Driving from Western MI to WDW

Discussion in 'Transportation' started by Gorechick, Sep 28, 2012.

  1. Gorechick

    Gorechick DIS Veteran

    Aug 19, 2001
    Hi, My DH and I are used to driving from MI to CT to visit my family which is about a 12-14 hour drive with one stayover (usually Youngstown, OH). About how long is it to drive from MI to WDW? Any tips?
  2. maxiesmom

    maxiesmom The Mean Squinty Eye Works

    Jul 6, 2004
    Too long. With stops, around 22 hours or so. Obviously that doesn't include stopping at night at a hotel. It is a long drive, and not one I would willingly do again, unless I had a couple of weeks off of work.

    Let's see, tips..... Stop at least once, maybe twice. We would leave after everyone was home from work, and get a few hours down the road. We could then get into Southern Georgia the next day, if we stopped a lot. A few of us have bad knees, so we need to stop and walk around a bit, or else we can barely walk after all of that time in the car.

    Schedule your trip so you avoid the big cities at rush hour. Indianapolis is no fun to hit at rush hour, and neither is Atlanta.
  3. kristenrice

    kristenrice DIS Veteran

    Apr 25, 2006
    We drive from Grand Rapids when we go down for spring break. We usually leave on Friday afternoon, around 3pm, and drive until about 10pm. On Saturday, we drive all day, usually stopping around Lake City, FL. This way, on Sunday, we can sleep in and only have about a 2-hour drive in WDW and arrive rested. For the return, we leave early Friday morning, usually by 9am, and drive until 10-11pm. Saturday morning, we repeat the process and end up back home around 10pm. That leaves us Sunday to recuperate before back to school on Monday.

    I definitely prefer flying, but driving is tolerable. I work nights (12-hours in an ambulance) and DH works days (12-hours in a police cruiser) so we are both accustomed to long hours in a vehicle. Our kids are 9 and 7 so they are still a little too young for me to consider driving straight through. I prefer to spread it out because I don't want to arrive and then need a day to recover.

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