I*RIDE*TROLLEY ~ Orlando (International Drive) Transportation

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  1. Jedifan256 Jedi Padawan

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    I plan on picking up a pass. For the week, the pass works out to a little over a $1.00 a day. Between the con, going out to eat at night and Universal for a couple of days, it gives me a little more versatility. I'm used to walking, but the heat and humidity may get to me. Knowing I can just hope on the trolley when needed is worth the $10 for the week.
  2. The2ndQuest Tri-Mod With a Mouth

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    I may use it a few times depending on the weather and such, but I'll wait to see how things look when I get there, i think.
  3. Jinsei Jedi Knight

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    This sounds like a good deal. I'm going to have to look into it. I'm renting a car...mainly to get to the hotel, and for late at night...and to visit family at the end of the convention... but $8 for daily travel is much cheaper that 40+ in gas to get everywhere. :p

    ON that note, anyone flying in on Wensday and need a ride to their hotel, I'm more than willing to do so. I've looked at the prices for the taxi and airport shuttle service- Which are all pretty decent, but the cheapest seems to be about $30 round trip if booked now, and so I'm more than willing to help out in getting people to their hotels if they are on international drive. :)
  4. Grimby Technical Consultant

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    Guys, don't forget that the free shuttle from the hotels to the convention center does NOT run between 11:30am and 5pm. So if you're planning on going back to your hotel room in the middle of the day, or need to leave early to go somewhere, you're gonna need to find another mode of transportation.

    Personally, I think I'm going to be using the trolley a lot. I didn't mind the walk to and from my hotel at CIV (a little over a mile away), but it's going to be so hot and humid in Orlando that I just know I won't want to walk because it'll be uncomfortable and I'll end up sweating like crazy. If it was a dry heat, I probably wouldn't mind it. But that Florida humidity is just awful. :p
  5. MattDoc Jedi Knight

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    I really want to get a photo of the trolley jam-packed with Star Wars fans in costume on their way to the show. Priceless.
  6. EnviousSerious-Rue Jedi Grand Master

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    MattDoc, that wont be a problem. Picture taking opportunities every twenty-minutes![face_laugh]
  7. Photo-Knight Jedi Knight

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    I bought an I*Ride pass in advance for dinners, etc. during the con, plus I'm staying one extra day after the con. Does anyone know how close the Trolley gets to Universal Studios? On the not-to-scale route maps it looks like "not very" but it's hard to tell.
  8. Grimby Technical Consultant

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    You might be better off looking into whether your hotel provides a shuttle to Universal. The trolley will only drop you off at the nearest off-site hotel, which is probably a good mile or so away from the park entrance.
  9. darkladyhannasolo Jedi Knight

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    Just looked at the I trolley ride site. Did you guys know that there are coupons on the site for places to eat. It pretty good site. I will probably be buying a unlimited pass for my stay in florida. It looks like a good deal.

    Looks like you can buy pass at most of the hotels.
  10. EnviousSerious-Rue Jedi Grand Master

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    I called I*Ride Trolley directly and was informed that you can get off at the Wet N' Wild park, walk to the corner, turn left, and walk until you run into the park. Supposively, it's less than a mile. I'll either walk it or grab a cab. One mile can't be that expensive . . . can it?
  11. Grimby Technical Consultant

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    Of course, if your hotel has complimentary shuttle rides to Universal, it would be cheaper and most likely faster.

    If not, maybe that's not so bad.
  12. Obi Anne FF admin Celebrations, Europe

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    might be an idea to check the prices for next yeat, but the I-Ride was a pretty good thing to know about.
  13. JohnnyRose Jedi Master

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    My experience on the shuttles last year was that in the time it took for a shuttle to come around, I was able to walk all the way from the Embassy Suites to the Convention Center without seeing a single shuttle drive by, so I ended up walking back and forth almost the entire weekend. Perhaps it was just my bad timing, but this is something to consider when it comes to deciding what time you will head there each morning and how far you plan on booking your hotel from the event.
  14. Vote_Snaplaunce Jedi Padawan

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    I gotta say, I bought week long passes for this last year, and I didn't think it was really worth it. It only goes up and down International Drive, makes stops only every 20 minutes, and stops running at 10 or so, so if you need to get somewhere after that, you're out of luck. The worst problem though, is that so many people are using it, almost every trolley is completely full. There were several times when a trolley had to pass our stop by because they just couldn't hold any more people. Most other times it was very cramped and you had to stand the whole ride. The times when there weren't so many people, it was fine though.

    Also, it does not stop at Universal Studios, even though it looks on the map like it does. We tried to take it to Universal, and got off at what we thought was the right stop, and wandered around for a hour looking for Universal before realizing there was no getting there on foot.

    The trolley is ok for what it is, but I'll be renting a car next year, especially b/c I'll be going to Disney as well.
  15. EnviousSerious-Rue Jedi Grand Master

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    I used the I-Ride Trolley throughout my stay at CV.
    Went from Wet N' Wild all the way to Sea World.
    I loved it!
    Will be using it again at CVI!
  16. Mr_Mundi Force Ghost

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    There is a sidewalk all the way up to Universal, just get off at Universal Boulevard. It is a little less than a mile to walk. My friends and I did it a couple of times and we saw several others (also on foot) on the way.
  17. EnviousSerious-Rue Jedi Grand Master

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    Absolutely. It is doable.
  18. Photo-Knight Jedi Knight

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    I bought the 5-day pass at C-V and used it a few times. But I also often saw trolleys that were so full that the driver wouldn't even stop. He would just wave a sort of "Another one is behind me" hand signal as he went by. If you aren't able to walk (have kids, too hot, etc.), you may find that it takes a while to get on the trolley during commuter hours.

    I was still glad I bought the pass.
  19. Photo-Knight Jedi Knight

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    Oh, and the trolleys are air conditioned. W00t!
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