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This Disney Trip Shake-Up Could Make Sense For Many Travelers This Year

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Whether you’ve had to cancel or change your Disney World vacation plans this year or not, you might be wondering how your next trip to Florida will be different.

Magic Kingdom

One of the things we’re thinking about doing differently is driving to Disney World instead of flying. Here’s why:

Gas Prices Are Projected to Remain Low Through The Summer

According to USA Today, fuel is selling for less than $1 a gallon in over a dozen states right now and it might even continue dropping. Analysts say crude prices hit a low not seen since 2002 because consumers are driving less often.

These Guys Have the Right Idea

Combine your savings at the pump with any fuel rewards offered by many grocery store chains, and you might be able to fill your tank for less thanks to all that food and TP you’ve been buying in bulk lately.

But Aren’t Flights Going Cheaper, Too?

It’s true — you CAN find some really affordable flights right now. We’re talking round trips to Disney World for less than $100! While you might be tempted to scoop up some of these really good rates, there ARE a few other factors to consider before you do.

Airlines Are Expected to Offer Fewer Flights Initially

As parts of the country are slowly beginning to reopen, until there are more passengers, it’s possible many airlines will be choosing to fly fewer planes.

Orlando International Airport

Southwest’s CEO has specifically mentioned that the number of flights going to Florida will depend largely on Disney World reopening as well as restaurants and other businesses starting back up. People need something to go TO, and several of these industries are interconnected to one another. 

More Control Over Your Environment Than Flying

Airports that have remained open during this time have already implemented several new safety and sanitation guidelines while the Re-Open Florida Task Force has also proposed several new protocols.

Orange County International Airport

The new procedures being discussed include reducing the number of touchpoints while encouraging more use of mobile boarding passes, and encouraging travelers to bring carry-on luggage only to reduce contact at the ticket counter and baggage claim areas.

More frequent cleaning is occurring while most airports are now using hospital-grade cleaner and restrooms are being pressure-washed every night. Employees are now required to wear masks, and masks are available for purchase.

Orange County International Airport

Plexiglass has been installed in customs areas and security checkpoints, and social distancing guidelines are being adhered to with 6-feet of distance between guests waiting in security lines at all times. Lanes have also been widened while seating areas at the gates have been spaced out accordingly.

That said, if you wish to keep a greater distance from other travelers (and for your own peace of mind), you might find it more comfortable to drive your own car instead of flying on a commercial plane. Just keep in mind that depending on the distance you need to travel, you might have to make frequent stops or spend the night at a hotel which could still be considered a risk.

Read more about these airport protocols here!

Less Worry About Your Odometer

Never thought about driving to Disney World before because you didn’t want to rack up the miles on your car? Well guess what — if you’ve been working from home like many of us have for the last several weeks, you probably haven’t been using your car as much!

magic kingdom parking toll plaza

Magic Kingdom Entrance

And since you haven’t been doing that daily commute packing on the miles, why not take a family road trip to Disney World?

What About Parking?

If you’ve only ever flown to WDW before, you’re probably not super-familiar with how bringing a car into the Disney World mix works. 

Wilderness Lodge Parking Lot

But that’s okay! It’s super-easy, and doesn’t really have to change anything about the way you normally do Disney!

Overnight Self-Parking

Okay, first the bad news — since March of 2018, Disney World now charges a fee for overnight parking. Standard overnight self-parking is available to registered guests and it’s applied to your hotel bill upon check-out. All parking fees include applicable tax. Here’s the breakdown for standard parking at the Disney World Resorts:

  • Disney Value Resorts: $15 per night
  • Disney Moderate Resorts: $20 per night
  • Disney Deluxe and Deluxe Villa Resorts: $25 per night

Animal Kingdom Lodge

Note — complimentary standard parking is available to guests staying at the Campsites at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort. Each campsite provides parking space for one (1) motorized vehicle. 

Valet Parking

Valet Parking is a little different. It’s only available at select Disney Deluxe Resorts and Disney Deluxe Villas and costs $33 per night (sales tax included).

Parking at the Disney World Theme Parks

If you are a guest staying at a Disney World-owned property, you will get complimentary standard parking at all of the Disney theme parks for the length of your resort stay.

Newly Repaved Parking Area at Hollywood Studios

If you’re staying somewhere off-site, each theme park will charge you a parking rate ($22 for standard parking) if you drive and park your car in one of the lots. Keep in mind, if you pay for parking at one theme park, you won’t have to pay for parking at any additional theme parks you might visit on that same day (just save your receipt).

Epcot Pathways from Parking Lots

But trust us when we say — just because you drove to Florida, it doesn’t mean you can’t take advantage of Disney World’s free transportation services. Besides, you could probably use a little break from your car after all that driving you just did! Leave the car at your resort and hop on a bus, ferryboat, monorail, or Disney Skyliner instead! 

Walt Disney World

What do you think? Are you considering driving to Disney World this year instead of flying? We’d really like to know your thoughts on the matter, so sound off below!

Which do you think makes the most sense right now: flying or driving to Disney World? Let us know in the comments below!

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