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Old 10-13-2014, 07:53 PM   #1
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rental car- sanford, to Tampa, to WDW

hi all! wondering if anyone has advice-

in November we are flying in to Sanford airport (through Allegiant). we intend to rent a car to visit friends in Tampa for a couple of days, then to WDW where we are staying at a Disney resort.

having trouble getting a reasonable rate for a rental car... it seems like most want to do 'round trip' ie pickup at sanford airport, and then drop back off at sanford airport. obv i don't want to do that...i'd prefer to pickup a car at sanford airport, do our tampa visit... then drive direct to disney to drop off

any advice on how to achieve this in the most cost effective way?
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Old 10-13-2014, 09:59 PM   #2
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hi all! wondering if anyone has advice-

in November we are flying in to Sanford airport (through Allegiant). we intend to rent a car to visit friends in Tampa for a couple of days, then to WDW where we are staying at a Disney resort.

having trouble getting a reasonable rate for a rental car... it seems like most want to do 'round trip' ie pickup at sanford airport, and then drop back off at sanford airport. obv i don't want to do that...i'd prefer to pickup a car at sanford airport, do our tampa visit... then drive direct to disney to drop off

any advice on how to achieve this in the most cost effective way?
You should just rent a car for the week from SFB and return it there since it will be much cheaper. How would you get from WDW to SFB? Public transportation depending on number in party will not be cheap.
I do not know your dates but 1 week from Nov 8 - 15 from SFB is $221 inc taxes for midsize with Alamo using Costco ID 7014627 and Coupon AF5365ODH for a free day.
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Old 10-14-2014, 10:29 AM   #3
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Budget has a counter at Sanford where you could rent the car for a few days and then drop off at the Doubletree in the DTD hotels. The location code for Budget at Doubletree is M03.

We are flying into Sanford on Allegiant renting the car at Budget. Will drive to WDW, stop for groceries and then take the car to Doubletree that first night or first thing the next morning. We'll just reverse this for our trip home. Pick the car up at Doubletree and drop it off at Sanford. The great thing about Doubletree is they will give you a ride back to the resort when you drop it off and come pick you up when you need the return rental.

Not sure what kind of rate you'll get, I've had good success using Mousesavers and finding Budget discount codes. Seems like the Wal-mart code usually works pretty good.

Good luck!!!
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Try the BV Palace as drop off place. National or Alamo. We have always gotten better rates there for some reason. Also remember most folks getting off the plane as Sanford are getting a rental and most rental place don't have an express pick up there so if you can send one person to do the car & one to do luggage it is way better.

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Old 10-14-2014, 11:49 AM   #5
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I've usually found week-long rates by dropping off at Sanford to be not much more than two one-way trips...and a LOT less hassle.
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Old 10-14-2014, 04:45 PM   #6
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wow thanks for all the great feedback. will investigate a few options...

one thing i was wondering- we are staying at saratoga springs... do you think they charge for parking? ie if i keep the rental for the whole time ie 11 days, will i have to pay a daily parking rate at WDW? i'm assuming yes but couldn't find this out on the disney site

edit: found this... but not sure what key to the world is? we are staying on the resort....

Resort Hotel Guests
Parking is complimentary for Disney Resort hotel Guests with a valid Key to the World Card or Resort Parking Permit.
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wow thanks for all the great feedback. will investigate a few options...

one thing i was wondering- we are staying at saratoga springs... do you think they charge for parking? ie if i keep the rental for the whole time ie 11 days, will i have to pay a daily parking rate at WDW? i'm assuming yes but couldn't find this out on the disney site
Parking should be free, as long as you're staying there.
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Parking will be free at Saratoga while you're staying there and free at all the parks while you're on onsite guest.
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The "key to the World Card" use to be your room key now you have a magic band. When you return to the SSR you will use the far right lane. Pull up hold you magic band to the scanner to trigger the gate arm to open.
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