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Old 12-07-2007, 09:47 AM   #16
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We've driving 8 times and flown once. We're probably going to be driving for spring break because of ticket prices.

1100 miles one way from northern Indiana. We like the I-65 route rather than I-75 through GA.
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Old 12-07-2007, 10:06 AM   #17
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We just got back on Sunday from our 3rd trip this year. We love driving down. We have been driving down for about 9 years now and look forward to the drive almost as much as the parks! The kids have the DVD player in the car and each one has a knapsack with their own toys/books to keep them entertained. We carry 2 soft cooler - one with drinks and one with snackes. Then we hit the road and only stop for gas and bathroom breaks. We have left at all times of the day and find thus far that for us the best time is leaving at 2 or 3 am from NJ. The kids are still in sleep mode and DH and I are wide awake - it gives us some quiet time to ourselves b/f the kids wake up!
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Old 12-07-2007, 10:57 AM   #18
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We've driving 8 times and flown once. We're probably going to be driving for spring break because of ticket prices.

1100 miles one way from northern Indiana. We like the I-65 route rather than I-75 through GA.

We assume that you don't mean "8 times and flown once" in one year (our original question at the beinning of this thread). If that was the case, you'd be the WDW All Star Driving For Distance Champions of the year!
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Old 12-07-2007, 12:44 PM   #19
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We did 4000+ miles round trip last year (5/06 - we also did Key West in that trip). It was an experience! This coming February we are flying instead, if that tells you how much my DH enjoyed it
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Old 12-07-2007, 01:31 PM   #20
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We drive down from Cleveland, Ohio and usually leave the day after Christmas. It has almost become a yearly tradition since DH and I are both teachers so we are off for two weeks every Christmas. It is now even more fun because we have 2 DC. The reason we drive, I am terrified of flying and will not step foot on a plane unless I absolutely have to. But we really enjoy the drive. We also bring the DVD's for the kids and other toys and snacks. I also make breaded chicken and steak to eat on the way down. We just keep it in the cooler and eat it cold and it is soooo good! We are usually eating the breaded steak by 8AM. I also bake lots of cookies so it makes it a real fun adventure. We usually drive all day until we get to Florida and then stay someplace over the line when we get tired. We then wake up early the next morning and this year we are heading to the Animal Kingdom that first day. We will probably drop off our bags at the resort before we go. It is coming up fast and I just can't wait. It is fun because with all the hustle and bustle of the holidays, you almost forget that you are going on vacation in less than 3 weeks. It helps make Christmas not such a let down.
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Old 12-07-2007, 02:53 PM   #21
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We drove three times from Central PA. It's not the drive down that bothers me, it's that long ride home!
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Old 12-07-2007, 03:12 PM   #22
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We drove three times from Central PA. It's not the drive down that bothers me, it's that long ride home!
Isn't that the truth! lol
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Old 12-07-2007, 03:37 PM   #23
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Long Drive Home

I completely agree about the long drive home. We drove from NC this fall...not too far only 500 miles. However, we both woke up with sinus infections the day we returned home 500 miles in 75 mile stretches to change drivers is not a fun return trip
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Old 12-07-2007, 03:42 PM   #24
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I just got back last Sunday from my round trip from NJ to Disney.

It's the fourth time I've done it and am getting good at it! I usually leave after work around 4-5pm and stop around midnight to 1am. Get going by 8am and get there in the evening.

I love the driving, although coming home feels so much longer! hehe The Carolinas can be a bit boring. But those South of the Border signs are always fun to see.

I've even stopped and slept in some rest stops on the way instead of a hotel. Not too bad, but would opt for a room when I can.
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Old 12-07-2007, 03:56 PM   #25
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16 hours and 1,009 miles from my door to disney. We have done it 8-10 times. I like to drive, the wife likes to fly.

We put the kids in their jammies, and have dinner, then leave about 6:00pm. Drive all night while the kids sleep. have breakfast in ocala about 7:00am, then a quick 3 hours to disney.

Drive home we leave about 10:00am, so we get home in time for a late bed the that night.
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Old 12-07-2007, 04:07 PM   #26
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We drove that 2000+ journey 3 times this year in 2007 and we will do it at least 2x next year in 08.

It's a treck and every time I complain that it takes to long to get there. Hubby has family in Atlanta and Alabama so we make either of those stops are first day stop and finish out the rest of the journey the second day. The Alabama option is only if we plan on spending a couple of days there.
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Old 12-07-2007, 04:10 PM   #27
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We've driving 8 times and flown once. We're probably going to be driving for spring break because of ticket prices.

1100 miles one way from northern Indiana. We like the I-65 route rather than I-75 through GA.
Living in W Michigan we take I-94 to I-65 to I-24 to I-75 to the turnpike and bingo, we are there.

We are going to invest in Sunpass this next year since we travel so much. Plus at least one of the toll stops they charge 50 cents less if you have Sunpass rather than paying cash Not to mention the ease of it and the toll savings if driving to the port for DCL.
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Old 12-07-2007, 04:58 PM   #28
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We are preparing for our 4th drive to WDW. We drive from Southeast Kansas and it's around 2500 miles rt. We usually split it up and stay the night in Alabama. The kids don't seem to mind too much with DVD player and DS and Gameboy's. We leave on the 18th and cannot wait. I love the drive!
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Old 12-07-2007, 05:35 PM   #29
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DH and I drive down twice a year from MI (1150 miles one way). We do stop in Chattanooga (both ways) and spend the night. It's not bad now that I have Sirius radio so I can listen to Nascar!
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Old 12-07-2007, 05:46 PM   #30
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Even when we try to take a different form of transportation....

I saw this thread and have to share this...
Coming from Lancaster County, PA, it is about 1000 miles each way. We normally drive, but this past January we thought we'd mix it up a little. Since there was 7 of us ( me, wife, 3 kids, plus my parents ), we decided to take the train. So, we drove down 83 south to Baltimore to get the train there. Now, 7 of us in my minivan was a little tight, with all of our luggage, but no big deal. We would only have to be in those conditions for about and hour and a half. Except...
... We arive at the station, unload everything, and I go to park the van. I scurry back to the station, where the other six were waiting for me. Dad and I head up to the counter to check in. I hand over my tickets and immediately had an uneasy feeling. The gentleman behind the counter says, " Sorry sir, but no trains today. There was a derailment between Washington and Richmond". Wow. I had to think quick on my feet, but I'm a little shocked by this turn of developments. We had 3 choices (or so my family thought): we could either 1. go home and try the train the next day (not a good option when you're ready for 10 days at Disney), 2. go to the airport and try and catch a flight (the preferred choice of the family members), or 3. go to the autotrain station and see if we can get on that. After wavering momentarily, I chose option number 4...I told everyone to get their stuff and hop in the van, we're going for a drive. All the way. I wasn't going to win dad, son, or husband of the year awards with that decision, but it all worked out well in the end.
I guess are family's meant to drive. We do like it, and the kids do real well. Oh yeah, one more thing...had we got on the train like we were originally scheduled for, we would have been there at noon the next day. We arrived by car at, you guessed it, noon the next day.
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