Transportation to US/IoA

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  1. smallworldnh

    smallworldnh Mouseketeer

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    We are staying at WDW next month (3 of us) and will be doing a day at Universal. We're staying at ASSp and were thinking of booking Mears for the round trip shuttle for 19.00 pp rt. I noticed when I used the taxi estimator that it's about 29.00 each way so both ways come out to around 60.00, but from what I've been reading here, with a taxi you have more flexibility and they'll get you there more quickly, am I correct?? Also, my dd is from Los Angeles and would love to do a Dunkin Donuts stop on the way back since she loves DD and can't get it in California. Is this possible to do with a taxi?? Also, can I call in advance to book - like a couple of weeks before? Thanks so much.
     
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  3. bobber84

    bobber84 Earning My Ears

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    What's the best way for 8 adults to get from WDW to Universal Studios? Have breakfast reservation at 8:10am at 'Ohana then would head out after that for the day.

    Also, do you recommend purchasing tickets when you get to Universal?

    Thanks in advance for all of your help!
     
  4. aharding

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    We are going to Disney for the first time in a few weeks. We are staying on property but are going to spend a day and Universal and a day at Sea World. What is the best way to get from property to these places? I have heard mixed reviews.
     
  5. Anal Annie

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    We were just there in August (fam. of 3) and we took a taxi from the Boardwalk to the Hard Rock for a 1 night / 2 day stint at Universal. We just brought a duffle bag (which we left with Bell Services for the day) and it was easy peasey. The taxi cost us $38 or $39 each way plus a tip. They took credit cards so we just used that to avoid having to carry extra cash. It took about 30 minutes at 7:00 in the morning to go over. The way "home" to the Boardwalk took much longer because there was an accident but the cost was the same because they operate on a zone system. Don't know how much the trip to Sea World would be but would guess in the same ballpark probably....

    We liked being on our own schedule with the taxi and not being tied to a specific time like with using a shuttle bus. When we decided we were done we just left.
     
  6. Embel

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    Our family of 6, is going to do a Disney vacation first, then go to Universal for a few days, then home. I am wondering what the best way to get 6 people (and all the luggage) from Disney to Univeral. It does not need to be round trip- just one way.
     
  7. smallworldnh

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    We also took a taxi from ASMo to Universal during our trip. It cost us $36 one way and $38 coming back. To me it was well worth it. The taxi picked us up within minutes of having the CM call for it and there were several waiting in the transportation area going back. Very easy and convenient!
     
  8. peaceluv&mickeymouse

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    Anyone do the Dreams Unlimited or Destinations Florida Universal 1 day 2 park with transfers from Disney package?

    It costs $135.99 and they use the Mears. Just wondering the best way to visit Universal for 1 day.

    Any advice would be much appreciated.
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  9. goofy4tink

    goofy4tink No tags...not needed! Transportation moderator Moderator

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    I've done the DU offer before..the one with 2 parks/one day and transportation. It worked out very well. The ride home can take a bit longer, so plan accordingly.
     
  10. peaceluv&mickeymouse

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    Thank you, I think we will go for that!:thumbsup2
     
  11. goofy4tink

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    You can do it all online...buy it now. Then, when you get to Orlando, you can call Mears and set up your pickup time (or I think you can do it online as well when paying for the whole thing). Then, you can either give them the time you want to leave the park then, or you can call them a few hours before you want to leave and they will tell you which shuttle time works best. It's pretty painless.
     
  12. peaceluv&mickeymouse

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    Ok I was going to buy the tickets online. It has you enter the date you are arriving and states that the tickets are good for two weeks from that date. We are arriving on Jan 3rd and the dates only go to Dec 31 2012. If I put in Dec 31st as our arrival date we should still be ok since we plan on using them on Jan 11th. So we should be in that two week window.
    My question is do the tickets I buy now expire at the end of 2012? I was worried maybe the prices change for 2013 and they won't be honored.
     
  13. goofy4tink

    goofy4tink No tags...not needed! Transportation moderator Moderator

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    You don't actually have to 'buy it now'. You can do it just before you go...shouldn't be an issue. But, yes, you should be okay with that two week window.
     
  14. peaceluv&mickeymouse

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    Thanks. I bought them and the dates are fine. I just wanted to get it paid up !! Thanks for your help.
     
  15. cartoon lover

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    What's the best option to get to and from us/ioa from WDW besides renting or taking a taxi?
     
  16. cartoon lover

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    *besides renting a car or taking a taxi
     
  17. macraven

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    the Mears shuttle is $19 per adult and a few dollars less per child for rt.
    (gratuity is additional if you choose)

    if you have a small group, it would be cheaper by booking the shuttle in your hotel lobby concierge desk.
     
  18. goofy4tink

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    http://www.wdwinfo.com/universal/parkinfo/tickets.html#

    Check this out. It may work for you if you haven't already purchased park passes for US/IoA. This is pretty much what I do when I want to head over. Works very well.
     
  19. naomiswanson

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    I am looking forward for what are the best package if you are going to avail in this kind of services. Actually I am planning to have a vacation there. But, I want to clarify what are the good services in order you to have a complete package of the shuttle bus from one place to another place. However, I want to have a best transportation.
     
  20. Doctor 10

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    Ooh I didn't think we could use Disney services on resort for parks other than other Disney parks! We will only be 3 in our party so was wondering if this is true I should just utilize shuttle? ... Otherwise, thought we might need to book ahead MEARS since we arrive late around 1:30pm to resort & plan to go to UO/IoA the next morning.

    Live in the present judging no one by his or her past nor expecting less for his or her future.-alm
     
  21. macraven

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    in all the disney lobbies, there are concierge desks.
    this is where you can book the mears shuttle to the darkside.

    do it the day prior so you can get your seats.
    it is $19 per adult for rt.

    there are times this Mears shuttle will do pick ups at a few of the motherland resorts.
    but, there are times that your hotel will be the only pick up.

    for 3 adults the cost would be $57 round trip.
    this is cheaper than car rental, private car service or taxi.

    when you make your reservation for the shuttle, you pick the times/date.


     

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