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Old 07-03-2011, 08:48 PM   #196
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so re the MEars for $18 per person (and I assume less for children?)
-can you pick what time you want to leave US at? is it where you call and they show up, or do you need to pre pick your time?
-also if you pre pick your time can you call and change it to earlier or later?

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Old 07-03-2011, 11:43 PM   #197
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I called today and set up a shuttle to the airport for my husband for next Sunday. They asked what time his flight is, then gave me a time for pickup (flight is at 9:15am, they are picking him up at 6:25am). They told me it would be $19, in cash, to the driver.
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Old 07-05-2011, 10:48 AM   #198
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Hello we just got back from a WDW vacation. On Tuesday June 14 we
went to Universal using the Dreams Unlimited offer (RT shuttle transportation from POFQ and tickets to Universal Studios). A few people in this thread have inquired as to whether a ticket purchased in this manner gets you early entrance into the park. The answer is YES! We got to the gates at around 8:00 a.m. I got our tix from the kiosk around 8:05 a.m. I was thinking that we would wait around to get in when the park opened at 9:00 a.m. There were lots of people going in early (resort guests). Well before I could say anything to my DH, he and DS just got in line and went through with their tix! So I did the same thing and we got in early. So it seems that when purchased in this manner, the tix allow early entry into the park.

We went to the Olivander wand experience first (stood in line about 30 minutes), put our stuff into lockers at the Dragon Challenge, and then got into the 'no locker' fast line at the Hogwart's castle ride. We stood in line for about 40 minutes. The castle ride is AWESOME! After this, we got our stuff out of the locker (spent $6.00 for the time in the locker). Someone at Disney gave me the tip of storing stuff in lockers ahead of time, i.e. not in the Hogwart's castle lockers to save time and it definitely worked. The 'locker' line at the Hogwart's castle was at least twice as long to get through. We saw a couple of people turned away near the ride loading area because they had big backpacks that they hadn't stored in lockers.
Can you use the will call option or the electronic pickup option or doesn't it matter? I never bought tix through DU before. Thanks@
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Old 07-09-2011, 01:05 AM   #199
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All this info has been very useful. Thanks, guys!

I'm pretty sure we'll be checking into an onsite resort at Universal (probably RP) after we check out of a Disney resort. So, this is what I'm planning:

1. Disney Magical Express from MCO to WDW and then back to MCO when we check out.

2. Catch a Mears Shuttle from MCO to Universal's RP. And when we'll take the Mears shuttle again back to MCO when we leave Florida. I checked the Mears website and it should cost us $30/adult, roundtrip.

What you do guys think? I know it's gonna put us back a few hours compared to simply taking a cab from WDW straight to Universal, but it will definitely cost more. So I thought we should just save that money and spend a little more time taking in the last of the Disney magic on our way back to MCO on the Disney Magical Express. Am I making sense?
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All this info has been very useful. Thanks, guys!

I'm pretty sure we'll be checking into an onsite resort at Universal (probably RP) after we check out of a Disney resort. So, this is what I'm planning:

1. Disney Magical Express from MCO to WDW and then back to MCO when we check out.

2. Catch a Mears Shuttle from MCO to Universal's RP. And when we'll take the Mears shuttle again back to MCO when we leave Florida. I checked the Mears website and it should cost us $30/adult, roundtrip.

What you do guys think? I know it's gonna put us back a few hours compared to simply taking a cab from WDW straight to Universal, but it will definitely cost more. So I thought we should just save that money and spend a little more time taking in the last of the Disney magic on our way back to MCO on the Disney Magical Express. Am I making sense?
i split my stays between the 2 resorts also.
i have thought about saving money and use that shuttle but not sure if you are allowed to take luggage on it from one resort to the other.

going back to mco, i know luggage is allowed but not sure if it is between a disney resort to an universal resort.

in all the past years when i have done car service, i book a 3 leg ride which runs me $130-40.
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Old 07-11-2011, 05:34 AM   #201
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We are staying at the Fairfield Orlando Near Universal Studios and will be spending three days at Universal. However we also, will be taking the kiddies on evening to MNSSHP at WDW. What is the best way to get to and from the hotel to the party? We will have a car so we can drive and park, however I thought I would check to see if there are any other options other than driving. Any suggestions?
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Old 07-13-2011, 05:56 AM   #202
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We are staying at the Fairfield Orlando Near Universal Studios and will be spending three days at Universal. However we also, will be taking the kiddies on evening to MNSSHP at WDW. What is the best way to get to and from the hotel to the party? We will have a car so we can drive and park, however I thought I would check to see if there are any other options other than driving. Any suggestions?
Driving would be the cheapest.
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Old 07-15-2011, 09:42 AM   #203
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I know Mears has a taxi that fits 7 which is exactly what I would need - has anyone had a problem getting this (maybe not enough availability)? I see on the Mears site that the quote from Disney to IoA is $35 - I know this is just an estimate - so I'm wondering how much someone actually paid (if any of you have used their taxi service)?
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I know Mears has a taxi that fits 7 which is exactly what I would need - has anyone had a problem getting this (maybe not enough availability)? I see on the Mears site that the quote from Disney to IoA is $35 - I know this is just an estimate - so I'm wondering how much someone actually paid (if any of you have used their taxi service)?
All taxis are pretty much the same fare as long as they take the same route. Whether or not you take a van cab or a normal cab, the price is the same.

The price will change depending on where in Disney you are going. IOA to Downtown Disney will be a lot cheaper than to Magic Kingdom. Make sure you tell the cab driver to make sure he drops you off so you don't have to pay the drop off fee (which is $14). We had to pay it when we were dropped off at AK.
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All taxis are pretty much the same fare as long as they take the same route. Whether or not you take a van cab or a normal cab, the price is the same.

The price will change depending on where in Disney you are going. IOA to Downtown Disney will be a lot cheaper than to Magic Kingdom. Make sure you tell the cab driver to make sure he drops you off so you don't have to pay the drop off fee (which is $14). We had to pay it when we were dropped off at AK.
So where would he drop you off if you don't want to pay the "drop off fee"?
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Old 07-15-2011, 10:29 AM   #206
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So where would he drop you off if you don't want to pay the "drop off fee"?
When we took a cab from the RPR to Contemporary in June we talked to the cab driver about this. He said that every cab driver knows where to drop you off so he doesn't have to drive you through the parking gates. He also said that every driver knows there is a drop off fee if they go through the parking gates. Just tell your driver when you get in the cab that you don't want to be charged drop off fees so he is to drop you off in the right spot. It looks like it is near the shuttle bus drop offs--not the Disney bus drop offs (from what he was showing us as we went by the Magic Kingdom parking). There is no drop off fees at the hotels.
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When we took a cab from the RPR to Contemporary in June we talked to the cab driver about this. He said that every cab driver knows where to drop you off so he doesn't have to drive you through the parking gates. He also said that every driver knows there is a drop off fee if they go through the parking gates. Just tell your driver when you get in the cab that you don't want to be charged drop off fees so he is to drop you off in the right spot. It looks like it is near the shuttle bus drop offs--not the Disney bus drop offs (from what he was showing us as we went by the Magic Kingdom parking). There is no drop off fees at the hotels.
How much was the cab from RPR to the Contemporary? This is the route we will have in November.
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How much was the cab from RPR to the Contemporary? This is the route we will have in November.
I think it was about $35 including tip. I don't recall exactly. Could have been a bit more or a bit less.
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Old 07-15-2011, 10:07 PM   #210
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I am thinking of renting a car (from alamo)for four days,useing one the other days takeing a day trip to the kennedy space station. So i am thinking of useing alamo because i am useing a debt card. A has any one used a debt card to rent a car at WDW, and B, use a debt card at alamo's at WDW.
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