Both Lyft and Uber at Disney World are extremely easy to use and provide for the simplest way to navigate around the Walt Disney World Resort. Whether you choose a Disney World Uber or Lyft you will have a much simpler transportation experience than if were to take a taxi or even use a rental car at Disney World.
With the recent increase of popularity for Uber and Lyft at Walt Disney World in recent years, infrastructure has been put in place to create an even better ride-sharing experience for Walt Disney World guests.
Disney has even added their own ride-sharing service called the Minnie Vans (yes literally named after Minnie Mouse…they are painted to match her color scheme too).
In our guide we will give a Disney World Minnie Vans review, provide info on how to save money on Uber and Lyft with our coupons, and the best Disney World Lyft tips and Uber Disney World hacks.
How Does Uber Work in Mexico City?
If you aren’t familiar with Uber, it’s an app that allows you to call a taxi, choose your pickup and drop off destination through your phone, and prepay for it using a credit or debit card (in Mexico you can also use cash, but I’ll discuss that later). Once you are connected to a nearby driver, the app will give you the driver’s name, the type of car they’re driving, the color of the car, and the car’s plate number so that you know which one to get into. It’s incredibly simple to use.
Once you get into the vehicle, the driver will then navigate to the destination you’ve chosen. This is amazing because usually, with regular city taxis in Mexico City, they often don’t have meters on or navigation systems to get you where you need to be. This might be fine for locals who know exactly how to get where they’re going, but for tourists who don’t know the city, you need to rely on the taxi driver to know the roads. Uber drivers in Mexico City will always either Google Maps or Waze (if they ask which you prefer, always choose Waze).
In some cities, Uber now allows you to add a tip, but not in Mexico City. You do not need to tip and in fact, my dad tried to give Uber drivers a tip when he was here and many would not accept it.
Is it Safe to Use Uber in Mexico City?
While Uber may not have the best reputation in other parts of the world, Uber in Mexico City is one of the safest ways to get around the city. I regularly take Ubers by myself or with friends and I am always greeted respectfully and kindly. Drivers are polite and often overly helpful. Not many speak English, but the great thing about Uber in Mexico City is that you don’t really need to speak that much to get where you’re going.
Getting Uber From the Mexico City Airport
Getting an Uber from Mexico City airport into the city center is incredibly easy. Open the app and it will locate you. When you choose your destination and select Confirm Uber, it will ask you which door or puerta you are at. Look at the number of the door that you are at – it is likely two or three depending on which exit you came out of. You may have to walk to one of the doors because Uber cannot pick you up at every exit. The driver will then know to meet you outside that door.
If you know the name of your hotel, but not the address, you can simply enter the hotel name into the search bar on Uber and it will find the address for you.
Paying in Cash with Uber in Mexico City
If you would rather pay for your Uber with cash, you will have to go to the payment option under your phone as shown in the image below.
You can then add cash to your preferred payment method. If you have a credit card already listed as an option, you may need to remove that from your phone as the app will automatically assume that is your preferred payment option.
Be sure to have plenty of change as many drivers will not be able to break large notes like 500 pesos.
Note: There have been mixed stories recently (April 2018) of people saying that they have not been able to pay with cash in Mexico City. It depends on the driver and the starting location of your journey as to whether or not you can use cash. Just something to be aware of.
UberPOOL vs UberX in Mexico City
Mexico City has a few options when it comes to uber rides. When you open up the app and select a destination you will get two prices. One will be the price for UberPOOL and one will be the price for UberX. UberPOOL is pretty much what it sounds like, it is a carpool. You can only choose UberPOOL if you are traveling with one or two people. If you are three or more, you need to get UberX or the larger UberXL.
If you are traveling by yourself or with one other person and want to spend a little bit less money, you can choose UberPOOL. The system will then attempt to match you up with other people who are headed in your direction. Sometimes no one is traveling in your direction, so you get a cheaper price without having to share. This hardly ever happens, though.
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If you found this quick post helpful, you may be interested in Mexico City: A Travel Guide. It’s a digital guidebook that you can download straight to your phone and access while you’re on the go in Mexico City.
Learn more about what’s inside the guidebook and how you can purchase it here.
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How to Use Lyft and Uber in Disney World
Follow our easy step-by-step guide to using Uber and Lyft at Disney World.’
- First download either the Lyft or Uber app and sign up for an account.
- You can get $20 off your first Uber ride when you use our discount code “gavind714ue” or sign up through our link. You can get $20 of credit for Lyft if you use our discount code “GAVIN341751”. Even if you have already used one of the apps before there is high chance that someone in your group hasn’t yet so why not get that extra Uber Disney World discount. And then once you are signed up for the app you can give your own code out for people to use and then you will get a credit to your account too!
- Once you are ready to go and all signed up for an account, you will be presented with a map screen where you can drop a pin or type in the address where you want to be picked up.
- Uber and Lyft both classify their types of cars and services into different categories that include a shared carpool, a car that can fit four people, and a car that can fit 6-8. You can also select a luxury or regular type of car as well. You can see the varying prices for these levels of cars. Unless you have a large family of 5+ people, the regular UberX or Lyft regular will be sufficient.
- Once you pressed the button to call the driver, you will see a time show up on the screen and information on the Uber or Lyft driver appear in the bottom third of the screen.
- You can track the car as it approaches on the map and contact the Uber driver via the contact button below their name if they get lost or are taking longer than expected.
- At the end of your ride you will be billed for the trip and will have the option to rate the driver and leave a tip. Tips are not expected and the feature only recently came to the Uber app.
New Disney World Minnie Vans Review
Since they were introduced in 2017, Minnie Vans have become one of the easiest ways to get around Disney World–not to mention how cute they are.
This new service is a special option inside the Lyft app. You follow the exact same instructions for using the app that are explained above, however you will need to activate the Minnie Van option by visiting the concierge of your Disney World hotel or activating the service via your My Disney Experience app.
Unlike the surge pricing in the Uber and Lyft apps, the pricing for Minnie Vans stays consistent. This new service is locked in with a $25 fee and will take you directly from your pickup location to your destination.Though usually more expensive than normal Uber and Lyft rides (sometimes about 1.5x the price), it can work out to about the same price (or in rare cases, even cheaper) when choosing to take a Minnie Van. The new service is definitely less expensive than a taxi at Disney World. The true beauty of this new ride-calling service is that the cars can get closer to your destination than any of the other ride-sharing cars. They have the ability to travel in the bus lane that is reserved for Disney World vehicles.
The cars themselves are comfortable and are the latest Chevy Traverse SUV or another Chevrolet van for the wheelchair and ECV friendly service cars. Some of the kindest top Cast Members from throughout the entire resort will serve as your Minnie Van drivers. When they were working on this new program, they picked out the top rated Cast Members who would be the most reliable and conversational.
Another important feature of the Minnie Vans to mention is that they include car-seats for your children at not extra cost. This was always the limiting factor of taking Disney World Uber as most cars did not have car seats for the kids in Disney World. There are also cars that accessible for the disabled and can accomodate wheelchairs.
Beginning in January 2018, Minnie Vans are available from every Deluxe Disney World resort hotel. The Minnie Vans will eventually be rolled out to the entire resort but for now they are working out slowly. The new hotels to receive the new service will be Deluxe Villas and Disney Vacation Club resorts. The Old Key West Disney Vacation Club and Deluxe Villas already have service. If the service proves to be popular, expect to see the Moderate resorts receive access to the Minnie Vans as we prepare for Summer 2018.
Pros of Using Disney World Uber or Disney World Lyft
Part of the fantastic experience of visiting Walt Disney World is the fantastic “Disney bubble” that is created during the vacation. That’s why we stay at the Disney World hotel on property and really don’t leave. You’re immersed in the magic.
- Stay Immersed in the Disney World Magic: With that in mind, taking Uber or Lyft keep you immersed without having to deal with the difficulty of driving that you if you got a Disney World rental car. You also won’t have to worry about parking passes or filling up gas tanks.
- Direct transportation: Next, while Disney World has a fantastic transportation system, waiting for buses and monorails can be exhausting especially if it is late at night and you would need to make a couple of transfers before getting back to the hotel for the night.
- Front of park access: With Uber and Lyft becoming more common options for guests, Disney World Cast Members are becoming familiar with it, too. Cast Members at parking stations will allow the drivers to pass to the very front of the park drop off if the driver makes it known they are there for a guest drop-off and show an ID. The Minnie Vans have even better access and can go places that not Lyft and Uber Disney World cars cannot.
- Quick Uber and Lyft pickup time: The concentration of Uber and Lyft drivers around Disney World has increased in recent years. With that said, the average wait time for a Lyft or Uber Disney World pick up anywhere in the resort is only around 5 minutes.
- Safety with drivers and background checks: In addition to the Uber and Lyft background checks for every driver, there is a five star rating system. When you finish a Disney World ride, you can give your driver a certain number of stars based on the experience you’ve had. Uber drivers face the risk of being dropped from the service if their rating goes below 4.5 stars. You read that correctly. An Uber driver needs to hold at LEAST a 90% positive rating! This is the difference between the horrid stories everyone has of New York Taxi Cab Services and Uber.
Cons of Using Disney World Uber or Lyft
When traveling from the airport to Disney World, you will be charge a small additional fee that is added when the app sees that you are getting picked up inside the airport.
Another con of Uber/Lyft is their surge pricing. This one is pretty major. Surge pricing is enabled when the drivers are being used near capacity. If there aren’t enough drivers to keep up with the current demand, surge pricing takes effect and the rides become a bit more expensive (around 1.5 to 2 times the normal cost). This enables the ones who needs rides the most a chance to still get around.
The app will notify you when surge pricing is active in case you’d like to wait a few minutes for the traffic to calm back down. You can also set it to notify you if the surge ends. While still cheaper than the ordinary taxi, surge pricing can put a damper into a rather great service. On the bright side, with the recent flood of drivers to the Walt Disney World area, surge pricing is becoming less and less common. If it happens, you can expect it around 8-10 am, and 9-11pm, when most of the park guests are arriving and leaving from the resorts. This is another pro for using the Minnie Vans service as it always keep the same price of $20 for each trip.
Disney World Uber and Lyft WDW Tips
Where to Get Drop Off With Uber at Disney World
While you can get to all of the Disney World theme parks with Uber and Lyft, there are a couple of trips to use when entering the destination for your trip.
Magic Kingdom: The standard pickup/drop off location is the “Ticket and Transportation Center”. To avoid being dropped off across the lagoon from the Magic Kingdom, enter the Contemporary Resort as your destination and enjoy a short walk to the entrance.
Epcot: Enter “Epcot Bus Stop” into the app, and you’ll be taken to the bus drop off area of Epcot. The park is then to your left!
Animal Kingdom: Animal kingdom features a rather long road leading to the park entrance, so the pickups/drop offs can take a bit longer for this one. It’s still straightforward. Simply enter “Animal Kingdom” into the app, and you’ll be taken to the taxi drop off area.
Hollywood Studios: Again, all you need to enter into the app is “Hollywood Studios”. This will take you to the main parking lot. This tends to be the simplest of the parks to use Lyft or Uber Disney World.
Be Kind to Your Driver
The same way that you can submit a rating of your Disney World Uber and Lyft driver, they rank you after every trip. This rating stays with your profile and displays every time that you request a ride.
My mom is very proud to have a perfect five star score–especially after one driver was so excited because he had never met one before! Anyways, be sure to be nice to the drivers and they will be nice to you.
Inform Your Driver Of Your Exact Location
When a driver accepts your pickup request, they are able to see your location via GPS. With all the modern enhancements of GPS, sometimes it can act a little strange. The best solution is to inform your driver with as much information as possible. Immediately after requesting your ride, you can message the driver exactly where you are, what you’re wearing, and how to get to you. This can greatly speed up the process.
Don’t Leave Anything Behind in Your Uber Disney World
Make it a habit to check the seats before you leave the car. Nothing would be worse than forgetting an essential bag during your Disney World vacation.
You would not want to leave behind your Disney World tickets! (You can get discount Disney World tickets 2018 here.
Uber vs. Lyft Poll Results from Rideshare Drivers:
From all of the ridesharing drivers we polled, the results favored working for Lyft vs Uber.
- Drivers who preferred Lyft: 19
- Drivers who preferred Uber: 7
- Who is bigger Uber or Lyft? Uber does have a larger customer base than Lyft, and is available in more states than Lyft, meaning you’ll pick up more rides as an Uber driver.
- If you ask “Which pays more Lyft or Uber?,” the answer is Lyft, by a nose. The company pays drivers slightly more, has a rider minimum, and they take less of a commission than Uber’s 20%. For example, drivers for both companies will take home between $13 and $15 an hour on average, but Lyft comes out closer to the higher range.
- Lyft is seen as being more driver-friendly than Uber when it comes to helpful, customer service. Uber customer service is sometimes hard to reach and the reps seem overwhelmed.
- It is easier to go through the Uber driver sign up than what it takes to be approved as a Lyft driver. For example, Uber allows cars from 2000 and newer, while Lyft requires a 2003 model or newer. Click here for a list of car and driver requirements for both companies.