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Old 01-11-2013, 04:52 PM   #31
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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.
Wow, this is what I'm very afraid of. So this problem of overbooking at Budget is still occurring? We are travelling with 2 other families and we all have minivans booked with Budget after our cruise Feb 9. Since we are staying an extra few days to do the parks, we have to rent vehicles or we would just take a car service. I think the plan is to disembark the ship as early as possible and have the husbands only go get the rental cars while the rest of us hang at the cruise port. Will this be easier you think? Now I'm thinking the chances of getting 3 minivans at this Budget may not be that easy at all. Suggestions?
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We have a minivan we are dropping off and picking up...this thread makes me very nervous.
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. . . We are travelling with 2 other families and we all have minivans booked with Budget

. . . I think the plan is to disembark the ship as early as possible and have the husbands only go get the rental cars while the rest of us hang at the cruise port. Will this be easier you think?
It will be easier and faster for the husbands to board the Budget shuttle (without luggage) to pick up the minivans.

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Old 01-20-2013, 06:19 PM   #34
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No real issues dropping our car off...line was quick and easy and though Budget was very short-staffed, they were friendly and efficient. For those at the location waiting for a car to return to Disney or the MCO airport, it was a nightmare. One family reported that they had been waiting for over two and a half hours and were still waiting when we headed to port at 11am. We were told by staff that there was an usual amount of ships in port combined with the over-booking by corporate.

With that in mind, we heeded the advice from Budget (mainly to be at the parking spot for the shuttle prior to 8:45 to avoid the crowds/wait). We skipped our breakfast on the last morning, carried off our own luggage (others we saw at the airport said it was a long process to retrieve bags), and were at marker #13 (Budget's parking area outside the terminal) by 8am. The driver of the shuttle had us to Budget by 8:10 and we had our car by 8:30. Our flight didn't leave until 3, so we had time for lunch at Downtown Disney and a little shopping as well.

Honestly, missing the final breakfast was no big deal to us. Carrying our luggage out on our own was so much easier and less hassle...granted, we were a party of two adults but there was a large number of families doing this as well. We were able to grab a bite at Cabanna's before heading down to depart and said our goodbyes to everyone the night before.
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Just used budget last Sunday and Thursday. Things went smoothly and had no issues.

We were the first shuttle to leave terminal to go back to Budget Thursday morning, as soon as the shuttle stopped I hopped out to get in line and let DH worry about the luggage. By the time they got everything off the shuttle I had keys to a van :-)
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