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You all know who you are. Well Disney is huge and you want to see the most you can.
There are many, many Orlando companies that rent scooter to Disney vacationers. Prices start from $25-30 per day with a minimum of two days. Weekly rates start at $150-250 per week. 15 hours of battery life and you recharge overnight. The scooter will be delivered and picked up from your hotel for no fee if you are staying near Disney.
Disney charges $45 a day for scooter rental
$10 for wheelchairs.
To avoid all the traffic on International Drive, an alternative route is to take Universal Boulevard.
It parallels International Drive from about the Universal and Prime Outlet area until the new Convention Center and Central Florida Parkway area.
Most of the transportation systems at Disney World are accessible to guests with mobility issues. The buses are equipped to accommodate various types of wheelchairs within the following guidelines: The wheelchair must fit the wheelchair lift without being forced (some motorized chairs and ECVs are too wide or too long for the standard bus lift of 32" x 48"), and the wheelchair must be securely fastened in the wheelchair restraints.
Watercraft vessels need the help of a cast member to transfer the guest onto the boat.
The Monorail system has ramps to access the platform or you can use the elevators.
We found that it was easier to use the monorail in between parks since the bus wouldn't accomodate the large scooter we had. We drove to the marketplace but that was the only time we didn't use Disney Transport.
The parking area is well marked and you are led by several guides to a free , fast and convenient shuttle to and from the car park to the entrance . Make sure to note where your car is parked ...as it's a huge area.
GET A DAY PASS FROM THE BUS DRIVER AT ANY POINT OF THE WAY OR DOWNTOWN ORLANDO WHERE THE BUS CENTER IS AND FOR AROUND 5 DOLLARS YOU CAN RIDE THE BUS THE WHOLE DAY TO ANY POINT IN ORLANDO BE IT SEAWORLD,DISNEY WORLD,ORLANDO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT,BUSCH GARDENS OR WHEREVER AS LONG AS YOU HAVE TIME TO SPARE AND PATIENCE.I HAD NO SHAME ASKING FOR DIRECTIONS AND THE PEOPLE I BOTHERED WERE ALL ACCOMODATING AND HELPFUL.
If you are staying at a Disney resort, at check-in, you'll be given a parking pass to put on your dashboard. This pass identifies you as a Disney resort guest, and helps you gain easier access to other Disney resorts as well as granting you free parking at the four major theme parks. Annual Passholders may also park at the theme parks during regular park hours free of charge.
Non-Disney resort guests, or those staying off Disney property will be charged to parkat the four major theme parks. Guests need only pay for parking once per day and can move from park to park that day without paying again.
The parking fee for a car: $12
Make sure to write down what section you parked your car. They are all named after a Disney Character and are numbered. We took a picture of the parking sign so we knew we were parked in Pluto.
During our 3 weeks stay in Orlando, we pre-arranged a rent a car service through Dollar Rent A Car. Service was good and the car was in a very nice running condition.
You will have the car in full tank so make sure to bring it back the same. Just in case you missed to load the gas, they can do it for you but the price is doubled or tripled than filling it on your own. Taxes and other charges are not included. Insurance is optional.
Rate per week differs on the seasonality.
The best way to see Orlando and the surrounding areas is with Exquisite Town Car. You can design your own itinerary or Exquisite Town Car can create one for you based on your interests and available time. Orlando is the second largest city in North America with the most hotel rooms around the city. It is home to the Disney World, one of the world’s largest tourist destinations in the world. A limousine rental in Orlando allows you to enjoy the sites at your own pace, without being rushed along from place to place. The Exquisite Town Car experienced chauffeurs are extremely knowledgeable about the city and will be very happy to make recommendations or suggest “must see” locations that may not be highlighted on tourist maps. A limo rental is the most comfortable way to take day trips to several areas of interest nearby and if you are planning to take a trip on the cruise at Port Canaveral.
There are a lot of limo companies in the Orlando area. I've checked out a number of them, and I personally recommend Exquisite Town Car. Its reservations center is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and you can reach them at 407-739-6278, so you won't have problems reaching someone, and I have found the nice folks at Exquisite Town Car to be very responsive to e-mail inquiries. You can even book your limo, sedan or a van online through a secure server at their website http://www.exquisitetowncar.com. Rates roughly are as follows:
Luxury sedan service (Lincoln Town Car or Cadillac De Ville with a capacity of 4 adults) from Orlando International Airport (MCO) to Disney World area hotels will cost you about $110 round trip, plus gratuity and any applicable fees. A private van, which can carry up to 10 adults, costs around $130 round trip, plus gratuity and any applicable fees. A stretch limo, which can handle up to 8 adults, will run you about $220, plus gratuity and any applicable fees.
We have always rented a car while visiting Disney World because of the convenience and the usually affordable price. However, if you are flying into Orlando and if staying at a Disney resort, virtually all of your transportation needs have been thought out for you. While a shuttle from the airport can be pretty pricey (maybe as much as $20-$40 per person), once you reach your park hotel/resort, transportation into the parks and around Disney World is free for resort guests. Disney buses marked with the park's name that they travel to will pick you up at your hotel/resort at designated stops and drop you usually at the entrance to the park. There are a number of methods of transportation to the parks including buses, boats, and monorail and trams and they're all free. For example, if you were staying at the Wilderness Lodge or Villas, you could go to the Magic Kingdom park by bus or boat!
I knew that I was not going to rent a car in Orlando. Though the hotel I was staying at had an airport shuttle but the times offered were sparse so I decided to take an airport shuttle. I made my reservation on line with "Mears Shuttle Company." The price was right for a round trip $30.
When I arrived it took a bit of a search to find their kiosk--they need to remark the arrows in the United terminal. Once I found the Kiosk I had to return to the desk inside the terminal to print out my tickets, even though I had my reservation with the bar ocde on it. When I returned to the shuttle bay I was promptly given a "light pager" and was told that it would be about a 45 minute wait. So much for making a reservation. When I finally boarded the shuttle bus there were 4 other parties going to different hotels and my hotel was the last stop. It took me two hours after landing to finally get to my hotel which was 17 miles away!
When I made my return trip I must say that they were timely, however I called 2 times to make sure that I was on their manifest which was a good thing to do as they had trouble finding my reservation with the first call.
I would say this was a affordable option if you are traveling alone but I still like towncars for transportation if there is more than 1 person in your party. Overall Mears is probably one of the more reliable shuttle companies in the Orlando area.
The monorail also goes right thru the lobby (on the 4th floor) of the Contemporary Resort. Stand in line, then get on the monorail and ride it around to two other resorts – The Grand Floridian and Polynesian Village - getting on & off – to go inside each of those resorts to see their Christmas decorations during the holidays. Kids will think it’s an “adventure” just to take the monorail ride & it’s free!
Also, you can ride the monorail to the stop at Epcot Center. It runs above parts of Epcot so you can see how large Epcot & the World Showcase really are. To get to Epcot from the Contemporary resort monorail station you need to ride the monorail to the monorail transportation center (on the way to Polynesian and Grand Floridian resorts). You will need to disembark and then board the monorail that only goes to Epcot.
You don’t have to stay on property to be able to take the Disney transportation system (most people don’t know this). You can ride the boats, take the monorail etc, take the buses. However you have to access this free transportation from a Disney resort. Every Disney resort has a gatehouse with security. This is just a security precaution & they want ID. Just tell the guard that you are “meeting friends” inside, checking out the resort for future stays or are going to eat at one of the resort restaurants etc. They will just ask for picture ID (driver’s license) – just show it and then drive inside to the self-parking area.
Most poeple don't know about EPCOT's back door inless your a guest at one of two disney own hotels the "Swan" or the "dolphfin" resorts. form the cneter plaza betweenthe two resorts thier is a boat landing where guest can catch a ride to a offen over looked park side entrance to EPCOT's world showcase! this enterance puts you into the park around paris,fance and london,england. most park goers enter at future world and take the right path up around the world show case since this gate puts you right into the right side of the world showcase lagoon you can check out surrounding area by the gate then head left up and around world show case or left and down into future world! also if your not traveling with kids and aren't into the whole future thing when this gate bypasses that whole area of the park and puts in the middle of a wonderful adult setting that's still family friendly. atfer all when you tell you wife or girl that your'e taking her to prais for a romantic dinner talking threw a time machine into the world of the future kind takes away form the romance! =)
These are 75 cents for adults and 25 cents for seniors. You can get passes for these but I found them to be relatively slow. They normally will put you off closer to some attractions than the buses. The cut off time is 10:30pm and the office closes around 11pm. however on more than one occassion I have seen them out there much later than that. Once I was late and missed the bus I called the trolley and they sent one to my stop to pick me up. After me they picked up another family who was stranded too so they are good people.
Lynx is Orlando's attempt at mass transit like big cities have. Lymmo is a free transit service that might get you from your hotel to the bar and back, but you'll probably have to take a cab. The route's not ultra-convenient.
At Disneyworld, the monorails are fantastic and take you where you want to go quickly. As you ride, you catch your first glimpes of exciting and beautiful sights, you want to get off straight away!!! my friends held me back, we had a purpose! We were going to THE MAGIC KINGDOM!
Over there, we got around on horseback. I was happy with my blue horse, and happy to sit for awhile too.
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