Do I really need a car in orlando?

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1. Posted by dkennedy14 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Me and my partner are planning on going to Orlando for 2 weeks in May 2011, and most people say you should have a car, but with insurance etc it will be over £300. I went to orlando when I was 11 so can't remember what the free shuttle buses to the theme parks were like. Would you say its best to have a car or will the shuttles be Ok to use? We would like to stay at the parks in the evening to watch the shows and I'm not sure if the buses still run late in the evening?

We would also like to visit a nearby beach but doubt whether we would have the time.

Many thanks

2. Posted by jeantyc (Budding Member 73 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

If you are referring to Disney or Uniersal yes, provided you stay at one of their resorts there is complimentary shuttle service. However Disney does not provide complimentary shuttle to other parks.

If you are not staying at a park hotel resort, I would recommend looking at the website of the hotel you are staying in to see if that service is available.

3. Posted by EaLaSpada (Budding Member 79 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Nowhere on earth do I recommend a car more than in Orlando. Florida has practically no useful transportation to speak of, Orlando (where I live) being the worst. And taxis are ridiculously expensive.

However, if you SOLELY plan to stay on theme park property for 2 weeks, you will not need a car. But, for pete's sake, you're coming all the way to Florida and staying in theme parks for two weeks? What a shame! Florida has SO much to offer--things that are so much more interesting and amazing than the theme parks. Please consider seeing something other than Mickey and Harry Potter while you're here. We have amazing beaches, incredible state parks, beautiful crystal clear blue springs, the space shuttle, and so much more, all within an hour of where you'll be. Also, food is better and way cheaper once you get out of the theme parks.

Have you checked all your options for car rentals? It seems to me that 300 pounds is a little steep. Have you tried sites like

4. Posted by Daawgon (Travel Guru 2015 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Rent a Wreck has several Florida locations, including Orlando

5. Posted by jambo101 (Respected Member 414 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Quoting dkennedy14


We would also like to visit a nearby beach but doubt whether we would have the time.

Many thanks

Beaches are only an hours drive to the east, 3-4 days at Disney and you will start to get bored with the place,renting a car and driving around Florida would add some more interest to your trip.Car rental places are abundant,there are probably a dozen of them just at the airport,Google them for the best prices

[ Edit: Edited on 04-Jul-2010, at 01:30 by jambo101 ]

6. Posted by Kimee129 (Full Member 37 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

I recommend like the other posters to only spend a few days at the parks and see other parts of Florida. If you have not purchased your park tickets already you could save enough money on a 2-3 day parkhopper to rent that car. One day at Disney World, One Day at Epcot, One day at one of the others would be plenty. Then get in the car and drive. The beaches on the Atlantic Ocean are amazing. We are in the middle of an oil spill in our gulf and the beaches on the Gulf Coast are probably going to have oil on them by then. May be closed. Miami and Ft Lauderdale are only 5-6 hours drive south. Please reconsider two weeks in just Orlando.

7. Posted by flyingbob (Inactive 842 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Two weeks in Orlando just isnt fun.
Two days in Orlando still isnt that exciting.
Ive done the whole region and its just as easy without a car as it is to have one. However, if you have your own wheels, then it enables you get out and discover Florida. It is a truly amazing state with masses of history that most of the tourists just dont see, or even know about.
I can sum it up as.. Orlando is to Mickey Mouse as Pisa is to a leaning tower. The vast majority of tourists that go to both - or even havent ever been, think of Orlando as being Disney and Pisa as the Leaning Tower town. There is so much more going on. Public transport will get you all over Florida, but at a premium - and like others have already said, two weeks in Orlando is such a waste of time and money- when there's so much more to see.
Get the car, fill it up - go and discover.
Do you know about Key West, Lake Okeechobee, or Indian Town? How about Daytona Beach or Tampa? Miami isnt so far away either. If you're into night life - then Miami is very good.
Take the car. It might sound expensive, but remember its transporting two of you for the price of one.

8. Posted by jambo101 (Respected Member 414 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Dont let the news of that oil spill scare you off from Floridas west coast as todate only a small section of Floridas extreme western area has been affected.

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10. Posted by Tabithag (Respected Member 1042 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

We were in Florida for a few weeks as part of a longer USA trip, and had a few days in Orlando. If you choose the right location, and just want to get around the centre of Orlando and to the parks, then the buses are fine.

Personally, I wouldn't choose to spend two weeks at the parks or in Orlando, but of course that is up to you. But if you do go further afield, then you probably will want a car. We didn't have one as neither of us drove at the time, and it meant that we had to limit what we could do. In Miami, we wanted to go to the Everglades, but there is no public transport there at all - the only option would have been a coach trip which involved eco unfriendly stuff and alligator wrestling, which we did not want.