Magical Blogorail Red: Traversing Disney by Bus

Welcome to those of you joining me from A Disney Mom’s Thoughts and those of you who have just hopped aboard. I am the 4th stop on our Magical Blogorail.With Walt Disney World being such a huge resort, it is imperative that there be adequate transportation methods to get around to all of the different resorts, parks, water parks, and restaurants.  For this month, the Magical Blogorail Red line is going to focus on Disney World transportation methods.  As for me, I am going to talk about getting around Disney by bus.  So hop aboard (gentlemen, please give up your seat to ladies, children, and elderly passengers as needed) and enjoy the ride!

Until our last vacation, we had always stayed at a Moderate resort; first Coronado Springs over near Animal Kingdom, and then Port Orleans French Quarter later on.  Because of the proximity of the resorts, and the fact that they are not Monorail resorts, we rode the buses quite a bit — especially because our family car, Casper the Caliber, was on vacation also and told us to leave her alone so she could relax!

All in all, the buses at Walt Disney World are handled quite well by Disney Transportation, and rarely are there any issues with the buses, at least in my experiences.  As with many things regarding Disney, it is extremely important that you remember that, first and foremost, you are on vacation!  As such, the key operative word is relax.  While it may at times seem like the bus is never going to get there to take you to Animal Kingdom, that’s not actually the case.  Most of the time buses arrive every twenty minutes or so.  So sit down — if there is a seat available — open up your iPhone (or similar smartphone device), connect to My Dreams of Disney, and read my blog posts while you wait!  The twenty minutes will be up before you know it.  One word to the wise, though.  Don’t get so engrossed in reading my posts that you forget to check the buses as they arrive to see if they are going to your destination!

One thing to keep in mind is that the buses can get quite busy, especially during early morning and late evening hours.  With the change that Walt Disney World is implementing regarding Monorail hours for Extra Magic Hours, it is quite possible that the buses may get even more busy.  As a result, it will be even more crucial that you exercise some patience when you are waiting in line.  Remember, the bus drivers and other Cast Members can’t help it if the bus is all filled up before you get on the bus.

Another thing to keep in mind is that bus loading is handled first for handicap persons or those that have a scooter that they need loaded.  In cases where this happens, the bus driver will release the passengers that are currently on the bus first, then he will close the front doors, open the rear doors, load the scooter or wheelchair, and then open the front doors to load the rest of the passengers.

Again, please exercise your patience while this happens.  If you find that difficult to do, may I make a suggestion?  Think about how you would feel if you required such a device to enjoy your visit to Walt Disney World, and think about how you would feel if other people were giving you a hard time because you needed that.  Remember, it’s their vacation also.

Walt Disney World is one of the busiest vacation destinations anywhere.  Since that is the case, it is not entirely uncommon for their to be slight delays when it comes to moving people from one place to another.  However, the Cast Members at Walt Disney World are second to none, and will do all that they can to move us, the Guests, from one location to the next with as minimal a fuss as possible.

I have two last stories to pass along before I pass you along to our next stop on the Magical Blogorail.  Both of them happened during our last vacation, one to my niece and her boyfriend, and the other to us as we were returning to our resort.

First, when my niece and her boyfriend were coming to meet us at Hollywood Studios, they waited for over an hour for a bus to arrive to take them to the park.  It was so bad that my niece, who normally is very mild-mannered, got upset and mentioned her displeasure to the Cast Members where they were.  They immediately issued them two family fast passes, for the size of our party (nine members), for any of the rides that they wanted to use them on.  We used both of them to ride the Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster twice at the end of the day.

The second story was when we were leaving Hollywood Studios to get to the Contemporary resort.  It was about 10PM, and we had been shopping on our way out, so there was no one in line with us.  A bus arrived, and when we got on, he asked us where we were headed.  When we told him Bay Lake Towers, he took us directly there, and didn’t stop at any of the other stops that he would normally have stopped at.

In both cases, Disney gave it’s Cast Members the leeway to do what they needed to do to make a Guest happy, and delivered the kind of Disney Magic that we are used to seeing with Walt Disney World.

The Disney Transportation people have done a good job over the years in perfecting the different transportation methods to help their Guests reach the destinations that they are looking to get to.  While no system is perfect, the Disney Cast Members do their best to make sure that any delays are as short as possible.  In fact, I heard a rumor yesterday on a podcast I listen to that mentioned that Disney is possibly looking at putting cameras in the bus stops that would allow Disney Transportation to be able to see at a moments notice when a bus stop needs additional buses.  Think about how cool that would be!

Thank you for joining me today.  Your next stop on the Magical Blogorail Loop is A World View.


Here is the map of our Magical Blogorail should you happen to have to make a stop along the way and want to reboard:
2nd Stop ~ WDW Backstage
Final Stop ~ A World View

The Next My Dreams of Disney Contest!

One of the gifts from my next contest!

Hello everyone!

I wanted to report in to everyone right now from my room at Bay Lake Towers!  We are having a great vacation, and I wanted to take a moment and tell you about the next contest on My Dreams of Disney!  For this contest, I’m looking for two sets of followers to increase — my Twitter followers, and my Facebook followers!  If you are not a fan yet of my Facebook page, head on over there now and “Like” the page!  Likewise, if you do not yet follow me on Twitter, head on over there and Follow me!  It’s quick, it’s easy, and each follow and like is an entry in the contest!  For a bonus entry, follow me by email!  It’s an easy way to get all of the posts from My Dreams of Disney, plus get entered into the contest.  Oh, by the way, what is the prize for this contest?  How about two of the special edition 40th Anniversary of the Magic Kingdom Disney Pins?

Thanks everyone, and good luck!  If you already like our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter, than you are already entered!  Take the final step and follow us by email!

Magical Blogorail: Our First Attraction

Welcome to those of you joining me from Makin’ Memories and those of you who have just hopped aboard. I am the 3rd stop on our Magical Blogorail.
This month’s journey takes us to our favorite attractions — that one attraction that we absolutely must ride first, and why.  This topic has required a lot of thought, and has included input from Cindy and Sophie.
My choice for which attraction to hit up first depends on a lot of variables.  For starters, which park are we going to see first?  Are we going there first thing in the morning, or later in the afternoon after driving down?  Do we have a dinner reservation to hit first?  So rather than just tell you a ride that we go to and ride, I thought I would expand a little on my thoughts with regards to our trip to Disney for this year, which is starting today!
As you may have seen, the other day I wrote a piece called “Let the Memories Begin“, in which I went through and tried to put myself in the shoes of all of the people that are going to Disney World on this trip.  In doing so, I was thinking about what they would be most interested in experiencing on their vacation.  And that theme is what I’m going to follow in this instance when I try to explain to you my thought process behind choosing that one ride that I must ride at Disney World.
For Cindy, Sophie, and myself, this is not our first trip to Disney World.  But to Sherry, and Axl, and especially Anna Jane, this is the first time they have been to Disney World, and that makes this visit much more special for them, and for us!

Anna Jane is not, at least not yet, a daredevil kind of girl like Sophie is.  But she does like to have fun, and as you all know, there is a lot of fun to be had at Walt Disney World.  Since we are going to be arriving at Bay Lake Towers probably after 7PM or so, our first stop to the parks will be to the Magic Kingdom that night because they have extra magic hours!!!  Purely by coincidence (or is it Disney Magic at work?), Magic Kingdom will be open until 2AM that night!  Since we are a hop, skip, and a jump away from MK anyway, that is where we will give Anna Jane and all of us our first Disney World experience this year!

But back to the question at hand…what attraction or ride will be our first ride?  Well, like I said, with Anna Jane not being a daredevil like Sophie, it will probably not be Space Mountain, or Splash Mountain, or Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.  And, seeing as how we won’t get into the parks until later in the evening, the line for Peter Pan’s Flight will likely be much longer than we want to wait for our first ride of the day.  But there are still some rides that I like very much that I think Anna Jane and the others will want to ride as well!  There is the Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, with it’s new interactive queue; and there is “it’s a small world”, with it’s wonderful, timeless quality that I just love; of course, there is the closest thing that exists now to the old Skyway, the TTA over in Tomorrowland.  And don’t forget some of our classic attractions, The Haunted Mansion and Pirates of the Caribbean!

I guess, when it comes right down to it, I really don’t have any clue what ride will be our first ride at Walt Disney World.  If you remember my post “Weekend Remembrances“, some of the best things I like about Disney World don’t even have anything to do with which ride I’m taking.

In a nutshell, I guess the one thing that I must do before anything else when I get to Walt Disney World is to slow down, take a big, deep breath, and stop, look, listen, and smell all of the wonderful things that makes Walt Disney World that truly magical place to visit, and one that we absolutely love to go to over and over again.  For me, the best feeling I get in the world is the reaction I get like this one we got a couple of years ago, when Sophie found out where we were headed to.  It’s moments like this that makes it all worthwhile for me.


Thank you for joining me today.  I hope that, while I didn’t exactly answer the topic exactly the way it was intended, you still understand where I’m coming from.  Your next stop on the Magical Blogorail Loop is A World View.

Here is the map of our Magical Blogorail should you happen to have to make a stop along the way and want to reboard:

1st Stop ~ WDW Backstage

2nd Stop ~ Makin’ Memories

4th Stop ~ A World View

Final Stop ~ Growing Up Disney

Magical Blogorail: World Showcase Pavilion

Welcome to those of you joining me from Makin’ Memories and those of you who have just hopped aboard. I am the 2nd stop on our Magical Blogorail

In this month’s edition, we are looking at the World Showcase pavilion that we can spend the most time in.  Hop aboard, join the ride, and enjoy all of the sites, sounds, and smells that you will enjoy at my pavilion of choice!

Talk about a challenging topic for this month!  This topic took quite a few of the old brain cells to come up with the one pavilion that I can spend the most time in simply because there are so many that I enjoy!  For regular readers of my blog, you may remember that I have a whole page setup for the Countries of the World Showcase, so each and every country means something special to me in it’s own way.  But for me, I think I’ve got to give the nod on my favorite pavilion to the Mexico Pavilion.

There is just so much to enjoy about Mexico!  I love the Aztec pyramid that sets the mood for this unique pavilion.  Did you know that the pyramid is based off of a real Aztec Temple of Quetzalcoatl at Teotihuacan, Mexico?  Details like that are what set’s Disney apart from anywhere else in my opinion, and they can be found throughout Walt Disney World.

Once you step inside, the theming of the Mexico Pavilion jumps right out and draws you in for further inspection.  Inside it feels like an open air market, perhaps after a gentle rain has fallen.  It is nearing dinner time, you feel, and the smells from the San Angel Inn bombard you with authentic Mexican flavors, and if you love Mexican cuisine like I do, you feel your mouth start watering just thinking about it!  As you walk around, come down into the market itself, and look at the unique market stalls, where you can purchase your own special souvenir to remember your visit.  In addition to the wonderful sites and sounds and smells in the Mexico Pavilion, you can also find the Gran Fiesta Tour Starring The Three Caballeros boat ride!  This gentle boat ride is one of our family favorite rides — I think of it as Mexico’s equivalent of “it’s a small world“!   The ride is a trip through Mexico as you look for — who else — Donald Duck, who has gone missing!  Jose and Panchito are searching near and far for Donald because they need to give their performance, and everyone knows that the Three Caballeros are not the same without Donald as part of the group!  In the end, of course, they are all reunited, just in time for the grand send off.  We love this ride, and will gladly ride it several times per vacation!

I love the sites, smells, sounds, and experiences that the Mexico Pavilion has to offer visitors at the World Showcase.  I hope that in reading this you have gained a new appreciation for this pavilion, and that you spend more time visiting it the next time that you are at Walt Disney World!  Thanks for reading!

Thank you for joining me today.  Your next stop on the Magical Blogorail Loop is A World View.

Here is the map of our Magical Blogorail should you happen to have to make a stop along the way and want to reboard:
1st Stop ~ Makin’ Memories
3rd Stop ~ A World View
4th Stop ~ Growing Up Disney
Final Stop ~ WDW Backstage