We all imagine a trip to Orlando as a tiring holiday. 'We're going so far we have to see it all' and 'we need to make the most of everyday' kind of attitude. Done properly however, a trip to Orlando can be the most relaxing holiday you'll ever have. Here are 'Living It's' seven ways to make this happen.
1 - Don't overchange your body clock. When you get to Orlando your body will want to wake you up at 2 am but by the time you leave you may be getting up at 10. Why ? Adjust your body clock by say five hours and get an early start to your days at the parks. Getting in the parks as the rope drops will save you hours every day. Accept that this is a different holiday and going to bed at ten pm is not a crime !
2 - Budget allowing, do everything you can to avoid picking up your hire car at Orlando International Airport when you arrive. Getting through security and customs can be lengthy and is no fun at all with kids in tow. Having to collect your baggage twice adds to the drama so the last thing you need is an hour sorting your car hire out. Pre-arrange a pick up at a local depot or hotel car hire desk the following day and jump in a cab. Your bags probably wouldn't fit in the car anyway and the taxi driver will know where he is going! Bonus is you can have a couple of drinks on the nine hour flight.
3 - Don't try and do everything in one go at the parks. If your budget allows buy Park Hopper passes (available from Living it Travel) that give you the feedom to return to each park as many times as you want during your stay.
4 - Stay in a hotel or private villa away from the parks so you really can get away from it all when you want to.
5 - It may sound boring but try to plan your itinerary in advance. Each Disney park has days when it allows Disney hotel guests in early so avoid those parks on those days. Try to plan each park visit the night before so you do not waste any time looking through maps when you arrive.
6 - Take at least one day on the coast to get away from the hustle and bustle of Orlando. Head to Clearwater and relax on the beach to recharge your batteries or drive east to Daytona or Vero Beach.
7 - If possible try and talk the kids out of many of the rides at Magic Kingdom. Magic Kingdom is a visual delight and the most iconic park in the world but many of the rides are tired and no different to those they can go on back home. Read the online ride reviews but queueing for an hour to sit on a revolving teapot for two minutes is a test of anybody's patience !!
So there we go - Living It's seven ways to avoid you coming back from Orlando needing a holiday. Call me on 0330 043 0001 or e mail me on firstname.lastname@example.org for details on some great Orlando holidays....www.livingittravel.com