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How to make the most of your time in Florida

Many of our guests ask the same question ‘How to best to spend their time in Florida with the limited time they have’. Answering this question can be a personal one and 'no one size fits all plan' suits each family. Yes there are some good tips to stick to which if followed can maximise your time, but choosing what to do and see is down to personal choice on what you want from your holiday.

The first good tip is for everyone to sit down and write down what parks and places they would like to visit. The reasoning behind this is to get a consensus of the most popular parks and places each family member would like to visit. If everyone wants to visit Magic Kingdom, this should definitely make it onto your short list of places to visit. We always do this to ensure that the places everyone wants to go to are on the top of our ‘to do’ list. Using this method, those parks and places that individuals don’t want to visit should not get onto your short list.

Most people spend a long time looking through the various options for park tickets and this in itself can be a daunting task. How many days do we need? What park ticket option is the best? Will we use all the tickets to get our monies worth? Linking the activity you would have done as a family will help in this task. It should prioritise the parks you want to go to and from this you can then tailor your park ticket options. Get too many tickets and you will just waste money as some days you will not use, too few tickets, you will have to buy extra on the gates and pay over the odds. Looking at the ticket options on www.park-tickets.com is a must. Using a site like this you can look at each ticket option to see which is best for you.

If you have very young children, we often advise families to look at having days off throughout their stay. This breaks up the time and recharges their batteries. There is nothing worse than dragging a tired child through the parks (just to get rid of a day’s park ticket). One of the best ways to utilise all of your park tickets is to sometimes go in the evening to the parks to see the late firework shows. Staying out all day can be tiring, but having a day off to lounge round the pool, followed by an evening watching a show does suit a lot of people. We also find that rides are a lot quieter around 5pm, so getting onto some of the more popular rides is a lot easier too.

Another option is to do each of the big parks on alternate days, followed either by a smaller park or a day off at the coast/ shopping mall. The second day normally having a later start time to allow everyone time to recover.

What ever option people choose, it is important to work your plan on the general consensus. By doing this you will not only maximise your time, you will also achieve all you want from your holiday.

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