Help please with ItineraryAdvice on Florida theme parks and Itinery guide
From Kirstie RobertsPlease can you help? I am off to Florida on the 9th May for 3 weeks with my family. My husband and 3 kids (aged 14,12 and 9) This is a once in a lifetime holiday for us and we really are struggling to work out what tickets to buy. We are staying in a Villa at highgrove so we would like to eat out but not every night. Is there anyone who can with an Itinery plan..trying to stay away from Parks when too busy. We would also like a few relaxing days as i believe it can get tiring. My daughter also has a birthday whilst we are there and so i would like to take her for a nice meal.
Posted March 12, 2013 at 8:44 PM
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From Kirstie Roberts
Posted March 12, 2013 at 4:29 AM
From Kelly MuggletonHi Kirstie - are you renting a car?
Posted March 13, 2013 at 1:52 AM
I see you're from UK, do you mind me asking if you are going with Virgin? If so there are a few things you can take advantage of - checking in for return flight at Downtown Disney & early access to Universal. (I think one other other tour operator has the early access too but I can't remember which).
You will definitely have some relaxation time as you are going for 3 weeks. Plan your days 'off'.
Check out Seaworld's website while youre here in the UK. I got a fantastic deal from them last year, 14 days access for £10 more than a one day ticket. They also have a UK operator number who give excellent service - dont pay to have special delivery of the tickets, mine arrived the next day first class post.
If Disney feels a bit daunting, pop into Downtown Disney first (free entry and parking). There is a guest services office (near the shop TrenD) which will have maps and times guides for all of the parks and attractions. Take them all and have a look at what you all would like to do first/spend more time etc.
Sorry if this is a bit long, bit of a veteran - been going since 1989 :-)
From David L.As an American, I'm not too familiar with your ticket options, but spending 2-3 days at universal, a day a seaworld, 5-8 days at Disney, and the rest of the days relaxing/going to beach/ Busch Gardens should work unless you want more days at the parks (and you seem to have the time!).
Posted March 15, 2013 at 7:42 PM
From Alan Hiscuttmy advice is to get the 14 day disney pass, the 14 day orlando flext ticket. If memory serves the flex gives you Uni, IOH, Busch, Seaworld, Wet n wild. stagger them so that in week 2 you have 2 tickets on the go and mix it up, I suggest Disney 1st and then the flex but its a personal thing. There are loads of options open to you for the eating, there are a number of good all you can eat buffets for day to day dining, for the birthday, try talking to the parks, we took my step daughter to a birthday meal in one of the disney hotels for a very reasoable price, plus she has the bonus of having the characters give her a card and a cake. In this life you only get if you ask.
Posted March 16, 2013 at 8:10 PM
so to reiterate, get 2 lots of 14 days, check out the all you can est places, Golden Corral was a family fave last year, the sizzler does an ok job as well. There are plenty of options, even dropping into Macdonalds or a KFC, the 192 is littered with them.
For relaxation, if your villa has a pool then take advantage, use it early evening after you been shopping, oh that reminds me, the Florida Mall is pretty sweet, there are a couple of flea markets in the area and up in Osceola you get the farmers market on a fri/sat/sunday which is good for a visit.
Try to avoid the parks on a weekend would be my big tip, your more than welcome to go of course but experience says its buiser, more crowded and you find yourself wishing you had gone to the beach instead.
Sorry, my advice has turned into a travel guide oops. Whatever, enjoy yourselves and raise a butterbeer to you friends here at TPI when your in the WWoHP.
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