I have always done a one way rental from MCO to port canaveral and turned it in before the cruise. I don't come in the same day, so had booked a hotel night near the port, parked there, and then drove to the port the next morning before turning the car in.Do you pay for parking at the port or rent and drop off at port? I'm interested if the latter option is possible and whether it's a decent price. Thanks!
To me, this varies not just according to the number of passengers but also how much luggage we’re hauling. When it was 4 of us, sailing a 7-night cruise with formal wear, pirate night gear, Phillies gear for watching the World Series on the big screen by the pool, yeah that was a lot of stuff compared to a 3-night escape with 2 suitcases.This (used to be, before car rental prices exploded) my rule of thumb:
2 people == Disney transportation is a reasonable deal.
4 people == rent a car ESPECIALLY if having one will improve your visits to the parks the last day or two.
But orum is correct, higher prices for rental cars may alter this calculation and
A limo/car-service will stop for a shopping visit before you get on the ship.
Very relaxing and easy to get on a Disney bus or limo/car-service at PC and have them drop you off at MCO . . .
The magical express (complimentary airport to/from WDW) is going away. The paid transport to/from the port will still be available.I haven’t heard anymore about it lately but isn’t the Magical Express stopping end of Jan 2022?
Are they replacing it with something else I wonder?
I've never had a bad experience with traffic at the port. It's been fine.Thanks to everyone for the input on rental cars. For those who have done it before, how bad is traffic at port? Second question: do you drop off party at port with all luggage than just have one person return car? Or is it faster to go turn in car and take luggage on rental car shuttle? Thanks again!
If you’re cruising soon, this is no longer an issue. With the start up next week, the port doesn’t open until 1:00pm. Anyone arriving earlier than their pat will not be allowed to park and turned away. (All castaway levels have to have a pat now) The bus will probably arrive by then too. We leave the end of august and are under these new guidelines too. I’m platinum but had to have a PAT.I don't like disney transport, they get you there too late in the day. We arrive at port as early as possible so that we can board as early as possible. I want every moment possible on the ship.
No traffic problems in Port Canaveral. Miami is a different story.Thanks to everyone for the input on rental cars. For those who have done it before, how bad is traffic at port? Second question: do you drop off party at port with all luggage than just have one person return car? Or is it faster to go turn in car and take luggage on rental car shuttle? Thanks again!