Disney/Universal Logistical Question

posted 3 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I love Orlando and I’ve been there many times, I feel like I could do it with my eyes closed. lol Car rental rates are pretty good in Orlando. But if it’s just for one day, and you’re only going to Universal/IoA i would just suggest using public transportation/cabs.

From tripadvisor, getting a lynx bus from DTD (take Disney transportation to Downtown Disney) to US/IOA: FROM DOWNTOWN DISNEY to: Universal Studios/Islands of Adventure – bus 50 to its first stop on Sea Harbor Drive.  Transfer there to bus 8.  You can then either get off at Universal Boulevard and walk the rest of the way (about 15 minutes walk) or get off at Grand National Drive, cross over International Drive to the stop opposite, and take a 37 right into Universal.

Also, the bus drivers are fantastic in Orlando and they are used to fielding all sorts of questions from tourists and will help you out in a second. The bus only costs $2 and they’re super-comfy and air-conditioned.

Post # 4
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2014

You will need a transfer though. Check with the driver.

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

@thatredheadedbride:  We just went, stayed at Animal Kingdom Lodge and went to Universal using Mearstransportation.com. They sent a van in the morning and a bus at pickup time. Getting there took maybe 20 minutes, getting home took over an hour– we tried coming back at a really popular time though and our resort was the last one they stopped at. It was hassel-free, you just need to schedule 24 hours in advance. The cost was $19 per person round trip, so a lot better than a taxi!

ETA: Universal was awesome and I highly recommend going!! I wasn’t sure at first if it’d be worth it, but it was a blast and worth the little bit of effort it took to get there 🙂

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@newlynesting:  +1 Mears. The Concierge at Port Orleans can set it up for you and then Guest Services at Universal can call for the return (you have to call two hours before you want to go back to the hotel).

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@thatredheadedbride:  They should. They run the majority of the taxis in the area too. Just make sure you call earlier in the day to schedule your time. You can double check when you book it what their last pick-up time is. Universal CityWalk (the nightclubs) is open until 2 AM every day, and I’d imagine that they pick up after that, so I don’t see why they wouldn’t get you after Halloween Horror Nights.

Post # 9
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Honestly? I’d truly suggest renting a cheap rental car.  You’ll enjoy the freedom of popping over to other places (eg, International Drive, etc) for dinner a few nights, etc.   I did a quick search online with Avis, and for an entire week in a subcompact,(pay at time of reservation), it’ll run you @ $220. (Pay later, @$400)  I’d totally find it worth it.

 

However, if you truly don’t want to rent a car, check with the hotel…just because it’s a Disney property doesn’t mean they don’t provide transportation to other attractions; you may be surprised.

 

Lastly….if it’s of interest to you, the month of October is the Epcot Food & Wine Festival; our wedding is mid-October and we’re planning to spend a day there.

 

 

 

Post # 10
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

I also live in Orlando and agree with the Mears idea (though renting a car is definitely preferable). That, or a taxi. I would avoid the Lynx buses, if at all possible. The Lynx system is a long running joke amongst locals. It can be extremely slow and tedious, and rarely runs on time. 

Another piece of advice…you said you are considering going to Halloween Horror Nights at Universal. The best thing you can do, and the only way for that event to be really enjoyable, is to pay the extra for the Express Pass. This allows you to enter a shorter, a faster-moving line for all of the haunted houses. Without it, you’ll be lucky to enter 2 or 3 houses all night, as waits often run 2.5 to 3.5 hours per house. With the pass, you will get through all 8 or 9. The pass is an additional $40-90 per person (increasing the closer you get to Halloween), but you will already get a discount (usually about $20) on the regular HHN ticket price, since you paid to be in the parks during the day. Well worth it, trust me! 

I also second going to Food&Wine at EPCOT, as KBScarlett mentioned. I’ve had annual passes to Disney and Universal for over 10 years, and F&W is considered one of the best events at the theme parks. It’s my favorite, hands down! 

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Check this Websitea: http://www.dreamsunlimitedtravel.com/universal/#rt

If you haven’t bought your universal park tickets, they offer a:

1 or 2-DAY/2-PARK WITH ROUNDTRIP TRANSFERS

meaning


You receive a 1 or 2-Day/2-Park experience with transportation to Universal Orlando
from your Disney Area Hotel.

I’ve never used it so I’m not sure how it works but I think its def. something to check in to!

Good luck

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@dancingfox:  I would caution against buying your tickets from somewhere other than UniversalOrlando.com. There are so many companies of ill repute that are just trying to take your money and if anything goes wrong with your tickets, Universal likely won’t be able to fix it if they weren’t bought through them.

 

Post # 15
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I love this thread! we are planning to do the exact same thing =)

 

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