Why not just Taxi?

Discussion in 'Disney Cruise Line Forum' started by bfamily5, Apr 5, 2013.

  1. bfamily5

    bfamily5 Yes, I need another guide book...it's part of the

    Joined:
    Jul 25, 2009
    Messages:
    532
    I just read through all of Shirley's info :thumbsup2 WOW! Amazing! At one point, there is a list of taxi fares. From WDW to Port it was $120 for 4 people...this sounds like the cheapest, most convenient option. Has anyone done this - is it too good to be true? TIA :goodvibes
     
  2. Avatar

    Google AdSense Guest Advertisement


    to hide this advert.
  3. ktb2002

    ktb2002 DIS Veteran

    Joined:
    Mar 8, 2012
    Messages:
    697
    Long story but my family of 3 had to take a taxi from the airport to a hotel in PC last year and that price sounds pretty close. I don't remember the exact total but it was $120-$160 range.
     
  4. PWammy

    PWammy Mouseketeer

    Joined:
    Apr 3, 2013
    Messages:
    314
    That sounds like a good price, but I've only done shuttle vans to the port (with other cruiselines). 4 in a cab with luggage sounds kind of tight though, but I'm sure it works if they quote.
     
  5. woody73

    woody73 <font color=darkorange>Enjoyed the Pumpkinmen<br><

    Joined:
    Jun 7, 2005
    Messages:
    9,402
    It is, provided you have four people and your luggage fits.

    Woody
     
  6. geekboy

    geekboy Platinum Castaway Member

    Joined:
    Aug 27, 2010
    Messages:
    200
    I have tried all methods to get to the Port from either the Disneyworld Resort or the Orlando airport. Here are my findings.

    1. Rental Car for the week (ROUNDTRIP): expensive option. We have done this on 2 cruises from Port Canaveral. You need to factor gasoline as well as the parking at the port. However, this is the fastest and most convenient
    2. Rental Car one-way (Airport to Canaveral, Canaveral to Airport): least expensive option I found. The problem is that Hertz charged us mileage, but it was only about $110 for the car to Canaveral (because we had it overnight and stayed at Orange Lake), and only $70 to return directly to Orlando airport. Downside is dropping the car off at Hertz then taking the shuttle back. Worse, is taking the shuttle from the Disney terminal and getting to Hertz where it is always madness! Cheapest, but most not for time sensitive trips.
    3. Private Car: moderate expense: I have done this only once. This can work if your party size is not too large. Direct transportation with no worries about driving, tolls, or parking (or returning) the car. I am not sure that I would ever use this service if I was traveling by myself or with just one other person. There is definitely a break-even point and that seems to be at about 4 people to compare it to the Port Transfers.
    4. Port Transfers: expensive option (depending on number in party). I have only done this once when I went aboard the Dream solo. For $70 round trip, I was able to checkin for the ship at the Orlando airport and literally board the ship as soon as I arrived at Port Canaveral (around 1PM). I was going back to WDW to meet friends, so I took the bus transfer back to WDW (at the resort of my choice). If you have 4 people, the transfer seems expensive ($280), but you need to factor all costs.

    I was actually surprised at how much I liked the Port Transfer option. We did not use port transfers for our January 26, 2013 Fantasy sailing. We opted for the One-Way car rentals. I don't think I'll ever do the one-way car rentals again. I'm either going to rent for the entire 7-8 days or take the port transfers.
     
  7. su_A_ve

    su_A_ve DIS Veteran

    Joined:
    May 15, 2008
    Messages:
    4,203
    So DCL charges $35 per person - x4 = $140. Motor coach transportation with video playing getting you in the mood, vs, crammed up on a taxi?

    I pass..
     
  8. geekboy

    geekboy Platinum Castaway Member

    Joined:
    Aug 27, 2010
    Messages:
    200
    DCL is $70 per person round trip. I do not believe that they sell the transfers one-way. They will take you either to/from the airport to the port and/or a Disney Resort and back. The main benefit that I thought was special is the check-in desk at Orlando airport for the Cruise Line. I had my Key To The World card before I boarded the bus to Port Canaveral. No luggage to deal with, and I went right from the bus on to the ship without stopping!

    (Well, I had to go through security but avoided the lines for checkin at the cruise terminal!)
     
  9. Lisa Lisa

    Lisa Lisa DIS Veteran

    Joined:
    Nov 10, 2011
    Messages:
    1,396
    You do not have to purchase round-trip transfers -- you can purchase them for either MCO to port or port to MCO separately for $35/person.

    Unfortunately, you can no longer check in for the cruise and get your KTTW at the airport. You now have to check in at port. We were on the Fantasy last week, though, and our wait time at the port terminal to check in was minimal. We may have waited 5 minutes. This was at 12:30 p.m.
     
  10. geekboy

    geekboy Platinum Castaway Member

    Joined:
    Aug 27, 2010
    Messages:
    200
    My how things have changed in less than 6 months. I liked the checkin at the airport for those doing port transfers. Now I will need to re-think my whole "port transfers" are better mantra!

    Thanks for the update.
     
  11. ktb2002

    ktb2002 DIS Veteran

    Joined:
    Mar 8, 2012
    Messages:
    697
    The buses still leave the airport starting around 9 am, and you still get into the terminal early. However since you don't check in at the airport anymore you're boarding number is tied to your PAT.
     
  12. geekboy

    geekboy Platinum Castaway Member

    Joined:
    Aug 27, 2010
    Messages:
    200
    I think that's the worse part of it. When we went on the Fantasy, we were in boarding group 22. That was my highest boarding group ever! I have been in boarding group 1... that was special.
     
  13. lbgraves

    lbgraves Little Cinderella's Mommy

    Joined:
    Feb 25, 2003
    Messages:
    49,400
    You were concierge with a 1. Guessing you aren't platinum since you had a 22 last time. That gives you a 2 automatically.
     
  14. geekboy

    geekboy Platinum Castaway Member

    Joined:
    Aug 27, 2010
    Messages:
    200
    I am trying to get to Platinum. Maybe next year sometime. (Yes, we were Concierge on our 1/2012 Disney Dream sailing.)
     
  15. mmouse37

    mmouse37 DCL Diva!!

    Joined:
    Jun 29, 2001
    Messages:
    27,822
    Actually, they never left at 9:00..it was always closer to 9:30 and now that they no longer do the cruise check in at the airport the first bus does not leave until a bit later....reports have been them leaving around 9:45 or so. YMMV.

    MJ
     
  16. mmouse37

    mmouse37 DCL Diva!!

    Joined:
    Jun 29, 2001
    Messages:
    27,822
    Last month Platinum got boarding #1. At least that was my experience at PC.

    MJ
     
  17. Dizzyworld

    Dizzyworld DIS Veteran

    Joined:
    Mar 27, 2001
    Messages:
    3,112
    Just off the Dream. Did transfers from MCO to port. The first bus left at
    9:15 AM. We were processed as soon as we arrived at the port. We are Platinum and got Boarding group #1.

    We might have been the only Platinum people onboard since we never saw another Platium lanyard or they didn't show up at the Castaway Party, which was held in the Sports Bar - 687. The smallest group to date for us.
     
  18. bfamily5

    bfamily5 Yes, I need another guide book...it's part of the

    Joined:
    Jul 25, 2009
    Messages:
    532
    Thanks everyone! I guess I need to run the numbers. I would really love to take the Disney Transfers, but this is our first cruise and it's only a 4 nighter, so we want to be to Port early. My understanding is that the bus doesn't pick you up at your WDW resort until after 11? :confused3 That seems so late to me!
     
  19. MinnesotaMouseketeers

    MinnesotaMouseketeers DIS Veteran

    Joined:
    Oct 25, 1999
    Messages:
    2,114
    We love the 24/7 Disney experience. So we do the ME from airport to WDW resort (always fly in at least one day before sail date). Disney transportation from resort to port. Followed by Disney coach from port to airport. We just include that as part of the cost of the vacation. We are Disney freaks and are not ashamed to show it :thumbsup2:banana::woohoo:

    That's why we don't use a taxi or other service. But I can understand your wanting to get to port sooner, especially being your first Disney cruise.
     

Share This Page