|Joey's 1st Mickey Ears ~ he was 14 months|
I have always been a firm believer, especially when it comes to Disney, in not paying for something they offer for free. I’ll handle the extra few minutes it may take or slight inconvenience in order to save money that I can put toward something else, like a character meal or a souvenir. But there is one part of the vacation expense that I will gladly pay extra for – a rental car. I discovered this gem of information first hand during our 2006 trip!
In 2006 we traveled with my 14 month old son, stroller and diaper bag and used Disney transportation to get to and from the parks. We bought a special stroller for that trip that was easier to lug around than our travel system stroller, and I translated that to mean it was convenient to get on and off Disney buses. Well, we spent the whole trip trying to get all that on the bus, usually with our son asleep in one of our arms, while the other carried our arsenal of supplies to get him through the day. I will say that we were mostly successful on the bus, but it was amazing the number of times I was trying to hold Joey and stand because there were no seats. Now most of the time, people gave up their seat for me, as we always did when we traveled before having children, but this was not the case on every bus trip. I was 6 months pregnant and Joey was 14 months at the time, but twice the size of a child his age. So imagine standing on a packed bus, holding onto a 30 pound child with one arm, while clinging to the overhead bar with the other! We never would complain because the transportation is free and it was saving us money, but it made for some difficult rides home. Though I must admit, it was a nice workout for my arms!
|At 10 months, Emily loved "reading" the maps!|
|Hayley at 2 years loving Pooh's Playful Spot|
I know we will probably never go again to Walt Disney World without renting a car, at least while there are strollers involved. Of course, last month when I asked my son if he wanted to go back to Disney, his response was, “Will we get to ride in the red van again?” Apparently, our rental car – a red minivan – made quite an impression on him!
Do you rent a car while visiting a Disney theme park?