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Disney in a Day
We have been visiting central Florida since early 1993 and I think we can now be classed as official addicts. There is so much to do in and around the Orlando and Kissimmee area that we never have a problem finding somewhere new to try on each trip. However we do have our favourite’s that we try to fit in. As we discover more places to visit we seem to have less and less time to spend in the theme parks but we do try to spend at least one day of our holiday visiting Disney. The problem is with only one day how do we fit it all in well with an early start and a little forward planning it’s amazing what you can see in a day. We may not get to see every attraction or even every park but we usually manage to see most of our favourites.
Step 1 we buy our tickets. We do this before we leave home with the help of this site as we have found them to be competitively priced and offer an excellent service. This also saves you time as you do not have to stand in line at the ticket counter. As Florida homeowners we are regular visitors so last year we decided to “invest” in a 10 day ticket that allowed us to “park hop”, or in other words visit more than one park in a day, it also had no expiry date which means it is valid until all the days are used no matter how long that takes. This meant that each Disney day only cost us around £18/$32 per person which we thought was really good value and no expiry means they are perfect for us to use over a number of years.
Step 2 is to decide which parks we would like to visit and which rides and attractions we would like to “do”. We then try to work out some sort of plan that will allow us to see as many of the things on our list as possible. The trick is to be flexible and change your plan if necessary, use the fast pass system where available, take plenty of rest and refreshment breaks especially in the heat of the summer and above all enjoy yourself. Don’t let your day out turn into a route march or the whole family will be miserable and after all Disney is all about having fun.
Step 3 is to make an early start to get ahead of the main crowds. If necessary take a break away from the parks in the middle of the day when the crowds are at their thickest and the temperatures are at their highest. You can often see more and enjoy more by heading back to your villa or hotel for a few hours than if you stay and keep plodding on. Have a swim or a nap and a bite to eat in order to recharge your batteries then you can head back to the parks in the late afternoon and carry on where you left off. This way you will still have the energy to enjoy some fireworks at the end of a busy but enjoyable day.
If you are a first time visitor I wouldn’t suggest you even try to see or “do” everything in a day but if you have been before and have your favourite “bits” it is certainly possible to have a very enjoyable day visit 3 or even 4 parks and live to tell the tale.
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