6361.3 #17 (DL Qual #8

Mar 3, 2013 10:03 AM  The Hub
NorCal MWers (Or anyone who has a 5+ hour drive), when you drive down(up, across)what time do you typically leave? Do you go into the Parks that same day? Just looking to see what others do. Thanks :)

We usually leave at 3am to get to an 8am/9am opening...by closing we are delirious. But we love the drive down with the sunrise on I-5, its a tradition for us. Now with spur of the moment trips we leave after school @3pm. - Linzee  1188.1 #146 10:34AM
We usually do the same, early morning drive. I'm a Disney slave driver. 😊 - MousekaNinja  422.4 #524 2:10PM
Same here. Leave at 3am, go straight to the parks and delirious by nightfall - CherryTreeLane  460.4 #472 2:13PM
I leave about 3 and usually get to The park around 9/940. - DLlovingMommy27  238.0 #1496 10:04AM
a.m. Or p.m.? - misschurro  6361.3 #17 10:06AM
Am...I'm in the Bay Area - DLlovingMommy27  238.0 #1496 9:34PM
My last trip I left at about 4am and got to the parks at about 10am - MandyPooh  477.9 #446 10:09AM
Whoo! Long day! I am thinking for us to leave earlier than we do, 7 or 8 a.m., play in parks, then check in to hotel - misschurro  6361.3 #17 10:12AM
When I lived in NorCal, we would leave at night (between 5 and 6) and check in late, sleep and start the day early. I couldn't enjoy the park after the 6 hr drive! - Gia  802.0 #231 10:29AM
The plan is to leave at 3:00 pm and arrive at 9pm. Doesn't always work that way though. Usually run a little late so end up arriving at about 10pm. Any earlier and we head too the park. Next trip, I'm driving down without the hubby. We'll be leaving at 7am. - LaPearleNoir  1789.5 #94 10:40AM
Go mama!!! - misschurro  6361.3 #17 11:14AM
Hi Churro . We will usually leave about 9 am , sometimes a lil later. I have found for my family personally that getting up and leaving at 4 am and then going to the parks , kinda sets us up for exhaustion ... Mostly mine! Lol πŸ˜‰. This trip we have to leave pretty late , and will get there after the park closes . We will sleep for about 7 hours and then head in for a full day at the parks. I will let you know which works better :) - eviljules  1404.0 #124 10:52AM
We left at 8:30 am this morning... My husband decided to take 99 for some reason?!? We are currently in Madera from Sacramento.... If we fly we go into the parks the day we arrive, but if we drive we usually just hand out in Downtown Disney and do Goofy's Kitchen for dinner. - 2BeignetOrNot2Beignet  1420.8 #121 10:57AM
Safe travels! - misschurro  6361.3 #17 11:20AM
Thanks everyone! I appreciate hearing the different styles :) - misschurro  6361.3 #17 11:17AM
For my trip in 11 days I'm leaving about 4 am and I will then spend all day in the parks. A little easier when it's just me, might be harder for those with little ones. - mousejedi  310.1 #858 2:06PM
Yes! I can see me doing that without my littles. Have a great time! - misschurro  6361.3 #17 2:30PM
We have always left in the evening and get there after midnight. But I am only 4 -5 hours from my sisters place in Goleta. I usually go to parks following morning. - Sharkgrrl19  255.2 #1299 2:13PM
We usually leave around 7pm....husband is a night owl and the girls sleep almost the whole way. We get in around 1am but we stay at my parents, not a hotel. If I had my way, we'd leave at 3 or 4 am. :) I'm an early bird - MissMolly  1355.3 #129 2:36PM
I live in sacramento I always say I'm going to leave at 3am to get there for rope drop but I end up leaving around 8-9am lol - spaceranger916  376.5 #601 2:40PM
From Sacramento, we typically leave at 9 am (just after morning work traffic) and stop at the Lost Hills exit for lunch. We get stuck through LA, but can be checked in at the hotel and in the parks by 5pm for dinner, some rides, and fireworks or WOC - duckymomo  45.3 #4976 9:32PM
From modesto, we usually leave around 6am. We take our time and get there 1-2pm. Hang out at downtown disney and go to the park the next day. - mightymike  272.8 #1140 9:46PM
Sounds like how we do it, too. Last time we were able to get in early on Sunday morning to Disneyland, with our APs. It was absolutely amazingly fun!! - misschurro  6361.3 #17 12:46PM
From San Jose usually leave around 3 to make it to the area and grab some breakfast before hitting the parks. Handy that most of the hotels let you park when we get there and we just come back and check in when the rooms are ready. - ribidib  1187.7 #147 12:40PM
Miss churro we should just carpool hehe - ribidib  1187.7 #147 12:40PM
Ribidib, I am fast asleep,dreaming of churros at 3a.m. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ - misschurro  6361.3 #17 12:45PM
Exactly, I'll drive first half than rotate hehe - ribidib  1187.7 #147 12:46PM

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