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Inside Walt Disney World’s new Slinky Buses


Call it what you will a slinky bus, wiggle bus, caterpillar bus, accordion bus, or vestibule bus, the new articulated buses at Walt Disney World add a new dimension to travel around the resort. Disney even built a whole new loading and unloading area at the Magic Kingdom just to accommodate these larger vehicles.

Walt Disney World itself is an area about the size of San Francisco (or twice the size of Manhattan). It uses over 290 buses to transport guests around the property making it the third largest mass transit system in Florida. Even with all those buses, getting guests where they need to go on a timely basis is often a challenge. That’s why Disney has decided to expand its fleet with these new higher capacity accordion buses.

If you watch the video you’ll see a lot of poles and hanging cords to grasp. What you won’t find a lot of in the new slinky bus is seats. Almost all the seats are aligned against the windows leaving a majority of the space open for standing passengers. That increases the capacity of these buses, but means you’ll likely be standing on your journey. It may be uncomfortable to be squished in with no where to sit, but it also means more guests can reach their destination in a timely manner during the rush times.

Given the choice between timeliness of transport or comfort from Disney Transportation, which would you prefer?