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
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