If you are staying at one of the Walt Disney Resorts then Disney has transportation pretty much covered from the time you arrive at the Orlando International Airport until you return back to the airport, and guess what? It’s all FREE of charge! So, if you are planning on staying on Disney property using their transportation system, then the answer is no, you do not need a car.
If you are staying at a hotel off Disney property you still may not need a car if you arrange for transportation such as a private car service or a shuttle to pick you up at the airport and take you to your hotel for a fee. Most hotels offer free transportation to/from the parks, but check first with the hotel to make sure their bus schedules fit your needs. Buses may only run to each park a limited amount of times per day. If you need to get back to the hotel or make it to a park in time for dining reservations this busing system may not work in your favor. So, make sure to check out the details with the hotel you are staying before making a decision.
Once you are on Disney property, you can take advantage of Disney transportation system. Buses, Boats and Monorails. Check out the Transportation Wizard App, to see the best way to get around Walt Disney World from “the palm of your hand.
What if you need groceries or medication while you are at Walt Disney World? Don’t worry — they can deliver right to your resort. The Garden Grocer offers more than 4,800 products and features the largest selection of groceries delivered in the Orlando and Disney World areas. Accidentally left your prescription medicine or a beauty item at home? Turner Drugs provides prescription & non-prescription items, baby formula, diapers & wipes, drinking water & soft drinks, sundries, snacks, reading glasses, medical equipment sales & rentals and much more.
If you do decide to rent a car, parking is free at the Walt Disney World Resorts as well as at the theme parks, though if staying off property, you’ll want to make sure on the parking is free or if you are required to pay a fee.
With so many delivery services and complimentary Disney travel options, why do people decide to rent a car? They may be visiting other attractions in the area or they prefer to drive to the parks themselves rather than relying on the Disney transportation. Having your own car can get you to your destination in most circumstances in less time, and you go at your own leisure — not having to depend on someone else or a timetable. I know many families that love having a car just for dining reservations alone. They do not need to allow 90 minutes of travel time for transfers and waiting on transportation. In this case… yes, you would want a car to spend less time commuting.
If you do not want to rent a car for your entire stay, National and Alamo Car Rentals have a car care center on property. So, if you need a car for a day or two you could always rent right on property.
As you can see, it really depends on your personal travel style to determine whether to rent a car while at Walt Disney. Disney does think of just about everything to make your vacation magical… but the choice is up to you. Isn’t it great to have choices? At Disney World you have lots of them!