Disney has made it very easy to stay inside the “Disney Bubble” without ever needing to leave. With all the convenient free transportation, including Disney’s Magical Express, a complimentary ride from Orlando International Airport (MCO) to your Disney Resort, renting a car is an expense that many families can easily avoid (and many do).
But what happens when you want to travel outside of that “Disney Bubble”?
The most popular reason Guests consider renting a car during their Walt Disney World vacation is so they can experience multiple Theme Parks during their trip to Orlando.
Walt Disney World and Universal Studios Orlando are unarguably the largest and most popular tourist locations in central Florida. So, it’s not uncommon for Guests to want to visit both while on vacation.
I mean, if you have the time and the money, why not do both?? They’re located only about 20 minutes away from each other and they’re both awesome!
Renting a car on Walt Disney World Property
You could call an Uber or Lyft, but if you’re planning to make multiple stops, pick up some supplies, or you want to take a peek at one of Disney’s Outlet Stores in the area, renting a car for a day or two wouldn’t only be easier, it may make more economical sense than renting one at the airport for your entire stay.
If you’re only planning on venturing outside of Disney for a day or two, it’s silly to pay rental fees for your entire trip.
And don’t forget, Disney has started charging overnight fees to park at your hotel. So, that’s another cost you will want to take into consideration. Do you really want to be paying parking fees for a whole week when you only need the car for one or two days?
Gas Buddy – Plan your route and find the cheapest gas along the way
Rental Car Locations
Phone number: (407) 824-3470
Operating hours: 6:00 am – 8:00 pm Monday – Friday and 6:00 am – 6:00 pm Saturday & Sunday
Location: The Car Care Center is located near the Transportation and Ticket Center.
1000 West Car Care Drive Bay Lake, Florida 32830
If staying on Disney property, complimentary shuttle service to and from the Car Care Center is provided. There is an after-hours vehicle return, if you drop off your car outside of their business hours. You would need to find your own transportation from there, though. If you find yourself in this situation, Uber, Lyft, or a Minnie Van would be good options.
Phone number: (407) 934-4930
Operating hours: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm Sunday through Saturday
Location: 1500 Epcot Resorts Blvd, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
Shades of Green
Rental car agencies available: Alamo
Phone number: (888) 826-6893
Operating hours: 8:00 am – 12:00 pm Monday – Friday and 8:00 am – 12:00 pm Saturday & Sunday
Location: 1950 Magnolia Palm, Orlando, FL 32830