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Way of Transportation

We're taking our car down to WDW. We're staying at Pop Century Resort. We called Pop Century and they said that it would be better to go to the parks and DTD by car since we get to park for free. What would you guys say? Last time we took busses everywhere and never had a major problem, but this time we have our car. I've heard it both ways. I wanted to see what you guys thought, especially the ones who have stayed at POP before.

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The two times I stayed at Pop I didn't have a car (and won't again this year) so I've always used the buses. They are great since they have dedicated buses unlike some resorts that share the buses. The only downside is Pop Century is the last bus stop at the parks (now that my be different with AoA open).

Most of the time the longest I had to wait for a bus was about 20 minutes. The only exception was one night after leaving MK when it closed. The wait was about 45 minutes but didn't seem that long. Two buses were running at a time. When two left it wasn't long before another two arrived so we were constinantly moving.

You will get a variety of responses on this question. Many people who drive to WDW, take their cars to the parks. There are some who drive and take the buses.

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We only use the bus system. May take longer, but there aren't any headaches to it and don't have to worry about driving.

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If you want to be able to come and go as you please it is nice to have your car, but if you are not in a hurry and don't mind the crowd the bus is great

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It's going to take you time no matter which way you go.
Honestly, I don't think one is better than the other from Pop.

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We never hire a car and rely solely on the disney transportation. I think if you have the option of using a car and getting free parking though it might be worth doing, or at least trying in your first few days. It'd be nice not having to wait around of an evening and be squished in on the bus with dozens of other guests.

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We always use the busses. It adds to the experience! And really after driving around in March down there, I don't see how having a car would save you time. It's really about the same. Except of course at night when you are waiting to leave the parks with everyone else, but really it isn't too bad.

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How about if you want to park hop or go from resort to resort, don't you have to switch buses and such? With a car you just go direct! Once we are in the car, it rarely ever takes us more then 15 minutes to get anywhere, unless there is alot of traffic for some reason, and then, the buses would get caught in that also.

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I've had good, and bad experiences with the bus, but in all honesty mostly good. There's pros, and cons for both. I have had some great conversations with complete strangers on the bus,... not so many in my car. But I never have to wait for my car, or transfer once I'm in it.

I guess it depends on the circumstances, and your destination (s?) on which would be your best choice.

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mrhub wrote:
How about if you want to park hop or go from resort to resort, don't you have to switch buses and such? With a car you just go direct! Once we are in the car, it rarely ever takes us more then 15 minutes to get anywhere, unless there is alot of traffic for some reason, and then, the buses would get caught in that also.

Having a car would definitely be convenient for that reason.

When park hopping, we'd usually take the bus to whichever resort was closest to the next park we was going to and transfer there. Doing this rather than Downtown allowed us to use the different modes of transportation as well, which was fun. Going from Animal Kingdom to Magic Kingdom we took the bus to Grand Floridian and then jumped on the boat. From Animal Kingdom to Epcot or Hollywood Studios we'd take the bus to Boardwalk and then boat over. Magic Kingdom to Epcot was of course the ever wonderful monorail. I liked doing this because it doubled as resort hopping.

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I think the bus would be better. Don't have to remember where you parked, the bus stops are right by the gates to get into parks... I rented a car one year but still used Disney transportation. Having the car is nice though to drive out to a store off property to get snacks and drinks for the room.

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I'd see how you felt each day. Why set in stone if you take the bus or drive. If one morning you feel like driving, awesome. If your want to relax and let someone else deal with that, you've got the bus. Best of both worlds then

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You can use your car. You can save money as well as enjoy.