Based on where you live you have already figured out the best way for your family to get to Disney World, or DisneyLand. I have been doing a lot of different research throughout the years and have many different views on this.
Originally when my wife was just my girlfriend we went to Florida with my parents. All of us packed into my parents RV. It was pretty nice being able to get up, and down whenever we chose. Having a refrigerator was great too. Once we decided we wanted to vacation at our own pace we didn’t really get to go away with them much anymore.
We used to drive to, and from New Jersey to Orlando, FL. The costs of fuel wasn’t as bad back then. One year we took my mom to the airport so she could go home. Within 3 hours she called us and told us that she was home. Well… We weren’t even halfway out of Florida due to traffic, and such. After that we started looking into flights. There are only a small handful of companies that actually transport between New Jersey and Orlando, FL. without stop offs. Whenever we could we would book the travel, but we also learned something about the flights. If you were selected from “volunteers” at the flight gate you were eligible to be “Bumped”. This bump would get you a different flight later that day, or the next day. In addition it would normally include hotel, and meal voucher. The bad part about flying is that you either need to stay strictly on Disney grounds, or you need to rent a vehicle. I routinely see specials on many of the airlines like Kuwait Airways flights, and Alitalia, but these are just not going to be something I can use.
The way we are travelling now is with Amtrak. We take our car on the train and that allows us to have our own vehicle in Florida and also makes it so that we don’t have to rent a car. A few years ago we found out about a credit card through chase that allows us to earn miles for each dollar spent. Those miles can be redeemed towards travel. We only get to travel one way because when we take our vacations it is usually a holiday time, and Amtrak has “Black Out” periods that make it so we can’t use our “Amtrak Guest Rewards” to get FREE travel one of the ways. On the train we board around 3pm. We are served dinner that night, and breakfast the next day. There is a smoking car, electric for laptops, etc., and a car on the train that offers cookies, fruit, water and more.
How do you travel to Florida? Is it cost effective in your opinion? Do you have any suggestions?