Kill, Refurb, Marry: Disney Transportation

Kill:  Friendship Boats

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Maybe I’m forgetting some things when it comes to transportation, but I’m only killing this because I didn’t have anything else I would have rather killed.  At the Boardwalk (and Beach Club, Yacht Club, and Swan/Dolphin) there is a boat that goes to Hollywood Studios and Epcot.  It sounds nice, and I like a good boat ride.  But my experiences with it have been less than positive.  The boat ride takes a really long time.  I don’t remember how long but it felt like quite awhile for me to get from Boardwalk to HS.  Since it stops at a number of resorts you have to go along with it and wait for people to get on and off.  And if you’ve got a big crowd it may be a wait as well – especially if you’re travelling early in the morning or trying to get back to the resorts after the park closes.  I’m not a huge fan of killing it though because it’s one of the only ways to get around from this area aside from walking (which is my preference, really).  Maybe a faster boat?  Or build a monorail to Hollywood Studios 😉  Walt absolutely loved the monorail idea and I know he would love to see more of them!

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What Happens when your flight to Disney gets delayed or cancelled

This post was written on my way down to Disney World last week, after a very frustrating day of traveling!

This, of course, is just my personal experience, but I thought I would share it with you in case anyone else runs into a similar situation.  As I write this it is 7:00pm, and I’m sitting on an airplane somewhere between Detroit and Orlando.  I have dinner reservations at Sanaa at 7:05 that I am obviously not going to make, but at this point I’m just grateful that won’t have to wait until tomorrow to be in Disney World.

First, the story of what happened: We were flying from Philadelphia to Orlando, with a 1 hour layover in Detroit.  We left our house at 7am, got to the airport by 8, and were on the plane at 9.  Everything went smoothly.  We arrived at Detroit exactly on time, made it to the new gate just as they started boarding, and were on the plane within 10 minutes.  Then, five minutes later, they said we had to get off.  The plane was having mechanical issues.  They would update us at 1pm.  1 pm comes around and they say that the plane needs to be repaired and they’ll be sending a new plane.  It could be here in an hour.

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