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Old 01-10-2013, 06:50 PM   #16
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As usual the Disboards come through with great info. Thanks to all of you who make us first timers feel more comfortable with our plans
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Old 01-10-2013, 09:11 PM   #17
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How much is a taxi from the ship to the Budget office? Is $5 about the going rate, or should I expect to pay a lot more?
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Old 01-10-2013, 09:49 PM   #18
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We have a Budget rental for the day we get off our cruise. Where do we go to catch the shuttle at the port and do we have to book the shuttle in advance?
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Old 01-10-2013, 09:51 PM   #19
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Allow at least one hour from the time you get off the ship until you are in your car, especially if you have the later breakfast.

. . . Once we got to the car rental, they had more reservations than they had cars. Budget overbooked and at least 10 families had to wait until cars were returned. This mean standing in a parking lot with your family and luggage, waiting for a car to be returned, checked in, fueled and ready to be issued out.
This has happened to us too at Budget. We had to wait one hour until people returned cars on their way to the ship.

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Maple17, There is an area outside the cruise terminal for all the different car rental agency shuttles......u can't miss it. The lines are very long for each car rental agency and no, u can't prebook the shuttle as it is first come, first serve. I would recommend taking a taxi if u can. We waited in that line forever! Budget has a long line either way if you're waiting for the shuttle at the port or at their agency (to go to the ship).
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Old 01-10-2013, 10:46 PM   #21
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Maple17, There is an area outside the cruise terminal for all the different car rental agency shuttles......u can't miss it. The lines are very long for each car rental agency and no, u can't prebook the shuttle as it is first come, first serve. I would recommend taking a taxi if u can. We waited in that line forever! Budget has a long line either way if you're waiting for the shuttle at the port or at their agency (to go to the ship).
Thanks, good to know!
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Old 01-11-2013, 12:20 AM   #22
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Allow at least one hour from the time you get off the ship until you are in your car, especially if you have the later breakfast. We have used them 7 times in the past few years and have only had 1 bad experience. We waited 30 minutes at the port for the shuttle this past week.

Once we got to the car rental, they had more reservations than they had cars. Budget overbooked and at least 10 families had to wait until cars were returned. This mean standing in a parking lot with your family and luggage, waiting for a car to be returned, checked in, fueled and ready to be issued out. It also meant that if you needed a mini-van, you had to wait until a mini-van was turned in. Fortunately we got a car right away but I felt bad for those who we left standing in the parking lot.

The staff did a great job with what they had to work with but Corporate really put them in a bind.

Its always that way. I have seen this happen every time we were getting a rental from them.
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Maple17, There is an area outside the cruise terminal for all the different car rental agency shuttles......u can't miss it. The lines are very long for each car rental agency and no, u can't prebook the shuttle as it is first come, first serve. I would recommend taking a taxi if u can. We waited in that line forever! Budget has a long line either way if you're waiting for the shuttle at the port or at their agency (to go to the ship).
It's never been a long line for us at the agency as we get there for around 9:45-10:15. We're first in line for the shuttle bus and have never had any problems at all.
Best thing about the shuttle buses are getting first timers on there with you ... Fantastic seeing their eyes light up and smiles spread across their faces, the downside is that there's not enough time to share all the hints and tips you've learnt from on here!!
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It's never been a long line for us at the agency as we get there for around 9:45-10:15. We're first in line for the shuttle bus and have never had any problems at all.
Best thing about the shuttle buses are getting first timers on there with you ... Fantastic seeing their eyes light up and smiles spread across their faces, the downside is that there's not enough time to share all the hints and tips you've learnt from on here!!
I am assuming from your post you are talking about agency to port. If we were to get there as early as 10:00 and can't get on ship till about 1:00 are their things to do or see at port before boarding besides the check in stuff.
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. . . Best thing about the shuttle buses are getting first timers on there with you ... Fantastic seeing their eyes light up and smiles spread across their faces . . .
Not the typical reaction when arriving at the Budget office.

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We have Budget cars booked coming to the port from WDW and returning from port for our Feb 9 cruise. Though we've done this many times, we still cringe at the very real threat of long waits either way. We usually get to the terminal early, between 10 and 10:30 just because we like to hang around and bask in the anticipation, but lately we've heard the Budget shuttles won't take anyone to the port, even in an empty shuttle, until they've picked up all the passengers disembarking. So maybe not until 11 or later? Has that been anyone's experience recently? Our reservation has us dropping the car off at 10 so I don't fancy sitting around their lot an hour and change waiting to be allowed on a shuttle. Taxi!

Returning to Budget from the ship is usually a nightmare...moreso for folks who need a larger car or van (we get the smallest, cheapest car for just the two of us) and so have not had to wait nearly as long as larger families with more luggage needing a bigger vehicle. We, too, have experienced having to lurch around with our suitcases in tow in a hot parking lot waiting for a car to be returned. Once it was so bad groups of renters waiting would cheer when a car turned into the Budget parking lot! The unknown delay is especially frustrating because we always go straight from the port to a park, so Budget hold ups are a direct hit on our park time. We're not walk ins, so Budget should know how many cars are needed at a certain time, and if that doesn't align with those being returned, they need to move some cars down from Orlando. We tried to make it work out getting a weekly rental and just paying to park, but couldn't make the numbers make sense.
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Hi,

We are first time cruisers as well and it will be our first trip to WDW. We are going to WDW first and then taking the Fantasy cruise April 20-27. I have 2 children, aged 3 and 1, who will need car seats for our car rental. We are flying in really late into MCO (around 11:15pm) so we opted to take the Magical Express to WDW. We are staying on resort at the caribbean beach resort for the 15-20; my in-laws are flying in on the 18th and then we are planning to rent a van from Budget or Hertz to pick up some supplies and go to the port.

I looked on google maps and at WDW, the Budget car rental is not close to the caribbean beach resort. I assume my husband could take a Disney shuttle or bus over to the Budget rental at WDW?

If anyone has any other suggestions, I'm open to them. We were going to do the Disney transfers but would like to pick up supplies before our cruise. Also, our flight on the 27th isn't until 8pm and our travel agent said Disney shuttles would take us early in the morning. I don't want to have to spend a whole day at the airport with 2 toddlers if I don't have too!

Sorry for the long post.....any advice is certainly appreciated!
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We are first time cruisers as well and it will be our first trip to WDW. We are going to WDW first and then taking the Fantasy cruise April 20-27. I have 2 children, aged 3 and 1, who will need car seats for our car rental. We are flying in really late into MCO (around 11:15pm) so we opted to take the Magical Express to WDW. We are staying on resort at the caribbean beach resort for the 15-20; my in-laws are flying in on the 18th and then we are planning to rent a van from Budget or Hertz to pick up some supplies and go to the port.

I looked on google maps and at WDW, the Budget car rental is not close to the caribbean beach resort. I assume my husband could take a Disney shuttle or bus over to the Budget rental at WDW?

If anyone has any other suggestions, I'm open to them. We were going to do the Disney transfers but would like to pick up supplies before our cruise. Also, our flight on the 27th isn't until 8pm and our travel agent said Disney shuttles would take us early in the morning. I don't want to have to spend a whole day at the airport with 2 toddlers if I don't have too!

Sorry for the long post.....any advice is certainly appreciated!
I read this under FAQ on DCL forum page.

Budget has a location at Doubletree Guest Suites in the Walt Disney World Resort near Downtown Disney. You can take a Disney bus from any of the Disney resorts to Downtown Disney. Get off at the Marketplace stop, then walk across the street and up Hotel Plaza Blvd to Doubletree Guest Suites. It's about a mile. Alternatively, you can take a taxi from Downtown Disney, which should cost around $5. The phone number of Doubletree Guest Suites' Budget desk is (407) 827-6089.
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I read this under FAQ on DCL forum page.

Budget has a location at Doubletree Guest Suites in the Walt Disney World Resort near Downtown Disney. You can take a Disney bus from any of the Disney resorts to Downtown Disney. Get off at the Marketplace stop, then walk across the street and up Hotel Plaza Blvd to Doubletree Guest Suites. It's about a mile. Alternatively, you can take a taxi from Downtown Disney, which should cost around $5. The phone number of Doubletree Guest Suites' Budget desk is (407) 827-6089.

This was exactly what i was going to suggest you do. We have taken the magical express to the hotel from the airport and done both, called for pick up (can only do this between certain hours) and taken the bus down town and walked a block. Easy!
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Thank you so much! This helps me out a lot!

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