Depending on where you live, getting to Walt Disney World can be a long journey.
Though we often fly, when we went during Thanksgiving, we decided to drive, due to the extremely high cost of airfare during the holiday week.
Driving to Walt Disney World with Kids
For us, we had a nearly 900 mile trek ahead of us - even further, because after we left WDW, we headed to South Florida to visit family. That's a LONG drive - our longest to date with kiddos (prior to this trip, 4 hours was our max).
Driving Plan of attack:
Plan: Break it up into 2 days - 1 long, 1 short.
Result: Great - we had plenty of stops for food, gas, potty, and arrived in Savannah, GA for a late dinner/early to bed
Breaking up the trip:
Plan: Leave early the next morning with a short drive
Result: Excellent. We made it to Art of Animation with plenty of time to enjoy the pool and resort
Entertain the Kids:
Plan: Bring lots of activities to avoid movies for 876 mile
Result: Mediocre. I made full activity kits - search and find, coloring books, new crayons, stickers. We left with stickers all over everything, crayons strewn around the car, and most pages uncolored... and lot of movies
Keep them Well Fed
Plan: Stock up on healthy, portable snacks
Result: With lots of Go-Go Squeez, Annie's homegrown snacks, apple slices, oranges, veggies, and lots of bottled water, we never had to search convenience stores for food. Plus, that helped us get through the parks without buying even more junk!
Surprise them with final destination:
Plan: We told them we were driving to visit Grandma and Grandpa (truth, just not until after WDW)
Result: Excellent! Noah (4) noticed a Magical Express bus which confused him, but he didn't really get it until we drove through the magical sign!
|The "I've been in a car for two days" face|