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Unread 13 Nov 19, 08:50 PM  
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I think the OP is looking for more crazy ideas like hers.
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Unread 14 Nov 19, 10:09 AM  
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Why not hire a car from DCCC for only the days that you need it?

Might involve much more indepth planning but if you work out what you plan to do away from the parks over a few days that can be grouped together, then you could hire the car and cut down the cost of parking & the cost of hiring a car...anything else could be topped up by Uber/Lyft.
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Surely the crazy idea is paying for a hire car *and* resort parking when you could use Disney transportation with the odd Lyft/Uber thrown in for offsite trips instead for a fraction of the cost ?
Daily cost of car hire say 30 a day , fuel, tolls, daily resort parking on top. Even if you hire a car to do KSC or the coast for a few days you still come out vastly ahead .
Depending on where you stay, the numbers often work for offsite and Lyft too.

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I thought they'd stopped them going straight from "downtown" to stop this kind of thing happening?

I know they go to the parks but they go via the hotels so its a more difficult journey.
Buses travel from all 4 parks to Disney Springs from 4pm daily.

Buses go park to park without going via the hotels.
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Have any of your OH had what you think as a crazy idea to save money on your WDW trip?

This started when I told my DH that the car hire had got expensive and we would now have to pay around $140 to park the hire car at our onsite hotel.

His reply was as Disney Springs is free - can we just leave the car at Disney springs as we wont use it every day.

Technically it might be possible - but not practical.

I replied the free giftcard could be used to pay the parking fee ( still not happy about this new rule).


Any other similar stories?

Disney Springs have signs in the car parks to say that cars left overnight would be towed. So I don't think that idea would work - I am sure Disney would view it as a security risk. The WDW website states that the car parks open at 10am and close at 2am but I thought the signs I saw recently said 3am.

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Surely the crazy idea is paying for a hire car *and* resort parking when you could use Disney transportation with the odd Lyft/Uber thrown in for offsite trips instead for a fraction of the cost ?
Daily cost of car hire say 30 a day , fuel, tolls, daily resort parking on top. Even if you hire a car to do KSC or the coast for a few days you still come out vastly ahead .
Depending on where you stay, the numbers often work for offsite and Lyft too.
I would say the crazy idea is paying to stay on site at ridiculous rates, then paying stupid money for average quality food for staying on-site and then having to stand on overcrowded buses next to other hot sweaty people at the end of a park day.

You know what staying offsite and having a car and being able to do things when you want instead of sticking to a rigid schedule and at a much cheaper cost compared to onsite sounds like a preferable idea.
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I would say the crazy idea is paying to stay on site at ridiculous rates, then paying stupid money for average quality food for staying on-site and then having to stand on overcrowded buses next to other hot sweaty people at the end of a park day.

You know what staying offsite and having a car and being able to do things when you want instead of sticking to a rigid schedule and at a much cheaper cost compared to onsite sounds like a preferable idea.
When you are staying onsite and have the free dining plan it doesn't make that much difference in cost and some of the benefits (if you are only doing Disney) out weigh the little bit of extra.

We chose not to drive when we go that is our preference and the Disney transport even if overcrowded is a great way to get around.

We all do things differently and it works for each individual.

Would I stay offsite again...Yes but was the holiday more special onsite and without worrying about the cost of food yes and for very little price difference. I wouldn't stay onsite if the dining plan went as it wouldn't make it worthwhile.



OP if you are onsite I would consider not having a car and just getting an uber to anywhere else as long as you aren't commuting anywhere long distance.
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Originally Posted by sdrfish View Post
I would say the crazy idea is paying to stay on site at ridiculous rates, then paying stupid money for average quality food for staying on-site and then having to stand on overcrowded buses next to other hot sweaty people at the end of a park day.

You know what staying offsite and having a car and being able to do things when you want instead of sticking to a rigid schedule and at a much cheaper cost compared to onsite sounds like a preferable idea.
Is it that crazy though? I don't want to rent a car. I don't want to pay parking fees at the parks and the resorts. I don't want to go off property each time I want to eat something. I want to be able to have a few drinks without having to worry about driving later.

I much prefer to stay on property for all these reasons!
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