It was the highlight of our Disney vacation. The beach was beautiful and you are dropped off in the heart of it all. Literally right on the beach!
The driver was friendly and helpful and on time. The vehicle was clean and comfortable. I just wish it would have been a little longer. We left Orlando around 9am after all the pick ups (arrived in Clearwater around 11am) We departed Clearwater at 5pm, but you hit rush hour, so the trip back was twice as long.(reached our hotel room in Orlando at around 8:30pm) The only downfall. I would absolutely recommend it, however. make sure to visit the visitor's center right at the drop off point. There is a Walgreens very close for anything you may need (beach chairs, towels, etc) very reasonably priced. The beach is absolutely stunning. Lot's of shells and the sand is white and soft. Next time, we are planning a few days at Disney and more at the beach!
We did the one day trip to Clearwater Beach. It was the best part of our week long Disney vacation. I just wish we could have stayed longer.
The service was prompt, the bus (which would accommodate 15 people or so) was very nice. They provided a movie and a rest break about half-way through the trip. The trip from our Disney hotel took about 2.75 hours from time of pick up to arriving at the beach. You get dropped off right at Pier 60 which has tons of shopping, excursions and beautiful beach access right there. (Tip: go to the visitor's center right at the Pier, can get coupons, information and free little bottles of sunscreen) I found things to be more reasonably priced than I would have thought at a tourist destination. I walked out on the Pier, and the little shop there had t-shirts for $10 cheaper than at convenience store and beach VB or footballs for under $10.
The trip back was a little longer (about 3.5 hours) due to departing at 5:00pm which isn't the best due to rush hour and missing out on the sunset picture:(
All in all, it was worth every penny to us. My family loved it and actually wished we would have been able to spend more of our vacation there...next time for sure.
I would highly recommend this day trip. Service was on time, Donald (our driver) was friendly and helpful, vehicle was clean...it was an awesome day. Can't wait to go back.