Direct Magic Kingdom bus service to Hoop-Dee-Doo and Mickey's Backyard BBQ test begins next week

Apr 16, 2015 in "Bus Transportation"

Posted: Thursday April 16, 2015 8:25am EDT by WDWMAGIC Staff

Disney will be testing a new bus route bringing a direct service from the Magic Kingdom to Disney's Wilderness Lodge Resort and Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground-Settlement Depot.

Beginning early next week, the route will operate daily from 4pm to 11:30pm, making it ideal for those guests who will be attending either Hoop-Dee-Doo or Mickey's Backyard BBQ at Fort Wilderness.

The four week test is set to begin April 20 2015.

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RmeDadApr 18, 2015

Interesting development, I had sent an email to Disney voicing my opinion on the issue. I just received a phone call from a Disney representative and he said after doing thorough investigation on his part, including communicating with the Transportation department, they do not have any knowledge of these test runs. Hmmm?????

stuartApr 17, 2015

I remember years ago they had a bus from Port Orleans/Dixie that went there from 4pm.

Brad BishopApr 17, 2015

I generally like the boats for getting around. Sometimes the boats get a backlog of guests and, at Fort Wilderness, there can be a huge number of flying bugs at the beginning of the dock and it sucks to be in that, enough so that I found another way back with a series of buses (to the front of Ft Wilderness and then to a bus that took us to whatever theme park was next.

ABQApr 16, 2015

With the bus, considering you'd have to transfer to a 2nd bus at the outpost, would not the ECV have a simpler trip on the boat as the ECV can roll right on and then roll off at the FW dock just down the hill from Pioneer Hall?

JasonDeyoungApr 16, 2015

I will still take the boat it's much nicer but is nice to have another option just in case

RmeDadApr 16, 2015

Doesn't help me this trip, does it?

wdwmagicApr 16, 2015

It is a test, so may well change.

RmeDadApr 16, 2015

Starts at 4:00......DUH! HDDR has a 4:00 seating and we have a reservation at that time. My wife has an ECV, the bus would be ideal. Get smart Disney!

wdwmagicApr 16, 2015

It is from MK, not the TTC. Have fun!

networkproApr 16, 2015

It makes great sense, and thank you WDW! We like to go to Hoop-Dee-Do, but its PAINFUL getting to and from the Settlement Depot, kind of like a roach motel with boat service. We are fall visitors and the boats can be quite painful during a cold snap.

MarklodiApr 16, 2015

We're actually going to be able to use this on May 3rd - but question: does the bus leave from the Magic Kingdom or the TTC? I suppose the same applies to the boats over to FW as well. This is one part that confuses me, so apologies if this seems like a no brainer. :) We are doing an Ultimate VIP Tour, which should bring us back to MK, and then have 6:30pm HDD ressies. So this seems perfect, giving an alternate to possible busy boats. Thanks in advance!

Heather71Apr 16, 2015

I wonder why they didn't time this to benefit the first seating for Hoop-Dee-Doo? We're supposed to be there before 4:00. I was kind of looking forward to the boat ride anyway.

GymLeaderPhilApr 16, 2015

In the past, when weather has the boats down, have they have never had a direct route to Pioneer Hall or just the normal service to the front of the resort? Only other thing I can think of is if the boat dock is going into refurb.

halltdApr 16, 2015

I wish they would just add more boats to the route as I really despise the buses at WDW...they're just not magical by any stretch of the imagination. But, if they can't add more boats, I guess this is better than nothing.