Should I Rent A Car For My WDW Vacation?

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The question of “should I rent a car?” is a big one when it comes to planning out your Walt Disney World vacation, and before you can answer it, you might want to ask yourself these questions:

Will You Visit The World Outside of WDW? There is PLENTY to do at Walt Disney World, but if you decide you want to venture off property, then you will be rewarded with many many more entertainment and dining options, many people choose to travel to beaches, Universal Studios, the Kennedy Space Center, or Downtown Orlando while visiting WDW, and the easiest way to get to these places is by car, so I highly recommend you rent a car if you decide to experience the world outside of Disney.

Is It Your First Time? There is a LOT to do and see at WDW, and if you have never been before, you will want as much time as possible at the Parks so you can experience all the Magic! Unfortunately, there’s this thing my family calls “Disney Time”, which basically means that if you’re using Disney Transportation, you should plan on it taking an hour or so to reach your destination – between wait times and loading/unloading times, traveling to and from Parks/restaurants/Resorts can eat up a big chunk of your day. One way to avoid this is to rent a car, so you can make the 5 minute drive from your WDW Resort to your Park of choice, and get to the rides and attractions that much sooner

Who Are You Traveling With? If it’s just you and your significant other, a car might not be a must, but if you have children and strollers and multiple bags that need to be lugged around with you, you might want to consider renting a car, that way you aren’t trying to worry about getting seats on a full bus/boat or trying to squeeze your stroller into a monorail car

Where Are You Staying? If you’re staying on site (which I recommend), you have the Magical Express shuttle service to get you to and from the Orlando airport, and then you have Disney Transportation to help you get around from your Resort. If you are staying off property, you still might not need a car as many nearby Hotels offer Disney shuttles. It all depends on what your needs are – if you think you might need to go back and forth between your hotel and the Parks more than once a day, I would recommend that you rent a car – it will be a huge timesaver

So, if you have decided that a rental car is for you – you have a few options. You can book online and pick the car up at the Orlando Airport (click here for more information on that), or you can take the Magical Express to your Disney Resort, get settled, and then pick up your rental car at the WDW Car Care Center – where you can rent from both Alamo and National, and they have a shuttle that will pick you up from your Resort. Picking up the car at WDW may be a great option for you if you want to maybe spend just 1 or 2 days away from WDW – you can rent the car just for part of your stay and save some money that way

What about you – do you rent a car while vacationing at WDW?

Should I Rent A Car For My WDW Vacation?

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Catie Hiltz is an avid Walt Disney World lover who has been vacationing there since she was tall enough to ride Space Mountain. She believes there is something for everyone at WDW-and especially writing about the benefits of vacationing there as an adult
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2 thoughts on “Should I Rent A Car For My WDW Vacation?

  1. Taking a taxi is also a great option of you have limited travel needs, such as running over to another resort for dinner.

  2. I agree with your advise. It does depend on your individual needs. But, if you’re not leaving property & a rental car isn’t in your budget, I find if you plan your days you may not need a car. For an example, if you have an ADR for an Epcot resort restaurant, plan to spend that day at Epcot or Hollywood so you can take the boat or even walk to the resort. I made an ADR once in December for Boma & planned the day at Animal Kingdom. Once I left the park, the bus ride was a short 10 minutes to Boma. Depending on the season & how busy that park is on that day, parking lot trams can sometimes take 10-15 minutes as well before you get to your car.

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