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Old 05-01-2013, 09:57 AM   #16
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I've done it both ways over the year and as much as I hate driving, for a trip to Disney we like having our car. Now you could rent a car and have one here and save the driving, but that's a huge money savings for you by driving.
Especially with little ones. We found it was easier to travel when the kids when we had our own car. And it hasnt' changed now. Our kids are 15 & 21 and when we travel next year we plan on bringing our car. We go for 2 weeks and it's nice not having to worry about packing as much, worry about having a car in Disney or paying for a 2 week car rental, etc.
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Old 05-01-2013, 11:17 AM   #17
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My suggestion would be to stop on the way home. From my house it is listed at about 14 hours to WDW. We typically leave at night and hit minimal traffic so it's more like 12.5. Once we arrive, we are on pure adrenaline and don't mind not sleeping

The way home is another story...We typically stop in Macon, GA (about halfway for us) and make it home by mid-afternoon.
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Old 05-01-2013, 02:59 PM   #18
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I keep going back and forth with the idea of driving. Our drive is only 12 hours but it is just me and my son going this year and of course he can't drive!
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Old 05-01-2013, 04:53 PM   #19
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Just wanted to say we are from WI too, Northern WI right on Lake Superior, we drive everytime and it takes us about 28 hours...we love the drive there, talking and excited the whole time, on the way back, not so much, lol...Wouldn't change anything tho, love having our vehicle when we are there because we do US/IOA, Seaworld and Busch Gardens too. Going back this December and we cant wait!!!
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Old 05-01-2013, 05:11 PM   #20
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We drive from NJ every spring. It is roughly 16 hours on the GPS. We leave 6pm on Holy Thursday. We stop for gas 4 times. Bathroom/food/gas all in one off exit. We drive straight through and I drive till the fist fill up. DH gets the next two. We switch again in the morning at the last fill up. Usually in Georgia. We arrive 11am. The kids sleep most of car ride. They are now teenagers. It helps that we have 3 rows. Roof pack on the roof. No need to worry about all the purchases through out the trip. We have plenty of room for a cooler in the back and a snack bag. I get pizza and hoagies for the ride.

Time passes by as we pass through each state looking for landmarks. We also play animal/vegetable/mineral. We look for the northern most palm tree too.
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Old 05-01-2013, 07:40 PM   #21
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We're driving 19 + hours, too. My DS is going to help drive, too. I think we're crazy not to fly, but everyone else thinks it'll be an adventure.
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Old 05-01-2013, 08:03 PM   #22
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Some of my best memories as a kid are my family's road trips from WI (near Madison) to Disney World. My parents would always pack us a "surprise bag" to keep us busy in the car and we wouldn't know what was inside until the crack of dawn as we loaded ourselves into the car. We would always stop in TN or GA and stay overnight.

When I was a teenager I went with school and we went straight through on a school bus. . .was still fun! My senior year, my friends and I took turns driving straight through- yup- still a fun time!!

The only bad parts are the days you need to add to the vacation for driving which is the reason I don't drive now with my DH and DS. As much as I HATE flying, I would rather be in FL and enjoying Disney in 2 hours than 2 days. Also, I'm not a big fan of driving the mountains (the emergency truck lanes filled with sand to stop them scare me) and can't stand driving through Atlanta. Oh- and IL and IN are loooooong states to drive through.

I would say go for it! There is nothing like leaving the snow and ice of WI and reaching that invisible line where you stand outside at the rest stop and realize it's time to put on your shorts and tshirts. There is also nothing like the tacky souvenir shops and Waffle Houses along the way. The mountains are beautiful and it's a great way to see the US!
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Old 05-01-2013, 08:21 PM   #23
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Driving are we nuts !??!!

We leave this Sunday morning hopefully around 6.. Am with dw and dd hope to be Disney by 2.30 pm taking 95 hope the Gil's slept most of morning so we can keep on trucking down the Road got get cd ready for Some good rock and Roll .rey to have Blast at Disney !!!
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Old 05-02-2013, 09:34 AM   #24
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We drive from boston every year...alternating Disney and West Coast Port charlotte area.

20 hrs drive time to Orlando takes 22 hrs with 4 children ages 2,5,9,10 on our last trip. Port Charloltte is approx. another 2.5-3hrs drive time.

We take a minivan, fit everything in the back, 1 big stroller and 1 umbrella stroller and pack in duffles to safe space for packing into the van. We have cooler with drinks, etc behind the passenger seat and a snack bag. Each kid has there own bag of things to do (crayons, paper, books, puzzle books), ipad/itouch/kids players and each has a dvd player in front of them.

We leave late afternoon, stopping only for bathroom breaks/diaper changes and make our longest stop for breakfast in morning around 7 or 8am which ususally takes about an hour.

We don't stop for anything except gas or emergency potty break if a baby is sleeping!

fun? no. Worth it vs the cost of 6 airline tickets? yes!
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Old 05-02-2013, 11:01 AM   #25
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We flew our first trip to Disney and then drove the next 3. This year we are flying. We drive from RI so it is about 20 hours, but with stops it is about 22.

The first time I drove it was just me and my 2 kids who were 8 and 5. I stopped twice on the way down. We spent one night and Virginia and one night in Georgia. It was very nice. Driving home, we only made on overnight stop and it was in North Carolina. I am not sure why I didn't just fly, but I am thinking at the time I thought a road trip would be fun and it was.

The next two times we drove it was for financial reasons. There was 7 of us going, which at the time was going to cost us about $2000 for airfare and it cost me $600 to drive round trip. We drove straight through without overnight stops both times. It was fun and worth the savings.

This trip we are flying. There are 12 of us going, three families. We are all coming at different times. If we drove it would have cost about $1800. Flying is costing 1932 so it made more sense to fly.
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Old 05-02-2013, 11:01 AM   #26
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We drive from Illinois every time we go! It is a long drive but we are used to is by now. We used to stop in Dalton, GA. at a Hampton Inn, very clean and nice. Dalton is right over the border between Tennessee and Georgia. We now even go further driving almost 15 hours the first day! We have stopped in Tifton or Valdosta the last several trips.
We stop every 3 hours or so for a break, the boys watch movies, play with IPOD touches or IPhones, when they were smaller their DS's. They nap, I bring a bag of snacks and drinks for the car. Some of the rest areas are nice to stop for a picnic and some have playground equipment.

If I want to go to Disney every year, we have to drive!
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Old 05-06-2013, 09:30 PM   #27
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We drive from San Antonio, Texas, and it is about a 20 hour drive. Neither of us likes to drive at night so we spend the night somewhere after about 15 hours of driving.

Our kids are great road trippers. When they were little, I used to take some of their favorite toys out of rotation about 2 months prior to the trip. Then I'd wrap the toys up in tissue paper. Every half hour, I'd give them a little present.

We try to encourage reading books, drawing pictures, and playing games versus using electronic devices on the way to our destination. On the way back, we break out every gadget we have.

Have a safe trip!
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Old 05-06-2013, 11:39 PM   #28
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We've driven from Cleveland twice, which is about a 18-19 hour drive without stops. Did I mention that we did it in a Kia Soul on the last trip? I agree with a PP poster about taking time to see the sights along the way. There's so much out there that you would otherwise never get the chance to see of you didn't drive. DH & I are flying for this trip, but that's only because we were able to find airfare for $350 round trip total. As for the being crazy part, you'll notice that most of us are!!
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