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Old 03-11-2013, 05:22 PM   #2506
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I thought this thread was closed. Im so happy its open. I'm trying to navigate thru the sight and just now figured out how to reply to a post from the iPad app. Well anyway we drove in October 2010, my kids were perfect in the car ages 5 and 3 at the time. In 2012 we flew in March and again at the end of April. My kids ears hurt so bad on the plane and I suffer from anxiety while my hubby sleeps the whole time leaving me to deal with it all. Anyway I have been planning my next trip since I returned home last May and I just booked the Wilderness Lodge for May 2014 and we are DRIVING.... so excited and I cant wait to read all of these post to get ideas on what to do different this time around. Even though it was great in'10. My kids are older now and will be 9 and 7 when we drive again from Long Island NY.
Is there another route besides 95? I look forward to reviewing the post.
You can also take 78 through PA to 81 through the mountains of Virgina. Then pick up 77 to 26, then meet up with 95 in Georgia. We live near Allentown PA and thats the way we always drive.
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Old 03-11-2013, 05:26 PM   #2507
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Thanks a lot for the info. I'm going to map quest it out. Is this the only way you go because you live in PA or have you done 95 also
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Old 03-11-2013, 05:27 PM   #2508
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You can also take 78 through PA to 81 through the mountains of Virgina. Then pick up 77 to 26, then meet up with 95 in Georgia. We live near Allentown PA and thats the way we always drive.
Am I suppose to hit quote to reply. Im new to this haha
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Old 03-11-2013, 06:03 PM   #2509
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Thanks a lot for the info. I'm going to map quest it out. Is this the only way you go because you live in PA or have you done 95 also
We could take the PA turnpike to the Blue Rte to 95 but we hate that route
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Am I suppose to hit quote to reply. Im new to this haha
Howdy...and welcome! You only need to utilize the quote function if you want to respond to something specific in a post, and even then it's not necessary.

The important thing is that you are among fellow folks who have driven or will drive (and in some cases are driving as we communcicate!) the 2,000+ mile round-trip WDW drive.

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Well, I bit the Autotrain bullet. Sorry guys. Our trip in April will be Autotrain down, but driving back. As we get older, it is just a little too much driving to still be fresh to do the parks when we get there.

In November 2013 when we go down for our cruise we will definitely be driving down, but will decide closer to the time whether we will drive back. I am giving us 3 days to get home after both trips. We used to do it in 2 days, but it all depends on how we feel & how anxious we are to get home. I just like to build in an extra day leeway in case we are too tired.

Some day we may take the motorcycles down, but if we do we will need almost a week because we each ride our own, so can't spell eachother while the other sleeps. That will have to wait till we retire. In the meantime we are planning on doing some overnight roadtrips around PA to get used to more highway driving. That way we will find out how much driving we can take before we have to stop for the night. With the car you can tend to zone out. On the motorcycle you can't do that or you're dead.
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Old 03-14-2013, 11:07 PM   #2512
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We are driving from NYC to Fl next week Thursday Anybody else?
It's been a year since we drove there...
Any advise/caution on new constructions areas?
I have heard there are new apps for most updated traffic reports - does anyone know the name of these apps
We will probably leave only around 7 am - should we take I-495 around DC or go straight through on I-295?
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We are driving from NYC to Fl next week Thursday Anybody else?
It's been a year since we drove there...
Any advise/caution on new constructions areas?
I have heard there are new apps for most updated traffic reports - does anyone know the name of these apps
We will probably leave only around 7 am - should we take I-495 around DC or go straight through on I-295?
Thank you!
Woohoo! We won't be leaving until the following Thursday but I'm interested to see what everyone says about 495 vs 295.

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You'll be in DC late morning, 295 should be fine. I prefer that to 495, you get a temporary reprieve from the trucks.
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Old 03-15-2013, 10:44 AM   #2515
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Woohoo! We won't be leaving until the following Thursday but I'm interested to see what everyone says about 495 vs 295.

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You'll be in DC late morning, 295 should be fine. I prefer that to 495, you get a temporary reprieve from the trucks.
We have NEVER had a smooth trip when we chose 495 West. It usually happens when I'm not paying close enough attention and my DH suddenly asks Which way??? and it's too late to choose

We make sure we're prepared and never use 495. There's always either construction, traffic/lane closures, accidents, something - even at 6 AM on a weekend. Stay on 295/95 as long as it's not between 6 and 10 am or 2 and 7 pm, you'll be fine.
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We have NEVER had a smooth trip when we chose 495 West. It usually happens when I'm not paying close enough attention and my DH suddenly asks Which way??? and it's too late to choose

We make sure we're prepared and never use 495. There's always either construction, traffic/lane closures, accidents, something - even at 6 AM on a weekend. Stay on 295/95 as long as it's not between 6 and 10 am or 2 and 7 pm, you'll be fine.
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Thanks for the updates on the road

Thanks to everyone who is sending along updates on traffic conditions and construction during their driving trip or soon afterwards. Hope to encourage others to do the same! We will be doing the I-95 drive from Pennsylvania to Orlando in June and we would love to have advance knowledge of construction projects or sections of I-95 on which to use extra caution. We will do the same.
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Old 03-17-2013, 09:38 AM   #2519
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When do you begin your next 2,000+ mile round trip drive countdown?

There are many interpretations: some folks have counters on their posts; some folks begin a month ahead of time. Of course, when it's a week to go, the countdown is truly on.

So, when do you begin your countdown? [Ours has just begun....]

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Hello We'll be making our third driving trip to Disney in August. While we usually fly, we're staying for two weeks offsite and taking half our home with us this time Just bought a roof-top carrier so we can take even more. I'm undecided about where we'll stop yet. The first time we drove from Michigan to Kentucky day one and had a long day two; the next time we did a long day one (just north of Fl border I think) and short day two. Not sure which was best. Then, of course, there's the option of not stopping as we'll have 3 drivers this time

Anyway, I plan on following along and gathering tips, etc. It's been two years since our last drive.
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