Mom And Daughter; Animal Kingdom
  • On Apr 17, 2009
    Kathy from NY 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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    We are going to Disney 7/09. To eliminate the wait for the buses would it be better to rent a car? We are not going off Disney. Thank you for your help.

    Hi Kathy,

    If you are staying at a resort on property and don't plan on leaving the Disney resort, I think it's fine to let Disney to the driving.  Alternatively, a car can come in handy for some parks of your trip.  Here are my thoughts.

    We've had trips with and without  rental.  We never use the rental car to get to the theme parks, because we find Disney transportation more convenient, and faster (no walking through huge lots to connecting trams that take you to the front gates either!)  We do occasionally use a rental for dinner reservations in the evening if we are dining at Disney resorts other than the one we are staying at.  Having a car definitely cuts down on the travel time between resorts.  (If you have dinner at the Contemporary, for example, and you are staying at Animal Kingdom Lodge, you won't have to take a bus to Magic Kingdom and then walk or monorail over to dinner.)  We also use our car to visit Downtown Disney at night occasionally and/or go off property.

    I absolutely don't think it's necessary, and if you were only planning on renting to get to/from the theme parks, I would save the money and buy some souvenirs.  If you have a bunch of reservations for dinner in resorts on property, it might make commuting to and from them a bit quicker.

    Have a wonderful time!

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I am Tanya from FL, full-time mom to two fun-loving boys. I have an array of planning tips and believe I offer a unique perspective on how to make Disney an amazing adventure for individuals with a variety of needs and abilities. Learn More About Tanya

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