Taxis & Ride Services at Walt Disney World

Taxis or on-demand ride services like Uber & Lyft can save you time at Walt Disney World and improve your comfort level — both of which increase the value of your vacation! 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. We’ve compiled information about Disney World taxis and ride services – a fare estimator, the best usage, and general tips below.

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General Advice

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 (or Disney’s Magical Express) to get to and from the airport, and then use taxis or ride services 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, or accident insurance. Plus, you will be dropped off at the front gate (except at Magic Kingdom, see below), won’t have to remember where you parked, and your family will not have to climb into a hot car!

Using a taxi or ride service 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. Keep in mind that if your kids need a car seat, most ride services don’t provide them because of the complexities of handling different-sized children. There are some exceptions you can read about in the on-demand ride service section below.

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 longest trip you could take on Disney property should seldom exceed $25 (tip included) for a taxi, or $12 for a ride service, at least for their basic level (UberX and plain Lyft). To get a general idea, you can use the Ride Guru site, which gives pretty good estimates by actually measuring out likely driving routes. We would advise you to round up: we’ve found fares can be 10%-20% higher at times because of construction, traffic, or drivers taking a less optimal route. During peak times, both Lyft and Uber can have surge pricing that can be 2X the normal price or more (we have not heard of surge prices that high at Disney World, but that could change as more people use these services).

One key caveat for the Magic Kingdom: taxis, on-demand ride services and private vehicles can’t drop off or pick up at the Magic Kingdom front gates; their designated drop-off area is across the lake at the Transportation and Ticket Center (TTC), and then guests take a monorail or ferry to the main gate. Most of the time it is easier to just get dropped off or picked up at the Contemporary (or the Bay Lake Tower, right next door) and take the walkway that connects the Contemporary to the Magic Kingdom. It’s about a 10 minute walk to the main gate, which is only about 5 minutes longer than the walk from the furthest bus stop at the Magic Kingdom. Occasionally, the Contemporary will turn away anyone who isn’t staying there, to keep traffic congestion down, and then you’ll most likely have to head to the standard dropoff point at the TTC.

Taxi Tips

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

On-Demand Ride Service Tips