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Get from Disney World to Universal Studios


by Matilde


Hi Dad! We are 2 adults and 3 kids (ages 4 , 8 and 10) planning to go to WDW in August staying at Kidani Villas (trying to “upgrade” to the Boardwalk or nearer Magic Kingdom). We are relying completely in Disney´s Transportation, and want to visit Universal Studios. So, how do we get from Disney World to Universal Studios? Is there a Shuttle we can take? Is it more convenient to rent a car? Could you tell us how long does it take from Kidani to Magic Kingdom by Bus? Thanks in advance !!!

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A cab will get you there, but not this one – Photo by Cliff Wang




Thank you for a great question. My initial reaction is why would you want to go and do that. But that’s not important right now. (OK, time to be serious.)


The best answer is always to rent a car at Disney World. If this is an option, it is by far the best.


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If you have a car during your visit it doesn’t matter if you stay at the Animal Kingdom or one of the Boardwalk hotels. You aren’t at the mercy of the Disney World bus system. (The bus system works well most of the time, it’s just gets real stressed during peak periods.


As to your question about how long does it take to get from the Animal Kingdom to the Magic Kingdom, it depends. It depends on what time of day it is. A good trip takes about 20 minutes, but from the Kadani Village it’s a bit longer because you stop at Jambo House and pick up guests there. So figure 30 minutes. I took me an hour to get back to the Animal Kingdom Lodge from the Magic Kingdom the night I watched the firework show then tried to get on the bus. (I was a bit lucky in that I got on the first bus available.)


Now about how to get from Disney World to Universal Studios. I’m not even going to talk about public transportation. It involves changing buses at Sea World, walking, trolleys, public transportation is just not practical.


Next there is the cab option. It costs about $40.00 each way. That’s probably the least expensive option.


If you wanted an experience, you could rent a limo and take the kids for a limo ride. This would probably cost around $150.00. If they’ve never experienced a ride in a limo, it’s a great experience.


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Matilde, the best way by far is to rent a car. We always plan our Universal dates separate from our Disney dates and stay in the Universal hotels (their front of the line program is a great perk for staying in a Universal hotel.) I hope this helps.


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Comments for

Nov 18, 2013 One Other Option
by: Kris There is actually one other option! There is a Universal Studios ticket that includes shuttle transportation into the 1-Day or 2-Day Pass. We used it and loved it. It was a great way to stay at Disney and still get over to see Harry Potter. Here is where we bought ours.

Sep 03, 2013 shuttle
by: cesar I’m staying at the All Star Resort and they suggest to take a shuttle that is 19 usd per person for both ways and runs every hour 7:05 8:05 :9:05 the name of the company is Mears and phone number (407) 423-5566 – –

Jun 18, 2011 by: Matilde Thanx a lot for your answer! We´re definitely renting a car!! We want to visit the Outlets as well, so it will be two birds in a row. Thanks again!

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