For those folks driving!

billlaurie

Disneyfan
Joined
Jan 22, 2012
Hi.

My husband and I have driven to Disney World from northern New Jersey twice. He doesn’t like to fly and prefers to drive. We have done the drive straight through.

We are thinking next time we may want to break it up and stop somewhere to sleep then finish the drive the next day. We are also thinking we may want to move a little further south at some point (closer to Disney and cruises) so maybe we could check out a town on the way.

I’m guessing a little past midway would be South Carolina or maybe the bottom of North Carolina Any recommendations for towns/hotels to stay in? We don’t need to stay at the Ritz but don’t like cheap motels.

Thank you in advance

Noreen
We drove from MD in June and stopped in Savannah, GA, stayed at the Springhill Suites, right off the highway, which wasn't bad. We had about a 5 hour drive in the AM to get to Disney, which worked out well.
 

AmeriCanFam

Earning My Ears
Joined
May 24, 2018
Hi.

My husband and I have driven to Disney World from northern New Jersey twice. He doesn’t like to fly and prefers to drive. We have done the drive straight through.

We are thinking next time we may want to break it up and stop somewhere to sleep then finish the drive the next day. We are also thinking we may want to move a little further south at some point (closer to Disney and cruises) so maybe we could check out a town on the way.

I’m guessing a little past midway would be South Carolina or maybe the bottom of North Carolina Any recommendations for towns/hotels to stay in? We don’t need to stay at the Ritz but don’t like cheap motels.

Thank you in advance

Noreen
When we drove from Central NJ to catch our ship at Port Canaveral we actually stayed 2 nights along the way. The first night we stayed in Dumfries, VA. Then drove and stayed overnight in Darien, GA. That gets us close enough to Port Canaveral to be sure we'll get there in time to check in and board the ship. With a young child you never know what can happen along the way so we need to take every precuation.
 

Scrooge's Accountant

Earning My Ears
Joined
Feb 15, 2016
We stay at an Embassy Suites in Pooler, GA and I can’t recommend it enough! The reservation includes a free breakfast buffet and the hotel is very close to a shopping area in case you forgot to pack anything.
 
  • Noreen411

    Mouseketeer
    Joined
    Sep 5, 2005
    We drove from MD in June and stopped in Savannah, GA, stayed at the Springhill Suites, right off the highway, which wasn't bad. We had about a 5 hour drive in the AM to get to Disney, which worked out well.
    Thank you for that - we’ll take a look.
     

    Noreen411

    Mouseketeer
    Joined
    Sep 5, 2005
    When we drove from Central NJ to catch our ship at Port Canaveral we actually stayed 2 nights along the way. The first night we stayed in Dumfries, VA. Then drove and stayed overnight in Darien, GA. That gets us close enough to Port Canaveral to be sure we'll get there in time to check in and board the ship. With a young child you never know what can happen along the way so we need to take every precuation.
    Thank you - we will look at these as well
     
  • rcj2000

    Earning My Ears
    Joined
    May 7, 2017
    We drove from MD in June and stopped in Savannah, GA, stayed at the Springhill Suites, right off the highway, which wasn't bad. We had about a 5 hour drive in the AM to get to Disney, which worked out well.
    We just drove down from the NYC area this past weekend and stayed at Comfort Suites in Port Wentworth GA. It's just outside of Savannah right off 95. We stayed for the night and left around 8am and arrived at Disney around 1pm.
     

    bluezy

    DIS Veteran
    Joined
    Sep 7, 2008
    We just drove down from the NYC area this past weekend and stayed at Comfort Suites in Port Wentworth GA. It's just outside of Savannah right off 95. We stayed for the night and left around 8am and arrived at Disney around 1pm.
    We've stayed at this property several times on various trips to Disney. We always find it clean, convenient, and close to the highway -- easy on and off.
     

    Noreen411

    Mouseketeer
    Joined
    Sep 5, 2005
    We just drove down from the NYC area this past weekend and stayed at Comfort Suites in Port Wentworth GA. It's just outside of Savannah right off 95. We stayed for the night and left around 8am and arrived at Disney around 1pm.
    Thank you - I will look at that one too
     
  • Antaniasmom

    DISNEY FANATIC !!!
    Joined
    Jun 3, 2017
    Hi.

    My husband and I have driven to Disney World from northern New Jersey twice. He doesn’t like to fly and prefers to drive. We have done the drive straight through.

    We are thinking next time we may want to break it up and stop somewhere to sleep then finish the drive the next day. We are also thinking we may want to move a little further south at some point (closer to Disney and cruises) so maybe we could check out a town on the way.

    I’m guessing a little past midway would be South Carolina or maybe the bottom of North Carolina Any recommendations for towns/hotels to stay in? We don’t need to stay at the Ritz but don’t like cheap motels.

    Thank you in advance

    Noreen
    Hopefully this information isn't too late. We used to drive from central Connecticut and we would stay in Savannah, GA, once we stayed at Country Inn and Suites near Hilton Head airport. The location was awesome with fast food (there is a Wendy's and a gas station right in front of the hotel, sounds weird I know but its a great place to stay) and many restaurants and stores nearby. My daughter and I appreciated the indoor pool as it was raining. The next day took us under 5 hours to WDW (we stopped for lunch). I would totally recommend this hotel for cleanliness, location and price. Hope this helps, have a great trip!!!
    P.S. We now live in North Carolina and our WDW trips take under 9 hours..LOVE IT!!
     

    ParrotBill

    Yo ho, yo ho, a parrot's life for me
    Joined
    Feb 10, 2005
    Hi.

    My husband and I have driven to Disney World from northern New Jersey twice. He doesn’t like to fly and prefers to drive. We have done the drive straight through.

    We are thinking next time we may want to break it up and stop somewhere to sleep then finish the drive the next day. We are also thinking we may want to move a little further south at some point (closer to Disney and cruises) so maybe we could check out a town on the way.

    I’m guessing a little past midway would be South Carolina or maybe the bottom of North Carolina Any recommendations for towns/hotels to stay in? We don’t need to stay at the Ritz but don’t like cheap motels.

    Thank you in advance

    Noreen
    We drive from Rochester NY and stay one night. Here's what I suggest: Do a google maps route to see the total drive time. Estimate your stopping time for rest and food. Then decide how far you want to drive each day. For our drive, I try to drive longer the first day, arriving at dinner for stopover, and then get up early the second day and drive a shorter day to arrive at Disney by 2 or 3pm. For us, that means Columbia SC is the idea stopover. Figure out where yours is. Then plug in "hotels" into google maps in the search bar, and set your date, and zoom in to see hotels with ratings and prices. Follow links to verify pricing for your room type and whether you tolerate advance purchase or not. Read reviews, look at pictures. I will pick almost any known chain of middle class - Hampton Inns, Hilton Garden Inn, etc. Scan up and down your route in case there is a town with a much better deal.
     

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