Drive or fly from NC?

miamimama

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Jan 29, 2006
We always take a direct flight on Delta from RDU to MCO ( used to take SW but very few directs now). But with all of the issues and Covid and rental cars prices (can’t find less than $550wk Nov 12) driving may be really the better option now. Anyone else in our situation? But dreading I95! 😦 We are old so need to stop halfway- good hotels near the interstate around Savanah/maybe a little further South. ?
 
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bsmcneil

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May 22, 2006
As a kid, we drove from Asheboro to FL (and MCO in particular) a number of times and I super miss that drive (this was pre-screens, etc so anything we did to entertain was our own stuff). Honestly, I sort of want my kids to have that experience (though I recognize flying works better than driving for me at the moment). Best of luck. I, too, have been contemplating rental car and ... yeesh!
 

spiders

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Oct 19, 2019
I always fly from Atlanta, stay on property and don’t rent a car. I hate driving…especially the drive back.
 

kandlsutton

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May 22, 2019
We are flying for our December trip (SW direct) and using Magical Express for the last time. I will only fly direct since ATL (the typical transfer/stop) is always a nightmare and there is always a risk to miss a connection, especially if flights are on different concourses.

ME being suspended in Januaey definitely tips the economics back to driving. Renting a car or using a ride-share service, make the flying option even more costly. Tradeoffs are gas, time and, for you, hotel. We leave before 6am to get to WDW before afternoon rush hour.

With ME, the cost is usually a toss up and time is about the same (get to airport 1-1.5 hours early, park, security, flight, get baggage, wait for ME, drive to WDW), but you arrive less tired/stressed. Without ME, the additional costs make driving the most economical option, especially since we are DVC and don't have to pay parking fees, but the drive leaves us more tired and irritable (I-95 and I-4!).
 

buzzrelly

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Nov 20, 2005
We are from CT and with all the stress of flying these days, I'm considering driving in December. I already have flights booked on SW and will wait and see how it goes but in a lot of ways, driving just seems easier and less stressful since we wouldn't be at the mercy of some airline strike or protest that nobody seems to know anything about!

If I lived in NC, that would be a no-brainer!
 

_19disnA

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Aug 8, 2018
If you are traveling in mid-November, I think it is already too late to buy reasonably priced airline tickets. A quick google search shows Spirit airlines with the best price, but I would never fly with them. Lots of older thread about all of their issues with cancelled flights and people getting stranded for several days until the next available flight.

Flying vs driving for any destination more then 600 miles away is mostly a matter of budget and the size of your party. Obviously, everyone needs to pay for an airline ticket, but putting 2 people vs 5 in the same car doesn't really change the cost of driving.
 

Dizzydizney

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Jun 29, 2019
It’s a 540 mile trip for us in NC, but it takes a while for us to get to 95. The worst part of the drive is South Carolina....only two lanes and it makes us crazy...especially the left lane sitters. We do it in 8 hours.
I’ve previously stayed in Brunswick, GA. It’s 31/2 to 4 hours to Disney. The worst traffic spots is Jacksonville, FL and the city of Orlando. There is a bypass around Jacksonville that is helpful during rush hour. Orlando is having lots of construction....they are building an easy pass lane that is supposed to help cure the traffic woes.....but right now it’s a bit of a challenge. Lots of people prefer to get on 417 by Sanford....I think it’s exit 100 or 101... not sure. It’s longer by 20 miles but not as trafficky sometimes. It’s a toll road and they used to only accept Florida Sun Pass, but they did start converting to Easy Pass. It eventually leads to Disney.
When you say “old”....how old is old? 70? 75?
 


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