Orlando Advice

I’m copying and pasting this information from my Travel Journal about my trip there.  If you want to read more about my trip to Orlando visit my Travel Journal.

We know going to Orlando means going to the vast quantity of amuzement parks.  Here are some pointers that I think might be valuable.

  • If you have some cushion in your budget stay at a Disney hotel (or a Universal hotel if that’s what you are there to do).  The convenience of being able to go back-and-forth to your room is worth a lot.
  • Use single rider lines any time you can, even if you are not there by yourself.  It can make a huge difference and we usually got on a ride within minutes or seconds of each other.
  • If you don’t stay at the park, make sure you clearly understand your hotel’s FREE shuttle service.  We assumed the bus ran constantly…it does not and it really limited us a lot.  And, maybe even plan ahead to see if there is public transportation near your hotel that goes to the parks.
  • Get park hopper multi-day passes.  They give you even more flexibility and if you are there for more than one day it’s totally worth it.
  • Ride water rides right before you are headed back to your room.  You might think it’s because of the cold…nope…nothing dries in Orlando when the humidity is high.  You’ll feel yucky all day and the hand driers in the restrooms only help a little bit.  😉
  • Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate…always have a water bottle with you.
  • Don’t carry a bag if you can avoid it.  I draped my camera around my neck and got a lanyard that would hold money, credit card, park passes, and even a small bag that could wrap around my camera if it started raining.  It’s totally worth it so you don’t have to wait in the bag/purse check line.
  • Enjoy the leisurely rides.  Rides like the train that go around the park might not be overly exciting, but the lines are short and it’s a great opportunity to sit down for a while.  You are on your feet a lot.  A slow paced ride is a great cure.
  • Were comfortable shoes!
  • Have fun and act like a kid…you are never too old to enjoy amusement parks.