View Full Version : Desnik and family tackle driving to WDW with 21/2yr. old day one

11-27-2000, 12:22 PM
dh:age 28 me: age 25 dd:21/2 Resort:CSR 11/12-11/20 transportation:driving from N.Y. Day one: Up and ready to leave at 7:30 am....Oh no!!, Hunny where are my glasses??!!! O.k. so we didn't get off to a great start, needless to say we spent one and a half hrs. tearing my house apart looking for my glasses that we still have not found! I only need them for driving at night and sometimes for distance reading. Anyway we got a late start but that was o.k we're going to WDW!! We drove stopping only for bathroom and drinks and some food, we bought alot of snacks and breakfast items with us. We drove to Manning S.C. and stayed at Holidayinn express off of I95 ex.119. It took us 12 hrs. to get there. Our dd slept, colored, listed to books on tape, she was so good, and whenever we stopped we gave her extra time to run around. The HI was clean and actually pretty nice and included continental breakfast and was only $57 and had alot of fast food places within a 5min. drive(VERY IMPORTANT TO US!!lol) We had a good night sleep and was on the road by 8am with our free breakfast in hand. We were just a 7hr. drive from WDW. Here are some tips: If you are driving a long distance, do yourself a favor and stop to stay over night somewhere. We have driven straight through 2 times and recommend stopping over to get some sleep. We felt refreshed and ready to go again! Make sure if you do this you pack a seperate bag just for that nights stuff including change of clothes for all and p.j.'s and toiletries. Stay tooned for day 2: arrival and first impressions of CSR :cool:

11-28-2000, 05:02 AM
Thanks for posting this info about driving from NY. I'm not sure how far you are from West Point, but my DD, DSIL and DGD (age 3 1/2) are making the drive to WDW next week. They will be leaving on Thurs. early am and hopefully getting to WDW by Fri. afternoon. Did you encounter much traffic around the Baltimore/DC area? That is usually where the big tie-ups are. The separate bag is a great idea and I will forward that info to DD.

9 days and counting !!!! I can't stand the wait!!!

11-28-2000, 10:00 AM
Figment1.....I am about 25min. from West Point. We didn't encounter much traffic in the D.C. area but warn them that there is alot of construction in about each state you drive through. When your doing 70-75mph and them suddenly have to do 50mph, that makes your trip alittle longer. We encountered constuction on I95 while driving through D.C., North and South Carolina and Georgia right before the Florida border. Tell them to stay alert and pay attention to the signs on the drive home through Balt./D.C. area-lane shifts, confusing signs, and construction make it alittle difficult. Wish them a safe and happy drive to WDW!!

11-28-2000, 01:55 PM
I agree about the stopping during a long drive. We drove straight through last time. It took us 18 hours. :eek: Never again.

Thanks for sharing your trip with us.

Lisa :)

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Marla Hellwig
01-13-2001, 05:36 PM
Your trip is off to a good start. Thanks for posting!