Everthing you wanted to know about Uber/Lyft at WDW

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  1. MaBelle

    MaBelle My goal is to live life semi-retired

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    I know most of you will say this is crazy, but we are arriving at MCO 7:54pm on a Saturday night and I want to grab a ride, drop our luggage at Bell Services at the Swan and head over to DHS for Star Wars Spectacular. Would we have a better chance with a private driver or an Uber/Lyft? We will need an XL as we are a group of 6, probably don't need a car seat as the only child is 7 yrs old. We love to go to a park the first night so we can experience the magic! pixiedust:
     
  2. FCDub

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    There's a difference between crazy and physically impossible. When does Star Wars Spectacular begin?
     
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  4. JimMIA

    JimMIA There's more to life than mice...

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    If you have six people with luggage, you will need more than one XL. You'll need at least two X's, or one XL and one X. In that scenario, you could send one or two people to the Swan with the luggage and everyone else directly to DHS. They turn the luggage in and just boat to DHS, or ask the driver to wait and drive them.
     
  5. VAfamily1998

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    Help! I am trying to explain to someone how to get a Lyft Pick up at Disney springs. I have never done it myself. I have googled and researched on here that there are pickup locations at the Strawberry lot and also in the market place in "the old bus loop" They will be having a meal at T-Rex, and then immediately getting their Lyft ride, so it looks like the Market place location will be much easier...but how can I explain where "the old bus loop" is? Is it pretty evident? Is there a landmark/shop I should direct them to look for? Thanks!
     
  6. joelkfla

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    The entrance is between Disney's Days of Christmas and Disney Design-a-Tee. They'll want to take the Causeway from T-Rex to Rainforest Café for the shortest and least crowded walk.
     
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  7. miTnosnhoJ

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    Can you get a regular Lyft at Disney, or will you automatically get one of the MinnieVans?
     
  8. joelkfla

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    Yes, you can. If you're eligible for MV, it just shows up as another vehicle option on the Lyft app.
     
  9. MaBelle

    MaBelle My goal is to live life semi-retired

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    It starts at 9:30 and we would be happy just getting into the park, not necessarily into any prime viewing area. But I'm not sure what time they stop letting people enter the park. I have hope because last time we went to WDW (in 2010), our flight arrived at 7:19 and we took a town car to the Swan (with a short grocery stop). I found pictures taken inside our room that show a time stamp of 8:35. :teleport:

    That might actually be easier if we have 2 cars. What size would I need for 2 people with 3 suitcases and 3 backpacks? And 4 people with no bags? The 4 people could go straight to DHS and the other 2 could deliver bags to bell services, then continue on to DHS. Would the driver let us do that, and how much extra should we tip?
     
  10. Best Aunt

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    You never automatically get a Minnie Van.

    When you use the Lyft app, you always have to choose the type of vehicle you want for that ride.

    If you have stayed at an eligible resort, Minnie Van becomes an option you can choose (Lyft, Plus, Minnie Van, etc.).

    Sometimes it will appear as an option after you have checked into an eligible resort, and sometimes you have to go to Bell Services at the resort in order to get it appear. But it is never automatically assigned to you for any particular ride.
     
  11. goofy4tink

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

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    Is cost a concern? If not, I would book with a private car service...you can book a van that will accommodate all of you.
    BUT....
    If your flight lands, on-time, at 7:54, you won't be off the plane until close to 8:15-8:20. Landing is wheels down, not arrival at the gate! Then 5-10 min (could be longer depending on the tram wait times) walk to baggage claim, wait of your bags, about 15 mins. Drive to S/D, 30 mins. Drop off bags, 10 mins. And then get to DHS....about 10-12 mins on foot, at a near run pace. It's going to be really close. I'm not sure I would want to start my vacation that way.
     
  12. JimMIA

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    Assuming the 7 year old is one of the 4 going directly to DHS, you should be okay with 2 UberX vehicles.

    You'll need two accounts on two different phones to order two cars at the same time. Order simultaneously, and the put the luggage in the larger vehicle. (Just because you order X doesn't mean you will get an X. Sometimes you'll get a large vehicle because XL drivers often accept X rides, particularly at the airport.)

    Make sure the driver of the larger vehicle understands the baggage dropoff and eventual destination. I would put the hotel as the destination, and then when you explain things to the driver, add the final destination at DHS on your rider app.

    Tipping is a personal choice, but my personal rule of thumb for normal rides is $5 for X and $10 for XL -- but I'm talking about just regular short rides. I've only paid for one long X ride and I tipped $10 on that ride. I would tip the driver making the stop at the hotel more, especially if they are loading and unloading the bags.

    For personal travel, I tip in cash. For business, I tip in-app so I'll have a record.

    I would also call the hotel and see what the procedure is for dropping bags, and be sure it will be quick. You'll need to call anyway to ensure late checkin.
    I agree with this. When I travel, I usually allot one hour from scheduled arrival to picking up checked baggage. I'm sometimes done quicker than that, but it's a guideline that works for me.

    You are really going to be pushed for time.
     
  13. VAfamily1998

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    Thank you so much!
     

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