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Old 10-03-2012, 04:30 PM   #1
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Early am flight home--taxi or ME??

We have a 7am flight home. Read that ME pick-up is 3 hours prior -- that would be 4am. Was wondering if it would be easier at that hour to take a taxi. And if so, what time should we request a taxi pick-up. And what cost to expect.
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If you have a 7am flight, you will want to leave your WDW resort no later than 4:30/5. MCO recommends getting to the airport at least 2 hrs prior to can be chaotic, even at that time of day!!! You won't find the airport to be empty!!!
A cab will run you about $50 or so.
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Old 10-03-2012, 05:24 PM   #3
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Taxi fare will be between $50 and $60, plus tip. I don't think it's worth it for an extra 30 minutes of sleep.

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you won;t sleep much extra anyway,so just use ME,IMHO.
If it were me, I'd be checking the clock all night anyway with such an early leave may as well take the bus and get settled in the airport with an early's probably a difference of less than 30 mins-
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You won't gain much time at all using a taxi. And you don't want to cut it too close, as early morning security lines are often brutal!
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Old 10-04-2012, 04:29 PM   #6
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According to the Mears Taxi Fare Estimator (all taxis that pick up at WDW are owned by Mears), the estimated taxi fare from Disney's Polynesian to Orlando Int'l is now $64.00*. ("* Please note that the fare listed below is only an estimate and will vary depending on route taken, time of day and traffic conditions," according to the estimator.)

Add a tip and possibly a small delay along the route, and the taxi is likely to cost around $75 to $80. You can also reserve a towncar service. The cost will be similar.

In either case, as others have noted, you'll only get an extra 30 minutes or so of sleep, compared to using DME.

Another idea is to spend the final vacation night at the Orlando Airport Hyatt. You would check out of the Polynesian one day earlier, leave your bags with bell services, take DME to the airport in the evening (with your bags), and check in at the Hyatt. When you wake on the morning of your flight, you would already be in the airport terminal.

The Hyatt is not cheap, but it should cost quite a bit less than Disney's Polynesian. And it eliminates the need to consider a $75-80 taxi.
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