Dad believes in having a car at Disney World especially if you are staying at an offsite hotel. Here’s why.
On Dad’s last trip to Orlando, he stayed at a hotel just outside Disney World. This hotel shall remain nameless. (It’s initials were Embassy Suites.) Dad planned all week to go to Disney World in the evenings after work and just enjoy being around the magic. So Dad, being ever vigilant and doing research for his marvelous readers, checked the time the shuttle ran to the parks.
The answer was more than a little disappointing. Dad was told, (things may have changed since Dad was there) that the shuttle only ran one time per hour and that it dropped off at Downtown Disney.
That means it could take you up to an hour from the time you got on the shuttle at the hotel (that will remain unnamed) until you arrived at any of the Disney World parks. If you just missed the shuttle, it could take 2. This hotel is less than a mile from DIsney World.
Yes, not all hotels outside Disney World are quite this bad, but you lose control of the schedule when you rely on someone else.
Dad’s Bottom Line
If you are staying at a hotel outside of Disney World, you should rent a car, or be sure of the shuttle schedule.