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Own Transportation

If you are planning to stay at Emerald Island Resort for your next Disney vacation, we encourage you to rent a car while on Disney Vacation . As a convenience to our guests, we are providing the following directions to all Orlando area tourist attractions and Disney theme parks. You can also download these directions.


Walt Disney World
  • Magic Kingdom
    Magic Kingdom - The world renowned theme park. It has 7 different lands. Meet Mickey Mouse and all your favourite Disney characters. Contains over 50 rides and attractions. Save time to watch the Main Street parade.
  • Epcot Center
    Epcot Center - Take a.whistle-stop tour of the 11 different 'countries' in World Showcase or take a trip on one of the many futuristic rides. There's a spectacular laser and fireworks display to end the day. MGM Studios - The smallest of Disney's 4 theme parks combines the fun and excitement of thrilling attractions with fascinating behind the scenes tours showing how films and cartoons are made.
  • MGM Studios
    Animal Kingdom - Disney's newest theme park, includes such memorable places as DinoLand U.S.A., Camp Mickey-Minnie and Africa. Guests experience high adventure on an authentic African safari, close encounters with ferocious dinosaurs, warm moments with Disney characters and theaters brimming with colorful entertainment.
  • Disney MGM Studio
    MGM Studios - The smallest of Disney's 4 theme parks combines the fun and excitement of thrilling attractions with fascinating behind the scenes tours showing how films and cartoons are made
  • Downtown Disney
    Come together to indulge in big-city fun in an area alive with excitement, unique shops, restaurants and entertainment! Explore Downtown Disney® Marketplace, home to the largest Disney character store in the world; Downtown Disney West Side, with its top-notch restaurants, theaters, shows and amusement; and Pleasure Island, a partier's paradise of live performances and nightclubs.
  • Blizzard Beach Water Park
    Blizzard Beach Water Park - Features "icy" slaloms and bobsled runs on 90-foot-high Mount Gushmore. The park's "ski jump" is the world's tallest at 120 feet and the fastest -- you free fall up to 60 mph on your backside.
  • Typhoon Lagoon Water Park
    Typhoon Lagoon Water Park - Dive into an exotic, tropical paradise where families can escape to high waves of excitement and cool, relaxing fun. The fun takes place at the foot of Mt. Mayday. Body surf in a 2.75-million-gallon wave pool. Zip down awesome body slides. Feeling brave? You can even swim with real, live sharks!

Direction:

Note: The directions below avoid Hwy 192 which gets backed-up for miles during park entry and return hours.

Walt Disney World

  1. Turn right leaving Emerald Island Resort onto at Funie Steed Rd/Oak Island Rd - 0.5 mi
  2. Turn left on to Formosa Gardens Blvd - 0.9 mi
  3. Turn right on to 192 (east) and stay in the left lane.
  4. Turn left on to Sherberth Rd - 1.4 mi
    • If you are going to Animal Kingdom, turn left at Osceola Pkwy - 0.4 mi
    • For all other parks, turn right at Osceola Pkwy and follow signs of your chosen park

Universal Studio

  • Universald Studio Islands of Adventure
    Universal Studios Islands of Adventure - Your journey begins at the exotic Port of Entry and takes you through five uniquely themed islands featuring some of Orlando's newest rides. Popular rides include Spiderman, Incredible Hulk Coaster, Duelling Dragons and Popeye's Bilge Rat Barge Ride.
  • Universal Studios Florida
    Universal Studios Florida - The largest film and TV studio outside Hollywood. Home to many famous rides such as Men in Black, Terminator 2 3D, Twister, ET, Jaws, Back to the Future, Kongfrontation, Earthquake etc. See Beetlejuice's Graveyard Revue and Live the Movies®! Rated by many as the best park in the area
  • Universal Studios City Walk
    Universal Studios City Walk - This soul-stirring, 30-acre complex surrounds you with a dazzling array of restaurants, nightclubs, shopping, state-of-the-art cinemas and live entertainment venues inspired by popular culture's most legendary innovators and originators

Direction: 1-4. Same as Direction to Disney World

  1. Turn right at Osceola Pkwy 3.8 Miles
  2. Merge on I-4 East via the ramp on the left to Orlando 10 mi
  3. Take exit 74A for Sand Lake Rd/SR-482 toward International Dr 0.3 mi
  4. Turn left at W Sand Lake Rd/SR-482 W - Continue to follow W Sand Lake Rd 0.3 mi
  5. Turn right at CR-439 N/Turkey Lake Rd 2.0 mi

Sea World/Discovery Cove
  • Sea World
    Sea World - Visit the world's largest marine life theme park. See the killer whale show featuring Shamu and family, walk through a glass tunnel with sharks swimming all around you! Try a ride on Kraken, a recently built 65 mph roller coaster or Journey to Atlantis, a water-coaster ride through the mysterious lost city
  • Discovery Cove
    Discovery Cove - For an experience like no other, treat your family to a once-in-a-lifetime adventure at Discovery Cove. Here, you can swim, play and interact with marine animals in a lush, tropical setting. A day of swimming with dolphins, gliding with rays, snorkelling through coral reefs. Admission is limited and by reservation only.

Direction: 1-4. Same as Direction to Disney World

  1. Turn right at Osceola Pkwy 3.8 Miles
  2. Merge on I-4 East via the ramp on the left to Orlando 5.5 mi
  3. Take exit 71 toward Sea World 0.5 mi
  4. Merge onto Central Florida Pkwy 0.7 mi
  5. Follow the signs to Sea World or Discovery Cove

Kennedy Space Center

Direction: 1-4. Same as Direction to Disney World

  1. Turn right at Osceola Pkwy 3.8 Miles
  2. Merge on I-4 East via the ramp on the left to Orlando 5.5 mi
  3. Take exit 72, 528 TOLL E. toward Intl Airport/Cape Canaveral
  4. Merge onto 528 East (also called the "Bee Line Expwy.").
  5. Take the SR-407 exit on the left toward NASA Kennedy Space Center/I-95 N/Titusville.
  6. Merge onto Challenger Memorial Pkwy./407 N. for approximately six (6) miles.
  7. Turn right onto Columbia Blvd./FL-405 E. 8.4 miles
  8. Follow the signs to Kennedy Space Center.

Returning to Emerald Island Resort

  1. Follow the signs to Disney's Animal Kingdom initially.
  2. Once you are close to Animal Kingdom, follow the signs to Animal Kingdom Lodge.
  3. After passing the exit for Animal Kingdom stay in left lane.
  4. Turn left on to Sherberth Rd
  5. Turn right on to 192 - Stay in the left lane
  6. Left on Formosa Gardens Blvd (Taco Bell at the corner)
  7. Right on to Funie Steed Road/ Oak Island Rd
  8. Left in to Emerald Island Resort.

Transportation for Hire

Maingate Transportation provides daily shuttle service serving Emerald Island Resort with 2 morning pick-ups and 2 evening return runs that are at scheduled times. These runs are shared with other guests from the resort. Pricing per round trip for this service is as follows:

  • Disney World $13 per person
  • Universal Studios $16 per person
  • Sea World/Universal/Aquatica $14 person
  • Orlando Premium Outlets $13 per person

If you have 6 or more people, it makes sense to hire a private van from vendors such as Maingate Transportation. This can be arranged any time of day for morning pick-up and evening return as you don't share this service with other guests.

They also provide service to and from the airport. They will have the driver waiting with a sign showing the guest's name and he will help with their luggage, etc. They charge $80 for 4 people and $6 per person after that for airport pick-up or drop-off with discounts for scheduling both pick-up and drop-off.

Please contact Maingate Transportation at 407-870-5553 to get more information and to arrange transportation. Please note that we are not associated with them in anyway.

Another shuttle company that provides service from Emerald Island Resort to EPCOT/Animal Kingdom is Cool Transportation. They can be reached at 407-432-1990. Please note that we are not associated with them in anyway.

 



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