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Happy Limo picked us up at the airport, at the hotel, at the Ship, at the hotel, allowed us two stops at drug stores for supplies and never was late nor caused any stress.  Use these people instead of the free transportation if you want a truly stress free holiday.  $161.00 return

 

2009-08-19 - Speaking of Limo - I highly recommend Happy Limo in Orlando for your ride to the resort and back to the airport.  You can find them at http://www.happylimo.com/  They can take you to the Disney cruise line as well.  We once did a trip from the airport to the cruise, then when we returned they took us to the disney resort, then they picked us up and took us back to the airport.

 They cost about $150.00 plus tip to the Disney resorts.  Here are the advantages:  When you arrive at the airport they are waiting for you at the bottom of the baggage claim escalator.  They wait with you until your bags arrive.  They gather up your bags and your passengers and take you to a covered drive through where the car is waiting.  He will run the air conditioner while he loads up the bags.  It is so easy and stress free.  You pick the level of comfort or size of car depending on your party size.  I recommend the SUV for 5 people.  It is so clean and comfortable.  They will take you directly to your hotel quickly.  If you wish to stop for half an hour and pick up groceries that can be arranged.  That will save you money.  On the way back they will pick you up at your hotel and deliver you back to the airport.  They have never missed one of our return trips.  It is safe and comfortable and dependable.  You are expected to tip 20 percent, we give a little more.  This trip we are using a Stretch Lincoln Limo just for the fun of it.  I will let you know what we think.  It is about 50.00 more in total.  Fun is fun!  Here are the alternatives:  You can take a cab - they are available outside.  They tend to be a little messy, not as cool and we find that the drivers spend most of the trip talking on their cell phones.  It is unnerving.  Mears have vans that they use to drive you to the resorts but they are uncomfortable.  The Magical Express is fine.  They have tv screens that show you what to expect in the parks.  They greet you at the escalator and gather you into the appropriate bus.  The ride can be fine but the biggest problem is your bags.  They may not arrive in your room until 11:00 at night.  They get taken from the plane to a truck and are delivered to the resorts.  From there they are taken to the rooms but you should not count on them being there when you need them on arrival day.  In all cases take a bathing suit and plan on being dressed for the pool on your arrival day.  If your room is not ready, not cleaned up yet, you can spend your day at the pool.  For the little bit of extra money, it is highly recommended that you use Happy Limo and your bags arrive with you in comfort and your holiday begins stress free.

 

2009-08-19 - We fly Spirit Air out of Detroit for many reasons.  One of them being that when our limo takes us back to the Orlando airport for the flight out we drop our bag

Illuminations cruise! - Epcot - 2012-03-26-

 Finally got to book the Illuminations cruise!  I have been trying to do this for ten years.  Well, in honesty we were trying to book Breathless as a cruise but this pontoon boat will suffice.  We are going to have dessert delivered down to the boat so that we can sit out under the France - England bridge and watch the Epcot fireworks.

2009-08-30 - Do you want to make your holiday in Disney affordable?  The largest expense that stops people from traveling is the cost of getting there.  I suggest Spirit Air out of Detroit.  I do not pay more than $60.00 a flight per person each way.  That may surprise you, but would you be more surprised that I have bought tickets for $0.35 each way to Orlando?  It is true.  Go to www.spiritair.com and sign up for the $9.00 fare club.  This will allow you to save $9.00 or up to $100.00 per flight depending on the sale.  It handles everyone in your flight party.  Then sign up for the email specials.  They will email you whenever a great sale is available for booking.  You have to move quickly and be ready to fly on weekdays to get the best deals.  I have seen deals to California, Vegas, Columbia and Orlando that you simply would not believe.    One time they offered us $1.35 to fly - so with taxes it was about $20.00 to fly both ways.  We get the 7:35 flight 801 in the morning.  We leave here at 3:30 in the morning and fly straight through to Orlando.  We get to the border early before any lines and drive straight to the airport.   We park right at the airport in the parking by the terminal.  Sure it costs $100.00 a week but we are on the flight quickly and when we get home we can walk out to the car and drive right away without having to wait for shuttles.  How much is your stress level worth.   I think that we park on level 4 or 5 and find the walkway that takes you right over to the terminal then find a parking spot nearby.  We get in to Orlando at 10:00 am and get right into our limo and we are at the pool by 11:00.   Prices have been a little more pricey these days.  They still have deals but they focus less on Detroit than Fort Lauderdale.  Today I used a $35.00 off coupon and brought the price down in January to $73.00 each way.  If you fly on a Tuesday or Wednesday you can bring the price down to $43.00.

 

Staying on Disney Property gives you the convenience of using the bus system for free.  The buses are plentiful, go anywhere and everywhere.  They are large, clean, cold and with helpful messages.  These buses are designed to accommodate wheel chairs and scooters.  They kneel down for easy access.  Scooters will be tied into place once on the bus so be prepared to give up your seat in themiddle section if a scooter wants to get on.  Each resort gets a separate bus to every park every twenty minutes all day and night until the park closes.

 

The Value resorts are pretty spread out, so there can be a lot of walking, particularly if you don’t have a car. Wait times for the buses can be long. Also, it’s not at all convenient to eat at another resort, go to Disney Springs, or attend special meals such as the Polynesian Luau or Hoop-Dee-Doo Revue unless you have a car.

 

Transportation from the Value resorts to all other areas of Walt Disney World is by bus.

 

Transportation from Art of Animation to all other areas of Walt Disney World is by bus. This resort has its own separate bus service (buses don’t stop at another resort on the way to/from the parks). The resort is very spread out and there is only one bus stop, in front of Animation Hall, so there can be a lot of walking. It’s not at all convenient to eat at another resort, go to Disney Springs, or attend special meals such as the Polynesian Luau or Hoop-Dee-Doo Revue unless you have a car.

 

Transportation from the Moderate resorts to the theme parks and water parks is by bus, but Port Orleans – French Quarter and Port Orleans – Riverside do offer boat transportation to Disney Springs.

 

Transportation from the Deluxe resorts to the theme parks and water parks varies:

•Animal Kingdom Lodge uses bus transportation exclusively. You cannot walk from this resort to any other destinations at Walt Disney World.

•Wilderness Lodge has boat transportation to Magic Kingdom, Contemporary and Fort Wilderness, but uses buses to other destinations.

•Beach Club, BoardWalk and Yacht Club are within walking distance of each other, as well as Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios. These three resorts also offer boat transportation to Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Otherwise they use buses.

•Contemporary, Grand Floridian and Polynesian are connected by Monorail to each other, to Magic Kingdom and (with a transfer) to Epcot. Contemporary, Wilderness Lodge and Fort Wilderness are connected by boat. Grand Floridian, Polynesian and Magic Kingdom are connected by boat. You can walk from Contemporary to Magic Kingdom. Otherwise the three “Monorail resorts” use buses.

 

Transportation from the Disney Vacation Club resorts to the theme parks and water parks varies:

•Animal Kingdom Villas, Old Key West and Saratoga Springs use bus transportation exclusively. You cannot walk from these resorts to any other destinations at Walt Disney World.

•Villas at Wilderness Lodge has boat transportation to Magic Kingdom, Contemporary and Ft. Wilderness, but uses buses to other destinations.

•Beach Club Villas and BoardWalk Villas are within walking distance of each other, as well as Yacht Club, Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios. These two resorts also offer boat transportation to Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Otherwise they use buses.

•Bay Lake Tower at Contemporary Resort, Polynesian Villas & Bungalows, and Villas at Grand Floridian are on the Monorail, which gives you access to Magic Kingdom and (with a transfer) to Epcot. Contemporary, Wilderness Lodge and Fort Wilderness are connected by boat. You can walk from Bay Lake Tower to the Magic Kingdom. Otherwise these resorts use buses.

 

Another major advantage of Fort Wilderness is the boat transportation to the Magic Kingdom, which is a lot more fun than taking a bus. If you want to eat at (or just explore) the Contemporary Resort or Wilderness Lodge, you can take a boat directly to those resorts. To visit the Polynesian (perhaps to attend the Luau) or the Grand Floridian, you can take a boat to the Magic Kingdom or Contemporary and then take the Monorail to the resorts.

May 2017 - We reserved a giant SUV limo from Happy Limo to get us to the hotel and back to the airport.  Reservations are easy to make.  They confirm it all by email.  Then just before you leave they bill your credit card.  They confirm the charges by email.  Your driver sends you a text telling you where he will meet you at the airport and at the hotel.  That is really nice to be sure that everything is going to work correctly.  It was 90.00 each way but the ease and peace of mind is worth hundreds.

I rented a scooter from Walker Scooter Rentals in Orlando.  I will let you know how that went.  I wont be able to walk around much as my breathing is more difficult with these new meds.