Main Streeter Jack replied to a thread with this little gem this weekend “Mears is owned by Disney, it’s named for Mickey Ears.” To which I replied (knowing full well Jack knows the truth) “Thanks Jack you just helped me with my Monday article!” Why am I tackling this mythconception if Jack knows the truth? Because to be quite honest with you, I have seen the same thing said in more than one place by others.
The truth is this mythconception is busted because Disney doesn’t own Mears Transportation, the Mears family owns it, and they “pay the hotel companies for the right” to be the only cabs allowed at Disney resort taxi stands. They also hold a “private contract with Walt Disney World to operate the Disney Magical Express shuttle service. The private contract to operate the Disney Magical Express shuttle buses represent about 80 percent of the ground transportation customers going from the MCO Airport.”
Here is the history of Mears Transportation as provided by their website:
“Paul Mears, Sr. had a vision for a successful business. Like all great businesses, Mears was built upon a simple idea: provide great customer service – all the time. He found inspiration from one of his favorite quotes from Socrates, “The way to gain a good reputation is to endeavor to be what you desire to appear.
So, in 1939, he bought three taxicabs and began to run his business with this simple plan. Along the way he formalized our five core values: respect, integrity, safety, enthusiasm and efficiency. He attracted talented team members and gave them the freedom to do their jobs, and he always listened to our customers, tirelessly working to surpass their expectations. Mears was solely focused on the taxicab business until 1983, when Paul Mears, Jr. saw an opportunity to expand into the shuttle van business. He purchased 19 shuttle vans and Mears Motor Shuttle has been the Orlando International Airport concessionaire ever since. Bringing the same formula for success his father had created decades earlier, Paul Jr. plunged into the new endeavor with drive and determination.
Just five short years later, Paul Jr. had further expanded Mears into the Luxury Vehicle and Motor Coach business. Mears became synonymous with outstanding service and a leader in the ground transportation industry. Currently, we operate 70 shuttle vans, 300 luxury vehicles (sedans, limousines, SUVs, and vans), and 220 motor coaches.“
So while the mythconcept that MEARS stands for “Mickey’s Ears” and that Disney own’s the company is in fact busted, I hope you learned a bit about the Mears family and their companies history tonight!!
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