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A rental car if staying in DIsney resort?

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A rental car if staying in DIsney resort?

We are heading down next month before the Christmas rush. We're staying at Riverside and I'm just debating if we should rent a car or rely on transport. Booking for the week from home is the same as doing it for 2 nights so I don't want to wait till we get there. We've been there before, when our older son was about 6 but with a 17 and 3 year old the idea of coming and going when we like has an appeal... I believe that parking is free for resort guests (as I read on a forum post) so its sounding more interesting. Thoughts?

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1. Re: A rental car if staying in DIsney resort?

We decided to rent a car for our upcoming trip. I just remembered from our last trip, we ended up spending a lot of time waiting for the bus (we stayed at Coronado Springs Resort). Parking is free since are staying at The Boardwalk and I like the flexibility of having our own transportation.

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Answered on the Orlando forum :)

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If you have early breakfast booked at another resort it would be a good idea. However if you do not have anything scheduled early I think I would save the money. I personally like just being able to get on the bus and ride instead of driving with all the traffic when I have been at the Parks all day. My family always drives down so we do have a SUV but only use maybe once the entire trip.

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I'm really torn on this one. We stayed at SSR and the total travel time by bus going from our front door to turnstile averaged 45 minutes. Disney themselves says buses come an average of 20 minutes apart and you should allow for an hour to travel between points on the bus network. I know with a car you can do this faster. Sometimes much faster and you always get a seat. But not driving and not paying for a car can be nice.

Personally I think I'd rather drive and save the time or better stay somewhere on the monorail.

Edited: 13 November 2013, 06:48
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If you don't have more than two meals reserved at another resort, this decision is based more on personality than practicality.

For me, one of the joys of a Disney vacation is not having to drive for a week. For others, leaving the driving to someone else for a week would be a nightmare and not a joy.

When I have a reservation for a meal at a different resort, I typically take a taxi rather than use Disney Transport because the travel time including transfers and waiting time could easily total one hour; in such cases, I'm happy to pay 10 or $12 for a 10-minute ride instead. But I don't do that that often, so it's not like I'm racking up more in taxi fare than the cost of a rental car.

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I'm with CleveRocks on this issue. Our family views not needing a car as one of the big benefits to staying on Disney property. In addition to the money saved by not renting a car, it also means that we don't have to worry about either bringing car seats and boosters from home or renting them in Orlando. Also, we typically don't do anything outside of Disney, so we don't feel "trapped" by not having a car.

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We pretty much always rent a car. We do not find Disney transportation-especially the buses-that wonderful and we like the convenience of being able to come and go as we please. Especially at the end of the day,its wonderful to have your car waiting for you instead of joining the long long lines of people waiting for the Disney resort transportation. And of course,then you can go to outside restaurants,stores and attractions. Parking is free at the parks for Disney guests. Renting a car in Orlando is very inexpensive and I highly recommend it

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Having recently returned & for the first time using Disney buses (only for two trips as we always have a car). Not for us. We prefer the flexibility of having our "own" transport. Waiting for a bus, is just not for us.

I fully understand some folk wanting to have a holiday from driving, or like a drink, so don't drive, but for us, I'll stick with the car.

I would have hated to wait for a bus in the excessive heat/humidity in August..

The car is a big part of our holiday, as we like to go out to shop a little & visit other parks.

That said I'm no big fan of the American cars we hire........lol......

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9. Re: A rental car if staying in DIsney resort?

Since you are staying at Riverside, take advantage of the water taxi ride to DTD. If you were staying at Coronado Springs, renting a car would be a nice option since their food choices are limited.

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