The Orlando Eye (brand new)- See Orlando from 400 feet in the air. Website: Click Here
- Disney Freebies- click HERE
- Things are always changing at Disney. Read more about 4 Exciting Changes Coming to Animal Kingdom
- Arrive early or plan to stay late when crowds start to thin.
- Bring a small cooler of drinks or snacks.
- Reserve Fastpass+ rides
- I bring Disney related trinkets and small gifts with me so I can give my kids a small gift each day. This is more affordable than buying things at the park.
- I buy Disney gift cards at Giant Eagle so I get fuel points for money I am going to spend at the parks.
- Blizzard Beach was awesome for a super hot day!
- Download a Disney app that allows you to check ride wait times.
- Visit local grocery stores or Wal-Mart for TONS of Disney products at reduced prices.
- Bring ponchos! I buy mine at the grocery store in Orlando and they have Disney characters.
- Character dining options are great because you can keep your kids occupied with eating and don’t have to wait in long lines. Bring a princess dress for your little one for cute photos.
- Autograph books: you can buy lots of them in the park but I usually get a book from the Dollar Store that has blank pages and a Disney character on front.
- Downtown Disney is FREE and it has the LEGO store, fun restaurants, shops a little train and more.
- Consider using a free travel agent to arrange your travel accommodations. They have great advice to offer, can get you great deals and allow your planning to be stress free. Contact Erin Davis at Magical Moments Vacations.
Where to Stay? There are a ton of hotels in Orlando for all price ranges.
- Consider staying off site. We’ve stayed at the Marriott and Hilton timeshares and they are very nice. We book a 2 bedroom unit that has a kitchen, washer & dryer, separate bedrooms and lots of amenities.
- You will need to rent a car.
- On site lodging offers some advantages.
- Transportation provided.
- Extra Magic Hours at Disney allow you to enter the park early or stay later than guests not staying at a Disney property.
- Fastpass+ reservation window opens sooner for guests staying at Disney properties.
- This park is so much fun and less crowded than Disney.
- The Water park onsite is great to visit when you need to cool off.
- You will need a car to get here from the Disney area hotels. It takes about 45- 1 hour.
- Lots of shows
- A few big kid rides and a whole area of rides for the little ones
- There are usually deals for this park so look around online or when you get to the Orlando area.
Universal Studios/Island Of Adventures
- Two separate parks right next to each other (can buy a combo admission for both)
- Unlike Disney you can’t bring in a cooler with drinks and snacks
- Many people say this park is for older children but I took my kids at the ages of 3 and 5 and they had a great time. At Islands of Adventure there is a ton for kids to do in Seuss Landing. E.T. Adventure and Men in Black (the 3 year old was too short) were favorites at Universal Studios.
- Macy’s Day Parade- balloons and floats are sent to Universal Studios after the Thanksgiving parade. We enjoyed standing in the warm weather to watch this show. Check the website for dates and times.