Disney Information Station Logo

Go Back   The DIS Discussion Forums - DISboards.com > Disney Trip Planning Forums > Theme Parks Attractions and Strategies
Find Hotel Specials & DIScounts
 
facebooktwitterpinterestgoogle plusyoutubeDIS UpdatesDIS email updates
Register Chat FAQ Tickers Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read





Reply
 
Thread Tools Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 02-24-2013, 12:49 PM   #1
1osfan
Mouseketeer
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Northwest Indiana
Posts: 362

Our family took three amazing trips to WDW over the course of three summers and loved every moment. Now, we were unable to take a trip this past summer and will not be able to take a trip this upcoming summer. We now have a third child who just turned two, is fascinated by castles, and loves princesses. I would love to take her to the MK. We don't have the money to take a "normal" vacation to WDW this summer but we may be able to swing one day. The catch - we live 18 hours from WDW.

I am just curious how many of you would make an 18 hour drive to spend two nights at WDW and visit MK for one day. Couple of other details - we have three kids: 10, 6, and 2; we take a trip every summer to visit family - it's a 10 hour drive and we make it with no problems. We would drive the 18 hours to Orlando, spend a day resting and a day at MK, then drive 15 hours to see our family.

I know it sounds crazy - it sounds that way to me. But, we love Disney and I would love to see my daughter's face when she sees the castle and the princesses.
1osfan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-24-2013, 01:12 PM   #2
Mousemommy1
DIS Veteran
 
Mousemommy1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: NH
Posts: 11,150

Quote:
Originally Posted by 1osfan View Post
Our family took three amazing trips to WDW over the course of three summers and loved every moment. Now, we were unable to take a trip this past summer and will not be able to take a trip this upcoming summer. We now have a third child who just turned two, is fascinated by castles, and loves princesses. I would love to take her to the MK. We don't have the money to take a "normal" vacation to WDW this summer but we may be able to swing one day. The catch - we live 18 hours from WDW.

I am just curious how many of you would make an 18 hour drive to spend two nights at WDW and visit MK for one day. Couple of other details - we have three kids: 10, 6, and 2; we take a trip every summer to visit family - it's a 10 hour drive and we make it with no problems. We would drive the 18 hours to Orlando, spend a day resting and a day at MK, then drive 15 hours to see our family.

I know it sounds crazy - it sounds that way to me. But, we love Disney and I would love to see my daughter's face when she sees the castle and the princesses.
Personally, I would not do it. To drive 18 hours for one day....nope. Is it possible for you to just save up for the next year and take a "normal" vacation next summer? I would think that would be a lot more satisfying. Again, just my opinion.
__________________
(DH) (ME) (DD10) (DD8) (DS Due 1/12/15!!)



PAST TRIPS:
JUL 1985 OFFSITE • JUL 1989 OFFSITE • MAR 2000 ASMO • SEP 2000 ASMU • SEP 2002 ASSP • NOV 2009 POP • FEB 2011 CBR • JUL 2012 WL CL • APR 2013 YC CL • SEP 2013 POFQ • AUG 2014 BC CL
Mousemommy1 is offline   Reply With Quote
|
The DIS
Register to remove

Join Date: 1997
Location: Orlando, FL
Posts: 1,000,000
Old 02-24-2013, 01:18 PM   #3
dmiller64152
Mouseketeer
 
dmiller64152's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Shawnee, Kansas
Posts: 202

Agree with previous poster. She'll surely enjoy it as much when she is 3, and with her sibs. Wait til next year!
__________________
Pop Century October 2014
CBR June 2013
dmiller64152 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-24-2013, 01:20 PM   #4
sammons70
Mouseketeer
 
sammons70's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Auburn, CA
Posts: 226

Quote:
Originally Posted by Mousemommy1

Personally, I would not do it. To drive 18 hours for one day....nope. Is it possible for you to just save up for the next year and take a "normal" vacation next summer? I would think that would be a lot more satisfying. Again, just my opinion.
I agree. This will be such a tiring experience. Your older children will likely be disappointed by the lack of time for experiences in the World.
__________________
Sammons70
:goofy :
sammons70 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-24-2013, 01:20 PM   #5
wdw_monster
Mouseketeer
 
wdw_monster's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: san antonio, tx
Posts: 406

I'd do it!!! Just make sure you get plenty of sleep before you drive and take turns with the spouse. I've driven 18 house by myself before it wasn't that bad but I was also loaded up on monster energy drinks. I say take advantage of the here and now.

Sent from my iPhone using DISBoards
__________________
wdw_monster is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-24-2013, 01:21 PM   #6
4HppyCamprs
DIS Veteran
 
4HppyCamprs's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: indiana
Posts: 2,254

Sorry no I would not make the trip.

Sent from my iPhone using DISBoards
__________________
09 ASMu 1st Visit! Grandma came too! Free dining 2010 POR 2nd Visit! Grandma is along for the ride! Free dining! 03/05-09/2012 POLY here we come!! We love Disney and Grandma does too! No dining plan and we loved it! DoubleTree DTD: 3/10-3/15/13 The whole gang! Best Trip yet! First Cruise: 1/6-1/10/14 Disney Magic. 2nd Cruise: 10/23-10/28/15 Disney Magic.
Me: Heather DH: DS #1 (11/04) DS #2 (2/09) DD (08/11) rincess:
4HppyCamprs is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-24-2013, 01:23 PM   #7
Gumbo4x4
Note to the ladies who forgot to check - we don't mind. Signed, "The guys"
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Missouri, USA
Posts: 13,699

Seems like a lot of travel expense for 1 day. I understand the desire, but as others have said, maybe a better plan would be to take the $$ this trip would have cost and apply it to next year.
__________________
Gumbo4x4 is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 02-24-2013, 01:23 PM   #8
tigmickey
Mouseketeer
 
tigmickey's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: Chicago
Posts: 80

I would do it. I think that the biggest memories are from the biggest plans. Plan it right and you will be fine.
__________________
25 trips to WDW in 20 years from Chicago
5 Disney Cruises
DVC Member
Hopefully Summer of 2014 at Disney Land!!!
Planned December of 2014 WDW!!
tigmickey is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-24-2013, 01:32 PM   #9
tigerbelly
Mouseketeer
 
tigerbelly's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Posts: 128

No way!! But my kids are MONSTERS in the car. We just did a 5 hour road trip last weekend and it was torture. By the time I got there I wouldn't be able to enjoy it one bit.

Now, we did a 2 day trip to Disney last summer because we were already in Orlando. It was worth every second. But we flew to Orlando, and had a really nice inexpensive hotel and did it on the cheap.
tigerbelly is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-24-2013, 01:37 PM   #10
cdelong1
Earning My Ears
 
cdelong1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Posts: 29

I would definitely do it even just for one day! We live about 18 hours away from the MK too and drive every time we visit so my kids are used to the drive and sleep well in the car.
__________________
cdelong1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-24-2013, 01:44 PM   #11
MickeyCanada715
Earning My Ears
 
MickeyCanada715's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Posts: 57

Not a chance. I wouldn't even consider it.
__________________
Me DW DD DS
Vacation planner

MickeyCanada715 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-24-2013, 01:45 PM   #12
MickeyCanada715
Earning My Ears
 
MickeyCanada715's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Posts: 57

My drive is 18 hours as well from Windsor, Ontario, Canada.
__________________
Me DW DD DS
Vacation planner

MickeyCanada715 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-24-2013, 02:03 PM   #13
mickeyluv'r
DIS Veteran
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Posts: 7,752

That's too much driving to make it worthwhile. If you could stretch it to one more day, then it may be worth doing. Eighteen hours is a long drive. Even if you have two drivers, you'll be rather tired the next day. There's a big difference between 10 hours and 18.
mickeyluv'r is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-24-2013, 02:08 PM   #14
rainynight
Mouseketeer
 
rainynight's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Indianapolis
Posts: 385

I personally wouldn't do it. Not just because of the length of the drive, but paying park admission for just one day is outrageous on top of all that gas money. It's easier to handle paying the gas and admission prices for a multi-day trip.

I would find something closer to take your daughter to and save up for a longer Disney trip. Next month we are driving 3 hours for a Chicago weekend trip and going to Medieval Times (a castle dinner show thing, they have multiple locaions too) since our guy is really into knights now and we just really love Chicago. Search around, there are other castle options besides Disney World. No doubt our son loves Disney World, but to be honest he's had just as much fun doing little outings and cheap beach trips. Recently we took a nice cruise and it's the day we spent at the beach after the cruise that our son keeps talking about! He says that was his favorite part.

Another suggestions is look for a Little Tikes Classic Castle. We got a used one off Craigslist for $50 in excellent shape. He's gotten hours of use in that and it's a huge hit for all the kids who comes over. I've spent hours sitting inside slaying dragons as well, a few days a week we sit in there together eating lunch. Something like that will create more memories and enjoyment than a one day Disney trip.

Kids don't need something extravagant in order to have a good time. To a young kid, a castle is a castle. I would personally find a different way to indulge your daughter and save for a nicer Disney trip in the future
rainynight is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply



Thread Tools
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

facebooktwitterpinterestgoogle plusyoutubeDIS Updates
GET OUR DIS UPDATES DELIVERED BY EMAIL



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 07:31 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

Copyright © 1997-2014, Werner Technologies, LLC. All Rights Reserved.