We live in Arkansas and went to florida last year on vacation. We decided to drive down so we left a day early. We arrived a day early also , we decided to go to Universal too (with nothing planned for that day) so we went and had an absolute ball. Although we didnt have near enough time to do everything. I actually liked it better than Disney ( being that i have been to Disney 4 times). I would really recomend that you have more time. You wont be satisified with just a few hours.
We are planning a Disney cruise (not sure of the dates yet). I read all of these reviews and it makes me wish we were leaving today........Have fun!!