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Old 01-09-2013, 01:43 PM   #2161
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Just thought of something else. For the first time we will be renting a car and driving down to Disney sooooooo anyone have any advice on whether or not we should use the car to go to the parks every day or stick with the Disney transportation.
I was thinking in terms of being able to leave at the end of the day and not have to wait in yet another line to get back to the resort it would be good, but then again we do a lot of park hopping and such and it may turn into a hassle. I do kind of like taking the monorail and the water taxis. It's just those dang buses that sometimes get to me.
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Just thought of something else. For the first time we will be renting a car and driving down to Disney sooooooo anyone have any advice on whether or not we should use the car to go to the parks every day or stick with the Disney transportation.
I was thinking in terms of being able to leave at the end of the day and not have to wait in yet another line to get back to the resort it would be good, but then again we do a lot of park hopping and such and it may turn into a hassle. I do kind of like taking the monorail and the water taxis. It's just those dang buses that sometimes get to me.
Once you have a car you will want one all the time. My husbands only request is a rental car. After a long day in the parks it's so much better to just get in your car and go! No waiting for a bus to arrive and worrying About having a seat.
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Old 01-09-2013, 02:15 PM   #2163
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What about parking fees? Are there any at the resort or at the parks? Also, is it difficult to get from your car to the main gate after you arrive at the park? I imagine it is a shuttle situation.
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If you are staying on property there is no charge for the parking. We love renting a car and having the freedom to not wait for a bus. I know it is not necessary there but it has helped us save alot of time on our trips.
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April 13 - car rental deals?

Speaking of car rentals ... has anyone seen any good deals come out for April 2013 yet?
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Old 01-09-2013, 02:22 PM   #2166
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Speaking of car rentals ... has anyone seen any good deals come out for April 2013 yet?
I don't know about where you are looking to rent from but we got a full size from Dollar rental $425 for exactly two weeks. Thought it was a good price. I definitely didn't find any better deals.
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I don't know about where you are looking to rent from but we got a full size from Dollar rental $425 for exactly two weeks. Thought it was a good price. I definitely didn't find any better deals.
Hmm that is a good price. We usually go with Avis but I will look into Dollar as well.
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We rent a van now and will never go back (as long as the kids are little). SO much better than dealing with the buses at the end of the day, etc....

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hmmmmm, I like not having to worry about driving anywhere at WDW. I'd much rather sit at a bus stop and then on a bus then deal with driving -- finding your car in the lot (and those lots are HUUUUGE), traffic, navigating your way around, etc. I'm lazy tho, lol.
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hmmmmm, I like not having to worry about driving anywhere at WDW. I'd much rather sit at a bus stop and then on a bus then deal with driving -- finding your car in the lot (and those lots are HUUUUGE), traffic, navigating your way around, etc. I'm lazy tho, lol.

I am normally the same way, but with a double stroller AND a single stroller to deal with, bags, etc....it was just easier to drive. I liked passing the long bus lines and getting right out. The only long walk we had was at MK and even that wasn't bad, but we really like walking!
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Just thought of something else. For the first time we will be renting a car and driving down to Disney sooooooo anyone have any advice on whether or not we should use the car to go to the parks every day or stick with the Disney transportation.
I was thinking in terms of being able to leave at the end of the day and not have to wait in yet another line to get back to the resort it would be good, but then again we do a lot of park hopping and such and it may turn into a hassle. I do kind of like taking the monorail and the water taxis. It's just those dang buses that sometimes get to me.
We have drove down the past 4 years, and we still uses buses. I remember from the days of living in FL with AP's....parking at MK SUCKS!!! Yes, the buses suck, but so does sitting in traffic lines trying to get in and out of the parks, parking far away, and trying to find your car. Thanks, but I'd rather stand on a bus then sit in traffic in my car. But thats just me. We only drove once, and that was last year at POR- waitied 45 min for a HS bus, then one pulled up full. Another one 20 min later- FULL. When I say full, I mean it didnt even stop) So we hoped in the car because we had an ADR. But each person is different. I hear a lot of people say that they drive to the parks every day and would never have it any other way.
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hmmmmm, I like not having to worry about driving anywhere at WDW. I'd much rather sit at a bus stop and then on a bus then deal with driving -- finding your car in the lot (and those lots are HUUUUGE), traffic, navigating your way around, etc. I'm lazy tho, lol.
We have never had an issue with the buses either! We would much rather let Disney do the driving than us. Plus, the buses are soooo nice and air conditioned, instead of a hot stuffy car that's been sitting all day in the heat...

Even when we stayed at WL, we still took the bus to MK. We only used the boat twice over 11 days because it was tooooo slow for us. We always find nice people to talk to on the buses...we are talkers.

We are looking forward to walking to two parks while staying at YC, that will be a nice change.
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After my MIL had a medical emergency while we at Animal Kingdom and wound up at Celebration hospital, DH insists we always rent a car. I can't really argue with that ... even though that was sort of a once in a lifetime thing. I hope.
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Very excited to share that I am taking my kids, DS is 20 & DD is 16 for the very first time! I was there last as a young adult & once I had kids, it was my dream to share the thrill of Disney with them. This has been a long time coming so the excitement (although I booked in August) is so out there it's insane! LOL!
My incredible travel agent sent me an email last week titled, Pssst...I got you a promotional discount! I opened the email thinking a hundred, hundred fifty discount would be so cool. There it was...approx $520 discount thanks to the Spring promo!!! (those are all of the smilies I could think of using) HA! All I could think of was...can this get any better? Well, of course it can, I still have the trip coming!
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I think my plan is going to be to use the Disney transportation unless it seems way too busy. There are so many good and bad points on both sides.
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