EPCOT; Mother and Son; Spaceship Earth
  • On Oct 16, 2012
    Kathel from NJ Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    In all honesty, what are your thoughts about renting a car while staying on property?

    Hi Kathel,

    If you asked this question of all the Moms Panelists, I'm sure that you'd get a different answer from each of us. It's a very hot topic in Disney fan circles.

    Personally, I've changed my mind on this a number of times. I've finally decided that the real answer is "it depends." My choice of whether or not to rent a car depends on where I'm staying and how many meal reservations I have at the resorts.

    If you're staying on the monorail line (Grand Floridian, Contemporary, Polynesian) and will be primarily visiting the Magic Kingdom and Epcot, then there's no need for a car. Similarly, if you're staying in the Epcot resorts area (Yacht & Beach Clubs, Boardwalk) and will mostly be visiting Epcot and Hollywood Studios, then there's no need for a car either.

    But if you're staying at the Animal Kingdom Lodge (particularly the Kidani section) or the Saratoga Springs Treehouses, then a car is an absolute imperative. I also think that renting a car at the larger moderate resorts can be quite helpful, simply because it can take so long walk to the food court if you're at a distant outbuilding.

    Please write back and let us know where you're staying and I we'll be able to give you more targeted advice given your own situation.
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Meet the Panelist: Erin, New York

I have three teenage daughters. We're DVC members obsessed with Disney travel. We've been to Walt Disney World countless times and have visited Disneyland & Disneyland Paris. We've taken several Adventures by Disney and Disney Cruise trips. Learn More About Erin

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