You’d better get planning!
You might think that a holiday shouldn’t really have too much planning attached to it, and that you should simply be able to fly by the seat of your pants and go with the flow. There are many different types of holiday where this is quite possible, in fact, there are many different types of holiday where this is actually to be advised, however a holiday to Florida, especially Orlando, is not one of them!
Basically, to get the most out of your time in the fun-filled Sunshine State, you need to plan it, and a lot of the time that comes down to tickets, where to go when, what’s on, and how you’re going to fit it all in. I’m not talking about a rigid itinerary and a clipboard by any means, but a rough idea will certainly get you through your break with many boxes ticked, especially if you’re looking to catch special events, such as firework shows which are only available on certain days etc.
If you’re heading to Orlando especially then you need to give a lot of thought to theme parks. You can’t visit Orlando and not go to one park, and there’s no denying that many people who visit this adrenaline-fuelled area of the world go there because they want to centre their entire holiday around the parks. There’s nothing wrong with that, after all Disney World, SeaWorld, Discovery Cove, Islands of Adventure, Universal Studios, Aquatica, and nearby Busch Gardens, are all world famous for a very good reason!
If you’re heading to the theme parks then you need to think about your Florida park tickets, including how many days you’re thinking of spending in each park, to get the best deal possible. You can do bundle deals, and you can do single day tickets, but getting them in advance is always preferable, to save money, and to save time queueing up at the door.
Something else you need to give a little thought to before you leave is footwear. You will never understand how much your feet can ache until you have done a day walking around Disney World in the heat! Don’t go for flip flops, your feet won’t be supported enough, and avoid trainers without socks, as your feet will sweat (lovely, I know), you will get blisters, and then you’re not going to enjoy your day. Think comfort and be practical – one thing Orlando isn’t is a fashion catwalk.
Make sure you factor in a pool day or two during your stay, to recharge your batteries and allow you time to unwind; you don’t want to be returning back to your home thinking you need another holiday to get over the one you’ve just had!
Basically, a holiday to Orlando is tiring, there’s no getting around it, however it is also one of the most fun-filled things you can do, and that’s worth a little pre-planning.
Photo Credit: Christian Benseler