• On Mar 5, 2008
    Stephanie from MD 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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    We are considering driving to WDW from Maryland. Have any of you driven at least 13 hours to get there and would you recommend it? We are thinking of stopping in one of the Carolina's to spend the night on the way down (and back).


    We've driven to Disney before, and it took us around 12-13 hours.  I'm not exactly positive on the length of time - I think I blocked it out!  With 3 small children it's a toss up about what is easier, since flying is pretty challenging.

    We opted to drive straight through and overnight so that the girls would sleep and the trip would be easier on them.  That made it harder on my husband and myself though, since when we arrived we were ready for bed and the kids were ready to hit the parks!  All that said, we've done it twice so I guess the drive isn't that bad!  I do believe that it is easier as your children get older.  Ours are all quite young and that makes a big difference (hence the driving at night).

    I'd do it again if need be.  It saves a lot of money, and gives you the chance to bring along more food, bottled water, and other things you wouldn't if you were flying.  I also think that car trips are a great experience for families, and one that is becoming more and more rare.  We took several cross-country vacations when I was a child and I have great memories of the hours spent in the car.  I hope my girls will have similar memories of their own one day.
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Meet the Panelist: Heather, Kentucky

I'm a member of the original 2008 Moms Panel and am happy to be back again to help you plan! We are DVC members who visit 2-3 times per year with our 3 young daughters, and I am only one visit away from being able to say I've stayed in every Disney resort! Learn More About Heather

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