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Old 02-07-2013, 02:01 PM   #16
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Drive the car everywhere including the MK. Getting from the MK parking lot is no where as big a deal as everyone makes it out to be. Plus your 3 yr old would probably like traveling by monorail and/or Ferry. The car is way faster and more comfortable. You'll be happy when you can plunk your child safely in the car seat and get a cold drink out of the cooler you have in the trunk. Driving around WDW/LBV is fun and easy. Even if you get lost, just turn around and you will find signs everywhere showing where to go.
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Old 02-07-2013, 02:12 PM   #17
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I'd say it depends on where you're staying too .. OKW or POR, I'd want a car; the properties are just way too spread out..
Apart from that, MK is really the only one I wouldn't want to drive to.
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Old 02-07-2013, 05:22 PM   #18
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We rent a van. we have tried trips and hated it. We feel trapped. Not that we won't grab a disney bus every now and then. But we also run to walmart or target. Anything to save a few $$. Trust me as much money as disney charges for things you can easily pay for a day or two of a rental.
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Old 02-07-2013, 08:05 PM   #19
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The waits for the bus/no seat doesn't bother me. In fact, I don't get that someone will complain about a 20-30 minute wait for a bus, but it's no problem waiting an hour or more for an attraction.
'Cause you can't fast-pass the bus
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Old 02-07-2013, 08:27 PM   #20
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Another vote for drive...especially with AAA parking pass! No trams for you :-). I also agree that monorail from MK to the TTC is usually better than cramming on a full bus with multiple stops after closing down the park. I stay offsite these days, so of course I drive.

You could be standing on a crowded bus for 20 minutes, or your little one could fall asleep peacefully in their familiar carseat...
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Old 02-07-2013, 09:39 PM   #21
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Car except MK!
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Old 02-08-2013, 04:08 PM   #22
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Since bus service depends on which resort you're staying in, my answer has to be: It depends.

We stay at value resorts so bus service is frequent -- if we're not going to the parks early, bus is always quicker for us since you have to add the parking tram time to the equation. If you're arriving at RD, either is good.

But for MK, I would never take my car if I didn't have to. It's so much quicker to get dropped off and picked up at the front of the park, and at the end of the night I'd rather wait 10 minutes for a bus than the considerably longer wait for the monorail or ferry, then the parking tram, etc. At park closing, just getting to your car can easily take 30 minutes.
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Old 02-08-2013, 05:01 PM   #23
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Agree with posters above who say .....bus only to MK....everywhere else take your car. The one exception to this would be if you are staying at a MK resort and can either monorail or boat to the MK rather than bus......
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Old 02-19-2013, 11:44 AM   #24
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With all due respect to the good posters here, I'd like to offer an angle on this I don't think has been entirely addressed. Most of the responses here have been about Park->car, but very little has included info about Resort->Car->Park. That's a HUGE element in the equation in my book.

If, for example, you're staying in Saratoga Springs, you are rolling the dice with the buses. For us, the variability of the buses has proven to be the only real reason we would consider NOT staying there. As we normally get to the parks pretty early, it hasn't been too much of an issue, but for our midday break when we're tired, waiting for the bus is *not* fun while your standing at the bus terminal at the park, especially when you see two, five, or (seemingly) 100 buses for every OTHER resort go by (okay, okay, I exaggerate, but you get the point).

So, the question of driving/busing must consider where you're staying as much as anything else, so there really can't be a universal answer. We did, in fact, drive a couple of times from SSR to Epcot and MK, and realized its not entirely a panacea. There's the walk from the lot to the gate, and if you're a distance out, you may need to wait for a tram (either way). If you're staying at a resort with >1 transport option, eg monorail, bus, boat, the need for a car diminishes greatly IMHO.

And, frankly, there are just times when its nice to just flop on the bus and not worry about driving, esp. when you're the one doing the driving
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Old 02-19-2013, 12:06 PM   #25
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Old 02-19-2013, 02:05 PM   #26
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If staying at AKL the only transportation option you have is bus....and IMO...leaves a lot to be desired. Our last two visits to WDW have been to AKL/Kidani Village.....the last time being mid December 2012 and the time before March, March, 2011 we had a car and used it pretty much all the time.......December, 2012 we did use bus transport several times.....and decided that in the future we will always drive when staying at AKL...either Jambo or Kidani.........simply because of the amount of time wasted traveling by bus.
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Old 02-19-2013, 05:31 PM   #27
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We come to WDW a few times per year, sometimes with a car and sometimes without. So I can say with some experience that while a car isn't always necessary, I think you'll regret not having one..

#1. You're asking whether a car is needed, so you're not really ready to plan a car-free trip.

#2. You're staying at AKV, which isn't in the middle of things. When we stay at AKV we always have a car.
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Old 02-19-2013, 05:46 PM   #28
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Many, many trips to the world off site so I always had to drive, 3 trips onsite in the past 3 years - 2 of them we used Disney transportation, last trip was Nov 2012 and we drove and I don't care if I set a foot on a Disney bus ever again! We never spent more than 10 minutes driving to any park from POFQ, parking was never a problem and we always were in the parks in far less time than the previous 2 trips using the buses. We went to almost all of the deluxe resorts for meals and we didn't have to leave 1-1 1/2 hours in advance to make the reservations like Disney suggests when taking their buses. It was a so much nicer to have a place to sit, to not be crammed onto buses with far more people than should have been on there! This is the first trip in 3 years that I didn't have bruises on my legs and feet due to being stepped on, kicked or beaten to death with overgrown strollers because I was on a bus.
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Old 02-19-2013, 06:37 PM   #29
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If I plan to go to Universal, Sea World, Busch, I get a car. If I am just doing Disney I ride the bus!
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Old 02-20-2013, 07:49 AM   #30
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Car vs Bus

This July will be my first time onsite. We are staying at AoA. I am looking forward to it. However, I am only at Disney for 3 nights. I will be offsite for 7 nites afterwards, so we will have a rental car. We decided to try the buses and use our car too. I have a feeling the car will be faster. We are already used to parking and using the tram. I think the stops between one destination and another is going to make the difference, but we will see. I am looking forward to making the comparison. I appreciate everyones opinions and sharing experiences. It will give me some things to think about.
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