Driving to PC. WDW before or after cruise?

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  1. Kandjandj

    Kandjandj Earning My Ears

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    Hi all. We will be doing the Fantasty Eastern Nov 30 2013. We will be driving from North Mississippi, about 12-13 hrs. Should we drive down early and do a day or so at WDW or do it after? We will be traveling with a 3.5 year old.
     
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  3. swalesfamily

    swalesfamily Mouseketeer

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    I would go after. We have done it both ways and the parks make you quite tired and who wants to start a cruise tired? When we did the parks first our kids just wanted to sleep the first day and missed the sail away party:eek:
     
  4. Justacruiser

    Justacruiser Military Veteran

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    definately before. You can run yourselves crazy and then rest on the boat.
     
  5. stsomewhere

    stsomewhere DIS Veteran

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    I would go before. Just oin case something delays your drive.
     
  6. DisneyOHFan

    DisneyOHFan Livin' for Disney

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    I would do WDW before the cruise. I always feel like a need a vacation after running around the parks :)
     
  7. kcashner

    kcashner DIS Veteran

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    Another vote for before. The parks are a lot of work (especially for mom), the ship is a relaxing vacation. Also, if something happens (flat tire? car problem?) I'd much rather miss one day in the parks than literally miss the ship.

    The other thing is that I always found it easier for my daughter to re-enter the "real world" when we got home. They get pretty spoiled on the ship, and I don't spoil that way in the parks. However, she would tend to think that she was going to be waited on. My favorite line was when I looked at her and asked if I looked like our server...no? then get up and get it yourself!
     
  8. darkwing818

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    We drive from Tennessee, which is about the same amount of time. We've always gone down at least one day early. However we found that getting off the ship & then immediately jumping in a car for a 12 hour drive home is no picnic :faint:. So for our last 7 cruises, we do a couple days at WDW after the cruise, before heading home. Believe me it make a big difference. :cool1:
     

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