My family has never rented a car in any of the many, many Walt Disney World vacations we have taken. We have been on over 10 vacations with flights, and have never felt the need to rent a car for the vacation, and we would definitely recommend to skip it. Here are our top reasons why we think it is a great idea to skip the rental car:
7 – You really don’t need one.
It’s true! You really don’t. You have transportation covered for every aspect of your Disney World vacation, including airport transportation, so you really don’t need the rental car to get around from destination to destination on property. You even have multiple transportation options while on property to ensure that you reach your destination.
6 – You have the Magical Express.
Editor’s Note: Disney will no longer offer Disney’s Magical Express service for airport transportation, starting with arrivals January 1, 2022. Disney will continue to operate the service for new and existing reservations made at Disney Resort hotels for arrivals throughout 2021.
Disney’s Magical Express is a fantastic service that is already included in the cost of your Walt Disney World Resort stay whether you use it or not, so you might as well take advantage of it. The Magical Express will pick you up from the airport and take you directly to your resort and then provides the same return service to the airport at the end of your vacation. While on the Magical Express, you get to sit in comfortable charter bus seats while you watch a video that goes over the many fun and magical things that you could experience while you enjoy your vacation. It is the perfect way to begin your vacation! Even better, your Magical Express entry is connected to your Magic Band, so you get to start using that Magic Band right from the airport! How is fun that?
5 – Disney transportation is a lot of fun.
All Disney transportation is a blast, and so much more fun than riding around in a car. You have the Disney buses that play fun Disney music and hits while you travel from destination to destination. You also have boat transportation around the property. Some boats go from individual resorts to Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Disney’s Boardwalk and Disney Springs. You can also go from these locations to several resorts if you are staying there, going for a meal or just want to explore. My personal favorite of all the transportation options is the monorail. You can take the monorail to the Magic Kingdom or Epcot. You can also access a few of the resorts around the Magic Kingdom, too. Traveling on the new Disney Skyliner is not to be missed! All of these options are a ton of fun and much more exciting than the car rides. You also get a chance to see parts of the resorts that you may not get to see otherwise.
4 – Luggage check-in and departure services are amazing.
Editor’s Note: During the phased reopening of Walt Disney World, luggage check-in and departure service are temporarily unavailable.
At the end of your trip (sad though I know), you can check in your luggage for your flight (but be sure to check the airlines that offer the service to ensure yours qualifies). The front desk will print your boarding passes for your flights, and you can take your luggage downstairs to the station to check it in for your flight and not have to worry about it again until you arrive back home. All of your carryon luggage can be checked with the bell stand and then you can enjoy what is left of your last day so that you get every Disney minute. There is no need to hassle with your luggage or worry about coordinating getting to your gate on time. Disney will worry about all of that for you, and you get to enjoy yourself. You also don’t have to hassle with returning the rental car and dealing with that before you can get through security and ready to go for your flight. It is much more streamlined without the rental car and less risk for catching your return flight.
3 – Disney is vast and can be challenging to navigate.
Walt Disney World Resort is enormous! It can be overwhelming to navigate, especially for newbies who aren’t as familiar with where everything is. Instead of spending time trying to navigate maps and use your GPS to find your way, you can let Disney do the driving. It takes the hassle and stress out the navigating, and you get to sit back and just enjoy the ride with your family and talk about all of the fantastic things that you are about to do and see.
2 – Driving to the parks isn’t typically ideal.
Editor’s Note: During the phased reopening of Walt Disney World, tram service is temporarily unavailable.
We have never preferred driving to the parks overtaking the available transportation. When you drive to the parks, you will likely have to park really far out. This means either going for a long walk to the park entrance or loading up the stroller and any of the other things that you are carrying with you onto a tram to get there, after a short wait for a tram to arrive. The buses and other transportation drops you off right at the front of the park, so you eliminate that step and the time spent getting to the gates. At the end of the day, the same rules apply. You are close to all the modes of transportation while the car is out in the parking lot. Some guests will say that the bus lines can get long in the evening. Well, so do the tram lines, or in the time that you spend walking to your car, a bus will have arrived, and you could just be on the bus. We have always found the Disney transportation to be more efficient and much easier to get around.
1 – Save the money.
The rental car becomes an unnecessary expense. You don’t have to spend that money, and the money spent on a rental car, insurance and gas could be either saved or spend on souvenirs and other fun items to enjoy your vacation. More spending money is always a win! Especially when you save it from being spent on something you don’t really need!
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