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Old 09-19-2012, 10:45 AM   #1
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AM I crazy????

We haven't been to DW since 2009. We moved to WA state right after our last trip. Well I don't fly. Thank heavens my husband's job hasn't required us to fly. The last time I was flew was the day before 9 11. Anyway. My husband is going to Korea for a year and I was thinking about going to DW when he comes home on leave next year. He is in the Army. I wanted to drive. From here to FL. Take 2 weeks to do Disney and other things. The trip down will be 2 days or more.

Would you do it? Our kids are 9 and 13 and I think they would be more then fine in the car for that long. I really want to go. So bad that it kinda depresses me when I think about how far we are. SOOO am I nuts!
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Old 09-19-2012, 10:48 AM   #2
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I would never drive that long if I can be there in hours.

My husband does not like to fly. After a major panic attack one time,he now takes xanax 1 hr pre-flight and 1 while boarding and has no issues. He has flown numerous times including a flight to Munich to join me on a business trip.

I suggest talking to your family dr. I don't think it is fair to your husband to spend all that time in a car driving - to me that is no vacation.
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Old 09-19-2012, 10:56 AM   #3
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I drove from Massachusetts to California. Do it! What an experience. At that time I did not have kids. But I have driven to Florida from MA, several times, the last time I did it alone with 4 kids (they were 10,8,6 and 21 months). I did it with 1 overnight. It was so relaxing. We enjoyed stops on the way to get out and eat in the grass. On the way home, I decided to stop in DC, which we did for a few hours, saw the WWII monument, Lincoln Memorial, Vietnam Memorial, etc.
So you are not crazy to do it, just give yourself plenty of time.
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Old 09-19-2012, 10:57 AM   #4
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I'd only do it if I were going to stop and do some other sightseeing along the way. Take one of those two weeks at WDW to do things along your route there and back (and plan an interesting route).
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Old 09-21-2012, 08:45 AM   #5
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I'd only do it if I were going to stop and do some other sightseeing along the way. Take one of those two weeks at WDW to do things along your route there and back (and plan an interesting route).
This!!!! There is soo much to do and see, and at your kids ages, and the situation your in, (DH being away for SOOOOO long) the memories that you would create will be so valuable!!! Not that WDW won't create many fond memories, and wouldn't I love to spend 2 weeks there? HECK yeah, but as teenagers/preteens, I think WDW loses it's charm after you have seen/done each park ride 1-2 times. Which you don't need two weeks for.

Maybe your DH and kids are thrill seekers, and you could build in a couple stops at other parks like 6 flags in TX or Cedar Point in OH?

I would definately not be driving cross country in 2 days!!! we are driving 18 hrs in Nov. and I am not really looking forwrd to it. Road weariness can become emotionally, and physically taxing.

Maybe if you do decide to fly, you can incorporate other "non-Disney" things into your trip, like a side trip to Cape Canaveral and/or the beach, or of course, all the other parks in the area.

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Old 09-23-2012, 05:06 PM   #6
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I would never drive that long if I can be there in hours.

My husband does not like to fly. After a major panic attack one time,he now takes xanax 1 hr pre-flight and 1 while boarding and has no issues. He has flown numerous times including a flight to Munich to join me on a business trip.

I suggest talking to your family dr. I don't think it is fair to your husband to spend all that time in a car driving - to me that is no vacation.
Another vote for seeing a doctor for meds. You're letting fear and anxiety keep you from the beautiful wide world.

As to your question...no, I would not spend two days in the car when I could take a short flight instead.

My DH has severe motion sickness which led to severe anxiety over flying. He has taken Xanax and Meclizine for many years. One hour preflight and he's good to go. He's even taken transatlantic flights with no problem.
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Old 09-19-2012, 10:59 AM   #7
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We haven't been to DW since 2009. We moved to WA state right after our last trip. Well I don't fly. Thank heavens my husband's job hasn't required us to fly. The last time I was flew was the day before 9 11. Anyway. My husband is going to Korea for a year and I was thinking about going to DW when he comes home on leave next year. He is in the Army. I wanted to drive. From here to FL. Take 2 weeks to do Disney and other things. The trip down will be 2 days or more.

Would you do it? Our kids are 9 and 13 and I think they would be more then fine in the car for that long. I really want to go. So bad that it kinda depresses me when I think about how far we are. SOOO am I nuts!
Count me as another one who wouldn't make that drive! From my house to WDW is 26 hours and I won't drive that.

Having said that, there are plenty of people who do drive that kind of a distance for a variety of reasons. Check out the transportation board for tips from long distance drivers.

Personally, I would see my Dr. if I had any kind of irrational fear that was that was forcing me not to do something I truly wanted to do.
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Old 09-19-2012, 11:07 AM   #8
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No way I would do it. I have driven across the country because we were moving but I would never do it for vacation unless it was a road trip and I was stopping along the way a lot.
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Old 09-19-2012, 11:36 AM   #9
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I wouldn't put my husband through that, especially if he only gets 2 weeks R&R and he'll already by messed up enough coming from Korea with the time change and getting used to being home again. For a longer, 3-4 week road trip with a few days at a destination like Disney (cue "Holiday Road" music from National Lampoon's Vacation, LOL!), I'd do it but not with a short military leave. We drive to Disney from Ohio, and it's an 1100 mile, 2 day trip with a stop at my mother's overnight in Atlanta (and maybe a few days more to visit with her coming or going). We drive because it's cheaper than flying 5 people and we don't have hotels to pay for between home and Florida, but over your much longer distance with gas, food and lodging, you'd probably double your cost versus flying and add many days to your vacation that could be spent at Disney.

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Old 09-19-2012, 11:47 AM   #10
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I think it's TOTALLY up to your family. I have done multiple cross country car trips and love them. My hubby and I really like having that time to listen to audio books together, chat and see the coutryside. If the vacation time works for you, you plan destinations along the way and your family agrees to it - DO IT! It's great quality time together after a long deployment.
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Old 09-19-2012, 12:00 PM   #11
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It will be a lot longer than 2 days, even if you plan to drive non-stop. For 2 weeks, I don't think there is enough time to drive there, back and try to recover on vacation in-between.

I would be all for a cross country road trip with lots of stops to see other things along the way but in this case, there doesn't seem to be enough time. If you're going to do a trip like that, the journey has to be part of the vacation.
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Old 09-19-2012, 10:08 PM   #12
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I wouldn't put my husband through that, especially if he only gets 2 weeks R&R and he'll already by messed up enough coming from Korea with the time change and getting used to being home again. For a longer, 3-4 week road trip with a few days at a destination like Disney (cue "Holiday Road" music from National Lampoon's Vacation, LOL!), I'd do it but not with a short military leave. We drive to Disney from Ohio, and it's an 1100 mile, 2 day trip with a stop at my mother's overnight in Atlanta (and maybe a few days more to visit with her coming or going). We drive because it's cheaper than flying 5 people and we don't have hotels to pay for between home and Florida, but over your much longer distance with gas, food and lodging, you'd probably double your cost versus flying and add many days to your vacation that could be spent at Disney.

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I think driving is a good time to spend time together. I don't think it is putting him through anything. He gets a month. This is different then a deployment. He can even get longer if he decides to take it. I have thought about it all day. Even the ladies at work who knows me very well says we should try. I'm just afraid to fly and knowing my boys are with us really freaks me out!
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Old 09-20-2012, 03:58 AM   #13
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How does he feel?! And more importantly, how will he feel about it when it is actually happening?

You are more likely to get into a car accident than something happening on a plane.


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I think driving is a good time to spend time together. I don't think it is putting him through anything. He gets a month. This is different then a deployment. He can even get longer if he decides to take it. I have thought about it all day. Even the ladies at work who knows me very well says we should try. I'm just afraid to fly and knowing my boys are with us really freaks me out!
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Old 09-19-2012, 01:05 PM   #14
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Two days? I think you're seriously underestimating. We take 2 days to drive the 1200ish miles from Michigan... Unless you're hard core about driving straight through, sleeping in shifts, and expecting the kids to put up with a LOT of car time, you're going to need longer than that.

I think the trip would be great if you looked at the drive as part of the adventure and stopped to sight-see along the way, though that would mean less time for WDW. But if the getting there is just getting there, that is a very long and likely stressful trip.
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I drove from California to South Carolina with just an 11-year-old. It took 4 days, but we took our time. Then we drove to WDW for a week and back home. If you have someone to switch off driving you could probably do it in 3 days but that might be pushing it. I don't fly, either, never have and hopefully never will!! But I enjoy driving.
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