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Old 10-19-2012, 08:30 PM   #1906
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Hess in the world in down to $3.49.

Have a safe trip. We are heading home tomorrow morning. I'll wave.
Thanks! And a safe drive to you and yours.

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Old 10-20-2012, 06:40 PM   #1907
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We're here!

Departed at 10:30 p.m. Friday night and arrived in Lake Buena Vista at 6:30 p.m. today, Saturday. Some showers and fog during the second and third hours of our drive; two NC naps; heavy traffic on I-4 approacing WDW exits. Details to follow. Tired.

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Old 10-20-2012, 07:18 PM   #1908
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I don't see an answer to you yet so I'll give you one I've seen here a number of times. Get yourself over to I-81 in PA and take the inland route -- 81, 77, 26, 95. You pick up 95 near Savannah, GA. I'm not sure what the name of the roads are to get you to 81. We've done the inland route twice and 95 once. Will never go around DC again, so if we do 95 again, we will pick it up further south.
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We're here!

Departed at 10:30 p.m. Friday night and arrived in Lake Buena Vista at 6:30 p.m. today, Saturday. Some showers and fog during the second and third hours of our drive; two NC naps; heavy traffic on I-4 approacing WDW exits. Details to follow. Tired.

All the best.
turn my back for a second and bc is off to the world again!!

have a great trip bc!!

(maybe doing 3 drives in 2013, more to follow)
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Old 10-21-2012, 10:33 AM   #1910
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We made it hone last night. We left a little after 8 am, total trip was about 15 hours and 15 minutes. Pretty smooth ride home. Only exception was in NC, two accidents and several brush fires on the sides/middle section of the road. I'm guessing a combination of dry conditions and people tossing cigarettes out.
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Old 10-21-2012, 06:01 PM   #1911
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We made it hone last night. We left a little after 8 am, total trip was about 15 hours and 15 minutes. Pretty smooth ride home. Only exception was in NC, two accidents and several brush fires on the sides/middle section of the road. I'm guessing a combination of dry conditions and people tossing cigarettes out.

We must have passed you at one point. Cool.

We have arrived at the Boardwalk Inn after a short drive from a local Lake Buena Vista hotel last night. The weather is awesome and the food and wine festival is close by.

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Old 10-21-2012, 07:13 PM   #1912
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We're here!

Departed at 10:30 p.m. Friday night and arrived in Lake Buena Vista at 6:30 p.m. today, Saturday. Some showers and fog during the second and third hours of our drive; two NC naps; heavy traffic on I-4 approacing WDW exits. Details to follow. Tired.

All the best.
Yay BC! You really should try 417 instead - no traffic, and totally avoid I-4.

Enjoy.
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Old 10-21-2012, 07:14 PM   #1913
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turn my back for a second and bc is off to the world again!!

have a great trip bc!!

(maybe doing 3 drives in 2013, more to follow)
Thanksgiving week, or week after? We'll be there!!
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Yay BC! You really should try 417 instead - no traffic, and totally avoid I-4.

Enjoy.
We took it once. In the rain. At rush hour. I would say it was a totally different road than you experienced. And we had to keep pulling off to pay more tolls. Or did we? Do you pay toll after toll after toll? It was our first drive in 2007 and dh said that we would never take that road again. I keep looking at 429 as an option.
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Old 10-22-2012, 08:20 AM   #1915
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Yay BC! You really should try 417 instead - no traffic, and totally avoid I-4.


How many tolls and what is the total cost for taking 417 its entire length?

Also, saw a gas station with a 3.51 price for regular cash/credit this morning!
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Have fun BC. I am interested in hearing how an overnight trip compared to leaving early AM. Any idea what your total actual driving time was?
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Old 10-22-2012, 09:55 AM   #1917
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Have fun BC. I am interested in hearing how an overnight trip compared to leaving early AM. Any idea what your total actual driving time was?
Departed Jersey Shore on Friday night @ 10:31 p.m. Some light showers on I-295 approaching the DE Memorial Bridge.

DE: midnight
MD: 12:17 a.m. [some fog]
VA: 2:06 a.m.
NC: 5:14 a.m. [two naps in NC]
SC: 10:22 a.m.
GA: 1:19 p.m.
FL: 3:13 p.m.
I-4: 5:15 p.m.
Lake Buena Vista: 6:25 [We stay at a non-Disney hotel for the overnight]

We have left as early as 9:31 p.m. and night and at nearly every imaginable hour in the pre dawn.

Note: Approaching the Jacksonville bridges, we noticed a sign that said "Crash ahead in left lane...one mile." When we reached the area there was no crash, but a FL driver crossed two lanes without signaling and almost caused a crash!

Time to walk to EPCOT!

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Just realized we leave middle of next week for our fourth trip this year. Still haven't finished unpacking and doing laundry from our return on Oct. 17 from our third trip.
Only this trip we won't be returning directly home from Disney on this next trip - we will be going to TX to visit the grandkids after Disney so we add on an extra 1000 miles to our trip (less mileage to do add on the TX visit to a Disney trip rather than make separate trips - saves about 1400 miles).
I think by now our car can drive itself to Disney. We have packing and driving down to a science. Pack up the trunk and part of the back seat the night before. Departure morning get up, pack the cooler and finish packing the back seat with cooler, overnight duffle, computers/kindle/books/ snacks/jackets, etc. Stop at Subway first thing after we leave the house and get breakfast and lunch sandwiches (saves having to stop for food on the drive), down the street to stop at Starbucks for coffee (can't wait until Starbucks opens at DW) and then hit the road. Only stops for gas/bathroom breaks until arriving at our hotel for the night. Next morning, have a big breakfast at hotel, grab some fruit from the breakfast buffet for a car snack to tide us over until arriving at Disney.
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Yay BC! You really should try 417 instead - no traffic, and totally avoid I-4.

Enjoy.

We took it once. In the rain. At rush hour. I would say it was a totally different road than you experienced. And we had to keep pulling off to pay more tolls. Or did we? Do you pay toll after toll after toll? It was our first drive in 2007 and dh said that we would never take that road again. I keep looking at 429 as an option.
you don't pull off but you have to go in the right lane to pay cash. Takes about an hour from Sanford to WDW, probably stop 5 or 6 times, some tolls $2.00, some 50 or 75 cents. total cost $7.50.

i can never remember bad traffic on there. been there afternoon rush, just a little busier but compared to I-4 at rush hour, 417 is wonderful!


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you don't pull off but you have to go in the right lane to pay cash. Takes about an hour from Sanford to WDW, probably stop 5 or 6 times, some tolls $2.00, some 50 or 75 cents. total cost $7.50.

i can never remember bad traffic on there. been there afternoon rush, just a little busier but compared to I-4 at rush hour, 417 is wonderful!


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I'm pretty sure our tolls added up to around $11.00. Of course, we made a big mistake when Miss Gwendolyn (GPS) told us to keep right and then as soon as we were in the right lane said, "Keep left." Well, now we know how she thinks -- she meant keep left after we kept right.

But at the time we were frustrated with the rain, the dark, the tolls, the traffic so we immediately switched from that right lane across four lanes of traffic to the left lane which then put us going in the opposite direction, with no U-turns in spite of Miss Gwendolyn's insistence and then back on the 417 going back the way we had just come, back off at another exit, back on to get in the right direction again.

Then we once again got in the right lane and stayed there until we made the turn and then we got in the left lane and there in front of us was the beautiful welcome arch which I totally missed because I was at that point close to having a nervous breakdown.

Oh, and dh managed to blow through a red light with that whole right lane / left lane fiasco and we could have been killed, really. Horns blaring, brakes squealing. And me jumping out of the car spitting fire in a gas station.

We'll never get on the 417 again.
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