South of the Border is ok for a overnite stop but I would go to The New Green Acres,it would be closer the next day.
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For value and quality experience go to Disney , for thrills and chills go to Universal , for rotting wood , peeling paint , and lame displays go to Seaworld .
On the other hand, my wife and I LOVE Seaworld. We're planning a trip to Orlando next winter and are talking of not staying at Fort Wilderness so that we don't feel guilty about going to SeaWorld.
I've been going to Fort Wilderness,about 4 times a year, for 5 years now. Usually go to Disney 2-3 days. Universal 1-2 days.
And Sea World---just started going there in the last year or so. I love that place, too. Two great roller coasters, 4 great shows!
Since I go to Disney parks only a couple of days, I buy 10, no expire, park hopper, 10 fun.
If you are going to go to Disney parks for 10 days---in the next however many years---that might work for you. Looks like the break even point is 5 days. A 4 day ticket is $61, 5 day $50, 6 day $43. A 10 day, no expire, is $52 a day.
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Yep, actually drove to all of these places---in the last eight years. Missed Rhode Island and New Jersey.
Another vote for South Of The Border near Dillon, SC for an overnight stop. Pretty inexpensive.
As far as Disney tickets are concerned, it would depend on when you're planning on going back. If you're looking a couple/few of years down the road, then I would buy a 7 or 10-day no expiration. Invest the money now and sive later. Regardless of the economy conditions, Disney will raise rates in the neighbourhood of 10-20% every year, so, after a couple/few years, it's quite a difference. Remember to photocopy or scan your tickets when you get back home. If you lose them or something bad happens, I think you really need the numbers on the back to get them replaced.
Although it's a matter of personal preference, I find park-hopper a useless option, unless you love running around. The parks are large enough for you to spend an entire day in each one without doing the headless-chicken thing between parks. Glad I didn't spend that money on it.
Since you are driving from Maryland, I'll assume you'll be coming down I95. Since you are coming from Maryland, stopping at South of the Border would mean you'd drive more the second day than the first day. As long as your kids are okay with it, drive as far as possible the first day. That way you get to Disney earlier in the day.
You'd be better off getting to Point South, SC - there's a KOA there. Point South is about 35 minutes from Georgia, so you're looking at about 5.5 hours to Disney. If you can get into Georgia, even better. If you're like me and can drive 12+ hours in a day, get to Brunswick, GA or Kingsland, GA. There are several campgrounds in Brunswick (exit 29) and Kingsland (Exit 3 & 1). Brunswick is 3.5 hours from Disney.
I would definitely try and get to at least Brunswick, GA. When we went down in November, I left at 11PM(Friday) from NJ and I made it to Kingsland, GA(Exit 3)before dark(Saturday). We had time to rest up, get some dinner and the next day to Disney was a breeze. We got to Fort Wilderness gates at 11AM and we were in our site by noon. I let my wife drive a little in NC to relax the eyes a little, but other than that it was smooth sailing. Have a great trip!
May, most definitely. Not usually too crowded and weather is usually gorgeous. Get the book "The Unofficial Guide to Disney". If you think you are definitely going to go back, then get the no expiration tickets if you can handle the extra expense. It only gets more fun as they get older. We've taken our son 3 times. First time he was 6 or 7, second time 10, third time 18. Best time was when he was 18.
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RV-less for now but our spirits are still on the open road.
OK,so ya got 3 females in a pu on the way to disney,pulling a 5er, girls usually have to go atleast once per hour,if you have a dvd player you can stretch it out to maybe 1 1/2 hrs,done this many times usually takes 2days & at least 1 for the pilot to recover
I have made the trip with young ones from PA and usually strive to make it to Savannah GA the first night. I don't know the campground or the exit,but it allows for a reasonable departure time in the morning. Brunswick would be better if you can make it at a decent time. All this will depend on where in MD you are leaving. As for south of the border, the area shows the reduction in travelers. If I am running late I will often stop at the Flying J just after the south carolina border from South of the border. They have overnight RV parking and many others stop. It allows a free place to stop and get a few hours sleep to get back on the road early to make the Fort check-in time.