Uber at Disney World
If you are looking to use Uber at Disney and need some details – you’ve come to the right place. We will talk about using Uber around Disney, where you can use it, and how to set it up.
What is Uber?
For those of you that don’t know, Uber is an app that has turned the taxi experience into an electronic experience. It is e-hailing if you will and is most of the time cheaper than a metered cab. You can use Uber by signing up for an Uber account, downloading the app onto your phone, and pressing a few buttons to request a driver. Don’t worry – we will go step by step through the process.
What makes Uber different is that it is not metered, there’s a fare depending on the location that you can see before you request a ride. Everything is done on your mobile phone. Uber exists as an app that you download on your phone and set up an account with. Uber takes away almost all interaction with the driver, which can be awkward.
Why Should I Use Uber?
The reason I started using Uber is because I was constantly going down to Disney World with my partner while under the age of 25 and was not open to paying the underage fees rental companies love. I own with the Disney Vacation Club, (Disney’s timeshare), so was staying at Disney but also wanted to visit the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and needed a way to get there.
That’s where Uber came in. It really is inexpensive and very convenient. Sometimes I’ll fall asleep after a long day after the dark while being driven home, and what do I care if there is traffic. I am no longer eligible for the underage rental car fee but I still hate driving and Uber makes more sense budget wise. You might align with the same reasons to use Uber as I do, you might be underage, not have a valid license, hate driving, or due to high rates – renting a car does not work.
Can I use Uber around Disney World?
Of course, you can! In fact, I suggest it over anything else. Uber drivers can get into Disney theme parks, resorts, etc. Uber will pick you up where you find the metered taxis. As you know, I am set on helping you plan your Walt Disney World vacation on a budget and using Uber at Disney World will save you a ton of time, money, and effort.
Signing up for Uber
The easiest way to sign up for Uber is:
Go to www.uber.com
Uber will need your name, mobile number, email, language, and billing information
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.
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.
Now go to your App Store (iPhone) or Google Play Store (Android) and search Uber.
Download the app
It is now ready for your Disney Trip.
uberX is the budget version of Uber make sure you are always requesting uberX and nothing else. These cars will fit 4-6 individuals.
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.
How do you use Uber?
When you want to use Uber, you open the app on your phone. Make sure you set up your account using my directions above and get logged in before you head to Disney World. It will save you frustration and time during your vacation.
Step 1 – Pickup Location
When you open the app, the pickup location will automatically be your current spot.
Step 2 – Enter Where To Address
Where are you going? You can type in the name of the location or the address. Uber connects to Google Maps so almost any place you can think of is pre-populated within the app.
Step 3 – Choose Type of Ride
Once you enter your Where To address, you will be given options such as UberX (regular level), UberXL (big car), UberPool (sharing the ride and car, can take longer and only for two people. Worth it if there is a big cost difference). I covered the levels above.
Under the type of ride is the payment method. This should have been saved under your account when you made your profile. Easy Peazy
Step 4 – Confirm Pickup Spot
Once you hit confirm Uber, you will confirm your location for pickup. It again defaults to your current location however, you can, and might need to change that depending on the situation. For example, if you’re at Epcot walking towards the exit, you have to make sure the pickup location is changed to the actual exit.
To do this just move the screen around until the black pin is where you want to get picked up.
Step 5 – Confirm Pickup
Once you confirm your pickup spot, Uber will find your driver. Within just a few moments, a car will officially have accepted the request to pick you up and you’ll see info on them on your screen.
You will be able to see the name of the person picking you up, a picture, the make and model of the car, the color, and the license plate number. This helps you look for the right car.
If you need to cancel the trip click on the driver and you will see an options to cancel. You can also contact your Uber driver this way.
- 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 not part of “Uber.” 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. If you see pricing that looks too high or abnormal, close the app and reopen it. It’s a budget-friendly trick of mine.
Uber pick-up at Magic Kingdom
Ticket and Transportation Center
Uber pick-up at Epcot
Near the buses, where all the Taxis are.
Uber pick-up at Hollywood Studios
Main parking lot right next to the Taxi queue.
Uber pick-up at Animal Kingdom
Near the taxi queue. Walk towards the left as you’re exiting the park towards handicap parking.
Uber at Orlando’s International Airport (MCO)
Uber had a fair fight when it came to being able to pick up at MCO. But it’s such a great service that a lot of people wanted it and so they fought for it. All levels of Uber service can now pick up at Orlando International Airport and Sanford Airport. This just happened in 2017 and it is really good news!
Check out the newly updated Disney on a Budget ebook!