Hello I'm looking for some opinions on a possible roadtrip. My husband and I would like to bring our 2 kids (8 and 5) to Florida. We are considering driving in our minivan. We live in Kenosha, WI. Our destination would initially be Orlando for one night and day at Disney, but we would spend the next four nights in my parents' condo near Sarasota.
We have friends just outside of Atlanta. My idea was to leave Friday after dinner and stop midway through Kentucky, just past Louisville. Then get up bright and early and head to Atlanta. Spend the evening with our friends and their kids. Have a healthy dinner, get some sleep, head out after an early breakfast, and get to Disney in time to have dinner and swim that evening.
We would spend that Monday in Magic a Kingdom and from there, when we leave at night, head to my parents condo near Sarasota. We'd have four nights and three full days to hang out at the beach, maybe tour a few thing. We'd leave Friday to head back to Atlanta. Sleep at friends' house, the spend Saturday on a leisurely drive through TN, enjoying sights and such. Stay the night in Clarksville, and head home Sunday. We could possibly extend this by a day, the stay in Sarasota will not add much cost to add a day to it. But vacation time may be a consideration.
Now, I've calculated flying from Milwaukee to Orlando and renting a car. Truth is, we wouldn't be saving a ton of money, by driving. $5-600 I'm thinking. But I thought the roadtrip aspect of it might be fun. Visit friends, see Tennessee, etc. and I hate flying. Our son has never been more than 4 hours from home, we haven't been able to afford much in the way of vacations. And we aren't going to be able to turn around and take another big trip the next year. So I thought we'd get more bang for our buck this way.
But that's a TON of driving with little kids. We are talking half the days of our trip spent on significant car rides. Most people are telling me it's not worth it.