One of the biggest perks of an on-property Walt Disney World vacation is the wealth of transportation options. Guests who fly into Orlando International Airport, they can take Disney's Magical Express directly to their resort, and then have buses, boats, and monorails to take them where ever they need to go. However, depending on just Disney transportation in itself can be limiting, and it actually might be more practical to rent a car in some situations. Here are some pros and cons to consider for guests thinking about renting a car.
1. Pro: You can go to other theme parks
With a rental car, you have an easier choice when it comes to leaving the Disney property. While some die-hard Disney fans may never even consider this, others may want to experience other things in the Orlando region. This includes visiting other nearby theme parks like Universal Orlando Resort or SeaWorld Orlando.
2. Con: You can always take a taxi, Uber or Lyft
A con to renting a car is that there are always taxis, Ubers, and Lyfts that can pick people up from the Disney resort. This is ideal for a person or group who only plans to travel outside of Disney property one or two times during their trip, and to a close location. You would have to do the math and figure out how much it costs per day to rent a car versus how much it would cost to take a few trips in a taxi. Another positive with taxis - if you plan on visiting Universal or SeaWorld, you don't need to pay the parking fee, which cen be between $17-$50 depending on the park, the time of day, and if you want standard, preferred, or valet parking.
3. Pro: you can travel further away
Taxis and Ubers can add up, especially if you are traveling far away from Disney property. The Central Florida area is bigger than some expect, and destinations like the beach or Tampa Bay can be a 2-3 hour drive. Some drivers will not want to drive that far away from their home destination so even finding a driver may be difficult. Renting a car can be to your advantage if you plan to turn your Disney trip into a larger vacation. Orlando is more than just a theme park destination - it's a real city with theaters, museums, parks, and quant suburbs that a more adventurous group may enjoy exploring.