Thursday, December 15, 2016

Express Transportation

   Disney just released a new transportation option that could shave time off of park entry! Express Transportation is now in the testing stages at all four main parks.  For a few ($15 for one day or $25 for up to seven) you can be loaded on to transportation buses back stage within the park! When you are transported backstage at your destination, you are able to bypass security and front entry.
    At Disney's Hollywood Studios you are picked up next to the entrance for Rockin' Roller Coaster. The backstage waiting area is different than the other sites. There were 2 benches available but no shade or cover. Hopefully if this process takes off, a change will be made there.

    The drop off/pick up at Animal Kingdom is backstage near Kilimanjaro Safari. The actual waiting area to catch the bus is inside the park here. Once a bus is ready, you are escorted by my castmember backstage to the bus.
   Magic Kingdom is a little different. You are let off deep in the park behind behind Bizz Lightyear. I think this shaves off about 20 minutes, at the least.  Once again, waiting for the next bus is inside the park but you're escorted via cast member to a bus.
    Epcot's Express Transportation area is located near Spaceship Earth. This one doesn't save you as much time but you still get to bypass security.
   All in all, I was happy with this service. If you are on property during peak times it would be really beneficial. I think the pricing is worth the time you save. As of right now, this service is only available at the four main theme parks and may only be purchased at guest services within these parks. Another point made clear by castmenbers is that here is NO photography allowed in the backstage areas. I didn't see anything at any of the backstage locations that I'd want to take a picture of anyway.
   What are you thoughts?

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