Daniel Etcheberry
Writer

Published: December 2, 2013 at 9:06 AM

I went to see the Book of Mormon when it came to Tampa, and the main character sings his dream of visiting Orlando. They even show Cinderela's Castle, Spaceship Earth and Shamu. That was really funny as was the rest of the show.
Anon Mouse

Published: December 2, 2013 at 10:03 AM

Orlando can be a lot of fun, but the focus on planning is way beyond what one should do for a vacation. Other than ensuring a guest has made the arrangements for lodging, transportation, tickets, and dining, then to design your vacation around attractions that last a mere 5 minutes is downright remarkable. That's what people are trying to figure out in a Disney vacation. It is most interesting.

I have to say planning is overrated. Planning might be fun, but that's what fun becomes... a plan. I picture vacation as something else. If you're trying to enjoy a moment, it is very hard to think of the next thing, but a Disney vacation forces you to become less spontaneous. You become less attuned to the moment.

Robert Niles
Editor

Published: December 2, 2013 at 12:14 PM

Anon, I think this guidebook might be up your alley. I make a point of taking on the ideal that every moment of a vacation has to be planned in advance, and offer a different approach that prepares people to be more "in the moment" while they're visiting the parks, instead.

Of course, that approach should be familiar to anyone who's been reading my stuff on here for a while. ;^)

Shannon Nelson

Published: December 2, 2013 at 3:03 PM

Is Universal Orlando offering any special deals in early 2014. Or should I just wait till Diagon Alley opens?
David Brown

Published: December 2, 2013 at 3:04 PM

@ Anon Mouse.

There are different models for vacations. I have just returned from two weeks on Madeira and revelled in the freedom to decide what we would do on a day to day basis. But previously we have taken a cruise and known before we set off what we would be doing every single day of the vacation. Neither model is better than the other. They just offer different ways of having a great time.
Last year we went to Orlando and I found the experience somewhere between the two. To get the best out of a Disney vacation you have to do some planning. It's no good turning up mid morning for example and expecting to be able to walk onto any ride or attraction. In the same way I research any vacation destination to ensure I get the best out of it I research orlando in order to make sure I have the best experience I can. But no matter how planned and ordered our vacation is at Disney there are still plenty of 'moments' to savour and opportunities for spontaneity... Planning doesn't impair the pleasure. It enhances it and increases the scope for the spontaneous....

Robert Niles
Editor

Published: December 2, 2013 at 4:01 PM

Universal is offering a handful of deals between now and late May, mostly third-day free deals. Those all go away when Diagon Alley opens, and you're looking at full price for everything for a while.
Anon Mouse

Published: December 2, 2013 at 6:48 PM

I always plan for the off-season. Thus, getting on to rides is almost spontaneous.

One time, I went to Orlando in September. I highly recommend it. Walk-ons mostly. Hardly any wait.

My next vacation to Orlando is in May 2014. I expect it to less busy than the high season in March/April (spring break) or June-August (summer break). Planning means timing.