What is the typical amount of time it takes on a bus from Bay Lake Tower to Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom? Any details on time of day would be appreciated!
Last week AK --> BLT/CR was about 20 minutes, I think? We did it around 1:30 pm, so not exactly prime rush time.
BLT/CR --> HS was slightly less time, probably between 10 -15 minutes. We did it in the morning around 7:45 am and then that night around 9:15 pm. The nighttime ride is definitely a bit of a clown car ride, hold onto the poles!
Last week? Ugh. Monday morning, there weren't any buses to Animal Kingdom from 8:45 until about 9:30 am. Four Epcot buses went by; three left empty. Hollywood Studios, we waited about 15-20 minutes for a bus at noon Tuesday; again, about 15 minutes for the ride. Thursday evening, again, it was about 20 minutes to wait for a bus.
My experience with the bus was to allow at least an hour to get there; 20-30 minutes for the bus and then about 15 for the ride. Monorail was usually faster to get to Epcot.
We definitely had pretty good luck in the same week you were there. I think travelling at rush hour wound up working in our benefit - if you don't mind being packed into the buses and not necessarily having a seat. There would be long lines for the buses back to BLT post-nighttime show, but even if we didn't make the first one the next one wouldn't be far behind. I don't think we waited for a bus longer than ~10 minutes the whole week. I agree that Epcot via monorail was an easy and quick ride.