Even though I am a firm believer that you MUST have a car when visiting Walt Disney World, I still love Disney transportation. There is something wonderful about seeing the monorail whizz by and to here the boat horns in the distance. The busses always remind me of that time from my childhood when were were returning from a long day in the parks and a glow necklace I was playing with from the evening show broke and the liquid went in my eye. Ahhhh the memories. They are uniquely Disney and always bring a smile to my face.
So here we go with my choices to kill, refurb and marry the Disney Parks Transportation systems.
Kill – Friendship Boats
I actually love the Friendship Boats…they hold a sense of nostalgia in me. Actually the entire Crescent Lake area is very nostalgic for me because that area was built around the time that I begin having strong memories of The World. And really, it’s so gorgeous there, isn’t it?
So how could I want to kill the Friendship Boats that are a staple here? Because the are SO DAMN SLOW!!! Oh man that thing just moves at a snails pace. And have you ever been on one on a hot day and it sounds like the air conditioning is blasting, but it just feels like hot air blowing on you? I mean, if I’m going to sweat I might as well walk to my destination because I will probably get there faster and burn some calories along the way.
I love the Friendship Boats but I think at this point they are beyond repair…they just need to be replaced.
Refurb – Monorail
There is nothing more iconically Disney than the Monorail. It is a staple in both Walt Disney World and Disneyland. However both could use and upgrade.
Let’s start with the original Monorail in Disneyland. I love this thing! The windows open and it winds through the trees and attractions in Tomorrowland…so fun! However, it lacks air conditioning. I happened to visit Disneyland once during a particularly hot streak and that monorail was like a sauna. Simply having the windows open did not provide enough breeze to make it bearable. An upgrade here is needed.
Now my favorite Monorail is in Walt Disney World. I could say “Por favor mantengase alejado de las puertas” by the age of 5. That is still the only Spanish I know, but that is another story.
I love flying high above the Seven Seas Lagoon and whizzing through the Contemporary Resort, but have you taken a whiff inside one of those things lately?? Whoa. They smell musty and moldy. Plus the air conditioning units drip on the seats! Another upgrade please!
Marry – Motor Launches
These are those smaller, classic looking boats that provide transportation between the Magic Kingdom and the Grand Floridian, Polynesian and Wilderness Lodge Resorts. There is also a line that circles Bay Lake and stops at the Contemporary, Wilderness Lodge and Fort Wilderness Resorts.
There is something so charming about these boats that get me very excited each time I get to ride one. They seem like a through back to simpler times. Plus, unlike their friend the Friendship Boat, these things are speedy. It is definitely the fastest way to get around the Seven Seas Lagoon if you are going to the Poly or Grand Flo. An added bonus is that because they are small, you typically will have a very friendly skipper to chat with on your journey.
So those are my choices…what about you?? What Disney Parks Transportation would you Kill, Refurb & Marry?? Make sure to visit This Happy Place Blog, Mouse on the Mind and all of the other great blogs participating in Kill, Refurb, Marry today!