Can you ride the Hogwarts Express as transportation to Universal Orlando?
Well, not quite yet.
With the new Wizarding World of Harry Potter, many guests staying at the Disney Hotels or Orlando area hotels want to spend a day at Universal Orlando Resort. Disney does not provide transportation to Universal Studios from the Disney Hotels, so how do you get from Disney to Universal Studios? There are several ways to get from the Disney Hotels and the Orlando area hotels to Universal Studios.
How to Get to Universal Orlando from Disney
Tickets with Transfers Combo
Destinations in Florida Travel offers a ticket called the 1-Day/2-Park Pass and it includes shuttle transfers from the Disney Hotels and Orlando Area Hotels. The shuttle transfers are on board Mears Transportation. It is an easy process. Once you book your ticket, you call Mears about 24 hours before you are visiting Universal Studios to schedule your pickup time. Then you are picked up outside your hotel for your day at Universal Studios.
Once you are done playing at Universal Studios, you call the same number to schedule your pickup time to head back to your Disney Hotel. In the afternoon, the shuttle runs every hour (quarter after) from 3 PM-2 AM. This means you can stay and play at CityWalk after your day at Universal Studios and then take the shuttle back to your resort.
The shuttle transfers saves you from $90 on transportation from Disney to Universal Studios. Plus, this ticket is also saving you $10 per person off the regular gates prices. One more HUGE perk, you do not have to wait in line at the ticket windows. You walk right up to the electronic kiosks to pick up your tickets. This can easily save you 30 minutes!
Here are the prices for these ticket & transfer combos:
2-Day Park-to-Park theme park ticket with Round Trip Transportation
$284.69 per adult/$274.04 per child (ages 3-9), including tax
1-Day Park-to-Park theme park ticket with Round Trip Transportation
$190.28 per adult/$184.95 per child (ages 3-9), including tax
To book your tickets, call 877-918-8941 or Order Online
Renting a Car
Another transportation option is renting a car. Disney World has an Alamo Office right in the middle of the resort at the Walt Disney World Car Care Center. You can rent a car for the day and head to Universal Studios. Be sure to take parking at Universal Studios into your budget, since this is an additional cost when renting a car. Alamo will pick you up at your Disney Resort and take you to their office. After your day, they will also take you back to your Disney Resort. So, you don’t have to worry about transportation from your Disney Hotel to the Alamo Office. Keep in mind you will have to pay for parking at Universal Orlando Resort!
Take a Taxi
If you are not a planner, you may just want to take a taxi for your transportation. You can always catch a taxi outside your Disney Hotel or you can call 407-699-9999 to get a taxi. The price is right around $45 each way plus tip for a taxi from the Disney Hotels to Universal Studios.
These are three ways to get from the Disney World & Orlando area hotels to Universal Orlando Resort.