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Old 08-29-2012, 08:01 PM   #1651
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We are here now. From northern NJ it cost us $193 in gas.
Great! What's the weather like right now?
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Old 08-29-2012, 09:08 PM   #1652
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yup, sorry, they made me an offer i just couldnt refuse. i did happen to see it pull into the dealer a few weeks later and there was a "retired aged" women driving it. so i bet it will see some florida time.
i didnt think they would be intrested in it to much because the place only sold audi, porche and mercedes but they gave me a real good deal. i paid less for the mercedes than i paid for the van.
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Old 08-30-2012, 01:12 AM   #1653
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We are planning to drive to Disney next August from near Binghamton, NY. I'm figuring it is going to take us about 20 hours to get there. We are hoping to get really close to Florida on the first day so that we don't have to drive long the next day.

My questions are: What time should we leave? I work at night so I don't have a problem driving until the sun comes up. Hubby is the morning person and will take over then.

Next, we have 2 adults and 3 kids going. How difficult will it be to get a room for all of us or should I count on having to get 2 rooms?

Route suggestions? I live near 81. Mapquest has me going on the Penn. turnpike. Yuck. Too narrow for my comfort.

I know I'm being crazy for planning soooo early, but college starts in a week and then no more planning until January!

Thanks for your help!!
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Old 08-30-2012, 10:42 AM   #1654
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We are planning to drive to Disney next August from near Binghamton, NY. I'm figuring it is going to take us about 20 hours to get there. We are hoping to get really close to Florida on the first day so that we don't have to drive long the next day.

My questions are: What time should we leave? I work at night so I don't have a problem driving until the sun comes up. Hubby is the morning person and will take over then.

Next, we have 2 adults and 3 kids going. How difficult will it be to get a room for all of us or should I count on having to get 2 rooms?

Route suggestions? I live near 81. Mapquest has me going on the Penn. turnpike. Yuck. Too narrow for my comfort.

I know I'm being crazy for planning soooo early, but college starts in a week and then no more planning until January!

Thanks for your help!!
General rule #1: Try and avoid rush hour traffic areas as much as possible. The greater DC area is particularly brutal, especially when taking the I-95 route.

Allow three hours from the GA/FL border to get to WDW.

Allow five hours from the SC/GA border to get to WDW.

However, you'll have plenty of time to plan your drive if you're not departing for another 12 months.

Hopefully, others can provide suggestions to your other questions.

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Old 08-30-2012, 12:29 PM   #1655
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A number of NJ residents who live in the northwest prefer the inland route, but if you leave at the right time (to avoid all rush hour traffic) I-95 is probably your best route, especially if you are headed to Myrtle Beach.

All the best.
Sounds like we may be skipping Myrtle Beach and opting for a hotel on the way down instead. We are hoping to get close to GA before stopping for the night. DD will be 4 months old so we will need to make pretty frequent stops. If we leave around 4am we will arrive in the DC area around 8am or 9am on Saturday. How bad is traffic at that time on a Saturday morning?
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Old 08-30-2012, 06:25 PM   #1656
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we will be on the road on tuesday the 11th!!! if you happen to see us, blow the horn and wave!!!! have a good trip!!!

Hey, I could do like the NASCAR fans do and set up a lawn chair overlooking 81 and wave and holler when you go by. (I couldn't believe it the first time I saw all the people lined up along 81 with their lawn chairs and coolers and was told, "Why, they're just waitin' fer the haulers to come through." Really? People sit around for hours just to see the NASCAR haulers?) What time should I expect you through the Chambersburg area?
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Old 08-30-2012, 07:29 PM   #1657
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Hey, I could do like the NASCAR fans do and set up a lawn chair overlooking 81 and wave and holler when you go by. (I couldn't believe it the first time I saw all the people lined up along 81 with their lawn chairs and coolers and was told, "Why, they're just waitin' fer the haulers to come through." Really? People sit around for hours just to see the NASCAR haulers?) What time should I expect you through the Chambersburg area?
3:30am on the 11th.
if they want to see haulers, i get stuck behind them twice a year around here.
so what exit will you be sitting in your lawn chair as i come by?
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Old 08-31-2012, 07:53 AM   #1658
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3:30am on the 11th.
if they want to see haulers, i get stuck behind them twice a year around here.
so what exit will you be sitting in your lawn chair as i come by?
Shoot, I'll be checking out the inside of my eyelids then. But IF I could come, it would be somewhere between Shippensburg and Greencastle. Just start waving east as you go by.
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Old 08-31-2012, 03:08 PM   #1659
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we will be on the road on tuesday the 11th!!! if you happen to see us, blow the horn and wave!!!! have a good trip!!!

We will have to wait to wave until we see you at WDW. We are checking in to BWV on the 9th
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We are driving from Fairfield Connecticut area in November. Trying to decide if we should leave on a Friday mid afternoon or night or leave 3 am sat morning. Trying to get to Orlando by noon time on Sunday.
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Old 08-31-2012, 05:43 PM   #1661
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We are driving from Fairfield Connecticut area in November. Trying to decide if we should leave on a Friday mid afternoon or night or leave 3 am sat morning. Trying to get to Orlando by noon time on Sunday.
Fridays just make me twitchy, so my vote is for Sat. early. Get some sleep on Friday!
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We are driving from Fairfield Connecticut area in November. Trying to decide if we should leave on a Friday mid afternoon or night or leave 3 am sat morning. Trying to get to Orlando by noon time on Sunday.
We are from the same area and trying to decide the same for April. I WANT to leave Friday, but the thought of NY and DC rush hours/travel traffic is not pretty. But I'd like the kids to sleep through a big chunk of the ride so thinking of leaving around 7 or 8 pm maybe???
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Shoot, I'll be checking out the inside of my eyelids then. But IF I could come, it would be somewhere between Shippensburg and Greencastle. Just start waving east as you go by.
ill blow the horn from harrisburg till i hit the maryland state line.
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We are from the same area and trying to decide the same for April. I WANT to leave Friday, but the thought of NY and DC rush hours/travel traffic is not pretty. But I'd like the kids to sleep through a big chunk of the ride so thinking of leaving around 7 or 8 pm maybe???
just remember the kids sleep through a big chunk of it and mom and dad dont. kids are rested and ready to go and mom and dad are ready to sleep. some mom and dads can get a bit cranky without the proper sleep.
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