Airport Shuttle Discounts for Disney Vacations

LAST UPDATE: 8/23/14

At both Walt Disney World and Disneyland, transportation from the airport to your hotel is something you’ll have to arrange and pay for yourself, unless you are staying at a Disney owned-and operated resort at Walt Disney World, in which case you have the option of using Disney’s free Magical Express service.

One option is to use an airport shuttle — a shared van or bus service that runs at scheduled times between the airport and your hotel. We’ve listed shuttle information and several airport shuttle discounts and coupons below.

In addition to the fees listed below, be sure to budget for a standard tip of $1 or more for each item of baggage handled by the driver.

Prices below are subject to change at any time.

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SuperShuttle Shared-Ride Van Service

For most people shared shuttle van service is an economical option, and it is quite convenient. A good option in Orlando is SuperShuttle. The shuttle will make multiple stops, but you will be delivered right to the door of your hotel.

Be aware that this form of transportation can be slow, since you will have to wait for the shuttle to pick up numerous passengers at multiple airport stops and then take them to their individual hotels. Allow at least 90 minutes from the time you get off the plane until you arrive at your hotel. (Direct driving time is 20-30 minutes.)

For parties of four or more, a towncar or limo transfer usually costs about the same or less and is more luxurious, much faster and more convenient.

You will need to make an advance reservation for shuttle van service. Payment can be in cash, traveler’s checks or by major credit card.

SuperShuttle LogoMouseSavers.com readers get an exclusive airport shuttle discount from SuperShuttle!

For SuperShuttle shared-ride van service:

  • Book online to receive $2 off one way, $4 off round trip to/from Orlando International (MCO) airport. Use discount code SAVER. Applies to airport transfers only. Discount does not apply to exclusive service. Offer expires 9/1/14.

Mears Shuttle Bus

Mears Shuttle is the company used by Disney to provide Disney’s free Magical Express service. If you will not be staying at a Disney-owned and -operated hotel, you can book Mears Shuttle directly.

Transfers between Orlando International Airport (MCO) and Disney World-area resorts are $34 roundtrip for adults (12 and older) and $27 for kids ages 4-11, plus tip. Kids 3 and under are free.

Unfortunately, Mears can be slow, since you will have to wait for the shuttle (which is often a big bus) to pick up numerous passengers and take them to their individual hotels. Allow about 90 minutes from the time you get off the plane until you arrive at your hotel. (Direct driving time is 20-30 minutes.)

For parties of four or more, a towncar or limo transfer usually costs about the same or less and is much more luxurious and convenient.

Disneyland

For a Disneyland trip, your shuttle selection partly depends on the airport you select.

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Disneyland Resort Express Bus

One of the least expensive options is Disneyland Resort Express, a private bus service that serves two major airports and a host of Disneyland-area hotels on a regular schedule. This company, operated by Southern California Gray Line, offers large, comfortable tour buses. (There is a small company calling itself Disneyland Express that operates vans – watch out, it’s not the same company.) Reservations are not required.

Disneyland Resort Express from the airport – after picking up your luggage at the airport, proceed out to the pickup location:

Disneyland Resort Express to the airport – The bus picks up at 13 stops located throughout the Anaheim resort area (including the three Disney resorts and the Howard Johnson Anaheim Hotel and Water Playground) and the bus departs frequently – contact them directly at (800) 828-6699 for the current schedule, which changed March 1, 2014.

If there are three or more adults in your party and you are flying into Orange County/John Wayne Airport (SNA), consider taking a taxi.

For the ultimate in convenience and luxury, consider using a towncar or limo transfer. In some cases it may cost about the same as using the bus.

SuperShuttle Shared-Ride Van Service

For most people shared shuttle van service is an economical option, and it is quite convenient. The biggest company in Southern California is SuperShuttle, which serves all of the major Los Angeles-area airports. The shuttle will make multiple stops, but you will be delivered right to the door of your hotel.

You will need to make an advance reservation for shuttle van service. Payment can be in cash, traveler’s checks or by major credit card.

SuperShuttle LogoMouseSavers.com readers get an exclusive airport shuttle discount from SuperShuttle!

For SuperShuttle shared-ride van service:

  • Book online to receive $2 off one way, $4 off round trip to/from Los Angeles (LAX, BUR, LGB, ONT) airports. Use discount code SAVER. Applies to airport transfers only. Discount does not apply to exclusive service. Offer expires 9/1/14.
  • Book online to receive $1 off one way, $2 off round trip to/from John Wayne Airport (SNA) in Orange County. Use discount code SAVER. Applies to airport transfers only. Discount does not apply to exclusive service. Offer expires 9/1/14.

MouseSavers.com reader Stephen W says that “if you book in advance and advise them, SuperShuttle has wheelchair-accessible transport vans available at no additional fee, in their shared-ride format. You can simply check a box during your Internet checkout and add wheelchair need to your reservation.”

If there are four or more people in your party and you are flying into Orange County/John Wayne Airport (SNA), consider taking a taxi.

For the ultimate in convenience and luxury, consider using a towncar or limo transfer. In some cases it may cost about the same as using a shuttle.

Taxis To/From Disneyland

Taxi service is quick and easy, but can get pricey. With larger parties (4 or more people) it can be an economical option from Orange County or Long Beach airport. Normal sedan-style taxis generally can carry 4 passengers, and taxi vans generally can carry 7 passengers. The price is the same for both kinds of taxi.

Car seats are required in California for children who are not yet at least 8 years old or 4′ 9″ tall. If you need car seats, be aware that most taxis will not carry them, and the ones that do carry a car seat may not have the right ones for your children. You will probably want to bring your own if you plan to take a taxi.

To take a cab from the airport, just follow the signs to the taxi stand. If you need a van, look for one in the waiting area, or ask the attendant to call you one.

To take a cab from your hotel, generally you can call the front desk or concierge about 15 minutes before you want to leave and they’ll either call one or tell you the procedure. At larger hotels, including the Disney hotels, there will typically be cabs waiting in front, and you just need to come out to the driveway and ask a bell services employee or valet for a cab.

Price estimates for taxi service to/from the various nearby airports and the Disneyland area:

Car Seats

Most shuttle vans and buses fall under mass transportation laws that do not require them to provide child safety seats, but you can request them when making your reservations anyway. You can also bring your own and use them on a shuttle van, but buses will usually not have the appropriate hookups or belts needed to attach a child seat.