After years of planning, my husband and I took our two children for vacations is Orlando, Florida. This was a dream come true not only for them but also us because it is every parents joy to fulfill their children’s desire, at least whenever it is within their ability. Right from the planning phase, we did not want to miss on any important attraction because we are not sure when we will get another opportunity to travel back. Therefore, we made a comprehensive itinerary prior to our travel date to ensure that we have ample time to capture all the possible attractions that we can visit from the theme parks to the other numerous outdoor activities. Most importantly, we took into account the needs of our children because we wanted them to enjoy the vacation to the fullest. Even then, we had room for flexibility in both the itinerary and the budget to ensure that our vacations in Orlando were a success.
We started off by going to the Walt Disney World that is home to theme parks as well as the largest vacation resort in the world. We visited four parks namely Epcot, the Magic Kingdom, Disney’s animal kingdom and Disney’s Hollywood studios. While the children enjoyed Disney’s animal kingdom we on the other hand had a good time at the Hollywood Studios and Epcot. Some of the significant highlights at the Hollywood studios include the Hollywood hotel as well as the Rock ‘roll roller coaster. Even then, I must add that the roller coaster is not good for persons who have some health issues. There were also various performances like the beauty and the beast, Lights, Camera, action and Adventures of the little Mermaid. The evening show dubbed Fantasmic is also great. At Epcot Soaring is simply a breathtaking amusement that you must see. Walking through the recreation of eleven countries within the park was quite refreshing.
Regarding the parks, the Animal Kingdom and the Magic Kingdom present and excellent opportunity to see animals and enjoy different shows, parades and fireworks. Tommorrowland has got to be the most interesting as it captures people of all ages. Although people who have been here more than once will tell you that you need three hours to tour this place, the truth so that you can roam here the whole day as you engage in the many exciting activities at this park that is magical. The other thing that you will definitely like at is the meet and greet with the characters. My daughter particularly loved meeting Minnie and we even went to her house. Other characters that you will meet include Aladin, Ariel and Belle. Besides meeting them we got autographs and took pictures with them.
Dining at Cinderella’s Royal Table was another first that is still too fresh in our minds. Even then, you will do well to make reservations and get there on time because there are usually many people coming to dine here. The food is good and their service immaculate. The staff are kind and alert to attend to all customers and this makes the experience truly magical. There are four princesses that make rounds and when they come to your table the manager will come round to confirm that they have come to your table. The look on that girls faces upon meeting these princesses is priceless.
Another must see attraction is the Wishes Fireworks that is an explosive display of fireworks over performed over the magic Kingdom. It is a great show to watch as it has various elements and lasts for a longer period. This show is simply awesome and entertaining. The Universal Orlando Resort is the other place that you need to visit during your vacations in Orlando. I can guarantee you that you will like the rides even as you are attended to by amazing staff that are also respectful. I particularly recommend the Despicable Me and Rip Ride Rocket rides even though the queues tend to be longer.
Also not to be missed is Universal’s Islands of Adventure that comprises five islands full of adventure and family fun. This is also ideal for adrenaline junkies, as you will enjoy every moment at the Toon Lagoon, Marvel Super Hero Island, Seuss Landing, the Lost Continent and the Jurassic Park. We also did not miss the Blue Man Group show and dinner at Jimmy’s Buffet at Margarita village. The Harry Potter Castle Ride is also an attraction that our children really loved and still have every detail in their minds. This Wizarding World of Harry Potter seemed to be the busiest but with a lot of fun. The other place that you need to consider going to is the Universal CityWalk that is a great place to hang out. in fact, it is a great way to end the day as you relax and watch people or even get your party on, as the place is dotted with clubs and restaurants.
Our vacation on Orlando would be incomplete without a visit to the SeaWorld Orlando that is an awesome place. The animal shows here are quite exciting but not suitable for little kids. You will definitely love the dolphins feeding. This is a fantastic park to visit but the Turtle Journey ride and the Shamu show were favorites. Generally the place is worth visiting whenever you are in Orlando. The Discovery cove is another attraction of its kind that you will find in Orlando. You can spent an entire day here and share moments that you will never forget. We took so many pictures that are truly amazing. There are different packages that allow you access to the various activities that require an admission fee. If you go for the one that does not include the photos, you will have to pay for the photos separately and this can be somewhat costly compared to if you include it in the package.
We also went for the Pirates Dinner Adventure that is an interactive Pirate stunt show where there is so much action. There is usually an audience of 100 people that is used for the show that is also considered the best dinner theater. The seating space is somewhat limited compared to the people who come here therefore you will do well to get there well. A short preshow is usually used to warm up the crowd and set the mood for the show. During the show, the characters interact with the public too well. Apart from the show being truly exciting; the food is very delicious and the audience is given complimentary pop/soda. Ultimately, you will need to take into consideration the fact that most of the activities will require you to pay and admission fee. Therefore, you will need a good budget so that you do not get disappointed because you have traveled all the way but your financial limitation stops you from having all the fun there is in this haven of fun that is every child’s desire to visit. With so much to see and enjoy I would recommend vacations in Orlando at Walt Disney World to families that have younger children. However, couples too can still come and have a great time.