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MikeyUVM
06-24-2007, 04:53 PM
Hey all,

My girlfriend and I are planning a trip for January (I'm absolutely dying for these rates to come out so I can begin planning more seriously). Unfortunately the both of us are on student budgets and barring a winning powerball ticket, are going to stay that way for awhile. Thought I'd ask all of you, have any of you ever driven down From the Northeast (I'm up in Burlington, VT). Is it more economical to fly or drive (even with gas prices) about how long does it take? Can you do it in one swift motion? Basically all of the usual questions.

Any input is absolutely appreciated.

4 DZNY NUTZ
06-24-2007, 07:56 PM
We drive down every year from Stratford NJ. We are about 20 minutes outside philadelphia. We have tried both ways, driving straight thru:scared1: and stopping overnight to regroup and re-energize. As you can see, we prefer to stay overnight. We just found it to be too much driving straight thru. We needed to be out of the car doing something else besides looking at road. Driving straight thru took us about 17 hours and we stopped for lunch and dinner.

We are going again February 2008 and also cant wait for the 2008 rates!!

As far as the price goes, gas cost us about 300.00 round trip. Much less than flying. Even when gas prices were almost $3.00 a gallon

vanillarum
06-24-2007, 08:19 PM
We are from northern Mass. We have never driven to WDW (sorry, I won't do it ), but the people that we camp with every Aug. for the last 10 years did it last year. They drove from the Mass/NH border, and he said it took them just about 19 hours. I think driving nonstop is the only way that it would be less expensive than flying, because if you stop, you need to take into account the price of a hotel. We got airfare out of Boston for 199.00 RT. Good luck !:thumbsup2

MikeyUVM
06-24-2007, 08:31 PM
Thanks a lot for your input. 19 from the MA/NH border doesn't sound too bad, I'm sure it's a completely different story when you're actually doing it!:scared:

Vanillarum: what airline did you get 199 from? That's an awesome rate, and I'd be interested in doing a little more research on it.

Oh, if you're wondering, I called Disney today and they are accepting reservations for the 08 season...they just haven't cemented rates yet. As always, you can pretty much cancel at any time if they are too much.

DisneyMomFanatic
06-24-2007, 08:36 PM
Hey there,

We have driven a few times and we did it with small children (the last time we drove was 2005 with a 6yr old and a 2yr old.). We even did it with an infant and 3 yr old. We always stop at the same hotel everytime on the way there and the way back. For us (burbs of Philly), we found a Days Inn just off of 95 (like not even 1 mile off 95). We also always book it online. Last time we got an internet rate like $55/night with a continental breakfast included. I think it is in South Carolina just over the border from North Carolina. On our way back we stay in one that is in North Carolina. For us it cuts our trip right about in half. With kids it works for us. Plus, my husband and I just can't drive more than like 4 hours each at a time. So we would eat or potty break every 4 hours and switch drivers. It would take us about 10-12 hours per day to get to WDW but we got there in one piece and not grumpy. Hope that gives you some Idea about splitting the drive up.:thumbsup2

vanillarum
06-24-2007, 08:40 PM
MIKEYUVM . We got our rate with Jet Blue, but we did book on March 30 for our Aug. trip. Also, remember if you do drive, you may need some down time when you get there to reccuperate !! Good luck !:thumbsup2

MikeyUVM
06-24-2007, 09:22 PM
Thanks so much everyone! Vanillarum: I haven't found that good of prices for jetblue yet. I'll keep on looking, maybe they'll have some holiday sales or something of the sort.

englishteacha
06-24-2007, 09:25 PM
Hmm...I'd fly. I grew up driving Maine to Florida. We always took 3 days to get there because my dad wouldn't drive for more than 8 hours in a day. My DH and I have gone on road trips but we really don't like driving more than 10-12 hours. It's very tiring (especially when someone is a chauvinist and won't let me drive!). I bet you can find some good airfare. If you're willing to drive to other airports, you might find some real bargains. Sign up for airfare alerts like airfarewatchdog.com, and on Travelocity and Orbitz.

Will you need a rental car if you fly? That could be a tough one if you're not 25 (I assume you're not since you're at UVM :) ). Most companies charge an extra $25+ a day for "underage" drivers. Last year we were so excited because we were 25 and were able to rent a car cheaply!! If you're doing ME and will rely on WDW transportation, then you shouldn't have a problem. I haven't yet been able to justify the prices of WDW hotels, so we always stay offsite and have saved a lot. But if you have to spend $300+ on a rental car, staying onsite could be a LOT cheaper for you!

Good luck in your planning!

MikeyUVM
06-24-2007, 09:40 PM
englishteacha

thanks for your words of advice. I'm 23 now (recent graduate from UVM, but still in Burlington). See, I always stay on property; there's a level of convenience that puts this anxious travellers mind at ease (I hate worrying about strict schedules and the resorts allow me some flexibility mainly through transportation). I'm no chauvinist so my gf would get her fair share of the driving, especially on a long trip like that.

DisneyMomFanatic
06-24-2007, 10:16 PM
I just booked our flights about 10 days ago for our 8/23 trip to WDW and we are going southwest air from Philly to Orlando for $475.20 roundtrip for 4 people. We are also using ME. Those flights are non-stop to and from. Thought that might help to look at other options. We are staying at Pop.

4 DZNY NUTZ
06-24-2007, 11:33 PM
I just booked our flights about 10 days ago for our 8/23 trip to WDW and we are going southwest air from Philly to Orlando for $475.20 roundtrip for 4 people. We are also using ME. Those flights are non-stop to and from. Thought that might help to look at other options. We are staying at Pop.

$475.20 round trip?? WOW!!!! How did you get such a good rate. I thought the cheapest we could get for 4 people round trip - nonstop would be about 820.00

Flyerfan
06-25-2007, 07:48 AM
We live in Eastern PA , 5 minutes from I-81. We drove twice and flew once. In January we're probably driving again. Something about germs on airplanes in middle of winter that freaks me out. :scared1: However, we take the 81-77-26-95 route. It's rather nice. We stop over one night down, one night back. We figured with parking at Phila airport and the airfare, it would be slightly more than what it would take to drive, even considering our stops. It's really not a bad drive.

goofybob
06-25-2007, 01:29 PM
I have driven and flown in the past.... in the past year I have driven with DW, DD (10) and DS(4). There are always adventures and mishaps.... its part of being a family and doing big travel. In this most recent trip my DS came down with a throat/stomach virus in the first 15 minutes of the trip!.... Luckily he slept most of the way. I recommend stopping overnight... we are on Staten Island, NY... so we go as far as Santee S.C. and at times northern Georgia. The overnight planned stopped helped us reorganize as a family and reenergize my DS. In any case, we always try to make the second leg of the trip shorter than the first.

This year we are flying due to getting very lucky with Airfare rates.. so its cheaper for us to fly than to drive (even with renting a car for 11 days)... When considering cost, please remember to include lodging, meals and a certain % for "just in case $$". This year of course Gas prices have much to do with cost.

WildGrits
06-25-2007, 01:32 PM
We have done both out of Albany, NY. I really don't see a difference in price either way. BUT...... When we have driven, I usually spend my last day or two distracted by the thought of the drive home.

I would check flights out of your bigger cities. We got 157pp for our up coming trip in September. That's SW. But then again you have to remember you will be spending roughly ten dollars a day on parking your car at the airport.

I don't know anyone, except a fried who is a truck driver, who has driven straight through. And it is a boring ride. Especially with less Pedro's signs now.

shellbelle11
06-25-2007, 04:49 PM
Hi!
I'm from MA, just south of Boston.
My fiance and I went down in February, we looked at flights but ended up driving down. We didn't decide to take the trip until right after New Year's, so because it was so close to the time, and because it's February vacation up here the prices to fly down- even on JetBlue- were $700+ (in the summer we can get flights MUCH MUCH cheaper than that). I'm a teacher, so that's my vacation too, so we didn't have any flexibility with the week we were going, so we decided to drive.

We took his Expedition, which was great, very roomy, able to fit in lots of stuff, we bought water and other things up here, instead of down there. We packed a cooler filled with things for the ride. We left at 8pm Thursday night and drove straight through, stopping only to use restrooms and pick up food. We stopped every couple of hrs at rest areas, but never for that long, long enough to use the facilities and stretch our legs. We got to the Boardwalk by 5:30pm Friday night. That was including sitting in about 90 minutes of heavy traffic. So it took us somewhere around 20-21 hrs.

Going home was tougher, I was useless driving most of the time going home, I could not stay awake for the life of me! We left about 3:30pm and ended up having to pull over at night a few times for a couple of hr to sleep and then hit some snowy weather from VA-Baltimore. We didn't get home until 6:30pm the next day.

We both said that we would do it again, but when we have more time to drive down. Next time we drive down we would spread each drive out, stop somewhere for the night, probably around Virginia.

Flyerfan
06-25-2007, 05:49 PM
so we go as far as Santee S.C. and at times northern Georgia. The overnight planned stopped helped us reorganize as a family and reenergize my DS. In any case, we always try to make the second leg of the trip shorter than the first.

Where in Santee did you stay? We usually stay at Hamptons and saw one in that area we would probably stay at. Is it a nice area?

eliza61
06-25-2007, 07:09 PM
We drive down every year from Stratford NJ. We are about 20 minutes outside philadelphia. We have tried both ways, driving straight thru:scared1: and stopping overnight to regroup and re-energize. As you can see, we prefer to stay overnight. We just found it to be too much driving straight thru. We needed to be out of the car doing something else besides looking at road. Driving straight thru took us about 17 hours and we stopped for lunch and dinner.

We are going again February 2008 and also cant wait for the 2008 rates!!

As far as the price goes, gas cost us about 300.00 round trip. Much less than flying. Even when gas prices were almost $3.00 a gallon
Hey neighbor,
We're in blackwood, NJ (blackwood/clementon rd).
OP, We too stop overnight. We do try to make it to the Georgia/Florida state line. The exit for Brunswick has quite a number of motels right off of I-95.

tarabl
06-25-2007, 09:23 PM
Where in Santee did you stay? We usually stay at Hamptons and saw one in that area we would probably stay at. Is it a nice area?


We stayed at a County Inn and Suites in Santee. I know there was a restaurant or two right in the area, I think one being Cracker Barrel right in the same parking lot. It seemed like a decent area. This was about two years ago.

4 DZNY NUTZ
06-25-2007, 10:34 PM
Hey neighbor,
We're in blackwood, NJ (blackwood/clementon rd).
OP, We too stop overnight. We do try to make it to the Georgia/Florida state line. The exit for Brunswick has quite a number of motels right off of I-95.

Well Hello Neighbor!!!:wave2:

We are just off the white horse pike in Stratford.

stitch1094
06-25-2007, 11:14 PM
19 hrs from upstate MA?! Were they driving MACH 3?

I have driven a few times from Hartford CT area and it takes us approx 20 to 23 hours, depending on traffic and number of stops.

Going down is definitely better than coming home, but either way, spending that much time in a car really stinks (especially when you discover that one of the kids gets car sick :eek: ). The times we have driven, it took us at least a whole day to recover.

If you can afford airfare do it. Don't forget to check multiple airports (Providence, Boston, Hartford, Manchester)

momocay
06-26-2007, 02:18 AM
I flew to Disney last January for 59 each way on Southwest from ny. I believe I purchased the tickets mid to late november. JetBlue was between 69 and 89 each way. It will probably be cheeper to fly. If you stay on sight you have no need for a car.

pepe of ohio
06-26-2007, 04:46 AM
We've done the drive quite a few times ,1200 miles, about 20 some hours straight through. Had to stop on the ocean, so kids can see and me to recoup. Tough drive back in the 80's and 90's, worse now with the truck traffic. We've flown 3 times, really not to my liking, I do not fly anymore. Now we have been going by Amtrak, 27 hours, if on schedule, and for the 2 of us, round trip northeastern Ohio to Kissimmee Florida, 450.00. Some times we get the sleeper for the second leg of the trip, its great, food included, nice roomette, we arrive non stressed and relaxed for the 20 minute ride to WDW. Flying is nice and quick but I just do not fly anymore and security and rules and regulations would drive me over the edge. Train for us.

Susiesnowflake
06-26-2007, 04:50 PM
Mikey,
I noticed you are a recent UVM graduate still in Burlington. My daughter goes to St. Mike's!

Another thing you might consider is SWA flights out of Manchester. I'm thinking Burlington to Manchester is about 3 hours. We've gotten flights for $59 to $79 one way during Nov and Dec, so you might be able to get a good deal for Jan too. Good luck!

vanillarum
06-26-2007, 06:17 PM
Another way to go "cheaper", is to fly weekday to weekday. We arrive on a Wed., and leave on a Fri. That is how we are able to get such cheap airfare. And traveling on Fri. is more expensive than ,say, going Wed to Wed. Good luck again !:thumbsup2

jcc0621
06-26-2007, 09:24 PM
We drive down every year from Stratford NJ. We are about 20 minutes outside philadelphia. We have tried both ways, driving straight thru:scared1: and stopping overnight to regroup and re-energize. As you can see, we prefer to stay overnight. We just found it to be too much driving straight thru. We needed to be out of the car doing something else besides looking at road. Driving straight thru took us about 17 hours and we stopped for lunch and dinner.

We are going again February 2008 and also cant wait for the 2008 rates!!

As far as the price goes, gas cost us about 300.00 round trip. Much less than flying. Even when gas prices were almost $3.00 a gallon

OT to 4dznynuts My brother lives in Stratford, Wright Avenue. My nephew just graduated from Sterling.

OP - It depends on if you can get a decent price for Airfare. Usually we drive from Philly for about $300 round trip, however for iur August Trip I got RT airfare for $377.00 for 3 of us. For me totally worth it. When we drive, we leave around 8:00pm and drive through the night. DS sleeps all night in the car and usually wakes up in time for breakfast. Last year we left at 8:15pm and stopped for breakfast in Georgia around 7:30am or so

rwdavis
06-28-2007, 10:04 AM
Thanks so much everyone! Vanillarum: I haven't found that good of prices for jetblue yet. I'll keep on looking, maybe they'll have some holiday sales or something of the sort.

Mike,
Watch airfare for Southwest flying out of Albany or Manchester. They should be publishing rates for January in the next few weeks. I'd check every day before the cheap flights are sold out.

I'd not bother driving. At that distance it would be tough not to have to stop overnight. It's about a 1400 mile drive and assuming $3 gas at 30mpg that's around $150 just for gas, one way. If you assume an average speed of 65mph (this includes stops for gas, food, bathroom) that's over 21 hours of driving. Then a day or 2 of meals plus, possibly a hotel you're close to $250 or so, again just one way. Southwest should be able to get you there for no more than $200 a seat.

If you stay onsite at a value resort the rates are less expensive and all the transportion is free. But I'm not sure what (or if) Disney charges for the ride from the airport.
Bob

4 DZNY NUTZ
06-28-2007, 10:19 AM
OT to 4dznynuts My brother lives in Stratford, Wright Avenue. My nephew just graduated from Sterling.

OP - It depends on if you can get a decent price for Airfare. Usually we drive from Philly for about $300 round trip, however for iur August Trip I got RT airfare for $377.00 for 3 of us. For me totally worth it. When we drive, we leave around 8:00pm and drive through the night. DS sleeps all night in the car and usually wakes up in time for breakfast. Last year we left at 8:15pm and stopped for breakfast in Georgia around 7:30am or so

Wright Avenue is just a few blocks from us. My kids are still in Yellin (middle school) my oldest wont be in Sterling for 2 more years. We love Stratford, we dont ever want to leave!!

4eyedbuzzard
06-28-2007, 11:10 AM
As others have posted, gasoline will probably be a minimum of $300 at 30 mpg for the approx. 3000 mile RT. Adjust as necessary. Add in tolls depending upon your route, food, and possibly hotels during traveling days, etc. And if you want the TRUE cost of driving don't forget to factor in wear and tear(tires and brakes, oil, useful vehicle lifespan) on the vehicle. Even on an inexpensive $15000 car with a useful lifespan of some 150,000 miles just putting on miles adds at least .10 mile. This .10 mile costing usually works pretty well for inexpensive used cars as well. As a result I usually figure true mileage costs including ownership and maintenance at an absolute minimum of .15/mile on a typical inexpensive car, plus the cost of gasoline. This does NOT include the fixed costs of insurance, registrations, etc - just real world operating costs. A lot of people justify driving by saying you already own the car, pay the insurance, etc - but they never account for maintenance/repair costs, wear and tear on the vehicle, food and lodging during travel, etc. For a 3000 mile trip your true costs are an absolute minimum of $750 ($450 car + $300 gas) without the additional travel days of food/lodging expenses factored in. If you're taking time off work you also have to consider the cost of taking unpaid days or using vacation time for driving days. Add in that you'll be much more tired when you arrive, both in FL and back home, and that driving long distances is more risky than flying.

Also your vehicle should be in pretty good condition and you should have the financial resources to repair it if there is a breakdown. A breakdown a long way from home can be a real PIA. AAA can be a plus with the roadside emergencies, but you still have to be both financially able and prepared time wise to get the car fixed, and possibly even rent a car to continue the trip if there is a major problem.

I live pretty close to St. Johnsbury, VT and I would never consider driving unless there were other things/areas I wanted to visit along the way. Check rates out of Burlington, Manchester, Boston, Pease etc. For two people driving is just not going to be a good choice. You mentioned that you will stay on-site which will give you free ME to/from the airport in Orlando and WDW transport while there. You can probably fly for under $200 per person(including taxes and fees), and the TRUE COST of driving is going to be closer to $800.

5fordisney
06-28-2007, 03:19 PM
We've done it both ways from upstate NY. It took us a solid 25 hours or so of driving. Straight through is a killer, I'd def. stop once each way. I kept a careful record of expenses. Between gas, tolls, motel one night, extra food we wouldn't have needed flying, etc. we spent about $450 total. The 2 of you should be able to fly cheaper than that. Aside from cost, I'd never drive again. You are spent when you first get there from the drive and then dread the drive home at the end of the trip. We used ME so we didn't need a rental car.
Just an FYI, airfare is not the same at all neighboring airports. We live in central NY, so Rochester, Syracuse, and Albany are all in driving range for us. Rochester is by far the cheapest to fly out of for us. Look into all of your airport options and price compare.
Have a great trip!

louey
07-01-2007, 08:47 AM
If you do end up driving, definately stay overnight somewhere and get rested that way when you wake up the next day and drive straight to Disney World you at least will be rested. We Drove this past December (I am one of those people who won't fly :scared: ) and we stayed overnight in Brunswick, Georgia about 2/3 hours from Disney. We are going again next June '08' and will be driving again :woohoo: and will stay overnight somewhere hopefully even closer to Disney. Good Luck and have fun. The drive isn't bad going but I have to say coming home is not as much fun.

lovethattink
07-01-2007, 09:03 AM
We just did the drive from Hershey, PA to central Florida. We ran into only a 20 minute delay in the DC area. Once we hit the Orlando area, from St. Mary's to the 535 it took us 2 hours. I-4 was like a parking lot.

On the way to Hershey, we stayed at the Guest House Inn and suites in Brunswick Georgia since we only left our house after dh got out of work.

On the way to Fl, we stayed at the Best Western in Smithfield, NC.

Both were very clean, had an indoor pool, motels.

4 DZNY NUTZ
07-01-2007, 09:17 AM
If you do end up driving, definately stay overnight somewhere and get rested that way when you wake up the next day and drive straight to Disney World you at least will be rested. We Drove this past December (I am one of those people who won't fly :scared: ) and we stayed overnight in Brunswick, Georgia about 2/3 hours from Disney. We are going again next June '08' and will be driving again :woohoo: and will stay overnight somewhere hopefully even closer to Disney. Good Luck and have fun. The drive isn't bad going but I have to say coming home is not as much fun.

How long did it take you to get to Brunswick GA?? We are about 1 hr from Wilmington DE and are planning on going back Feb '08. We figured we would stop overnight in South Carolina. But the farther south we are, the better it is. Plus by that time, I cant stand it anymore and am too excited to get to Disney!!!

louey
07-01-2007, 12:02 PM
How long did it take you to get to Brunswick GA?? We are about 1 hr from Wilmington DE and are planning on going back Feb '08. We figured we would stop overnight in South Carolina. But the farther south we are, the better it is. Plus by that time, I cant stand it anymore and am too excited to get to Disney!!!


We drove to Brunswick GA from Wilmington Delaware and stayed at the Embassy Suites (I believe) pricey and just okay. Anywho if I remember correctly it took us about 13ish hours to get there :confused3 . I too figure the farther south you can go the closer you'll be to DW when you wake up in the morning. It definately is much better to stay the night somewhere close and then get up and go to Disney at least you are rested and ready for the day. We plan on driving again in June of '08' and I am figuring on getting just a little farther than Brunswick this time. However, if you decide to stay in Brunswick you should only be about 2 to 3 hours from Disney World :cool1:

DisneyMomFanatic
07-01-2007, 01:16 PM
We just did the drive from Hershey, PA to central Florida. We ran into only a 20 minute delay in the DC area. Once we hit the Orlando area, from St. Mary's to the 535 it took us 2 hours. I-4 was like a parking lot.

On the way to Hershey, we stayed at the Guest House Inn and suites in Brunswick Georgia since we only left our house after dh got out of work.

On the way to Fl, we stayed at the Best Western in Smithfield, NC.

Both were very clean, had an indoor pool, motels.

I used to work in Hershey Park (many moons ago). I grew up in Lebanon.

4 DZNY NUTZ
07-01-2007, 07:38 PM
We drove to Brunswick GA from Wilmington Delaware and stayed at the Embassy Suites (I believe) pricey and just okay. Anywho if I remember correctly it took us about 13ish hours to get there :confused3 . I too figure the farther south you can go the closer you'll be to DW when you wake up in the morning. It definately is much better to stay the night somewhere close and then get up and go to Disney at least you are rested and ready for the day. We plan on driving again in June of '08' and I am figuring on getting just a little farther than Brunswick this time. However, if you decide to stay in Brunswick you should only be about 2 to 3 hours from Disney World :cool1:

Thanks for the info Louey!!! Hopefully we can make it that far. Last time we drove down we got as far as Savannah. That wasnt too bad either.

MinnieNH
07-02-2007, 09:39 AM
We are from NH and were going to drive down. We ended up signing up for DING from SW and so glad we did. My family of 4 is flying for just under $400.00 . We paid less than $100.00 per person round-trip. I don't think we could of driven down for that amout btween gas and a cheap motel.
Good luck with whatever you choose!


8 days and counting to see the mouse:rotfl: :love:

dopey67
07-06-2007, 12:05 PM
Hey all,

My girlfriend and I are planning a trip for January (I'm absolutely dying for these rates to come out so I can begin planning more seriously). Unfortunately the both of us are on student budgets and barring a winning powerball ticket, are going to stay that way for awhile. Thought I'd ask all of you, have any of you ever driven down From the Northeast (I'm up in Burlington, VT). Is it more economical to fly or drive (even with gas prices) about how long does it take? Can you do it in one swift motion? Basically all of the usual questions.

Any input is absolutely appreciated.


I just price this for you since Jet blues rates are only out until the 9th I did a week. United is 239.00 I got tickets from Boston for 217.00 in Feb for an October trip.







Adult Fare $99.00 USD



Wed, 02 Jan 08
Flight 19
Flight 59 6:00 AM Depart Burlington, VT (BTV)
7:20 AM
10:55 AM Connect New York, NY (JFK)
1:48 PM Arrive Orlando, FL (MCO)












Adult Fare $99.00 USD



Wed, 09 Jan 08
Flight 48
Flight 148 1:30 PM Depart Orlando, FL (MCO)
4:04 PM
4:45 PM Connect New York, NY (JFK)
6:10 PM Arrive Burlington, VT (BTV)














Going Out

Airfare / Adult $ 92.09 USD
Taxes / Adult ( details) $ 25.21 USD
Subtotal / $ 117.30 USD
X 1 Adult $ 117.30 USD











Going Out
- This fare is nonrefundable and name changes are not permitted.

- Reservations made with this fare may be changed or canceled by calling 1-800-JETBLUE prior to scheduled departure for a fee of $45 per person plus any applicable difference in airfare. Save $10 by changing or canceling your flight online at jetblue.com. Any remaining balance will be placed in a JetBlue credit and may be applied toward a future reservation for one year.

- If a reservation made with this fare is not changed or canceled prior to scheduled departure, all money associated with this fare is forfeited.

- This fare is capacity controlled. Seats offered at this fare are limited and may not be available on all flights.

- All fares are subject to change until purchased.






Coming Back

Airfare / Adult $ 92.09 USD
Taxes / Adult ( details) $ 25.21 USD
Subtotal / $ 117.30 USD
X 1 Adult $ 117.30 USD





Coming Back
- This fare is nonrefundable and name changes are not permitted.

- Reservations made with this fare may be changed or canceled by calling 1-800-JETBLUE prior to scheduled departure for a fee of $45 per person plus any applicable difference in airfare. Save $10 by changing or canceling your flight online at jetblue.com. Any remaining balance will be placed in a JetBlue credit and may be applied toward a future reservation for one year.

- If a reservation made with this fare is not changed or canceled prior to scheduled departure, all money associated with this fare is forfeited.

- This fare is capacity controlled. Seats offered at this fare are limited and may not be available on all flights.

- All fares are subject to change until purchased.









Total Cost of Flight $ 234.60 USD








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Hef4545
07-07-2007, 07:47 AM
My DH won't fly so we drive every time. Our trip is about 1200 miles. We prefer to do the bulk the first day. We leave about 3:00am, do only quick stops for bathroom and gas and make it to Savannah or Brunswick Georgia which is 850 miles for us anywhere from 6-8pm depending on traffic issues. Brunswick is our preferred stop. We have stayed in the Embassy Suites which has been redone but is an older business hotel there but they have since built several new hotels. Our last trip was the Holiday Inn and Suites. Brand new 2006 with an indoor pool. Average hotel stay for us has been about $100.00. I'm sure you can do better but I prefer indoor coridors. Walmart nearby and some decent food. We freshen up and head out for dinner and maybe a dip in the pool before going to bed. Although the hotel serves continental breakfast, we always head for the IHOP at the next exit where we stop for breakfast. We are back on the road by 10:00am well rested. We make it to Disney about 1:00pm. Check in for the resorts is 3 or 4 pm so sometimes a room is ready and sometimes we just check our bags and head to a park. The drive home we go straight through. It somehow seems quicker heading home. I don't know if it is because the speed limits are higher in the south? We haven't figured that out yet. We again leave at 3:00am and are home at 11:00pm or midnight.

LindaDe
07-07-2007, 08:51 AM
If you and your girlfriend are not against flying for some reason, then absolutely fly. You can get decent fight rates if you are not fussy as to the time of day your flight comes in and goes out in and book in advance.
We drove to Disney a bunch of times from the northeast and we would definately fly if we had the entire family in agreement. The wear and tear on your car, the gas prices, hotel to spend the night in going and coming, and the extra meals and drinks you need to have during the drive time do not make the trip anymore less expensive. In fact one year our car transmission went on the way down and it cost us $3,000 to fix and rent a car. The owner of the transmission place in South Carolina, off I-95, says he gets a ton of business from cars breaking down on I-95 on the way to Disney. This is especially true if you go during the hot months.
You don't need to rent a car if your staying on Disney property, the bus service around the parks, while I admit sometimes you have to wait for, is fine.

merrywether
07-14-2007, 10:24 AM
I would tend to agree with PP and not drive. It's a nuisance, it takes at least a day away from each the beginning and end of your vacation, and there are too many unknowns (traffic, car trouble, horrible area to stop for an overnight). Providence to Orlando is 2.5 hrs and I've always netted great rates from Southwest by downloading "ding" from their website, which posts internet specials daily. I just booked our August vacation for $64 each way. I've seen it as low as $49 each way at times. Southwest also flies out of Manchester, NH, as I think someone else mentioned already. You've got lots of time to save. Cut out a bought coffee or an extra lunch or dinner out each week, put that saved money away, and you'll be good to go by January!

jmminarik
07-14-2007, 02:23 PM
I would tend to agree with PP and not drive. It's a nuisance, it takes at least a day away from each the beginning and end of your vacation, and there are too many unknowns (traffic, car trouble, horrible area to stop for an overnight).

I could completely disagree. Driving is part of the vacation, it gives us the time to decompress from normal life and gives us plenty of time to just talk, listen to books on iPod, sing old songs really badly, and other than driving around DC, is just pleasant, and when you get there, you have your own comfortable car.

Flying is a nuisance. You stress about getting to the airport, what they may or may not permit today, whether the weather will be good or if you'll sit on the tarmac for 5-6 hours before not taking off, planes breaking, airlines going bankrupt, plane seats designed for short, narrow shouldered people, and when you get there, either paying a month's car payment to rent a car or relying on public transportation to get around (which is just like being at home and not fun) and not having the freedom to get up and go when you want.

It's all a matter of perspective.

-Joe

Flyerfan
07-14-2007, 04:35 PM
I could completely disagree. Driving is part of the vacation, it gives us the time to decompress from normal life and gives us plenty of time to just talk, listen to books on iPod, sing old songs really badly, and other than driving around DC, is just pleasant, and when you get there, you have your own comfortable car.

Flying is a nuisance. You stress about getting to the airport, what they may or may not permit today, whether the weather will be good or if you'll sit on the tarmac for 5-6 hours before not taking off, planes breaking, airlines going bankrupt, plane seats designed for short, narrow shouldered people, and when you get there, either paying a month's car payment to rent a car or relying on public transportation to get around (which is just like being at home and not fun) and not having the freedom to get up and go when you want.

It's all a matter of perspective.

-Joe

My thoughts exactly. :thumbsup2

georgeat
07-15-2007, 07:22 AM
I am doing the drive starting on the 28th of this month. Start at 6:00 am from Dover, DE and stop at exit 94 in Savanah. We are going with friends. Gives us time to talk about whatever and just have a good time. Stop in Fayetteville NC on the way back. Hate the hassle of Philly or BWI airports, the parking, the packing of stuff we bought for the grand kids. Just hop in the van and wing it. Leaving early on a Saturday gets us around Washington with out to much hassle

mreid1974
07-15-2007, 12:23 PM
Been reading this thread and basically what it all comes down to is preference.. I like to fly but i also like to drive.. In january we are having guys trip down to the Mouse.. IM the oldest im taking my brother (21) and his two friends both 21.. For a graduation present from college.. I used to do the ride down when i was a kid.. I always found it enjoyable.. now a days there is a lot more to do on the ride down.. Like watch movies, video games and such.. I like seeing the scenary and stuff.. Makes it enjoyable..

Im from Western Mass. So its about 21-23 hours straight thru.. Which is what we will be doing. Only stops will be to switch drivers and gas.. And probably breakfast in florida.. We will be leaving at 2pm or possibly 3pm.. Which makes it so we miss all the big traffic for the most part.. And most of the ride is at night.. We are only gonna drive in 2 to 3 hour increments.. Which isnt much at all.. On the way home though we do plan on staying a night just for the mere fact it sucks going home and everyone is tired..

I hope you choose to drive it is a enjoyable trip even if its only once in a lifetime.

mickeycrazzes
07-15-2007, 02:45 PM
Hey all,

My girlfriend and I are planning a trip for January (I'm absolutely dying for these rates to come out so I can begin planning more seriously). Unfortunately the both of us are on student budgets and barring a winning powerball ticket, are going to stay that way for awhile. Thought I'd ask all of you, have any of you ever driven down From the Northeast (I'm up in Burlington, VT). Is it more economical to fly or drive (even with gas prices) about how long does it take? Can you do it in one swift motion? Basically all of the usual questions.

Any input is absolutely appreciated.

We drive at least once a year to Disney from Lake George NY and even with our over sized SUV it's a lot cheaper than flying. BUT we go peak because of kids. You should really look into Jet blue from burlington or Southwest even out of albany. January you should be able to get those $99. specials. Keep looking at flights. Its probably cheaper for 2 to fly than drive in Jan. also disney offers a free shuttle from the airport to your resort. You don't need a car once your on disney property. Tell everybody thats what you want for Christmas!:yay:

smacky1
07-17-2007, 02:44 PM
How far is it to drive from Burlington to Manchester NH? If your willing to drive, southwest has great rates if you travel during off peak times, which for Disney, January usually is. If you can download ding you might get lucky with a ding fare as well. We currently booked at $64 each way from Manchester...which was a ding rate, but, the published rate on the website right now is 69....(internet rate). I would definately check it out as that would be much cheaper than driving. Dont forget to add in $8-10 a day to park at the airport.

lillylynnb
07-17-2007, 08:28 PM
I will not fly so we are taking Amtrak out of Albany with one lay over in NewYork Itwill takeus about 23 hours but it will be worth it. We dont have to drive and will be rested for our frist day at the world, and i think the kids will enjoy it being able to do something they would not normally do. We booked 4 months ago and it only cost us 625.00 round trip for the four of us.:banana:

Katmat75
07-18-2007, 03:04 PM
I need a little help. This is our first time driving. We usually take the auto train or fly but they are both so expensive right now we figured it would be cheaper to drive (On a tight budget this year). There are four of us, myself, DH, DS 15 and DS 17.
Our check in date at WDW is 8/27/07. We are driving coming from South Jersey. We would like to stop for the night and not drive straight through. I would like to be at WDW for check in no later than noon time even by 10:00 AM if possible, even if our room is not ready we can still go to the parks. I'm trying to figure out when and what would be the best time to leave home and when and where to stop.

Can anyone give me any suggestions?

louey
07-18-2007, 04:28 PM
I need a little help. This is our first time driving. We usually take the auto train or fly but they are both so expensive right now we figured it would be cheaper to drive (On a tight budget this year). There are four of us, myself, DH, DS 15 and DS 17.
Our check in date at WDW is 8/27/07. We are driving coming from South Jersey. We would like to stop for the night and not drive straight through. I would like to be at WDW for check in no later than noon time even by 10:00 AM if possible, even if our room is not ready we can still go to the parks. I'm trying to figure out when and what would be the best time to leave home and when and where to stop.

Can anyone give me any suggestions?


When we went this past Xmas we left around 4:00 a.m. which got us through Washington before the madness so factor that in if you have to. We drove to Brunswick, GA and stayed the night at a Embassy Suites ($150/night). I am sure you can find somewhere just as nice and save a little money. When we got up in the morning we were there in less than (3) hours from Disney. So when we arrived we checked our bags at AK and went to the park. Our room was ready by 2:00. We are driving again in June of "08" and may even try to go a little farther before we stop for the night. We are always so excited and could drive straight through but having that night of rest is definately the way to go. Have fun :banana:

Katmat75
07-20-2007, 10:04 AM
When we went this past Xmas we left around 4:00 a.m. which got us through Washington before the madness so factor that in if you have to. We drove to Brunswick, GA and stayed the night at a Embassy Suites ($150/night). I am sure you can find somewhere just as nice and save a little money. When we got up in the morning we were there in less than (3) hours from Disney. So when we arrived we checked our bags at AK and went to the park. Our room was ready by 2:00. We are driving again in June of "08" and may even try to go a little farther before we stop for the night. We are always so excited and could drive straight through but having that night of rest is definately the way to go. Have fun :banana:

Hi Louey.
Thanks for the info. That will help alot. By the way, you left at 4:00 AM what time did that put you in Brunswick, GA? Just trying to decide how long it will take me to reach there.

Thanks again!!

louey
07-20-2007, 10:29 AM
Hi Louey.
Thanks for the info. That will help alot. By the way, you left at 4:00 AM what time did that put you in Brunswick, GA? Just trying to decide how long it will take me to reach there.

Thanks again!!


No problem, not remembering how many times we stopped, but I know we were there early dinnertime because we checked in to our hotel and went to Applebees for dinner. Just make sure you plan to go through Washington either before or after morning rush hour on your way and on your way home too! Have fun :) I am counting the days until we return :cool1:

Hef4545
07-21-2007, 08:11 AM
We also stay in Brunswick. We have also stayed at the Embassy Suites which is very nice. An older Business Hotel attached to a small mall. They have since built a Holiday Inn and Suites, Country Inn and Suites and a Fairfield Inn at this same exit. We stayed at the Holiday Inn last year, 104.00 for the night and you can cancel up until 6:00pm same day. I can recommend this place as clean and secure. I always reserve a room because the more popular places will be booked as the day wears on. From Long Island, NY our total trip is about 1150 miles, leave around 3:30am - 4:00am and arrive Brunswick around 6:00pm with quick stops. We have hit major traffic at times which can cost you an hour or maybe even two. A real bummer when it happens. :wizard:

DarthKTrava
07-22-2007, 09:16 PM
For those who are flying and want to avoid paying to park the car at the airport, get someone (friend, family member who's NOT going, trustworthy neighbor, someone from church, etc.) to drive you to the airport and drop you off.

I was looking into flying but since the trip to Disney's going to be "piggybacked" onto going to Atlanta for a convention, it'd probably be more of a hassle (not to mention the ever-changing rules of what you can and can't take with you... :sad2: ) to fly rather than drive... as for me, cheaper rates come from going to Charlotte to head out from here... seems all flights to Orlando and probably Atlanta come out of Charlotte.... :confused3

And I do have a backup driver who can take over driving duties as needed...

vermontgirl
07-22-2007, 09:28 PM
HI there,

Greetings from White River Jct, VT. Orlando is about 1500 from Vermont. Yes, it can be driven in about 24 hours with a few pee breaks. We are going down in December, at about 210.00 per person on Southwest from Manchester, NH. We drove about 12 years ago, and stayed overnight in North Carolina.....just remember, it's January, so the weather factors in until about Virginia.

Hope you have a magical trip!
Vermontgirl:wizard:

Hey all,
Thought I'd ask all of you, have any of you ever driven down From the Northeast (I'm up in Burlington, VT). Is it more economical to fly or drive (even with gas prices) about how long does it take? Can you do it in one swift motion? Basically all of the usual questions.

Any input is absolutely appreciated.

iggbees
07-22-2007, 11:23 PM
check southwest, i believe they fly out of nh and i know they fly out of hartford. download the ding program they have fantastic rates that way. it's so much less stressful to fly down there than to drive down there, unless you like road trips. you just waste so much time on the road.

MissSha
07-27-2007, 02:45 PM
Hey all,

My girlfriend and I are planning a trip for January (I'm absolutely dying for these rates to come out so I can begin planning more seriously). Unfortunately the both of us are on student budgets and barring a winning powerball ticket, are going to stay that way for awhile. Thought I'd ask all of you, have any of you ever driven down From the Northeast (I'm up in Burlington, VT). Is it more economical to fly or drive (even with gas prices) about how long does it take? Can you do it in one swift motion? Basically all of the usual questions.

Any input is absolutely appreciated.

I'm from Massachusetts, and would never even consider wasting valuable vacation time driving in.

Maybe I'm a travel snob, but part of my vacation includes getting there. Why begin/end it with the exhaustion, stress, and cost - remember overnight hotel costs- of driving there.

If you plan your flights correctly, say mid-week to mid-week, you can save money on your airfare and have a much happier vacation.

Think about it!!! :eek:

MissSha
07-27-2007, 02:51 PM
For those who are flying and want to avoid paying to park the car at the airport, get someone (friend, family member who's NOT going, trustworthy neighbor, someone from church, etc.) to drive you to the airport and drop you off.

I was looking into flying but since the trip to Disney's going to be "piggybacked" onto going to Atlanta for a convention, it'd probably be more of a hassle (not to mention the ever-changing rules of what you can and can't take with you... :sad2: ) to fly rather than drive... as for me, cheaper rates come from going to Charlotte to head out from here... seems all flights to Orlando and probably Atlanta come out of Charlotte.... :confused3

And I do have a backup driver who can take over driving duties as needed...


Or, instead of getting a friend to pick up/drop off at the airport, stay overnight at the airport before you leave, and reserve your room through the "park and fly" program.

We plan early morning flights when we go to Disney, stay over the night before, and pay less for the airport hotel with 2 weeks parking than parking for one week at the airport garage.

This way, you don't have to rush in that morning for an early flight, bother anyone to bring you or pick up, and you have plenty of "free", secure parking all for less money than a shuttle or garage parking fee. :thumbsup2

Cowboysfan
07-28-2007, 03:54 AM
Every time i think about driving from connecticut, i don't know why, but i think about National Lampoon's Vacation...

I'd fly.

Also, every person i know that's driven, has come back saying the same thing: "the drive down was great, we were all fun loving and had a great ride, but the ride home was hell." think about driving home from the happiest place on earth, tired and having to look forward to going back to work/school...

Whatever you decide, have a great trip.