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  • On Jan 25, 2012
    Sharon 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.

    My husband and I are bringing our two girls ages 12 and 7 to WDW the end of Feb. We are staying at Pop Century and want to go to the beach and see the ocean. What is the best beach? Best transportation to get there? Should we rent a car or take a bus?

    Hi, Sharon!

    What fun to have a beach day!  It is about 1 - 2 hour drive, depending on which coast you choose.  Your best bet is to rent a car.  You can rent one from Orlando International Airport and have it for your entire stay, or for just a short term rental, you can rent from the Car Care Center right on Disney property.  I am going to have you click HERE to Disney Mom Whitney's answer, she has all the details on locations and center times if you choose to rent on-property. 

    As far as beaches go, you can take about an hour drive to the east coast to Cocoa Beach or Daytona Beach.   If you want to go west to the Gulf Coast, Clearwater Beach is your best bet.  Plan on about 2 hours to Clearwater.    While Clearwater is further, I love the Gulf Coast.  But, if time is an issue, Cocoa Beach is your closest option. 

    Whichever beach you decide on, pack your sunscreen, beach towels, and sunglasses and have a great day at the beach!  If you decide to stay with at Disney and skip the sun and sand, you can always visit Mickey's favorite beach:  Blizzard Beach!  Just a quick bus ride from your resort - a great way to get a touch of the beach without leaving Disney property. Have fun!
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Meet the Panelist: Cathy, Ohio

Hi, I'm Cathy from Cleveland. I love to travel, especially in the winter to escape the snow and cold of Ohio! My husband and 2 kids share my enthusiasm for travel, so we enjoy our adventures together whether it is hiking at a National Park, sailing on a Disney Cruise Ship, or going to Walt Disney World which is our home away from home. My husband proposed to me in front of Cinderella Castle and we have not stopped visiting ever since! It's a blast helping guests here at planDisney! 
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