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Old 06-17-2013, 10:01 AM   #61
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I have another question for you "Driving Lords":

If you use the toll roads in Florida, how do you pay for them? We've avoided toll roads before, but this trip we will almost need to use the toll roads as we are diverting to see an old friend. I did see the 'Pay by Plate' option for the Sun Pass, but I thought I'd check with all of you first. TIA
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Old 06-17-2013, 11:40 AM   #62
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I have another question for you "Driving Lords":

If you use the toll roads in Florida, how do you pay for them? We've avoided toll roads before, but this trip we will almost need to use the toll roads as we are diverting to see an old friend. I did see the 'Pay by Plate' option for the Sun Pass, but I thought I'd check with all of you first. TIA
We are from PA and have EZ Pass which works everywhere in the northeast and midwest. But not in Florida. So we use change. Bummer.
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Old 06-17-2013, 12:02 PM   #63
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We are from PA and have EZ Pass which works everywhere in the northeast and midwest. But not in Florida. So we use change. Bummer.
Ok...guess we will just have to get some change. It's a shame that EZ Pass DOESN'T work in Florida cause we have one of those!!
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Old 06-17-2013, 12:02 PM   #64
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And I don't know if all FL toll roads are like this, but I was on one in southern FL earlier this year which had an unmanned entrance ramp toll that accepted coins only. Signage had not indicated this was the case, leading to a mad scamble to find the coins to satisfy the toll. There was no way to exit either. So my advice is bring some rolls of quarters with you just in case!
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Old 06-17-2013, 12:03 PM   #65
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We are from PA and have EZ Pass which works everywhere in the northeast and midwest. But not in Florida. So we use change. Bummer.
Us too. Part of my pre-trip list includes going to the bank for 2 rolls of quarters.
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Old 06-17-2013, 12:33 PM   #66
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And I don't know if all FL toll roads are like this, but I was on one in southern FL earlier this year which had an unmanned entrance ramp toll that accepted coins only. Signage had not indicated this was the case, leading to a mad scamble to find the coins to satisfy the toll. There was no way to exit either. So my advice is bring some rolls of quarters with you just in case!
I just found our big ziploc bag of change in our van from last trip
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Old 06-17-2013, 12:34 PM   #67
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Im glad I read this as I didnt realize our ezpass wouldn't work. Will have to get some change. Thanks!
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Old 06-17-2013, 01:25 PM   #68
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Well after many drives down from Chicago, and the last few we have been flying. We swore we wouldn't drive anymore. But considering for our New Years trip this year Airfare has been 400+ a person. it looks like we will suck it up and drive again. Wife made me promise no straight thru anymore, so I am planning on making it to Florida state line or Lake City before stopping.
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Old 06-17-2013, 03:28 PM   #69
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Anyway, my question is about the ATL>WDW segment of the trip. Having never driven that section of road are there things I need to watch out for? We will be staying on the North side of ATL (that's where family is) and I'm suspecting traffic through ATL on a Thursday morning will delay us some.
Yeah, traffic will be an issue. We always say stay south of Atlanta, but you can't help it in this case.

I'm assuming more than one will be in your car. I'd just stay in the very far left lane (the HOV/carpool lane). I'm not sure how fast it will go during morning rush hour, but you'll still be moving.

Another suggestion...leave very early (before 6 AM) or very late (after 9). Good luck.
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Yeah, traffic will be an issue. We always say stay south of Atlanta, but you can't help it in this case.

I'm assuming more than one will be in your car. I'd just stay in the very far left lane (the HOV/carpool lane). I'm not sure how fast it will go during morning rush hour, but you'll still be moving.

Another suggestion...leave very early (before 6 AM) or very late (after 9). Good luck.
Yes, there will be tow of us in the car. Leaving after 9 am is an option for us since we're only going to WDW that day, which should be about 7 hours. That would put us at our hotel between 4 and 5 pm.
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I forgot to mention, if you really want to see something while your in florida.

take exit 68 off of I4, this is the first wdw exit near the crossroads.
when you get to the light at the end of the off ramp, turn left.

stay in the left lane and turn left at the next light. there will be a shell gas station on your right.

briana (dd) lives not to far from there. I picked her up sunday morning and needed gas. I pulled in to the pump. I NEVER LOOKED AT THE PRICE ON THE PUMP!!!!!

I put 93 oct. in my car. anyone what to venture a guess???????????????????/















$6.87 PER GALLON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

REG. UNLEADED IS $5.55 PER GALLON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I looked up and seen the pump was at $48 and I wasn't there that long. I stopped the pump, took my receipt, got in the car and blew the horn when I drove off, doing the nj "wave"!!!!!

briana and I where yacking away and I wasn't paying attention.

so if you got time, stop in and see this place.
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I forgot to mention, if you really want to see something while your in florida.

take exit 68 off of I4, this is the first wdw exit near the crossroads.
when you get to the light at the end of the off ramp, turn left.

stay in the left lane and turn left at the next light. there will be a shell gas station on your right.

$6.87 PER GALLON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

REG. UNLEADED IS $5.55 PER GALLON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I looked up and seen the pump was at $48 and I wasn't there that long. I stopped the pump, took my receipt, got in the car and blew the horn when I drove off, doing the nj "wave"!!!!!

briana and I where yacking away and I wasn't paying attention.

so if you got time, stop in and see this place.

Holy Crap!!!! What the heck?!?! Last year when we drove to Miami DH kept commenting about how much LOWER the gas prices were down there than at home here in PA. I wonder why that station was so high?? That's insane! We will deff be avoiding that one as we are taking the Ram 1500 this time and NOT my Avenger since we're taking the boys. (my car gets 30 mpg - the Ram gets 17 - that would cost as much in gas as it is to stay at the Poly!!!!)
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There are several on 535 that are sky high. They prey on the unsuspecting tourist who just figures prices are all similar
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