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Old 09-20-2012, 02:36 PM   #1786
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gas this morning at the hess stations on property are at $3.67 for reg. unleaded.
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Old 09-20-2012, 03:04 PM   #1787
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gas this morning at the hess stations on property are at $3.67 for reg. unleaded.
wow that's cheap! It's 3.89 here at the cheapest place and 4.00 at the most expensive
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Old 09-21-2012, 03:45 AM   #1788
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gas this morning at the hess stations on property are at $3.67 for reg. unleaded.
That's good to hear, we will be adding few more miles this trip. Will see my gf that has a shop in winter park, and thinking of Lego land. Cost will be deciding factor. Safe travels!

Still paying $4.00 for midgrade at home.
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That's good to hear, we will be adding few more miles this trip. Will see my gf that has a shop in winter park, and thinking of Lego land. Cost will be deciding factor. Safe travels!

Still paying $4.00 for midgrade at home.
$3.81 (regular) at the local Wawa station. Unchanged price for a week.

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Old 09-22-2012, 05:13 PM   #1790
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We just returned Thursday night from our first ever Disney road trip from Wisconsin. It was about 2560 miles round trip. I say "about" because we took two different routes - on I-65 through Indiana and Kentucky on the way down. And on I-57 through Illinois on the way home. These are the drive times for the trip down. (I apologize that I didn't keep track on the way home...)

Left home from Wisconsin, about an hour north of Milwaukee, at 3:43 am.
Illinois - 5:04 am
Indiana - 6:30 am
Kentucky - 10:42 am
Tennessee - 2:19 pm
--- Time Zone Change from Central to Eastern ---
Georgia - 5:08 pm
We stopped for the night in Morrow, GA.
We left Morrow, GA hotel at 7:30 am.
--- Numerous stops for pecans, peaches, and lunch at Cracker Barrel ---
Florida - 1:06 pm.

Traffic was great. We only had three short delays on the way down. Once in Kentucky, when we got behind a slow moving military convoy. We ran into some construction around the Titans' stadium in Tennessee. And we hit a brief t-storm in Florida that slowed traffic to a crawl. Otherwise it was smooth sailing. The drive home through Illinois was beautiful, but quite a bit more construction. Overall though, it was a great experience. I'm absolutely, 100% sold on driving. I LOVED it! I honestly can't see myself ever flying there (or just about anywhere else in the Lower-48) again. I was on my own schedule. We didn't have to worry about luggage weight, which is important when buying souvenirs. We got to see parts of the country we'd never get to see flying over it. I'm just sad that it'll be another three years before I get to do it again.
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Old 09-22-2012, 09:21 PM   #1791
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We just returned Thursday night from our first ever Disney road trip from Wisconsin. It was about 2560 miles round trip. I say "about" because we took two different routes - on I-65 through Indiana and Kentucky on the way down. And on I-57 through Illinois on the way home. These are the drive times for the trip down. (I apologize that I didn't keep track on the way home...)

Left home from Wisconsin, about an hour north of Milwaukee, at 3:43 am.
Illinois - 5:04 am
Indiana - 6:30 am
Kentucky - 10:42 am
Tennessee - 2:19 pm
--- Time Zone Change from Central to Eastern ---
Georgia - 5:08 pm
We stopped for the night in Morrow, GA.
We left Morrow, GA hotel at 7:30 am.
--- Numerous stops for pecans, peaches, and lunch at Cracker Barrel ---
Florida - 1:06 pm.

Traffic was great. We only had three short delays on the way down. Once in Kentucky, when we got behind a slow moving military convoy. We ran into some construction around the Titans' stadium in Tennessee. And we hit a brief t-storm in Florida that slowed traffic to a crawl. Otherwise it was smooth sailing. The drive home through Illinois was beautiful, but quite a bit more construction. Overall though, it was a great experience. I'm absolutely, 100% sold on driving. I LOVED it! I honestly can't see myself ever flying there (or just about anywhere else in the Lower-48) again. I was on my own schedule. We didn't have to worry about luggage weight, which is important when buying souvenirs. We got to see parts of the country we'd never get to see flying over it. I'm just sad that it'll be another three years before I get to do it again.
Thanks for the detailed report!

We're glad you had a "great experience" with your 2,000+ mile round-trip drive.

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Old 09-23-2012, 12:07 AM   #1792
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Traffic was great. We only had three short delays on the way down. Once in Kentucky, when we got behind a slow moving military convoy. We ran into some construction around the Titans' stadium in Tennessee. And we hit a brief t-storm in Florida that slowed traffic to a crawl. Otherwise it was smooth sailing. The drive home through Illinois was beautiful, but quite a bit more construction. Overall though, it was a great experience. I'm absolutely, 100% sold on driving. I LOVED it! I honestly can't see myself ever flying there (or just about anywhere else in the Lower-48) again. I was on my own schedule. We didn't have to worry about luggage weight, which is important when buying souvenirs. We got to see parts of the country we'd never get to see flying over it. I'm just sad that it'll be another three years before I get to do it again.
I feel the same way - flew to Disneyland a few weeks ago (DD was running the half marathon there for a Coast to Coast and went there to cheer her on) and hated it. getting toiletries in 3 oz sizes - making sure luggage is the correct size and weight - having to get up early - go through security - take off your shoes and put them back on - wait for boarding - then wait for the Disneyland Express bus (not free like WDW) was really stressful.
Love packing up the car the night before - having plenty of room for tossing in those last minute things that you forget to pack - and the convenience of having our own car at the resort and then as you said, not worrying about luggage size and weight and having plenty of room for souvenirs. Driving is the only way to go!
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Old 09-23-2012, 06:39 AM   #1793
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That's good to hear, we will be adding few more miles this trip. Will see my gf that has a shop in winter park, and thinking of Lego land. Cost will be deciding factor. Safe travels!

Still paying $4.00 for midgrade at home.
the price of gas drops .30-.40 per gallon once you hit virginia.
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I feel the same way - flew to Disneyland a few weeks ago (DD was running the half marathon there for a Coast to Coast and went there to cheer her on) and hated it. getting toiletries in 3 oz sizes - making sure luggage is the correct size and weight - having to get up early - go through security - take off your shoes and put them back on - wait for boarding - then wait for the Disneyland Express bus (not free like WDW) was really stressful.
Love packing up the car the night before - having plenty of room for tossing in those last minute things that you forget to pack - and the convenience of having our own car at the resort and then as you said, not worrying about luggage size and weight and having plenty of room for souvenirs. Driving is the only way to go!
We agree with your comments. Of course, that's why this thread was created!

Besides everything you mentioned about flying (and there are other items you could have easily added), there's nothing quite like our last pre-drive activity before we leave from our garage: placing the Mickey Mouse antenna character in place!

Ah, later next month for us....

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Old 09-23-2012, 10:21 AM   #1795
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What is the least amount of time you have stayed in WDW when driving approx 20 hrs to get there?

We are staying 5 nights in WDW + 2 on the way down for short visits and 1 on the way back. I realize our travel time will be as long as our current park hopper pass (thinking of upping to 4 day hopper but with DS 4 and DD 1 I feel like 3 day hopper will be ok....). My parents think we should fly for that amount of time but I feel like the point is just to get away and not as much is the drive worth it for the amount of time going.....
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I think it's definitely a matter of personal preference! We are staying 6 nights at WDW plus 2 nights on the road - we have 5 day tickets and will be on the road for 4 days.
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Old 09-23-2012, 09:24 PM   #1797
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This thread (now in version III) topped the 100,000+ views mark today.

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Gas prices are finally starting to drop a little by me in southern NJ. They had been around 3.79, and now several are at 3.69. Let's hope it continues and spreads to other states!
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wish they would drop where i am (upstate ny), i paid $4.05 yesterday.....ouch
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Coming from Philly. Still high here, but down about $0.02 in the last week. Premium down to $4.14 now
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