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Taking nominations for worst intersection in Orlando

Which is the intersection most to be avoided near the Orlando-area theme parks?

From Robert Niles
Posted August 8, 2010 at 3:13 PM
I'm taking nominations for this week's Vote of the Week, which will be "What's the worst intersection near the Orlando-area theme parks?"

My initial nominees are :

Apopka Vineland Road - State Road 535

International Drive - Central Florida Parkway

International Drive - Sand Lake Road

Sand Lake Road - Turkey Lake Road

What would you add to the list? Top five nominees, as determined by this thread, move to the vote on Friday.

Thanks! (And try to stay sane in the traffic.)


Comments in chronological order. Most recent at the bottom. Scroll down to respond.

From David L.
Posted August 8, 2010 at 3:30 PM
What about the nearby toll booths on the highways?(i've never found a way to avoid them). They aren't intersections, but they're just as bad because they cost money, slow you down or sometimes plain stop you, and there are are multiple on each highway.

From TH Creative
Posted August 8, 2010 at 3:47 PM
(1st) International Drive - Sand Lake Road - Traveling north on I-Drive and trying to make the left on to Sand Lake is .... frustrating.

(2nd) the 535 entrance to Lake Buena Vista (Hotel Plaza Boulevard).

From donna young
Posted August 8, 2010 at 3:52 PM
International Drive and Universal Blvd. The corner of wet n wild. There is a reason there is a walk signal there. Wet N Wild is not going anywhere people

From Robert Niles
Posted August 8, 2010 at 4:10 PM
Which should be the nominee then, 535 and Hotel Plaza Blvd, or 535 and Apopka Vineland? Or should they both be finalists?

From Bobby Miller
Posted August 8, 2010 at 4:33 PM
Have to agree with TH on this one, I hate both but I-Drive and Sand Lake is the pits. Both to your last question Robert.

Bobby, formally known as Bob & Robert!!!!!!!

From steve lee
Posted August 8, 2010 at 5:55 PM
I couldn't even think of a particularly bad intersection. Then I saw I-Drive and Sand Lake and I started getting the shakes. That intersection brings out some pretty severe rage.

From Nick Markham
Posted August 8, 2010 at 6:15 PM
Thanks for the help with the name "Bobby"! It will help to get the differnece between the two R. Miller's on here!

From TH Creative
Posted August 8, 2010 at 6:41 PM
The nominee should be International Drive - Sand Lake Road

From Katie White
Posted August 8, 2010 at 7:25 PM
I agree with TH. International Drive and Sand Lake Road.

From Anthony Murphy
Posted August 8, 2010 at 8:48 PM
I can't remember the names, but right by the crossroads and Downtown Disney. It always seems packed.

From Carrie Hood
Posted August 9, 2010 at 12:23 AM
I would say the Seaworld exit off the Beeline Expressway before they put the red light in! That section was a nightmare and a half trying to cross I-drive to get to work at Seaworld!

I have to say Sand Lake Road and I-drive, That is always a nightmare even outside of tourist season! Sand Lake and Universal blvd isn't much better either!

From Rob P
Posted August 9, 2010 at 3:07 AM
Definitely the 535 / Plaza Blvd intersection

From David Graham
Posted August 9, 2010 at 9:18 AM
Tying into the 535 road, I'll go with 535 exit off I4, esp in evenings. You can be backed up as far as BeeLine due to people trying to exit there.

From Rob P
Posted August 10, 2010 at 2:04 AM
Oh and exit 75B off the I4 at Universal which is confusing rather than busy.
Being from the UK we always forget that it's an exit off to the left just like back home. So if you're merrily going along expecting a right hand exit and have to cross 3 lanes of traffic ( at speed) it's not the best fun.
And before you say it : the signs are there so it's our fault too.

From Tony Duda
Posted August 10, 2010 at 11:10 AM
Yeah, that's a fun exit. Go far right, then far left, then far right (then far left at the booths).

From Rob P
Posted August 11, 2010 at 12:12 AM
He he he.............that's the one !

Better than Test Track ?

From Carrie Hood
Posted August 11, 2010 at 5:25 AM
How about a few off the beaten path?

You know, I'm surprised no one has brought up the 50/436 nightmare! It's off the tourist area but good gods, it's a trial in anger management!

There is also my second personal favorite, McCoy Rd and Conway Rd. That's always a fun time when your backed up to the runways at the airport! Wow, remember when the tourists used to park off McCoy and watch the planes land pre-9/11?

Yet another favorite, slightly off the beaten path.. 50 and Curry Ford Rd. It seems like that has a backup at 3am on a Wednesday sometimes!

From Andy Stevens
Posted September 10, 2010 at 8:44 AM
Got to be the 535 at I4 , an absolute nightmare.

From Scott Verble
Posted September 12, 2010 at 9:50 PM
Getting off I4 at Conroy can be a nightmare on Saturdays with all of the Millenia traffic, but I'd agree with I-drive and Sand Lake.

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