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Cinderaven
06-21-2007, 01:00 PM
Hi, is anyone leaving for WDW August 22nd from Green Bay or there abouts??? We are leaving about 0730 and expect to arrive in Kissimmee about 27 hrs. later.:coffee:

It's a tough job, but someone has to do it. :cloud9:

sandybobandy
06-21-2007, 04:20 PM
Hey there!
Well, we're from Minneapolis and drive every year so I know the drive you'll be having. It's a great drive and I hope you guys have fun!!!!!

sassyat30
06-21-2007, 07:00 PM
Sorry, we're leaving from Green Bay in January...but we're flying. ;)

Mandalou
06-22-2007, 08:36 AM
We're from the Milwaukee area. . . and I'm working on my DH right now for a possible trip in October -- sorry, not August.

Just curious. . . we drive to WDW at least once a year (10 trips thus far driving). . . which way do you go?? Thru IL or IN? It's funny, the other WDW fans in our area who drive to WDW have their "favorite route" to get there. Our's is thru IL (NOT Chicago, but Rockford). Again, just curious, OP. . .

sandybobandy
06-22-2007, 09:45 AM
We drive (again from Minneapolis) and go through Rockford like you do. It's so funny to stop at some rest stops in Illinois and look at the map and see we're hardly into the state when it feels like we've been driving for daaaaays. lol

Mandalou
06-22-2007, 09:54 AM
Sandybobandy, I can see where you'd feel like you were driving for days and only in IL -- you've got further than we do, and that's how we feel in IL!! (But maybe that's just because we're in IL. . . sorry, Illini and Wisconsinites have a love/hate -- well maybe it's more like a not-really-love/mainly-dislike -- relationship. :rotfl:)

We have "our spots" along the way. . . like the Lonestar restaurant in Effingham, IL. (We LOVE the name of that city, btw. . . we always picture a senario like this at a restaurant: "And what would you like for your meal, sir?" "I'll have some Eff-ing ham, please. And can I have an Eff-ing diet soda with that too?" I know -- tasteless, but we find it funny). We even have our favorite rest areas in KY and TN. Can you tell we've been driving that route to WDW A LOT?!

Anyone else?? Any "favs" along the way???

sandybobandy
06-22-2007, 10:02 AM
Don't worry-MN and WI have a "mainly dislike" relationship too. :) We won't talk about the Twins/White Sox thing, okay? lol We'll keep it pleasant since we're talking about Disney. Hahaha!

Anyway, we have never stopped in Effingham but now we might have to! lol We've got our favorite rest stop in Atlanta but usually go right through Kentucky. And Nashville, we usually stay over night.

And there's nothing like seeing the "We Bare All" signs once you hit the FL border with the "hot meals and fresh coffee". Joe and I always look at eachother like "riiiiiiiight". lol

Mandalou
06-22-2007, 11:43 AM
HA! We, too, have driven past those "We Bare All" signs too many times. We were holding our breath, waiting for the day our DS's would ask us what they meant. Sure enough, on one of the last trips we were asked what "We Bare All" meant. We simply said, "They bare gifts. . . you know, like socks, pens, lightbulbs, maps. . . things most adults would like and not kids. . ." It seemed to appease their curiosity. . . at least for the time being. :rotfl:

sandybobandy
06-22-2007, 12:29 PM
That's hilarious! I love your explanation. Hahaha! :) One of these days, we'll go in there and order a sandwich. We won't eat it for fear of catching something, but I just want to say I ordered a sandwich from We Bare All. :)

Cinderaven
06-22-2007, 01:52 PM
We travel thru Il. I know it's long and boring, but it sure beats the tolls and traffic headaches in the Chicago area. We also enjoy seeing the "WE BARE ALL" signs in Fl. Our son is 16 and has plenty of ideas of what's inside and asks to stop and get a snack.

We just laugh and keep driving a little faster.

sandybobandy
06-23-2007, 07:29 PM
Just bumping so the MN/WI/IL folks have a place to chat. :)

Cinderaven-looks like you're next to go to Disney!!!! Wanna share your ADR's? :)

GBShorts
06-24-2007, 12:45 AM
party: Another SE Wisconsinite here. :D

I've only ever flown but then again, I've not been that many times, either. Got to get those Northwest world perks miles!!

Have a great trip :)

flying_babyb
06-24-2007, 02:02 AM
OMG Im from Green bay too!!

DVC Grandpa
06-24-2007, 12:14 PM
We drive from the Milwaukee area once or twice every year but were not going again until November. I never look forward to the Chicago part of the trip although last year we purchases I- Pass so that eliminates having to “Keep Right” at the toll booths. Also purchased GPS and followed it ‘s directions home …it took us off our normal route north of Nashville and it wasn’t until the Rockford IL area that we passes a toll booth. Now if it just takes us back that way in November. :cool2:

DWD DAD
06-25-2007, 07:46 PM
Hi, is anyone leaving for WDW August 22nd from Green Bay or there abouts??? We are leaving about 0730 and expect to arrive in Kissimmee about 27 hrs. later.:coffee:

It's a tough job, but someone has to do it. :cloud9:

Sheboygan Area. Sorry. We are leaving late July. We go through IND., but are going towards cincinnati and taking HWY 1 (south) bypassing CINN. Found out by a trucker that it saves time. How much? We are going to try it this year. Last time we went through IND I-75 straight through and it took 23 hrs. Not bad with a 3 and 5 yr. old in the van. This is our 4th trip by van.

Have a safe trip.

momoftriplets
06-26-2007, 09:23 PM
We are just north of the Twin Cities. We flew both times we went. I have considered driving but just can't fathom that long in the van with 3 kids & DH. (DH would be worse than the kids, IMO. :rotfl: ) Just how long does it take you to get to WDW from the upper midwest? Do you drive straight thru or stop overnight along the way? If you drive straight thru, are you totally wasted the first day of your time at WDW? (Sorry for the over load of questions. TIA!)
Barb

Mandalou
06-26-2007, 10:12 PM
We're from the Milwaukee area and have driven to WDW 9 times (I'm pretty sure it's 9 times, maybe 10. . . sorry, I think each dose of pixie dust I receive replaces brain cells -- I forget a lot of things, it seems ;) ). That first day, we usually leave the house at 4am-4:30am and we don't stop until around 7pm-8pm that night. (Of course, we stop to grab meals and go to the bathroom.) Depending on if it's a weekday or weekend, we stop in either southeastern TN (past Nashville) or in NW GA (just before Atlanta). We always try to stay in a place where we can avoid rushhour in either of those cities. Yes, it's a lot of driving that first day, but then we only have around 9 (ish) hours to drive the next day.

Incidentally, I do most of the driving (I'm the DW). . . my husband is satisfied with working on his laptop. Our two DS's (10 and 8) are great boys and we've never had to deal with them complaining or fussing (just one "up-chucking" incident, and, well, let's just say no bathroom and only an empty soda bottle. . . you figure it out :eek: ).

Seriously, I think my van has a "Disney World Auto Pilot" setting -- it just seems to know the way to go every trip. :lmao:

sandybobandy
06-27-2007, 09:37 AM
We are just north of the Twin Cities. We flew both times we went. I have considered driving but just can't fathom that long in the van with 3 kids & DH. (DH would be worse than the kids, IMO. :rotfl: ) Just how long does it take you to get to WDW from the upper midwest? Do you drive straight thru or stop overnight along the way? If you drive straight thru, are you totally wasted the first day of your time at WDW? (Sorry for the over load of questions. TIA!)
Barb

Hey Barb!
We're in Bloomington and have only driven to Disney. It's just my husband and I-I'm sure if we had kiddos we'd consider flying :)

We generally leave here around 3am and drive to Nashville (about 14 hours) and then drive from Nashville to Disney (about 10 hours). This year though we're doing Bloomington to St Louis (about 8 hours) and then St Louis to Atlanta (about 8 hours) and then Atlanta to Disney (about 7 hours).

And no-when we arrive, we are sooooo stinkin excited and are not tired at all. We are always rarin to go! :)

momoftriplets
06-27-2007, 11:27 AM
Hey Barb!
We're in Bloomington and have only driven to Disney. It's just my husband and I-I'm sure if we had kiddos we'd consider flying :)

We generally leave here around 3am and drive to Nashville (about 14 hours) and then drive from Nashville to Disney (about 10 hours). This year though we're doing Bloomington to St Louis (about 8 hours) and then St Louis to Atlanta (about 8 hours) and then Atlanta to Disney (about 7 hours).

And no-when we arrive, we are sooooo stinkin excited and are not tired at all. We are always rarin to go! :)

Thanks for the info, Sandy! I'd be willing to try the drive but I just don't know if DH would go for it. :drive: Something to consider, though, as airline prices keep going up. :confused3

sandybobandy
06-27-2007, 11:34 AM
Thanks for the info, Sandy! I'd be willing to try the drive but I just don't know if DH would go for it. :drive: Something to consider, though, as airline prices keep going up. :confused3

No problem :)

We love driving so I'm sure that has something to do with it too. The first time we saw the mountains in Tennessee was really amazing.

I hope you guys have a wonderful time!!

(enjoy the weather today-it feels awesome!) :)

Gizmo1951
06-27-2007, 12:47 PM
We are North of Green Bay
We are flying out of Green Bay -Then Milwaukee to Orlando the end of September

Cant Wait:hourglass

Patabel
06-28-2007, 09:38 AM
Hi Momoftriplets! This is your neighbor Patabel! (Grandma of Twins!)
Karen shows up here now and then as KrnB

Love the picture!

momoftriplets
06-28-2007, 10:28 AM
Hi Momoftriplets! This is your neighbor Patabel! (Grandma of Twins!)
Karen shows up here now and then as KrnB

Love the picture!

Hi, Pat!!!! Let's start singing "It's a small world afterall......" (Are you singing?)

I'll have to be on the lookout for Karen.

You've seen that picture, haven't you? I need to find a more "flattering" one, but I just love the big smiles in this one. :)

See ya soon!
Barb

KrnB
06-28-2007, 03:28 PM
Hi, Pat!!!! Let's start singing "It's a small world afterall......" (Are you singing?)

I'll have to be on the lookout for Karen.

You've seen that picture, haven't you? I need to find a more "flattering" one, but I just love the big smiles in this one. :)

See ya soon!
Barb

Hi! :wave2:

:music: "It's a world of laughter, a world of tears... " :lmao:

momoftriplets
06-28-2007, 09:48 PM
Hi Momoftriplets! This is your neighbor Patabel! (Grandma of Twins!)
Karen shows up here now and then as KrnB

Love the picture!

Hi! :wave2:

:music: "It's a world of laughter, a world of tears... " :lmao:

"It's a world of joy and a world of .........(something)"
:lmao:
You guys are tooooo funny!!! We're supposed to be talking about driving to WDW!! Quit high jacking this thread! :rolleyes1
B

Ellasgirls
06-28-2007, 11:08 PM
We are in Madison, leaving Milwaukee on Aug 25th and staying until Sept 1st at OKW...maybe we will see each other ;)

Patabel
06-29-2007, 09:04 AM
You're right Barb, sorry about the hijack! It's that I was so shocked to see you! ::yes::

Though it's been years since we drove from Chicago to see the Mouse, I do remember enjoying the drive. We drove approximately 8-9 hours a day, then stopped at a motel with a pool for the night. Our DD got to burn off her energy in the pool and we got some sleep in a bed as opposed to a car! We'd leave early the next morning and repeat. Our drive was two full days and a half. The downside is driving thru Illinois and Indiana - very flat and very boring. Once you get thru Indiana, the drive is gorgeous.

momoftriplets
06-29-2007, 11:03 AM
You're right Barb, sorry about the hijack! It's that I was so shocked to see you! ::yes::


I show up in the most unusual places, don't I? :teeth:

I would consider driving, but I really doubt DH would go for it. I'm fairly certain we would come back divorced!!! :eek:

I've "done the math", in my head at least, & for a family of 5, we might save $500 with driving. That's taking one night in a hotel each way, gas, food on the way down & back. I scour airfares for a long time to get the lowest price I can. In the grand scheme of all things Disney, that's not a lot of savings. (There's my Disney math again!) If I can save my sanity (& my marriage) for $500, I'll do it.

I know when we plan the next trip, I will look much closer at it & then make the decision. Until then, it's just speculation.
B

disneyallway
06-29-2007, 12:03 PM
:guilty: Hi all we are leaving from Michigan on Aug 25!! This will be my first trip that I am driving :sad2: DH will not be able to attend (new job, no vacation) :guilty: Just gonna be me, DMom and Dsis and my 2 princesses. I tried to get Dmom to fly but she was concerned with all the medication she takes being able to carry it on without a hassle. So I guess my tail bone will have to pay the price :rotfl:

oneyodafan
06-29-2007, 02:51 PM
Just wanted to say hello! I'm from Wausau. We're planning on driving for our Aug trip next year with two youngsters.

chop456
06-29-2007, 05:19 PM
Another Wisconsinite here - Kenosha. We have not driven yet - gotta love the Chicago (Midway) DING! fares. I think the drive down would be motivated by the anticipation of arriving at WDW, but my question is - how is the drive back?

Mandalou
06-29-2007, 06:26 PM
Howdie, chop456!

Our trick to making the drive BACK from Disney not so bad is. . . go for two weeks. :yay: By the time you're done (even if you've had a GREAT time at WDW), you're kind of aching to get home. While our last day at WDW is still sad, being away from our WI home that long does seem to make the drive back a bit easier. We've gone for shorter times (like about a week), and the drive home is definitely more difficult. . . it doesn't seem like we've had our "fill" of Disney magic yet. ;)

By the way. . . I've got many family members in Kenosha (my DD is from there). So, HELLO!!! to you, my honorary "Disney-loving, Kenosha-living, family member." :rotfl: (After all, aren't we all just part of the big Disney family anyway?!?! :grouphug: )

KrnB
06-29-2007, 10:58 PM
You're right Barb, sorry about the hijack! It's that I was so shocked to see you! ::yes::

Though it's been years since we drove from Chicago to see the Mouse, I do remember enjoying the drive. We drove approximately 8-9 hours a day, then stopped at a motel with a pool for the night. Our DD got to burn off her energy in the pool and we got some sleep in a bed as opposed to a car! We'd leave early the next morning and repeat. Our drive was two full days and a half. The downside is driving thru Illinois and Indiana - very flat and very boring. Once you get thru Indiana, the drive is gorgeous.

Well, given that I was what, 7? 8? I don't remember much of the details of the drive, but I do remember quite a bit considering how long its been. I remember that Indiana was the state that never ends. Yep, really boring - Iowa with less corn. I also remember thinking that Georgia was really pretty, and I vaguely remember seeing the Smoky Mountains (it's a bit hazy, ;)). I think that trip was the first time I ever saw grits too, probably when we had stopped for the night in Tennessee. I don't recall being all that impressed. :lmao:

The fact that I can remember that much detail at all after over 20 years gives some indication as to why a drive might be a good opportunity if you can take the time to take break (and if you can be sure your DH won't lose his mind, LOL). It's a great way for the family to really get to see the US instead of just hopping from one major city to the next.

FogliaFamily
07-01-2007, 12:22 AM
We are from the Milwaukee area and are flying down 9-19 to 9-25. We drove down once as a family with my DS's who were 3 and 4 and pregnant with our 3rd. My DH insisted on driving the entire way - I think so that I would take care of the kids. I too scour for cheap air prices. We found non-stop on Air Tran with great times for $157 each for this next year - I'm not sure we could drive that cheap. Although as a family growing up the 7 of us piled in the car and drove every year without a second thought - maybe that's why I'd rather fly.

Kriii
07-02-2007, 11:03 PM
Am flying out of Milwaukee to Orlando in a month. I was surprised how many people made that long drive to FLA - how long does it take everyone?

momtimesone
07-02-2007, 11:24 PM
Illinois here when I was 10 my parents drove down with my grandparents and cousins it was our caravan of crazy-ness, that is one of the best memories I have. Mom and dad would pull over to rest and everyone would switch drivers it was like playing musical chairs with the cars.I wish I had the guts to drive but its just me my son and my sis so we fly.

sandybobandy
07-03-2007, 08:54 AM
Am flying out of Milwaukee to Orlando in a month. I was surprised how many people made that long drive to FLA - how long does it take everyone?

We're in Minneapolis and while we do drive, it's never right through. Traditionally, we leave home around 4am to drive to Nashville. We arrive around 6 or 7pm. Then from Nashville to Disney it's about 10.

This year though we're doing Minneapolis to St Louis (about 9 hours) and then St Louis to Atlanta (about another 9 hours) and then Atlanta to Disney is only about 6 1/2.

We looooove driving and wouldn't have it any other way. Then again, it's just the two of us-I'm sure if we had little ones we'd consider other options :)

mickeym96
07-06-2007, 01:09 AM
Hi! I am from Monroe. We are flying down (probably out of Chicago O'Hare) Nov. 1. We like to fly cause that gets us down there fast so we can spend more of our time at Disney World.

swallman
07-06-2007, 02:40 AM
party: Another SE Wisconsinite here. :D

I've only ever flown but then again, I've not been that many times, either. Got to get those Northwest world perks miles!!

Have a great trip :)

I just spend 100,000 NWA miles on 4 tickets to Florida in October. Only downside is we have to fly out of Rochester, MN and into Tampa, FL (we live on the west coast of Wisconsin).

But at least it allows us to go to Disney! Saved approx. $ 1600 on airfare (according to the NWA website)...

Diznut84
07-06-2007, 03:34 PM
We frequently drive from West Central Minnesota. It is nearly 27 hours! ::yay:

When we leave depends on if it is a weekday or a weekend. If a weekday, we drive to avoid the MSP traffic. We're crazy. We go at least 1000 miles the first day (sometimes as much as 1150), stop for the night, and then continue on to Disney for an arrival around 3pm.

We have driven both through Illinois and through Indiana and we strongly prefer the Illinois route. My kids HATE driving through Illinois, though. They always start singing, "It is the state that never ends" rather than "This is the song that never ends"...

Pretty funny about Effingham. We also joke quite a bit about its name. In fact, we frequently call it Effingpork... :)

geffric
07-06-2007, 03:53 PM
We drive from NW Suburbs of Chi.. I leave at 3 am..put sleeping kids in back and just go.. We stop at the steak n shake outside of nashville for lunch..dinner is around Macon and get around Gainesville around 11 or midnight. We stop at the motel we can find and then finish the drive the next day..

On the way back, we hop all 4 parks and do our favs.. then leave about 6pm.. We drive and stop before Macon... and then have a long drive day to get home about midnight...

We do the Indiana route 'cause of cheap gas..

wiseguyslovethemouse
07-11-2007, 09:44 AM
Wowsers. You guys are brave, lol!! :) We used to drive when I was a kid from the Milwaukee area, but always seemed to go over Spring Break, and *always* seemed to hit snow somewhere along the way. That alone, is enough to fly with my own family. (picture my mom with fist clenched on armrest while dad grumbles under his breath at the other drivers along an icy patch of freeway......) :eek:

Anyway, we're going in October, and I did get great fares out of MKE, nonstop; I want to say they were under $215ish. Now if I could just get my four year old to stop kicking the seat in front of him on Midwest Airlines....:rolleyes1

Mandalou
07-11-2007, 10:41 AM
Hey, wiseguyslovethemouse --

Midwest is THE BEST for direct flights to Orlando, isn't it??? Since we've ONLY driven to WDW with the boys (and we only take our family vacations at WDW), they've never been in a plane!! :sad2: DH and I would fly before the kiddos came along, and for work we've had to fly, but not yet with the kids. If we're flying, it's definitely going to be on Midwest. (And, no, I'm not a Midwest employee or shareholder. :rotfl: )