One Major Factor May Hike Up the Price of Your Next Disney World Trip

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We’ve been giving you tips and tricks on how to score cheap flights. But, you’re going to want to know about one major factor that could really affect your upcoming trips!

Click Orlando News has reported that your rental car might cost more than your actual plane ticket or hotel bookings. When the pandemic first started affecting the travel industry, major car rental companies sold off 30% to 40% of their fleets, equating to hundreds of thousands of cars. But now, the availability of vaccinations has given a boost to the travel industry again.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Jonathan Weinberg, CEO of AutoSlash, explained that the selling of so many cars has now affected the prices of rental cars. As reported by Click Orlando, he said, “If you rewind back to March of 2020 when COVID first started, travel kind of dropped off a cliff. The rental car companies found that their demand was down 90% and they kind of shifted into survival mode. They did what they had to do to kind of keep their business running, which was sell off as many cars as they could.”

Magic Kingdom Toll Plaza

More tourists have been returning to Florida for vacation, with spring breakers brining a huge demand for the limited amount of rental cars, causing the companies to sell out at major airports. The cars saw a huge price increase with rates of around $300 a day.

EPCOT in the morning

Weinberg went on to state to Click Orlando that, “The rental car companies just simply didn’t expect the demand to return that quickly and they were caught off guard by it. They didn’t have anywhere near enough cars to meet that demand for all the people flying in. You could get air fare for $50 bucks each way but the rental car was going to cost you 10 times that much.”

Disney World Bus

In fact, the demand is so high, that you may want to reconsider booking those plane tickets and hotels first if you need a rental car. Or, you may want to instead opt to use both Universal and Disney World’s transportation options.

The Disney Skyliner takes you to EPCOT and Disney’s Hollywood Studios!

Still, there are a few ways to score cheaper rental car fares. According to Weinberg, “One of the ways is to extend the rental. In other words, if you need to rent for three days we might extend our return date to four, five or six days until we start finding availability. The great news with that is you can rent for six days and return it after three days and the rental car company will usually credit you back for the unused days.”

Chinese Theater

No matter what you choose, you’ll want to start booking ASAP if you plan on using a rental car over the coming months.

EPCOT Entrance

And, if you’re looking for more Disney tips and tricks, we’ll be sure to update you on everything you need to know! Stay tuned with All Ears for more Disney news!

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Rachel Franko has been going to Disney Parks since she was a baby, and her love of Disney has only grown into a SLIGHT obsession since! She's been writing for AllEars since 2019 and loves sharing the magic with all the readers. When she's not writing, you can catch her heading to Disney and Universal Studios with a heart full of dreams and a backpack full of themed ears!

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2 Replies to “One Major Factor May Hike Up the Price of Your Next Disney World Trip”

  1. $300 a day would be a complete deal breaker. High demand should not automatically mean price gouging. It should be illegal to raise the price like that, the same way they crack down on other forms of price gauging during the pandemic. The price should be what it normally is and when they run out, they run out. I guess the public is responsible for purchasing new cars for these companies now?

  2. And that isn’t even including the price of gas which is also set to continue to rise for the time being! We are budgeting for $4 per gallon gas next year (which is nearly twice as much as what it usually is east of the Rockies).