Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Driving to Walt Disney World

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).

Our Plans:

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
What tips do you have for making a long drive better?  With an almost 4 year old and an 18 month old, I think we did the best we could - we made it out all the wiser (i.e. fly whenever possible)!!

1 comment:

  1. We love taking a road trip to WDW. Our trip is longer than yours so we break it into 2 days as well. Planning ahead is key. It helps to have everything within arms reach so we don't have to stop to get something from the trunk. We learned to take a portable potty just in case a rest area wasn't close by.