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Vote of the Week: Are You Visiting Orlando in 2015?

November 7, 2014, 8:43 AM · It's never too early to start thinking about your next vacation.

Most of us can't afford to spend as much time going off to visit theme parks as we would like. But work and family commitments can't keep us from at least thinking about our next visit to Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando, or whichever theme park resort around the world we hope to get to... some day.

Diagon Alley

Where are you planning to visit next year? Are you heading to the world's theme park capital — Orlando, Florida — or do you have another destination in mind? Or are you sitting out 2015 and saving up for next year?

Whether you are actively planning an Orlando-area vacation for 2015, or just dreaming about one for later in the future, we've released two new guidebooks in the past month, to help you along.

Theme Park Insider Visits Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando includes detailed descriptions and ratings of hundreds of rides, shows, restaurants, and hotels, as well as advice for making reservations and getting the most from each day of your visit. This 232-page guidebook also includes listings for SeaWorld Orlando, Busch Gardens Tampa, and Legoland Florida, as well as for Disney and Universal. We include visitors' Top 10 attractions, restaurants, and hotels in several categories, to help you find the best way to spend your time in Orlando. Additional tips include advice on prepaid dining plans, line-skipping options, accommodating disabilities, special meal requests, celebrating birthdays, and even how to overcome a fear of riding roller coasters.

Theme Park Insider Visits The Wizarding World of Harry Potter goes even more in-depth to cover the hottest new attraction of the year, Universal Studios Florida's Diagon Alley. This 63-page booklet includes descriptions of everything in Diagon Alley and the original Hogsmeade land, as well as a history of the project and comments from the designers who created the two Harry Potter lands. You'll also hear from the stars of the Harry Potter film series, who talk about the lands, and get updates about other Harry Potter attractions around the world.

So, let's ask: What are your travel plans for next year?


Please tell us in the comments what is motivating you to travel in 2015, or what's keeping you at home, if that is the case.

And if you would like to get a copy of one of our guidebooks, here are the links to order:

If you have bought one or both of the books already, thank you! Your positive reviews of these books to Amazon and to Apple always are appreciated, as well.

Replies (24)

November 7, 2014 at 8:54 AM · We just got back from 2 weeks in Orlando, so we probably won't go back until 2016 or maybe 2017. we're instead planning an extended trip to a number of Midwest theme parks.
November 7, 2014 at 9:02 AM · We have a week in Orlando coming up before Christmas.

Summer 2015 is going to be a midwest baseball road trip, kind of a "dream vacation" of sorts. Probably holding off on another Disney trip until 2016...but we've got a runner in the family and the allure of a RunDisney 1/2 marathon may pull us into the parks sometime in 2015, you never know.

November 7, 2014 at 9:12 AM · We haven't gone in three years because my daughter was too young, but we're finally heading back in January 2015 for a week in Orlando. We're just doing Disney World since the girls are still young for Universal, though it's hard for me to skip Diagon Alley.
November 7, 2014 at 11:37 AM · We did a Disney/Universal trip in June and were there for the Diagon Alley soft opening, loved it! Planning on going back in April 2015 and doing Universal again as well as the parks we missed on our last trip...Sea world, Aquatica, and Bush Gardens Tampa (Falcons Fury!). Skipping Disney in 2015.
November 7, 2014 at 11:41 AM · We were planning a trip during Halloween festivities for this year to check out the new Diagon Alley and hit Disney World as well. However the extended family jumped on the wagon and wanted to go as well. I thought they would enjoy Christmas time more so plans changed to a Christmas time trip for this year. However, I miss the parks at Halloween so we bought annual passes to both Disney and Universal and just hubby and I will go next year for Halloween.
November 7, 2014 at 11:51 AM · Been to Orlando this year after 16 years. Got to see almost everything I wanted, so my interest at the moment is kinda low. After Disney picks it up with Avatar and whatever else might come I will consider it again.

What I might do is plan a trip to Disneyland Paris, although I wasn't impressed by it the last time I went there.

November 7, 2014 at 12:00 PM · Last time I went to Orlando it was ten glorious days of Disney. If I make it back in 2015 it may just be Busch, SeaWorld, and Universal. May wait on Disney until Frozen is built at Epcot in 2016.
November 7, 2014 at 12:19 PM · As of right now, 2015 is probably going to be a no travel year for me. My brother is going to Orlando in February (and didn't invite me) and I'm tentatively planning to finally get to Florida in Fall 2016. If I go anywhere out of Southern California in 2015, it would probably be one or more of the Deep South parks (Carowinds, Dollywood, and Six Flags Over Georgia).
November 7, 2014 at 12:34 PM · We did 5 weeks at Universal from Sept. 2013 through Sept. 2014, so we're going to WDW in 2015 for 2 weeks in the Fall. That way we'll hit Universal when Kong opens in 2016. We haven't been to Disney since 2012, so that will give us an opportunity to visit the New Fantasyland area for the first time. When we went in Spring 2012 they only had the Dumbo area open.
November 7, 2014 at 12:41 PM · I'm planning to go to Hong Kong Disneyland in two weeks. The airfare is already booked, so I'm really excited. I hope to visit Universal Orlando sometime in 2015 after the Diagon Alley hullabaloo has died down a bit, too. But that isn't as concrete.
November 7, 2014 at 1:57 PM · We're planning an epic european theme park tour next year including;
Europa Park, Efteling, Astrix Parc, Disneyland Paris, Alton Towers & Thorpe Park. So excited!!
November 7, 2014 at 2:39 PM · We just came back from Orlando (three days at Universal, eight at WDW) and had a great trip, despite some heavy crowds. Next year will probably be a West Coast jaunt, including 5 days at DLR for the 60th anniversary, and a night or two at the Knott's Haunt.
November 7, 2014 at 3:05 PM · Will be visiting Orlando for two weeks at Christmas time. Will be "visiting" our home in Orlando as we currently are living in Naples, Italy. Will enjoy Universal Orlando for some of those days with our annual passes.
November 7, 2014 at 3:10 PM · Heading there in six days. Although probably won't return for 3-4 years after that point. Partly to wait until my 44-inch-high son gets to the 48-inch mark, but also to wait (hopefully) for things like the Star Wars land and maybe even a Harry Potter third section to open.
November 7, 2014 at 6:52 PM · Love hearing from fans traveling to Asia and Europe! Please, treat the rest of us to a trip report on the Discussion Board when you return!
November 7, 2014 at 7:34 PM · Orlando in February. THREE MORE MONTHS!

Rented a condo in the Orlando area for a change (been on resort for the last few trips). Boy, it's cheaper than staying on resort. But this year I want to explore a little bit more, go to Universal (kids are old enough now), take a night at the beach, see a bit more of the state. Just made more sense to stay off property and rent a car.

Won't miss the Disney bus line. Other than that, though, I'm a bit hesitant about staying off property. There's something comforting about knowing that everything can be taken care of for you by Uncle Walt. Whatever the current perception of WDW is amongst Theme Park fans, there's something nice about knowing when you go up to the front desk with a problem, they will fix it for you.

November 8, 2014 at 3:27 AM · On 2012 and 2013 we head to California, visiting Disneyland, Universal, Sea World, Legoland and San Diego Zoo. This year since we had World Cup here in Brazil, we skip our annual trip to USA, but in the very begining of 2015 we will go to Orlando, for the first time with my kids.

In less than 2 months I will finally see the new fantasyland, both Harry Potters and revisit all the attractions that I visited for the last time in 2009, before my first son was born!

November 8, 2014 at 9:05 AM · Not sure when our next universal trip is. Definitely taking next year off. We went to DLR with my son this year and my wife is sold on WDW/universal for us in 2016 but I think we should wait until my son is older and able to enjoy everything. Especially considering the cost flying from the west coast. Instead I am considering DLR and Universal Hollywood first.
November 8, 2014 at 12:09 PM · Our FIRST trip to Orlando, specifically Walt Disney World, for eight days, will begin on January 5th!
November 8, 2014 at 10:15 PM · I am planning on going to both Walt Disney World and Universal Studios Orlando next June. This is my 8th trip to WDW and my very first trip to US. Staying on site for both places.
November 9, 2014 at 1:11 PM · Sure, will do. I'd love to write about the european parks as I visit them
November 10, 2014 at 2:34 AM · I went to beautiful SoCal this year for the first time. But next year the whole family are back to Orlando in September for my niece's first visit. Really looking forward to seeing it through her eyes.
November 12, 2014 at 11:52 PM · I was just there in October and won't be going back until there is something new.
November 13, 2014 at 9:19 AM · I plan on moving to the Tampa area next year so hopefully I can make alot of trips to the parks.

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