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Old 12-16-2010, 06:16 AM   #91
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I ended up making a Mears reservation for Friday. Pick up times at Disney Resorts are hourly starting at 6:25am through 2:25pm.

Return times are hourly from 3:15pm through 2:15 am.

I chose the 7:25am pick up time for this Friday the 17th and they told me I could call 2 hours in advance for a pick up time since I am not sure when we'll want to leave. IOA park hours Friday are 9-7...we'll probably eat at CityWalk before we head back.
We may be on the same shuttle. DH had food poisoning on Monday so we changed our universal trip to this Friday. Say hi if you see us,but don't sit near me! I've picked up a terrible head cold! Ugh! We catch something every time we come to Disney.
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Old 12-23-2010, 12:37 AM   #92
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Old 01-16-2011, 02:00 PM   #93
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Greetings All!

This is my very first post! Arriving in Orlando on 1/27/11. We land around 9:45 a.m. and will be taking DME to Wildnerness Lodge for 5 days. We only have the remainder of that day to go to Universal for the first time, the other days are already booked up with Disney Parks. Not knowing exactly how long it will take to get off plane, walk to get on the DME bus and actually arrive at our resort....I'm concerned about scheduling the Mears bus to pick us up at the resort for the ride to Universal. If I schedule it to soon and the ride from the airport takes too long, I'll miss the bus. If I schedule it later, we may be missing valuable Universal time. I believe Universal closes at 6:00 that day, so we really will have only a few hours. From anyone's experience, should I stick with Mears and have a planned pick up and return time or should I bite the bullet and have a greater expense by taking a cab which would give us the flexibility, and maybe even a faster way to get there? I should note that we do already have our tickets to Universal, they are 2-park 1 day tickets and there will be 2 adults only in our party. Any help would be appreciated! Thanks!
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Old 01-16-2011, 02:06 PM   #94
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Greetings All!

This is my very first post! Arriving in Orlando on 1/27/11. We land around 9:45 a.m. and will be taking DME to Wildnerness Lodge for 5 days. We only have the remainder of that day to go to Universal for the first time, the other days are already booked up with Disney Parks. Not knowing exactly how long it will take to get off plane, walk to get on the DME bus and actually arrive at our resort....I'm concerned about scheduling the Mears bus to pick us up at the resort for the ride to Universal. If I schedule it to soon and the ride from the airport takes too long, I'll miss the bus. If I schedule it later, we may be missing valuable Universal time. I believe Universal closes at 6:00 that day, so we really will have only a few hours. From anyone's experience, should I stick with Mears and have a planned pick up and return time or should I bite the bullet and have a greater expense by taking a cab which would give us the flexibility, and maybe even a faster way to get there? I should note that we do already have our tickets to Universal, they are 2-park 1 day tickets and there will be 2 adults only in our party. Any help would be appreciated! Thanks!
Okay, well apparently I've made 3 posts already according to the box on the left Didn't remember that!
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Old 01-16-2011, 02:27 PM   #95
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Greetings All!

This is my very first post! Arriving in Orlando on 1/27/11. We land around 9:45 a.m. and will be taking DME to Wildnerness Lodge for 5 days. We only have the remainder of that day to go to Universal for the first time, the other days are already booked up with Disney Parks. Not knowing exactly how long it will take to get off plane, walk to get on the DME bus and actually arrive at our resort....I'm concerned about scheduling the Mears bus to pick us up at the resort for the ride to Universal. If I schedule it to soon and the ride from the airport takes too long, I'll miss the bus. If I schedule it later, we may be missing valuable Universal time. I believe Universal closes at 6:00 that day, so we really will have only a few hours. From anyone's experience, should I stick with Mears and have a planned pick up and return time or should I bite the bullet and have a greater expense by taking a cab which would give us the flexibility, and maybe even a faster way to get there? I should note that we do already have our tickets to Universal, they are 2-park 1 day tickets and there will be 2 adults only in our party. Any help would be appreciated! Thanks!
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If it were me, I'd go with a cab. Our Mears shuttle picked up guests from other resorts. It didn't take a huge amount of time, but it did slow us down some - especially on the return. I think it'd be worth the extra cost.
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Greetings All!

This is my very first post! Arriving in Orlando on 1/27/11. We land around 9:45 a.m. and will be taking DME to Wildnerness Lodge for 5 days. We only have the remainder of that day to go to Universal for the first time, the other days are already booked up with Disney Parks. Not knowing exactly how long it will take to get off plane, walk to get on the DME bus and actually arrive at our resort....I'm concerned about scheduling the Mears bus to pick us up at the resort for the ride to Universal. If I schedule it to soon and the ride from the airport takes too long, I'll miss the bus. If I schedule it later, we may be missing valuable Universal time. I believe Universal closes at 6:00 that day, so we really will have only a few hours. From anyone's experience, should I stick with Mears and have a planned pick up and return time or should I bite the bullet and have a greater expense by taking a cab which would give us the flexibility, and maybe even a faster way to get there? I should note that we do already have our tickets to Universal, they are 2-park 1 day tickets and there will be 2 adults only in our party. Any help would be appreciated! Thanks!
We would agree with TruBlu - taxi/cab would give you the most flexibility
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taxi for 9

we have nine of us in our party, and our son uses a wheelchair. Do any of the taxi's fit that many? Also, which taxi service is the best?
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I ended up making a Mears reservation for Friday. Pick up times at Disney Resorts are hourly starting at 6:25am through 2:25pm.

Return times are hourly from 3:15pm through 2:15 am.

I chose the 7:25am pick up time for this Friday the 17th and they told me I could call 2 hours in advance for a pick up time since I am not sure when we'll want to leave. IOA park hours Friday are 9-7...we'll probably eat at CityWalk before we head back.
I have a question, do you make the Mears shuttle booking 24 hours in advance or can you make it further out? For example a week or month? Also do you need to pre tell them your return pick up time from Universal when you book your pick up time from Disney?
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Old 01-20-2011, 07:08 AM   #99
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I have a question, do you make the Mears shuttle booking 24 hours in advance or can you make it further out? For example a week or month? Also do you need to pre tell them your return pick up time from Universal when you book your pick up time from Disney?
I didn't try to make our reservation early, so I can't answer that part of your question. My DH actually got sick the night before our planned 7 am pick-up. I was able to call the night before and change our pick-up from Tuesday to Friday morning.

For our return, they asked that we call 90 minutes before we wanted to be picked up. I called as we were getting on our last ride for the night. By the time we walked over to the pick-up site our shuttle was arriving.
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Has anyone done the deal for $114 that is posted here? The one where you get the Universal ticket and shuttle from Disney? I was just wondering if it worked out okay?
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Has anyone done the deal for $114 that is posted here? The one where you get the Universal ticket and shuttle from Disney? I was just wondering if it worked out okay?
I have. My dd and I did it last summer. It was wonderful. Just be sure to bring everything with you. Print out that confirmation..it makes it so much easier at the bus. You can call them the day before you want to head to US/IoA and they will give you some times to choose from.
Then you can either decide at that time when you want to return, or you can call from US/IoA a few hours before you are ready to leave. They will give you a pickup time then.
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Old 02-02-2011, 09:19 AM   #103
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Has anyone done the deal for $114 that is posted here? The one where you get the Universal ticket and shuttle from Disney? I was just wondering if it worked out okay?
Are you talking about the one with Dreams Unlimited? If so, yes. It was great!!! I even accidentally got in the line for early entry to IOA (no clue what I was doing), and they let us in early!
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Mears - pick up/drop off locations

Hi!

I know that Mears picks you up at your hotel, but do you have to get dropped off at the same hotel at the end of the day?

We're staying at Coronado Springs, plan on spending 2 days at Universal and arranging transportation through Mears. We want to be picked up at our hotel in the morning but dropped off somewhere else at the end of the day. One night we have dinner reservations at a different resort hotel and the other night we're having dinner at Epcot.

Will Mears do this?
Or do we have to leave Universal earlier, get dropped off at our hotel, only to immediately hop on Disney transportation to get to our dinner location?
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Old 02-05-2011, 10:55 PM   #105
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I know that Mears picks you up at your hotel, but do you have to get dropped off at the same hotel at the end of the day?

Will Mears do this?
Or do we have to leave Universal earlier, get dropped off at our hotel, only to immediately hop on Disney transportation to get to our dinner location?
Ask them when you call to make your reservation. We asked the shuttle driver if he could drop us at Downtown Disney instead of AKL and he said NO. He said that they don't go to DTD. You may have better luck with another resort. We had to go to several hotels (not just Disney ones) to drop off other people. We were last out. It was sad to watch DTD pass us by not once but twice as we drove around to drop people off.
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