Transportation Options from Disney to Universal/IOA

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  1. Dubb

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    Anyone sure how to get there using the Lynx?
     
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  3. Metro West

    Metro West <font color=red>Proud Redhead<br><font color=blue> Moderator

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    You don't want to consider that option. Yes it's cheap but it takes about two hours to get from Disney to Universal using Lynx. So...if you care how much time you spend in the parks, I would suggest Mears or a cab.
     
  4. ocean134

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    This was the BEST info yet. I will be staying on Disney property and need transportation to Universal. Now I know what to do.
     
  5. bevgray

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    Okay, where are you finding the information regarding the Mears Shuttle (option #2)? I can only find the shared ride option from the airport to area hotels on Mears' site. There is nothing on there to link Disney Hotels with Universal. I'm interested in a round trip from Beach Club to IOA. Thanks very much.
     
  6. Cdn Friends of Pooh

    Cdn Friends of Pooh Certified Mousejunkie

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    You need to call them 24 hours in advance at (407) 423-5566. I don't believe you can book online (unless you are already using them for transportation to and from the airport then you can book the attraction portion online at the same time).
     
  7. Hookani

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    When using the taxi from Disney to Univer, am I correct to assume that there is a drop off area at the Royal Poly? I was originally planning on renting a car from Contemp Resort to Royal Poly (staying 3 days) and then returning the car at the airport but now thinking of the taxi option since we actually won't be using the car while at Univers. Just want to be sure that there is a drop off at the resort and won't be lugging luggage from some place far away. I'm also assuming we'd be able to get a taxi early in the morning to get to the airport for a 645 am flight?

    Thanks,
    Ho'okani
     
  8. Lewisc

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    Of course taxis are welcome to drop off guests by the main entrance. There are bellhops available to assist you with your bags and to put your bags in storage if you arrive before your room is ready.
     
  9. Jenny Wren

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    I seen here on boards that you can purchase a one day/two park pass with round trip transportation from your Disney resort to Universal Studios, did anyone ever buy this? The cost is $109.00/person. I believe it was thru Dreams Unlimited. I will be staying on-site in Dec and would like to go to US for a day. Just wondering if anyone has ever bought/done this? Thanks
     
  10. CAStevens218

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    I am curious about how much time you experienced travelers would give yourselves between leaving US/IOA and getting to dinner on Disney property. Our scenario this December will be using Mears between our hotel (ASMusic) and Universal. I was thinking 2.5 hours would give us enough time to get from Universal to our hotel, maybe freshen up quickly and then get to our dinners (one night it is in Downtown Disney and the other is at 'Ohana). Do you think this is cutting it too close? Should I go for a 3 hour window?
     
  11. damo

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    It only takes half an hour or so to get from Universal to Disney. Give half an hour to get from park to Universal hotel. So 2 hours should be tons of time. Even 1 1/2 hours should be lots.
     
  12. CAStevens218

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    Thanks damo!! :thumbsup2
     
  13. IMGONNABE40!

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    Budget has a desk (and cars!) at the Downtown Disney Double Tree. We are renting a car for a day to go over to Universal and return the car that same evening. AAA price $33. :thumbsup2
     
  14. BrizMarc

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    I also dont get it. Every one keeps saying use the Mears shuttle and gives a website address that doesn't mention anything. Would someone please be able to explain the Mears shuttle and how it works rather than just saying "call them 24 hours in advance"

    Its hard for us newbies who dont know the area:confused3
     
  15. luckylady131

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    Does anyone know if you can rent car seats when renting a car? I have a 4 year old and 9 month old, so would need a booster and an infant seat (or convertible that installs rear-facing) for them. We are not bringing our own car seats because we are staying on Disney property and plan to use their bus system.

    What's the best travel option for us? Mears??

    I would LOVE to go to Universal to see HP while we are there. But am torn because I know the IOA has more for my 4 year old to do (she's ~40" or so). Would it be possible to visit both parks in a single day - if we don't do all the big roller coasters, etc??
     
  16. Cdn Friends of Pooh

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    It's really very simple:

    ~ To book reservations for transportation between the Airport and your Orlando hotel just go to http://www.mearstransportation.com/ and enter your information under the "Shared Ride" tab. Once you land at the Orlando Airport and have collected your luggage, you will go to the Mears counter on level 1, give them your online confirmation and they will give you your shuttle pass and direct you to your shuttle.

    ~ You can also book your attractions transportation at the same time as you book your airport to hotel transportation.

    ~ If you are not using Mears to get from the Airport to your hotel and want to book reservations for transportation from your hotel to a specific attraction (Universal, Seaworld, etc) you need to call Mears 24 hours in advance to arrange transportation.
     
  17. Cdn Friends of Pooh

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    Yes, most, if not all car rental agencies rent infant and child/toddler car seats ... you would need to check the specific car rental agencies for prices although I do believe most charge around $10/day for each seat.

    Only you can decide what is best for your family - if you rent a car, remember that you will need to pay $14 for parking at US/IOA.

    The Harry Potter area is in IOA and both US and IOA have plenty to do for young children. Although you don't say when you are planning on visiting, you should be able to do both parks in one day ~ I would suggest though that you arrive at IOA/US at park opening.
     
  18. TLPL

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    Does anyone know how late will the Mears shuttle will run? I am interested in going to one of those Universal's Halloween Horror Nights, but they are in the evening, some nights they stay open till 2am.
     
  19. leebee

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    As far as I can tell, if you want to use Mears to go from WDW to US, you CANNOT book online. The only online option they offer is transportation from/to the airport and your hotel. You have to call them directly to schedule WDW-US shuttles.

    I booked the offer through Dreams Unlimited, which gives me a 2 park/1 day ticket at US/IoA and roundtrip Mears shuttle for $110pp plus tax. We are not huge coaster fans, so I am hoping to have time to see some of US as well as WWHP, and maybe DD16 will ride a couple of the IoA coasters using the single rider line. Renting a car for 1 day in August was getting expensive. One day rental was about $40 (for a compact car, with tax), then add parking at US $14. We are planning on going to US on a Sunday, which means earliest car pick-up available is 8am. (Called CCC and they said that's also the earliest they'd pick us up at our disney hotel to get to the ccc) Worrying about missing rope drop at IoA would mean a 2 day car rental. ANyhow, I think I will at least break even with the DU offer, and it gives us the option of visiting both US and IoA even if only briefly.
     
  20. leebee

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    Or Blue Man Group. I can get tickets on the day of the show, if they are available, for $30 with my college ID!
     
  21. iluvepcot

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    I want to transfer from wdw to universal and stay at rp resport. I know the options at disney to rent a car, which also have offices at universal where I can rent at disney and return at universal the same day to avoid the parking fees?
     

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