Travel from Disney resort to IOA?
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If I decide to go to IOA from AKL, will we be able to find a bus from Disney property? I thought that years ago you could get one from DTD area. We are using Magical Express and Disney transportation and will not be renting a car. Is there any transportation to IOA? I wouldn't mind getting a taxi, but am wondering if there is an easier way. Thanks.
Last edited by Belle*; 04-26-2011 at 06:33 AM..
I'm guessing you want to visit Harry Potter and friends. If you aren't using a Universal package you won't get early admission and it's important you be at the park when it opens in the morning. I'd take a taxi to have more control over your schedule.
we uses tiffany town car it is $80 roundtrip. we are planning to use them again next oct when we go back to universal.
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A one-way taxi fare from the Magic Kingdom area (such as BLT) is around $44, according to Mear's taxi fare estimator. The trip will be on the meter, however, so it may be higher or lower.
There are several other options. First, Mears Transportation offers shuttle service to and from many Orlando attractions, including Universal. The rates are zoned, but I think the current rate from most WDW locations to Universal is around $16 round-trip. You have to contact Mears Transportation at least one day before your trip to make reservations. I'm pretty sure your WDW resort's Lobby Concierge will help you make that booking.
You can book a town car service like Quicksilver, Happy Limo, etc. Most of them offer a rate that matches (or sometimes beats) the cost of a taxi, with the added luxury of a town car.
There's currently a deal where, if you buy Universal's equivalent of a one-day park-hopper (a one-day Park-to-Park ticket) from a travel agent, you can also get free shuttle transportation between a WDW area hotel and Universal. If you use an agent, this is definitely worth asking about. And, since it seems agents can sell these to anyone, in theory you could call an agent even if you haven't purchased the rest of your travel from her/him. I'm sure most agents would be happy to do this, even though there's probably very little money to be made on their end - a Universal ticket today, perhaps an entire vacation sometime down the line. In the agency business, it's all about building relationships. (Apparently, this only applies to one-day tickets. Multi-day tickets don't offer this, probably because the discount on the extra days would make free transportation for each of those days a real money-loser for Universal.)
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"Destinations in florida" offer a one day, two park with shuttle ticket. Costs about the same as gate price ticket but includes transport.
I can't say if they are good because I haven't used the tickets yet (going in September, not happy about my day away from WDW...)