By Carol Garcia
When staying at Walt Disney World, it’s quite easy to stay on-property for an entire trip and live in the “Disney bubble.” Unlike Disneyland, which is surrounded by reality on all sides, Disney World is just apart from the real world enough to make it easily avoided on a vacation.
But central Florida is full of tourist attractions. What happens when a Disney guest wants to (gasp!) leave Disney property? How do you go about getting to the other locations?
Let’s start by agreeing on one thing: Disney does not make it easy to leave property during your stay. Many of us who arrive via Orlando International Airport happily walk from the plane straight to our Magical Express bus. We are transported to our resort and our luggage meets us there. We get from park to park via monorails, buses, boats, and on foot. It is most convenient to just stay on property using Disney transportation and have everything taken care of for us. Don’t think that Disney doesn’t do this by design. Disney wants to keep you (and your wallet) on their turf! And to their credit, this can be a nice thing; visitors don’t need to worry about transportation since it is taken care of — and free!
For those who drive to central Florida, it’s not an issue to hop over to SeaWorld or Universal for the day. Just jump in the car, and in a matter of minutes, you’re there. Some of us also have discovered the renting a car is worth the extra expense. My family owns DVC points, so we stay in a villa with a kitchen (or kitchenette, depending on the room type). So having a car to run over to the grocery store or grab dinner at a local restaurant is much easier. Having a car for the entire trip makes it feel much more like our villa is our home for the week and we go about our business a little more like we would at home. Sans work and school.
The expense of renting a car for an entire week may not be appealing (or feasible) for everyone, though. Why pay for a car for an entire trip if you do have the option of free transportation? One solution to getting off property without the expense is a one-day car rental. There are two Alamo/National car rental locations on property. Alamo is the official rental car company of Walt Disney World, and therefore works well with Disney guests.
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