Taking A Cab Around Property at Walt Disney World
The complimentary transportation available at the Walt Disney World Resort is one of the key reasons many people chose to stay on property. It's direct and convenient, though often can take more time than I'm willing to spend getting from point A to point B. Then a couple of years ago I discovered the joy of taking a taxi. Taking a taxi on property can save you time, reduce hassle, enhance your comfort and possibly increase the overall enjoyment of your vacation.
Mears is the official transportation provider of Walt Disney World Resort and provides metered yellow cabs stationed across WDW property. Cabs can be found at all Resort Hotels, Downtown Disney, the Transportation and Ticket Center, and near the Resort Bus lines at all parks except for Magic Kingdom. The cabs may have different names on the doors, but if it's yellow, it's Mears. Fare for Mears taxi service on Property for both sedan cab service, and larger party van service, should seldom exceed $25 plus tip to any other destination on property. To get a general idea of what your costs will be, Mears offers an online Taxi Fare Estimator.
The direct number to Mears Transportation is (407) 699-9999, and you can call yourself. However, Disney Resort's valet staff will gladly call a Yellow Cab for you. With Disney service on your side the response time is usually faster than if you call yourself and there's no question whose taxi is next when multiple guests are waiting. The longest time I have had to wait for a cab is about 5 minutes. If you are a party greater than 3, be sure to let the valet know that you will need a van.
Benefits to Taking A Taxi Include:
- Direct Resort to Resort Transportation
- Direct Transportation to Special Events
- Save Time Getting to Your Destination
- No Waiting in the Bus Line at the End of the Night
- Longer Hours than Complimentary Disney Transportation
Taking a taxi is now a regular part of my vacations for when I'm running short on time, or just want to get back to the hotel more quickly. It gives me a greater flexibility without having to rent a car. When budgeting for taxis during your vacation include both the estimated meter cost and a 15% tip for your driver. I always budget for $25 plus tip per trip, and whatever money is left over goes into my spending cash.
Have you used taxi service when staying at the Walt Disney World resort? Do you love the time it saves you, or another benefit of taxi service? Leave me a comment and let me know if you think Mears taxi's could be a benefit n your next vacation!