Many of us don’t have the privilege of living close to Walt Disney World, in fact, we live far enough away, so the big question comes up every time we want to visit our favorite place: Do we fly or drive?
There are pros and cons to each mode of transportation.
Driving – pros: Generally cheaper, even with gas prices higher. You are able to take snacks easier than trying to stuff them in a suitcase. You can take breakfast stuff to speed up the mornings and can take a coffee pot with your own coffee, eliminating the need to run up to the food court every morning. You can take drinks along like water or sodas to enjoy in the evenings.
Driving – cons: Can take a long day to get there or even require an overnight stop, if far enough. Being in the car for a long period can require entertainment to keep little ones amused for hours on end. Or worse case, if you drive at night – the kids sleep and the adults are exhausted when they arrive at Walt Disney World!
Flying – pros: Less travel time which means extra time in Walt Disney World! You won’t be worn out from driving all day or worse yet – all night. Magical Express can take you to your hotel without the need to get your checked baggage. Your baggage will arrive later, giving you time to explore the hotel or even visit a park or Disney Springs.
Flying – cons: Generally more expensive, especially if more than 2 people need to fly. Extra time in Walt Disney World may mean adding to the cost of the hotel an extra night. Parking cost at the airport for long term parking, unless you are lucky enough to have someone that can drop you off. Limited amount of snacks can be easily packed, so meals and snacks much be purchased at Disney or ordered from a local Orlando grocery that delivers.
When we visited Walt Disney World on this past trip, we were able to find a low air fare out of a major hub within 2 hours from home. By listing the pros and cons and comparing the cost for each mode of transportation, we decided it would be so worth it to fly this trip, even with 4 of us. We weren’t sure how the kids would do in the car for over 9 hours each way since they haven’t been in the car for this length of time before, so for our ease of mind, flying seemed a no brainier!
How do you usually go to your magical home away from home? Fly or Drive?
Debbie and her husband live in Collegedale, TN where her youngest son is going to college. She is a huge Disney fan who dreams of someday retiring and working as a tour guide at Walt Disney World. She has enjoyed many trips to WDW with children, grandchildren and sometimes adults only. It is her ultimate goal to make sure everyone who visits WDW has the same magical time that she enjoys every time she visits.