Posted Friday, September 23, 2005 9:57 AM | Contributed by Jeff
Walt Disney World workers can no longer greet tourists on the arrival floor of the Orlando International Airport, a decision officials made after limo and taxi drivers complained it gave the theme park resort an unfair advantage.
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Friday, September 23, 2005 10:28 AM
Here is an article from the 12th when the livery association made the complaint:http://orlando.bizjournals.com/orlando/stories/2005/09/12/daily4.html
Friday, September 23, 2005 12:04 PM
Maybe if it wasn't so much money to take a cab or an airport limo from MCO to anywhere near Disney property, there wouldn't be so much of an issue.
Also, they're forgetting to take into account that the service isn't truly "free", as its only available to paying resort guests. Think of it as being included in the price of your hotel stay with Disney.
There's plenty of other hotels in the area that will pick you up at the airport for free or a very minimal fee. They're just *****ing because it's Disney that's doing it and they know they can make a big fuss about that.
just my .02
Friday, September 23, 2005 12:05 PM
When a cab from Universal to MCO costs 35-40 bucks (remember that Disney's further from the airport) I can see why they're mad about "losing busisness."
Friday, September 23, 2005 12:29 PM
Would it make a difference if the other theme parks were restricted from access to that part of the airport as well?
Friday, September 23, 2005 1:11 PM
Disney may have some sort of advantage by having access to the 3rd level, but what the cabbies are asking for is obviously a gross advantage and highly monopolistic, not being able to select your transportation after you arrive at the airport. Next thing you know they will want to prevent you from renting a car unless you have a reservation in advance.
Friday, September 23, 2005 3:44 PM
I remember my first adventure in Florida. Nate K was there too. Right after we got our bags, we started walking outside to look for our hotel shuttle or a cab or bus or something. Before I could even get out the door, a cabbie with a thick accent mumbled something about a ride, grabbed my bags, ran to his cab and put them in the back.
I had no idea what was going on, but it cost us $37 to get to our hotel on I-drive. It was a really funny experience, albeit a bit out of the blue.