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Old 11-07-2010, 12:26 PM   #811
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No formal route plan just yet (probably get an old fashioned TripTik from AAA), but Google says Exit 70 to I83 at Harrisburg....
If you take 83, then you will be off of 81 before reaching my area. 83 ends in Baltimore so I guess you will be getting on the Baltimore beltway, taking the highway down to DC (I want to say 295 but it has been too many years since I lived in Baltimore) and then around the DC beltway. Or taking the Baltimore beltway to 95. Personally, these are not routes I would take.
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Leaving from the catskills of New York on Friday the 19th and would love some input on the route we should take, when to leave and where to stay. I am scared to death of the thought of bed bugs. So any recent good experiences would be great. We would like to try to drive about 14 hours the first day, and leave early in the am.

Thanks so much. I will be taveling with my FIL and DD10.
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Old 11-07-2010, 03:10 PM   #813
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If you take 83, then you will be off of 81 before reaching my area. 83 ends in Baltimore so I guess you will be getting on the Baltimore beltway, taking the highway down to DC (I want to say 295 but it has been too many years since I lived in Baltimore) and then around the DC beltway. Or taking the Baltimore beltway to 95. Personally, these are not routes I would take.
i take 81 to 66 to 17 to 95. 17 takes you through opal, warrenton and you dont hit all that mess. 17 is a 4 lane road but you hit a few lights. i also wouldnt hit that area at rush hour. its alot faster, less traffic. most tourist wont take it because its not an interstate. 17 will drop you off on 95 at exit 133 which is just north of richmond. i would never take it either but i followed someone in 1996 and couldnt believe how faster it was. 17 is well marked, just follow the 95 south signs.
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Old 11-09-2010, 10:29 AM   #814
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Question to the veteran drivers: You've just completed your 1,000+ mile drive to WDW. What next form of transportation best describes the "Ah-we've-made-it-and-this-is-so-relaxing" moment?

For us, it's the launch that connects the GF and the Poly to the MK.

And your WDW transportation moment?

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Old 11-11-2010, 01:07 AM   #815
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Today is the day!!!!

Good thing it's 2am and I can't sleep as usual!! I should be good and tired at
4pm and drift off to sleep before we leave at midnight for our trip. Plan right now is to leave at midnight and drive straight through to Orlando. Since this is our first time doing this and we will have 2 small kids....we'll see how far we get. I have reservations at hotels in GA, Jacksonville, FL and Orlando.
Would love to get to Orlando...we have a reservation at Buena Vista Suites for only $89 plus tax....much better than my other ressies other places. We don't check into our timeshare until Saturday.

Wish us luck traveling with the kids!!!
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Question to the veteran drivers: You've just completed your 1,000+ mile drive to WDW. What next form of transportation best describes the "Ah-we've-made-it-and-this-is-so-relaxing" moment?

For us, it's the launch that connects the GF and the Poly to the MK.

And your WDW transportation moment?

All the best.
I'll play, but it's a hard question to answer. Mostly because we usually drive around Disney World, too. I'd say for us, it's probably the tram at MK if we drive there first. Otherwise, I'd say the Boat at the Boardwalk!
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Good thing it's 2am and I can't sleep as usual!! I should be good and tired at
4pm and drift off to sleep before we leave at midnight for our trip. Plan right now is to leave at midnight and drive straight through to Orlando. Since this is our first time doing this and we will have 2 small kids....we'll see how far we get. I have reservations at hotels in GA, Jacksonville, FL and Orlando.
Would love to get to Orlando...we have a reservation at Buena Vista Suites for only $89 plus tax....much better than my other ressies other places. We don't check into our timeshare until Saturday.

Wish us luck traveling with the kids!!!
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Hello all,

We've driven from our home in Lancaster county PA to Disney nearly a dozen times over the years, every time going I95. We are thinking about doing I81 on our next trip, but we're just not sure. We leave 3 weeks from today, (A Friday) and if we went I95 again, we'd be in the D.C. area around 1 - 1:30pm. Any thoughts? It is a bit out of the way for us to work our way over to I81, we can access I83 in about 20 minutes, and be on our way south toward Baltimore and 695 west.

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Hello all,

We've driven from our home in Lancaster county PA to Disney nearly a dozen times over the years, every time going I95. We are thinking about doing I81 on our next trip, but we're just not sure. We leave 3 weeks from today, (A Friday) and if we went I95 again, we'd be in the D.C. area around 1 - 1:30pm. Any thoughts? It is a bit out of the way for us to work our way over to I81, we can access I83 in about 20 minutes, and be on our way south toward Baltimore and 695 west.

Thanks!
I think if I lived where you do I would surely do that. I81 is such a nicer ride and view!!We are in central NJ and it's somewhat out of the way for us, we did do this route when leaving from the Scranton PA area as well as when we were visiting relatives near Atlanta on the way down!
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I think if I lived where you do I would surely do that. I81 is such a nicer ride and view!!We are in central NJ and it's somewhat out of the way for us, we did do this route when leaving from the Scranton PA area as well as when we were visiting relatives near Atlanta on the way down!
Thank you for your advice. I will certainly take that into consideration.

For those that go down 81 from this area, do most of you take 81/77/26/95?
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Thank you for your advice. I will certainly take that into consideration.

For those that go down 81 from this area, do most of you take 81/77/26/95?
We have gone 81/77 and actually gone down on 75 since we were visiting relatives in Atlanta. 77 sometimes has traffic, and only one time did we do that. Since we were visiting relatives a little west of Atlanta, we stayed on 81 until 40 and avoided 77. That would be out of the way though for a trip directly to FL. The time we took 81 south from PA we got on 95 just after Washington DC (my husband was following GPS - which I hate so wasn't paying that much attention)
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Just back( Friday) from a 10 night stay.

We live 45 minutes west of Chicago.

Left Sat 10/23 at 9:30 pm. Got to Ruby Falls at 8 am Eastern time ate at the cracker barrell, then did the tour at the falls. Spent a total of 3 hours or so there. It was a good half wayish point to stop and stretch the legs. Then back in car, stopped in Downtown Atlanta at Varisty Dogs, and being from Chicago, you know how I like my hot dogs and this was an experience and I can at least say I did it. Arrived at our hotel at about 8:30 pm at the Hampton Inn just outside of Downtown Disney for the night. An excellent hotel to stay at for a night before you check into your Disney hotel if you arrive early, or even if you stay offsite. So a total of 22 hours in car, and we all did great. I did all the driving myself. My wife and 4 1/2 year old daughter did great traveling.

On the way back. Left Thursday 11/4 at 11:30 am and went straight thru again arriving home just before 6am. Straight thru again. We had some overnight construction in Chatanooga and Nashville but nothing to bad either way.

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Thank you for your advice. I will certainly take that into consideration.

For those that go down 81 from this area, do most of you take 81/77/26/95?
That is the route we took the first two trips. Currently on our way home from our third trip. We took 95 this time and dh and I both agreed we liked it better. If we go again, we will probably do 95 again instead of 81.
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Question to the veteran drivers: You've just completed your 1,000+ mile drive to WDW. What next form of transportation best describes the "Ah-we've-made-it-and-this-is-so-relaxing" moment?

For us, it's the launch that connects the GF and the Poly to the MK.

And your WDW transportation moment?

All the best.
well, after we check in and put things away, we go to publix for some shopping. the drive to publix makes me feel like, hey, were here!!! disney transportation, id say the bus ride from okw to the mk.
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Hello all,

We've driven from our home in Lancaster county PA to Disney nearly a dozen times over the years, every time going I95. We are thinking about doing I81 on our next trip, but we're just not sure. We leave 3 weeks from today, (A Friday) and if we went I95 again, we'd be in the D.C. area around 1 - 1:30pm. Any thoughts? It is a bit out of the way for us to work our way over to I81, we can access I83 in about 20 minutes, and be on our way south toward Baltimore and 695 west.

Thanks!
i dont go down 95 out of the northeast only because there are 3 major citys we have to drive through and traffic in philly, washington and balt. can be a hairy at times. i have to go down the northeast extension of the turn pike to get to philly and that in its self is a 30 mile parking lot on most days.ive driven 95. ive driven 81-77-26 and also 81-66-17-95. like i said i take 95 off the table for us because just getting to philly to get 95 could be a 3 hour ordeal. it depends what time of year, what day we leave and the time of day we leave. not summer time, i do 81-66-17-95. i have it timed to miss all the rush hours. in the summer on a friday or sat. i use 81-77. 95 in the summer on a friday pm or sat. morning you hit alot of shore traffic. if i lived were you do, i would leave very early am (2am) and take 83 and 695 and 95. being so close to 83, i would just leave very early and head south! it takes me 16-1/2 hours and its 1080 miles one way.(but i drive a bit on the fast side) good luck and have a nice trip.
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