ahhhh a question for Bella!
So, the best and safest place to stay would either be Florence, SC or Santee, SC. Florence is about 20 mins past the NC border (and where I went to college…whoot whoot…) AND it is the largest city on I-95 in SC…therefore…more hotel options…total time until you’d see the Disney gates: 7 1/2 hours
Santee is the half way point in SC, for no other reason than this it is the 2nd largest cluster of civilization on I-95 in SC…there are maybe 4 hotels there and Santee is generally a safe town…this is also about 10 miles from where I-95 and I-26 connect (so if you live in the mid-west…you PROB can come through this way) total time until you’d see the Disney gates: 6 hours and 15 minutes
Another option is Hardeeville, SC…the last town in SC…it’s not the greatest place ever, kind of shady, but.total time until you’d see the Disney gates: 4 hours and 45 minutes.
So, those are my reccomendations…be warned everyone, after Santee, SC there really is NOT MUCH until you get to the Jacksonville border…if you make it all the way to GA, I reccommend just going ahead to Jax it’s only another hour ahead…
Dillion is OK…but there have been some shady goings ons there in the past few years…South of the Border is well, something you should see once but never again!