Uber Disney World to Universal – Ultimate Guide
Uber is one of the most convenient “inventions” in awhile.
Let’s go through every you need to know about Uber PLUS how to use it to get from Disney World to Universal.
Uber is an inexpensive, safe, and convenient taxi service. It’s on-demand private drivers for a low price. This is a great option for people who aren’t staying on-property, and therefore don’t have access to Disney’s transportation system. Uber can get you to all the same places, so don’t worry about that.
Uber is a mobile app that has turned getting a taxi into e-hailing. The best thing about Uber is that it’s almost always cheaper than a taxi. As a note: Disney now has a partnership with Lyft, which is their Minnie Vans. Despite being a Lyft service, these vans are fully integrated now with Disney’s transportation system, and that generally means that the Minnie Vans will cost a lot more than Uber.
You can use Uber by signing up for an Uber account, downloading the app, and pressing a few buttons to request a driver.
There are four different levels to Uber:
UberX – The least expensive Uber option. Usually a sedan (like a Toyota Corolla), will seat up to 4 passengers.
UberXL – The bigger version of UberX, XL seats up to 6 passengers and is an SUV or Minivan.
UberSelect – Luxury services, AKA luxury vehicles like BMW or Mercedes. Sits up to 4 passengers.
UberFamily – Either UberX or UberXL plus a car seat.
- The entire Uber experience is via a mobile app.
- On average, Uber is 30% the cost of the Mears Taxi service at WDW.
- Uber runs background checks on their drivers. Furthermore, any overall rankings under 4.6 out of 5 stars are investigated.
- Tipping is a new part of Uber. It’s not expected that you tip your driver, but if you’ve had a smooth, enjoyable ride with a nice driver, it’s very appreciated if you tip them a couple extra bucks. Along with that, if you had a really great driver, make sure to give them a good ranking.
- If you’re new to Uber, use promo codeVIRGINIAS515UE for a free ride up to $15.
- Payment is automatic from the app, via the card you used to set up your account.
- Surge pricing is when Uber increases pricing due to the time of day, the weather, or demand. Uber is very transparent about their pricing, so you will see if there is surge pricing when you open the app.
Over the years, Uber has expanded its offerings and continues to test out new services. They now have Uber Comfort, which means the vehicle will have more head and legroom, and Uber Black, which is a step up from Uber Select. They also have a special service for travelers with pets. You can specifically select Uber Pet if you are traveling with an animal (If you have a service animal, you may use the regular service). This isn’t normally offered to and from the airport, but is available throughout Orlando. Note: the pricing above is for a trip from MCO to a Walt Disney World resort.
Signing Up for Uber
The easiest way to sign up for Uber is:
The easiest way to sign up for Uber is:
-Go to www.uber.com (You can also sign up directly on the app, but doing it on the computer is definitely easier)
-At the top right corner, click Sign Up
-Uber will need your name, mobile number, email, language, and billing information.
-The billing information you give here is what will be charged when using the service. Read the terms and agreements, make sure you are OK with them and hit sign up.
If you want to use my referral code to get a free ride make sure to hit add a promo code under the payment information and enter: VIRGINIAS515UE (If you use this referral code we will both get a free ride, just a heads up)
-Go to your App Store (iPhone) or Google Play Store (Android) and search Uber
-Download the app
You are now ready for your Disney Trip!
Using Uber Within Walt Disney World
While there are plenty of variations of the service, UberX is the cheapest ride option, and can fit up to 4 passengers. Ubers within Walt Disney World will normally cost from $8-$20, but if you are traveling during a busy time of year, or say, when everyone’s leaving the park after a fireworks show, then the price can go way up.
When using Uber, make sure to align the black drop pin with the blue dot. It’s always good to double check your position on the map, because the GPS can mess up from time to time. Wait times for an Uber are short, usually 5-10 minutes, and rides around Disney World are the same. The longest ride you’ll have in Disney World will be 25-30 minutes, unless there’s extra traffic or construction.
Uber pick-up at Magic Kingdom
Uber pick-up and drop-off from Magic Kingdom is found at the Ticket and Transportation Center, which is a monorail or ferry boat ride away from the park.
Uber pick-up at Epcot
At the front of the park near the buses, where all the Taxis are.
Uber pick-up at Hollywood Studios
At the front of the park, the main parking lot right next to the Taxi queue.
Uber pick-up at Animal Kingdom
At the front of that park near the taxi queue. Walk towards the left as you’re exiting the park, towards handicap parking.
Uber pick-up at Disney World resorts
All drop-off and pick-ups through Uber at the Walt Disney World resorts take place at the front entrance of the hotel.
Uber Universal to Disney World
The average cost of Uber from Universal Studios to Disney World is generally between $15-$35 each way, depending on the time, day, and season. It’s helpful to check the app throughout the day, and plan your travel for a less busy time of day. If you are planning to travel during rush hour, know that the price could be higher than normal.
Universal recently changed their Uber pick-up and drop-off location, giving ride-share services their own area on the fifth floor of the Jurassic Park section in the North parking garage of Universal CityWalk. Along with that, they instituted a $4 fee for Uber pick-ups at their theme parks. At this time, the fee does not apply at their resorts. Universal said that the extra fees were going towards a lounge for riders to wait for their pick-up, and better signage. This extra fee might not seem like a lot, but it can add up during your vacation, so keep that in mind.
Uber at Orlando’s International Airport (MCO)
Uber has a huge presence at the Orlando Airport, alongside regular taxis and other services like Lyft. Right now, if you are taking an Uber from the airport to Universal, or a hotel in the area, prices start on the low end around $25-$35, but can rise to be over $100, depending on the type of car you are requesting.
There is a designated area on Level 2 of MCO for ride-share services, and the airport has great signage for navigation. If you can’t find it, just ask someone working there. They’re easy to spot and super helpful! When you are getting dropped off at the airport by Uber, you will have to input your terminal, and they will drop you off on the departure level.