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Old 03-03-2007, 06:54 PM   #1
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Driving to Disney World

Driving to Disney World from New Jersey. We are leaving April 9(37 more days). Is anybody else planning a drive? And what are your favorite tips? I'm going with my 6yr old son and my two bestfriends.
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Old 03-03-2007, 09:55 PM   #2
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Driving from NY in the beginning of April myself.

A good thing to remember is to try to avoid the DC area at rush hour. So depending how long it takes you to get there, plan accordingly.

Another tip...if you need to stop and rest, do it. Too many people have come close to accidents because they were very tired while driving.

Gas is cheaper in the Carolinas...try and stop there to fill up.

Good luck and have a great time!!!
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Old 03-03-2007, 10:17 PM   #3
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Granted my drive from Birmingham, AL is no where near as far as yours but I always drive to WDW when we go. My favorite thing is to drive at night. Reason being is you can make great time because there is no traffic on the road. Also, gas is cheaper in GA and anywhere outside of Orlando. There are a few HESS stations in Disney (one is very close to DTD) that are reasonably priced but all the others are going to be way more expensive that what is normal.
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Old 03-03-2007, 11:24 PM   #4
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We drove down from No Va last March with our 4.5 yr old. Take a lot of stuff for them to do. Also a DVD player is great, bring several kid/Disney movies with you.

Like already said avoid DC between 6 and 9 AM and 4 - 7 PM. 1 of the biggest bottle necks, the Wilson bridge, is much better now. Richmond, Va can be a pain if you get there during rush hours. So can Jacksonville, FLa.

From what I saw last year and have read many times S. Carolina does have thwe best gas prices.

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Old 03-04-2007, 09:03 AM   #5
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Dont drive when you get sleepy ,always have two people awake(since 3 adults are going ,and if you get there later than planned , you will still have the time of your life, just remember safety first
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My tip is when you need to stop for one person to use the washroom, everyone has to try to avoid frequent stopping. The tip also applies in the parks.
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Old 03-04-2007, 05:32 PM   #7
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Thanx For The Gas Tip Seems Im Going To Need It We Are Leaving @ 10pm Its My Second Time Driving Now Im Taking My Son With My Two Bestfriends One Who Has Never Been Thanx Agisn For The Info On Gas
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Old 03-04-2007, 05:37 PM   #8
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Thanx For All The Advice All Im Very Prepared For The Drive But Wanted To Also Know If There Is Anywhere Worth Stopping ........36 More Days!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 03-04-2007, 08:14 PM   #9
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The one thing we did was always get gas when ever you stop even if we didnt really need it. You never know when the kid will fall asleep and you will have a chance to cover some miles without having to entertain him/her. Only to have to stop for gas and them wake up.
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Old 03-04-2007, 09:28 PM   #10
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I would recommend that you LOOK AT South of the Border as you drive by, don't stop. My family used to visit and even stay over years ago, but it has gotten really shady since then so don't stop, just look.

We also LOVE Denny's. Not sure why, but we do!!
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Old 03-04-2007, 12:08 PM   #11
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We drive from PA every year with 3 young children. We bring a portable DVD player, game cube video game system and movies. That seems to keep them really busy. Make sure you stop at the Florida welcome center for your free cup of orange juice! Have an awesome time and dive safely!
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Old 03-04-2007, 12:45 PM   #12
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We drive every year from RI. We leave around 2am Saturday and stop Saturday night in Florence, SC. We usually get to Disney at 3pm on Sunday. Return home, we stop in Rocky Mount, NC. I agree with all of the advice given prior. Get EZ pass if you don't have it already-you'll save time at the tolls. Have a great and safe trip-we're heading down in April, too!!
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This is our 4th year in a row driving to Florida and we have no problems. We have 3 kids under the age of 10 and they bring lots of stuff in the van to do. This year will be the first time with DVD players and they are all excited for that. We always leave at supper time so the kids are already in there pj's and they sleep most of the way there. My DH and I take turns driving and I bring lots of music for me to listen. I feel the same way that driving at night is the best with less traffic but the mountains aren't fun in the snow and ice. Have fun and make it a big adventure and you will do fine. We drive right through from Canada and it usually takes us 22-24 hours of driving with 7 stops along the way (including supper and breakfast).
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Old 03-04-2007, 03:11 PM   #14
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Anyone driven from Louisiana to Disney? We're thinking of leaving around 5pm and driving half way, then staying overnight somewhere around Tallahassee, Fl. so not to overtire ourselves. I was wondering if anyone had good recommendations on a hotel in that area.. Thanks
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Old 03-13-2007, 09:35 AM   #15
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Anyone driven from Louisiana to Disney? We're thinking of leaving around 5pm and driving half way, then staying overnight somewhere around Tallahassee, Fl. so not to overtire ourselves. I was wondering if anyone had good recommendations on a hotel in that area.. Thanks
Hi nopdwife, My 2 DDs & I travel from Mandeville. We usually leave about 2 am stop for a nice breakfast & drive straight through. When we have left in the afternoon we have stayed at a Best Western in Defuniak Springs which is about halfway to Tallahassess from Pensacola. Once we stayed at a Motel 6 in Pensacola which was right off the Interstate--maybe the second exit. If you look it up on the website, look for the one right off I-10. to you & your ::cop:
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