Have you been to Disney World in the past 10 years? Have you stayed within the park and therefore traveled on the “Disney Transportation” system? For a few of you, that would mean riding the Monorail only but for most, it involves spending time on a bus. And it probably involved a fair bit of waiting for buses to come, waiting to board buses, sitting on buses, and walking from buses. Overall, while the bus system does successfully move a massive quantity of people around the World, it does not do it efficiently.
How about the Monorail, you ask? I remember riding the Monorail when I was a kid (in the 70s) and it was awesome. Futuristic and smooth and just plain cool. It is 40 years later and it hasn’t changed since. The world (and the World) has gotten better around it. These days, the best that can be said about the Monorail is it elicits nostalgia. But for most people, they will see a worn coach that takes forever to load and unload and isn’t going where you want to go.
How about a personal car? Well, you can definitely get to and from parking lots quickly but then you have to pay for parking and everybody knows how far away you have to park – so far from the entrance that you need a special parking shuttle to get around the parking lot.
The upshot is, getting around Disney World is a complete pain in the ass. And when you are on vacation, you don’t want to spend time sitting around in a bus, a museum Monorail, or a traffic jam in a parking lot. Especially at Disney World where you have to book what time you are going to do a ride months in advance (that’s another post!), burning up precious time just trying to get to the theme park of the day is downright stupid.
So if you are like me (and I hope for the sake of your fellow vacation travelers that you are not), then you spend much of that time on the bus thinking about how it should be done better. And then when you get home, you kill a day studying maps and working out transit routes.
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