Taxis at Walt Disney World

While Disney has a FREE transportation system at Walt Disney World (mostly buses, but also boats and monorails), occasionally it’s not terribly convenient or can take a long time. Taxis can save you time and improve your comfort level — both of which increase the value of your vacation! We’ve compiled information about Disney World taxis – a fare estimator, the best usage, and general tips below.

If the price of a rental car is expensive at the time you plan to travel, in some cases it will be cheaper to use a shuttle, towncar, van or limo to get to and from the airport, and then use taxis to get around while you’re at Walt Disney World. By using taxis instead of a rental car you don’t have to worry about parking fees, valet tips, car seat rental (most taxi vans at Disney World will provide them for free on request), or accident insurance. Plus, you will be dropped off at the front gate, won’t have to remember where you parked, and your family will not have to climb into a hot car!

Using a taxi is especially terrific if you have little ones and decide to stay late in a theme park to enjoy the fireworks. Instead of rushing out with the crowds after the show and waiting for three Disney buses before it’s your turn, you call a cab and get those tuckered-out kids back to the hotel in a fraction of the time.

Even if you’re staying on property, a taxi can drastically reduce the hassle factor of going out to dinner at Disney’s resorts (including the Hoop Dee Doo Revue and Spirit of Aloha dinner shows), since there is no direct resort-to-resort transportation.

The taxi fare to get all the way across the Disney property should seldom exceed $20 plus tip. To get a general idea, you can use the Taxi Fare Estimator offered by Mears Transportation, which the official provider of taxi services on Disney property. We would advise you to round up: we’ve found fares are often 20% higher or so, and some drivers will take you by the most roundabout routes. Also, note that not all locations at Walt Disney World and the surrounding area are included in the Taxi Fare Estimator. For instance, Disney’s Hollywood Studios isn’t listed (use Epcot, which is close). Neither is Downtown Disney (use Disney Institute) or Animal Kingdom (use Blizzard Beach and add a few bucks).

If you choose to use taxis to get around at Walt Disney World, here are some tips to remember: