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Old 03-20-2013, 01:33 PM   #31
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pft.

we start out about 4pm and drive through the night to get into Barstow by 8 or 9 the next morning.

LoL, I guess 4 AM is early for us because we're college kids who sleep in. I wish I had your stamina!!
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Old 03-20-2013, 01:59 PM   #32
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When it's just my family, we leave around 6am from San Jose. For a period of five years or so, we had a small TV and the Dreamcast set up so my little brothers didn't fight/annoy my parents with the incessant question of "Are we there yet?" We always stop three times on the 365 mile journey: first at a McDonald's to get breakfast for my dad the driver and so my mom can go to the bathroom, second at Harris Ranch to fill up the minivan and so my mom can go to the bathroom, third at Valencia for lunch and so my mom can go to the bathroom. As we enter Orange County us three kids try to see who can see the Matterhorn first/spot the Harbor Blvd/Disneyland Drive exit signs first.

When it's me and some friends, I'm usually leaving from Downtown Los Angeles, so it's a bit different. We leave around 8am (as it's a day trip on the weekend) and whoever has shotgun controls the music. We play two games: who can see the Matterhorn first, and when are we in Orange County (it becomes super easy to tell once you've driven in LA County a lot). As we take the exit for Disneyland Drive, I switch my ipod to my playlist of Disneyland ride songs. I always play Splash Mountain as I get to the booth for the Mickey and Friends lot.
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Old 03-20-2013, 02:05 PM   #33
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UM, I don't care who's riding shotgun and who's driving.. If I am awake I control the radio. lol


I bet I'm a real jerk to ride with
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Old 03-20-2013, 02:14 PM   #34
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I love finding a corny touristy pitstop.

When we drove down to DL last year, it was The Olive Pit in Corning, CA. My DS loves olives, so it fit. Did some olive and olive oil tastings, it was a nice break to stretch legs and do something fun.

When we went on a road trip to the Redwoods 2 years ago, it was a picture of DS by "Captain Jack" wood carving (yes it was outside of a liquor barn, don't tell LOL)

Just corny, break up the monotony of driving stuff ;-)
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Old 03-20-2013, 04:42 PM   #35
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My DH and I drive down from Sacramento. Our tradition used to be a stop at Harris Ranch on the way back home, but now we've found we prefer 99 just because there's more to do along the way. Last year, we left a day early, made a few stops to see things along the way, and stopped at a hotel in Tulare. It was great to break up the driving and made it seem much more bearable.

This year, our budget is a bit tighter, so we're going straight through. But we'll probably make a new tradition of stopping at Bravo Farms in Traver, CA for lunch. It was one of our stops last year and we both really enjoyed it...especially the treehouse!
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Old 03-20-2013, 04:47 PM   #36
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I cant believe this thread is on page 3 and no one has mentioned the license plate game! We HAVE to do this - I print out the states and we cross them off as we go. Next time I am going to add Mexican states and Canadian provinces because we always see some of those as well. We keep the list after we get home and see how long it takes to complete the whole thing.

I actually like the drive from the Bay Area to Anaheim but this time we got a good deal from Jet Blue so we will fly. I am a little bummed about missing the drive but not that much because it means more time in the parks!
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Old 03-20-2013, 04:48 PM   #37
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When it's just my family, we leave around 6am from San Jose. For a period of five years or so, we had a small TV and the Dreamcast set up so my little brothers didn't fight/annoy my parents with the incessant question of "Are we there yet?" We always stop three times on the 365 mile journey: first at a McDonald's to get breakfast for my dad the driver and so my mom can go to the bathroom, second at Harris Ranch to fill up the minivan and so my mom can go to the bathroom, third at Valencia for lunch and so my mom can go to the bathroom. As we enter Orange County us three kids try to see who can see the Matterhorn first/spot the Harbor Blvd/Disneyland Drive exit signs first.

When it's me and some friends, I'm usually leaving from Downtown Los Angeles, so it's a bit different. We leave around 8am (as it's a day trip on the weekend) and whoever has shotgun controls the music. We play two games: who can see the Matterhorn first, and when are we in Orange County (it becomes super easy to tell once you've driven in LA County a lot). As we take the exit for Disneyland Drive, I switch my ipod to my playlist of Disneyland ride songs. I always play Splash Mountain as I get to the booth for the Mickey and Friends lot.
Disneyland ride songs? I had no idea you could get these!!!

We drive from Las Vegas, but we don't really have any traditions, unless you include the tradition of me thinking "No, we won't have to stop in Baker for me to go to the bathroom, I can make it all the way to Barstow..." and then 30 minutes outside of Baker I'm ready to pee into my McDonald's cup. So yeah...starting with the next trip, I'm making a new tradition, that says ALWAYS stop in Baker and go pee. And Barstow. and then I'm good until Anaheim. We never try to leave early in the morning and do Disney that day, even before we had kids, my DH is too much of a grump and complains about the drive. We like to leave in the afternoon from Vegas, get to Anaheim and check in, then have dinner at GCH and walk around Downtown Disney and be fresh and ready when the parks open the next day. The only time we ever did day trips was when we were still living in the LA area.
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Old 03-20-2013, 04:53 PM   #38
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I don't care who's navigator/radio control. As long as no one interrupts the connection between the gas pedal and the floor board. Though I have to say, if I get a chance at input I do have a 5-disc box set of Disney CDs. Aaaand not to mention my driving method is offset by the time spent graciously accepting my speeding ticket somewhere between Fresno and Bakersfield.

MY way means being out the door by 4:30am and we're coming from the Bay Area which means I give us plenty of time for nice long afternoon in the park that first day. Plus everyone's too sleepy to beg for stops and I can get us to Bakersfield at least before the complaints...er I mean breaks begin.

Everyone else wants a ridiculously late start, or what they call "more reasonable," like 6:30 am. This turns me into Grumpy cause I've already been up waiting to leave for HOURS. For some reason a later start also seems to coinside with more frequent and lengthier stops.
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Old 03-20-2013, 04:57 PM   #39
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Disneyland ride songs? I had no idea you could get these!!!
I think most, if not all of them are on youtube. There are also videos that have the different lands' music (i.e. Main Street, Tomorrowland, Critter Country, etc.) I often listen to these during work.

This video is what I listen to for Splash Mountain, for example: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cY0MdLzmwjk
And here is Main Street's music loop: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bttykRzIHl4

I believe there are CDs you can get that has all the music, but I usually just pull things up on youtube.
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Old 03-20-2013, 06:21 PM   #40
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We drive from the Modesto area. I drive to Bakersfield and my DH drives the rest of the way. We always stop at Bravo farms to eat and hang out for a bit. We also play the ABC game. I would love to listen to disney music the whole time but I think my DH would throw himself from the car if I did that. We also always stop at the In n Out at the grapevine.
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Old 03-20-2013, 06:39 PM   #41
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Maybe we need to have a DIS meet at the Santa Clarita/Newhall In 'n Out Burger.
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Old 03-20-2013, 06:45 PM   #42
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I think our only driving tradition is to try to get there alive and still talking to each other. :D
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Old 03-20-2013, 06:56 PM   #43
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Red Vines are a must on road trips. -I don't think I buy them any other time. And running in random circles at rest areas. One of these days, we're going to run into someone we know, and we just might be embarrassed, but until then, we'll continue to act like lunes. (not me, actually, just the kids on the embarrassed part.)

I'm going to start with the individual bagees for jerky as well. You're right, it is a hot commodity.
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Old 03-20-2013, 07:03 PM   #44
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After a 7-8 hour drive,,,I let the wifey check in and tell the kids to hand me a cold one while they unload the 'burb'.
On the way home,we stop at the Pizza Hut in Toltec so we don't have to cook dinner that night.
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Old 03-20-2013, 07:56 PM   #45
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Loving this! My mom, sister, best friend and I are leaving Saturday morning for our spring break trip. We are driving from mid-Willamette Valley (in between Salem and Eugene, for any other Oregonians) to San Francisco and Santa Clara, and then making our way down to LA, Anaheim, and San Diego. I am beyond excited

One tradition that we follow without fail is a stop at the the Olive Pit in Corning. They have amazing olives there! They also have different kinds of olive oil and vinegar, with bread to sample. We can spend a good 45 minutes there trying all the different variations!
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