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Old 03-04-2007, 06:10 PM   #16
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When we trave with the kids we use a dvd player in the car too. We have one of the portable ones with 2 screens. The second screen can be used with a video game console a thte same time the other one is watching a dvd. It works great for my monsters. At times DH had the extra screen up front and was playing games.

We also have a PSP and Gameboy. They are invalueble car distractions for energetic kids. I don't know how I grew up without them!

Also a GPS is great. We did not really use it to find our way around, but to tell us exactly how far we were from our next stop. THe one we used also had nifty features like telling us where the next gas station was and where the neares wal-mart is. It was a great help. Especially for DH who is navigationally challenged. IT also helps give my DD a time definitve answer to "when are we gonna get there?"

Oh, one more thing....fast food places with playplaces are the best. We did not make the kids eat when we stopped. We let them run and play for a good 30 minutes, then they ate when we got back in the car. It really helped keep them settled. I have a very hyper DS. We could not have traveled without doing this.

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Old 03-04-2007, 06:32 PM   #17
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Thanx For The Gas Tip Seems Im Going To Need It We Are Leaving @ 10pm Its My Second Time Driving Now Im Taking My Son With My Two Bestfriends One Who Has Never Been Thanx Agisn For The Info On Gas
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Old 03-04-2007, 06:37 PM   #18
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Thanx For All The Advice All Im Very Prepared For The Drive But Wanted To Also Know If There Is Anywhere Worth Stopping ........36 More Days!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 03-04-2007, 09:14 PM   #19
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The one thing we did was always get gas when ever you stop even if we didnt really need it. You never know when the kid will fall asleep and you will have a chance to cover some miles without having to entertain him/her. Only to have to stop for gas and them wake up.
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Old 03-04-2007, 10:28 PM   #20
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I would recommend that you LOOK AT South of the Border as you drive by, don't stop. My family used to visit and even stay over years ago, but it has gotten really shady since then so don't stop, just look.

We also LOVE Denny's. Not sure why, but we do!!
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Old 03-05-2007, 08:47 AM   #21
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Wondering why you all choose to drive instead of fly? We're not sure which way we're getting there yet from NJ.........depends on the airfare price.

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Old 03-05-2007, 09:04 AM   #22
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My DH doesn't like to fly, plus the drive has become part of our vacation, and I think for 4 people it is cheaper, especially because we would have to rent a vehicle if we didn't drive down because we can't handle not being able to go where we want when we want.

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Old 03-05-2007, 09:31 AM   #23
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We drove from PA last June. I definitely agree that you should avoid DC rush hours. We timed our drive to coincide with DS's bed time. He slept most of the way down. We took a portable DVD player, books, toys and plenty of snacks.

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Old 03-05-2007, 09:38 AM   #24
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One of the tricks we learned was having a "Surprise Bag" with new toys, snacks, books, DVD...whatever they are interested in. Every few hours, when the kids grew restless, they would get a "surprise"! It worked great and we didn't have any problems.

As others have mentioned, we travelled at night as well, as the kids slept a good portion of the time.
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Old 03-05-2007, 10:42 PM   #25
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Our 17th year by rental van........
we just did the trip almost non stop via a couple stops....... from MA-St Augustine in 21 hours, in Feb, two weeks of FL yes!!
We go 3 times yearly, Spring break another trip for 2 weeks 4/10-2 weeks
van again..........then probably again in the Summer, my ds is going to college right outside Orlando and guess who is going to have to go again and again?! Have to use all those AP's right?!!!

We do MA-to Savannah, stop over for Lunch, then off to St Augustine for 2-3 days depending on getting our favorite hotel, hang around the Historic District there a couple days.........ride around sight see.....off to Edgewater, FL for lunch at our favorite pizza place then on to MCO for 1o days, it's boring.......but someone has to do it!!! lol!

We love to drive, we usually stop over in VA overnight, but in Feb we drove straight through to get to FL lol!

We enjoy it alot!
Just don't enjoy the van rentals are now like double..............
or when the gas prices sinch up right after we get on the road..........and when we are getting closer to Orlando.......school breaks will do that.........
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Stopping at the Crackerbarrels for a breakfast/lunch is good, you always know what you are getting vs the greasy dives.............
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everyone enjoy your driving, there's so much to see, and it's great family time!!!
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Old 03-06-2007, 02:06 PM   #26
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We're planning on driving from VA this June. It'll just be DH & myself. We plan on stopping somewhere, just not sure where yet. Any ideas?

We decided to drive because overall it is cheaper for us and the only real expense would be if we got a hotel somewhere along the way to spend the night.

We'll take the typical I-95 route...any good places to stop along and check out? Like for sightseeing, food, hotels...etc.

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Old 03-06-2007, 06:10 PM   #27
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We always drive straight through to Disney either down 95 or I-81. Depends on the scenery we want. I-81 is a beautiful drive, but 95 seems just a tad bit quicker. Any time you stop for gas make everyone get out to use the restroom whether they have to go or not, at least make them try. 9 times out of 10 they'll end up using the restroom which will cut down on bathroom breaks. Bring lots of snacks, drinks, books, games, toys for the kids to play. Definitely DVD player if you have one! Make up games...A,B, C game where you name something Disney by each letter, license plate game, etc.... Helps make the time go by faster. We normally leave the house after having an early dinner. The roads are less congested and you don't have to stop for meals. We normally don't stop to sight see until the drive home. Helps make the drive home a little easier.
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Old 03-07-2007, 08:33 AM   #28
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We always drive from PA. My best tip: 100 mile packs! Every 100 miles I have a wrapped gift for each of my 3 kids. They are puzzle books, books, colorforms, silly putty, pezz... cheap stuff I find throughout the year at the dollar store, etc. Disney themed books, obviously, are a hit. This really breaks up the trip and they don't have to pack anything initially except game boys and DVD player. We also play the license plate game. I must admit, I limit drinks in the car..... that could cause too many potty stops!!
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Old 03-07-2007, 10:34 AM   #29
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Hi. We drive all the time. When our son was 7 yrs. old his 1st time, one thing taht made his riding time more fun was things like Game Boy, a portable DVD player with his favorite movies, a few of my wifes also, see how many different car plates etc... The best was to give him a map and highlight the route that we were taking, when we would get to certain larger cities, we would let him open up small gifts, coloring books, colors, favorite new games, music cd's etc... this kept him a lot quiter that the usual "are we there yet". It made the trip much more enjoyable, and let him keep up with our progress.
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Old 03-07-2007, 01:39 PM   #30
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We've driven to WDW twice, 2003 & 2004. A few points;

It takes 19-21 hours to get to Disney from So. Jersey. If you intend on driving straight through, you should time it so you arrive around check in time at your resort. If you want to arrive at 2:00 - 3:00 PM you should leave Jersey around 7:00 - 8:00 PM the night before. You definitely DO NOT want to be anywhere near DC at rush hour ! This departure time will put you in DC around 10:00 PM and you should breeze through!

If you want to break up the trip, again you want to avoid DC at rush hour. In 2004 we left So. Jersey at 2:00 AM and were on the south side of DC @ 5:00 AM. NO hassles, one stop for gas ! There is a town in called Santee, SC (exit 98 on I-95 in SC) that is about a 12 hour drive from Jersey. There is a nice little motel called the Clark's Inn that gives you a room and breakfast special. Call ahead for reservations though, we almost got left out one year (luckily they had two rooms left!). The next morning it's about an 8 hour ride to Disney. Here again you want to be on the road early! Traffic around Daytona, where I-95 and I-4 meet can be brutal . If you leave Santee around 5:00 AM that will put you in WDW around 1:00 - 2:00 PM.

Remember gas stations along I-95 outside of NJ allow self service (I know everyone is saying HUH?, it's a Jersey thing) so have a credit or gas card for quick in and out service! If there are flashing signs warning of traffic or detours, PAY HEED! They are usually right and this can save you some real grief. If a sign suggests taking one of the alternates (395, 495, 695) take it. I took the alternate around Richmond, VA (695 I think) and avoided what the radio said was a 10 mile back up from a tanker truck accident!

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