Whether or not to rent a car seems to be the eternal question for Disney World visitors. For a long time I was too cheap to spring for a car. I lived by the mantra: Disney transportation is free and free is good. Plus, I could live without venturing off property and I didn’t think a car would really save me all that much time. Then last year I took a trip during which I stayed at all three All Star Resorts (the things we do for our readers). My friend and I thought it would be easier to resort hop so we sprung for a rental car. We were amazed to see how much time the car saved us! Between not having to wait in line for the Magical Express, to being able to hop in the car and be walking toward the turnstiles of a park within 10 minutes was pretty awesome. And remember time is money at Disney World.
For the upcoming trip we opted to get a car for several reasons. We’re going to be at the parks early several mornings. With the DHS anniversary festivities and forecasted high crowd levels, it’s in our best interest to arrive well before opening. Having a car will shave some time off of how early we’ll have to get up. Also we’re resort hopping and it will be much simpler to have your own vehicle to do this. We’ll also be able to make a stop at a grocery store to get some supplies. Since we are staying for 10 days paying for food, bottles of water, etc. on property for the entire trip would be a very expensive venture. Additionally, having a car will give us the flexibility to wander off site from time to time if we have a bit of pixie dust over load during such a long trip.
As you can see I highly recommend renting a car. But before I wrap it up let me offer a few more tips. Always check mousesavers.com for discount codes; you’ll be surprised how much money you can save. You can also sign up for free customer loyalty programs for most rental companies operating out of Orlando International. These allow you to skip to the head of the line and make your way to WDW faster. In the name of saving time, you might actually take the bus to Magic Kingdom since you’ll be able to bypass the TTC.
There’s always a ton to think about when planning your Disney trip. Hopefully this entry has helped give you some insight on transportation front.
Next week I’ll discuss packing and prepping before the big trip!