Renting a Car Friday morning for Sightseeing

I got up Friday and even before getting breakfast I headed to the Alamo office in Downtown Disney to rent a car for us which I had reserved for our day of sightseeing in Los Angeles. Actually, it was upgraded to an SUV.

From the Disneyland Hotel, walk across the pedestrian bridge then take the first right on the pathways, near this building.

Walk past the Walt Disney Travel Company office.

Continue walking past the Travelers Insurance Company office… the Alamo car rental office is right next door, on the end.

If you go too far, turn around and you’ll see this. 😉


The SUV Alamo assigned to us was parked nearby.

I made sure to bring an iPhone car charger with us so we could alternate charging our iPhones while riding to keep both of them fully charged. Having the Google maps app on our iPhones helped us out when we got list on the way to the El Capitan Theatre. I had originally set up our route to take us to see the Walt Disney Studios first before the movie but since we got a later start than planned that morning, plus there was more tradfis than we had experienced during Easter week, we were running late and had to revise the turn by turn directions on the go.

The SUV had some minor dings, which I documented with my iPhone’s camera and then showed the pictures to the clerk in the Alamo office just to make sure I wouldn’t be charged for having created them after I returned the SUV the next day.

There was plenty of room in the rear for luggage, which is good because we were also going to use this vehicle to bring us and our luggage to the Orange County airport early the next morning. I like the convenience and good customer service Alamo has: It is easy to walk to Alamo’s office in Downtown Disney to rent a car. They keep their cars in the large parking lot right next to their office, the same lot also shared with Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel. It actually is more convenient when staying in the Disneyland Hotel tower we were in to park in that lot rather than the official one for the Disneyland Hotel, but I’m not sure if that is allowed after you first drive the rental car out of the parking lot.

It is very convenient to drop off a car from Alamo at the Orange County airport. They have a parking area in the airport’s parking garage where you can leave it and put the keys and rental information in a drop box if your flight is before their office opens, like ours was. Then you just wheel your luggage to a nearby elevator and go across to the terminal to check in. It is too bad that Disney’s Magical Express only exists at Walt Disney World, but this is okay. We could have paid for a shuttle to take us to the airport, but we needed to rent a car to drive to places in Los Angeles anyway so this worked out fine. I like being able to drive off from the hotel when we are ready to go, rather than having to follow a shuttle’s schedule.

This was the first SUV I had ever driven and if this Pontiac Torrent SUV is like most of the rest of them, I’d rather be in my Honda Accord or Honda Odyssey “Minnie” van. Even the midsize car we had during Easter week was preferable to me — and got better mileage, too.

It was also the first time we experienced XM radio. What we really wanted to hear was Rush Limbaugh on AM Radio, but it was hard to figure out how to change to that radio band without having the SUV’s instruction manual left for us inside there.

Our room can be seen right from where the Alamo office is, we’re that close. Our room was to the right of the elevator shaft, about in the middle of this picture.

Carol and Michael were still getting ready for the day back in our room, so I had time to go into the Walt Disney Travel Company nearby and take pictures.


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