Its summertime – the schools are letting out and many families all over the east coast are packing into their cars, trucks, vans or SUVs to make the long drive down to Walt Disney World in Florida.
Why drive to Walt Disney World? It’s a simple way to save money. With the high cost of airfare, flying a family of 5 or 6, plus with the cost of checking baggage makes your airfare costs expensive. Plus, having your own set of wheels down allows you to not be dependant upon on Disney’s bus transportation system, which can be a long wait sometimes.
How long does a drive to Walt Disney World take? That depends on your schedule. For some travelers, it’s a short trip. For others it’s a long drive that could require an overnight stop along the way.
Take breaks throughout the drive. Long drives can also make drivers drowsy, so if it is possible, the adults should split the task of driving down there. Driving can be very stressful and many who drive long distances complain about neck or back stiffness or about leg cramps from long term sitting. Make sure to stop at rest stops along the drive and give your body and mind the opportunity to stretch and get cleared, make a trip to the bathroom or just take a break from the long drive. If it takes more than two days for you to get down there, you should think about stopping at a half-way point to rest up.
Washington DC is a good midway point. For some traveling down I-95, Washington, D.C. is a great mid-way stopping point and a good place to relax and recharge. Washington, D.C. has many attractions to see. Apart from a tour of the United States Capitol, there is the Lincoln Memorial and the Smithsonian’s Air and Space Museum is always a favorite. The International Spy Museum is a great place for parents and kids to enjoy, however, unlike other places, this one is not free however and there is an admissions fee.
To catch the train. Washington, D.C. is also home to Amtrak’s Auto Train. Located in the D.C. suburb of Lorton, Virginia, it arrives at Sanford, Florida – which is 45 minutes from Walt Disney World. It’s a great way to enjoy a nonstop ride from D.C. to sunny Florida and leave the worries of long distance driving behind and while you and your family enjoys the landscape of a train ride.
Summertime is when many families make their way to Walt Disney World. To enjoy your time down there always make sure to plan your trip carefully before heading out, otherwise your long drive will be a memory you would like to forget.
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