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When it Makes Sense to Drive

Although it's not really necessary, I like the convenience of having my own vehicle for some things. Some of the things that we find a car useful for include:

  • Day trips to non-Disney attractions such as Sea World, Universal Studios, the Space Center, etc.

  • Meals at off-site restaurants. We particularly enjoy the Sizzler restaurants, for example. There's one in Kissimmee and one on International Drive a little north of WDW.

  • Resort Hopping. We enjoy driving over to other Disney resorts, on occasion, for a meal or shopping or just to stroll. Getting from one Disney resort to another is probably the most inconvenient aspect of the transportation system. It requires a transfer at the Disney Village Marketplace or Ticket and Transportation Center, depending on your location and destination. A car is clearly more convenient for these trips.

  • Dinner Shows. The Disney dinner shows are located at the resorts. The Luau is held at Luau cove at the Polynesian Resort. The Hoop Dee Doo Review is presented at Fort Wilderness. Going to these shows without a car requires a transfer at the Disney Village Marketplace or Ticket and Transportation Center just like going to another resort does...probably because you're going to another resort (unless, of course, you're staying at the Polynesian or Fort Wilderness).

  • The water parks. We've learned, over our trips, that driving to the water parks is a lot more convenient than taking the Disney Transportation. It's just nice to be able to get changed at the locker room and walk right to our own vehicle and not have to wait for a bus.

  • A quick trip to Gooding's Market or any other off-site shop or store is possible with your own vehicle. Disney busses do not run off-site. If you need aspirin, or snacks, or anything else...you're stuck with high Disney prices (in the resort's shops) or a quick trip off-site.

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