Mom With Kids After Run
  • On Aug 2, 2009
    Jo carole from IL 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 Diane I have seen on diff answers that you & family have driven to WDW several times. We live in Illinois & it is roughly same length of time/miles. How many days or how many hrs per day do you travel? Kids like to travel so driving

    Hello Jo Carole - thanks for your question.  I have indeed driven to Disney several times.  With a family of 5, it usually ends up being a more cost effective option.

    We tend to play it by ear when we drive.  Our ideal time to leave home is around 2:00 a.m. which gets us through the worse part of the trip by day break.  On trips when we can leave at 2:00, we'll generally travel about 16 hours the first day, stay a night somewhere and then finish the trip in the morning.

    However, if we get antsy and decide to leave the afternoon before we will probably drive 5 or 6 hours, stop overnight, wake up early and finish the drive the next day.

    We don't usually decide before hand where we'll stop.  Instead, we'll see how we are doing around 5 or 6 p.m. and decide then how much longer we want to go.  I then use my handy dandy GPS to look for a Hampton Inn (our preferred hotel stop) that may be coming up for that time frame and make a reservation.

    Overall, we don't push it.  If you're tired, stop and take a break.  A 10 minute restroom/stretch break can do wonders for all.

    My fellow panelist, Margaret, is from Illinois.  I'm not sure if she has ever driven with her boys but if you happen to be looking for specific tips on driving from Illinois, you may want to send her a direct question.

    I hope this helps.  If you have any follow-up questions, please let me know.  Have a safe trip!  Diane  :)

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Meet the Panelist: Diane, Connecticut

I’m Diane from Connecticut. I love to travel  - especially to Walt Disney World! I am married with three children and telework as a product consultant. I believe Disney vacations are like snowflakes, no two are the same. Learn More About Diane

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