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Old 02-21-2012, 07:27 AM   #301
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How busy was the traffic on the way back?.... ie. how long did the drive back take?
Unfortunately...traffic conditions change all the time. If there is a break down or an accident, you will be sitting in traffic for a long time. Normally it's not too bad but there are times when it takes less time to walk.
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Old 02-21-2012, 09:38 AM   #302
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@Dalyman : I didn't time the return to be honest, but it really wasn't that long. Plus the guy took on exit, that had him off the highway for a few street lights. He said many people get mad when he goes that way but he said that it was a bit faster and cheaper...and he was about $2 cheaper on the return.

The traffic to go back was nothing really. It wasn't an issue for us.

We got a van by accident really. It was the next available, and the people behind us were only a party of 2, as well as those in front of us. There was a long line of cabs there, and a few vans. So you won't have a worry. The man at the stand would call for a van if needed. I wouldn't expect any wait really.
(unless there is a line up of people waiting to leave. In our case, there was only a few goups in front of us, and the 1 group at the counter who was causing the delays)

@lala3291: The cab stand was literally at the bottom of the escalator where they have the taxi drop / guest drop off. When you arrive, you literaly get out and go up an escalator, and after about a 1 min walk you are on the city walk. Same spot when you return. It was super easy! I hadn't been to universal in just over 10 years, and so it was like it was my first time. And it was easy :O)
Thanks so much!
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Old 02-21-2012, 07:33 PM   #303
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Thanks all for the help....... much appreciated.
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Old 02-22-2012, 11:56 AM   #304
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Hi all, first-time poster but I've been lurking.

My H and I are going to Disney and staying off-property but want to spend .5-.75 day at IOA, focusing on WWoHP.

We will be going Tuesday, April 17th. Is the Dreams Unlimited pkg worth the extra cost to get in early?

We will be sharing a car with family, so if we didn't' do Dreams Unlimited, we'd probably get dropped off or take a taxi, or one of those each way.

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Old 02-22-2012, 12:20 PM   #305
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To follow up on my question above, if we purchase the DU tickets without transfer ($85 vs. $130), will we still be able to get the early entry?
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Old 02-22-2012, 12:32 PM   #306
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To follow up on my question above, if we purchase the DU tickets without transfer ($85 vs. $130), will we still be able to get the early entry?
Universal says you aren't supposed to. However, some people have. I wouldn't expect it but be happy if you get it.
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Old 02-22-2012, 07:04 PM   #307
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Taxi Fare - SSR to Universal

Anyone take a taxi from SSR (or nearby) to Universal recently? I checked the Mears taxi estimator (~ $25 each way), but given some posts I've come across from last year, I suspect this estimate is on the low side. Especially given the rising price of gas!
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Old 02-22-2012, 07:22 PM   #308
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Anyone take a taxi from SSR (or nearby) to Universal recently? I checked the Mears taxi estimator (~ $25 each way), but given some posts I've come across from last year, I suspect this estimate is on the low side. Especially given the rising price of gas!

Someone recently said $28, so that's pretty close.
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Anyone take a taxi from SSR (or nearby) to Universal recently? I checked the Mears taxi estimator (~ $25 each way), but given some posts I've come across from last year, I suspect this estimate is on the low side. Especially given the rising price of gas!
someone posted on the other transportation forum thread that they took a taxi from dtd and it cost them $28 to UO.
on the return back, taxi from UO to disney was $26.

guess the ride back was less traffic and quicker.

you pay for time in the taxi and miles.
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Old 02-23-2012, 07:19 AM   #310
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someone posted on the other transportation forum thread that they took a taxi from dtd and it cost them $28 to UO.
on the return back, taxi from UO to disney was $26.

guess the ride back was less traffic and quicker.

you pay for time in the taxi and miles.
Maybe I should start a taxi service on the weekends.
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Old 03-13-2012, 10:16 AM   #311
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Thank you so much!!! This is extremely helpful!!!!
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Old 03-16-2012, 02:22 PM   #312
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Airport/Universal/All-Star Movies

We are heading to Orlando in October starting at Universal for two days off-site before heading to All-Star Movies and Disney. We will probably get a rental car for the Universal portion of the trip. My question is would it be better to take the rental back to the airport and take Magic Express to the resort or just use a car company (Alamo? National?) that we could drop the car off at the Car Care Center at Disney? Better as in cost and time. Or would it be a trade-off - Cost more for a one-way rental but take less time if we were to go to the CCC and vice versa?
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depends on how much time you are willing to give up on your motherland portion of the vacation.

you drive back to MCO, then do ME to the resorts.
could be up to an hour before you reach your hotel as the ME stops at other hotels to let guests off.


if you drop the car at the car center at the motherland, they will transport you to your hotel, free.

or, you can drop your family off at the hotel, drive back to the car center and have them drop you back at your hotel.


i say flip a coin to decide which would be best...........
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i say flip a coin to decide which would be best...........
That was pretty much my conclusion as well! Thanks!
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Old 03-27-2012, 09:08 AM   #315
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IOA Mears taxi-pick up drop off area

Hello,
We plan to take a Mears taxi to and from IOA. Is the pick-up drop off area in the same place? If so, where exactly?

Are there plenty of taxis around at night at IOA?

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