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WDW Bus Transportation

In recent years if you want to get around WDW you spend a lot of time on Disney busses and at Disney bus stops (unless you drive yourself). Everywhere you go on property you are just about guaranteed to have to cross paths with a Disney bus. Currently, the busses at WDW are probably Disney's most efficient way to get around for most routes. Busses usually run every 15-30 minutes depending on the route. There usually isn't a problem getting on the first bus that arrives, except at park closing or opening where you may have to wait a couple of busses to get on. Disney does a pretty good job of adding busses to busy routes when needed, but you can still get stuck waiting for what may seem eternity if you are in the crowd that leaves the park at closes.

In December 2016 Disney started offering a premium service called Disney Express Transporation. For more information on this service and my review/experience here is a post.

 

Geek's Suggestions

When the parks close early you may end up spending a lot of time making connections at the Disney Springs bus stops because those are the only ones open. We were there in March when the parks were operating on reduced hours, meaning they were closed by 8pm most nights. We usually had dinners that lasted well past 8pm at various resorts. To get around we had to always make connections at Disney Springs, so be sure to plan in extra time when traveling after park hours.

If you are unsure about a specific bus or route ask the bus driver and they are usually more than happy to help you out.




Quick Facts
  • Disney operates more than 230 buses in WDW. Their fleet consists of three types of busses. The RTS, the Gillig, The Nova.
  • Over 1,000 Cast Members drive Disney busses
  • The buses cover more than 12 million miles every year (that is enough to drive around the world at the equator more than elevn times a week)
  • Disney World has more than 300 lane miles of paved roads


Routes
As a rule busses travel from each resort (or group of resorts) to a hub (theme park). Just follow the signs, Disney has everything very well marked.


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