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  • On Jan 2, 2013
    Bonnie from CO 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.

    What is travel time by bus from AoA to various parks first thing in am? It'll be me, husband, sons 2 and 3 (including our stroller), and both grandmas from 1/23/13 to 1/29. I want to leave early enough to be there for rope drops. Can't wait! :)

    Hi, Bonnie!

    You are in for such a treat when staying at Disney's Art of Animation Resort; the theming you'll find throughout the resort is simple over the top! Plus, enjoying Walt Disney World while your little princes are those ages, WITH both grandmas along, too, is the perfect recipe for a fun-filled adventure you're all sure to cherish! Woo hoo!

    Regarding departure in order to get to a park by rope drop, keep in mind that Resort Buses begin running at approximately one hour prior to each park's opening. While at AoA, though, ask a Cast Member at the front desk if there will be earlier buses, as transportation practices change from time to time. Keep in mind that LOTS of Guests like to be at the park gates for "rope drop." As such, there will be many people at the resort bus stops well in advance of 1 hour prior to park open. We tend to arrive at a bus stop about 10 minutes prior to when we'd like to be boarding, especially if you want to be sure to get a seat at a popular stop.

    According to, an great unofficial site to help your planning, on 1/23/13, all four parks open at 9, however, there are Extra Magic Hours at  8 a.m. Animal Kingdom, so buses will begin to run at about 7 a.m. On 1/24, All parks open at 9, except for 8 a.m.  EMH at Magic Kingdom (buses at 7.) 1/25? 9 a.m. openings at all parks. On 1/26, all parks open at 9, plus there is an 8 a.m. EMH at Disney's Hollywood Studios. on 1/27, all parks open at 9 a.m.; on 1/28, all parks open at 9, with 8 a.m. EMH at AK. Finally, on 1/29, all parks open at 9, with 8 a.m. EMH at Epcot.

    Send more questions as you think of them, Bonnie! We love to help!
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Meet the Panelist: Andrea, Pennsylvania

I am a teacher, wife and mom who has been a member of the Disney Vacation Club since 2003. I love discovering a new favorite DVC resort, fantastic restaurant or hidden gem onboard a Disney ship! I'm a micro-planner who can help you capture your own magic! Learn More About Andrea

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