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Old 01-15-2012, 04:35 PM   #286
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taxi to Disney

After reading through this thread, I was considering Mears or a taxi. Mears concerned me because we have to arrange for p/u (no idea when we will leave, playing it by ear) and we plan to leave HS to go to DTD mid-day. Read that Mears will not pick up at DTD.

That said, it looks like we will have to go with a taxi. There are 5 of us ; one large size male, two average size females and two skinny teenagers both as tall as adults! Mears says they can fit 5, does anyone know if the average taxi that we would pick up also allow for 5? If we have to take two taxis, the rental cars look more favorable, even with the parking fees.

We would probably pick up outside HRH, if possible, and make rope drop at both MK and HS. When we leave, it would be from the Contemporary and DTD - I am hoping it will be easy to catch taxis there.

Do they fit 5, and does this sound about right ?
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you can be dropped off at the valet section.
it cuts the walk shorter for you then to the park.
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Where exactly is the dropoff/pickup area that is closest to Islands of Adventure?


I am planning a trip to Universal by myself but will have someone dropping me off and picking me up later. I am handicapped with degenerative arthritis. I can walk but not too far. I am unable to do the walk from the Universal parking garage to the park entrances where I will rent a scooter. So I am looking for the closest area to be dropped off that will have the least amount of walking.

And where exactly are these drop-off points so I can look them up on Google Street view maps.

Here is what someone replied (below) but it doesn't say what streets to take. I will be coming North on Turkey Lake Road. What street do I turn on (Vineland?) Then what street do I turn onto after that? This person also mentioned the Valet Parking area - what are the cross streets at the Valet area? I want to look this location up on Google maps.

Reply from member on 7/10/2010: The passenger drop off area is near CityWalk just across Universal Boulevard from the Valet Parking area (make a left where the buses and taxis go) - there is signage and its pretty easy to find - your friend can pick up and drop off there.
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Old 01-17-2012, 08:01 AM   #288
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After reading through this thread, I was considering Mears or a taxi. Mears concerned me because we have to arrange for p/u (no idea when we will leave, playing it by ear) and we plan to leave HS to go to DTD mid-day. Read that Mears will not pick up at DTD.

That said, it looks like we will have to go with a taxi. There are 5 of us ; one large size male, two average size females and two skinny teenagers both as tall as adults! Mears says they can fit 5, does anyone know if the average taxi that we would pick up also allow for 5? If we have to take two taxis, the rental cars look more favorable, even with the parking fees.

We would probably pick up outside HRH, if possible, and make rope drop at both MK and HS. When we leave, it would be from the Contemporary and DTD - I am hoping it will be easy to catch taxis there.

Do they fit 5, and does this sound about right ?
All you have to do is ask for a Taxi van, same cost as the cars (thats what we did- there were 6 of us)
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Old 01-22-2012, 11:16 AM   #289
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City bus

WE are going do disney in Feb. how hard is it and how long does it take to take city bus to and from dd disney to universal and seaworld?
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depending on stops, it could take up to one hour.
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We're planning on renting a car for just 1 day to go to IOA while we're at WDW. Does anyone know about how much we can expect it will cost? TIA.
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Taxi, 6 people...4 adults and 2 children to Universal, I am thinking this is the cheapest way to go to split the cost of the cab.

Is it easy enough to get a cab for 6 from the resorts?

and is $35 a fair guesstimate from Coronado Springs Resort to Universal?

and lastly, do the cabs take credit card? although I am a bit wary of using a cc in a cab
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yes, the taxi cost can be $35 for you but don't go during rush hour.
sitting in the taxi will raise the price.
time and mileage determines the cost.
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Old 01-31-2012, 09:54 PM   #294
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Thank you. Universal opens next monday at 9am I believe. WHat time should we leave Coronado Springs at to be there for when it opens. I seem to recall a long walk from taxi drop off to the entrance to the park.
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when i go from the motherland resort to the darkside, i leave very early to avoid traffic on I 4.

i get picked up at 7 and arrive there around 7:20.

i do that to avoid the traffic.

city walk opens at 8 and i get coffee, rolls, etc there.
after having nescrapfe at disney, i need starbucks real bad........
sometimes the shops will open before 8:00.

traffic on I 4 hits around 7:45-50 from what drivers have told me.

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We're planning on renting a car for just 1 day to go to IOA while we're at WDW. Does anyone know about how much we can expect it will cost? TIA.
That is something we were looking into - the opposite direction though.

Some of the travel sites have were you can rent cars, so just plug it in and see what you come up with. You don't actually purchase until you give them your CC. Keep in mind time of year and size of car needed can make a big difference.

The problem we ran into was the time. With local car rental, as opposed to the airport, they are not open 24/7. You might have to rent the car a day ahead, keep it that day, and if you leave late return it the following day - that can add up to two days, maybe three depending on when you return it (it is a 24 hour clock from the time you rent). You will have to pay parking at Universal as well as your hotel if it is not included. And fill up with gas before you return, they gouge you otherwise.

It turned out to be too much for us - we are renting a cab. We have two small families that will fit in one cab, so that works better cost-wise and time wise.
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Thought I would update with our experience!

Monday February 6th, we were going to Universal Studios.
We were staying on site at Coronado Springs resort. So what we did was take the bus to Downtown Disney, and we went to the taxi stand there. I was told that this would save us close to $10 by taking the cab from DTD.

We decided cab was better option, rather than Mears. a) cost b) flexibility

The cab to Universal cost us about $28.00, at 10am. We were dropped right by the escalator up to the crosswalk, and then boom we were right at City Walk.

Coming back, there was a taxi stand, and you had to go via the man at the stand to get a cab. There was a family holding up the line because they weren't understanding prices or something, and the guy was trying to explain by showing on the side of the door, the start cost and then the per mile and time cost. They wanted to bargain to get a flat rate and well anyway. I digress.

We were finally shown to a cab, (a van coming back for only 4 of us), and the return was $26.00 This was right near closing, so maybe around 530pm?

So for $54 round trip, it was a better option for the 4 of us, in that we weren't tied down by booking any time with Mears, and the price was just fine.

Hope that info helps someone.
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Thought I would update with our experience!

Coming back, there was a taxi stand, and you had to go via the man at the stand to get a cab. There was a family holding up the line because they weren't understanding prices or something, and the guy was trying to explain by showing on the side of the door, the start cost and then the per mile and time cost. They wanted to bargain to get a flat rate and well anyway. I digress.

We were finally shown to a cab, (a van coming back for only 4 of us), and the return was $26.00 This was right near closing, so maybe around 530pm?

Hope that info helps someone.
Thanks a*lil*bit*goofy,

This is some of the exact information I have been looking for.

How busy was the traffic on the way back?.... ie. how long did the drive back take?

Were there many van taxi's available? Did it take long to get a taxi?
(We are a party of 6)

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Thought I would update with our experience!

Monday February 6th, we were going to Universal Studios.
We were staying on site at Coronado Springs resort. So what we did was take the bus to Downtown Disney, and we went to the taxi stand there. I was told that this would save us close to $10 by taking the cab from DTD.

We decided cab was better option, rather than Mears. a) cost b) flexibility

The cab to Universal cost us about $28.00, at 10am. We were dropped right by the escalator up to the crosswalk, and then boom we were right at City Walk.

Coming back, there was a taxi stand, and you had to go via the man at the stand to get a cab. There was a family holding up the line because they weren't understanding prices or something, and the guy was trying to explain by showing on the side of the door, the start cost and then the per mile and time cost. They wanted to bargain to get a flat rate and well anyway. I digress.

We were finally shown to a cab, (a van coming back for only 4 of us), and the return was $26.00 This was right near closing, so maybe around 530pm?

So for $54 round trip, it was a better option for the 4 of us, in that we weren't tied down by booking any time with Mears, and the price was just fine.

Hope that info helps someone.
Thank you for this information! Quick question...where is the taxi stand located? Is it right near Citywalk where you get dropped off? Sorry if this is a silly question...we have never been to Universal, but are planning to take a taxi there one day from WDW! Thank you!
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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)
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