|I know I know .... WAY too obvious .... OK .. so here's the competition: you come up with the opening Manhattan joke. I'm bound to have some Disney |
What I do know is Canberra, and that WDW is almost the same size. With a bit of rough digital mastery I'll show you. I've taken maps of both places at the same scale and overlaid WDW onto Canberra. WDW is the grey area that covers almost everything.
|Oooh ... my house is at the Polynesian Resort!|
Having established that WDW is literally the size of a city, what do you do when you are staying at Disney's Animal Kingdom, located down south near the Tuggernong Hyperdome, and want to get to the Magic Kingdom up in Flynn?
In Canberra, you catch an ACTION bus. The Blue Rapid can cover the territory in 1 hour.
WDW also runs its own bus fleet - 270 modern buses with GPS, air conditioning, disabled access and best of all - few traffic lights or general work-a-day traffic! So a journey of the same distance in WDW would take half the time.
|A superfantastic Disney bus - photo courtesy of disneypix.com which is totally a WDW Bus-spotters paradise. Photos of buses going back from 1981! With serial numbers and route lists. Ummm ... frankly it's a tad creepy.|
Here's a short video - yes of buses! Believe it or not, this is not as creepy as the videos made by the bus-spotting crowd. (Although someone did film and edit this video - not of shows, not of rides - but buses. That is a small amount creepy. What does it say about me showing it to you??) If you can cope with the rather energetic soundtrack you can watch buses - in action! at bus stops! from the front - from behind!
Walt liked public transport. Whilst he particularly loved steam trains, he installed the first monorail in the USA, refurbished historic paddlesteamers, and had a lovely little wooden horse drawn trolley.
|For that 100 ft walk to the Castle in 2.28 mins|
|The entire fleet chugging its way through the crowds|
pictures sourced from yestercot at yesterland.com
But I think Disney missed an obvious opportunity with these buses. They could have had a great tie in once you got around to the UK Pavilion.
|"I'll get you Butler......|
to your Princess lunch reservation at the Norway Pavilion"
|Donald doesn't carry the same gravitas as Blakey|
|Source: trolleybrokers.com. It's still available, Disneyfans!|