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    Going to Disneyland a Different Way

    If Disney were to offer such a service, would any of you who happen to live in southern California be interested in taking a special shuttle to Disneyland that departs regularly from your local Disney Store mall?

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    Re: Going to Disneyland a Different Way

    I most assuredly would if it were a monorail.

    "Special" shuttle? Nope.

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    Re: Going to Disneyland a Different Way

    no....it would take me 45 minutes to an hour just to get to the mall...another 30 to 45 minutes and I'm at DL...

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    Re: Going to Disneyland a Different Way

    If they had a bus every hour until late at night from DLR to Universal, I would do that! As long as there were no stops along the way... and it would work better with carpool lanes down the 101 and 5 Fwys.

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    Re: Going to Disneyland a Different Way

    What sort of radius from Disneyland are we talking about? Just Orange County? All Disney Stores within a 20 mile radius? 30? 50? I imagine there wouldn't be much demand for it, especially since there's such a profusion of malls in Southern California. Would you have to book it by special request? How far in advance? How much would it cost? So many variables...

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    Re: Going to Disneyland a Different Way

    I'd rather not go by a bus's schedule just to save gas money.


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    Re: Going to Disneyland a Different Way

    Quote Originally Posted by aerinpegadrak
    What sort of radius from Disneyland are we talking about? Just Orange County? All Disney Stores within a 20 mile radius? 30? 50? I imagine there wouldn't be much demand for it, especially since there's such a profusion of malls in Southern California. Would you have to book it by special request? How far in advance? How much would it cost? So many variables...
    I was thinking a 1-2 hour drive radius, and I am not considering all the Disney Store malls, just the ones along the freeways that converge in Anaheim.

    There exist several reasons Disney would want to offer such a service, but the question is whether or not guests would give-up their cars for a more Disney-controlled experience that delivers passengers to the East Esplanade.

    There are more reasons guests might want to use this option to reach Disneyland than just saving the costs of fuel, wear-and-tear, and parking, although all of those are compelling. For instance, traffic congestion on the weekdays tends to be quite aggravating. Also, driving, in general, can be taxing, plus, many Disneyland guests might like to avoid contributing to air pollution. But, more importantly, Disney might offer a unique experience aboard these transports that coordinates well with the general Disneyland guest experience.

    Well-conceived shuttle transportation has the potential to add to the experience.

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    Re: Going to Disneyland a Different Way

    Although come to think of it, I would rather not hassle all the shopping bags and car seats and crying kids and such. The trams to my car are bad enough. At least a light rail line is used by everyone so you're not in a carpool van with some other family all the way to Thousand Oaks or something.

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    Re: Going to Disneyland a Different Way

    And what happens if the people in the shuttle bus decide they need to change the twins' diapers?

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    Re: Going to Disneyland a Different Way

    Quote Originally Posted by CaliforniaAdventurer
    If they had a bus every hour until late at night from DLR to Universal, I would do that! As long as there were no stops along the way... and it would work better with carpool lanes down the 101 and 5 Fwys.
    theres carpool lanes down the 101 and 5 between universal and disneyland?!?!
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    Re: Going to Disneyland a Different Way

    I said "IT WOULD WORK BETTER" would being the operative word. Without these carpool lanes it doesnt add any speed or efficiency to driving yourself.

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    Re: Going to Disneyland a Different Way

    Not a shuttle but would do it if there was a metro rail type train or monorail. For me they could just extend the metro link to have a line going down the 91fwy area. They could have one that goes around the 5fwy that could take you right to DTD. I can only dream...
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    Re: Going to Disneyland a Different Way

    Well, Metrolink does work really well for travel to Disneyland in its current configuration. The only problem is that Metrolink does not offer enough trains on some of its lines.

    I would like to see more weekend trains and more night trains.

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    Re: Going to Disneyland a Different Way

    Quote Originally Posted by PragmaticIdealist
    Well, Metrolink does work really well for travel to Disneyland in its current configuration. The only problem is that Metrolink does not offer enough trains on some of its lines.

    I would like to see more weekend trains and more night trains.
    Another issue with Metrolink is that it has mainly northbound trains in the morning. That's great for those south of DL, but there are more people who live north of DL. It also shares its line with freight carriers.

    Mass transit works well for passengers traveling alone. With a family of four, the car will likely be a more affordable (this wouldn't be free, would it?) and more flexible (coming and going) better option.

    Side note: I think all malls should allow park-and-ride and have commuter bus (ones with fewer stops) stations. Some don't due to liability issues, but the Dept of Trans should be able to help out with that.

    Monorails above the railroad rights-of-way would do wonders. Quieter, less smelly, and cooler than the trains that already run.
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    Re: Going to Disneyland a Different Way

    I would absolutely take a shuttle. I hate that long drive. Currently I take the Amtrak train when I go. I would definitely like to see a later-at-night train; I have to leave Disney at 5:15 to get home. There is one later train, but from Union Station to Camarillo it's a bus and that was awful.
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