Ths DIS is a great place to ask Orlando airport transportation questions and share tips.  


Go Back   The DIS Discussion Forums - DISboards.com > Disney Trip Planning Forums > Transportation
Find Hotel Specials & DIScounts
 
facebooktwitterpinterestgoogle plusyoutubeDIS Updates
Register Chat FAQ Tickers Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read



Reply
 
Thread Tools Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 04-22-2013, 07:48 PM   #46
ruadisneyfan2
DIS Veteran
 
ruadisneyfan2's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: South Jersey
Posts: 12,041

Quote:
Originally Posted by pepe of ohio View Post
Personally I'd leave the car at home and take regular Amtrak....never understood the need of the Auto Train.... You can rent a car cheaper in Florida that pay to haul yours down on the train...

We're from northeast Ohio, for us, Amtrak round trip the 2 of us in coach is 450.00....

That's about the same as for driving and a motel each way.... Difference is time ... Driving is 16-18 hours plus motels.... Train is 36 hours ( 8 hour layover in DC) but train moves while we sleep, no stress!!

Only way we'll go to WDW, drive or train !!
I priced it too & it was more than flying but takes like 20 hrs plus our drive to VA. Maybe if you live in the VA area, have a fear of flying, or a need to pack your car up to the ceiling, it would work you.
__________________
ruadisneyfan2 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-22-2013, 08:09 PM   #47
Gumbo4x4
Note to the ladies who forgot to check - we don't mind. Signed, "The guys"
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Missouri, USA
Posts: 14,049

Quote:
Originally Posted by sam_gordon View Post
This is the true answer. "Best" is a relative term and will vary based on the individual.

If you're looking from a pure cost standpoint, driving would be cheaper, even if you do an overnight stay.

Some people enjoy (or at least don't mind) the drive. Others don't.
Others enjoy the speed of flying. Others don't.

I do find it interesting that when these threads come up, just about everyone advocating driving talks about how it's "not bad" and "we're so excited getting there, a lack of sleep doesn't bother us", but very few mention the drive back (and the "recovery").
A lot of that also has to do with the type of trip you're taking. Is it mainly about the destination, or is the drive part of the trip? Part of the "drag" regarding the drive home from a destination is covering the same ground you've already covered, and then there's that whole going back to work thing

When possible, I like to take our driving trips in a loop rather than a there & back kind of trip. That gives us different things to do & see the entire way rather than backtracking over the same path. That said, the last two "there & back" kind of trips we took we actually had a lot more energy for the drive home than for the drive there, so we drove MUCH further on day one than we did leaving home
__________________
Gumbo4x4 is offline   Reply With Quote
|
The DIS
Register to remove

Join Date: 1997
Location: Orlando, FL
Posts: 1,000,000
Old 04-23-2013, 09:07 AM   #48
kydisneyfans
It may be because they are too embarassed to show it in public
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Georgetown
Posts: 3,700

We drove 5 times from Ohio, exactly 1,000 miles each way. We have driven 11 times from KY, 840 each way. The trips range from 13-16 hours.

We just came back and spent a total of $153 in fuel. Yes there is some wear and tear, etc. There were 2 of us and flights from Lexington would have been nearly $800 with fees, or $500 plus a very expensive rental car from Sanford. By the time we drive to the airport, get there early for security, the flight itself, departure, and transport to Disney, it's not that much longer than the drive anyway. I also like to take what I want on vacation, not what I am allowed. We also prepacked things like water at $3/case, where it's $15/case at Disney, saving even more money.

Several keys to remember:
-Try not to hit big cities at rush hour. We stay as far away from Atlanta as possible between 6-9 AM and 4-7 PM.
-Know where you are at all times. If traffic is backed up, virtually every interstate has a 2-4 lane road that parallels where you can detour.
-Use apps like gasbuddy to save on fuel. That saved us quite a bit last week, as gas ranged from 3.14 in Knoxville to 4.99 on 192 just outside of Disney.
-Prebuy snacks at Walmart/target/etc before departure. We paid $2.29 for a box of theatre size candy, $3.69 for trail mix, and $2.29 for a Gatorade at various gas stations along the way. All of those are a buck at Walmart.

We enjoy the drives. it's great family bonding time.
kydisneyfans is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-23-2013, 11:05 AM   #49
baleeve
"I want adventure in the great wide somewhere -- I want it more than I can tell
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Mousachusetts
Posts: 453

My 2 cents for whatever its worth. :) Hope it helps

I live in Massachusetts and there are 3 of us (1 adult 2 kiddos). A one way drive is easily 2 days. (24 hour driving time) I have a crossover SUV so gas is 21 mph on highway. Yikes!

I can find roundtrip flights from Boston to Orlando for $200 per person and a nonstop flight for only 3 1/2 hours. (Usually) so I think $600 round trip is money well spent to avoid a 25 hour drive EACH way!

If you are staying on property you have magical express which we used in 2010 and it is SO easy! You don't even have to handle your bags. They will be there when you get to your room!

All this said, I am the only driver (single parent). If I had someone to swap with I may consider driving. MAYBE! It's a long LONG drive. I've done it a dozen times. It starts off fun but at some point you are thinking LET ME OUT OF THIS CAR!!

Using the buses at WDW is so easy! Even if you want to rent a car you can get great deals with some research. Travel these days is so affordable if you know how to hunt for deals.

I would say FLY and I this is coming from a bargain hunter. I will squeeze every penny out of a dime however I have learned to value my time and energy too. I am a cancer survivor and I have to honor my body and not let it get run down so that is a huge factor for me. I can't imagine arriving for vacation tired or stressed out from a long drive. And then the dreaded drive home after all that walking. YAWN!

So I think my clear vote is for flying. If you follow the rules you can breeze through security ( I work for DHS so I respect those in the job ). You just have your carry on ready, liquids packed properly, your ID and documentation out and ready, have a positive attitude with those trying to keep us safe and have your patience ready...you will be a good flyer!

Happy and safe travels whatever your decision.
__________________
Mom DS John (21) DS Owen (11) DS Brady (9) DCat Mew DCat Cheddar

Dance Team WDW Jul 80 Navy Graduation EPCOT Mar 88 Disneyland Mom 1 day trip April 88 Carnival Jubilee Aug 91 MK 1 day Mom Mar 95 Johns 1st visit POR Apr 96 WDW FWC Trip with Papa Sep 97 WDW FWC Family trip Dec 98 WDW POFQ/FWC - Work trip Mar 01 Sovereign of the Seas Sept 00 Owens 1st visit FWCG March 03 WDW 8 months prego w/Brady Jan 05 Carnival Fantasy Jun 07 WDW 1 day AK trip Mom Jan 08 Brady's 1st visit/Mardi Gras POFQ Feb 09 First Xmas at WDW/1st year remission celebration POP Dec 10 WDW AKL 4th yr remission celebration Aug 13 Magic/LBV/DTD Feb 2014
baleeve is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-23-2013, 11:08 AM   #50
baleeve
"I want adventure in the great wide somewhere -- I want it more than I can tell
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Mousachusetts
Posts: 453

One more thought

OOOPS never mind....saw your response in the previous postings....


You could look at the autotrain out of Virginia.

Amtrak will transport your car while you sit back and let them do the driving.
__________________
Mom DS John (21) DS Owen (11) DS Brady (9) DCat Mew DCat Cheddar

Dance Team WDW Jul 80 Navy Graduation EPCOT Mar 88 Disneyland Mom 1 day trip April 88 Carnival Jubilee Aug 91 MK 1 day Mom Mar 95 Johns 1st visit POR Apr 96 WDW FWC Trip with Papa Sep 97 WDW FWC Family trip Dec 98 WDW POFQ/FWC - Work trip Mar 01 Sovereign of the Seas Sept 00 Owens 1st visit FWCG March 03 WDW 8 months prego w/Brady Jan 05 Carnival Fantasy Jun 07 WDW 1 day AK trip Mom Jan 08 Brady's 1st visit/Mardi Gras POFQ Feb 09 First Xmas at WDW/1st year remission celebration POP Dec 10 WDW AKL 4th yr remission celebration Aug 13 Magic/LBV/DTD Feb 2014
baleeve is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-23-2013, 04:57 PM   #51
C&G'sMama
DIS Veteran
 
C&G'sMama's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Southwest MI
Posts: 1,648

I am a big fan of driving. We have driven 1200 miles one way from Western New York to WDW several times. You say you have the time to do it. Why not? We like to drive. There are 2 adults but only one of us drives, not me, my DP admits she has to drive. And Iím find as passenger. We donít drive straight through. Weíve done it staying one night and other times 2. It depends on how much time we have, the weather etc. Weíve had trips where weíve built in 2 nights to get back and ended up staying an extra day at Disney or spending our last day until the park closes. We like the flexibility it gives us. We get there when we get there, we leave when we leave. We like having our own vehicle. The kids are now 9 and 12 and they each had their first WDW trip at 18 mos.
We havenít been in 2 years now as weíve had other things going on but we just returned from an 1600 mile round trip from Southwest Michigan (where we live now) to the Jersey shore. My kids are used to the car as are we.

Have fun now matter what you decided and if you havenít already, check out the 2,000 miles+ round trip thread on this board. Thereís lots of good information for drivers there.
__________________
Me DP DD(13) DS(10)


"Those who dance are thought mad by those who hear not the music." - Unknown
C&G'sMama is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-25-2013, 03:22 AM   #52
granpoobah
Earning My Ears
 
Join Date: Apr 2013
Location: Delaware
Posts: 4

My problem im running into is, that we are leaving around late saturday evening around 9pm. We are booked at the resort for sunday ,but cant check in till 4pm. I dont want to get there to early and have to wait around to check in at the resort. Would they let us check in early? I have to check that.I plan to get there close to check in time and unpack and basicly rest up at the resort the rest of the night ,and start fresh in the morning. Does that sound about right?
granpoobah is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-25-2013, 06:16 AM   #53
ruadisneyfan2
DIS Veteran
 
ruadisneyfan2's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: South Jersey
Posts: 12,041

Quote:
Originally Posted by granpoobah View Post
My problem im running into is, that we are leaving around late saturday evening around 9pm. We are booked at the resort for sunday ,but cant check in till 4pm. I dont want to get there to early and have to wait around to check in at the resort. Would they let us check in early? I have to check that.I plan to get there close to check in time and unpack and basicly rest up at the resort the rest of the night ,and start fresh in the morning. Does that sound about right?
Yes, you can check in early & they'll store your luggage. I've never driven so I don't know if they put it right in your room if driving like they do if you arrive by ME.
__________________
ruadisneyfan2 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-25-2013, 06:21 AM   #54
turkeymama
DIS Veteran
 
turkeymama's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Posts: 1,196

Quote:
Originally Posted by ruadisneyfan2 View Post

Yes, you can check in early & they'll store your luggage. I've never driven so I don't know if they put it right in your room if driving like they do if you arrive by ME.
They have done that for me on at least one occasion, but that was back in 2005.
turkeymama is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-25-2013, 08:54 AM   #55
darkwing818
DIS Veteran
 
darkwing818's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Franklin, TN
Posts: 2,682

Quote:
Originally Posted by kydisneyfans View Post
We drove 5 times from Ohio, exactly 1,000 miles each way. We have driven 11 times from KY, 840 each way. The trips range from 13-16 hours.

We just came back and spent a total of $153 in fuel. Yes there is some wear and tear, etc. There were 2 of us and flights from Lexington would have been nearly $800 with fees, or $500 plus a very expensive rental car from Sanford. By the time we drive to the airport, get there early for security, the flight itself, departure, and transport to Disney, it's not that much longer than the drive anyway. I also like to take what I want on vacation, not what I am allowed. We also prepacked things like water at $3/case, where it's $15/case at Disney, saving even more money.

Several keys to remember:
-Try not to hit big cities at rush hour. We stay as far away from Atlanta as possible between 6-9 AM and 4-7 PM.
-Know where you are at all times. If traffic is backed up, virtually every interstate has a 2-4 lane road that parallels where you can detour.
-Use apps like gasbuddy to save on fuel. That saved us quite a bit last week, as gas ranged from 3.14 in Knoxville to 4.99 on 192 just outside of Disney.
-Prebuy snacks at Walmart/target/etc before departure. We paid $2.29 for a box of theatre size candy, $3.69 for trail mix, and $2.29 for a Gatorade at various gas stations along the way. All of those are a buck at Walmart.

We enjoy the drives. it's great family bonding time.
We drive from Tennessee (700 miles +) takes about 11 hours, clearly much less $$s than flying & renting a car.
As noted above Atlanta Traffic is always a hassle , HOV lanes are major God send.
darkwing818 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-25-2013, 11:36 AM   #56
MEK
DIS Veteran
 
MEK's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Middletown, DE
Posts: 18,998

Quote:
Originally Posted by granpoobah View Post
My problem im running into is, that we are leaving around late saturday evening around 9pm. We are booked at the resort for sunday ,but cant check in till 4pm. I dont want to get there to early and have to wait around to check in at the resort. Would they let us check in early? I have to check that.I plan to get there close to check in time and unpack and basicly rest up at the resort the rest of the night ,and start fresh in the morning. Does that sound about right?
You can check in the moment you arrive. Your room may not be ready but they will text you when it is. They will store your luggage and you have full access to the resort. If you are really lucky you may get a ready room. I've had it go either way.

Good luck with your drive.
__________________

The Empty Nester's Magical Mystery Tour I Told You Driving Was Bad for Your Health

Sorry Gaston, They are MUCH More Interesting than You!
Will You Chill Out if I Sprinkle You With Pixie Dust?

Remembering 9/11:MEK Original
Why Not Just Queue Up Another Disney Trip?
How Do You Think We Stay So Happy?
Inching My Way Closer to the Castle Sept 10 TR
Wheeling & Dealing at the WL May '10 TR
Play'in It at Pop Sept 09 Anniversary Trip
JUNE 09 TR...KICK'N IT AT KIDANI DH & I do Disney Solo! DEC 2008 June 2008 tripreport
My Trips 2002-Offsite 2003-POR 2004-Royal Pacific/Daytona Bch 2005-CBR 2006-Pop, SSR 2007-ASM 2008-Pop, Vero Bch/SSR, POFQ/SSR 2009-Kidani/CSR, Pop 2010- VWL, BLT 2011-POR/BCV, Disney's HHI Resort, OKW2012-Treehouse villa/BWV, VWL/BWV 2013-HHI, Secret off site location;BWV/AKL 2014- Tampa, ASSp/BCV, OKW
MEK is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-25-2013, 11:45 AM   #57
mckelvey72
Mouseketeer
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Posts: 312

I don't have much to add except awesome to see some local peeps on here....I live in Earleville MD which is only about 15 minutes from Middletown...and I grew up in Townsend and went to Middletown High!!!!

We flew last year (4 of us) and for our December trip we are taking the auto train for a new adventure!!! But autotrain is just as expensive as flying/renting a car. I am just excited to be able to pack my own truck and not have to worry about a rental.

So Hi to all the local peeps and good luck with your decision!!!
__________________
Donna

mckelvey72 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-26-2013, 10:36 AM   #58
C&G'sMama
DIS Veteran
 
C&G'sMama's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Southwest MI
Posts: 1,648

Quote:
Originally Posted by granpoobah View Post
My problem im running into is, that we are leaving around late saturday evening around 9pm. We are booked at the resort for sunday ,but cant check in till 4pm. I dont want to get there to early and have to wait around to check in at the resort. Would they let us check in early? I have to check that.I plan to get there close to check in time and unpack and basicly rest up at the resort the rest of the night ,and start fresh in the morning. Does that sound about right?
You can check in as soon as you get there. Sometimes the roomís ready, sometimes it isnít when you get there early. If itís not theyíll take your cell phone number and call you when itís ready
If itís not ready but you donít want to go to the parks. Go to the pool. There are changing rooms by the pools. Have a bag packed with swim suits, beach towels, sunscreen etc. Chill out while the kids get out their pent up energy. And if your room is ready, great!
__________________
Me DP DD(13) DS(10)


"Those who dance are thought mad by those who hear not the music." - Unknown
C&G'sMama is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply



Thread Tools
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

facebooktwitterpinterestgoogle plusyoutubeDIS Updates
GET OUR DIS UPDATES DELIVERED BY EMAIL



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 04:38 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

Copyright © 1997-2014, Werner Technologies, LLC. All Rights Reserved.



You Rated this Thread: