need opinions about driving 2 days or 3

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need opinions about driving 2 days or 3
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Tue, 05-06-2003 - 3:21pm
days for the ride down... we were going to leave sunday at 5am, drive about 10 hours, stay overnight, then do the remaining 8 hours monday, hopefully arriving early enough to run over to MK for a few hours. then we started talking about leaving saturday afternoon (dh has to work 1/2 day saturday) to get a jump on the trip if it's bad weather, which would slow us down. now i'm thinking to leave saturday no matter what the weather, get further sunday and not have tons of driving to do monday, so we'll enjoy our 1st day at disney even more.

i just can't decide if the 3 days driving will make the kids (dd 3½ yo and ds 21 months old) crankier or better... we plan on stopping a lot and i have wrapped "gifts" for them for the ride as they get fussy, and we have the dvd player for the car, and will only drive till dinner time (except that first saturday night will be later). i'm just thinking by monday morning they'll be like "the car AGAIN?"

any opinions? thanks in advance!!! Liz :)

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Tue, 05-06-2003 - 7:13pm
Why don't you just fly? I know a lot of people are really into the driving thing, but I fly EVERYWHERE I can. I have DD4 and DS7 and I did drive to the beach last summer. As we were going by the airport, my DD said, "Mom, I thought we were going to the beach?" She thought since we were going by the airport, we were going somewhere else.

Anyway, I don't know when you are going, but I have been flying forever with my 2 kids and I *know* it is easier than driving. My parents live away and I have flown with my kids since they were babies. It is SO much easier and less stressful than driving for hours and hours.


Good luck. I vote for a flight. :-) And, you get there 2 days earlier! Yahoo.

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Tue, 05-06-2003 - 8:41pm
Speaking from experience, I would do it in 2 days. We just got back from a trip down to Florida from NY and left on a Friday afternoon. We were only a bit past Washington DC after 9 hours!!! The traffic was horrible. You said you would leave on Saturday afternoon, the traffic might not be that much better. I would get a good night's sleep on Saturday night and wake up bright and early and refreshed and leave at 5am. Last year, we left at 5am on a Saturday morning and made it to South Carolina (and a bit of a ways into that state) in 12 hours. Monday morning, we hit the road by 7 and were at Disney by 2pm. 3 days and 2 nights (in a hotel) that's not Disney might be a bit much for your kids, making them cranky and not to mention how many times you will here, "Are we theeerrre yet?". The anticipation will keep you going. Driving down isn't that bad, it's the driving home, where you just want to get back home. I vowed I would never drive straight back after last year, but we did it again this year. No stopping, except for meals, gas and bathroom breaks. Keep the right frame of mind.......and everyone relaxed and it will be an enjoyable trip. Good Luck. Nancy
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Tue, 05-06-2003 - 9:40pm
My vote would be for 2 days! I know when I've gone on vacation with long trips trying to get the kids back into the car seats have been a struggle, where here at home it's no problem. Especially after a LONG drive. They think they are going to be stuck in there forever. It might not be so bad with your ages since you can explain things sort of to them but still that would be my vote.

Becky

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Thu, 05-08-2003 - 5:22pm
hi i went back to the post obout car fridge it was from you did you decide not to use it? anyway i think 2 days when i drove years ago with younger children we would leave at night like 11 and one of us sleep a while and drive thru the night while little ones where asleep you really can get some miles behind you with them sleeping and not asking are we there yet. and then the next day do breakfast rest and walk osmewher and head out agin that way they really don't think there in the seats that long cause they have been asleep. good luck have a great time. my girls are older so i think i have to do the 2 day this time they just don't sleep and i am older and don't like to drive at night to much. littlebitt
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Fri, 05-09-2003 - 12:21pm
We drive from northern Michigan with three kids. We always leave around 6-7pm. Kids are excited to get on the road for the first part, then sleep thru the night. When they wake up we are in Georgia. This makes it easier on the kids and hubby driving. He doesnt have to make a bunch of potty break stops since we are all sleeping. He doesnt have traffic to deal with and makes good time. We usually drive straight thru on our way there, yes 24 hrs of driving. We split it coming home into two days because I swear georgia doubles in size when you are driving north thru it, lol. Anyway, we have made three trips in the last three years and this is how we always do it and find its easiest on the kids.

Hope this helps

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Fri, 05-09-2003 - 2:21pm
I'd do 2 days also and if you were to arrive on that Monday, I'd skip the park since your kids would probably be car tired and won't want to be strapped down in a stroller and would rather just run around at the hotel.

Kerri

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Fri, 05-09-2003 - 6:04pm
Hi Liz,

Here's what we did...

I got a babysitter for a few hours on Tuesday afternoon and I took a three hour nap. (my DH had to work all day) We had dinner and wanted to leave at 7:00 p.m., but didn't get going until 8:00. We drove through the night and arrived in Savannah, GA at 11:00 the next morning. Before we left I found several hotels in Savannah with indoor pools and called to make sure they had vacancies, but didn't book them (just in case we didn't make it all the way down and had to stop somewhere else). We did some minor sight seeing in Savannah, spent some time swimming in the pool and then had dinner and we were all asleep by 8:00. We left after breakfast in the morning and finished the drive to Orlando. We really took our time because we didn't plan on going into the parks that day, we just swam, did Downtown Disney and settled into the hotel.

It worked out great for us driving through the night because the kids slept (and weren't going to the bathroom every hour like on the way home!) If you do a long day of driving the first day I suggest you try to reach your stopping point at a reasonable hour. I just knew that if I put my kids in a hotel room at 10:00 they would be up for hours just from the sheer excitement. And because we all fell asleep early enough in Savannah we really weren't tired by the time we reached WDW (not to mention the Disney adrenaline rush that occurs when you get onto I-4!!)

Best of luck - we really enjoyed driving - I'm not sure we'll ever fly down to FL again!

Mara

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Sat, 05-10-2003 - 9:32am
i'm so glad to hear you enjoyed driving! i keep telling dh that i think i'm actually looking forward to the drive, and of course he's like "are you insane??????????"... we plan on leaving at 4 or 5am, and i have reservations in NC (it's a 10 hour drive not including stops), so we figured we'll be there 5-6pm or if we're lucky, earlier. Then have dinner and swim hopefully and try to get into bed early. then up early again and drive to orlando (another 8 hours, but hopefully leaving early enough to get there at a reasonable time), and go to MK to just activate our annual passes and maybe get an ice cream or something (no rides) so we don't have to wait on line the next morning. we're on the monorail line, so it will be "fun" going over to the MK, even if we're tired. but i'm sure the "rush" will kick in and i'll be freaking out, crying and possibly jumping up and down:)

thanks again for your response! Liz :)

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Sat, 05-10-2003 - 9:48am
You can put me in the "I know it takes longer but I enjoy it" driving camp. LOL!

Just wanted to let you know that there are some of us out there. Of course, I enjoy planning the road trip part too. I also grew up with road trips and occassionally going *off the beaten* path and discovered lots of neat things (not to mention those unexpected events that can happen too but that always made it memorable!), besides letting the kids see other parts along the way...just enjoying the different landscapes, etc...

(I'm not saying it can't be frustrating too but if you go in some what prepared for what lies ahead, it can be an adventure in & of itself too).

Becky

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