I am 25 years old and never been to a theme park. I know that sounds weird but do me a favor and don't laugh too loudly. Sounds can travel through your phone & I'm slightly embarrassed....... ;)
Growing up we never really had the money to spend to do special things. However I am a major Harry Potter fan and after saving up money that I would've spent on milestone birthday parties I finally saved up enough to take myself and my aunt (who is also a huge Harry Potter fan) to Universal Studios for five days and Walt Disney World for two days.
I did a lot of research prior to booking anything which is when I came across themeparkinsider.com & I must say the information that I received here was far more in-depth and helpful to me then anything else out there!
I purchased the theme park insider: Orlando 2014 (amazing book!!!!) and the stories from a theme park insider (seriously could not stop laughing!) and they have helped in more than ways than one!!
However I was wondering if there were any other tips that I might need to know being a newbie to this magical new world of theme parks.
Right now our plans are to stay at the Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal and I purchased the Orlando flex ticket so that we can also go see Seaworld, aquatica, and wet and wild. After universal we will be staying at the Port Orleans resort - French quarter near EPCOT. I also chose the park hopper for Walt Disney world because I want to be free to explore different areas.
We will be traveling by train. I really don't think that people on the East Coast realize how helpful it can be at times to take the train instead of a plane or car. I have weighted all the pros and cons and everything seems to work out much better on the train. My aunt easily gets sick on the plane and we live in North Carolina so that's almost a 10 hr drive depending on traffic. So from where we live the train will leave in the evening and we will have a sleeper car which comes with free meals (and the food on trains is wonderful!) and it is a 12 hour trip so we will get there at the same time next morning. Our bags get put in our room and we don't have to pay extra for them. The Mears transportation service also does pick up from the train station and will take you where you need to go. If you're staying on site this might be one of your best bets.
I've always said I prefer a train over a plane any day! Think of it this way the train is on tracks close to the ground, if something happens you can jump off! In a plane......... You ain't going to see me jumpin' !!!!!!
Really any tips or tricks you might have will be greatly appreciated and helpful as I am flying blind here :)
Thank you so much and I hope for this to be a great start on wonderful new adventures with the theme park insider family!!!
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