According to AAA, Orlando tops the list of travel destinations for the Thanksgiving holiday. That means, families driving from Tampa Bay will face extra congestion on I-4 and near the theme parks.
If you’re planning a trip to one of the Walt Disney Parks, here are a couple of shortcuts recommended by the News Channel 8 Park Planners:
Exit eastbound I-4 at Exit 58/Champions Gate. Travel south on Osceola Park Road to Old Lake Wilson, then north to US-192. That takes you to World Drive, Disney’s main drag.
Often, I-4 backs up before the Champions Gate exit. You can exit the interstate earlier, at US-27, travel north to US-192, and on to World Drive.
A foolproof way to avoid traffic jams is to stay at or near the parks. Walt Disney Parks have partner hotels with rates lower than those on site. You can search for a bargain here: https://www.wdwgoodneighborhotels.com/
The website TouringParks.com provides up-to-the-minute information on park capacities and wait times. It’s a subscription service, and costs $14.95 a year for Walt Disney World Parks, and $6.95 a year for Universal Orlando Parks. There’s also an app available through the website, for easy access on wait times while you’re there.