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    Re: Happiest Place on Earth?

    Packing is horrible but unloading is the worst. We drive down and stop in Georgia on our trips. My wife insists on taking everything out of the SUV. I always argue, and lose said argument, that we should take our valuables out and leave the luggage. I always give in and am the one repacking at 6 in the morning in the Georgia, or depending on if the beach is our first stop, South Carolina heat and humidity.

    That's why the return trip home is a 16 to 17 hour marathon. By the time we return home, I am done packing and repacking the car!
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    Re: Happiest Place on Earth?

    I am on your side ohiodisneydad, take out the valuables, munchies, and a small bag with change of clothes and hygene stuff, and leave everything else in the car.

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    Re: Happiest Place on Earth?

    When we drove from here we always stopped in Chattanooga. My wife would always pack a small suitcase just for that stop and we would leave everything else in the car.

    Not quite sure why anyone would choose to do differently. Different strokes, I suppose...

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    Re: Happiest Place on Earth?

    I leave things in a car trunk yet I don't leave things in the SUV or Truck (has lock box). We fly. I had all the road trips I could handle when I was growing up. Not pleasant car memories. By the time we would devote 2 days down and 2 days back up and hotels mathematically it is cheaper for us to work those 4 days and fly.

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    All this driving nonsense sounds like a nightmare. One fifty-pound suitcase, a carry-on, and a 2-hour flight. Done.
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    Having lots of experience with the driving part you'll get no argument from me.

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    We usually drive the 13hr trip, but this April we will be flying. My son gets to march down Main Street with his high school band. I am so excited about seeing him march by. We always see bands marching by and fantasize how cool it would be to march down Main Street, and now he gets to. 92 days! Although he will be riding a bus while we fly. hahahahahahahahahahah

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    Re: Happiest Place on Earth?

    We've flown one time. It was just the wife and I. It was so nice to leave Ohio and after four hours with a lay over to be in Florida. No way could I afford to fly five of us down.
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    The price is the real rub, isn't it? My wife got the three of us a pretty good deal several months before we went. Paid a hair over $1K, non-stop, round trip. The sticker shock somewhat subsides when a hair over three hours later we're checking in at the Hilton across the street from DTD.

    Only a little, though, I must admit.

    But, these hineys simply have one too many road miles on them at this point. If we can't afford to fly, we can't afford to go.

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    Re: Happiest Place on Earth?

    double post

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    Re: Happiest Place on Earth?

    I feel ya on the miles thing. Our kids are still young but with the oldest two now considered "adult" by Disney standards, driving is still so much cheaper since their tickets cost more.

    It is nice though to hit Orlando and not be so tired that I only want to nap.
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    Yeah, it's expensive enough for the three of us. I can't imagine adding two more tickets and mouths to feed...

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    I can loan two of them to you if you ever want to experience the sticker shock!
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    A kind offer to be sure, but I do believe I will...pass!

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    Re: Happiest Place on Earth?

    Quote Originally Posted by prickle View Post
    We usually drive the 13hr trip, but this April we will be flying. My son gets to march down Main Street with his high school band. I am so excited about seeing him march by. We always see bands marching by and fantasize how cool it would be to march down Main Street, and now he gets to. 92 days! Although he will be riding a bus while we fly. hahahahahahahahahahah
    Funny!

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