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Posted: July 24, 2003 11:40 am/pm Quote

I am not complaining about walk time but I am wondering is it best from Tahiti to walk to TTC or to GCH for monorail to get to MK? How about to come home from MK TTC or GCH also what about to contemp or GF or Epcot waht is the best way to travel. I would think you get inot a mess at TTC with all the day visitors am I wrong? I remeber using TTC lots last time we staye don that end of POLY but not sure why we did or if its best to do that - thanks!

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Posted: July 25, 2003 9:54 am/pm Quote

There are two monorails that travel in opposite directions. One goes only to the TTC and MK and the other goes to the resorts and park. If you walk over to the TTC from Tahiti you will see that most the people flooding in from the parking lot are going to the park monorail. We have always been able to get on the resort monorail at the TTC even during the 4th of July week. I think it would be easy to go to either the GCH or TTC but the TTC is a strait walk from Tahiti. You will still end up at the GCH when you stop at the Polynesian but that will not take long. On the way back you would take the resort monorail to either the TTC which would be the easiest or continue to the GCH and get off there. The other option is the motor launch (boat) on the way back if the monorail has a line at the park. You can get to the other resort from the resort monorail. If going to EPCOT you will for sure want to walk over to the TTC and get on the EPCOT monorail.

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Posted: July 25, 2003 10:04 am/pm Quote

We just came back, and for us,we walked over to the TTC. The time of day(early morning) the only monorail that was operating was the one to the MK, by way of the resorts. We did stop at the GCH, and there was a long line to board. Everyone pretty much got on, but since we got on a stop before, at the TTC, we had a seat. On the way home, we took the boat! There was hardly anyone on it, and it was nice and relaxing!!

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Posted: July 25, 2003 10:54 am/pm Quote

These tips are soooooo helpful, you guys!  Thank you so much!   :bowdown:

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Posted: July 25, 2003 11:41 am/pm Quote

I'm a huge monorail fan, but those boat trips (all the various ones, including the ferry) are so much fun it is hard to decide which to take!

Basically, they're all good, all fun.
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Posted: July 27, 2003 9:40 am/pm Quote

thanks for all the inof which do you think would be fastest and less crowds?

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Posted: July 27, 2003 1:24 am/pm Quote

Walking to the TTC is faster then going to the GCH.

When we where there in June we never when to the GCH to get the monorail. Its just to far of a walk when the TTC is right there.

At the TTC there is also the ferry boat. Which is a nice change.

We also took the boat right to the poly. Which was a nice and relaxing trip since there are not a whole lot of people on the boat.


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Posted: July 31, 2003 3:43 am/pm Quote

I just love this site.  I get so many helpful tips to help out with our up-coming trip this spring.  Thanks to all for the great questions and answers.

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Posted: Sep. 13, 2003 11:33 am/pm Quote

This is a late reply, but it might help those seeking transportation insights.  My point is that one of the greatest advantages of the Polynesian is the number of transportation options it provides.  Just by walking to the TTC, Polynesian guests gain access to three monorail tracks, the ferry and a hub for the buses.  If the MK is the destination, the PR, GF boat provides another option.

The resort monorail is not always the fastest option depending on the time of day and the "tide" of guests entering or leaving the parks.  Trains that occupy the same monorail track must maintain a set interval from the train in front of them, so when and if trains are delayed in their departure from a station, it slows down all the trains behind it.  

The MK resort stations must share the inside local track with the TTC and the MK stations.  Trains on this track are more frequently delayed between stations.  Often a train leaving the GF resort is required to halt before reaching the MK station.   This can be caused by the time needed to load and unload guests with special mobility problems or to allow more time for last minute guests to run up the ramp and fill the train waiting to depart.  Reasons vary but delays increase as per the number of guests loading and unloading at the stations.  The most frequently halted monorail seems to be the one leaving Grand Floridian and waiting a chance to arrive at the MK from what I can recall from my four visits.  The span of track lenght between these two stations and the span between CR and TTC seem to be the two longest and these make good places for monorails to come to a stop before reaching the next station.

The train at the MK station can not depart until the train at the CR departs.  Perhaps the CR station design can account for much of the snags because guests must funnel up a single escalator or use an elevator to reach the platform.  This makes the flow of arriving guest seeking to board much slower.  CM tend to hold the train as long as they see guests flowing to the gate from the escalator or elevator to fill car vacancies.  This is just part of the Disney courtesy standard.  If the stations were equally spaced and the platforms standardized so that CM could see gaps in the flow better, the jam ups might be less.

Here are the guidelines I followed during my stay at the Polynesian 8/29 to 9/5/03:
1.  Getting to MK before rope drop...monorail at GCH.  Getting to MK when more people are arriving than departing?  Never been there done that, but I think I would take the boat.
2.  Getting to Epcot before rope drop...walk to TTC to Epcot monorail.  Getting to Epcot later morning?   I think I would ride the bus.  The TTC-Epcot line is likely to be huge.
3.  Leaving MK late in the day when resort monorail is running slow and more people are exiting MK than arriving...take the express monorail to the TTA, transfer to the resort monorail to the GCH.  
4.  Returning to MK late in day when more people are leaving the MK than arriving:  catch monorail at GCH.

There is no fast way out of the parks and back to the resort right at closing time.  One must either leave the park early and miss the closing time festivities or hang back and let everyone pack themselves into long lines waiting for the next transport out.

1.  Returning from Epcot after ILLUMINATIONS...sit down relax, watch the fountain or shop until at least a half hour after closing and then take the monorail.  Walk from TTC.
2.  Returning from MK after closing.  Delay exit by resting or shopping for same amount of time then take the boat.  All methods to get to the TTC will be swamped.  The boat line will look just as long as the resort monorail line, but the boat line shrinks faster and is utilized only by guests from GF and PR.  Also you will be more likely to be able to sit down for the ride back instead of standing up inside a monorail coach.  When I was there, two boats were functioning.  As one was departing the dock, the other was in view and approaching.
The resort monorail at MK closing is not only filled with guests departing the MK, but continues to hold guests seeking to travel from one resort to another or to the TTC.  This make the boat a better option.

Note to Wilderness Lodge and Ft Wilderness folks.  Your boats are much larger and gulp in a big crowd of guests at each landing so if your MK closing queu looks horribly long.  Don't let it shake you.  The waiting time will be much less than you think.


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