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Old 10-14-2012, 01:59 PM   #1951
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Best way from Birmingham area.

We will be going to WDW on Nov.9 for checkin on Nov.10 from Trussville.

2 adults but 1 driver

There are a few different ways to get there from here and wanted to get opinions of which way people think is the best. Over to Atlanta, down 280??? We are used to leaving early to miss traffic but this is our first trip to WDW from Trussville and are not sure which way makes sense.

We would like to be a few hours from WDW for Saturday AM checkin and figure to stop near Ocala.

Any suggestions,

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Old 10-25-2012, 11:26 PM   #1952
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As an Orlando local, the best part about driving to and from the parks are all the alternative routes from I-4. Turkey Lake and Apopka Vineland are your best options if there is traffic on the interstate.
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Old 11-06-2012, 06:02 PM   #1953
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flyings overrated!

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I have been driving to disney since the first year I was born, day and a half drive from trontro to florida soooo worth it



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Old 11-07-2012, 03:50 PM   #1954
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Leaving After Turkey Dinner!!!

Driving from Long Island - leaving right after Thanksgiving dinner. Plan is my wife and I will power through the night (so kids can sleep through a good portion of the drive), and we will stop in the afternoon Friday and stay somewhere in Florida a short drive from Disney. We will get much needed rest and relaxation at the hotel and then get an early start to WDW Saturday morning.

Any thoughts where to stay in Florida on Friday? I was looking at St. Augustine. I doubt we will be doing much beyond hitting the hotel pool as we will be faily exhausted, but open to suggestions.
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Old 11-12-2012, 01:54 PM   #1955
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Driving from Long Island - leaving right after Thanksgiving dinner. Plan is my wife and I will power through the night (so kids can sleep through a good portion of the drive), and we will stop in the afternoon Friday and stay somewhere in Florida a short drive from Disney. We will get much needed rest and relaxation at the hotel and then get an early start to WDW Saturday morning.

Any thoughts where to stay in Florida on Friday? I was looking at St. Augustine. I doubt we will be doing much beyond hitting the hotel pool as we will be faily exhausted, but open to suggestions.
LaQuinta in Lake Mary $69 & is 30 min from WDW. We just made the trip this past week with our camper. Doing what you plan, we left at 6pm from NJ, DH drove til 1130 just past DC and I took over til 5am while everyone slept til right around mid GA. Not a bad ride. But we had a few stops with kids an pups after breakfast. We arrived around noon after stopping for lunch. Ride home we left at 11am and stopped at Kings Dominion LaQuinta for $59, nice room & arriving around 12mn due to potty breaks. We will leave sooner next trip. Have a nice trip!!!!
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Old 12-11-2012, 04:40 PM   #1956
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950 miles in 13 hours is an average of 70 . I know we routinely get about 830 miles in 13 hours, avoiding 99% of traffic by our route out of the Northeast. Couple of bathroom breaks and inevitable slowdowns in traffic. We bring sandwiches, make more from the cooler at rest stops and average no more than 10 minute stops. We still cover a lot of ground efficiently, but unless you are on faster highways, you'll probably be looking at 15 hours at least. Depends on a lot, but I'd say that is a fair guess.
As a follow up- I left at 5am and pulled into Pop Century at 6:40pm making it in 13 hours and 40mins. I clocked 995 miles. I stopped 3 times for a combined amount of less than 25 minutes.

The return trip in holiday traffic took 2.5 hours more behind the wheel driving time. Orlando to the I-75 and I-10 split was a nightmare and was most of that extra travel time.
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Old 12-15-2012, 08:26 AM   #1957
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As a follow up- I left at 5am and pulled into Pop Century at 6:40pm making it in 13 hours and 40mins. I clocked 995 miles. I stopped 3 times for a combined amount of less than 25 minutes.

The return trip in holiday traffic took 2.5 hours more behind the wheel driving time. Orlando to the I-75 and I-10 split was a nightmare and was most of that extra travel time.
You made great time! I imagine there are clearer runs than we start with here in the NE, and if you can miss traffic- unlike your return trip- it makes all the difference! Hope it was a great trip!
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Old 12-20-2012, 05:18 AM   #1958
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You can do it! When we've done the drive (from Eastern Mass...about the same distance as you) we've done the same thing: short to medium drive the first day depending on when we can leave, then a long day in the middle, and a short day to finish up. It's not bad.
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Old 12-29-2012, 05:34 PM   #1959
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This thread has been very informative. This will by my family's first trip and it makes more since for us to drive from Memphis to Orlando. Since DH doesn't do too well driving at night and works during the day, while I sleep since I stay home with DD, I'll be doing the night driving and he will take over in the morning. Our plan is to leave on Sat. May 18th no later than 11pm. DH will take over in the morning once we stop and get something for breakfast. Since we are an hour behind, I figure we should arrive at POR no later than 2pm. I used the mapquest like a previous poster recommended and it had us there in 12 hrs 45 mins. My goal is to bypass Atlanta all together if we can.
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Old 01-02-2013, 03:19 PM   #1960
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RVer question. Stop suggestions for Texas to Orlando seem to be a little light here, but wanted to ask if anyone has some favorite stops to recommend for this route? We did this trek last Jan 12 in our Winnebago and it was great. We left late afternoon from Houston on a Fri pm, overnighted in Breaux Bridge, LA, drove through on Sat, stopped outside of Lake City, FL, and then drove on to FW that Sun AM. Nice pace, but looking for any insight or better ideas to use for our upcoming trip. It's us and our 5YO daughter.
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Old 02-03-2013, 06:33 PM   #1961
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We are doing our second drive from MA and we took 95 the whole way on a Friday of Easter weekend 2003. Not good.
Others that I know will only take the 95 route on a weekend and leave at 5-6am. (I will do that this year) On the way back we took I-95 to I-26 to I-77 to I-81. I agree it was a smooth drive with zero traffic. I think it is about 90 miles more but worth it to avoid NJ turnpike, Deleware Bridge and DC.



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Old 02-10-2013, 03:17 PM   #1962
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Anybody have a suggestion for the current best way from MCO to Downtown Disney area? Looks like we are coming in during rush hour. Any back roads or sneaky side paths would be appreciated.
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Old 03-01-2013, 10:44 AM   #1963
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Has anyone ever made the trip from Mid Vermont to WDW in early February?

We are thinking of driving this time around, but not sure how it would go with 3 kiddos.

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Old 03-01-2013, 11:31 AM   #1964
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Has anyone driven from WDW to Williamsburg, VA? If so how long is the drive. We always drive from PA to Fl and bac, but would like to spend a night or 2 near Williamsburg on the drive home.
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Old 03-09-2013, 07:16 AM   #1965
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Planning to drive Ottawa-Orlando around 20 Dec 2013 or so, back maybe around 2 Jan 2014. Family of 5 (me, DW, DS, DD, DD) in a 2010 Dodge Grand Caravan. Staying offsite at The Fountains on i-drive. Driven around Orlando plenty, but have always flown and rented a car. Planning to take the I-81 I-77 I-95 route. All plans subject to change, just getting started at this.
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