Hi you all,
We're from the Netherlands and planning to visit Orlando this October for 2 weeks (first time). We'd like to visit the Disney parks and both Universal parks.
Our exact dates will be either week 42 and 43 or week 43 and 44. We know during our trip the Halloween events are being held. We don't really feel much for Halloween so this means we only want to visit the Universal Halloween event for 1 night. Will we need to buy a seperate ticket for this? In terms of buying tickets, we're thinking to buy a Combo ticket from 'floridatix.com', anyone experience with this? Also, will the Halloween events affect our normal day at the parks? I do know the Universal Studiso park closes earlier because of this, will we be able (when having the park to park ticket) to travel from the early closing park to IOA?
In terms of our accommodation, we're thinking of staying on-site at one of the Universal hotels. Another option is renting a villa nearby the parks. When choosing which Universal hotel to stay, we need to consider having an express pass. Does anyone recommend having one during our trip? Our last option is staying at Disney. But we're thinking we will be spending most of our trip at Universal since we're more into thrill rides. Keeping that in mind, most people say Universal scores better at that stuff, is this really true or is it just a myth?
Last, I know some 'Dining plans' are available. I don't know really what they mean. When staying for 14 days, I can't imagine eating every day at a restaurant sice this will be way too expensive. We're used to all-inclusive hotels in Turkey, but I can't imagine it works like that in the Orlando parks. So will we have to do the groceries in nearby supermarkets? In order to do that, we'll need a rental car. Is driving in Orlando a big deal for first timers? We would also like to do other activities in Florida, any recommodations? Are for example the Everglades and KSC worth it? Also, how many days should I plan for resting? I don't think our feet will appreciate it if we go non-stop to the parks.
Also, are the water parks still open in October? The combo ticket that I mentioned above doesn't give excess to Wet 'n wild. But we definitly would like to spend 1 day at Blizzard beach.
Our budget is around €4000,-. Will we be able to keep within our budget? Or is there no way we (4 persons) will make it considering the cheapest flight I can find is €1800,-.
Thanks in advance for your help.
As you probably already noticed, we're very inexperienced with Orlando and the theme parks so any help is appreciated ;)
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