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Old 02-09-2013, 09:34 AM   #1
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Boat transportation

We want to go from AK to DTD @ lunch time. It was suggested we take a bus to Saratoga and boat to DTD, but I see before 4pm the boat only runs every hour. I could not find how often the boats ran from the Port Orleans resorts? They look like they are quite a bit futher away from DTD. Maybe just take the bus directly from AK to DTD or would it still make since to just wait it out @ Saratoga. I would not mind looking around there, if we just missed the boat. Do they post when the next boat is going so we would know our time frame when we arrived on the bus?
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Old 02-09-2013, 10:03 AM   #2
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We have found the Quickest way would be to take the next bus to the Animal Kingdom Lodge ( about a 5 minute ride ) and transfer to the Downtown Disney Bus there. You could go have a look around the Lodge, it's amazing. After you are done at Downtown Disney, you can, just for Fun, take the Boat to Saratoga Springs or just walk over. You can also take the nice and relaxing Boat ride to Port Orleans French Quarter and Port Orleans Riverside. So many Resorts and transportation options
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Old 02-09-2013, 10:16 AM   #3
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According to http://www.portorleans.org/ferryboats.php, the boats to DTD run every 20 minutes from 10 am to 4:30 pm, then every 10 minutes from 4:30 to 11 pm. I'm curious though where you read that the boat from SSR only runs once an hour before 4:00. I just checked allears.net and it says every 20 minutes all day. Also, there isn't a direct bus between AK and DTD, so you'd have to go through a resort to get there.
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Old 02-09-2013, 12:18 PM   #4
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It was suggested we take a bus to Saratoga and boat to DTD, but I see before 4pm the boat only runs every hour.
I'm curious as to where you read that.
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Old 02-09-2013, 12:36 PM   #5
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I read it on here, under the main heading for Transportation. Under the basic info about ME, boats/ferries, Limo's, monorail. Not on the disboard. Well thanks for clearing it up. They do have it in BOLD type, so you can not miss it.
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Old 02-09-2013, 12:41 PM   #6
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To get to DTD you must go to a resort then to DTD? NO parks to DTD? I knew it was the hub----since you can not go from resort to resort. Thanks!

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Old 02-09-2013, 01:19 PM   #7
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To get to DTD you must got resort to DTD? NO parks to DTD? I knew it was the hub----since you can not go from resort to resort. Thanks!
Yes. There were too many people parking at DTD for free and then taking the buses to the parks (and thus crowding the parking at DTD). Therefore, they did away with the DTD transport to and from the parks.

OP, I'd grab a bus to AKL and then from AKL to DTD.
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Old 02-09-2013, 01:25 PM   #8
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I just take the first bus going to any resort and then get off at the first stop (if it stops at multiple resorts). That way you know you don't have to wait for the first bus (since there's always a bus leaving for somewhere). AKL is the closest resort (by far) but if you wind up waiting 30 minutes for it, you'd have been better off taking a different one.
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Old 02-09-2013, 05:11 PM   #9
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The buses from SSR to DTD do run every 20 minutes, from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.

But -- the walk from the nearest bus stop (Springs) to the SSR boat dock is just under a quarter mile. The walk from the Congress Park stop to DTD Marketplace is less than a half mile. So in less than 5 minutes more than it would take to walk to the boat dock, you could walk all the way to DTD.

The boat from SSR docks at PI at DTD. If you're planning to dine at PI or West Side, it might make sense. Otherwise, walking will almost always get you there faster.
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