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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Dealing with Transportation: Part 1


For most of the trips my husband and I have taken, we have used our own car as a source of transportation. For the trip out to California, it was hard to picture relying on a public bus or a taxi driver to get us where we needed to go. 

As I’ve mentioned in the previous posting, the Walt Disney World Resort and the Disneyland Resort differ in many ways. Currently, when you are at the East Coast park, Disney has created it’s own private transportation system. Monorails, Boats, Buses, and Shuttles take you where you need to go if you have no available source of transportation. This is not the case on the West Coast. Anaheim has a public transportation system called the Anaheim Resort Transit aka the ART. The ART does not run in the same manner as does the free Walt Disney World Resort buses. Also, you have to pay a fee each day you ride and it is not a guarantee that you will arrive to your destination in a timely manner.

How would we get to the parks? Most importantly, how would we get to and from the airport? The Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) alone is 45 minutes to an hour away from Anaheim. If we paid to have a car and drive it to the hotel, we would have to pay a $10 fee each night it was parked at the hotel parking lot. That means we would pay about $90 just for having the car with us. This was not including what we would have to spend on gas, mileage, and fees from the car rental company. 

We quickly realized the only time we would need transportation aside from when the trip to and from the airport was for our day in Universal Hollywood and the one day we had set aside for site seeing. Bus companies like Greyhound and Alamo can help you with both of these issues. However today, I’m going to talk about one in particular. 

It turns out not only did D23 have affiliate hotels, but they also had an affiliate bus service. This bus service is called Super Shuttle and we got a 10% off due to the discount with my D23 membership. We sat in a van with 12 other people but that was better than paying a hefty price tag for a car we would use only a handful of times while on our trip. 

Next time, I will talk about rental cars and getting the best bang for your buck. What transportation do you use while on vacation?