crazy horse said: If you are staying at one of the disney resorts, its free.
This is one of many perks to staying onstie, it makes the experience 10X better and really makes you feel like you are in a fantasy world. Seriously consider doing this (if money is a problem the All Star hotels arent too expensive.)
Thanks for the quick responses. We are not staying in a Disney Resort. We are staying off site because we are going to Universal Studios, Sea World, Busch Gardens, Disney World and NASA. It was much cheaper for me too book everything on hotels.com and buy the tickets off the websites. $1000 for 9 days of fun is a great deal!
I stayed on a offsite hotel and I took a taxi to one of the parks. You still have to pay the $9 which was a bummer considering it was a drop off. If you do take a taxi to a disney park, I suggest you stop by a hotel and take the shuttle there. It seems ridiculous, unless you don't mind paying the $9.
For all the family trips I took to WDW, the best part was staying at the Polynesien Resort every year. We spent more time lounging around the resort than anywhere else. I loved being able to hop on the monorail and go for ride even when we weren't heading off to a park. And seeing the castle and other resorts across the lake was really cool. I can't imagine spending any time at WDW and not staying at one of the resprt hotels on property. It makes all the difference. Oh the memories. :)
I stayed on a offsite hotel and I took a taxi to one of the parks. You still have to pay the $9 which was a bummer considering it was a drop off.
Your cabbie ripped you off. The cabbie only needs to pay the toll plaza fee once per day no matter how many fares he has that day, and you shouldn't have to pay it for him and all of his subsequent fares.
I'd take it to Downtown Disney and hitch a ride on a Disney Bus.
There are no direct busses between DTD and the theme parks to prevent people from doing precisely this. You can do it indirectly via a resort hotel, but isn't your time worth something? *** Edited 4/5/2006 11:52:30 PM UTC by Brian Noble***
Well, let's be "fare" here. We have no idea if the cabbie was going back into a WDW parking lot again that day. Few tourists take a cab to the parks.
That said, taking a cab to the resort is a decent option. It also pays to pick the right resort because every 1/8th of a mile counts. If you're staying in Kissimmee, Animal Kingdom Lodge or All Star would be good choices if you are West of Disney. Pop Century or Coronado Springs would be better choices if you're East of Disney or in Lake Buena Vista.
And if you're worried about the rare Disney bus drivers that ask for hotel ID to ride the bus, just go to the Poly where you can walk over to the Ticket Transportation Center to take a monorail or bus to the four parks.
Yeah, check the hotel. I stayed at a Best Western somewheres in Orlando last time I was there that offered free shuttle service to Disney, Universal, and Sea World. We didn't go to the latter, but it still saved us five days of parking fees, gas, and hassle.
WILLDOG - Not really. If you're coming from the Universal/International Drive/Sea World area it'd save a few bucks on the cab fare, and the parking fees (whether they apply or not).
Brian - Of course my time is worth something! That's why I stay on property... Or at least get a ride from an un-willing driver... Right Joe? ;) Thanks for those Tickets BTW! I actually really appreciated it.
I'm just saying that if you want to save 20 or so bucks on a cab fare, spend an hour doing the bus system. If I was on that kind of budget, I'd absolutely do it.
I've NEVER had a Disney driver ask for my Resort card. I've stumbled on those buses ass-faced drunk and never had a problem.