Just park out back of the park and Uber to the front gate. Can't be any more than $5 at most and the parking would be free. Problem solved!
I don’t think people realize you can walk from there to MK.
How dare you suggest people walk when there is "free" transportation. We almost always walk from EPCOT to the Studios and vice versa when we are there.
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Walking to studios from Epcot has to be one of the most peaceful walks in all of Disney, too. Grab a walking beer from the Boardwalk, and it’s even better.
Does that Minnie Van service pick up at Disney Springs? Wonder how expensive a round trip is, you could theoretically park for free at DS and use Disney’s own service to avoid the full fee and also get dropped off at the MK resort bus depot skipping the TTC
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I've walked over to the Contemporary from the MK and Uber'd back to my resort from there. If it's not too late (or even if it is) I'll grab a drink at that lounge next to Chef Mickey's; it's a pretty cool place to sit and chill and watch the monorails go by.
Uber is really a game changer at WDW in my mind. For usually less than $10, you can get to pretty much anywhere on property and I'm using it more and more to avoid the WDW transportation during peak times. I don't use Lyft but I hear that it's pretty much the same deal as Uber (and I refuse to sit in one of those stupid polka dot cars for $25....).
Mini vans are $25 each way, and I’m certain they’ve got a policy against running from DS to the parks. I had considered an Uber the other day, but I really dislike getting into a stranger’s car and being forced into awkward conversation.
I suppose it’s better than being stranded
In most of my experiences the driver rarely talks unless I kept the conversation going. It really isn't as awkward as you might think it would be. Plus using Uber around the parks a lot of the drivers are Cast Members so you might get a good conversation going about the parks.
Food Stamp Lady:
The best way to analyze the situation would be to take the level of enjoyment and utility that you would get from the trip and compare it against the costs that you would incur by choosing to take the trip. Another way to put the costs would be the aggregate cost of the vacation in total less the costs that cannot be recovered by cancelling. Really, the "sunk costs" should be irrelevant, and all that is relevant are the costs that would be incurred by still going. So, if you wouldn't really save a lot by not going, maybe still go and enjoy yourself. If you could recover a high amount of your costs, maybe cancel the trip and put that money towards other things.
The Parking Situation:
While I am always thrilled to see cities capitalizing on alternative forms of transportation, and even more thrilled when I see individuals and families finding ways to get around other than the car, from a corporation's perspective, this seems a little odd. Traditionally, the only functional reason to charge for parking, as opposed to increasing the price of the ticket by the same amount, is to ration parking spaces and to manage vehicular traffic. As Disney has so much land in Orlando that they can't even use all of it, you would think that land for parking wouldn't be something to ration. Traffic may be issue, but really, you don't see much traffic on Disney controlled roads.
Ultimately, I think it comes down to Walt Disney (the man's) vision of a more planned, controlled society and infrastructure. Typically, when you design better cities, you try to cut down on the usage of cars, and try to find smarter ways to whip people around. Remember, this a planned ecosystem. The buses/monorails are more crowded? You add more rolling stock to the fleet. The actually improves the experience, as the waiting times decrease.
But as I was saying before. Disney's grounds are so large and you don't have the normal city's commuting traffic that it doesn't make a lot of sense to solve a problem that doesn't exist. I'd love it if people could pay attention when Disney tries to explain how to organize a better society, but it may fall on deaf ears. People want their cars, and the frustration may turn them off to a better, more European style of planning. I think that cars are great with little to no population density, but they start to lose their utility in denser populations.
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