Category Archives: Transportation
A taxi driver down on his luck was arrested last week after police discovered that he was taking Walt Disney World guests for the wrong type of ride. Orange County Sheriff’s office arrested Nankishore Ramkisoon after it was found out that he was posing as a Mears taxi driver, charging guests for a round trip ride when he picked him up and then leaving them stranded with only a false phone number to call.
Undercover cops busted Ramkisoon by posing as Disney guests who had called Mears for a round trip fare to Sea World. He told the cops that he knew what he was doing was wrong but he needed the money. The police had gotten wind of the con when guests started complaining about the scheme in November.
- Deputies: Taxi driver ripped off Disney tourists (local10.com)
- Disney World’s Transportation System is Making Some Minor Changes (chipandco.com)
Walt Disney Transportation is focused on growth, efficiency, guest satisfaction and safety and because of this they have realized they need to make some changes to all the ways they transport guests around Walt Disney World. Walt Disney Transportation has had park guests grumbling for years based on slow bus service or lines, but a few changes to improve this have been completed recently and more are to come over the next few years.
“Here (Disney World) it’s about guest experience, people going on vacation,” said Sam Lau, Vice President of Walt Disney World Transportation, “It’s a very different atmosphere and mindset … expectation is high.” Sam added that on average, up to half of all the guests on Disney property use their transportation system. “Even some of the folks who drive here will leave their car and take the monorail, buses and boats,” added Sam.
Out of all the methods Disney has of transporting guests around each day, the bus system leads the way with the most guest transports, following in second and third are the monorail and boats. There are no changes currently planned for the boat system.
As we know, Disney has a lot of buses that help shuttle guests around all day long. In fact, Disney has 319 buses in their fleet making them larger than the Orlando Lynx System (Lynx has about 280).
As Disney plans on even more growth in the future with big expansions like the New Fantasyland and Art of Animation Resort, they needed to expand the bus system even more and added almost 30 new buses to their fleet. They are also testing larger buses to help transport more guests at one time and have found some that work well and will be on the list to purchase soon.
Ok Disney travellers, I’m going to share with you a few tips on using Disney Transportation. Which is a nice way to say I’m going to tell you how to NOT act like you’ve hit your head and forgotten your manners at Disney.
THE LAWS OF PHYSICS IN RELATION TO DISNEY TRANSPORT
This one is OK to use at home too. I PROMISE you that allowing other guests to exit first will make it easier for you to board. Standing in front of the open doors while they have to push past you, only slows things down. It may also result in a stray elbow to the ribs from people like me. I mentioned walking…again physics. I can not walk through you when you make a dead stop to refer to your Disney Mobile app. Move to the side if you need to stop, this keeps the flow of traffic moving.
Some of you may be asking yourself, “Rope drop? What’s that?” Well, Rope Drop is term used to refer to the official opening of a Disney park; and many Disney regulars strongly encourage Disney guests to be at the gate at this time of day for this event.
But why? Is it really worth getting up that early and battling the packed turnstiles? With Disney’s free FastPass system, is it really necessary?
I believe that the answer is yes! Here are my Top 5 reasons why!
5. Peak Season Crowds - Most guests can only visit WDW during the summertime or the holidays; and naturally, these periods are infamous for heavy crowds and long waits. However, from rope drop to about an hour or two after opening during peak season, the crowds are considerably light and it maybe one of the few times of day that you can enjoy some of the park’s most popular attractions for little to no wait! So if you are visiting during Peak Season, arriving at rope drop will really make your day at the parks much more enjoyable!