Car Rental Help!!

Discussion in 'Transportation' started by Jen94, Mar 18, 2012.

  1. Jen94

    Jen94 Earning My Ears

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    We have decided to rent a car while we're at Disney World in May for our first-ever trip. Our debate is, whether to rent from the airport or from the car care center onsite. Can anyone help us with the pros & cons of each?? Thanks!
     
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  3. ToddyLu

    ToddyLu Welcome aboard explorers- I love Mr. Ray

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    :) Are you staying on-site or off?
     
  4. Jen94

    Jen94 Earning My Ears

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    Sorry! Didn't think to put that in my post. We are staying at the Contemporary. Thanks!
     
  5. skelooch

    skelooch DIS Veteran

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    If you're renting for your entire stay, the best rates are usually obtained when renting at the airport.
    IMHO it will also be quicker than ME for getting to your resort and back to the airport.
     
  6. kathie859

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    OTOH, airport rentals can be fee heavy. There's concession fees, airport taxes and other possible fees (my favorite being a "tire" fee at Ft. Lauderdale Airport a few years ago.) on top of rental rate. Renting at a location off airport is usually cheaper:confused3. Be sure to compare total expense of each options.
     
  7. bumbershoot

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    Definitely price it all out, and check out the various codes and coupons you can find on mousesavers.com. I've never found an off site rate that's better than at MCO, but I know there are more variables than you can imagine!

    There are also often threads on this forum for different months, so be sure to seek those out, to try to get the best deal. And don't give up checking, even after you've booked, if you've booked a rate that can be modified or canceled. We've rented from MCO three times now, and each time I've been changing the discounts around on it to get the rock-bottomest deal I can get, in the last couple weeks before the trip.
     
  8. figgy4me

    figgy4me Disney Crazy

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    I have done both and don't have a problem doing either one. Your main consideration should be exactly how many days you are actually going to need your car. Since you are staying onsite you can use Disney transportation to and from the airport and won't have to haul your luggage. and you can use the monorail and bus system for getting around Disney.

    That said, I used to drive to WDW just to have my car.. None it is easier (definitely not cheaper) to fly. And since I have a condo I will get my rental at the airport. But I have done one day in front and one behind my condo ressies just to use the Disney transportation and save the extra day(+/-) car rental.

    While you are pricing - you should check http://expedia.ca sometimes the Canadian prices are cheaper. You just pay a small fee for the credit card company's currency exchange and there is a small different + or - in price depending on the exhange rate that day.
     
  9. ChildAtHeart82

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    Another smaller thing to consider is the use of the Emerald Aisle. If renting through National at MCO, you could use the Emerald Aisle, book a midsize and then pick any car in the aisle (potentially much nicer). For National at the Car Care Center, my understanding is that Emerald Aisle is not an option. Just one more variable to include in the cost comparison. :)
     
  10. Shelly F - Ohio

    Shelly F - Ohio Disney Extraordinaire

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    The decision should be based upon which location has the better rental rate. Some times the airport is cheaper other times its not.
     
  11. Shelly F - Ohio

    Shelly F - Ohio Disney Extraordinaire

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    Sorry for the double posting. Darn slow servers :(
     
  12. bus driver

    bus driver Earning My Ears

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    check out dollars web site i rented a mini van at dtd area for 235 for the week 5/19-5/26 take taxi or bus to dtd not much of problem. wanted alamo but price tooooo high they pick you up at resort
     
  13. Jen94

    Jen94 Earning My Ears

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    Thanks!
     

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