wheel chairs and scooters. This is especially true if the guest is using a rental scooter that they are unfamiliar with, and are having trouble operating it. 2) The time of year that you go can effect the efficiency of the buses. Remember many of Disney's employees are seasonal, and are not necessarily as efficient as the full time employees.

    I also have a tip. If you stay for Wishes, Illuminations, or Fantasmic don't go to the buses right away. Most of the shops near the exit will remain open, so check them out. In my experience if I spend 45 - 50 minutes in the stores after the night time entertainment ends, then I will have a very short wait for the bus when I get to the station.
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    To add to that, my mom and I go in the shops and end our day there while we wait for the bus traffic to chill out. Then we don't have that problem with waiting! Another way to do it is take another method of transportation and find your way to the resort through there - it makes for a fun adventure!
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    The vans I was referencing could have been VIP tours but we saw several of them during our trip as opposed to all our other trips. I'm sure it was the express service they now offer ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by disneycutie165 View Post
    Personally (and I may be in the minority here), one of the things that makes me feel like I am at Disney is riding the buses. No matter how inefficient I may think it is, I will always be riding the buses and soaking in all the WDW atmosphere while I can. Not trying to say gripes aren't necessary or invalid, but personally I enjoy not having to drive (after a 14 hour drive to Florida I don't want to see/get in the car again until I have to leave) and being all-in with the atmosphere. And if I'm stuck an extra hour at the park waiting for the bus, then so be it - I'm in Disney!
    I love the busses too ... at least most of the time, excluding this trip .... that guy that jumped out into the lane of moving busses was insane. I was surprised they did not send security ... but yea, for me the busses indicate that I have arrived. I like that it shows the date and time and at the beginning we're all thinking "we have 7 days left' with each passing day, of course that goes down ....
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    We were there first week of June and had very similar issues. More than once we waited what seemed an interminably long time for a bus.there were 10 of us staying at all-star music. We were in the bus line at the MK for over an hour while 6 buses for sports came and went, the last sitting there empty for 10 to 15 minutes. I did address this with the manager at the hotel and his solution was that he would call the transportation office the next day and inquire as to our complaint. It does seem every trip as if more and more of the magic is being stripped away.

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    We just returned yesterday after a 5 night stay at Beach Club. Had a few issues with the bus service but overall not a bad problem.

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    I always thought it was every 20 minutes. I always stay at the All Stars so the ride home from MK is always the most hectic. Other than that it's usually okay.
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    To update .... I did send feedback to Disney and I received a call from them regarding the bus issue. After a lengthy conversation the CM revealed to me that they are experiencing bus issues and have for a few months due to staffing shortages. I was assured there are changes in the works and these issues will be resolved. I was glad to get the call, so Disney is still trying to be that most magical place, however if they keep with this trend, well, we all know what will happen .... for my troubles, I received future FP's to use .... I was not expecting anything but I suppose that was a nice offer ..
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