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Planning your trip to Orlando
We all like to plan for our holidays, but planning a trip to Disneyworld is slightly more involved. If this is your first trip to Disney you will need to plan your days out whilst in Florida and not just for the journey.
Unlike your normal holiday where the only decision you have to make is usually “Do we sit by the pool or do we go to the beach”, deciding on what to do in Orlando, and when, is crucial.
The first thing to remember is that Disneyworld covers 42 square miles and that is without including the parks outside of Disney. You will not be able to do it all. Therefore, planning is the key. There are many websites, if you have access to the internet, that show the layouts of the various parks. You will need to decide what parks interest you most, what age group you are catering for and what other things you might like to do, like shopping, visiting the Kennedy Space Centre trying an airboat ride.
In Disney’s Magic Kingdom, some parts of the park are specifically aimed at the under 5s, naturally these can be skipped altogether if your party consists of older children. Likewise if you are all young at heart adults you may wish to buy Park Hopper tickets (available at discounted prices on this website) and just look around the Magic Kingdom and maybe do one or two more adult rides, and then move onto Epcot to the more adult themed rides.
Animal Kingdom, Disney’s Hollywood Studios and the water theme parks are all universal age limits so you might want to visit one or two of them whatever your age group.
Some things you will not be able to find out about until you arrive, so it is probably a good idea to spend your very first day taking things a bit easy with maybe a trip to Downtown Disney, where you can wander (free) through the Disney shopping and entertainment guide areas. You will be able to visit the information centre for brochures and personal information from the guides there to help plan the rest of your stay. Your villas management company should be able to offer you brochures of all the attractions available in Orlando or you can pick these up at most restaurants.
Outside Disney there is Universal Studios which has two theme parks. One for high thrill rides (you need a strong stomach and nerves of steel for this one) and The studios park which is for all the family with just a couple of thrill rides to keep the thrill seekers happy. Seaworld Park too is a firm favourite with visitors and they have just opened a water theme park as well. An independent water theme park called Wet ‘n Wild is the Daddy of them all and well worth a visit if time allows.
So you can see from all this information, that there is a great deal to do plus you must
factor in rest days in between or you will be too exhausted after a few days to enjoy any more. The days at the parks are very long and tiring and you will be on your feet for most of the days. Another point to factor in your planning is to remember to take very comfortable shoes!
With the right planning and some rest days in between you are guaranteed to have the holiday of a lifetime – just don’t expect to do it all in one trip – you’ll have to go twice!
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