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  • On May 10, 2009
    Dugise from MD Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

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    what would be better to rent a car or ride buses

    Hi Dugise!

    Most guests who stay at a Disney resort opt for using Disney transportation to and from the parks.  It's free and convenient and allows you to leave the driving to someone else on your vacation.  Buses run throughout the day from each resort to and from the parks.  They leave approximately every 15-20 minutes and operate until well after the parks close.  The nice thing about taking Disney transportation is that it drops you off closer to the front gates than the parking lots in most cases.  At the Magic Kingdom, for example, if you drive, you'll need to park at the Ticket & Transportation Center (TTC) and then take a tram to either a monorail or boat to head to the main gates of the park.  By taking the buses, you'll be dropped off a short stroll from the main gates.  Epcot has its own lot, but you will likely need to take a tram to the main entrance depending upon where your car is parked.

    Having a rental car can be convenient for doing things outside the four main theme parks.  It can also make getting to dinner reservations at various resorts quicker than using Disney transportation.  When we rent a car, we use Disney transportation to get to and from the parks, and our car to get to dinner, Downtown Disney, mini-golf and , occasionally, the water parks.  A rental is absolutely not necessary, however, and you shouldn't feel that you need to get one.

    If you are staying on property, and chose to rent a car, you won't need to pay parking fees at any of the parks.  When you check in, simply tell the Cast Member who checks you in that you have a car, and you'll receive a card identifying you as a resort guest to put on your windshield.

    Have a great trip!


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