Discussion in 'Canadian Trip Planning & Community Board' started by Applemomma, Mar 14, 2010.
bdoyledimou, was there and is flying back today. He will do a trip report on the stay at AoA
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Excellent - thanks. I will keep watching for a review.
How exciting! I check into a LittleMermaid room in just two weeks so I'll be interested to read what he has to say as well.
Got back last night from a wonderful trip at WDW. We drove for the first time from NB. The drive there was crazy because we started in the evening and drove about 14 hours till we got to Washington. We were going to spend a couple of days there but due to plumbing issues we decided to hit the road. We left Washington early afternoon and made it to a motel somewhere in South Carolina around 10pm. We were originally going to drive on to Hilton Head for the night but we just wanted to get the drive done. So we called Disney DVC and there was nothing available for Saturday night. We did not care where or size. So we booked Sunday night at AKV 1 bedroom and did Hilton Orlando for the Saturday night. Then onto 2 bedroom at OKW.
I can't tell you much about the drive down because it was crazy and driving at night just makes me forget things. (Husband did the driving)
So...... Drive home. DH and DD17 flew home because of work on the 30th. DD13 and myself drove home. We left DTD around 12:30pm on the 31st. With a short stop for dinner and gas fill ups we made it to Lumberton North Carolina around 9pm. Left the next moring around 8am and eating in the car we made it to West Haven Connecticut. Would have drove farther but at this point the hotels are not as often. So did not want to chance having to drive for another hour or so to find a room. Left CT around 8am and with a stop for groceries and dinner in Houlton ME and an hour wait at the border was home by 8pm.
On the drive home gas prices were anywhere from $3.69 gallon to $3.99. From DTD to home was 2784km. We spent a total of $215 in gas with about 1/2 tank left. Driving a Honda Fit. Total for tolls was $47.70.
If I had the time and did not have to worry about travel time (like this trip). I would drive again. But would never consider it in the winter months or for a week trip.
There is still a possibility of free dining even in March? I assume that is if you book through Disney though. We got an Air Transat package.
Staying there in just over 4 weeks time
where in NB are you from?
We have been driving down since 2007 and we go in December. We have hit bad weather but nothing that has stopped us just set us back a few hours. The drive is long and as you said you missed most of it because your DH was driving. I never drive, DH does it all and I just sleep and take pictures lol. We were talking about this the other night of how we love driving and would never consider flying. We usually leave around 7-8am and take 2 days down.
I also agree that the drive would not be worth it if you are only going for a week. This year we leave on Nov. 26th and arrive on the night of the 27th, unless the weather is bad then we will do 3 days. We check into Disney on the 29th. We will then leave on Dec. 13th to drive back home and have the weekend to rest up before heading back to work.
As for tolls we decided to buy the Easypass last year and love having it. No stopping or counting money just scoot on through the tolls. When I went away with my MIL we used it then as well.
85 more sleeps and were on our way!
Can't wait to hear the AOA reports ! We are staying in a finding nemo suite nov 28th-dec 5th with FD
Just wanted to pop in and say hi and mention how flippin excited I am that tehre is only 35 days left til my trip!!!!! I've been on THE Dis for 2 days straight pretty much and I think my boyfriend is gonna tape my mouth shut if I bring up WDW again hahah
By HOJO South do you mean Howard Johnsons Plaza Portland? If so what was it like - I have heard the area around it is in a seedy part of town. Going November 28 and can't decide - did Marriott at Sable Oakes last year but it has gotten quite expensive Thks for your help!
I mean the other HOJO (which was tired and worn, but cheap)
Has anyone tried the Hampton Inn or the HO JO Plaza for a park and fly?
We've done the Hampton Inn a few times now. Everything has been fine. If you are returning late, note their shuttle doesn't run after 11pm. You take a cab and they reimburse.
We have a 6 am flight with JetBlue is the Hampton Shyttle Available to take us over at 445am?
I think so but don't quote me. It may be the same deal as late at night.
Has anyone tried HO JO Plaza for a park and fly? The price of $84.95 seems unbelievable. I am worried about my car being broken into/stolen as I am unsure if the HOJO Plaza is in a good or bad part of Portland, ME.
Here's the reviews from tripadvisor.
Completely way OT, but can anyone in HRM tell me if Mic Mac Mall is the only location of Build-A-Bear in the city? I have to take my dd to the IWK to see her pediatric ophthalmologist on the 23rd and would like to treat her to a "purple huggery bear" for her to take with her to her appointment.
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