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Old 08-01-2014, 03:13 PM
 
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Just throwing this out here, but the best vacations I remember as a child were those where we didn't go to Disney World. I'm talking about the beach, the woods... and the greatest of all was a lengthily western swing we took to Colorado (all driving, by the way). During that trip, we got to go up Pike's Peak, visit a "glacier" (re: a dwindling pile of snow which may have once been a glacier), ride steam trains, tour mines, stay in a log cabin, and just see the country in general. Everything was slow, relaxed, and easy.

By contrast, Disney vacations were always a frenetic nightmare. We had to be there at opening so we could do the busy rides before the parks filled up. We had to catch the fireworks because that was part of the entertainment. We had to have a battle plan each and every day to meet certain goals.

As an adult, I can appreciate that my parents were just trying to get the maximum out of a very expensive experience, but the lesson I took away from it was that Disney should be done once, when all the children in the family can appreciate it (meaning no infants), and then never done again. There are better ways to spend your money. And, frankly, there are so many better ways to relax and stimulate the minds of your children, too.
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Old 08-01-2014, 03:50 PM
 
Location: Central Indiana/Indy metro area
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FYI--Even with AAA discounts, Hertz is usually much more expensive than Budget, Thrifty, etc.
I've price this numerous times and Hertz always wins. They aren't that much cheaper, but their insurance is usually cheaper, plus they give an extra driver for free when everyone else wants to up charge. Plus you get at least one car seat for free, maybe more, if you have a kid that needs one. I've tried to beat Hertz and can't. There is one catch though, I don't go through Hertz.com. Instead I go through my local AAA website directly, which usually results in more offers than what I normally see.
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Old 08-01-2014, 04:40 PM
 
Location: Coastal Georgia
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What do you mean, your car won't make it? What's wrong with it? If it has had routine maintenance it would be cheaper to drive your own car (buy some new tires, if you need to, and it still will be cheaper, and you'll have new tires) than to rent or fly.
I guess what I'm saying is you can have the comfort and security of your car, plus gas, plus a couple of hotels, a few fast food stops, and this sounds the most cost effective to me.
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Old 08-01-2014, 06:10 PM
 
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I've price this numerous times and Hertz always wins. They aren't that much cheaper, but their insurance is usually cheaper, plus they give an extra driver for free when everyone else wants to up charge. Plus you get at least one car seat for free, maybe more, if you have a kid that needs one. I've tried to beat Hertz and can't. There is one catch though, I don't go through Hertz.com. Instead I go through my local AAA website directly, which usually results in more offers than what I normally see.
The OP doesn't need the car seat or a second driver.

By the way, very few want to charge for an extra driver if it's a spouse or co-worker.

As long as you have good personal auto insurance and rent with a credit card that offers additional coverage, there is no need to buy the rental insurance. For the average person it is unecessary.
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Old 08-01-2014, 06:35 PM
 
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Renting a car is $500/ish a week (use discount websites to book p/u at an airport if you must)
2400miles of gas at 20mpg/4.00$ is $500ish
Buy a family tent at sears and some air mattresses $100 and camp there and back and pack coolers from groceries
$120/6days camping
$200 6 travel days food
Splurge on lodging/disney tickets/food for 2 days $??

My guess is that you can do it for $2500/3000

Take 3 days to get there so you don't go insane, I easily did 400+ miles a day last year solo with a 4yo, and a cat+litterbox with no fatigue or issues
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Old 08-01-2014, 06:56 PM
 
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As an adult, I can appreciate that my parents were just trying to get the maximum out of a very expensive experience, but the lesson I took away from it was that Disney should be done once, when all the children in the family can appreciate it (meaning no infants), and then never done again.
That might have been the lesson for you. Not everyone enjoys the same sorts of things. Some people enjoy going to Disney multiple times, and that's certainly their choice, and nothing wrong with doing what they want.
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Old 08-02-2014, 05:57 AM
 
Location: From TX to VA
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I'm not sure where you live, but I just looked on Enterprise Rent a Car's website and a location in Hartford, CT had unlimited mileage on their vehicles according to their site.
^^^^ This. I've made several cross-country trips where I rented a car from Enterprise and it was unlimited mileage. And that was with full disclosure of my intended destination. More often than not it was just like zoomzoom mentioned: unlimited mileage within the continental US.

If you decide to drive, you've been given some good, practical ideas for the trip:
* Use your own personal auto insurance over the insurance offered by the rental company. Some rental companies require verification from your insurance company that their rental is covered. You can find that out ahead of time.
* Cut down on the meal expense on the road by packing up a cooler with snacks, stuff for sandwiches (even open pkgs of lunchmeat will last more than a day if kept cold).

Sorry I can't give any advice on Disney options. That's a travel destination that I never felt the need to visit.

In the end, you'll know what is more important to you. The comfort of a rental car over a plane seat, the short plane flight over a 2-3 day drive, the ability to just get in a car and hit the road over having to remove shoes, belts, contents from the pockets, etc. That kind of stuff...

Have fun!
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Old 08-02-2014, 06:37 AM
 
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Renting a car is $500/ish a week (use discount websites to book p/u at an airport if you must)
2400miles of gas at 20mpg/4.00$ is $500ish
Buy a family tent at sears and some air mattresses $100 and camp there and back and pack coolers from groceries
$120/6days camping
$200 6 travel days food
Splurge on lodging/disney tickets/food for 2 days $??

My guess is that you can do it for $2500/3000

Take 3 days to get there so you don't go insane, I easily did 400+ miles a day last year solo with a 4yo, and a cat+litterbox with no fatigue or issues
Three days to get there, three days to get back, a couple days in Florida. Hmmm, sounds like a dream vacation to me.
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Old 08-02-2014, 06:40 AM
 
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^^^^ This. I've made several cross-country trips where I rented a car from Enterprise and it was unlimited mileage. And that was with full disclosure of my intended destination. More often than not it was just like zoomzoom mentioned: unlimited mileage within the continental US.

If you decide to drive, you've been given some good, practical ideas for the trip:
* Use your own personal auto insurance over the insurance offered by the rental company. Some rental companies require verification from your insurance company that their rental is covered. You can find that out ahead of time.
ONLY if you have FULL coverage. If you only carry liability, you MUST take the rental insurance, unless you've got a credit card that will fully cover you--most only cover CDW.

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In the end, you'll know what is more important to you. The comfort of a rental car over a plane seat, the short plane flight over a 2-3 day drive, the ability to just get in a car and hit the road over having to remove shoes, belts, contents from the pockets, etc. That kind of stuff...
You'd spend two or three days driving over having to take off your shoes? Wow.
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Old 08-02-2014, 07:29 AM
 
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Agree, Spirit is a bad choice in this situation.

US Airways out of PVD is consistently one of the cheapest flights between New England and Florida. You can gate check your carry on sized bag for free.
Why is it a bad choice? You're allowed one carry one of a certain size for free. I do it all the time and sometimes carry enough clothes for a week. You just have to prioritize.
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