Do you need a car rental? Typically when I travel to Disney World, I use the Magical Express to from the Orlando International Airport to my Disney-owned resort. Once at my resort, I use Disney transportation to get me from one park to the other. I find that since I am often times no good at using a GPS or reading a map that using the Disney transportation is much more relaxing while on vacation. Even though I do not like standing in line waiting for the bus, it is very nice to not accidentally find that I have driven outside of the Disney property, looking for what seems an eternity for a way to turn around! However, there are many times when I travel to Disney World that I have made plans to go to Universal Studios or Legoland and must rent a car.
How I find my rentals: I always use a website such as Priceline to see which of the companies has the best deal for my dates of travel. Once I know which company offers the best price here, I then go to their own website to book the rental when I can get the same price or a better one by using any available coupons as the one offered by Priceline. I like to do this because rentals, once booked, are not refundable when booked through Priceline.
Better Deals? I have always through that the best available deals would be from the airport, as they have higher demands on vehicles leading to lower rates. However, i decided to review a few of the companies located on the Walt Disney World property to see what prices they offer. What I found were better rates from most of the rental car companies. In the end I decided to rent from Enterprise so I do not have to even worry about getting to their car rental facility. (Remember their slogan, “We pick you up!”). With this in mind, I will take Magical Express bus from the airport to my Disney resort. Once there, I will arrange to get the rental car from wherever it is most convenient for me.
Lesson? As with everything, research all possibilities so you can make the best decision possible. In this scenario, I will be renting from a company that will bring the car to my location instead of needing to go off the airport property to pick up the best priced car located in/around the airport. This plan just so happened to also help me save quite a bit of money, money I would not have saved if I did not do the research!
Natalie has been visiting Disney World and Disneyland with her son (currently age 5), husband and family for her theme park fun since 1978! Natalie’s passion for Disney has now combined with her Certified Public Accounting license to help other afford the vacation to Disney of their dreams! Be sure to check out Meet the Magic for Disney articles from Cast Members and also many on trip planning and trip reports.