Mom and Daughter at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort Room
  • On Jul 31, 2010
    Souleyatou from PA 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,S we are leaving for Disney in two weeks, our second trip,since you are from NJ ,I figure you have driven to wdw before so we(dh,Ds9,Dds7-4)need help for our drive from phily,and we'll like to drive as far as we can the first day Please Help.

    I've got this drive from the Philly area down to a science!  The thing that works for our family, if you are going to split the drive in two days, is to hit 95 South and try to make it to Georgia.  From my house to the border, it takes about 12 hours.  I try to be on the road early in the morning - pack the car the night before so you can be out around six.. 

    By doing this, we are pulling into a hotel around six, I let the girls swim or play for a while to help burn off some energy, and then we'll eat something and get a good night's sleep.  I am on the road bright and early the next morning, and we are having lunch in the Magic Kingdom!

    Another way we've done the drive is to do two full days, stopping either just before we leave North Carolina or a few miles in to South Carolina.  My problem with doing that is you really lose two full days of your vacation!

    Bring lots for the kids to do.  We do a DVD player, new books, and maybe a couple of dollar store toys.  I don't load the car with too many snacks, either, because I like to give the kids a few breaks to walk around outside the car while we grab a quick bite to eat.

    And my one steadfast rule - if Mommy's going potty, everybody's going potty!  I learned early on that if I didn't make the kids at least try to go potty when we stopped, we were stopping once for me and once for each kid later!  Now everyone goes in, and we all try to go, whether we think we have to or not.

    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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