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Old 01-19-2013, 11:00 AM   #1
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Why don't you rent a car vs bus transportation?

I see tons of complaints about bus service on these boards, and I've never understood it. I have absolutely no comprehension of being able to afford $3500 for a week at the Polynesian yet not being able to pay $27 a day (or sometimes much less) for a rental car. I used priceline to get a rental car for $10 a day (toyota corrola) at MCO on our last trip.

What if you get sick on vacation, need to be somewhere faster than disney transportation can get you there, or just want to explore the resorts without spending all day on a bus? I understand sometimes the bus is just easier depending on what your plans are, but for the most part I see rental car $$ very well spend, even if you only use it a few times.

All I'm saying is don't let bus service hold you back from staying somewhere at disney. Rent a car and be done with it, it's a beautiful thing.
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Old 01-19-2013, 11:10 AM   #2
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For us, we plan on using the buses. It's just easier for us right now. With 4 kids, 3 still in car seats, I don't want to deal with getting something to fit all of us, plus dealing with rental car seats.

Granted I haven't been since 2001, but I used the bus system that whole week, ( it was our senior spring break trip) and while there were waits and it could be cramped, it wasn't so horrible that I'd never use it again.
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Old 01-19-2013, 11:15 AM   #3
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I actually had anxiety over not finding a rental for a decent price ($500+ for a week). I kept thinking of all that could go wrong, because we have never traveled to WDW without a car. I even signed up for ME, and that may have been what did it Car for $135 a week now. Happy me!
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Old 01-19-2013, 11:22 AM   #4
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I have a long driving commute daily. Part of a vacation for me is the enjoyment of not driving- from the time we are picked up at our house to go to the airport, to the time I return home... it's a luxury to not drive!
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Old 01-19-2013, 11:27 AM   #5
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I hate driving.

That said, we're going to be doing a combination for this trip. Since we're spending a day at Universal, I'm thinking we'll do at least 2 days with a car.

Part of the frustration with having a car at Disney is the car seat for DS. I've heard awful things about rental car seats and he's almost grown out of the car seat we've been using for travel. I'm not looking forward to lugging the Britax around.
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Old 01-19-2013, 11:36 AM   #6
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When we stayed at the AoA suites last year, we rented a car and it was worth it for us. We spent most of our time at the parks, and also visiting other resorts. It worked out very well for us. I got a great deal on the car, so it was only about $25 per day.

This year we are staying at the BC, and I think we may not bother with the car rental since we can walk or take the boat to Epcot and DHS. I'm still on the fence about it.
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Old 01-19-2013, 11:37 AM   #7
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We drive to WDW. 2-3 days. Each way. Once we're there, the last thing we want to do is drive some more. And we like to enjoy the occasional adult beverage either in the parks or with dinner in the evenings. So driving back to our resort could present a problem (we never drive after more than one drink).

In 35 years of going to WDW we have never encountered bus problems of such severity that it would warrant using our car. But people's ability to tolerate public transportation varies wildly. I get that. But for us, the occasional taxi to return to a resort in the evening or to get to an early morning ADR is still much more convenient than driving our own car.

Of course if we were travelling off site, that would be a whole 'nuther ball game. But we very rarely do.
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Old 01-19-2013, 11:40 AM   #8
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We usually get a rental car when/if I find a deal that is around the same price or less than what we pay for the car service. We always use Disney transportation to the parks no matter what, so even when we do get a rental car, it sits until we have to head back to the airport. We have used the car a few times when we've had a breakfast ADR at a different resort than where we are staying since it's easier (for us) to get to the other resort, but for getting to the parks, it's easier for us to use Disney transportation.
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Old 01-19-2013, 11:45 AM   #9
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I see tons of complaints about bus service on these boards, and I've never understood it. I have absolutely no comprehension of being able to afford $3500 for a week at the Polynesian yet not being able to pay $27 a day (or sometimes much less) for a rental car. I used priceline to get a rental car for $10 a day (toyota corrola) at MCO on our last trip.

What if you get sick on vacation, need to be somewhere faster than disney transportation can get you there, or just want to explore the resorts without spending all day on a bus? I understand sometimes the bus is just easier depending on what your plans are, but for the most part I see rental car $$ very well spend, even if you only use it a few times.

All I'm saying is don't let bus service hold you back from staying somewhere at disney. Rent a car and be done with it, it's a beautiful thing.

We rent a car every trip now. We have done a few trips back in the day with just ME no car and it is a pain in the butt due to how we like to eat. We eat at a lot of TS restaurants at resorts. One trip we spent a lot on cabs and said never again. We rent from Advantage at MCO and it's always inexpensive and great. We love the freedom.
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Old 01-19-2013, 12:34 PM   #10
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We've rented a car and not rented a car and we definitely prefer no car. As previous posters have mentioned, we like the vacation from driving. And I love a vacation from getting three boys in and out of the car. We really enjoy Magical Express, even if it takes more time, because it's a festive start to our trip.

As for getting around, we just plan our park days, resort stays and ADRs in a way that reduces transportation time and reliance on the buses. For our upcoming trip, we'll stay at Poly for the first few days and spend our time at MK and AK. Then we'll transfer to BWI and spend time at Epcot and DHS. The only time we'll take a bus is to/from AK. And we don't mind an occasional cab - might do that on the way back from Artist Point to Poly.

As a side note, when our oldest (now a teen) was little, his favorite Disney ride was the bus!
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Old 01-19-2013, 12:35 PM   #11
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We love our adult beverages while on vacation. I don't want to have to think about how many I've had or how long it's been before I get behind the wheel. It's not something that we do very much during the rest of the year, so we splurge on vacation.
Disney transportation is a great designated driver!
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Old 01-19-2013, 12:44 PM   #12
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I see tons of complaints about bus service on these boards, and I've never understood it. I have absolutely no comprehension of being able to afford $3500 for a week at the Polynesian yet not being able to pay $27 a day (or sometimes much less) for a rental car. I used priceline to get a rental car for $10 a day (toyota corrola) at MCO on our last trip.

What if you get sick on vacation, need to be somewhere faster than disney transportation can get you there, or just want to explore the resorts without spending all day on a bus? I understand sometimes the bus is just easier depending on what your plans are, but for the most part I see rental car $$ very well spend, even if you only use it a few times.

All I'm saying is don't let bus service hold you back from staying somewhere at disney. Rent a car and be done with it, it's a beautiful thing.
Of all the years we have gone and used the buses...i have never seen an issue with them. Yes, they can be crowded..but no big deal...and a small wait sometimes...but hey, its a perk and a good one. I love the buses...even when we drive...we still use the bus system most of the time.
BUT, i do agree....its nice to have a car for going to the resorts and explore..or to eat off property now and then.
But, i dont see any issues with the buses as a whole. They are fantastic.
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Old 01-19-2013, 12:49 PM   #13
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We've done it both ways. Unfortunately, car prices have been a lot higher this year and since we need to rent a car for the week after Disney when we go to Marco Island for a week, it has been way too expensive to get a car for two full weeks. Luckily, we have had outstanding bus transportation at Old Key West our last two stays and I expect it will be the same on our trip in August. We use the boat to DTD.

We plan to do as we did last year...rent our car at the Dolphin the day before we leave and hit the outlet malls on the way to Marco Island.
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Old 01-19-2013, 12:55 PM   #14
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For a larger family, renting a car is more expensive. You also need to deal with bringing boosters for older children who otherwise wouldn't need them on the plane. It's an added hassle in the airport, and frankly, I don't like driving or parking!


Bus service can be a pain, but IMO if you're on property, the real perk to that is being able to *avoid* the car rental :-)
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Bus service can be a pain, but IMO if you're on property, the real perk to that is being able to *avoid* the car rental :-)
My husband is no Disney fan, but when we travel to other destinations and get to the car rental part, he likes to ask "Where is the Magical Express?"
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