During my college program, Spring 2016 at Walt Disney World, I didn't have a car, I didn't even have a driver's license (but that's another story for another day). When current applicants hear this they usually ask me "how do you do it?" First of all, it's not as hard as you think it is. Second of all, if you're going to do it, Disney World (as opposed to Disneyland) is the place to do it. In this blog I'm going to let you know how I got around to everything and give you some tips for managing Transtar.
What is Transtar? You've probably heard or read about Transtar on the Facebook groups or other blogs. You never hear anything good about Transtar, as you can tell by this photo. I have a few complaints about Transtar myself but it was a huge blessing and lifesaver while I was at Disney. Despite all the complaints, some people really appreciate Transtar, all my first roommates had their own cars but some chose to take Transtar to work sometimes just so they could sleep, no one wants to drive at 5am!
Transtar is a private bus company, not owned or operated by Disney, that Disney employs to bus College Programmers around. They offer buses to all Disney parks and resorts as well as the water parks, Disney Springs, and Cast Connections (more on that later). Additionally there is a second bus company, Transdev, that Disney employs that runs the Animal Kingdom bus as well as a bus that goes to Walmart, Publix, and the post office as well as a bus that runs two days a week and goes to the Florida Mall. I have taken all the buses at some point or another, they're not as bad as people let on.
I usually took the buses to get to work and to play in the parks, but I also got around other ways. Sometimes I would ride home with a coworker at the end of my shifts. A few times I walked to church from Disney Springs (my church was about a 10 minute walk). I loved going to Cru's pizza nights and other events and I would usually ask one of my friends for a ride since that was outside the bus route, usually people would offer ahead of time too if they had room in their car. Another way I got around a lot is by Disney Transportation. Disney has a great transportation system in place for its visitors to use and anyone, including CPs, is free to use it! You can take the monorails, boats, and buses. Try them all!
Since Transtar will likely be your most common form of transportation I wanted to offer a few tips to help you.
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