Mom And Son Giraffe
  • On Mar 11, 2010
    Elizabeth from MD Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    We will be going to Disney in August with our 9 year old son and 2 year old daughter. Since we are driving from Maryland, and our daughter is probably going to need a nap during the day, do you think we should use the bus system or drive to the parks.

    Hi Elizabeth,

    Disney does a great job of transporting thousands of people throughout Walt Disney World each day.  Having said that, keep in mind that they are providing services to THOUSANDS, and sometimes the wait times can be longer than anticipated.  It's easy to get frustrated when a bus is late or the lines are extremely long - especially when you're trying to get an overtired toddler back to the resort for a nap.

    Since you're driving anyway, I recommend taking your car to the park each morning.  Parking is free for resort guests, and it will give you the freedom to leave the park whenever you wish.  Also, you'll be able to travel directly to your destination.  When using the buses, you may have to stop at multiple resorts before reaching your resort.

    When your 2 year old gets tired, one of you can drive her back while the other adult stays in the park a little while longer with your 9 year old.  It's easy for an adult and 9 year old to hop on a bus, boat or monorail to meet up with the rest of the party later or head back to the resort for a quick rest.

    Hope this helps.  Have a magical vacation!
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Meet the Panelist: Diane, Georgia

After spending 25 years in RI, my husband and I relocated to GA with our youngest, who is now in high school. I took my first trip to Walt Disney World when I was 11 and I have traveled many times since then with all different party sizes. From creating our first itinerary as a honeymooner to later creating magical experiences for our multigenerational family gatherings, every aspect of planning a vacation has been pure joy to me.  Learn More About Diane

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