Disney EchoEar Grand Mouseter
Joined: Oct. 2003
||Posted: Oct. 15, 2008, 1:50 pm
I couldn't find my previous "thread" with all the advance trip planning thoughts I'd already done. I just wanted to update any of you who are interested or who might also be planning trips right now!
Some background. We had put a deposit down on a room at the Polynesian and one at the WL but not terribly long thereafter my husband had lost his job. Since then, we've been transferring that deposit from one year to the next. Finally Disney wouldn't transfer the deposit anymore. They'd refund it only to the original credit card, which was long since closed. So I planned for us to go as far into 2008 as possible so we wouldn't lose the deposit but would have as long as possible to scrimp and save.
We will be staying the entire time at the Polynesian for several reasons. First, we love it there. But second, our younger son was recently diagnosed with Austism and is quite the runner, climber, etc. In other words, if it's time to leave a park (such as MK or Ep), we want to be able to leave fast.
As far as transportation from NJ was concerned, we also had a little crimp in our plans. We have been invited to spend some time in Savannah beforehand, staying with a former colleague of my husband's. Up until about May of 2008 the small airport we typically use to fly down flew into Atlanta and then on to Savannah. This would make life very easy logistically. Flying out of Philly is just a nightmare. Since about May Delta pulled out of this airport, which meant we'd probably have to fly out of Philly, making the plane ride over 5 hours long (or up to 7), including a layover, which just wouldn't be possible with our son. Two hours would be hard enough.
After researching just about every other possible scenario, it occured to me that we'd ridden the autotrain last time and that that would allow us to be able to get up and walk around. So we'll be taking the train (not autotrain) from Philly to Savannah (it stops there). It leaves around 8:30am and gets in around 9pm. A long ride, and maybe we'll live to regret it, but it'll be in daylight, which means lots to look at, the thrill of a train ride for the kids (who love trains), and not being strapped in for hours on end.
For the trip home we'll be flying. In the end the cost was almost exactly what we'd have spent for RT plane tickets.
In the next section I'll share our itinerary thus far. (Yes I'm an anal retentive planner!
Snakes don't walk, they slither. -Hiss, Robin Hood