My family and I are making our first trip to the Daytona 500 this year and I have several, mostly traffic related, questions. We’ll be staying in Orlando. With what we’ve read, we’re planning to leave Orlando at 6:00 a.m. The folks who gave us the tickets say the mall is the best place to park because it’s easy access to our seats in Oldfield.
My first question is… Do you agree with parking at the mall?
Question 2 … is the route that the speedway suggests I-4 > 44 > US-1 > S.R. 400 > Clyde Morris Blvd. the best way in the morning?
After the race is the big question. We’re not likely to leave before the race ends. We don’t want to sit on I-4 for hours back to Orlando so we were thinking of taking 92 to Deland, then 44 and other back roads from there. We don’t mind taking longer to drive, we just don’t want to sit on the highway. Does this sound like a good plan? Is there a better route? If we leave right after the race, will we make it to Deland on 92, or are we better off going to a restaurant for dinner and leaving an hour or two later? Aren’t all the nearby restaurants packed after the race?
Thank you for your advice and we are really looking forward to the race.