No matter where you go in Orlando, or where you plan to stay while you’re here, the attractions and businesses you encounter strive to make each step of your vacation a breeze. To do this, they try to think of everything you may need before you even get to town. But there are probably still some things you didn’t know that could help you during your vacation. Here are some helpful tips:
Many local hotels offer a shuttle straight to the theme parks, even if it isn’t a hotel on theme park property. Ask about a shuttle service and its schedule at the front desk so you can start planning.
Standing in line not only feels like a time suck during your vacation, but it can be difficult to keep your kids entertained for extremely long waits. That’s why the theme parks provide opportunities to skip long lines. At the Walt Disney World Resort, use FastPass+ to schedule between one and three ride reservations online or through the MyDisneyExperience app. Once the initial reservations have been used, you can schedule additional reservations one at a time through the app. Universal Orlando offers the Universal Express Pass and SeaWorld has a Quick Queue Unlimited option, both for an additional fee and only for certain rides.
You Don’t Have to Miss the Thrill Rides
If you’re visiting the parks with small children you can still enjoy the thrill rides. Walt Disney World parks offer a Rider Switch service that allows one adult to stay with the kids while the other members of the party experience the ride. That adult can immediately board the attraction when they return without having to wait in the regular line. Universal Orlando provides special waiting areas for adults who wish to take advantage of the Child Swap program. When the other members of the party exit the ride, the supervising adult can swap places and enjoy it while the others wait. Since these services are only offered for specific rides, check with an employee outside of the ride first, and they will tell you what you need to do.
A Multitude Of Options for Fun
Orlando is home to a variety of sports teams including basketball’s Orlando Magic and the Orlando City and Orlando Pride soccer teams. Both stadiums are child friendly and your kids will enjoy the games just as much as you. The regular season for basketball typically runs from late October to mid-April, major league soccer runs from March through October, and the National Women’s League soccer season is from April through September. While you’re here, be sure to catch one of the exciting games. Click here for a schedule and to purchase tickets.
There are fantastic shopping centers and malls in Orlando’s tourist areas but there is so much more outside of them too. Check out the beautiful boutiques along Winter Park’s Park Avenue (and stop at the mom and pop restaurants along the way for a bite to eat) or shop for antiques in historic downtown Kissimmee.