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Planning a Trip to Orlando, Florida

A holiday to Florida needs a bit of planning. There is so much to do that it’s a good idea to plan ahead or you can feel quite overwhelmed by all the choices you have. You can either choose to plan an itinerary for every day of your holiday or decide on the places you want to go and have rest days or chill out days in between. We always treat waterpark days as chill out days but theme park days are full on with an early start and late finish. Days lazing round the pool are great to recharge the batteries and rest tired legs usually finished with a trip to one of the many shopping malls on route to dinner.

So much to do, so much to see- where do you start? First, take into consideration the ages in your party (can they walk all day every day? ). Then, look on the web at the attractions in Florida and ask everyone on the trip if there is something they really want to do. Write everything down. Is it realistic? Will you return home glad you packed it all in or in need of another holiday?

Florida' s main tourist attraction is Walt Disney World. This is made up of 4 theme parks, 2 water parks, over 20 resort hotels and Downtown Disney. Plan a whole day for each theme park- Magic Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, Epcot and Animal Kingdom. It' s a good idea to arrive as early as possible, (check out the Disney website for opening times as they differ throughout the year) look at the map of attractions and head off to your first ride - avoid the crowds by going right at the castle in magic kingdom as everyone else turns left there! In Hollywood Studios take the Aerosmith (fast track available for both rides. ) In Animal Kingdom head straight to the Safari ride and either go on it if the queue isn' t too long or book a fast track time. Another tip is to remember the rides go quiet around 2. 30pm as everyone is waiting for, and then watching, the 3pm parade. Test Track and Mission Space are fun rides in Epcot and the fireworks show at 9pm is worth waiting for. And don’t forget there are some great shows to see at all the theme parks such as Fantasmic, The Festival of the Lion King and Beauty and the Beast.

Kennedy Space Centre is about 1 hour from Orlando by car. The 2 hour bus tour is a great way to see it with a tour guide to entertain you. You can make a reservation to have lunch with an astronaut (book well in advance as there is very limited availability) and you will be lunching with one of only 400 astronauts in the world.

Other attractions include Universal Studios (Men in Black, Jaws, The Simpsons, The Mummy, Shrek), Wet ‘n’Wild (another water park), Seaworld ( amazing displays from Killer Whales, Dolphins, Walruses and Cracken –a truly hair raising ride! And one of the best log flume rides we have been on)

Spending a bit of time planning your trip can ensure you have a magical holiday with memories to last a lifetime!

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