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    Double-Decker Jitneys at Downtown Disney

    Does anyone have any pictures of the exteriors or interiors of the buses? And, does anyone happen to know the name of the British manufacturer who created the vehicles for Disney?

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    Re: Double-Decker Jitneys at Downtown Disney

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    Re: Double-Decker Jitneys at Downtown Disney

    When Downtown Disney first opened, Disney bought orange and yellow double-decker buses from a British manufacturer (I can't remember its name.) and ran them between the Paradise Pier Hotel and the main parking structure.

    They're probably still sitting unused somewhere on the property.

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    Re: Double-Decker Jitneys at Downtown Disney

    I've never heard of these, & don't remember them when I was here on vacation in 2001.

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    Re: Double-Decker Jitneys at Downtown Disney

    They sat in the lower level of the parking structure for the longest time. You could see them on your way to park. Not sure if they're still there, but, I'm sure somebody knows. I sure miss them. They were handy for getting over to Downtown Disney when the lines for the trams were too long.

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    Re: Double-Decker Jitneys at Downtown Disney

    Quote Originally Posted by Sparky View Post
    They sat in the lower level of the parking structure for the longest time. You could see them on your way to park.
    You know, I think I actually remember seeing one at Mickey & Friends. They looked sort of like the Omnibus right?

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    Re: Double-Decker Jitneys at Downtown Disney

    Are the buses similar to the AEC's (Associated Equipment Co.) iconic Red Routemaster double deckers of London?

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    Re: Double-Decker Jitneys at Downtown Disney

    Yes, 2 of those buses, probably the only 2 they had, sat in the Chip 'n Dale level of the parking structure for years. They are gone now. Either they were moved somewhere else for storage or sold. I never did see them actually running. Probably was not paying attention enough those few brief months they were used back in 2001.

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    Re: Double-Decker Jitneys at Downtown Disney

    For many years following September 11, the godawful jitneys were used as roadblocks at the Cast Member gates to block the entrance of unwanted vehicles Backstage.

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    Re: Double-Decker Jitneys at Downtown Disney

    Quote Originally Posted by fo'c's'le swab View Post
    Are the buses similar to the AEC's (Associated Equipment Co.) iconic Red Routemaster double deckers of London?
    Not really... They were a little more festive since the top level was open-air and covered by a canopy.

    They were larger and somewhat more awkward than the omnibuses on Main Street, U.S.A. But, the company was very pleased with the results since it was able to buy the vehicles off the shelf and for relatively little cost.

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    Re: Double-Decker Jitneys at Downtown Disney

    Those were beautiful busses -- from the second they were first opened until they were mothballed following 9/11, my wife and I always rode those from M&F to Downtown Disney. That was how we made sure to begin and end our days at the Disneyland Resort. It was a lot more pleasant than standing in lines for the trams.

    I do have some old photos of them, however the shots were taken at night with a very old and low quality digital camera. Therefore, the images ended up being just headlights against a black backdrop. We had intended on getting more shots the next time we visited... and then the world changed.

    EDIT -- I just remembered, I used to have an article about them somewhere in this mess. They were built by the same company that created the vehicles for Kilamanjaro Safari down in Animal Kingdom. The name escapes me... and the article is probably in the bottom-most box in my "filing system."

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    Re: Double-Decker Jitneys at Downtown Disney

    From Ball Road, between Disneyland Drive & Cast Place, you might be able to see the tops of the buses over the fence, through the trees, if they're still parked there.

    Just checked, and they're no longer parked there. I'll keep an eye out for them.
    Last edited by Moving Sidewalk; 07-01-2008 at 11:21 PM.

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    Re: Double-Decker Jitneys at Downtown Disney

    Quote Originally Posted by Disneyphenom View Post
    EDIT -- I just remembered, I used to have an article about them somewhere in this mess ...and the article is probably in the bottom-most box in my "filing system."
    Your "filing system" sounds like my filing system! LOL

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    Re: Double-Decker Jitneys at Downtown Disney

    Ahh September 11th. Brings back memories of empty main street and no lines for anything. My wife and I went every week for 6 months or so until the crowds started coming back.

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    Re: Double-Decker Jitneys at Downtown Disney

    Those were cool busses... although I never got to ride on them!

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