We look at the best and most convenient car hire locations for theme parks when you are staying at a resort hotel. Walt Disney World in Florida recently announced plans to charge a fee for parking overnight at its resort hotels. This move brings the Florida resort in line with the California Disneyland Resort and many hotels in tourism hot spots. Most theme parks have at least one car hire supplier on resort, or nearby. Use our guide to find the best one for you.
Walt Disney World, Orlando
Disney World Resort has three Alamo locations in the resort to make life easy. The largest is the Disney Car Care Centre, located near the Ticket and Transportation Centre. This location is very convenient for collecting a car before leaving the resort. It has the largest choice of cars of any location away from the airport. There are self service kiosks to use if you have pre-registered and it is open from 6 am to 8 pm weekdays, and 7 am to 6 pm at weekends. The Disney resort also has an Alamo location at the Disney Dolphin Hotel which is convenient to drop a car off after check in as it has shorter hours. Alamo has an additional location at the Shades of Green Resort. Hertz has an ‘on property’ presence at the Hilton Hotel, Bonnet Creek, which is within Walt Disney World property.
- Disney Car Care Center – Alamo
- Walt Disney Dolphin – Alamo
- Hilton, Bonnet Creek – Hertz
Near to Disney, but off the resort, is the Lake Buena Vista area of hotels. Most car hire suppliers have a small hotel depot within this area which is easily accessible from Disney Springs. There is another cache of small depots along US 192 in the Celebration area. I recommend collecting a rental from the bigger car care centre because of the greater choice of cars. With complimentary resort transportation you can easily get back to your hotel after drop off.
Universal Studios, Orlando
Unlike the Disney Car Care Centre, there is no larger location here to give you a great choice of cars but there should be a basic selection. Off resort, there is a choice of suppliers nearby:
- Dollar at Coco Key Hotel & Water Resort, 7400 International Drive
- Alamo at Four Points By Sheraton, 5905 International Drive
There are a couple of car hire locations along International Drive that are reasonably close to SeaWorld, but the closest is Hertz:
- Renaissance Hotel – 6677 Sea Harbor Dr
You can review opening hours for any of the above locations and other Orlando locations here.
Alamo serves Disneyland at Anaheim with two locations, one at Downtown Disney, and another nearby at 711 West Katella Avenue. The Downtown Disney one is open from 8 am to 6 pm everyday and is the larger of the two depots. Hertz also has a location a couple of blocks away at 221 West Katella Avenue.
Universal Studios Hollywood, California
Universal Studios is in North Hollywood at Toluca Lake. There are two Hertz locations nearby:
- North Hollywood, 6750 Lankershim Blvd
- Toluca Lake, North Hollywood 4426 Lankershim Blvd