Anaheim Resort Transit

To get to Disneyland Anaheim from Residence Inn Anaheim Maingate, we would take the Anaheim Resort Transit (ART) which is a transportation system for the greater Anaheim Resort area. The pick-up and drop-off point is very near our room (near Building 6 on Clementine St.) and this is for the G route.

When you get to Disneyland Anaheim itself, you will see that there are big letters in the parking area showing the bus route letters. So if you got off from the G route bus, going home, you will also line up near the letter G.

We got a 2-day unlimited Anaheim Resort Transit pass as we intended to go to Disneyland for two days. It costs USD 6 per person while kids below 9 years old ride for free if they are with a ticket holder. You can buy 1, 2, or 5 day passes. You have to get your passes at the ART kiosks as these are not sold on the bus itself.

There are hotels which offer free shuttle service to Disneyland Anaheim but with the ART, you are assured of frequent trips (there is a bus every 20 minutes) and you can even get off at other areas aside from Disneyland. From our hotel, it was a 10 minute ride going to Disneyland so that was good.

Aside from providing basic transportation services, the ART also provides some entertainment, either via an interesting driver or care of co-passengers who may fight with each other while lining up. In the case of the interesting driver, here are some of the lines which entertained me on our second day, coming home from Disneyland:

Passenger (addressing our driver): "Have you been to Disneyland?"
Our Driver: "Can't afford it..." After a brief pause, he says: "I've been there once or twice but I'm still figuring out how to dig a hole under the fence."

Another Passenger (addressing the same driver): "Does this bus stop at Residence Inn on Clementine?"
Still the same driver: "Yes. Nice trick question."

Driver (addressing the whole bus through his PA system): "Make sure you all know where we're going, it's my first day on the job." or "And don't forget, they say it's going to rain tomorrow. He he he."

As for the fights among co-passengers, we witnessed one such fight when one female passenger tried to get the rest of the line to move so their group could form just one line upfront. There was really no need for it as everyone did recognize that their group was there first although she was saying that the marshal was not going to let anyone on the bus if the line was not formed properly. You know how parents are when they have just come from Disneyland... they are tired and frustrated so one of the other passengers in line reacted and pretty soon, the two passengers were arguing. The lady who was in line behind us said: "I don't need anyone yelling at me.. Who does she think she is? She's not even an employee..."

What happened after? Well, the bus arrived and the line fixed itself on its own. We had to wait for the next bus though as the bus that came was already full.

Oh well... what did I tell you. Things are always interesting in Anaheim.

You may access the ART Customer Service Center at 1-888-364-ARTS or visit them online at www.RideArt.org

[By Angelica Viloria | Wednesday, May 16, 2007]


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