If you’ve been to Walt Disney World in the past two years, you might have noticed a decrease in the Bus routes. Walt Disney World no longer offers bus transportation to the Magic Kingdom from its Monorail resorts, as well as Wilderness Lodge and Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground. Bus transportation has even been limited for Monorail Resort Guests attempting to reach EPCOT.
Now, bus transportation is diminishing elsewhere. This past weekend, Inside the Magic, reported a decrease in Bus service from Disney’s Pop Century Resort to EPCOT and Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
The sign read,
Beginning Sunday, January 5, 2020 Buses traveling to Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Epcot will depart once per hour. Please use the Disney Skyliner for convenient transportation to these locations.
And Pop Century is not alone. The same sign and instructions have been reported at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort, and Disney’s Rivera Resort. Bus transportation from these properties to the Magic Kingdom and Disney’s Animal Kingdom remains the same.
A Decrease in Buses Makes Sense and is a Good Idea
There is a subtle push for Guests to stay off the streets. But it makes sense for Walt Disney World to decrease its bus service, and it’s a good idea for three reasons: Safety, the Environment, and Crowd Control.
Yes, the Skyliner had a terrible start to its tenure at Walt Disney World. But just like the Monorail and the Watercraft, it provides a much safer transportation route for Guests: one that is out of reach from unpredictable road traffic.
While a few incidences of people being injured in the Monorail and the Skyliner, collisions between Walt Disney World buses and other cars far outweigh any other complimentary transportation system.
While the Walt Disney World Buses are much more efficient than before, it still pales compared to the electric monorail system and Skyliner. Buses also get stuck in traffic, releasing far more carbon emissions than the other gas-powered watercraft.
Diminishing the bus service could be seen as a push by Walt Disney World to be more environmentally friendly.
Despite all of the problems and bad press, the Skyliner is a perfect mode of transportation for Walt Disney World when it comes to crowd control. Small gondola capacities allow for a steady flow of Guests from Park to Park, but the high number of gondola cars allows for high-level ability. Like the Monorail, it keeps Guests high in the sky, and like the watercraft, it keeps Guests furthest away from the ground traffic.
With more Guests taking the Monorail, Skyliner, and watercraft, there is less street congestion and a much more controlled flow of Guests entering the parks. At the same time, Guests can sit in the comfort that they are not at risk of getting stuck in traffic.
Yes, some people like to ride the bus. But when you think of Walt Disney World, you think of top-of-the-line attractions. You think of innovation. You think of the Monorail and now the Skyliner. No matter how they dress it up, a bus is a bus. They’re dirty, bumpy, noisy, and are used to pack people in for a ride through traffic.
Walt Disneys World’s other modes of transportation offer something different. Walt Disney World is one of the few places in the United States to operate a monorail train. The watercraft offers a relaxing cruise through Disney’s waterways. And the Skyliner is arguably the most private of any transportation option outside of a Minnie Van. But each provides a unique experience and a new perspective on the Walt Disney World property.
There is no doubt Disney is subtly pushing its Resort Guests to use alternate transportation options. Now, the question is, what are they going to build to connect Disney’s Animal Kingdom to the rest of the property?