Mom And Daughter; Animal Kingdom
  • On Mar 6, 2009
    Joshua 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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    I am also from SW PA. How long did it take you to drive to WDW? Did you stay anywhere on your way down or back? Also what is the weather like at the end of April?

    Hello Joshua!  It's great to hear from someone in my neck of the woods!

    The drive from SW PA to Disney World is quite long. On average it takes about 15-16 hours to make the drive. It is definitely possible to make the drive without stopping overnight - especially if you have two or more adults who can share the driving burden. However, when we drive, we usually stop in southern South Carolina for the night. If you stop here, more than half of the drive is behind you, and you can wake up refreshed and ready to finish the drive the next morning.

    On our last vacation, we did something a little different and tried the auto train. This Amtrak train leaves from Lorton, Virginia every afternoon and travels through the night until it arrives in Sanford, Florida the next morning. There are many accommodations available ranging from coach seats to small roomettes and family bedrooms. They load your car onto the train and during the ride you can enjoy dinner, drinks and even movies. The best part is that you can get some rest and save the wear and tear on your vehicle, but you will have your own car when you arrive in Florida. From SW PA, the drive to Lorton, VA was about three and a half hours. Disney World is about half an hour from the train station in Sanford. I highly recommend checking out the auto train. It was a fun way to begin and end our vacation and is much more relaxing than driving!

    April is a great time to visit Disney World! The weather is warm with highs averaging in the 80s and lows in the mid-60s. When I look back at historic weather conditions in past years, total rainfall in April is much lower than the summer months. Of course, you never know when one of those pesky Florida thundershowers may crop up, but it looks like you can expect to enjoy some pretty nice weather!

    I hope I was able to help with your questions. Please ask any further questions you may have and have a great vacation!
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Meet the Panelist: Amber, Pennsylvania

My name is Amber and I’m a stay-at-home mom from southwestern Pennsylvania. Planning my family’s Disney vacations is always so much fun. I love spreading the magic by getting others excited for their trips.
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