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Old 02-14-2005, 02:05 PM   #151
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Sure, Craig...we're practically neighbors! We drove down last in Feb. 2003, so I'm sure some stuff has changed, but here's a synopsis of our drive:
-Leave Portsmouth, NH at 4:00am on Saturday.
-Stopped in CT at a rest stop for a bathroom break (won't EVER do that again if possible...gas prices were so high, and some guy was going car to car asking for money)
-Arrive NYC around 8:30am (traffic was heavy, but not stopped, so that was a plus)
-Stopped in the middle of the NJ turnpike to get gas..also expensive, but necessary.
-Took 301 from Delaware to Virginia...long and boring. It wasn't even a highway really, will NEVER go that way again, although we did get to avoid Baltimore and DC
-Jumped back on 95 in VA and cruised the rest of the way. Stopped in Fredericksburg for gas.
-Stopped in Florence, SC at about 10:30pm and stayed at a Super 8. Another lesson learned...it was nasty, next time I'll pay the extra $20 a night for clean sheets.
-Sunday morning, got up at 6 and had breakfast at Waffle House. We finally got back on the road around 8 am.
-Stopped in Savannah, GA and got gas.
-Hit Fla, stopped at first FL rest stop to take pics and wash up.
-Stopped in Ormond Beach, got some supplies at the Walmart (very clean), and ate lunch at Cracker Barrel. Also got gas.
-Got to our hotel in Downtown Disney at about 4 pm...we hit MAJOR traffic going through downtown Orlando, we were in bumper to bumper traffic for almost 45 minutes.
Going back was pretty easy. We left Orlando around 4am again, except we stayed on 95 the whole time, and ended up stopping in Maryland for the night. The next day we were stuck in traffic in NYC for 2 hours!! I'm hoping that by leaving in the late afternoon/evening this time, we can avoid the heavy traffic in NYC, Washington, and Baltimore
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Old 02-14-2005, 02:54 PM   #152
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Amanda,

It's your one year anniversary(congrats by the way) so I'm not sure, but do you have any children? I have two kids 1 and 4 and was curious if you did that trip with little ones.
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Old 02-14-2005, 03:38 PM   #153
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Thanks, I can't believe it's been 1 year already! The last trip we made was just me and DH (well, FH at the time ) We had a very uncomfortable sports car, so we had to stop every 3 hours or so just to stretch...tall people in a little car just isn't fun!
This time we're taking my cousins, 9 and 11, and we've got an SUV now, so we're hoping the ride will be more comfy. Plus, most of the driving will be at night when they're (hopefully) sleeping.
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Old 02-14-2005, 06:09 PM   #154
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Hi Amanda,

I just had to say "hi" as I was born in Portsmouth, NH! Lived there until my 30's when I moved to Manchester. Now I'm in Florida (and just outside of Disney).

Any way - HELLO!

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Old 02-15-2005, 08:13 AM   #155
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Hi Holly, what a small world! I went to college in Manchester, but I'd MUCH rather be in Florida!
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Old 02-16-2005, 08:25 AM   #156
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Everyone posting lately seems to be from NH! But just in case... I'm driving down from central WI and am looking for suggestions on where to stop, how many stops (with a 2 & 4 yr old), etc. This will be my first time doing the planning and driving, though I have been the passenger before. Thanks.
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Old 02-16-2005, 09:40 AM   #157
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Everyone posting lately seems to be from NH! But just in case... I'm driving down from central WI and am looking for suggestions on where to stop, how many stops (with a 2 & 4 yr old), etc. This will be my first time doing the planning and driving, though I have been the passenger before. Thanks.
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ebarj1098,

Last year was our first year driving to WDW, so we probably have a lot of fine tuning to do on our next trip. Having said that, we had my DS (7months at the time) , my dd (3.5 at the time), DW, MIL and FIL on the trip. I'd like to say because we had so many people in the car that it increased the amount of times we needed to stop. My first question though is your 2yr old potty trained, or wil she/he be by the trip? MY DD was, and I thought she was going to be the reason for numerous stops. But, it turned out to be the opposite. My DS was the reason for many stops because of diaper changes. Yes, we got to stretch at the same time, but it certainly increased the number.

I'm not sure what the mileage is for WI, but it looks as though it's roughly the same distance as New England. We actually used 2.5 days to get there. We left early Friday morning and stopped in VA on Saturday night and then Daytona on Sunday night. Woke up and drove an hour to WDW. It was nice, but I'd like to be able to do it in a shorter time. My wife wants to actually take longer.

The number of gas stops will actually depend on the gas mileage your car gets divided by the number of total miles to WDW. The number of food/rest stops will depend on what time you leave on a particular day, how many stops for regular meals and how many stops for "potty" breaks.
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Thanks, I can't believe it's been 1 year already! The last trip we made was just me and DH (well, FH at the time ) We had a very uncomfortable sports car, so we had to stop every 3 hours or so just to stretch...tall people in a little car just isn't fun!
This time we're taking my cousins, 9 and 11, and we've got an SUV now, so we're hoping the ride will be more comfy. Plus, most of the driving will be at night when they're (hopefully) sleeping.
Amanda,

Do you remember if you had to pass over many bridges or go through many tunnels in the north eastern portion? My wife has a fear of bridges and tunnels, which is why we looped around through PA on the last trip.
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Old 02-16-2005, 01:45 PM   #159
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You do have to go over a bridge in NYC, and one in NJ/PA/MD area when you're going down 95. No tunnels that I can recall, which I'm more fearful of. I guess I've seen that movie Daylight with Sylvester Stallone too many times!

I sure hope you never take a trip to VA Beach/Norfolk area...the Chesapeake Bay Bridge is like 13 miles of bridge/tunnel combo!
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Old 02-16-2005, 01:46 PM   #160
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Oh, I found this sight, which has maps for all the different states:
http://www.mapathon.com/
Pretty good resource if you don't have an atlas/map handy
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Old 02-16-2005, 01:50 PM   #161
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I don't know if this has been posted on your thread yet but if I was going to have a car in Disney I would want to know this. I just noticed on the Main disboard today that there is a message in regards to tons of speedtraps being set up around and inside of Disney property. You would want to check that out before you go. Hope this helps someone.

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You do have to go over a bridge in NYC, and one in NJ/PA/MD area when you're going down 95. No tunnels that I can recall, which I'm more fearful of. I guess I've seen that movie Daylight with Sylvester Stallone too many times!

I sure hope you never take a trip to VA Beach/Norfolk area...the Chesapeake Bay Bridge is like 13 miles of bridge/tunnel combo!
Yeah I traveled on it when I was younger. It was a amazing.
My wife wouldn't think so though :-)
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Old 02-22-2005, 10:15 AM   #163
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Driving....and Driving

Hello Everyone,
This is my first post but I thought I'd just relate some of my personal experiences. I live in Southern NJ. South of I 195 but North of the AC Expressway. I have driven the trip to Mouse World 9 Times (im an energetic 23 year old) Most recently with my future mother inlaw, sister in law, neice (6) and my fiance. Our trip direct via 95 is typically 14-15 hours door to door, however i learned something this trip, I maintained our schedule but the excitment of the trip made us leave after breakfast instead of right before dinner, we arrived at the ASMo at 4:30A and had to wait almost 6 hours for a room to shower etc. at this point being up 24+ hours in a car with a 6 year old, i think you get the picture.

I'm just looking forward to april...so exciting, i get married on the 16th, celerbrate my mother in laws birthday the 18th, leave late the 18th for Disneymoon (POFQ) leave disney the 25th to be home for wifes birthday on the 26th (Sharing that with family) and we are going to virginia beach the following weekend and coming home for my birthday the 1st of may ....

Ill have better things to say next post i promise !

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Old 02-22-2005, 10:22 AM   #164
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That's a good tip, 4:30 AM is def. a little early for me to feel the Disney magic
Congrats on your upcoming wedding, and your birthday is also my 1st anniversary (which we'll be in Disney for) so happy birthday!
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Old 02-22-2005, 10:28 AM   #165
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That's a good tip, 4:30 AM is def. a little early for me to feel the Disney magic
Congrats on your upcoming wedding, and your birthday is also my 1st anniversary (which we'll be in Disney for) so happy birthday!
Yeah this honeymoon trip we're leaving after dinner and im going to see about a repeat performance of my 3rd time making this drive where i completed the journey in just shy of 14 hours. Being we're leaving at 7-8pm the 18th with checkin on the 19th i dont forsee any issue with the room not being ready tho. We should roll in around 9-10am.

Question: I'm used to taking the exit for 192 to get to the all stars (i think thats the exit, i know you drive thru the gates, past pop century and then you have to make a couple turns.) This time I'm staying at POFQ, any help with what exit on I-4 to take?

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