Correct me if I'm wrong, but aren't the bus drivers employed by Mears Shuttle Service?
That could explain a lot about some of the more outlandish rumors. Can't blame them though, they probably get quite a kick out of it.
Leaving the TTC swings to WLodge stop, Epcot, front drop off stop, goes around outside of Epcot stop back gate, S&D Stop, at the time MGM Stop, Boardwalk stop and back to Epcot, back gate Stop. It was so well thought out I often wonder if it was a plan that just never came about.
Notice the drivers uniforms, so not Disney. Plus you'd never see such blatant tipping requests from Disney Employees. The resort bus drivers were always Disney employees.
I like interactive drivers, blarney just adds to the experience. I've had a few cranky bus driver and a few with stone faces, always though they needed to go back for a refresher course at Smile School.
Last year, we were @ the Contemporary bus stop in the morning and one of the drivers stepped out of his bus to chat while the passengers loaded. He ended up giving my son a set of 3 "collectible" cards featuring the different types of busses used by Disney Transportation. They are pretty neat cards and he was a nice guy- the type you would expect to interact with while at WDW. I had never heard of the cards before, but he said there are also sets for the boats and monorails.
I too however, enjoy a good natured fib as well as the next guy......Did you hear about the new casino they are building on Pleasure Island?
The drivers do like to perpetuate the urban legends about Disney - monorail through the S&D, the S&D statues being switched, Walt frozen under the castle, etc.
The question is do they KNOW they are wrong and just messing with people, or do they believe it?!?
We had a driver at NASA KSC a couple of years ago that was telling us that NASA wasn't allowed to patent anything - if they came up with something, anyone could take it and file a patent and make money. I didn't have the heart to tell him that NASA held plenty of patents as it was...
Not really an outlandish story, but we had one bus driver a long long time ago when my brother and I were little tell us that he could "turn this bus on a dime and give us 9 and a half cents back."
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1975 - First Visit; 1985 High School Band Trip; 1986 Grad Night; 1992 First Visit with two oldest daughters; 1997 First Visit with Son; 1998 Joined DVC; 2003 First Visit with Twins
Many visits staying at Old Key West, Grand Floridian, Boardwalk, Contemporary, Disney Institute & All Star Sports
Not really a rumor but we were on a bus to Downtown Disney and apparently this was the 2nd bus in a row for DD. At the next stop a person asked the driver when then next bus to Disney World would come. The driver said “BOOM you are there! This whole area is Disney World.” I didn't make the person very happy but all of us on the bus laughed with the driver.
I've heard people say "Disney World", but what they really mean is Magic Kingdom.
We had a Motor Coach driver tell us that Disney has only developed a fourth of the property. If this is true, think of ALL the possibilities!!
I posted this story on a different thread as well, but although it was a boat pilot not a bus driver, I thought it might apply.
Last year I was riding a water launch to the MK from WL when we passed by the construction site of the new Bay Tower DVC building which was at this time about 7 or 8 stories high with two large tower cranes swinging materials in overhead. I was sitting near the front of the boat and the pilot and I were both watching the construction in progress when I asked him when he thought it would be complete. He gave me a puzzled look and said " I'm sorry sir, I don't see anything but a green fence". He then grinned at me and carried on with his skipper duties.
our bus driver told us about how pleasure island closed, but in a few months, a new adult space will be opening at the end of western way (i think that was the road). He also said pleasure island will become more shops resturants and the opening of all of this will coincide with the opening of Night Kingdom. He said it would open sometime around August this year.
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