Hiring a Car in Orlando

Though many guests coming to Walt Disney World and staying on property opt to use Disney's Magical Express for their transportation needs, sometimes it's easier and more convenient to hire a car and take a limo. I am a particular fan of using town cars for my transportation needs when a bus just doesn't cut it.

Yet you may ask, why hire a car? It's okay. I get it. Magical Express is free. So, I've put together a couple of reasons for you to plead the case for taking a limo.

Walt Disney's LimoWalt Disney's Limo

A limo runs on your schedule, not you on theirs. Often when using Disney transportation you are limited to their schedule. By hiring a car you can have more flexibility on your scheduling, a limo is faster and more comfortable. This can be particularly useful if you have an event to get to the same day as your flight. Taking a car to Port Canaveral can get you on board the cruise ship and enjoying it's amenities before the Disney Buses have even arrived.

Taking a limo adds an element of luxury. I grew up hiring a car to get me to the airport, however I recently discovered many of my friends and family members had never done such a thing. When traveling with me, I discovered that the town car added an extra bit of magic to their trip that they would have never imagined for themselves. It's just plain cool.

WDW's Fastest Limo!WDW's Fastest Limo!
Alleviate crowd stress and travel anxiety. Some people have a difficult time traveling, and being packed onto buses and hauled across a distance is simply sets them on edge. In these cases it can be easier to indulge in the door to door privacy that is offered by hiring a limo to get you from point a to point b. A limo will not only allow you a more direct route to your destination, but offers seating comfort and privacy so that you can work or relax during the drive.

Grocery Stop. Many of the Orlando Limo Services offer a complimentary grocery stop (of about 30 minutes) for you on your way to your hotel. This allows you to pick up a few things such as bottled water, alcohol, and snacks for your room at a more reasonable rates than you will find on Disney Property.

Could This Be Your Limo?Could This Be Your Limo?
If you think hiring a car might be something that you would like to do, Orlando is home to several different limo companies. MouseSavers.com keeps an up to date list of limo discounts and rate plans in the area. If you haven't looked at the cost of hiring a car before, you may be surprised to find that she lists some fairly reasonable rates.

Thanks so much to Loren Javier and Peter Lee for use of their limo images through Creative Commons. Have you hired a car during your Orlando vacation? Do you have a great limo story? Leave a comment and let me know why you would love to take a limo to Disney!

catty wrote on Thu, 07/26/2012 - 09:32:

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This is really one of the best cars that you have here. It is really awesome...

The Cookie Crumbler wrote on Thu, 07/26/2012 - 14:07:

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My reason for hiring a car is because the Magical Express does not go to the train station! Thanks for the mousesavers link, Kristen.

Kristen K. wrote on Thu, 07/26/2012 - 18:12:

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You are most welcome!

honeymoonin wrote on Thu, 07/26/2012 - 18:34:

we hired a car and it was great. However, booking it turned out to be a bit of a mess. We were told we could book right through WDW but when I called to add it they were very confused and kept transferring me to different people. When it was booked and I got all my confirmations in order before I left that was not on the WDW itinerary. So I called to confirm and get confirmation numbers and guess what..! another mess. They didn't understand what I was doing and why. And it turned out my car that returned us to the airport was never booked or paid for. (UGH!) so we just took a cab.

With all that said, I would do it again. It was worth the convenience of the driver waiting for us at baggage claim, helping us grab our bags and taking us right to the door of AKL. We were checked in, fed and on a bus to AK before our magical express would have even arrived!

RedneckGoofy wrote on Thu, 07/26/2012 - 23:19:

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I would hire a car just for the fact easier and faster. Thanks for the MouseSavers.com link.

Barbara wrote on Fri, 07/27/2012 - 11:41:

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We almost always hire a town car for all of the reasons written above. We did try Magic Express once; the free transportation was wonderful, but not nearly as convenient or direct. I will caution that all town car services are not the same. We used a new company last September because I found a coupon, and we were disappointed. In May we returned to a service we trusted and were quite satisfied. Excellent article!

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