Monday, June 28, 2010
For starters, it can get expensive. Although there are deals out there, the larger your party is, the less likely flying to your destination is worth it. For one person, the price of the flight might equal the price of gas and (possibly) a night in a hotel. For two people it might be worth it, even. But a family of four or five will use money most effectively driving to your Disney destination.
And then there are delays. Yesterday it took me roughly four hours on a plane to make a 50 minute flight. We boarded at around 3:30, but we didn't have enough fuel to remain in the holding patterns to get into Kennedy airport. So we had to land at a semi-nearby airport, refuel, and get back in line to land. Overall, it took much longer than necessary. Luckily, Kennedy was our end destination, but the people who had transfers had more ordeals in their futures. Connecting flights, especially currently, can get very tight with all the delays out there. I never remember transfers being so iffy in the past, but now it's often a gamble. But a nonstop flight costs more than a connection. Add that to already expensive airfare, and the plane's not looking so cost effective anymore.
Overall, like with anything, you have to weigh the pros and cons to each side. If you fly, your travel time is shorter, but it will usually cost more. Also, you won't have your own car. If you drive, it may be cheaper, but it will take much longer. You will have your car with you, but you also have to physically drive to your destination. No sitting pretty with a little bag of peanuts for you. Personally, I would rather fly, but everyone has their own preferences.
How do you get to your Disney destinations? Drive? Fly? Train? Horseback? All of the above? Let me know in a comment, a tweet (@discollegeblog), or on Facebook!