I'm planning to visit Orlando in January/Feb 2013 with my girlfriend.
We're trying to decide whether it's best and cheapest to hire a car and drive everywhere or whether to use public transport and taxis?
We're staying at the Rosen Inn at 9000 International drive so we have good road access, but I can't seem to find if any buses stop there or not.
Looking on maps etc this looks to be quite a well located hotel luckily (as I didn't pick it) with theme parks all close by etc.
Only I can drive as my girlfriend hasn't taken her driving test yet and so there would only be one driver. To me the cost of driving seems reasonable and I'm not too worried about driving in another country. I think we would both love the flexibility of having a car to go to the shop in and we would like to visit a few specific shops too. It also makes it easier to plan our days as we could just leave when we'd want - these are the Pro's to driving.
What's putting us off is when we found out the additional costs for parking at theme parks, also I'd like to be able to have a few drinks at some meals out (don't worry I don't ever plan to risk even a sip of alcohol then driving, I don't do that over here so would never risk it abroad). But that would mean some evening's we'd be looking to use taxi's anyway.
So I'm tyring to find out if there will be a vast price difference between using other forms or transport and driving?
Also how easy the transport is to use from this location as I guess buses don't stop on Route 4? But how often do they visit all the theme parks? And do the buses run right up until after the parks close? Then i guess I could use taxis for the trips to evening meals out and the shops we'd like to visit....
I'm very torn between the two, so was just looking for some advice really.