Like I do when I start having my Disney withdrawals, I go back and start reading through my old Disney travel books (Birnbaum's and the Unofficial Guide.) I noticed that under the transportation sections, the directions to get from one hotel to another using the bus system is always to "Take a bus to Downtown Disney and then transfer to the bus of the hotel you wish to go to."
Now, that's all fun dandy, but are there not better ways? Like, if I were at an All-Star Resort and wanted to get to Animal Kingdom Lodge, I feel like a bus to Animal Kingdom to make the transfer would be more in line than going all the way across the property to DTD and then all the way back again. Why is this? Is this Disney pushing these guidebooks to try and get more foot traffic (and therefore more cash) into their shopping district?
Lastly, I rarely go to Downtown Disney. It's not my thing. But every time I do, I seem to have to wait FOREVER (literally! I'm there right now! I'm the skeleton draped across the bench...because I'm dead. Damn these waits!) for a bus to come. I'm willing to write this off as coincidence since my visits are so few, but even the longest bus waits anywhere else never compare to the DTD waits. So as far as a hotel transfer goes, this just doesn't seem like the way to go for me.