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Old 12-29-2012, 03:23 PM   #16
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If we were only a 12 hour drive from Disney, we'd be down there at least one weekend a month!
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Old 12-29-2012, 03:40 PM   #17
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Just did 11 hour drive for 3 nights last week. We went with extended family (including twins 6 and an infant) three cars full and had a blast. We had just been there in October, so we just hit MVMCP twice.
I say if you have someone to swap up driving with, go for it. If you are the only one driving, probably not.
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Old 12-29-2012, 03:44 PM   #18
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If you think about it, 12 hours from door to door isn't really all that bad. Even when we fly down (approx a 3 hr flight), it's 8+ hours from door to door. Between travel to the airport, early arrival for TSA, time in air, then time at MCO til DME, and then travel time on DME. And most people think nothing of marking that flight for a long weekend. So the extra 4 hours isn't terrible. My biggest concern would be driving straight through and then trying to go to the parks all day.
This would be mine too. I know for sure DH would insist on sleep. Then all the plans would unravel and people would get cranky.
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Old 12-29-2012, 03:54 PM   #19
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I'm 12 hrs from disney and I try to do that all the time. My stick in the mud husband always talks me out of it though. I always say where there's a will and a red bull there's a way!
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Old 12-29-2012, 03:58 PM   #20
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I wouldn't do it (and please don't because you'll just add to my crowd at HS that day ). We have driven from MD many times to Florida through the years (every trip in my signature and other non-Disney trips). One time, my DH fell asleep at the wheel (not a Disney trip) and we had just stopped for a bit of shut-eye. After that, we always stop for the night unless we have multiple drivers (I always get sleepy driving, so I don't usually do anything except keep the drivers awake )

I am sure if you lived closer I would say "go for it", but I really think that doesn't sound like a very fun 3 days when you are coming from VA. On our trip next week, DH, DS18 and DD 21 are driving (leaving Thursday night and plan to stop for some sleep along the way - I'm hoping in a hotel), but I am flying for the first time to WDW with my oldest DS 25 and his gf. My DS 23 is flying in from L.A.

Personally, it doesn't sound like it will turn out as magical as imagined (and could be dangerous driving tired), but good luck if you decide to go!
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Old 12-29-2012, 04:19 PM   #21
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We live about an hour northwest of you and we drive all the time! My kids are older but have always been great riders. You know yourself and your children - if you can drive it safely then go for it!

If we could - we would do it more often! Have a wonderful time!
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Old 12-29-2012, 04:45 PM   #22
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It depends on what your goal is.

If your goal is to have your 5yo love Disney, this probably isn't the way to do it. 24 hours of riding in the car and spending time at Disney with two overtired parents is probably not a recipe for success. And two overtired parents driving 12 hours back home sounds kind of dangerous to me.

We've done a lot of long-distance drives to Disney, but I'd wait until you can stay longer. Get your 5yo all excited about the next trip and then go when you can stay longer. I've got the "But I wanna go now's!" too, but WDW will still be there when it's the right time to do it.

If you've got the family time available, I'd go plan something awesome closer to home this time around.
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Old 12-29-2012, 05:23 PM   #23
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We wake early and drive 8 hours, check in and go to a park that afternoon, usually around 3p, but personally I would like at least 3 full days at WDW for an 8hr drive. We do a week usually. Don't know about 12 though.
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Old 12-29-2012, 08:01 PM   #24
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We drove 16 hours for 5 days in Dec. 2010 but we had two driving days on each end. It was very doable and a great trip. Is there anyway you could leave Thursday after work? It would feel like you added a whole day on to your trip. If you have 2 drivers you could drive straight through and check in Friday morning.
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Old 12-29-2012, 08:11 PM   #25
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We drove 9 hours for a 2 night stay in October. We had never been to MNSSHP and due to money and school schedules, that was our only time in the park. We had a great time and got the Disney magic we needed. It's hard but if you go multiple times in a year it becomes more of a bonus trip- you're just happy to be there. And like the OP we went to be there in that season in the moment. I don't plan on doing another trip like that but sometimes you need a quick Disney trip whether it makes sense or not!
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Old 12-29-2012, 08:18 PM   #26
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I would do it, as long as my husband didn't come. LOL!
We are driving 18 hours from nj, driving all night, staying a week, though.
12 hours I could do for a weekend trip no problem! (although, I would add a day or two if I could- is there some reason he can't miss a day or 2? It is kindergarten!)
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Old 12-29-2012, 08:30 PM   #27
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We have driven 11 hours strait through the night on Friday. Checked in at 2am. Slept for 4 hours. Spent the entire day Saturday at MK. Back in bed for 1am. Up at
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Old 12-29-2012, 08:32 PM   #28
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We have driven 11 hours strait through the night on Friday. Checked in at 2am. Slept for 4 hours. Spent the entire day Saturday at MK. Back in bed for 1am. Up at
6am. Spent the day at HS. Left at 5 pm. Drove all night till 3am. Slept 3 hrs and got kids up for school on Monday morning. Tiring but well worth it. What a rush!!!!
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Old 12-29-2012, 08:34 PM   #29
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If we were only a 12 hour drive from Disney, we'd be down there at least one weekend a month!
Seriously?? How many days of your week end would be left to be at Disney? That would be a costly, tiring week end
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Old 12-29-2012, 08:41 PM   #30
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We're doing just about that for a quick Universal weekend over MLK weekend. Its anywhere from 8.5 - 10 hours depending on traffic for us one way.

We have found that weekends at Disney are great if you don't try and do too much. We prefer weekends at Universal since there are only 2 parks and if you stay onsite that is more than enough time to enjoy everything at a slow and easy pace. Disney for week or more and Universal for weekends.

We'll take the kids out at lunch time Friday, drive and check in that night. Sat - US and Sun at IOA. Drive home Monday - leave by 11 or 12. Everyone is still tired on Tuesday, but not too bad.

My only suggestion is to consider Universal for weekend trips. Disney can be done in 2 days, but you'll pay for it in fatigue later on!
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