Five Tips for Surviving Orlando’s Theme Parks


A visit to Orlando would be incomplete without a visit to its world-class theme parks. Orlando’s adventure parks are consistently ranked as the best in the world. With over 51million visitors per year, the parks act as a magnet for families looking for fun-filled vacations. The huge theme parks offer exhilarating rides, unforgettable experiences, and memorable dining.

But there are a few classic traps that visitors can fall into that can be very easily avoided. Follow these five simple steps and you will have the time of your life!

Plan your trip

Being spontaneous is sometimes the most fun you can have, but planning ahead means that you can manage expectations (especially with small children), book anything that’s really popular, and also avoid missing something  amazing. For example, some of the bigger ‘kids’ don’t know that Disney has its own speedway that offers visitors the chance to race a NASCAR.

Knowing what’s available and where everything is will help you build a rough itinerary for your stay, avoid wandering around looking for particular things and give you a much greater experience of Orlando’s Theme Parks.

Plan ahead! The Walt Disney World Speedway. Photo by Curtis Palmer.

Watch what you eat!

Given the size of DisneyWorld, even if you’re making full use of the transportation system it’s possible to walk over 10 miles during the course of an average day. But how many people do you know who return from Florida looking slimmer? Eating fast food, chocolate Mickey bars, and drinking huge soft drinks might be fun, but why counteract the effects of all that walking?

Pack your own water and carry snacks for those hunger pangs during the day. Dried fruit, oats, and water in place of hamburgers, hot dogs, and soft drinks might mean that you can enjoy that post-dinner dessert without any guilt.

Pack for comfort

For both children and adults, comfortable shoes are a must. You’re going to be excitedly whizzing around the theme parks, and you’ll want to see everything. Definitely dress for comfort, and remember that while the Sunshine State does its best to please guests, packing for the eventuality of bad weather is always wise, too, so having a few thin layers will ensure you are comfortable throughout the day and evening. Packing for bad weather is a must for all cruise and stay holidays anyway!

Buy a Disney PhotoPass

Disney’s PhotoPass service is available at all of the main attractions within the theme park, and is the finishing touch to complete your Disney Florida holidays. Forget about trying to find someone to take a picture of you and leave it to the professionals to take your pictures with all of your favourite childhood characters, have it all collated centrally online, and then have the option to print all manner of merchandise afterwards, from fridge magnets to water bottles.

Have professionally taken photos of all the special moments with PhotoPass at Disney. (Erik Hersman.)

Have a meet-up point

This one really goes for any travel that you do, but especially so in theme parks where there are thousands of places to lose people. Be sure to pick somewhere unique that everyone can find, and consider setting boundaries as well.

And finally…

Most theme parks offer the option to check a bag in to avoid you having to carry it around all day. Remember to take regular breaks, and to drink a lot of water to keep you hydrated during the day.

If you follow these basic guidelines you’ll be safe and ready for perfect holidays in Orlando in 2013.

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Charlotte actively blogs about Travel, Beauty, Food & Drink covering everything from the latest fashion trends to tasty food. On her spare time she loves shopping, discovering new products & enjoys getting lost in new places as she writes away.

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