Lesson #1- IF YOU DRIVE THROUGH THE NIGHT, YOU HAD BETTER BE PREPARED!!!
(with a plan, cokes, naps, and a hotel reservation:) We had planned to leave Saturday but there was word of a storm blowing through so I was packed and ready to go the minute Brett got home from work on Friday. We began our trek with thought of stopping when we got tired. Between the two of us we made it all the way but then had no plans of where we would stay for Day #1. If we booked a hotel that early in the morning, we would have to pay for a full day. So, we stopped at a rest stop and slept for an hour. Not sure if I would do this again, but we were glad we were there. The kids did great because they slept most of the way:)
sleeping at the rest stop
Lesson #2 - "A1A BEACH FRONT BOULEVARD" WILL HAVE YOU SINGING ICE ICE BABY ALL DAY:)
And it did. Brett couldn't stop reminding me that we were driving on A1A. It really does exist. We took our time on it too because we had to kill a few hours until we could check into our hotel.
Lesson #3 - DO THE BEACH FIRST
By the end of the trip we were exhausted. We were so glad we had gotten the beach out of the way before we started Disney.
Lesson #4-SPEND AS LITTLE AS YOU CAN ON FOOD
We still spent a pretty penny on food for a family of 5 but we tried to scrimp where we could. We used gift cards, PB sandwiches, granola bars, and shared meals at McDonalds. We ended up buying dinner at DisneyWorld one night and it cost us $43 for crappy food. We felt robbed and wish we wouldn't have done that. If I had it to do over I would have planned the meals a little better.
Lesson #5 - GIVE YOURSELF A DAY TO RECOVER FROM DRIVING
Day 1 over and we were beat!!!