Today we have finally arranged which parks we are going to visit whilst in Orlando and booked the tickets! This is getting all just too exciting for me!
We have booked all our park tickets through a British company, Attraction Tickets Direct, who I must say have been so knowledgeable and helpful, I would highly recommend them to anyone planning a trip to Orlando.
If you are unsure on where you want to visit, I would say the best thing is to do is look at some reviews online, have a browse at the packages that Attraction Tickets Direct offer and call them! Seriously, I know we all do everything online nowadays, but call them and speak to a representative. The lady that helped us, couldn’t have done enough for us. We told her which parks we wanted to visit, the age range of our party and we bagged a good deal that wasn’t even on offer on their website!
So what have we booked/planned? Loads that’s what!
We have booked:
- Disney’s 14 day ultimate ticket with Memory Maker, so that will give us access to all the Disney parks (Typhoon Lagoon, Magic Kingdom, Blizzard Beach, Epcot, Hollywood Studios, Animal Kingdom, access to the Disney Oak Trail Golf Course and ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.), the Memory Maker is quite useful, you have a photo taken by a team member in the parks
- Universal Studios and The Islands of Adventure
- Kennedy Space Centre
- Discovery Cove
- Busch Gardens
As Attraction Tickets Direct do offers and deals all of the time, we also bagged ‘kids eat free’ cards, the FREE entry to Wild Florida Wildlife Park, a FREE airboat ride, unlimited FREE parking at SeaWorld, Aquatica & Busch Gardens, FREE Disney Memory Maker and 2 x underwater cameras for FREE! WOW!
On top of all of these amazing parks and attractions we have booked in, we will also be visited the newly built Disney Springs, the designer outlet mall, Wonderworks and probably some crazy golf down on International Drive.
Universal have also just opened the new Volcano Bay Water Park, which is not included in our ticket bundle at the moment, but I am in talks with Attraction Tickets to get these added on (fingers crossed).
The parks tickets are not cheap. Your flights and accommodation might be reasonable, but the park tickets are what will increase the price of your holiday. To get the best price, you must book before going. If you are planning to buy tickets on the gates, you will pay a huge premium. Attraction Tickets Direct and other ticket sellers as you have seen above, will do amazing deals and giveaways depending on your spend.
Once you have recovered from the shock after being quoted for tickets, calculate a price per person, per day. It works out about £60 a day per person, so similar to what you usually pay for a ticket to a theme park in the UK! But it is 10 times better!
The parks are for all ages, honestly! I spoke to someone the other day who said that she was taking her teenage son and they were not doing the Disney Parks as he was “too old for all that!” The Disney parks are not just characters of Mickey and Minnie running around and a few spinning teacups! The parks as a whole have roller coasters to suit all ages, shows, parades, and simulation rides, so there is truly something for every age! You don’t even have to be super Disney mad, I mean it helps, but if you don’t want to meet your favourite Disney character, just don’t! As for Universal Studios and the Islands of Adventure, it is the same, there are areas of the park that suit everyone, from young, old to nervous roller coaster rider to thrill seeker! Harry Potter fans will be in their element with the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, being able to catch a train from Hogsmeade station, drinking Butter Beer or riding a Dragon.
The Kennedy Space Centre is more of an educational day and little children possibly will not enjoy it. Us adults and older children/teenagers enjoy it as it is interesting and the children love to be able to say that they have actually seen Atlantis in ‘real-life’! If you are lucky enough you might even see a rocket launch!
As I said, we are booked to spend a day in Discovery Cove, which is a man made natural effect water park with wildlife. You can swim with stingrays, dolphins, fish and even walk around and feed the birds in the aviary. It is a costly day, but everything is included. You arrive early morning, as breakfast is served then you are given a brief on the park and times on when your dolphin swim will commence. All drinks, lunch and snacks are also included in your ticket price.
Busch Garden is neither Disney or Universal Studios, but just as much fun. Many a thrill seeker ride to enjoy! About a 90 min drive out of Orlando but worth it! The safari area is an extra cost, but I strongly recommend it! Feeding giraffes is an amazing experience!
SeaWorld is a controversial park to attend. I have seen the documentary Black Fish, and have mixed views. We will be visiting SeaWorld and frankly if you do not agree with that please keep your comments to yourself. I enjoy the park and find it educational, plus the rides are good fun!
Soooooooo I could go on for hours talking about all the parks, but this is what we have planned! If there is a particular park you want me to blog say! Or share your experiences and tips with me in the comment box below! xx