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    by slabeaume Updated Jun 1, 2003

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    our upgrade from the Ranger

    by rental car---especially when Budget upgrades you from a compact to an Explorer Sport!!! If you're a Fastbreak member with Budget, they will most likely ask you if you want a free upgrade--not just here, but in many of the big cities. Fastbreak is free to join and comes in very handy in a busy airport like Orlando's! There's a fastbreak counter in the garage across from the airport. No need to stand in lines at the rental counters---go directly to the Fastbreak counter in the garage and they're ready for you.

    I probably shouldn't tell you this---now everyone will join and I'll have to wait at the Fastbreak counter next time!

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    Orlando International...

    by AlitanLH Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Orlando International Airport--you will be on the Southeast area of town when you arrive--there are shuttle buses to most area hotels or rental car agencies.
    Personal car is best because bus system (Lynx) is confusing. Just remember your major roads are Highway 50/Colonial Drive (runs East and West); I-4 (runs North and South--at least through Orlando--but also runs West from Orlando to Tampa); Highway 436/Semoran Blvd (runs North and South--South end is Orlando International Airport)

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    Orlando has it's own airport...

    by Pavlik_NL Written Sep 8, 2002

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    Orlando has it's own airport and can as well be easily reached by car.
    The attractionparks have a very clear guidingsystem for cars and in between the Disney-themeparks there is a wide ranch of connecting transport (boat, bus and monorail). Like anywhere else in the States, a car is the best (almost only) way to get around.

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    Delta Airlines. The official...

    by mrpoetryman Updated Aug 25, 2002

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    Delta Airlines. The official Airline of Walt Disney World. Nice clean planes and priority gates at Orlando Intl. Airport. Once landed, it was a short rail ride to the terminal.
    A rental car is a must, unless your hotel has free transportation to and from the airport and you are withen walking distance from your hotel to the Disney Theme Parks. We rented from Avis which is onsite at the airport and closest to the rental garage area. We did not need to take a bus from the rental area, just walked accross the street to the garage, very easy and very fast. Our car {Buick Century} was ready and clean. Easy exit from the airport to the main highway.

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    I definately suggest a car in...

    by stopatnothin Written Aug 25, 2002

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    I definately suggest a car in Orlando . Though when you are in the parks you have use of their transportation but if you are one to venture on your own then take the car . If you choose against renting a car the just ask dear ole' Olive Oil for a lift !

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    The Universal garage coast $7...

    by cobrioc Updated Oct 21, 2002

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    The Universal garage coast $7 per day, parking is free if you arrive after 6pm.
    Citywalk Party Pass around $10 unlimited admittance to each venue for one flat fee.
    See picture from Disneyland Electrical Parade.

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    Private car- Do your own...

    by wbozic Updated Aug 24, 2002

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    Private car- Do your own driving. There are plenty of road signs.
    Driving is, at times, like an arcade game-only if you get hit it is for real! Beware of Out of state plates and Florida plates without a county listed (rental cars)

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  • Beware Payless Care Rental in Orlando, FL

    by RCTravelerVirginia Written Jun 3, 2010

    When you query car rental agencies in Orlando, FL Payless will show as one of the rental companies that offers some of the lowest rates.

    Some of the reasons for this are that it is the only car rental company not located in the airport terminal; they don’t even have a customer service desk on site at the airport. To get to the rental facility you must first find a courtesy phone that has no large signs and contact their dispatch center. You then must wait for a shuttle bus that drives you 15 minutes to their location.

    Once at the location the counter agents try to sell you an upgrade, a GPS rental and of course the insurance that they pressure you that you have to have. If you decide not to get the insurance they pull out several waiver forms and tell you that “you really need this insurance”. If you still decide against the insurance they bill your credit card for a “deposit” of $350.00 or more in addition to your “inexpensive rate”. This in effect ties up your credit line and gives the rental company “free use” of your credit.

    When you complete the paperwork and are ready to leave the agent tells you to check the vehicle but they don’t give you a form to make any notes on damages the vehicle has. The key here is that you have to go back and talk to the agent to make your comments, who tells you that they are not concerned about any scratches or minor damages.

    Now when you return the vehicle there are no signs at the airport to find the Payless location. When you arrive at the facility they check it for scratches as well as any and all damages. If you indicate the rental agent said they were not worried about scratches of minor “dings” no one knows what you are talking about.

    I would recommend that you stay away from this location and the company in general as their business practices and customer service is the worst I have ever seen.

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    Car Rental Ripoff

    by mcblacktiger Updated Mar 7, 2009

    Renting a car in Orlando is a ripoff !!!!! Almost anywhere else in the U.S. you can rent a compact car for $15-$25 a day, but not in Orlando. Orlando is the number one rental place in the world, so ALL of them rip you off accordingly. That $15 compact, in Orlando, is going to set you back anywhere from $50- to $80 per day here. And if you are not good at online searching it will be closer to $65-80 per day !!!! Insurance here was also double the cost of any other city I have rented a car in, so be sure to check if your personal insurance will cover a rental and save yourself the added expense.

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    Driving from New York to Florida

    by cjg1 Updated Apr 5, 2010

    Driving from New York to Florida was an adventure. Yes, it would have been easier at least for us to fly but travelling with Bob and Marie this way was easier. Fortunately with a large car the driving isn't too bad. I felt like My Father asking people if they needed a bathroom break and who was hungry. We managed to make it to Florida with only one overnight stop in the Carolinas.

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    I-4 Traffic to Disney...

    by virtualpatrick Written Jun 15, 2009

    If traffic on I-4 West going to Disney is terrible, an alternative, parallel route to that part of I-4 West that you can explore is taking Turkey Lake Road which becomes Palm Parkway as you get closer to Lake Buena Vista.

    When Palm Parkway ends at the Rt 435 & 535 intersection, you can then take Buena Vista Drive (via Rt 435 & Hotel Plaza Road; or Rt 535) to get to the Disney attractions.

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  • Beware Suncoast Energy gas prices

    by Florida-visitor Written Dec 29, 2009

    I stopped at the first station north of the airport to refill the rental car. Suncoast Energy on route 436 (Semoran Blvd) next to Cracker Barrel doesn't have a sign with their gas price for a reason. I paid $4.67. Keep driving north about a mile to a 7-11.

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  • Just drive there but beware...

    by Psychokiwi Written Aug 24, 2002

    Just drive there but beware that it get very congested and people get very crazy.
    You can drive or walk. I suggest you park somewhere and walk around if your just trying to see the city and don't have a particular destination.

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    Orlando International Airport...

    by macdnangel Written Aug 24, 2002

    Orlando International Airport is great.
    Rent a car! The roads are easy as pie to get around on and finding everything is no problem. If you should get lost, stop and ask directions. There shouldn't be one person living in Orlando that cannot tell you how to get somewhere. Do NOT rely on public transportation. Taxis are overpriced and unreliable and the bus system is horrible. Most hotels should have shuttles to the theme parks, so take advantage of those if you can.

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    Car Hire

    by Madasabull Written Dec 11, 2013
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    You really have to hire a car for your trip here, as everything is so far apart. Before we left the UK, we thought the Theme Parks were a bit closer together than they turned out to be, and if we hadn't booked a car before we left, we would have been in trouble.

    As a great tip, book a car that you feel will be just big enough for yourselves and your baggage, without being really cramped in. Then when you arrive to pick up your keys with the hire company, start to go through the motions with the booking, and if it looks like the hire company is just going to let you continue with your booking, suggest to him/her that you would have got a bigger car but couldn't really justify the extra cost. If he/she bites, you can start haggling.

    If he/she still doesn't get talking about a cheap upgrade, then you must ask if there are any upgrades available. If there are, then you can start haggling for a price your happy with.

    On our trip to Orlando, we had booked a standard saloon car, but after haggling an upgrade, we managed to get a Chrysler 300C Hemi V8 for only $200 more for the 2 weeks. What a bargain, and we loved it. My teenage daughters loved it too and said it was like a gangster car :)

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    • Theme Park Trips
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