Things have been stirring a bit at Universal Orlando in the transportation department. Very recently people have been receiving emails asking them to take a survey questioning them about names for a new airport transfer service. For about a year now, Universal has had a service with Mears shuttles that would be available to guests who booked vacation packages. Our very own Aengus was able to experience this back in January during Harry Potter Weekend. Now things may be changing...
This new service is completely run by Universal themselves, separate from Mears and Destination MCO. If you have previously booked a vacation package with Universal at an on-site hotel for after September 1st and selected to be picked up by Mears, your reservation will automatically be modified to the new Universal SuperStar Shuttle with no extra charge. However, you will have to re-supply Universal with your arrival and departure information because of the change.
After all, we hope this is a step in the right direction for Universal. Obviously, they would love for guests to stay at one of their on-site resorts through the entirety of their trip to Orlando. And for many reasons, they should. Hopefully down the road we'll see them open this service to all guests arriving at MCO, not just those who book vacation packages. The downside is, of course, the price. $35 per person round-trip is high, and you start to lose value when there's more than two people in your party. This could be their way of keeping room rates low, as although Disney's rates are sky-high, Magical Express including baggage delivery is complimentary. Universal has a long way to get to that point, but this is a good start.
Let us know your opinion, does this sound like a good option for your party? Maybe you would love to get all your conveniences out of the way in one shot, in which case letting Universal take care of your travel endeavors.