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Old 08-01-2012, 11:03 AM   #1471
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Anyone from the western Pennsylvania area who has driven down and the best place to stop on the way down? Hubby wants to drive straight thru but don't think I can handle it nor our 3 daughters. We are going in mid march. Thanks

We make the trip up from Orlando to Northern Pittsburgh and back at least 2X a year. Just two adults and we (I) still can't make it without stopping. Depending on traffic and weather we usually aim for hitting I95 in SC at about 12 hours trip time. There's a great 20-30 mile stretch of exits with hotels around Walterboro, SC. Most are reasonable and almost always have availability at the last minute. If you get a really good days driving in then Brunswick and Jekyll Island, GA are also a great stopping points.

Orlando is about 3.5 hours from Brunswick and less than 6 from Walterboro.
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Old 08-01-2012, 01:03 PM   #1472
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Doesn't the price on AT go up the closer you get to the booking date? Maybe right now it is $50 extra but when you are just days out from departure, I was under the impression that the numbers go up significantly. We haven't done AT but I've been watching prices for about three years now. Seems the best price is the first price that comes out eleven months prior to departure.
Yes, that's true. We probably won't do it this time because we need to pack differentlly if we do the train vs. just driving. We have an overhead DVD, but on the train, we'll have to bring all that stuff to entertain. Plus the parents will need to do something instead of driving, LOL.
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Old 08-01-2012, 04:21 PM   #1473
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Hi!
I apologize if this has been answered already, I tried going back through the other 99 pages but I may have missed it : ) haha!

We are driving to Disney for the first time in November from St. Louis, we plan on leaving around 8am and stopping in Macon, GA for the night. But since we leave the day after Thanksgiving, I'm concerned about traffic. Anyone have any info on this?

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Old 08-01-2012, 06:00 PM   #1474
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Just extended our Oct. trip one day - didn't want to drive home the morning after the 3D Dessert party at F&W fest. Now hubby says to extend it one more day again - he likes resting at the resort the day before we leave - especially after doing MNSSHP, F&W fest, and seeing Elliot Dyson at POFQ for the week. Since he is the only driver (I only have a motorcycle license), I like playing by his rules - an extra day at Disney - now to call and change our reservation one more time. Then watch to see if AP rates come out for that time.
The only drawback is that it puts us two less days at home between the Oct. and Nov. trip.
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Old 08-01-2012, 07:26 PM   #1475
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We are driving to Disney for the first time in November from St. Louis, we plan on leaving around 8am and stopping in Macon, GA for the night. But since we leave the day after Thanksgiving, I'm concerned about traffic. Anyone have any info on this?
Only potentially bad traffic on the day after Thanksgiving is around the mall area. And that shouldn't affect interstate traffic.

When leaving St. Louis, if you'll be getting on the interstate by a major mall, you might want to take back roads to the next entrance ramp a few miles down the road. 8 AM is pretty busy on Black Friday around the malls.

Other than that, you should be fine. You'll reach WDW on Saturday?
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Old 08-02-2012, 11:30 PM   #1476
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Finished the call to extend our Disney stay another night for our Oct. trip. We'll be driving back on Mon. now and arriving home on Tues. That gives us about 18 to 21 days at home before we go back down again for our Nov. trip (haven't decided when we will leave for that trip for the F&W half marathon).
I think the car can go on auto-pilot down to Disney by now
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Old 08-03-2012, 07:38 PM   #1477
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Old 08-03-2012, 08:21 PM   #1478
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Leaving tomorrow night and I hope I remember to give updates along the way!

75, 25, 26, 95, 4!
Yes, let us know how it turned out.

I feel so responsible, since I helped suggest this route. You'll love it.

<eta> You forgot 40 between 25E and 26. And remember, it's 25E. Exit 29 from 75 at Corbin.

Also remember, if you want, you can pick up 81 south in Morristown. That will take you directly onto 40.

(Now I am feeling like a nervous mother.)

<eta once again> And don't forget that left hand turn in Tazewell, TN. To continue onto 25E.

(Now, I'm going to be worried until you get down to WDW. Or at least onto 95.)
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Old 08-03-2012, 09:40 PM   #1479
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We trip tiked it, no worries!
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Old 08-03-2012, 09:48 PM   #1480
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Good. Now I can sleep tonight.

Have fun. And lots of updates, OK?
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Old 08-04-2012, 06:29 AM   #1481
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Getting ready for our trip down. A little nervous about doing the run from Ontario to Orlando with only one night at a hotel.

Took out van in for its oil change and had them do a "Peace of Mind Inspection". Might have a $200 repair the to stearing, just going to get a second opinion. I am thinking I am getting off light.
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Old 08-04-2012, 10:20 PM   #1482
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Old 08-05-2012, 12:18 AM   #1483
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Traveling South on I-75, got into Ohio at 12:15am.
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Old 08-05-2012, 03:29 AM   #1484
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3:30am crossed over to Kentucky, only made 1 stop.
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Old 08-05-2012, 08:47 AM   #1485
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3:30am crossed over to Kentucky, only made 1 stop.
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