Two weeks in Orlando - What to do, and when?What should I do, and when is best to do it?
From Samantha McCraeI'm going on holiday to Orlando Floirda! I will be arriving at 3pm local time on Sunday the 9th of September and leaving on the evening of Sunday 23rd of Sept.
Posted August 21, 2012 at 9:31 PM
What I would like to know is - What would you do if you were me, when/what day would you do it, and why?
We will be doing all the Disney Parks (Magic, Animal, Hollywood and Epcot.) Both Universal and IOA, and also Seaworld and Busch Garden Tampa. I'm curious if you could please give me a day by breakdown of what approach you would take? Which day you would go to each park, and why? Which order you would do them in, and what I should/could do on my rest/non park days!
Thanks a bunch in advance and i'm very interested to hear what you guys have to say!
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From Kelly MuggletonHi Samantha - youre going at a great time.
Posted August 22, 2012 at 1:39 AM
If possible, leave your Universal attendance to the 2nd week and go to Halloween Horror Nights. Its a brilliant experience!
Be aware that from the UK you can get some good deals on Seaworld tickets (2 weeks unlimited access to 2 or 3 parks for not much more than one day's entry).
If you have booked with Virgin Holidays they also have a good deal on 2 days Universal access with free parking and early entry to Harry Potter (you can then purchase Halloween tickets seperately)
Are you staying on property at any of the parks? As Disney provide extra magic hours for onsite guests, on certain dates for certain parks. Universal hotels provide early entry, and Seaworld affiliated hotels can give you free quick queues (like fastpasses). You may not need these at this quiet time of year but they are worth having if they're free! :-)
And - I may walk right past you there, I go on 4th september for 2 weeks. :-)
From Duncan Hennyi agree great time to go 4 of us are going on the 15th sept for two weeks with virgin.
Posted August 22, 2012 at 2:30 AM
From Kelly MuggletonI did just wonder if Horror Nights will actually start before you leave...it may be 27th Sept, worth checking Universal's website.
Posted August 22, 2012 at 3:50 AM
From Samantha McCraeI've already got all of my tickets and no, we're not staying on property, we're staying on International Drive :)
Posted August 22, 2012 at 6:31 AM
I was just curious which order I should do the parks in and why, and if anyone had any ideas of what we should do on our rest days. (I'm going with my Mum, Dad and Brother)
I REALLY wanna do the Halloween Horror nights but I doubt any of my family would wanna do them with me, because they're scardy cats :P
From Mike GallagherBased on your profile, Samantha, looks like you'll probably be 21 by then. So above all, treat yourself to a drink!
Posted August 22, 2012 at 7:13 AM
From Dominick DMike, are you trying to get her drunk?
Posted August 22, 2012 at 7:23 AM
From Mike GallagherWouldn't do me much good, since I ain't gonna be there. I'll actually be at Cedar Point and Kennywood during part of the time she'll be in the States.
Posted August 22, 2012 at 8:21 AM
From Samantha McCraeBad luck Mike, i'm not 21 until March!
Posted August 23, 2012 at 4:18 AM
But don't worry, i'm already planning a 2014 trip in which I will DEFINATELY be taking pleasure in getting wasted in Florida! :D
Anyone else got any suggestions on which order to do all the parks in and why?
From Mike GallagherWell, I tried to do the math, Samantha. Profile said you joined TPI 9/23/10 and you were 19 at the time. So I figured two years from that date, you'd have already hit 21.
Posted August 23, 2012 at 6:54 AM
But math has never been my strong suit. Neither is geography, but that's a whole 'nother kettle of fish (and chips!)
Hope you have a GREAT time!
From Samantha McCraeI changed my age on my profile to say 19 when i turned 19 in 2011, so your maths was right, BUT i was only 18 when i joined :P
Posted August 23, 2012 at 10:53 AM
From Mike GallagherThanks. I feel better now. Now, if I could only settle the geography issue. I know Glasgow's in Scotland. That's in Asia, right? And Forrest Whitaker was the last king of that country, correct? ;)
Posted August 23, 2012 at 11:18 AM
From Karly TenneyUhhhh Mike I think you are correct ;)
Posted August 23, 2012 at 3:51 PM
From James RaoWhat kind of tickets did you buy? How many days? Park hoppers? Are you planning to go to the water parks? Dinner in the parks our out? Are you renting a car? Just some questions to help us help you.
Posted August 23, 2012 at 5:37 PM
From Samantha McCraeYer taking the piss right Mike? :P
Posted August 24, 2012 at 4:14 AM
In answer to your question, we have unlimited park hoppers for everywhere. So we can go anywhere, as many times as we want over that two week period.
From Mike GallagherI'm not familiar with much UK slang, but if that means what I think it does, Samantha..then yes, absolutely :)
Posted August 24, 2012 at 6:07 AM
*EDIT*..It does, indeed.
From Marie-Eve LandryDon't get me wrong. I'm a fan of Disney and I think it's amazing and really magic. BUT... Universal and Island of adventures have the most interesting attractions/rollercoasters (more thrill). So I'd start with Disney Parks and end it with Universal parks.
Posted August 24, 2012 at 8:20 AM
From Samantha McCraeThanks guys, i'll work it out! Haha
Posted August 27, 2012 at 4:34 AM
From James RaoSince you are not staying onsite at any of the resorts, I would probably save the Disney parks for your second week as the predicted crowds (while low at all the Orlando parks during your stay) are even lower your second week. Disney parks are best experienced when they are not so darned crowded!
Posted August 27, 2012 at 7:19 AM
So, if I had carte blanche for a two week visit, and I wanted to go to all the parks, I would do something like this:
09 – Arrive, unpack, relax at the resort
Enjoy your time, and remember to take it slow and relax - it is a vacation!
From Samantha McCraeThanks alot James! That's definately helped.
Posted August 28, 2012 at 4:09 AM
I'm praying the Orlando weather improves before we get there! Damn you Mr. Tropical Strom/Hurricane! Haha :P
From James RaoYeah, September travel is always tricky in Orlando. But hey, you never know what a few prayers can accomplish! ;)
Posted August 28, 2012 at 7:52 AM
From Doug JenkinsBusch Gardens Howl O Scream starts the 21st. Might be a good day to go there. Make sure you post about your trip, somehow, after you are done. I love Orlando, but don't know if I could do 2 weeks! And I live here!
Posted August 30, 2012 at 8:01 PM
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