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Unread 27 Feb 20, 11:38 AM  
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Just a quick question regarding the I4, is it still a nightmare going up to Sea World and Universal?
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We used it quite a bit between the 12th and 22nd Feb.

It wasn't great but it was usable in the mornings.

The whole area I4/192 area in LBV got VERY busy between 4 and 6pm each day. It wasn't as bad further north up towards Universal.
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if your going from disney / LBV area go up Turkey Lake, far less whacky races and less hassle all round
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That section isn't affected by the roadworks (yet). Most of the time it is still the quickest route. I would suggest checking the traffic via Google Maps etc before you set off especially as you are going from Southern Dunes.
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I don't know where you're staying but if you want a scenic route to Seaworld try International Drive. As you might know it starts right down on 192 next to Logan's Steakhouse opposite Old Town.

That lower end of I-Drive is so different to the stretch north of Sand Lake. All dual-carriageway and for most of it you're in open countryside with the occasional resort.

Obviously longer than using the Interstate but we can count on one hand the number of cars we see.

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I really should have read your countdown

Basically get up to the 192 using 27 (via my shortcut to Sherberth if you like) or maybe using the 17?

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Or maybe just bite the bullet and pick up I-4 at Posner
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Yes, total nightmare - we just returned yesterday and honestly, would think twice about a villa anywhere past Champions Gate.

The I4 in the mornings - looking on google maps - are red around champions gate Slip roads and added about 15 mins delay to Disney. Took about an hour and a quarter to get to Universal in the mornings. All Rush hour traffic.

Returning, the I4 is something to try and keep away from. Red, Red and more Red. Took around 2 hours back to the Villa in Balmoral anytime between 4 and 8pm.

You may think that you can take another Route - but most of Orlando thinks that way too, so all roads leading south are Red.

Decided to try cutting across to the 27, then down, but this is slow, plus the 27 has lights, so its stop and go.

Oh, and there are roadworks on the 27.

One unfortunate day, we were on the 429 (or 427), and stopped a few cars away from an overturned people carrier. Turns out that a pickup had slammed into the back of it, killing a 5 year old girl called Scarlett (a twin), her brother 11, and Mum and grandma, coming back from Disney. Scary thing is that we were a few cars behind, with our Daughter, Scarlett and twin Brother, and older brother. Alot of idiot american drivers who drive too close and zip in and out at speed - so be aware of who is also behind you, as more than likely they are looking at their phone.

Ideally, to get a good run up and down the 4, get up really early, and return after 9pm.

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Yes, total nightmare - we just returned yesterday and honestly, would think twice about a villa anywhere past Champions Gate.

The I4 in the mornings - looking on google maps - are red around champions gate Slip roads and added about 15 mins delay to Disney. Took about an hour and a quarter to get to Universal in the mornings. All Rush hour traffic.

Returning, the I4 is something to try and keep away from. Red, Red and more Red. Took around 2 hours back to the Villa in Balmoral anytime between 4 and 8pm.

You may think that you can take another Route - but most of Orlando thinks that way too, so all roads leading south are Red.

Decided to try cutting across to the 27, then down, but this is slow, plus the 27 has lights, so its stop and go.

Oh, and there are roadworks on the 27.

One unfortunate day, we were on the 429 (or 427), and stopped a few cars away from an overturned people carrier. Turns out that a pickup had slammed into the back of it, killing a 5 year old girl called Scarlett (a twin), her brother 11, and Mum and grandma, coming back from Disney. Scary thing is that we were a few cars behind, with our Daughter, Scarlett and twin Brother, and older brother. Alot of idiot american drivers who drive too close and zip in and out at speed - so be aware of who is also behind you, as more than likely they are looking at their phone.

Ideally, to get a good run up and down the 4, get up really early, and return after 9pm.

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This has always been a factor for villa selection for us. We now avoid Hwy27 and ChampionsGate area - the extra 15-20 mins a trip adds up (even before you consider traffic issues that you have listed above). I cant see it getting any better either.
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