New Theme Park Attractions – New Restaurants – New Resorts – What’s Coming to Orlando in 2019?

An estimated 75 million people visit Orlando each year. Some head to Walt Disney World. Some head to Universal Orlando. Some head to SeaWorld. Many stay for extended periods and visit all. Some just like the weather and mix up all the many attractions to visit or relax at any one of the many, many resorts.

It seems as if the Orlando theme parks and attractions have each been working endlessly to attract new visitors and in 2019 there will be a number of new additions – New attractions, new restaurants, new resorts, and more.

Below are the highlights of some of what you can expect:

Walt Disney World Resort

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge: The famous galaxy far, far away comes to Orlando in fall 2019, courtesy of this immersive land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Introducing a brand-new planet to the Star Wars mythos – Batuu – Galaxy’s Edge will invite Jedi and Sith alike to explore Black Shire Outpost, which is set to include two attractions (including the chance to pilot the Millennium Falcon!), themed dining and shopping, and character meet-and-greets.

Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway: Believe it or not, Mickey Mouse has never starred in a Disney ride. That all changes once this family-friendly journey debuts at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in 2019! Using next-gen technology, the attraction will transport you to the world of Mickey’s classic cartoons.

Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy: Set to open in early 2019, this live show at Sunset Showcase in Disney’s Hollywood Studios will star Cars characters Lightning McQueen, Mater and Cruz Ramirez.

Universal Orlando Resort

New Harry Potter Ride: Anticipated to be one of the most heavily themed coaster experiences ever created at Universal Orlando Resort, this attraction is set to debut in 2019 at Hogsmeade at Universal’s Islands of Adventure, part of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. It will replace the former Dragon Challenge coaster.

New Live Experience: Although details are still under wraps, this live-action experience will be based on a high-energy Universal franchise and will replace Terminator 2: 3-D in 2019.

SeaWorld Orlando

Sesame Street Land: Wondering how to get to Sesame Street? Starting in spring 2019, you’ll be able to find the iconic neighborhood at SeaWorld’s main Orlando theme park!

In addition to themed rides, this area will feature beloved characters, interactive experiences, wet and dry play areas, and SeaWorld Orlando’s first-ever parade.

KareKare Curl:This new family thrill ride at Aquatica, SeaWorld’s Waterpark, will offer a high-adrenaline, weightless adventure as you “climb” a vertical wave wall.

LEGOLAND Florida Resort

The LEGO Movie WorldThe LEGO Movie was a box-office smash, and the blockbuster is getting a land of its own in spring 2019. This area will include two new rides, as well as character meet-and-greets and a giant themed playscape.

The Quest for Chi: One of LEGOLAND Florida’s most popular attractions is getting a makeover before it becomes part of The LEGO Movie World in 2019.

Other Orlando Attractions

Boxi Park: Built with re-purposed shipping containers, this unique outdoor food hall and outdoor entertainment venue is coming to Lake Nona, about 15 minutes from Orlando International Airport.

The 30,000-square-foot family (and dog-friendly) outdoor district will feature restaurants, bars and a live music stage, plus a playground, fenced dog park and beach volleyball courts.

Dezerland Action Park: Coming to Orlando’s International Drive area in 2019, this indoor theme park will feature the Orlando Auto Museum, one of the world’s largest, privately owned collections of “automobilia.”

Spanning 250,000 square feet, the experience will boast dynamic displays of cars made famous by Hollywood, including those from James Bond and Batman movies.

The facility will also have specialty car lounges spanning decades of restored vintage, classic and international vehicles, including displays on the cars’ impact on automotive history. Guests can also look forward to Florida’s longest go-kart track, as well as unique event space.

Epic Axe Throwing: A first-of-its-kind for the area, this unique attraction is bringing axe-throwing to downtown Orlando. The rustic “sport” is open to anyone over the age of 13, and coaches will be on hand to teach the art in a safe environment.

Nona Adventure Park: A new water-sports park featuring an inflatable, floating obstacle course and cable-assisted wake-boarding, is scheduled to open in February in Lake Nona.

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Wild Florida: Offering adventures in Central Florida’s gorgeous outdoors, this attraction will expand by more than six times its current, 13-acre size and add a 2-mile, drive-through safari that will provide nose-to-snout encounters with giraffes, wild boars and other exotic creatures.

A total of 75 additional acres will debut in summer 2019, and the safari section will include a zipline over a grazing area.

New Orlando Restaurants for 2019

With more than 5,000 restaurants throughout the area, you never have to worry about going hungry in Orlando. Here are a few more locations that will added to the line-up: 

The NBA Experience: Coming to Disney Springs in 2019, this state-of-the-art venue will include interactive games and competitions, immersive experiences, and a retail store.

City Works Eatery and Pour House: Also opening at Disney Springs, this option will boast 80 beers on tap, shareable American favorites and live sporting events on HDTVs.

The Hampton Social: Themed after New York’s coastal resort region, this Chicago original is coming to Pointe Orlando in 2019. Specializing in seafood, pizza and brunch, the eatery is known for unique dishes like Chicken and Doughnuts, and a signature “Rosé All Day.”

The District Gastro Bar: This new upscale restaurant and bar in downtown Orlando will offer an eclectic mix of gastronomy, mixology, art and entertainment while drawing inspiration from the mid-20th century African-American music scene. The venue will feature an open-air patio, beer garden and menu with Caribbean flare.

Lotus Asia House: Offering creative cocktails and Pan-Asian cuisine inspired by street-food vendors, this vibrant, energetic eatery is coming to Pointe Orlando with a warm, spacious dining room designed to encourage mingling.

Proper & Wild: The operators of one of Orlando’s most popular vegetarian restaurants, Sanctum Café, are bringing this new concept to Winter Park, serving plant-based dishes that focus on modern food trends.

Sette: Offering pastas made from scratch, this rustic Italian kitchen is being developed by the owners of local favorite and nationally recognized bakery, Se7en Bites. 

New Orlando Hotels & Resorts for 2019

Orlando currently has more than 122,000 rooms which means you can usually find the right room at the right price to visit. Once these new accommodations open for business in 2019, you’ll have even more options when you’re in town!

Disney’s Riviera Resort: Marking the 15th Disney Vacation Club property, this resort is expected to open in fall 2019 in Walt Disney World’s Epcot area.

Universal’s Surfside Inn and Suites: Universal Orlando Resort will open this hotel in summer 2019 as the first of two properties in Universal’s Endless Summer Resort. Surfside Inn and Suites will offer some of Universal Orlando Resort’s most affordable accommodations.

Margaritaville Resort Orlando: Parrotheads, get ready to party at a resort based on Jimmy Buffet’s signature brand! Coming in January 2019, this waterfront destination will feature 175 guestrooms, 1,000 Margaritaville-themed vacation homes and 300 timeshare units.

It will also boast a dining and entertainment district, a 12-acre water park, a wellness center, miles of fitness trails and a unique water taxi system.

Will you be visiting Orlando in 2019? I know I’m looking forward to some of these new experiences!




There’s More to Orlando Than Theme Parks ~ Best Family Vacation Spots Around Orlando

Orlando Florida is so much more than a famous mouse, wizardly worlds, and traffic jams. In fact, Orlando has so more to offer your vacationing family. Orlando has some of the most diverse vacationing spots in Florida. So, when planning Florida vacation, do not forget about these spots to make your Orlando family vacation happy for everyone. Now, let’s explore some of Orlando’s great vacation spots.

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Best Orlando Family Vacation Spots

Central Florida Zoo and Botanical Garden

Although the Central Florida Zoo and Botanical Garden are just outside of Orlando, it is worth the drive. At approximately 25 minutes outside of Orlando, the Central Florida Zoo has everything your family needs for a day of fun. Animals, zip lining, splash pad, and even a train ride are just a few things to keep you busy. When here my kids love watching the animals in the morning when they are active. As the animals start to settle down for the day, we enjoy the splash pad usually followed by the train ride. If your kids love thrill and adventure, make sure to sign them up for zip-lining through the zoo. It gives kids a whole new view as they are gliding over the animals in their enclosures.

SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium

Seahorses, jellyfish, and sharks are just a few of the sea life that you and your family will see when you visit the SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium. Not only can kids have fun while they explore the Rockpools, but they will also love all the shows and feeding times. Before you go, I would suggest ordering your tickets online. I would also recommend upgrading your tickets to include the behind the scenes tour. Going behind the scenes will allow your family to have a 25-minute tour where kids can learn about the food preparations and life support system for the sea creatures. 

Orlando Science Center

The Orlando Science Center is perfect for all family members. Your family will be thrilled to spend hours here. Between the Theatre shows, and hands-on learning kids are sure to have fun. Throughout the day, there are many different shows for your family to watch. Shows run almost hourly, so there is always something to watch. The Orlando Science Center wants kids to learn science in innovative ways, that they will remember for forever. Also, the Orlando Science Center is big on the STEM learning process. 

Orlando Starflyer

Orlando has made history yet again with the opening of the Starflyer. The Starflyer is the world’s tallest swing ride. You and your family will rise over 400 feet above Orlando and be swinging approximately 50 miles per hour. The Orlando Eye is right next door and offers riders a unique experience. The Orlando Eye is a gigantic Ferris Wheel. The Starflyer is not for small children though. Due to safety precautions, each rider has to be over 44 inches. Also, it is not recommended for other apparent medical conditions, such as high blood pressure or heart conditions. 

Church Street Station and Sun Rail

Formerly called the Old Orlando Railroad Depot, Church Street Station is now a place for shopping for fun and unique souvenirs, restaurants and bars. It is also still used as a station for the newly built SunRail. Families can enjoy shopping or jump on the SunRail that runs from Sandlake Road in Orange County up to DeBary into Volusia County. At the end of July 2018, the SunRail is expected to be completed down to Poinciana in Lake and Polk County. What is more fun than a day of shopping and SunRail train rides?

SeaWorld

I love SeaWorld; I don’t care what anyone says. Kids love SeaWorld, and they love learning about sea life. At SeaWorld, kids can watch the sea lion and otter show, or watch the dolphin show. They can also feed many of the sea life too. Some of the sea life that they can feed are the sea lions, stingrays and baby sharks. Kids can also interact and possibly touch the dolphins too. Kids will also learn about all of the rehabilitation that SeaWorld provides for animals, such as manatees and turtles. 

See, an Orlando family vacation has so much to offer. From thrilling rides, to calm SunRail rides, Orlando has it all. Including a vast array of different animals for kids to learn about and be interested in too. It is safe to say; mom and dad may learn something new also.

Have you had an Orlando family vacation? If you had to name your favorite Orlando family vacation spot, what would it be? 




Newest Disney on Ice – Mickey’s Search Party – Coming to Orlando in September!

mickeys search partyDisney On Ice presents Mickey’s Search Party Brings the Magic Closer to Fans than Ever Before Through Unexpected, Never-Before-Seen Performances 
Tickets for All-New Show Coming to Orlando September 7-9 On Sale
Disney On Ice presents Mickey’s Search Party brings the magic closer to fans than ever before through dynamic and immersive moments that take place on the ice, in the air and in the seats when the show comes to Amway Center in Orlando September 7-9, 2018 for six performances. Produced by Feld Entertainment Inc., the worldwide leader in live touring family entertainment, Disney On Ice is once again elevating the ice show experience with brand-new engaging elements that will fascinate both newcomers and seasoned guests, alike. Tickets are on sale now at DisneyOnIce.com
Joined by Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse, live hosts will enliven the performance space by welcoming everyone into the magical world of Disney On Ice, setting the stage for a participatory adventure. Guests will embark on a search for clues to find Tinker Bell after Captain Hook tries to capture her magic. As each scene unfolds, compelling storytelling will be delivered through multi-level production numbers by skaters, performers and acrobats, alike. 
As Miguel from Disney●Pixar’s Coco crosses the Marigold Bridge, he finds himself in the magnificent spirit realm painted with vibrant color, with skeletons atop sway poles oscillating back and forth over the audience in this culturally rich, heritage celebration. Through video projection, Arendelle builds from the ground up, and ice harvesters from Disney’s Frozen use extreme skating to launch themselves from the mountainous, wintry slopes delivering an athletically-driven performance as they chop their way through blocks of ice. The iconic chandelier seen in “Be Our Guest” comes to life as Belle and the enchanted objects from Beauty and the Beast become a rotating carousel using aerial silks and lift upward into the air, mesmerizing onlookers seated above and below. 
“Our goal with any show, no matter where you are in the world, is to deliver transformative performances that captivate audiences time and time again. With this production of Disney On Ice, we have brought the magic closer to guests than ever before by having the audience become an integral part of advancing the narrative as each story unfolds,” said Nicole Feld, Executive Vice President and Producer. “We have pushed the action past the ice, expanding the stage beyond our traditional surface. The excitement will not only happen in front of fans, but all around them with characters emerging from the stands in unexpected places for one-on-one delightful moments.”
In a high-energy opening number, Club Mickey Mouse-inspired performers will hype up the crowd through cutting-edge figure skating choreography and hoverboard tricks on the ice. Air tracks will also allow the hilarious pirates aboard the Jolly Roger to flip, tumble and twist to greater heights as they attempt to showcase their talents for Captain Hook. Aerial straps combined with adagio pair skating will elevate Ariel’s transformation from mermaid to human creating a spell-bounding sequence high above the ice with Prince Eric to the classic song, “Kiss The Girl.”  Creative costume design and fabrication will enhance the scenes as the ensemble imitate life “Under the Sea” from Disney’s The Little Mermaid, and will also give the illusion the ice is enveloped in flames as Moana encounters Te Ka on her daring voyage to restore the heart of Te Fiti.
Mickey’s Search Party will feature a collection of Disney characters fans know and love portrayed by decorated performer-athletes who push the boundaries of what is possible. Their theatrical talent, combined with this innovative Disney On Ice production, elevates the live entertainment experience and will leave families with memories that will last a lifetime.
Ticket Prices: Starting from $18. For ticket information, visit DisneyOnIce.com
Orlando Show Times: Friday, September 7, 7:30 p.m.Saturday, September 8, 11 a.m.3 p.m. and 7 p.m.Sunday, September 9, 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.
Venue: Amway Center, 400 W. Church Street #200, Orlando, FL 32801
Stay current on the latest developments through social media, including instructions on how to access presale codes for future Disney On Ice productions:
Facebook:  www.facebook.com/DisneyOnIce
Twitter: @DisneyOnIce #DisneyOnIce #MickeysSearchParty @NicoleFeld (Show Producer)
YouTube: www.youtube.com/DisneyOnIce
Instagram: @DisneyOnIce @feld_nicole (Show Producer)



Visiting Orlando and Someone Gets Sick! Oh No! What Do You Do?

As much as we plan and prepare and worry and fret, one thing we all know about a family vacation – expect the unexpected. When you are planning your dream vacation to Walt Disney World or Universal Orlando, you never plan on a family member getting sick while you are there.

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Many visitors travel from other parts of the country or other parts of the world that don’t normally experience the extreme heat and humidity that is common to the Orlando/Florida area during the summer months. This heat and humidity can cause all sorts of health concerns for even the healthiest of individuals. Even when visiting during other times of the year – stuff happens! Someone comes down with a cold, you trip into your resort room twisting your ankle, your child falls and breaks an arm (don’t laugh – this happened to me!) you eat something that just doesn’t agree with you.

We all know there are emergency medical facilities that we can drive to or taxi to. We all know that sometimes you just don’t feel good enough to leave your hotel room. Drum roll please . . . enter The Medical Concierge®

The Three P’s of Vacation Planning

When planning a trip to any of the Orlando theme parks, especially during the hot and humid summer months, it’s important to remember the three P’s:

Preparation

  • Bring with you common over-the-counter medications in TSA-compliant packaging: pain relievers, decongestants, cough syrups, motion-sickness pills. All of these items are available for sale on the theme park properties but at a cost much higher than you will pay at home
  • Stay cool! Many people underestimate the power of the Florida sun. Drinking lots of water to stay hydrated, finding shade or wearing hats, and applying sunscreen regularly will keep you moving throughout the day
  • Most attraction areas in Orlando allow guests to bring snacks and other food with them. Healthy options, like watermelon, carrot sticks, and celery, can put back the nutrients lost during the day. Bring and drink lots of water.
  • Don’t wear new shoes. Blistered feet on a theme park vacation can ruin everything!

Pacing

  • Theme Parks are exciting places, especially when it’s your time to ride the latest thrill ride or catch up with your favorite character. But too much hustle from place to place can drain you quickly.
  • One loop just around the walking perimeter of the Magic Kingdom, Universal Orlando or SeaWorld Orlando can be several miles. Take advantage of seating opportunities or take in a show experience to give everyone—especially little ones or senior citizens—a break from the exploration.
  • Parents and adult family members like to enjoy the specialty cocktails exclusive to the parks. But too many at a time can cause problems with digestion and other important functions of the body. Slow down and enjoy responsibly!

Physician

  • Should health issues arise, it doesn’t have to mean the end of the family fun for the trip
  • One convenient option available at the front desk of most hotels on and off the Theme Park sites is The Medical Concierge
    • Preferred Medical Provider for Walt Disney World Resort, Universal Orlando Resort, and over 123 hotels and various tour operators, travel assistance companies, and vacation homes
      • Minutes away from Universal Orlando Resort and Walt Disney World Resort in the heart of Greater Orlando
    • Accepts domestic and international Insurance
    • Services
      • Team of Board Certified, Florida-licensed pediatric and family practice physicians
      • Administers urgent care in the comfort of visitor’s hotel rooms, vacation homes, event venues.

About The Medical Concierge 

Founded in 1980, The Medical Concierge gives guests 24/7 medical assistance directly in their hotel or at the company’s medical clinic steps away from Universal Orlando Resort. From high-grade equipment like in-room X-rays and ultrasounds, free transportation to the clinic, and quick access to medications and testing directly from the board-certified and licensed physicians, The Medical Concierge and specialist partners strive to take care of everything, so guests and their families can take care of getting better.

The Medical Concierge has established itself during the last four decades as the preferred medical provider for the most storied hospitality companies in the Orlando operating area, including Walt Disney World Resort, Universal Orlando Resort, Four Seasons Resort Orlando, and nearly 123 other hotel and vacation home properties.

Domestic and international travelers across the nation and around the world have found comfort with The Medical Concierge, the preferred Medical Provider for over 123 hotels and various tour operators, travel assistance companies, and vacation homes. The Medical Concierge works closely with international travelers, providing translation services and direct insurance billing to keep their vacations stress-free. Healthcare assistance is available 24 hours, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, with medically trained staff available to answer your call, address your concerns, and assist with selecting and scheduling the service best suited for your medical needs. Should circumstances present you with a need for urgent care services while in Central Florida simply look for the gold bell of The Medical Concierge.

After contacting The Medical Concierge, the medical personnel will assess your medical needs and assist with options that accommodate your medical concerns or requirements. You will be assessed by phone using your description of symptoms. The staff will then schedule one of their physicians to come out to see you at your hotel, resort, or vacation home any time, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Patients are typically seen within 2-2 1/2 hours of being scheduled.

After a doctor arrives on site, they perform tests, diagnose, and treat you. Medications are prescribed and dispensed within the room, eliminating the need to find a pharmacy. Follow-up visits are performed within 24 hours if deemed necessary.

Cost & Insurance

The Medical Concierge takes most insurance and if necessary will provide you with a medically coded receipt. Their self-pay prices are set with a traveler’s budget in mind as they strive to provide the most value for your dollar.

In-Room Services

Typical services provided during a resort house call include:

  • Breathing Treatments
  • Dermabond Wound Closure
  • Diabetic Evaluation
  • Influenza Screening
  • IV Therapy
  • Laboratory Testing
  • Mobile X-Ray & Ultrasound
  • Prescription Service

Medical equipment can be rented, scheduled in advance, and delivered to your hotel:

  • Bath Safety Equipment
  • Motorized Scooters
  • Portable Oxygen
  • Wheelchairs

If you would prefer to see a physician at one of their private urgent care clinics, you can schedule an appointment. They have clinics conveniently located throughout the greater Orlando area just minutes from major attractions.

Typical services provided at one of our clinics:

  • Chiropractor
  • Dental
  • Dermatology
  • OB/GYN
  • Ophthalmology
  • Orthopedic
  • Psychiatry

Getting sick while on vacation in Orlando doesn’t have to ruin your entire trip and have you traveling all over Orlando in a taxi – The Medical Concierge to the rescue! Hide this number away in your wallet on your next trip just in case: 855-932-5252




6 Useful Tips to Have a Great Visit to an Orlando Theme Park

About 72 million people visited Orlando in 2017 — a record, making Orlando the first U.S. city to surpass the 70 million threshold for tourists, according to Visit Orlando.

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What brings all those people to the area? The Orlando world-famous theme parks? A day at the parks is always amazing, but as seasoned visitors know, a little planning and knowledge can make it even more so. Whether it’s your first visit or you want to refine your approach, here are six tips for having the best theme park adventure ever.

Pack Your Patience and Practice Theme Park Etiquette

On my most recent visit to the Orlando parks one of the most disturbing things I came across was rude and impatient people. I understand you paid lots of money for your visit and feel you should receive VIP treatment. Everyone else standing in line paid lots of money for their visit too! I understand you’re hot. So is everyone else. Being rude to those around you will not move the line faster, make half the crowd disappear or the temperature change. You read that first sentence up there right? 72 million people!

The easiest way to ruin your day at one of the theme parks is to complain and be rude. Arrive knowing theme parks have lines. You have to wait in lines to get on an attraction, to get your food, to get a seat at a show. Don’t act surprised (or rude) by it.

Practice what I like to call “theme park etiquette.” I was so disturbed by some people on my recent visit that I jokingly said “people should have to take and pass a class on theme park etiquette before being able to purchase a ticket.” Most disturbing was that the bad behavior was on the part of parents, not children. Parents swearing at people around them. Parents pushing others out of their way. Some people so rude that even their own family members were bothered by it.

Be patient. Enjoy the people around you. Be kind. Share. 

Buy Your Theme Park Tickets in Advance

No matter what area park you plan to visit, buying tickets online before you arrive can be a big time-saver. It can also, quite often, be a money saver as well. There are several dependable and reliable places to purchase park tickets at a slight discount over the gate prices. Check each site you find carefully. Some will mail you hard copy tickets so if you are close to your travel dates you won’t want to risk a mail delay. Some will send an E-Ticket to your inbox within minutes that can be turned in at the main gate of the area theme parks. Some will require a timeshare session or require you pick the tickets up at their offices in Orlando. Only you can to decide which option will work for you or which option will fit into your plans.

My personal favorite is Undercover Tourist for several reasons. Once you put your number of tickets in your cart, the total is what you will pay. They won’t add on any further taxes or handling fees. The savings are not huge unless you are buying for a bigger group but they are enough to cover a lunch at the parks. They offer lots of deals and sales so if you monitor the site you may find a “buy 4 days get a 5th day free” special going on that you should pass up. You can have hard card tickets mailed to your home or receive E-Tickets to your inbox within minutes. Your E-Ticket receipt gives you step by step directions to link the tickets to your My Disney Experience Account.

Undercover Tourist sells tickets to all of the Orlando area theme parks. My most recent order (2 adults and 1 child), I saved $123 over the cost of buying my 4 day passes directly from Disney! And . . . If you belong to Ebates rebate site, you can get an additional 1.0% rebate added to your Ebates account.

Bring Your Own Snacks and Beverages

Bringing your own snacks and beverages to theme parks can be a huge money-saver. All of the Orlando area theme parks have fairly open policies regarding outside food and drink, as long as the food does not require heating and the drinks are not alcoholic. SeaWorld is the most restrictive, but baby formula and food is permitted, as is food for guests with special dietary needs.

I’m fortunate to live close enough to Orlando to drive from home so I bring what I can with me. On my recent visit I purchased a case of water from my local Walmart on sale for $1.24 for 24 – 16 ounce bottles. A smidgen over five cents per bottle. Each night before going to bed I put 4 bottles of water in my rooms fridge/freezer and each morning I brought 4 bottles of frozen water in the parks with me.  A bottle of water in the parks is over $3 each.  A pretty decent savings for me – 4 x .05 = .20 OR 4 x 3.00 = $12.00. I was there for 7 days with 6 days in the parks so 6 days x $12 per day = $72 in savings for the week. Most of us carry a backpack or other bag into the parks anyway so why not put in what you really need?

I carry snacks for my daughter most trips anyway because of her food allergies. I also bring a few snacks for everyone else. I buy these nifty little portion cups in my local discount store to pack snacks for my grandchildren. Over time I have found that snack size Zip-Lock bags let the snacks get crushed and broken so I prefer these little packs. I bring a couple of cheerios and a couple of gold fish packs and we are good to go for snacks. Rather than buying 3 or 4 snacks per day, I buy one or some days, none.

Never Forget Where You Parked

Orlando’s theme parks attract hundreds of thousands of visitors on a daily basis, and the parking options are massive and can be somewhat confusing. If you don’t want to spend time at the end of a long and tiring day in search of your car (worse if it’s a rental and you don’t know the license plate number or remember the color), make sure to note where you parked.

 

I use my cellphone camera to take a photo of my location. All of the theme parks’ parking lots and garages use section names and numbering. After parking when walking to the entrance or the tram, I simply snap a picture of the number painted on the ground at the end of the row and a picture of the sign telling me what section I am parked in.

Come Prepared

You will definitely be taking lots of photos and videos while you’re at any of the parks. Chances are you’ll be taking more photos and videos than you usually do. Arrive with your devices fully charged, and bring portable (fully charged) charging equipment if you can. There are many available at your local stores or on Amazon. If you forget a portable charger, you can buy one at all of area theme parks but you will pay lots more for one for the convenience. Some of the parks offer free battery charging at guest services. 

Also, if you’re visiting during the summer months, there’s always a chance of afternoon rain in Florida. It usually doesn’t last more than a half hour. If you don’t feel like carrying umbrellas or ponchos, be prepared to find a covered spot to relax if the skies do open up. All of the parks also sell rain ponchos.

Sunscreen, Sunscreen and more Sunscreen. Yes, you can purchase it in the theme parks but bringing it from home is your best financial bet. You will be ready for your first day exploring the parks if you apply your sunscreen before you get there. Be sure to pack it in your park bag to re-apply throughout the day. The Florida sun can be dangerous to our skin. The only thing worse than a terrible sunburn – blistered feet!

Choose Your Footwear Carefully

A theme park is not the place to break in new shoes! It’s all about comfort, not fashion, so make sure you all wear comfortable shoes. If you do wind up getting a bad case of blistered feet, all of the area theme parks have first-aid stations where you can get Band-Aids. But prevention is the best medicine here. Remember with all the walking you will do, not only is it important to have comfortable shoes but shoes with good support too. I often see many walking around the theme parks in flip flops and wonder how much their back must hurt when the finally finish walking for the day. Never mind the fashion divas in high heels! Really!

Walking miles in a day – yes, miles – is not the time to be a fashion diva.

What tips do you have to help make a visit to an Orlando theme park better?