The Geek's Opinion/comments:
Driving a car around WDW is not really that bad. Disney's roads
are for the most part very well marked and fairly easy to navigate.
There are several problems associated to driving around Disney though.
Number one is the congestion. At certain times of day the roads
are worse than rush hour in Los Angeles. Another problem you will
run into is busses everywhere, and they all own the road. The third
problem is once you reach your destination you usually have to park
far away, so the time you saved in driving yourself over taking
a Disney transportation method is lost.
One advantage of not having a car is not having to go back to
it at the end of the day. If you start off at the Magic Kingdom
then decide to go to EPCOT, then to the Studios you do not have
to go find your car in the MK parking lot at the end of the day
if you did not drive… its much less worry to just get on a bus back
to your resort and be done for the day.
I used to be under the impression that you needed a car to get
around WDW. We usually rented one and it came in handy a dozen or
so times during the trip, but recently its been closer to 4-5 times
a trip. Then you factor in the extra costs and it just does not
ad up for us anymore.
The extra time spent on the bus is sometimes a "blessing in disguise".
You have time to sit with your group and discuss what you are going
to do once you get to your destination. Also it takes the stress
off the driver. I am sure your family is like ours and the designated
driver is always getting "yelled" at about where they should be
going and how they should be driving. This makes it a true vacation
for all people in the group.
The Geek's Suggestions: A car is really up to your circumstances.
Some people say you really need one, others don't. I know people
who drive to WDW and once on property their car sits in the resort
lot for the week and does not move, while others fly in from California
rent a car and put several hundred miles on in their week. Its really
up to you. Your vacation can be successful either way.
If you are staying offsite though, you might want to lean towards
a car because their transportation options probably are not as robust
as Disney's onsite resources.
125 miles of paved roads
300 lane miles
Busiest 8:00am-10:30am and park closing