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    Because a DVC stay in early December is such a great value, we’re thinking of switching our usual mid-Nov. dates to catch all the holiday season trappings and fun stuff.

    We live in St. Louis as some may recall, so it’s not like rotten weather other than extreme cold is that common then at home. My primary concern is nasty weather going through the mountains in Tennessee.

    Am I simply Too Nervous Nellie, or is wicked winter weather likely that time of year?
    Last edited by Her Dotness; 03-18-2019, 12:49 PM.
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  • #2
    I don’t think I’d ever drive that far in the winter cause you just never know when some freak storm will hit.
    CINDY

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    • #3
      I won't even fly in winter let alone drive. You never know what's going to happen that can alter your plans.
      Darlene

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      • #4
        Dot we go in December or January and return in January or February. The one thing I have learned is there will be weather. Sometimes good sometimes not so. I plan in a cushion of 2 or days on both sides for that just in case. Just have to be prepared to leave early , extend stay or if need be hole up while traveling. Of course having our own accommodations that we travel in makes if far easier

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        • #5
          We drove from Chicago to WDW right at Christmas. The winter storm Draco was sweeping through and we seemed to drive just in front of it. Zero problems on the trip. I think we spent the night in/around Macon, Georgia, doing most of our driving the first day. Chattanooga is very hilly so you will have the option of a more westerly route. Personally I have never driven through Tallahassee when it isn’t raining! We have Hilton Honors so it’s pretty easy to change same day reservations or get new ones while on the road. We scheduled our reservations to start Day 2. On previous long distance road trips to WDW, we would start our WDW on Day 4 and spend those first few days driving and then in Orlando.

          I think if if you are used to driving in winter weather, you will be fine. Driving double double digit hours isn’t for everyone but I find it pretty easy

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          • #6
            We used to drive to WDW from Cleveland. A few years back while heading home from an early December trip there was an ice storm predicted for a portion of our route home. We had made a reservation and planned to spend a night at Disney's Hilton Head Resort on our way home. Based on the weather prediction, we decided to head home instead. Thankfully, Disney allowed us to cancel our reservation without a charge due to the predicted storm. Unfortunately, we drove straight home - 18 plus hours, stopping to stretch and switch drivers every few hours. We made it before the storm hit but it was not a fun drive. I would just rather fly so I don't have to be worrying about what could happen with the weather for our drive home. But you never know, it could turn out to be mild in early December with no storms.
            Last edited by KathleenAnn; 03-18-2019, 07:09 PM.

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            • #7
              The weather can be unpredictable. Hopefully any bad weather will not cross your travels.
              That might sound boring, but I think the boring stuff is the stuff I remember the most.
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              • #8
                Hey, I guess I'm the expert here! I actually live about an hour from Great Smoky Mountains National Park. I suspect, Dot, that you'll be traveling down I-24, cutting across the middle of the state. Is that correct? That means you will drive through Nashville to Chattanooga, where you would hit I-75. If not, then you're hitting I-75 sooner than I thought. Either way, early December is highly unlikely to provide you with a winter storm. We all know it isn't impossible, but I can't remember the last time we had snow in early December. We generally get our snow in January and February. I wouldn't hesitate to plan a WDW trip in early December, and as you know, we also drive it.
                Susan

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                • #9
                  I agree with Susan. That time of year doesn't usually bring snow or wintery weather to TN. You could definitely be in for rain, though. If you were really concerned, you could take the route through Memphis, then MS and AL. That would avoid the mountains of middle TN, but it is a longer route.
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by joelsmom View Post
                    Hey, I guess I'm the expert here! I actually live about an hour from Great Smoky Mountains National Park. I suspect, Dot, that you'll be traveling down I-24, cutting across the middle of the state. Is that correct? That means you will drive through Nashville to Chattanooga, where you would hit I-75.
                    Yup, that’s our route.

                    Either way, early December is highly unlikely to provide you with a winter storm. We all know it isn't impossible, but I can't remember the last time we had snow in early December. We generally get our snow in January and February. I wouldn't hesitate to plan a WDW trip in early December, and as you know, we also drive it.
                    I was thinking some PP Pixie was a Tennessean but couldn’t recall who.

                    TYVM! That’s very helpful info.

                    Drew may switch vacation to the first part of December for next year as we both enjoy WDW in holiday splendor and have only experienced both decorations and events once.

                    “People say nothing is impossible, but I do nothing every day.” —Winnie-the-Pooh

                    WDW 11/2018–VGF; WDW10/2017--VGF; WDW 12/2015--GF; WDW 11/2014--WL; WDW 11/2013--GF; WDW 1/2010--GF; WDW 7/2004--CR Tower /// DH to WDW several times in the 1970's & 1984; Me DL 1969.

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                    • #11
                      I agree that early December is highly unlikely to see major winter storms. But keep your plans as flexible as possible, just in case. And let me know when you're coming!
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                      • #12
                        We have driven from Chicago area to Disney more than a dozen times in March, July, and December. We also drive I-24 through Nashville and Chattanooga. Rain through Chattanooga is challenging because of the hills and the truck traffic, but doable for sure.
                        One thing we try to do when planning our drive time is to make sure we miss the major metropolitan areas during morning and evening rush hour- especially Atlanta.
                        Upcoming trip: October 2019 OKW and December 19 BRV and BCV
                        Past trips: 25 WDW and 2 Disney Hilton Head

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