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Advice on what else to do in Orlando

We do a complete school trip in Orlando. Are we missing out on anything else?

From Scott Cline
Posted March 26, 2012 at 9:47 PM
Hi there! I'm a special needs middle school teacher that organizes a complete Orlando experience for 56 grade 8 students and chaperones every March/April from Alberta, Canada.

I'm always looking to improve my trip / experiences for the participants. So with that in mind, does anyone have any suggestions on places or program or worthwhile experiences that would trump anything we are doing now? Then what would you take out?

We go to SW, Busch G, Kennedy, Medieval Times, Discovery Cove, IOA, Universal, a Magic Game, air boating, and all 4 WDW parks + DTD. We participate in YES programs, Lunch with an Astronaut, a character lunch, animals of Florida program and a Serengeti experience in BG. Plus we use Quick Queues and Express Passes! No water parks because one of the best in the world is at West Edmonton Mall, just an hour or so away.


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From Skipper Adam
Posted March 26, 2012 at 9:46 AM
Wow...

I think you've got it covered, unless you want to try Legoland, which probably would bore them for the most part.

From Mark Fairleigh
Posted March 26, 2012 at 10:11 AM
Before reading your message was going to suggest air boating...man, you have it all covered. Can't think of anything.

From Andrew Mooney
Posted March 26, 2012 at 10:12 AM
First off, welcome to the website! Now onto your question; I believe you have covered pretty much everything to see and do in Orlando and the surrounding area. There are other attractions, but I don't feel that they can "trump anything we are doing now". Orlando Science Center, Minigolf (multiple locations), Wonderworks, Ripleys Believe It Or Not etc. are good for a one off but don't add anything of major interest.

I hope your trips continue being successful, and the students and chaperones have a wonderful vacation :)

From Justin M
Posted March 26, 2012 at 10:18 AM
Not sure if you included Disney Quest, or a trip to cirque de solei. You mentioned "DDD" im guessing that means Downtown Disney ("DTD"). Sounds like an awsome trip though!

From Scott Cline
Posted March 27, 2012 at 5:22 AM
Right! Disney Quest. hmmm How much time is needed there?
As far as Cirque shows go it was our back up plan this year IF the Bball lockout cancelled the season. We get 1-2 Cirque shows coming to our province every year and maybe an NBA game once every four years.
BTW, this year I am taking 112 participants, as we had so many awesome students apply in May last year!

From Justin M
Posted March 27, 2012 at 5:32 AM
Disney Quest is a half day experience. Try to go on a off hour like right when it opens on a weekday as it is much more fun when it is not busy.

From Tony Duda
Posted March 27, 2012 at 3:56 PM
There are MLB spring training games in Disney and Kissimmee but they end around April 1st.

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