Florida Parks Visit...help needed

Just needing info regarding a Florida parks visit.

From Adrienne McDonald
Posted May 7, 2013 at 10:26 AM
HI, I just have a question...my in-laws have moved to Florida. I've never been to Florida, not even just driving through. We were planning on visiting them in the future but wanted to hit the parks while there.

I was wanting to visit all the parks there in Orlando & Tampa but figure since Disney was so expansive and would take a lot of time, I thought we'd just visit IoA, BG, & SW.

My question is, is there a specific order we should visit them in or does it matter? Also, was wondering about Hollywood Studios FL...do they have separate tix just for that park or do we have to purchase a Disney parks pass for just that park? Also, we were thinking about visiting more towards the fall for our visit but worried about hurricane season. Is it better to go in the spring time instead? (not during spring break of course). If so, since it's Florida & generally always warm year around, are all the parks & rides/attractions usually open in early spring? Thanks!

From Tony Duda
Posted May 7, 2013 at 10:17 PM

First, all Florida theme parks are open every day. Only very catastrophic weather causes closures. Parking per day is about $15 unless you purchase an annual pass that includes parking.

Walt Disney World has 4 theme parks and 2 water parks. Each park has its own admission gate. Various annual passes exist that allow entry to - only 4 theme parks, or theme parks and water parks, or theme & water & other paid entry attractions.

Universal (UOR) has 2 theme parks, separate admission. They have 3 levels of annual passes that allows entry to both. You can buy both 1-park and 2-park day tickets.

Seaworld Orlando is 1 park. Busch Gardens in Tampa is 1 park. These parks and other water parks are owned by 1 company and you can buy 1-park or multi-park annual passes.

For all parks, Florida residents can buy annual passes that cost less than non-Florida residents. They also have multi-day tickets that are less for Florida residents. You must prove you are a FL resident at the ticket gate to use a FL discounted ticket.

From Dan Babbitt
Posted May 8, 2013 at 12:55 AM
Disney Hollywood Studios is just a regular theme park. It was once a "working" studio but now its just a theme park.

Dont worry about hurricanes they dont usually affect Disney to much. Fall has 2 great events in Mickeys not so Scary Halloween Party and EPCOTs Food and Wine Festival so dont miss out because of possible hurricanes!

From Brian Emery
Posted May 8, 2013 at 8:07 AM
Well if it’s info you want, you came to the correct place. There are many experts here at TPI..

First I will say your relative’s picked a great place and you should visit often. Like every 3 months…

I would say there are many Orlando area parks to explore. Universal - IOA and BGT are my favorites…

Remember these parks all take a full day to enjoy and you will do a lot of walking. So remember to take a day off and rest once in a while… Feet get tired….

Plus is you want you can also go to Orlando Informer web site. He is a huge universal fan and also updated Twitter daily about Universal….

I visited in October and May and both months are awesome.

From William Clark
Posted May 19, 2013 at 8:14 AM
Keep in mind that Disney and Universal are both similarly priced, with Disney offering various discounts based on the amount of days you will be visiting. Skip the park hopper option. For me it would be very difficult to come to Orlando and not go to both Magic Kingdom and Epcot, each for a full day. Busch Gardens Tampa is quite simply one of the finest parks in the US and I rank it as tied for second with Epcot but behind Magic Kingdom as the best theme park experience Florida has to offer. You'll have a blast! Best of luck to you.

From Manny Rodriguez
Posted May 19, 2013 at 11:39 AM
All Disney Parks and universal parks if you can budget it you could do a one day Busch Gardens Pass

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