For my Fall WDW trip, any thoughts on whether a mini-van will be sufficient for getting 4 adults and 2 kids (and 8 and 5) to and from MCO/resort? Or should I rent a Suburban?
Also, if I rent a Suburban, can it be parked in regular parking spots at the resorts and parks or will I need oversize parking?
For luggage, there will be 1 large suitcase, 3 medium suitcases, and 2 small suitcases. The kids will be sitting in booster seats. To the extent it is relevant, the adults are all relatively small in height (5’2-5’'9") and weight (110-150 lbs).
I think it can and will work for the short ride from and back to the airport. If you’re a little uncomfortable it won’t last long. You don’t need more than the van for the time in between the airport rides.
If you find it’s entirely not doable in the moment one adult and a bag or two could Uber. That would be hella less expensive than upgrading to a Suburban for several days.
Are you used to driving something as big as a Suburban? It’s as wide as, and about the same overall length as, our Chevy crew cab pickup with a short box. A vehicle that big is not as easy to fit in the width of a parking space, and often takes more effort (back and forth) to get it turned into that parking space if it’s straight-on, not angled, parking. It’s definitely a standard vehicle for the regular parking spaces at Disney or elsewhere, you don’t need an oversize spot like they use for RVs and vehicles with trailers.
The minivan will be much easier to fit in a parking space, and to maneuver. I agree that the minivan will have plenty of room for your group.
Suburban 225.70" long x 81.10" wide, 134.10" wheelbase
Honda Odyssey 205.2" long x 78.5" wide, 118.1" wheelbase