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Old 01-18-2013, 10:45 AM   #1
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driving from winnipeg

Hi all! been to Disney World many times always flew,has anyone driven from Winnipeg,if so what were the pros and cons thanks.
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Old 01-19-2013, 12:44 AM   #2
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We haven't driven, but I remember doing it as a child in a RV a couple times (once we stayed at Fort Wilderness and got to play at River Country- very cool!). We used to take about 3 days to get there and three back, and it was neat going on March/Easter break because the snow just gradually disappeared during the second day of driving.

I did do a CAA triptik out of curiousity a while back, and I recall the driving time to be about 31 hours from Winnipeg. This is the major drawback for us - you need at least two days down and two back which eats into your time there, especially if you only have a week of vacation time (we are stuck with school breaks - we tried summer once, and it was just too hot for us.

The pro is it is a pretty nice drive, especially in March where you drive into spring and greenery that is months away at home. I really liked those trips.
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Old 01-19-2013, 01:14 PM   #3
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Man, that is one loooong drive. I guess if you had 2 weeks, spending most of one week driving (look at it as a fun road trip rather than just a 'must do' drive), then it could be good.

We drive from eastern Ontario and like to take our time- 3 days down and sometimes even longer to get back if we stop off to visit friends. We look at it as a vacation within our vacation.

But if you are driving 15-16 hrs a day just to get there and back, it's not fun any more. You'll have to look at the costs of driving vs flying as well, factoring in not just gas, but the cost of food and lodging (and some factor in wear and tear on the vehicle as well). For us, because we always use reward or loyalty points to stay free in the hotels, it's actually cheaper to drive.
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Old 01-19-2013, 05:08 PM   #4
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driving vs flying from Manitobe

I think it would depend on how much time and how many people. West Jet is now flying direct from Winnipeg to Orlando. I got flights booked for March (I booked them in November) for under $450 per person with taxes. It also depends on how many hours a day you want to drive. I am sure it is beautiful but I know from past trips to Disney World I would be too tired to drive all that way back. Good Luck choosing!
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Old 01-19-2013, 09:31 PM   #5
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Hi, I was just booking our flights to go on a cruise March 11-16th, i found the prices on United reasonable... around 519.00/pp one way...
saves you alot of time and gives you a rest....
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Old 01-19-2013, 10:14 PM   #6
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We are driving from Winnipeg in a few weeks. I can let you know when we get back
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Old 01-19-2013, 11:51 PM   #7
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I think the drive would be okay if you had the time and could stop and see things along the way. My husband does not think it sounds fun at all!

We have flown from Grand Forks or Minnieapolis the last 4 trips...so much cheaper. We recently got flights for $250/return (including all fees and taxes) Our cheapest was $180.00/return.
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Old 01-20-2013, 07:20 PM   #8
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I think the drive would be okay if you had the time and could stop and see things along the way. My husband does not think it sounds fun at all!

We have flown from Grand Forks or Minnieapolis the last 4 trips...so much cheaper. We recently got flights for $250/return (including all fees and taxes) Our cheapest was $180.00/return.
Did you fly Allegiant out of GF? If so how was it?
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Old 01-21-2013, 12:27 AM   #9
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Did you fly Allegiant out of GF? If so how was it?
We will be flying Allegiant for the first time in February. Little nervous as it is our first time, but everyone I've talked to says it is fine...just no frills at all.

Allegiant flies into Sanford Airport, so that is different for us. We always rent a car, so it doesn't change much for us.
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We will be flying Allegiant for the first time in February. Little nervous as it is our first time, but everyone I've talked to says it is fine...just no frills at all.

Allegiant flies into Sanford Airport, so that is different for us. We always rent a car, so it doesn't change much for us.
What did your tickets end up costing if you don't mind me asking?
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I believe we paid just under $250.00 each after the taxes and fees. Had I booked the day before they were $40 cheaper Still good price thought!

This price factors in the fact that we paid for 2 pieces of luggage as well.
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I believe we paid just under $250.00 each after the taxes and fees. Had I booked the day before they were $40 cheaper Still good price thought!

This price factors in the fact that we paid for 2 pieces of luggage as well.
Thanks! I'm thinking of giving it a try for next year's trip!
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I believe we paid just under $250.00 each after the taxes and fees. Had I booked the day before they were $40 cheaper Still good price thought!

This price factors in the fact that we paid for 2 pieces of luggage as well.
That is a great price! We were looking at them for our trip, but they seemed to have figured out when we have spring break and price accordingly .
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We are driving from Winnipeg in a few weeks. I can let you know when we get back
Please do!

I am debating going for 3 weeks in August and driving would be fun! Well maybe not with a 7 and 4 year old

Thought we could do Aug 10 - Sept 2nd. 5 days to drive there (aiming for 8 hrs a day)- is that a realistic estimate?

10 days at the park - 4 days exploring the gulf coast and then 5 days to drive back just in time to start school.
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Old 01-25-2013, 09:43 PM   #15
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I have driven the Minnesota route and the Kansas City (i29) route as well. We usually leave Friday night after work and drive as far as Fargo then get up really early Saturday morning and drive. We are at Disney by Sunday afternoon after a hotel stop somewhere Saturday night. I prefer the route that takes you through Minnesota/Wisconsin only because the route through the Dakotas is so boring. We drive from Brandon so it adds on a couple of hours.
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