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Tips for Using Uber & Lyft at Disney World

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Here are my best tips for getting around with Disney World Uber and Lyft!

One of the best perks of staying on Disney World property is the free transportation that Disney provides.

But sometimes Disney transportation isn’t convenient – such as when you want to go from one resort to another, or when you want to get to a theme park for an early morning breakfast reservation.

In the past, the only alternative to Disney transportation in these situations was a taxi. Taxis are convenient, but they can quickly drive up the cost of your vacation!

Now Disney guests have another option, thanks to ride-sharing services such as Uber and Lyft (these are my referral links).

If you’ve never used Uber or Lyft before, I’ll walk you through how they work in this post. I’ll also share tips for using Uber & Lyft at the theme parks, Disney resorts, and Orlando area airports, as well as my personal experience with rides (which have been almost entirely positive).

Uber & Lyft Disney World Basics

uber and lyft logosFor those who don’t know, Uber and Lyft are smartphone apps that allow you to request a ride from a driver in your immediate area. From this point on I’ll use Uber as my example, but I don’t recommend one program over the other since I’ve had good experiences with both.

Your first concern might be about safety, right? What I like about these apps is that they track your route on a map that both you and the driver (and Uber) can see.

So I feel safe knowing where I’m going, the route my driver is taking, and my estimated time of arrival throughout the whole trip. This alone makes the ride-sharing experience superior to a taxi, in my opinion.

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You must have a smartphone and the Uber app to use the service. When you are ready to request a ride, you just open the app and type your destination in the “Where to?” box.

You’ll be given the cost and the estimated time of the trip. You may also have options for the type of service you want with Uber. Here’s a summary of the main services:

  • UberX: the base level of Uber, sedans for 1-4 people
  • UberXL: SUVs that fit up to 6 passengers
  • UberSELECT: high-end vehicles and highly-rated drivers

There are various other premium and carpooling options, but the three above are the most common choices you’ll have at Disney World.

You can almost always choose a vehicle with a car seat as well. Children three and under must be in a car seat according to Florida law.

When you request a ride, you will be matched with the closest driver to your location. You’ll see the make and model of the driver’s car, as well as the driver’s name and rating. You will also be able to see the driver’s location and the estimated time until they arrive at your location to pick you up.

Why Use Uber Instead of a Taxi at Disney World?

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The main incentive to use Uber instead of a taxi is the cost savings! You can get to ANY location within Walt Disney World for under $10 using Uber when a taxi can easily cost up to $25. As an example, my recent ride from All-Star Music Resort to Animal Kingdom cost me $6.61 with Uber.

You’ll get your first ride free (up to $20) when you sign up for Uber and when you sign up for Lyft .

I recommend signing up a week or so before you want to use your free ride because I believe the Lyft credit expires in 14 days. Also be sure to sign up for both to get not one but two free rides!

Before your first ride, you will register a credit card as your form of payment. After you take a trip your card will automatically be charged the designated amount and you’ll get a receipt via email.

I strongly prefer this to handling cash with a taxi driver, when I have to worry about if I have enough on hand or if I have the right combination of bills.

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The fare estimator feature on the Uber website is another plus, though I’m guessing taxi companies have a similar tool.

I’ve used it to figure costs of rides to the airport and around Disney. You could, of course, also use it to estimate rides to the “other” parks in Orlando (I won’t judge).

And last, at resorts with spread-out buildings such as Old Key West and Saratoga Springs, Uber drivers are able to pick you up directly from your building.

Taxis can only be hailed from the taxi stand at the front of your resort, but getting to the main building can involve a 10-15 minute walk at these resorts!

I love the timesaving convenience of getting picked up right at my building when I use Uber.

Uber To/From the Airports

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Thanks to recent changes, Orlando International Airport (MCO) now allows passenger pickup from all Uber categories!

UberX and XL (the most affordable rides) can pick up on the second level on both sides of the main terminal, at each end of the curb outside of baggage claim. Rides from MCO to Disney World will run in the $35-$40 range.

You can use any type of Uber driver for a ride back to MCO.  


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If you are flying into the Sanford airport on Allegiant Airlines, you can get picked up by any level of Uber, including UberX.

But note that at this point you will NOT be able to request an Uber with a car seat since Sanford technically falls outside of Orlando proper. Kids under 6 need some kid of car seat in Florida. 

It would cost between $45-$55 to get from the Sanford Airport to the Disney World area with UberX. Allegiant offers very low-cost flights, so it is possible to save money compared to flying into MCO, even after you factor in airport transfers with Uber.

Allegiant offers very low-cost flights, so it is possible to save money compared to flying into MCO, even after you factor in airport transfers with Uber.

Uber & Lyft at the Disney World Theme Parks & Disney Springs

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You are allowed to get both dropped off and picked up at any of Disney’s theme parks with Uber. The pickup and drop-off areas for Uber and Lyft are the same as for taxis and are pretty easy to locate.

At Animal Kingdom, stay to the far left as you are walking out and you will see the above signs marking the pickup area just to the left of the tram area. There is a similar area at Hollywood Studios near the bus loops that you can find by following the taxi signs.

taxi sign at Epcot

At Epcot, the pick-up area is located in the first parking lot where the Disney buses pick-up and drop-off. The area is in the middle of the lot so you do have to use caution and only cross in the designated crosswalk!

The trickiest place for using Uber is the Magic Kingdom. Pick-ups and drop-offs are only allowed at the Transportation and Ticket Center, so you will have to take the ferry or a monorail first to get picked up there.

If the walk to the Contemporary is more appealing you can always get picked up there as an alternative to the TTC.

There are two places to get picked up and dropped off at Disney Springs. The east pickup is located at the Marketplace bus loop – just look for taxi signs.

The pickup for the west part of Disney Springs is located in the Strawberry Lot which is beyond the Cirque du Soleil venue.

My Experiences With Uber & Lyft at Disney World

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I’ve used Uber and Lyft over a dozen times on various trips to Walt Disney World. I’ve found my drivers to be professional, knowledgeable, and helpful.

Cars are clean (though not spotless) and the driving is WAY less scary than I’ve experienced with taxis!

The only negative experience I had was waiting way too long to get picked up at Epcot on one occasion.

I waited at least 10 minutes longer than I should have while it appeared my driver was stopped at a gas station! I now know I should have canceled the trip after a few minutes of waiting, but I didn’t know I could do that at the time.

If you attempt to cancel a trip you might get a warning that you will be charged a cancellation fee.

I have canceled a trip within Walt Disney World and was not charged a fee, though these policies are subject to change at any time.

You are encouraged to give feedback after your ride and I always do. It’s mostly five stars, but I did give a negative review of my negative experience.

This helps keep the service reliable for everyone so don’t feel bad about giving negative feedback if your experience was off in any way.

I hope this article helped you understand how Uber and Lyft work at Disney World.

I think they are an affordable and convenient option for getting around and I expect I’ll use them again on all of my future trips to the World.

If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment below!

Check out these related posts: 

How to Skip the Lines at Disney World

15 Disney World Tips for First Timers

Geyser Point Bar & Grill Review (grab an Uber or Lyft to get over to Wilderness Lodge!)

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Friday 14th of January 2022

Hi! Thank you for including Sanford in this post! Can you say more about why an Uber/Lyft can't include a carseat when taken from SFB? Did I misunderstand? Sure hope we can get an Uber/Lyft with a carseat from SFB to take us to Animal Kingdom Lodge!


Saturday 25th of September 2021

Great article! A couple questions: 1. Do you know the earliest rideshare is able to drop off at parks? 2. Do you need a dining reservation to be dropped off at the Contemporary if you just want to walk from there to Magic Kingdom?


Wednesday 27th of October 2021

@Andrea, you can enter the Contemporary without a dining reservation. Be sure to take the Monorail from there to the Magic Kingdom! It picks up inside the resort amd takes you righ to the MK. Fast, fun and free!


Sunday 26th of September 2021

Thanks Andrea! The rideshares can drop off an hour before the parks open. So you could get picked up at your hotel before that and time your arrival accordingly. I actually don't know about getting dropped off at the Contemporary. I know they are getting more strict about letting people visit and park at other resorts, but I don't know about getting dropped off per say.


Friday 17th of April 2020

I’m going to the premium mall I haven’t been to a mall and want the experience (don’t judge) can Uber still be cheaper even off site?


Saturday 18th of April 2020

I'd try both apps when you want to go. I've saved several dollars just by going with whatever is cheaper at the moment! And yes, I've used Uber at off-site hotels many many times. Definitely cheaper than renting a car.

Khristine de Haan

Monday 9th of December 2019

Hello, Do you know if the Uber cost calculator includes road tolls?


Tuesday 10th of December 2019

It does! They are automatically added in to the cost.


Friday 18th of January 2019

Years ago (before Lyft and Uber were a thing) I took a taxi to Animal Kingdom from an off-site motel and the parking lot to Animal Kingdom charged a $10 fee to my driver even though he was just dropping me off and not parking there. Do they have a fee-less drop off zone now?


Friday 18th of January 2019

Hi Frank! Yep, there is no charge for a driver to drop you off at a theme park now. I have done this on MANY occasions myself and can attest that there is no fee! I've never heard of a drop-off fee so it must have been pre-2010? That when I started visiting frequently again as an adult.

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