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I-Ride Trolley (Orlando, USA)
Member Name: jazzypinkpuppet
I-Ride Trolley (Orlando, USA)
Advantages: Low cost, comfortable bus, friendly drivers and highly convenient.
Disadvantages: Can get very busy.
I have just returned from a wonderful two weeks in sunny Florida. The planning involved in my holiday was immense after all for us it was a once in a lifetime trip and I wanted everything to be perfect. So to help others planning their magical holidays, whilst it is still fresh in my mind. I have decided to write some reviews on some of things that worked and didn't work for us.
International drive stretches almost 15 miles long, it is the bustling hub of entertainment in Orlando. If people are not staying on site at Disney or in a villa, they will more than likely be staying on I drive.
The I-ride trolley is a bus that runs the length of international drive, there are 42 stops along the way, each clearly numbered and announced whilst on the bus, so you can be sure you never miss your stop.
The I-ride will take you from Orlando premium outlet centre at one end all the way to another outlet centre at the other end, stopping at lots many major venues along the way, including Seaworld, Aquatica, Wet'n'Wild, Wonderworks and Ripleys believe it or not. As well as all the hotels, resturants and shops.
The I-Trolley is painted green with a huge smiling face on the front, the children loved to watch it come along. Inside it is kitted out with wooden bench style seats, there is also hand rails to hold on to and space for two wheelchair users.
Whilst we were traveling, a lady in a wheelchair got on, it uses a hydraulic lift system to raise the wheelchair onto the bus. The driver seemed most helpful and when I was speaking to the lady in the wheelchair she said its the most wheelchair friendly bus in America.
The bus is fully air conditioned which is a blessing on hot and busy days and there is also music playing.
The I-Ride costs $1.25 per trip for adults, children 12 and under are free. You must have exact fare as they will not give change. You can also buy passes which cost
$4 - one day
$6 - three day
$8 - five day
$10 - seven day
$17 -fourteen days.
These pases can't be bought on the bus, but you can get them from most shops and hotels along International drive.
The bus runs from 8:00 a.m until 10:30 p.m every day, they run approx every 20 mins although there is no timetable, so you are never sure if you have just missed one.
We had hired a car so didn't use the I-trolley to go everywhere but on days when we were going to Seaworld or other I-drive attractions we found it better and less expensive to use the bus than the car. I would highly recommend the I-Trolley service even just for the novelty factor. Some days it was quite crowded, and we were not in a high season, so I can imagine in Summer they might get very busy. But for ease, no high parking costs and a little bit of fun, it's got to be worth a go.
Summary: A fun way to travel around international drive
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