In the early days of World Showcase, there were double-decker buses in addition to the two World Showcase Friendships to take guests around the World Showcase loop.
These buses stopped at all ten World Showcase nations (Norway was added after the retirement of the bus service) on the 1.3 mile World Showcase loop. The buses traveled a little faster than a normal walking pace. Disney did not want buses zipping through the walkways of the World Showcase and potentially running over guests.
As attendance at Walt Disney World and EPCOT grew, it became more and more difficult for these buses to navigate the wide walkways of the World Showcase. The walkways were getting more congested with people who slowed the buses down even further. As a result, the buses were retired though their retirement date is unknown.
The buses make rare appearances transporting Disney characters throughout both Future World and the World Showcase.
Does anybody remember these buses going through the World Showcase. I vaguely remember them on a trip to Walt Disney World and EPCOT in the mid-80’s. If you do remember, please share your experiences on the buses with us.
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