Mom and daughter on Expedition Everest
  • On Sep 30, 2010
    Julianne from SK Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    We are staying offsite for afew days first and renting a car to go to Sea world, etc. then coming to stay the rest at the Polynesian resort. Is it easier to return our rental at the airport and take magical express,or return it at a disney rental dropoff?


    If you are renting from National/Alamo, I would definitely recommend that you return your car to the Car Care Rental site near the entrance to the Magic Kingdom and less than a mile from the Polynesian!   If you aren't renting from them, it might be worth the convenience to swap. Visit for some discounts on car rentals in the Orlando area and solid advice.

    When I returned my car there last year, I have to say it was a little tricky to find, as you go through the gates to the Magic Kingdom and then have to get over into the far left lane to continue on the parkway to the Car Care Center.  My advice: get in the far left lane before you approach the MK gate.

    Here's the exact address:

    National/Alamo at the Car Care Center
    1000 Car Care Drive
    Lake Buena Vista , FL 32830
    Phone:  (407) 824-3470
    Hours:  Monday through Friday: 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday/Sunday: 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

    If I were in your shoes, and because the car center is so near the Polynesian, I'd drop off your family and luggage at the resort and let them check in while you return the car.  Best of all, the Car Care Center has a shuttle that runs frequently and will whisk you back to the Polynesian--or wherever you need to go.

    Wishing y'all a magical vacation!

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Meet the Panelist: Whitney, Mississippi

My family of 6 appreciates Disney's value! Although Ft. Wilderness is our second home, we've enjoyed the resorts for business, reunions and romantic getaways. For me, Disney also means dining: last count, I'd eaten at 55 restaurants around the World! Learn More About Whitney

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