• On Oct 27, 2010
    Renee from NJ Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

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    Hi Anna i am also from NJ and planning our first trip in early march 2 adults 3 kids 10,5,2. I saw in another post that you have driven to WDW ? is about how long did your trip take and any tips to make the trip easier. thinking maybe pullups on the kids

    Hi, Renee!  It's so nice to hear from another Jersey Girl!

    We do drive most of our trips down to Orlando, and from South Jersey (we live not too far from Philadelphia), it takes us about 18 hours.  That includes potty breaks and stops for meals and stretching our legs.

    Here's the thing with kids.  If they are recently potty trained, most kids don't know there's an advanced warning signal when it comes to going to the potty, and they know even less about the fact that you could drive 30 miles in between rest areas on 95.  I never went backwards with the kids - like putting them back in diapers or Pull-Ups, but only because I was afraid to undo work I had already done.  I'm way to lazy to have to potty train one kid twice!  I did, however, bring a small, portable potty seat with me.  If an emergency came up, we could just pull over, line the seat with a small garbage bag (I used two to be safe), and let the urgent need be met.  Then when we did stop, I would dispose of the package in the same trash can that you would use next to the baby changing stations.

    If Mommy stops to go potty, everyone has to try to go, whether they think they need to or not.  And we try to minimize stops by incorporating all in one - gas/potty/food.  

    I try to maximize kid sleeping time by either leaving WAY early in the morning or just after dinner at night.  Hit the dollar store for new small toys and books to keep them entertained, and if you can invest in a portable DVD player or a hand held video game, those are GREAT to travel with!

    Have an awesome vacation!
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Meet the Panelist: Anna, New Jersey

My name is Anna and I am a retired teacher with a J.D., a proud Navy wife with 30+ years of experience, mom to three daughters and a son-in-law, and grandmom to three tiny Disney fans. I have planned vacations for all sorts of special occasions and celebrations, but I really enjoy DVC vacations, helping military families, and assisting those with special dietary needs.    Learn More About Anna

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