Thursday, October 10, 2013

Driving to Walt Disney World

If you've read my blog to any extent, you know we often drive to Walt Disney World.  Living in North Alabama, we are only about 9 driving hours away (10+ with all our stops for bathrooms, eating and stretching!).  We have traveled many routes over the years to get to WDW.  

In the past, there have been 2 ways our car's GPS or online maps have taken us that are NOT the best way.

The first way: when entering the Central Florida area on I-75 South, take the Florida Turnpike to I-4 and head straight to WDW.

The second way: when entering the Central Florida area on I-75 South, take the Florida Turnpike to US-27 S, to US 192 E to WDW.

While both of these ways are fine and offer lots of things to look at and different places to stop, we've found it's not the most direct way to arrive.


Our favorite way to travel to Walt Disney World is: when entering the Central Florida area on I-75 South,  take the Florida Turnpike to Florida 429 toll Road and take Exit 8 toward Disney World.  This will take you in behind Animal Kingdom.  You will enter between Coronado Springs and the All Star Resorts.  

One reason I love this way is the straight shot with less traffic.  I also love the fact that you can see Cinderella Castle, The Contemporary, Spaceship Earth, The Swan & Dolphin and more WAY off in the distance while you are traveling on Florida 429!  I know when I see those icons in the distance I'm not too far away from my Happy Place!

8 comments:

  1. 9 hours isn't bad. We are all the way in Maryland so the drive would be almost 18 hours for us. I would consider it if I didn't have an infant. My husband HATES to fly and honestly I hate spending the money. But once you figure in the cost of gas, and an overnight stay at a hotel along with some stops for food, it's almost as much money as just driving!

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  2. I'm a little better than you, about 7 hours. We always leave the night before and stop over in Lake City to spend the night and we can travel to WDW the next morning and drop off our luggage and go to the parks. We've not taken your route, but I will definitely pin this one to remember it for next time. Thanks Beth!!

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  3. 9 hours is awesome. We're about 18 hours away. We're going to try flying this next time and see how we like that (I'm a little anxious about not having a car down there - we'll see how it goes).

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  4. That's not bad at all! We're in NJ so flying is the best way for us. We've driven a few times and it was not a pleasant experience. Driving up from Tampa we used to get so excited to see the Mickey's on the highway.

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  5. This is how you know a really big Disney fan. When this is our thought process for driving you know it is serious. I also like the less traffic option. We have also added in a stop to a winery that is about 45 minutes out to pick up all natural no-sugar added grape juice for the kids. Is that wrong?

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  6. Though we haven't driven to Walt Disney World since 1975, when arriving by taxi or Magical Express we are always craning our necks to see those weenies! (I like your route better for this reason!)

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  7. That's the route we take! We love it for the same reasons. It was really nice since we stayed at Coronado Springs on this last trip. :)

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  8. So cool that you can see the castle when you're driving in! I don't think I'll be making the drive from CA any time soon ... haha

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