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Old 02-14-2013, 01:17 PM   #16
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The first rule of the road trip - when one person needs to go, EVERYONE goes!
Yea, but when the person in question is 3 years old, it's hard to MAKE him go.

In hindsight, we would have driven straight through. But I can't imagine doing a 17 hour drive!
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Old 02-14-2013, 02:06 PM   #17
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The drive back just seemed like forever. The kids weren't as well behaved, traffic seemed worse, and there was nothing to "look forward to".

I'll fly every chance I get.
To me the drive back is the worst! As you say you have nothing to look forward to, the excitement of the trip is gone. Plus you are exhausted. There is nothing fun or enjoyable about a lot of tired, cranky people crammed into a car for hours on end.

I remember the last time my sister's family drove to WDW (I flew). When we all got back home her youngest daughter, who was around 5 at the time said "I never want to drive in the car again!" And then she said her butt hurt. They have flown every trip from then until now.
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We'd stop, someone would say they didn't 'need to go', everyone else would, we'd get on the road for another 30 minutes and the one who didn't need to go now needed to go.
Just as long as one of those stops was in Gainesville, it is ok. Always stop to do your business in Gainesville. . .
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Old 02-14-2013, 07:27 PM   #19
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Yea, but when the person in question is 3 years old, it's hard to MAKE him go. !
My youngest can be like that. We make her at least get on the toilet and if she still doesn't go, oh well.

Funny thing is, she sometimes forgets to go when she gets up. So, she may go at 8 at night and then not until lunch the next day. But, get her in a car and she may need to stop twice in half an hour
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Old 02-15-2013, 04:10 AM   #20
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I will find out on Tuesday if I get a week off in March. The cost to fly is too high since it is getting so close. I did find some flights out of Pittsburgh for $98 with AirTran but they are sold out - they also ding you on the way back. We will most likely drive (20-24 hours). For us we will arrive at the same time as we would flying. The flight that I checked leaves on Saturday in the late afternoon. We usually stay in the states on the Friday night and fly out Saturday. We plan on driving on Friday night after work and arriving by Saturday night. Yes it is a long long long drive. We did it last year when Direct Air went bankrupt and it wasn't too bad. I have three kids aged 6,8,10. They never eat fast food so look forward to eating out on the road. We will watch tons of videos, play road games and just hope the rides will sleep through the night. We have three drives so are hoping to push it. On the way back we will take our time. I mentioned the $98 flights to my husband and he said no way I want the adventure of the road trip again. We will take our van to the mechanic in the next week to make sure if is tuned up.

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Old 02-15-2013, 03:35 PM   #21
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Figure on losing half a day in each direction if you fly, or 1.5 in each direction if you drive. Essentially you save 2 days total if you fly. Is that worth the added expense? Only you can decide.
Disagree.

You gain time in my book by driving.

leave when you get off work. drive all night. arrive in the monring.

where as if you fly, you will wait till the next morning and may not arrive till mid afternoon.

Anything under 20 hours, and we are driving stright through. my cheap ness wont allow me to rent a hotel room for 6-8 hours.
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Old 02-15-2013, 06:16 PM   #22
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Disagree.

You gain time in my book by driving.

leave when you get off work. drive all night. arrive in the monring.

where as if you fly, you will wait till the next morning and may not arrive till mid afternoon.

Anything under 20 hours, and we are driving stright through. my cheap ness wont allow me to rent a hotel room for 6-8 hours.
True, that's an option too.
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Old 02-15-2013, 10:34 PM   #23
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We're struggling with this (from Cincinnati). We have driven and we have flown. Our boys will be 8 and 3 at the time...and I am concerned about the 3yo. I remember when my oldest was that age he had a hard time sleeping in the car...was a stomach sleeper and couldn't get comfortable...oncoming lights in his eyes, etc. Any suggestions of how to block out the light/make those LO who are in 5 pt. harnesses more comfortable?

We have an Odyssey...and part of why I'm leaning towards driving is that one of the reasons we purchased the van was to make longer trips more comfortable. I just don't want cranky kids on day 1...and feel that flying is much cheaper.
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Disagree.

You gain time in my book by driving.

leave when you get off work. drive all night. arrive in the monring.

where as if you fly, you will wait till the next morning and may not arrive till mid afternoon.

Anything under 20 hours, and we are driving stright through. my cheap ness wont allow me to rent a hotel room for 6-8 hours.
We wouldn't gain by driving. We would never drive all night (unless you work 3rd shift all the time it is way too dangerous imho) and we would still be tired by the time we arrived. I'd rather arrive and be raring to go then arrive and be cranky and sleepy.
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Old 02-16-2013, 09:43 AM   #25
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Disagree.

You gain time in my book by driving.

leave when you get off work. drive all night. arrive in the monring.

where as if you fly, you will wait till the next morning and may not arrive till mid afternoon.

Anything under 20 hours, and we are driving stright through. my cheap ness wont allow me to rent a hotel room for 6-8 hours.
You only "gain" time by driving if driving would be quicker than flying. In your above situation, one could choose to fly out the night before (if available). For us, we have a 30 minute drive to the airport, get there about 90 minutes before the flight, an hour flight to the connecting airport, an hour layover, an hour flight into MCO, then an hour to WDW. So all told, 6 hours from when we leave the house until we're on WDW property.

If we drove, it's around 12-13 hours. If we drove straight through the night, we'd need to sleep once we arrived. So all the time we "saved" would be spent sleeping.

But everyone's different.
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Old 02-16-2013, 09:55 AM   #26
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You only "gain" time by driving if driving would be quicker than flying. In your above situation, one could choose to fly out the night before (if available). For us, we have a 30 minute drive to the airport, get there about 90 minutes before the flight, an hour flight to the connecting airport, an hour layover, an hour flight into MCO, then an hour to WDW. So all told, 6 hours from when we leave the house until we're on WDW property.

If we drove, it's around 12-13 hours. If we drove straight through the night, we'd need to sleep once we arrived. So all the time we "saved" would be spent sleeping.

But everyone's different.
I wouldn't drive all night (anymore) but no way I'd absorb the cost of flying if it only saved 6 or 7 hours. All it takes is one delayed flight and you're back to square one.
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I know driving would be cheaper. I suppose my hiccup is the unexpected possibilities such as a breakdown and well....two kids on such a long drive.
That's what iPads are for.
I'd not go in a questionably reliable car, though. But even if you do have a breakdown there's enough cell service to make a call from wherever.

Last summer we drove from Dallas with our final destination at DW, then drove straight back in a single 20 hour drive (would have been shorter but traffic and rain were a pain). Totally loved not having to waste precious time just to stop and sleep. Good suggestions about potty breaks here, also trade drivers frequently.

We contemplated flying again this year but the rest of our extended family is driving so it's going to be a little more fun to join the caravan. We flew when the kids were 6 and 10, but then, we only paid $800 for round-trip tickets, stayed for 9 nights and had a 3 bedroom townhouse for $1000. Our income hasn't increased since then but all the Disney World costs have, so let's just say that money is a little more valuable than time.

What we're doing this time is leaving in the wee hours of a Saturday morning (like 3 or 4) and joining up with my brother's family in a beach condo TBD in the Florida panhandle, enjoying some white sand time. Next day drive to Orlando and check into our house around 4, shop, swim, enjoy a little family time, get settled in. Then 5 or 6 days of Disney, two days to drive back (staying in Jackson MS then touring the Vicksburg battlegrounds the next day). That way it's not all about driving straight both ways.

Sometimes the memories you make are even more important than the money you save, and there's something about driving that makes Disney just a little more epic than stepping off a plane and just being there. My two cents.
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Sometimes the memories you make are even more important than the money you save, and there's something about driving that makes Disney just a little more epic than stepping off a plane and just being there. My two cents.


And not just for Disney. So many great memories for us of all the places we'd have missed had we flown.
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And not just for Disney. So many great memories for us of all the places we'd have missed had we flown.
I think that depends a lot on if your drive down is just a drive down, or if you plan on taking it slow and making the drive part of the vacation. Otherwise you can make memories as easily sitting on an airplane as you can sitting in a car.
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Personally, I think 1200 for 4 people round trip, is a pretty decent price. We usually pay between 1000-1300 each year for only 3 people, and that is with really actively watching airfare etc. We're in NM, so not much further than you. The only way I'd ever consider driving 17 hours is if the flight prices were really insane. You also have to think about the travel time to get there etc. Good luck, but I'd fly, hands down.
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