Long Weekend - 5 theme parks - do you think my itinerary is okay?Flying in Friday Morning early Feb and Leaving 6 pm Monday night. Hoping to cover 5 parks
From Mary NikisherI am in my early 50's travelling with my 22 year old daughter. We are both somewhat fit and are planning this itinerary.
Posted January 18, 2011 at 11:39 PM
Friday: arrive airport 11am pickup rental and drive to Islands of Adventure till close, then check in Hotel
Sat: Universal Studios all day
Sun: Hollywood Studios 9-3 Epcot 3-close
Mon: Check out Hotel early Magic Kingdom 9-3 head to airport and fly home 6pm
Does this Itinerary sound do able? Or am I being unrealistic? Any comments or sugguestion would be appreciated. Thanks.
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From Samantha McCraeYeah, i think it's doable! Although, get to HP REALLY early OR do it last thing
Posted January 19, 2011 at 4:26 AM
and I don't think you should miss Animal Kingdom! I personally think it's great and way better than Epcot, but maybe thats just me? :)
From Anthony MurphySounds pretty good, but I would put Universal and IOA on the same day as well! Universal, as great of a park that it is, is doable in half a day. So I would change to IOA to finish up and then USO. It allows you first crack at Harry Potter if its crowded.
Posted January 19, 2011 at 9:17 AM
Probably the better question is, what do you guys like to do? Shows? Thrill rides? Everything? LOL
From Mary NikisherShows are not a priority, we love rides. Maybe we should do 3 days Disney (4 parks) and one day Universal (both parks). Thanks for the advice, it really helps!
Posted January 25, 2011 at 5:36 AM
From Anthony MurphyI would still try to go to the Universal parks on the first two days because I think that you need to get to IOA early in the morning due to Harry Potter.
Posted January 25, 2011 at 9:15 AM
From Ray SchroederWow, my feet hurt just by reading your itinerary. It is doable. Try to get as many fast passes as you can. If you're staying on property, take advantage of the EMH's.
Posted January 25, 2011 at 12:06 PM
From Jeff ElliottThis last October I did 8 parks in 6-1/2 days. So it can be done.
Posted January 25, 2011 at 2:07 PM
Saturday - Off the plane, check in, Magic Kingdom to close.
It was busy. But it was really fun.
If you open Islands of Adventure and run back to Hary Potter, skip the Hippogriff ride and all of the shows, you should be able to do both Universal Parks in one very long day.
From Sylvain ComeauIf each of you gets an Express Pass, both Universal parks are feasible in one day. Also make sure you have park hopper tickets!
Posted February 1, 2011 at 6:42 AM
From Terri PierceI would switch Universal and IOA. Universal is a lot more laid back than IOA and doesnt tend to take as long to do. I love universal and could do it all day but if you want any chance of getting into WWOHP you need to get there before opening
Posted February 1, 2011 at 2:37 PM
From Terri PierceActually after actually reading the posts if you want to combine US and IOA you can certainly do it!
Posted February 1, 2011 at 2:40 PM
I would get hopper passes each day you go to a disney park. DHS and Animal same day, Epcot and MK on the check in and check out dates, and US/IOA somewhere in between.
From Mary NikisherThanks for all this great info...it really helps
Posted February 2, 2011 at 7:48 AM
From Terri PierceYou never told us when you will be going on this journey. That could be a big factor
Posted February 2, 2011 at 12:56 PM
From Joshua CounsilOn your first day after a long flight, you're not going to want to rush. With Harry Potter at IoA, you will have to rush. Further, if this is your first trip to Orlando, I wouldn't use that schedule. Epcot tends to require more patience and appreciation, whereas parks like IoA and Magic Kingdom are packed full of rides. Also, I can't recommend Animal Kingdom enough. Where are you staying? On-site at Universal or Disney? Kissimmee? If it were me...
Posted February 2, 2011 at 3:26 PM
Friday: Hollywood Studios
Sat: Islands of Adventure, Universal Studios
Sun: Animal Kingdom, Epcot
Mon: Magic Kingdom
Disney's Hollywood Studios, Universal Studios, and Animal Kingdom all have a roughly equal mix of rides and shows, plus some exhibits. Epcot has mostly shows and exhibits with some rides. Since you're not into shows as much as rides, these parks should be half-days. Plus, Fantasmic! probably plays on Friday nights, so the Hollywood Studios would be a good place to see at night.
From Mary NikisherJust got home from an amazing 4 days. So glad I found this board and was recommended Animal Kingdom..turned out to be our favorite! Ended up doing 6 parks and after all the walking & standing to be flipped, dropped, jolted, swayed, splashed...etc our bodies are in pain from head to toe. If I were to do it again I would go for a week & pace myself or do less parks. A bit too extreme pace for the average person, but we loved each and every park...truly magical!
Posted February 8, 2011 at 6:12 AM
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