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  • On Oct 26, 2017
    Claire from Kent Asked

    Retuning to Disney after 20 years! Is it worth hiring a car if we wanted to have a few days outside of Disney / wanted to get to & from the parks in the quickest way. Or are taxis the best way to get around?

    Hi Claire,

    Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel! How exciting to have a trip to the Walt Disney World Resort planned after 20 years. The changes in that time have been incredible!

    Having used taxi, Uber and rental car services on prior visits, I would suggest renting a car depending on how many days you plan to tour outside of the Walt Disney World Resort. When we used a taxi to get from the Orlando train station to Disney's Contemporary Resort on one visit, that taxi ride was about $75 one-way. On my most recent visit, I used Uber (similar to a taxi service) from the Orlando train station and that ride cost me about $23. When we have used taxis on Disney property, those rides have typically been $10-$15. 

    If you plan to go from place to place offsite, the taxi rides could get expensive. One of my favorite offsite places to visit is the Kennedy Space Center. That is about 45 minutes - 1 hour from the Walt Disney World Resort area, so if you plan to go there, I would definitely do that on a day I had a rental car. You could rent a car from the Orlando International Airport or at the Car Care Center at the Walt Disney World Resort. 

    Of course, I cannot end without letting you know a few attractions that have emerged since your last visit. My absolute favorite is Avatar Flight of Passage on Pandora - The World of Avatar. Sivako! Rise to the challenge as you fly on the back of an ikran (mountain banshee). Of course, I hope you experience the re-imagined Soarin', RELAUNCHED! Mission: SPACE, Frozen Ever After and Seven Dwarfs Mine Train. 

    Claire, I see lots of pixie dust in your future. This is going to be a magical visit!

    Magic, memories and Minnie Mouse hugs,
    Donyell
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Meet the Panelist: Donyell, North Carolina

Hello from North Carolina! I am a mom of twin girls, wife, and university professor who has been inspired by the creativity of Disney for a lifetime. Since my first Disney visit when I was 12-years-old, I have been drawn to the adventures crafted by Disney Imagineers. Planning Disney vacations helps connect me to families who will find in Disney the kind of joy my family has experienced over the years. Allow me to help you map your own Disney journey so that you, too can create the memories of a lifetime! Learn More About Donyell

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