[QUOTE=tinkerbelle24;1031999]Thanks Dana. The CM at POP said this was the only way to get there by 7:30.[/QUOTE]
The cast member was wrong. Dead wrong.
First of all, you didn’t speak to anyone located at Pop Century. You called a call center. Disney publishes so-called “direcr numbers” to each of its resorts, but it’s an illusion, pure Disney magic. Those calls are ALL shunted to a call center with a very boring name: “Main Switchboard” (yes, that’s the actual name). The cast member who answers the phone can see where you were trying to call and answers the phone that way.
The huge probnlem with all this is that call center cast members are NOT trained in all aspects of WDW. They are trained ONLY in resort reservation sales, dining reservations and ticket sales. They are NOT experts in how the resorts operate, how the transportation system operates, and so on. In fact, to many of us, it’s been a good source of laughs to hear what BAAAAAAD information gets put out by call center cast members.
The other problem is that even the resort cast members are trained only in the operations of that resort and are not trained in other aspects, including the operation of Disney Transport buses. In other words, when you’re at the resort, you can’t even count on a correct answer from the staff unless it has to do with the resort itself (such as when the pool opens, and so on).
While you are actually at
[U]Here are the facts:[/U]
[B][U]Disney Transport buses start running to each of the theme parks at about 6:30 to 6:45 a.m.[/U][/B] Every day. It has nothing to do with the Extra Magic Hours schedule. They run this way every day.
If you are at Pop’s bus stop by 6:30 a.m., I guarantee that you can be at 'Ohana for your 7:30 a.m. ADR, as long as there isn’t a huge problem such as the bus breaking down. You’ll take the bus to Magic Kingdom, and then the resort monorail to Polynesian. You’ll get off the monorail and walk from the platform directly into the second floor of Poly’s Great Ceremonial House (it’s the only place you can walk to from the platform), and you’ll see 'Ohana across the atrium at the other side of the second floor.
In fact, if you tell the driver you’re going to Polynesian for a breakfast ADR at 'Ohana, he/she might drop you off directly at the Poly. Disney Transport drivers pick their work shifts according to seniority. For the most part, the most experienced drivers tend to prefer the morning shift. Therefore, you’ll have the most experienced drivers in those morning hours. And the people who choose to stay in that job (and who are permitted to stay in that job) usually love their work and enjoy providing guests with great service … they certainly don’t stay there for the great pay!:ohmy: In other words, you have a decent shot of being dropped off right at Poly, if you ask nicely, rather than being dropped off at MK and then monorailing over from there.
While you are actually at WDW, please ask any Disney Transport questions ONLY of the bus drivers themselves. THEY are the only true experts in that subject matter. Every driver will know every route, every start and stop time, etc. Some may not wish to talk while driving, but you can usually find some of them hanging around not far from the bus area of each of the theme parks. Please rely on THEIR expertise and their expertise alone, rather than asking park or resort staff your transportation questions.
[U] It’s an old and strong but INCORRECT rumor that buses start running only one hour before park opening.[/U]