Driving To Florida (Disney World) from NJ

Driving To Florida from NJ

Driving To Florida from NJ

Do a quick google search for “drive to florida from nj” or “drive from New England to FL”  you will find a lot of quick tips and even more people telling you not to do it.  I wanted to share my journey from NJ to Disney World with you.  The good, the bad, the ugly, and the great.  Here’s what my work space looked like as I typed this:

Driving To Florida from NJ

30 Minutes Away From Walt Disney World

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Let’s go through the logistics of my trip:

Departure: May 25th after a full day of work (Using PTO wisely), we left around 7pm

Arrival: May 26th at 12pm

Travel Party consists of Myself, Lisa (my partner), and one of our close friends.

Staying at Animal Kingdom Lodge on mine and Lisa’s DVC points

Heading Home: May 30th

My twitter community was super helpful and supportive during my drive.  Follow me on Twitter 

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The plan was to drive straight through and basically, haul ass and get to Disney ASAP.  Since this is Memorial Day weekend, flights were way to expensive so it was drive – or not go at all. 

We packed a lot of food, maybe too much:

  • Bread, Ham, Cheese, Buffalo Chicken Breast, Lettuce
  • Ginger Ale
  • Red bull
  • A lot of Water
  • Pretzels
  • Applesauce
  • Wafers
  • Gum

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What’s nice is we will also use this food to feed ourselves during the trip.

We also brought pillows and blankets for the back seat and passenger seat, Cards Against Humanity (game), napkins, and a bag for garbage. 

I drove the first 7 of what ended up being 17 hours of the trip.  Here is what the timeline looked like:

7:00pm departure – Krystel driving

11:00pm  – I treat myself to red bull (not a stop as we had this with us)

12:00am – Stopped for gas and a bathroom break

2:00am – Switched drivers to Friend

5:00am – Bathroom and gas break switched driver to Lisa

7:00am – Drive through CFA for breakfast, switched driver to Krystel

9:00am – Switched driver to Lisa

11:45am – Arrival at Disney

Since I was the person who could drive the “longest” it made sense to go first and pound out as much pavement as possible.  That means NJ, Delaware, Maryland, DC, Virginia, and some of NC.  I will say that NC and SC are long and tiring.  Soon drivers and passengers get tired and sleepy.  It is very important to logistically alternate naps.  Especially when you are driving at night. 

Pros to Driving

  • Cheaper
  • Bonding Experience
  • Mental Challenge
  • You get to pack whatever your heart desires
  • Possible sightseeing opportunity

Cons to Driving

  • Long
  • Tiring
  • Car wear and tare

The ride home was tough as you don’t have the motivation of Disney ahead of you.  Instead, if you are anything like me, you have your day job ahead. 

It’s time to decide whether driving to Disney is for you or not.  If you haven’t taken the drive before and have a fair number of adults on trip, I would try it.  You can never disqualify something you don’t have familiarity with.  As someone who has done the drive many times, it comes down to flight prices, allotted time, and mental capacity.  If flights are under $100 each way I am most likely driving as we are a family of two right now.  That might change in the future.

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Happy planning and safe driving!

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14 thoughts on “Driving To Florida (Disney World) from NJ

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    It helps when there are lots of drivers to do a long trip. Snacks are a must on long drives.

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    Awesome. I couldn’t do it. Too long for me. But I know many people do drive!

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    Snacks and water are important on a long drive. 🙂

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    I’m shocked ya made it in 15 hours! That is a long long drive. But you also got the added benefit of seeing so much of the east coast while you were headed down to Orlando.

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    I make that long drive when I go home to Michigan to visit, but I do it during the day. I couldn’t do it at night! You are hardcore!

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    Driving trips are always such good fun! Even when they are the means to an end.

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    Oh my dear heaven I can’t believe your patience for long drive. 5 hours max is my limit for long drives.

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    We drove from WI to FL last year and loved it! I can’t wait until we do it again 🙂

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    It sounds like such a long drive. It would be worth it to save some money. I would do it as long as we had a few drivers to alternate.

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