Don’t Go To Orlando Without Reading This
Here’s a fun fact; around twenty million people visit Disney World’s Magic Kingdom every year. If you’re going to Orlando, you’re definitely going to be checking out Disney. It doesn’t matter whether you are 13 or 30, Disney is fun for all ages. But, you do have to make sure you’re prepared for the crowds. Good lord, the crowds. To put this in perspective, the newest ride at Disney World has a current queue time of 160 minutes, and we’re not even in the summer season yet. If you’re heading over in July, you can expect that time to double. So be prepared for the waits, the queues, and other issues that come with incredible numbers of people. With that in mind, here are a few other tips, tricks and inside knowledge when visiting Orlando.
Know The Fast Pass Systems
It’s probably fair to say that if you’re heading off to Orlando, Florida you are mainly interested in the theme parks. There are beaches and the spaceport too, but the theme parks are by far the main attraction. To make sure they are not extremely frustrating you’ll need to understand the fast pass systems. They all have one under different names. Disney has the actual FastPass system, while Universal has Universal Express. They work in different ways. For instance, you can book your Disney fast passes thirty days before travel or sixty if you’re staying in one of their hotels. The Disney version is free, unlike the Universal system that can cost anything up two hundred dollars!
However, the Disney version does have its drawbacks. You can only select certain rides and only a set amount of rides. If you get the ultra fast pass at Universal, you can ride all of them as many times as you want whenever you want. As such, when you get your Disney fast passes make sure you know what the popular rides are. To get you started, there’s Flight Of Passage, Soaring, The Dwarf Mining Train and of course Frozen.
Preparing For The Water Parks
There are about four water parks in Orlando, and you should really check them all out because they each have unique features. Blizzard Beach in Disney has one of the tallest free falling water slides in the world, and you actually take a little ski lift to get to it. In Typhoon Lagoon you’ll find a truly phenomenal wave machine and over at Aquatica you can swim with dolphins! The newest water park is Volcano Bay, and that opened this year. It is quite spectacular with various rides inside the artificial volcano.
With so many water parks you don’t want to miss out due to an unfortunate timing. So an extra piece of weird but helpful advice would be to think about your period. Your doctor can prescribe a pill to delay your period so you can skip it while you’re on holiday. You don’t want to be stuck on the side unable to go in the water when you visit all these water parks.
If you’re seriously interested in Disney and that’s where you’re going to be spending most of your time, stay in one of their hotels. That way you can use their transport to get around the rest of the parks. As for Universal, that’s about forty minutes away and will cost you roughly forty dollars with Uber. Aquatica and Seaworld are both within an hour driving distance of the biggest theme park. You can consider renting a car too, just make sure you’re prepared for those huge American roads. Remember, indicating can be seen as a sign of weakness.
Make The Most Of It
According to a recent report, it costs the average family 6000 to go to Orlando, so you definitely want to make the most of the experience. Aim to get up at around eight each morning, ready to be at the parks when they open at nine. Do this, and you’ll have a good couple of hours before the huge crowds surge on in. If you’re hitting the theme parks now is the time when you should rush to the most popular rides. Don’t wait around gazing in awe and don’t waste time on rides that aren’t that popular. You can go back to them later.
Of course, the theme parks aren’t the only exciting place to visit in and around Orlando. There’s the spaceport, the beaches, the malls and of course, the marshes. If you book a trip on a hovercraft across the marshland, you’re sure to spot a few alligators. That alone makes it a trip worth taking.
I hope you have fun on your holiday in Orlando. It truly is a magical place to be in the middle of summer.
I’m heading for my annual trip to Orlando next week so keep an eye open for my Mickey Mouse ear filled updates!
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