We have been faced with the same question several times during past Disney trips! So what did we do?
Even when we had our own car, we still prefered to take advantage of Disney's bus or Monorail system for a number of reasons. First of all, it's nice to take a seat on the bus or Monorail, relax, and let Disney do the driving! You have to admit, being carefree is pretty magical; and you don't have to concern yourself with traffic and directions.
Secondly, we prefer to take the bus and Monorail so we don't have to be concerned with parking, walking the long way to the gate, or taking the tram. The Monorail and bus system drops us off close to the entrance which makes the transportation process much easier.
However, there are some instances when we do prefer taking our own car, and you might too!
For instance, if you have babies, toddlers, and or young children, you may find it easier to not have to share close quarters with strangers. At certain times of year, and during certain times of day, Disney's transportation system can get very crowded and may be even standing room only; and if you have little ones, this can be a problem!
Another instance where we prefer to take our own car is when visiting Disney's Typhoon Lagoon or Blizzard Beach! You see, the bus route to Typhoon Lagoon also includes two stops at Downtown Disney; and the route to Blizzard Beach also stops at Animal Kingdom. Plus, if your resort bus route includes more than one stop, as many do, you're looking at several stops for one trip which can eat up a lot of time!
We also like taking our own car when it comes to water park visits because it's no fun to be wet on a Disney bus! Almost all of the buses have the air conditioning at full blast, which is great when you're hot and tired; but not so much when you're damp from several hours of water fun.
So do you agree? Do you prefer to drive when at WDW or take advantage of the free transportation? Share with us!