I will be visiting WDW with my handicapped mother and a toddler. I am trying to decide if I should rent a car or not. I want to be able to get back to the CBR for nap time, and I don’t want mom to have to walk a lot. I know the transportation system would be less walking for the MK but not sure what to do with the other parks. What would you suggest and why?

There is a lot of walking at Walt Disney World no matter what transportation you take to get to the parks, I’ve walked 5-8 miles per day. If your mother would be willing to rent an ECV it might make your vacation a little more comfortable for her. The buses can easily load an ECV and then she would have it in the parks and at Coronado Springs (which could also be a lot of walking depending on your room location–be sure to book preferred or request to be close to the main building).

Taking the bus will definitely be more convenient at the Magic Kingdom. If you get there very early (before the park opens) you can generally park in the first several rows. Each park has a parking lot tram that minimizes walking if you drive to the park and have to park far away. Renting the car will probably get you back to the resort faster than waiting on Disney transportation, but you will have to walk farther than you would from the bus drop off points. If minimizing walking is more important I would ride the bus; if getting back quickly for the nap is more important then I would rent a car.


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I am a long time Disney fan since I was hooked on Walt Disney World with my first trip in 1987. Since that time I’ve tried experiencing everything I can in the parks, with a total of 30 visits and counting (I’m always planning my next trip) to Walt Disney World—not to mention Disney Cruise Line and even (shhh!) Universal Orlando and Sea World. I’ve turned my Disney obsession into a profession helping others plan their magical vacations as a Dream Vacation Maker at LBAC Travel. I am a work at home mom to three wonderful boys, and each one has been properly indoctrinated with all things Disney. Walt Disney World is definitely our “Laughing Place.” Look for me on Facebook at for updates, discount announcements, tips, tricks and planning advice for your next vacation. You can also find me on Instagram (sarahdreamvacationmaker) and Pinterest (sarahlbactravel).