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Old 06-14-2013, 02:22 PM   #31
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My wife my 3 children (14,8,6) are leaving in 1 week. We are driving down from Long Island. We are planning on driving straight through. My kids get out of school at 11:00 am and we plan on hopping in the car and leaving from there.
Any suggestions to keep the kids from killing each other and us from killing them?
Our kids are 14, 10 and 6 and we'll be hitting the road on the 20th! I bring lots of snacks, portable dvd player with a couple new movies, headphones and new books for them. Older 1 has a Kindle Fire and 10 y.o. an refurbed ipod touch, 6 y.o. a leapPad so this trip will be easier I hope!
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Old 06-14-2013, 02:35 PM   #32
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My DD11 and I are driving down from Mid-Western Ontario in October. We're going to try out "car camping" at large truck stops along the way instead of paying for hotels - we're practicing in the back yard tonight! We've done a couple of long-distance drives like this together - Myrtle Beach and Eastman Georgia. Myrtle Beach I cracked up my car hitting a huge pothole in the dark. I hate driving in unfamiliar places in the dark! So my strategy is to start out in the tiny wee hours of the morning, as I am pretty familiar with the roads down to the border, and then drive until I am really really tired (once it starts to get dark) and then find a big travel plaza to hole up in for the night. Start out again at first light and hopefully be at Bonnet Creek before dark the second day! Wish us luck!!
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Old 06-14-2013, 03:53 PM   #33
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My DD11 and I are driving down from Mid-Western Ontario in October. We're going to try out "car camping" at large truck stops along the way instead of paying for hotels - we're practicing in the back yard tonight! We've done a couple of long-distance drives like this together - Myrtle Beach and Eastman Georgia. Myrtle Beach I cracked up my car hitting a huge pothole in the dark. I hate driving in unfamiliar places in the dark! So my strategy is to start out in the tiny wee hours of the morning, as I am pretty familiar with the roads down to the border, and then drive until I am really really tired (once it starts to get dark) and then find a big travel plaza to hole up in for the night. Start out again at first light and hopefully be at Bonnet Creek before dark the second day! Wish us luck!!
Hmm. I don't know if I can sleep upright for more than one night at a time. I'm glad you're trying it out in the backyard before actually doing it on the road.

Where do you enter the border? Detroit? Sault Ste Marie? Or somewhere in Minnesota?

If my calculations are correct, our dates at Bonnet Creek may overlap. We're getting there on October 27th.
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Have any of you fellow travelers ever purchased a pre-paid visa/mastercard to use during your travel to and from Disney? We used our cc when we drove to Miami, but I was always so hesitant due to increasing cc theft and fraud. I was doing research online and I know that there are fees associated with the purchase/use and that really doesn't bother me. What I am concerned about is actually being able to use it for lunches and dinners as well as gas. Any comments or experiences would be appreciated. TIA!!
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Sharon!!!! I guess we are going to miss each other by about a week in December!!!! we are going down again for over Christmas. we are taking a Christmas tree again with us!! im sure briana will be working a lot but im sure she will get a day off along the week some where.
I can't believe it's been 3 years since our last meet-up. Lauren is doing marching band, chorus, performing arts camp, camp musical (Fame Jr.), and is trying out for a "big" show - Shrek the Musical which will be the entire month of December. If she gets in, then we'll have to postpone our trip to after Christmas. We'd arrive 12/28 if we do that - will you still be there? I'm thinking of making the reservation and then cancelling later if we don't need it. I don't want to get stuck without a room (or should I saw a room we can afford LOL). The prices at Christmas are ridiculous!!
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New to this board and just checking in. Our first time driving to Disney although we have driven to other parts of Florida many times!

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Hmm. I don't know if I can sleep upright for more than one night at a time. I'm glad you're trying it out in the backyard before actually doing it on the road.

Where do you enter the border? Detroit? Sault Ste Marie? Or somewhere in Minnesota?

If my calculations are correct, our dates at Bonnet Creek may overlap. We're getting there on October 27th.
Hey!! We're actually going to be there at the same time - we start out the 25th and start back the 2nd! I think we'll hit the border at Detroit - still pondering the best down. That would be cool to cross paths!

We're camped out in the car right now! We folded the backseats down, put pillows down and are sleeping with our feet in the trunk lol!! I'll let you know how we're feeling in the morning!

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Ok, so it's 3:20, and we've learned:

* no laptop in the "bed" - it's amazing how much room that thing takes up in a subcompact car!

* we need camping mats!

* more blankets on cold nights!

* he who locked the side door of the house is in big trouble !!!! Lol

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Ok, so it's 3:20, and we've learned:

* no laptop in the "bed" - it's amazing how much room that thing takes up in a subcompact car!
So it's going to be you and your 12 year old sleeping in a subcompact. I still think that's going to be crowded.

Have you tried it with all your luggage in the car? That's going to be a lot of room right there.

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At least. At my age, I'd need an air mattress, and thats too big. (BTW, we're experienced tent campers). We've only slept in the car once. That was 12 years ago in NY state. We started looking for rooms too late, and we couldn't get one for less than $150/night. We were driving a full sized van at the time, so it wasn't too bad. At the time, there were two adults, and two above-average-sized teen-aged girls.

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Yup. Huge thing. I'm not sure if you're sleeping in the car for one night or two nights. But October/November nights north of Florida is going to be cold.

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Did you say you'd be taking one day down (leaving the 26th) or two days (leaving the 25th)?
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Are you familiar with traveling and stopping at truck stops in the US? They are not all safe. Pick carefuly ahead of time. What will you do about ventilation? Close all the windows and things get damp. But if you leave a window open, bugs or rain.

It may be very difficult to get a good - and safe - night sleep in a subcompact. Why not take a tent and stop at a campground. If you plan ahead you could find a state park not far off the road that would be cheap with limited facilities.

$20 or $30 might be worth the nights sleep and safety.

Just my opinion. Good luck either way!
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Are you familiar with traveling and stopping at truck stops in the US? They are not all safe. Pick carefuly ahead of time. What will you do about ventilation? Close all the windows and things get damp. But if you leave a window open, bugs or rain.

It may be very difficult to get a good - and safe - night sleep in a subcompact. Why not take a tent and stop at a campground. If you plan ahead you could find a state park not far off the road that would be cheap with limited facilities.

$20 or $30 might be worth the nights sleep and safety.

Just my opinion. Good luck either way!
I was thinking the same thing. I would be afraid to do that with a 12 yo. The hotels aren't that expensive the further south you get. Good luck!!

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Yes, I've thought long and hard about doing this too. I've researched the flying j and pilot truck stops, and I think I am pretty confident with either. Well-lit, busy 24 hours. we are planning to put blackout shades on the windows, and we can pretty much sleep through any noise. ventilation was not a problem last night - we cracked the windows, but not enough to get wet. it dropped into the 40's last night where we are, so we woke up shivering and decided to go in. we could do the same at a truck stop - we can go into the lounge if we get cold. Personally I feel a lot safer in a car with locks than in a tent! Lol!!! I guess I'm sort of adventurous if I've thought things through, but keep the comments coming - I want to make sure I have thought it all the way through before we do it.

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Personally I feel a lot safer in a car with locks than in a tent!
Now, you're making me feel nervous about our tent camping trip over the 4th of July weekend.

Honestly, I'm not going to worry tent camping, and I probably wouldn't worry about car camping at the Flying J if I had my 6' 4" husband with me. However, you won't have the luxury of a man accompany you. You'll probably be OK. I trust you'll keep your door locked at all times, and I think there's enough security cameras around.

I'd still think about a motel room. You can pick up coupon books at nearly every rest area along I-75. I'm going to assume you'll be taking the I-75 route.

You didn't answer...are you leaving on Friday or Saturday? 'Cause if you leave on Friday, you'll probably stay overnight close to us. We'll leave early Saturday morning, and I can see us travelling within a few miles of each other all the way down to Bonnet Creek.
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Now, you're making me feel nervous about our tent camping trip over the 4th of July weekend.

Honestly, I'm not going to worry tent camping, and I probably wouldn't worry about car camping at the Flying J if I had my 6' 4" husband with me. However, you won't have the luxury of a man accompany you. You'll probably be OK. I trust you'll keep your door locked at all times, and I think there's enough security cameras around.

I'd still think about a motel room. You can pick up coupon books at nearly every rest area along I-75. I'm going to assume you'll be taking the I-75 route.

You didn't answer...are you leaving on Friday or Saturday? 'Cause if you leave on Friday, you'll probably stay overnight close to us. We'll leave early Saturday morning, and I can see us travelling within a few miles of each other all the way down to Bonnet Creek.
Sorry to make you nervous! I've never been much of a tenter myself. But obviously people do it and love it! We're leaving home early Friday morning. I'm debating whether to head over to Clearwater on the Saturday depending on which way we go and when we get close - get a little beach time in to start off the trip, then check in to BC on Sunday, as that's when our reservation starts. We could stay at the KOA campground that night for sure. We've found a sleeping configuration that's good for each of us and leaves luggage room too! We're nothing if not efficient

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Whew! I thought it was a "Are we/Are we not going?" decision. We were going to have to talk some sense into you in that case!
Lol, well, my ds wants to actually spend money to go to the shore with gf and kids instead of Disney! If its the gang we would drive, but Allegiant rates local are so dang inexpensive, tempting......or we could go dur ing Holidays instead to see Christmas at the World.
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