Now that I am not suffering from motion sickness and sunburn any longer I am going to give you some tips to have fun in ORLANDO. We had lots of fun. The kids had more fun than me, but they like to spin and get wet and have dinosaurs spit on them and drop down 75 foot water falls in a log boat.
Just go to Universal. As in skip Disney. I know, sounds like blasphemy, right? But listen, if you are looking for thrills (and who isn't?) Universal has better thrills, less people, and faster lines.
Don't go around a holiday. Take the kids out of school if need be. Also, if you are at all adverse to the idea of heat, humidity and sunburn(yes, I am lily white and burn very easily) avoid summer.
Only take kids that are old enough to walk and ride for 10 to 12 hours a day. You are paying any where from $60-$100 bucks a day per person for tickets. I would not waste that on a 4 year old. I would not put the rest of the families day in jeopardy by dragging a pre-schooler along.
Drive your car to the park. It may be $11 to park, but it will save you money and be much easier cause in the car I would put:
- complete change of clothes for EVERYBODY
- Cooler stocked with food
- did I mention clothes?
Here is what you should carry into the park
Let me explain. You don't have small children with you, right? so no diapers or that sort of garbage is needed. Wear pants with good pockets and in them stick a cell phone, your park pass and some money. And you are done. Free yourselves people! Oh, and don't buy any junk. My kids did a little shopping. They had to carry it. Or the girls put it in their pocket since they bought charms for their charm bracelets. Now in the interest of full disclosure my mother did carry a duffel bag, er, I mean, a purse in with her. And she did offer to carry stuff for the kids. I tried very hard to STOP this, but kids are sneaky around grandparents. And my mother did complain many times about how heavy her purse was.
Wear crocs. They will dry right away and not give you blisters. Do not wear socks if you plan on riding water rides! Actually I would personally suggest never riding water rides because, Yuck, it gets you wet. And the Jaws ride gets you wet if you are in the second row on the far side. Let others load first and you will hopefully not get wet. Our kids did not get wet. Adrian and I did. It was gross.
Use the single rider line on every ride that has one. It moves way faster and half the time you end up on the same car as several of your family members anyway.
Well, that is all I have time for right now. Remember to arrive early, stay all day and have fun.