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Posted: Sep. 19, 2003 5:42 am/pm Quote

Here is my Question. How long does it take to get to the parks by using the Disney transportation system for the campsites. I realize that it will be different for the different loops. As I am trying to make final plans for our trip the first week of October, I would like to know how early to get up to make breakfast, clean up, get on a bus or boat and still get to the parks 30 minutes before opening time? We will be staying in a preferred site. I was thinking of asking for a specific loop but have the rest of my vacation planned very carefully and thought it would be exciting to find out what site they will give us. Thank you in advance for the info. Only 14 days until I get to see Mickey and Friends. :D

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Posted: Sep. 19, 2003 6:15 am/pm Quote

Yoo Hoo, Tom / TGDisney!

I think one of our Fort Wilderness modEARators might have the answer for you, but what I'd like to do is welcome you to the Disney Echo, Tom! Here's a wilderness-style pair of Disney EchoEars for you as my thanks for joining us:


Welcome and congratulations on your upcoming WDW vacation! I hope you have a magical time.
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Posted: Sep. 21, 2003 2:25 am/pm Quote

Hi Tom,

Being that you'll be in a preferred site, you should be within walking distance of the Fort Wilderness marina.  To get to the Magic Kingdom, you'll catch a boat there.  If I'm not mistaken, boat service starts at 7:30 am.  The ride over takes about 14 minutes.  It's more like 22 minutes if the boat stops at the Wilderness Lodge to pickup passengers.  Are you aware that, as a Fort Wilderness guest, you'd be eligible for Early Entry into the parks (one hour prior to non-Disney resort guests)?

To get to Epcot, you'll have to catch a Yellow or Orange bus (depending on what loop you're on) to the Outpost Depot.  From there, you'll board an Epcot bus.  This will take you anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour, depending on bus wait times.  The Outpost Depot also serves as the transfer point to Animal Kingdom, Downtown Disney, Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach (40 minutes to 70 minutes).

To get to MGM Studios, you'll walk to the Settlement Depot bus stop and get on an MGM Studios bus.  Again, depending on the wait for the bus, this will take anywhere from 20 minutes (no wait) to 40 minutes (20 minute bus wait).

Hope this helps.


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Posted: Sep. 21, 2003 9:18 am/pm Quote

Thank you for the information Jeff.

Yes, I do know that we are able to get in on early entry. That is where I see one problem with the first boat leaving at 7:30 for the Magic Kingdom. If we can get in at 8am it doesn't seem that leaving Fort Wilderness at 7:30am is early enough. All the guides that I have read, and info on the web, suggest that you arrive at least 30 minutes early. Would we be better off driving or taking the bus? I don't have any problem with getting to the parks in any type of transportation.

It almost seems that waiting for the bus system could be a very long wait for some parks? I have read some of the trip reports that said that they drove to most of the parks because of this. What has everyone done? Drive or Ride?


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Posted: Sep. 21, 2003 9:44 am/pm Quote

Even though we were staying in a cabin way at the other end of Fort Wilderness, we took a bus to the Marina and then a boat to the Magic Kingdom.

One time Carol and I decided to test which was was better to come back from the MK to our cabin... Carol took the boat/bus route and Michael and I took the monorail to the TTC, then walked to get on a parking lot tram, then took our van directly back to our cabin.

It was just about a dead heat. Carol arrived about 1 minute after us, but if we had needed to wait longer for a monorail or the tram, she would have won easily.

So, enjoy the boat! If you're at the marina early enough to get on the first launch, you should arrive plenty early for Extra Magic hour.
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Posted: Sep. 21, 2003 10:55 am/pm Quote

Quote (TGDisney @ Sep. 21, 2003 8:18 am/pm)
Thank you for the information Jeff.

Yes, I do know that we are able to get in on early entry. That is where I see one problem with the first boat leaving at 7:30 for the Magic Kingdom. If we can get in at 8am it doesn't seem that leaving Fort Wilderness at 7:30am is early enough. All the guides that I have read, and info on the web, suggest that you arrive at least 30 minutes early. Would we be better off driving or taking the bus? I don't have any problem with getting to the parks in any type of transportation.

It almost seems that waiting for the bus system could be a very long wait for some parks? I have read some of the trip reports that said that they drove to most of the parks because of this. What has everyone done? Drive or Ride?

Tom,

Good observation.  Unfortunately, there's really no good way around it.  We tried driving to the MK parking lot and catching the monorail.  We didn't fare any better than riding the first boat leaving the marina.  You won't make it there 30 minutes before opening but in October, it should be terribly crowded in the mornings anyway.

Regarding bus service in general, it varies.  Sometimes you're lucky and you arrive just as the bus pulls up and it goes like clockwork.  Other times, you walk up just as your bus pulls away and you wait 10, 15 even 20 minutes for the next bus.  I'm a type A personality and I hate waiting for anything.  As a result, we drive our own vehicle to all the parks with the exception of the Magic Kingdom.  Other non-type A folks email me saying they find the bus system to be just fine as they don't have to worry about the hassle of driving around someplace they don't know.  They also find it relaxing to let someone else do the driving.  It all depends.

One heads up for you...catching a bus from the parks back to Fort Wilderness (or anywhere else for that matter) can be hectic at park closing.  Long lines form and the wait can be 30 minutes or more to get on the bus...and you can count on being packed in there like cattle.  If we know we're going to stay to park closing we always drive ourselves.


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Posted: Sep. 21, 2003 11:06 am/pm Quote

I agree with Jeff, it shouldn't be too crowded in the mornings when you're there.

Quote (Jeff Spencer @ Sep. 21, 2003 9:55 am/pm)
One heads up for you...catching a bus from the parks back to Fort Wilderness (or anywhere else for that matter) can be hectic at park closing.  Long lines form and the wait can be 30 minutes or more to get on the bus...and you can count on being packed in there like cattle.  If we know we're going to stay to park closing we always drive ourselves.


Or go ahead and stay to park closing without driving yourself... but stay inside the park longer! Even though the attractions close, you might find some stores still open to window shop inside (especialy if you're talking about the Magic Kingdom and the shops along Main Street U.S.A.). Or just take your time walking slowly towards the exit from any part of the park -- even stop and sit for a bit and drink in the wonderful atmosphere all the parks get when the crowds leave.

After all, even if you drive yourself there will be long lines for the parking lot trams.

And where would you rather be for 30 minutes (or more)... waiting in line at the bus/boat/parking lot tram or waiting while enjoying the surroundings inside the park?!?

Me, I'll see you in the park.
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Posted: Sep. 22, 2003 7:15 am/pm Quote

I am a type A person as well. My wife is always telling me to slow down and smell the roses. I don't mind a few minute wait but would start feeling restless in the morning if we had to wait longer. When we were in Disney at Christmas of 1999 we were with my Dad who used an ECV. We were spoiled as we never waited for a bus. He would always load up first and we got to follow. The busses always got us to where we were going in plenty of time. Of course from the All Star Music Resort we did not have to catch a bus, to catch a bus. Waiting at night is not a big deal. I will take the advice from above and just wait in the park. I don't have any excitement waiting to get back to the camper. Just setting on a park bench, watching the people file by, sipping on a pop sounds like a great way to end every day at the park. I will put that into my park plans. Thanks for the tip. That is what is so great about all the forums. We can get tips like that to make our trip better and more relaxing. Thanks again.

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To get to the Magic Kingdom, you'll catch a boat there.


Hi Jeff,

Before I ask my question let me compliment you on you FAQ.  It really gave us a great overview for our trip in May. :bowdown:

Now to my question.  When we stayed at FtW in May we rented a car just because I preferred that freedom and also so we could do some offsite non Disney things.  For our December trip we want to use Disney transportation.  My question is about the boat.  Does it drop us off right at MK?  For some reason I got into my head that it put us at the TTC or Contemporary to transfer either to a monorail or something. That direct way sure sounds way better.


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Posted: Sep. 23, 2003 1:28 am/pm Quote

The boat goes to MK itself, not the TTC.   :coonskin:

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