To not go to Disney World when we go to Florida?

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SarahFx Mon 02-Sep-13 21:40:56

We are going to Florida for the first time next month with son who is 5. He's not a big traditional Disney fan but does like Monsters Inc, superheroes etc.

I'll make it clear this isn't my type of holiday, I prefer a beach holiday and I'm not majorly looking forward to this holiday but its been paid for by my FIL as it's his wish to send DS to Florida.

All has been paid for and we have tickets for Legoland, Seaworld & Aquatica but I just don't want to shell out the £900 for Disney tickets and was thinking we could just visit a big Disney shop and take some photos.

Those who have been, would we really be missing out?

WorraLiberty Mon 02-Sep-13 21:42:47

Why does your FIL want to send a 5yr old to Florida?

Is it because he thinks he'll enjoy Disney?

Also, is that really how much it costs to visit the theme park for one day??

HarryTheHungryHippo Mon 02-Sep-13 21:43:59

£900! shock why is it that much?

Tee2072 Mon 02-Sep-13 21:49:09

How many members of your family are there for it to cost that much?

AnneEyhtMeyer Mon 02-Sep-13 21:50:26

Are you just trying to make a point to your FIL? hmm

It does not cost £900 for Disney tickets. If you bought 2 adult and 1 child 14 day tickets to all their parks it would cost £745 in 2014. If you only go for a few days you can make that considerably cheaper.

VileWoman Mon 02-Sep-13 21:51:38

OMG. DH has been saying Disney World is an essential part of childhood. Not at that price it isn't!

FWIW I have never been to a Disney resort and I am a relatively functioning adult who does not resent my parents for this obvious gap in my childhood.

Hulababy Mon 02-Sep-13 21:53:02

I assume the £900 is for the whole group/family and for the whole duration, not just Disney for one day each - unless there are several of you.

Universal Studios has Marvel superheros btw. Disney has Monsters inc, Star Wars, etc.

IME there is not much more to Orlando than theme parks. And tbh a Disney shop is really not the same as the Disney theme parks hmm

How about the Space Centre? And a day trip to the coast - about an hour away.

Jewels234 Mon 02-Sep-13 21:53:32

Could you do a Disney water park? Much cheaper...and actually amazing (I was in Blizzard Beach two weeks ago!). x

RosieLig Mon 02-Sep-13 21:54:14

Seems a shame to me. There's no way it costs £900! Just go to one of the parks for the day instead.

I get the feeling there's a bit of IL history here. Do you not want to go to Florida?

littlewhitebag Mon 02-Sep-13 21:54:35

Of course you would be missing out. Why go all the way to Orlando and not go to a Disney park? You don't have to shell out for a multi park ticket. Do a bit of research and work out what he might like. The Magic Kingdom is amazing for small children and mine liked Animal Kingdom at that age too. Epcot is much too grown up. I am actually not a huge theme park/Disney fan but the Magic Kingdom made me cry when i first walked in. It just seemed so .... magical! I think it possibly blows kids minds. Look online for ticket deals before you go.

Hulababy Mon 02-Sep-13 21:54:49

Ticket prices here: www.undercovertourist.com/orlando/attractions/tickets.html

We have used this company a couple of times and no others have too. Not £900!

elastamum Mon 02-Sep-13 21:56:22

I cant see why it should cost £900, but if you go to Orlando I do think that you might be missing out. The magic kingdom is great for little ones and the animal kingdom if anything is even more fun. There is a huge dinosaur park with a giant sandpit and the safari ride is great.

Go on line and look at all the rides and attractions and work out which things you can all go on. You might find you enjoy it more than you expect to smile

McNewPants2013 Mon 02-Sep-13 21:56:44

there is no way i could go to Florida with my DC and not go to disney world. I don't think they would forgive me either.

Euphemia Mon 02-Sep-13 21:57:43

Cruel! How's your DS going to feel going all that way and not going to Disney? sad

£900 - rot.

CocacolaMum Mon 02-Sep-13 21:58:15

I took ds to Disneyworld when he was 5 (my gran paid) and it was seriously fucking awesome! I would love to take dc now but its not really financially viable. If my IL's were offering I would jump at the chance

Taz1212 Mon 02-Sep-13 22:00:29

You can buy a one day ticket for just over $100 pp if you just want to go to the Magic Kingdom for a day. You could do that and go to Downtown Disney another day to wander around the shops.

I would personally not miss WDW with a 5 year old if I were going all the way over to Orlando! If you do go, however, check the Halloween party nights. You could either just go for the Halloween party (less expensive than an all day park ticket and you get in at 4:00- there's trick or treating, special parade, characters and fireworks) or get a normal ticket and avoid the party (you are kicked out at 7:00 on party nights if you don't have a party ticket).

AnneEyhtMeyer Mon 02-Sep-13 22:00:57

Totally not the point, but littlewhitebag loads of people say that about Epcot, but there is actually loads for small children to do - Donald Duck Three Cabelleros ride, Figment ride, really great character meets at the Character Spot, Spaceship Earth, Turtle Talk with Crush, the incredible enormous fish tanks, The Nemo ride, Ellen's Energy Adventure, Maelstrom ride in "Norway", the model trains in "Germany", also Soarin and Test Track dependent on height.

belatedmaybe Mon 02-Sep-13 22:01:48

By the sounds of it this is something you are going to do once so I would say shelling out for day passes to a couple of the parks most to your ds taste would be the very least you can do.

Look on it as paying it forward for the holidays he will doubtless go on that aren't really his cup of tea (most of us remember at least one family holiday our parents loved but we hated! )

SarahFx Mon 02-Sep-13 22:03:15

There are two adults and one child going on the holiday and I can't find anything less than a week pass, we are going for two weeks. To make it worth the money I just think you would have to be Disney mad and want to go more than a couple of days.

There's no IL history, I'm very grateful to FIL for paying for the holiday even though it's not my thing. We've just saved for months for our spending money and I hate to say goodbye to a chunk of it. Maybe we will buy a two day ticket when we get there if that's possible. Thanks for the advice.

CoffeeTea103 Mon 02-Sep-13 22:03:19

Wow you seem really selfish and ungrateful. Your post was entirely about how you don't want to go and what you would prefer.
You may not want to but surely it will be quite an experience for your DS as well.
And most of the trip has been paid for already! The other posters have pointed out it doesn't need to cost that much anyway.

Ifcatshadthumbs Mon 02-Sep-13 22:04:26

Think you are being a bit snobby and mean spirited tbh. Your FIL has been very generous to pay for you to have a holiday I think you could suck up a couple of days at Disney for your son's benefit.

AnneEyhtMeyer Mon 02-Sep-13 22:04:55

Well if it is two adults and one child, booking tickets from Disney themselves on their website would cost £745 for unlimited entry to all their parks and water parks for 14 days.

Clearly you haven't looked, and are just trying to justify not going.

holidaybug Mon 02-Sep-13 22:05:14

You'd be missing out big time. Disney's the main deal in Orlando and is way better than the other parks for that age group (and for the parents too).

SarahFx Mon 02-Sep-13 22:05:32

Just looked up Disney Halloween parties and they do look great. Maybe we will go for a couple of days.

Happypiglet Mon 02-Sep-13 22:05:50

Anne I agree epcot was fab. Turtle talk with Crush was one of the first things we did at Disney and it blew my kids and my minds... I knew then that WDW was going to be awesome... They could just not understand how Crush talked to people in the audience and therefore assumed he was actually there and sentient... One of my holiday highlights!
Go to a Disney theme park...seriously....they are incredible...

Taz1212 Mon 02-Sep-13 22:06:33

Hulababy has posted the link to undercover tourist. You can buy a one day ticket from them. Or, the Halloween party is $62 (plus tax) per adult and a bit less for kids which will give you entry from 4:00 on the party nights. Either option is nowhere near £900!

noisytoys Mon 02-Sep-13 22:07:49

As someone who took a 4 year old to WDW and saw a look on her face I have never seen before or since I have to say YABU. You may not enjoy Disney world. I would be majorly surprised if your DS didn't enjoy it.

holidaybug Mon 02-Sep-13 22:08:45

The Disney Halloween party is great if you have been before to Disney. You will get on loads of the rides without a queue BUT many of the side shows and attractions will have closed by the time you are allowed in (at about 4pm). It was great for us as we'd been before to the Magic Kingdom but I wouldn't recommend for a first timer.

littlewhitebag Mon 02-Sep-13 22:09:17

AnneEyhtMeyer You are probably right about Epcot. I think i just had a bad experience. I went when pregnant and with a child of 4. We were too hot and i hated it and had to leave after a few hours. The other parks seemed more shaded and child friendly to me.

Taz1212 Mon 02-Sep-13 22:09:32

Oh, and the Halloween parties say they start at 7:00 but that's really the time they kick out non-ticket holders and start the party. If you have a Halloween party ticket they will let you in the park from 4:00.

YABU to go to Seaworld and teach your son that it's ok to keep dolphins and whales in captivity for entertainment. Watch The Cove or Blackfish before you go.

VegasIsBest Mon 02-Sep-13 22:10:50

Disney is FAB. Love it. So many different things to do. Why would you not go?? What a shame.

Hemlet Mon 02-Sep-13 22:11:12

I've been to Disney land many times and it is wonderful.The mountain rides (space, slash and thunder) are wicked. A great party of my childhood.

But we would always do 2 weeks in Orlando, one doing the Disney parks and the other in Clearwater which was also really nice and much more mellow but still plenty to do, like look for sand dollars on the beaches and there's a water park there too although I don't remember the name.

PurpleGirly Mon 02-Sep-13 22:12:02

YABU and really should take him. My DS was 5, we did Disney, Animal Kingdom and MGM. My son just loved it and still talks about it now.

Alisvolatpropiis Mon 02-Sep-13 22:12:20

Your son will love it, big Disney Fan or not.

There is plenty to do there other than the parks. I've been to Florida a fair few times and love the place. If you'd like some advice feel free to message me smile

Hulababy Mon 02-Sep-13 22:13:45

Magic kingdom - the "magic", its all about what it looks like and how it feels. Rides in 4 different lands (see site), shows, parades, night time show and parade and the fireworks, lots of characters...

Animal Kingdom - safari, parade, zoo type areas in Africa and Asia, Lion King show and Finding Nemo show, dinosaur play area, more characters ....

Epcot - World showcase (DD has always liked this even from being little) to look around with gentle rides and a Spy GPS type game to do as you go round; have a real talk with Crush, aquarium, Figment, a longer ride involving dinosaurs again, the Test Drive ride, DD likes the ride int he big ball too, good light and water show at night

Hollywood Studios - Toy Story Mania, Beauty and the Beast show, Muppets 3D, car/bike stunt show, lots of shows here too, Star Wars and chance to do Jedi training, some bigger rides too, another parade...

Also 2 water parks - Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon. We tend to go to the latter as DD loves the wave pool.

Alisvolatpropiis Mon 02-Sep-13 22:14:05

Hemlet

I love Clearwater! It had changed a bit when I went last year though, is definitely being done up to look more glossy rather than charming. And I went in the middle of Spring Break - never again!

rallytog1 Mon 02-Sep-13 22:14:19

Are you actually going to Orlando? There's a lot more to Florida than just Orlando - the Gulf Coast (great beaches), Cape Canaveral (where they launch the shuttles from), The Everglades, Busch Gardens and tons more. I had several family holidays in Florida as a child that didn't include Disney.

Having said that, if it's your first and possibly only visit then it would be a real shame not to go to Disney. I have some very fond childhood memories of time spent there. You don't just have to go to the Magic Kingdom - there's Epcot, MGM Studios and loads more. I'm pretty sure you could just rock up at the gates and pay a heck of a lot less for a day ticket than you're quoting.

firesideskirt Mon 02-Sep-13 22:16:08

Yes, you'll be missing out.
Also I'd save your money on Seaworld - even if it doesn't trouble you ethically, it is still a pretty average day out.

Ilovefluffysheep Mon 02-Sep-13 22:17:24

It might not be your thing, but I can guarantee your son would love it and remember it for ever. I went to Disney for the first time when I was 15, and still remember it now.

GingerPCatt Mon 02-Sep-13 22:18:09

You can do bits of Disney without going into the parks. There's downtown Disney which is mainly shops but has a very Disney feel. I cant remember if tgey have the characters walking around. Go to rainforest cafe buy your DS a toy, job done fraction of the price. Universal has something similar but I can't think if the name. Or you could book a character meal at one of the hotels if you think DS would like to meet Mickey or whoever. I grew up near Orlando and my dad refused to pay the ridiculous price for tickets but there are ways to experience Disney a bit.
Oh and if your DS likes animals check out gatorland.

theoriginalandbestrookie Mon 02-Sep-13 22:19:54

YABU.

I agree that the 14 day passes are expensive and tbh only cost effective if you are planning to go to most of the parks so don't get the 14 day tickets, but do one day at the Magic Kingdom your DS will love it even if you won't.

Or if you can't bring yourself to do that then take your DSto a Disney character meal, Chef Mickeys is great at breakfast, you have to book in advance but DS age 7 absolutely loved the meal and remembers it.

We took DS to Disney and one of the reasons is when I was a child we went to Florida because my GPs lived there, I asked my father if we were going to Disney and I to this day think he said yes. We didn't go. As an adult I believe that was selfish of them, not unexpected though as theme parks are definitely not their thing.

Don't leave your child to wonder why you went to Florida and didn't bother taking him to Disney.

Lweji Mon 02-Sep-13 22:20:19

YANBU in not going to Disneyworld.

YABVVVVVU not to go to the Kennedy Space Centre. grin

More seriously, I wouldn't want to go anywhere Disney parks, unless DS specifically pestered me to go.

Happypiglet Mon 02-Sep-13 22:20:44

Also October is an excellent time to go to Disney. The queues aren't too bad all the parks but especially MK look beautiful decked out for Halloween.
Check which water parks are open tho typhoon lagoon was shut last October when we went.
The 14 day ticket is really flexible so you can park hop...change your mind on which days to go..or which parks.
I bet you will kick your selves if you buy a day pass as you will want to go again and realise how expensive that is to do adhoc once you are there....

SarahFx Mon 02-Sep-13 22:22:54

Yes we are going to Orlando, staying on International Drive.

I'm glad I posted this as I didn't realise half the stuff on offer at Disney and we will get a two or three day ticket so we can at least see some of it. I think there's a concierge in the hotel who can sort this.

Sorry if I seemed snobby or ungrateful, I'm really not, I just can't picture what it's going to be like and it's a bit out of our comfort zone. I need to get myself excited for it though!

pointythings Mon 02-Sep-13 22:23:56

We've just come back from 2 weeks staying in Disney - we got 14 day passes for the 4 of us for £1000 and believe me we made the most of them. The DDs are 10 and 12 and they loved it - the fireworks at Epcot and Magic Kingdom are amazing, and the water parks are definitely worth a visit - we spent about a third of our time there.

By comparison Universal was a bit of a letdown, huge lines for everything and their fast pass system was a big rip-off at $56 on top of normal ticket price of $122 per person.

YABU not to go to Disney at all.

CheshireDing Mon 02-Sep-13 22:24:26

I would rather boil my own head than go to Disney (or any similar theme park) grin.

DH and I have been to Florida a few times and I have told him when PFB is old enough they can go to the theme parks together and I will stay down in the quays/miami - oh the luxury of a few quiet days with lovely clear water and wine. DH is cool with that and I would only end up waiting for them on each ride and holding the bags !

To me it seems a bit mad to take a 5 year old, aren't they a bit young/not tall enough for the rides? <disclaimer I have no experience yet of 5 year olds >

SarahFx Mon 02-Sep-13 22:25:58

We booked Seaworld tickets without really knowing what it was as it's right next to our hotel. I didn't really think of the ethics of it at the time.

alemci Mon 02-Sep-13 22:26:05

we went to st petes beach and Naples this year and Busch gardens which was Reasonable. I hate Orlando and we have done it and Disney a few times. never gone every day to parks
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ketchupontoast Mon 02-Sep-13 22:26:22

There are many other things in Florida which your DS will enjoy which do not cost the earth, things that are often overlooked about this beautiful part of the whorl in favour of the all singing n dancing resorts. You will only miss out if it is your kind of thing, otherwise you will miss nothing!

Hulababy Mon 02-Sep-13 22:26:50

First time we went DH was pretty reluctant and not expected to like it much tbh. He went along with it because we went with my family and DD was still free. He was very very surprised. He had a great time and loved watching DD's face. We've now been 5 times, so even the most reluctant can be won over!

pointythings Mon 02-Sep-13 22:26:59

OK, X-posted - sorry!

If you're going, definitely do Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom - I agree Epcot is a bit too grown up for a 5yo though we liked it best with ours being older. Animal Kingdom does get very very hot though, there is not very much shelter.

And take in a water park, but only if your 5yo is tall enough to ride most of the slides - this link gives you the info you will need. If you do go, Typhoon Lagoon is best.

Have a fab time!

Happypiglet Mon 02-Sep-13 22:27:36

Get excited.....it is simply the best family holiday we have ever had (in fact it's up there as my top holiday even including those before kids)... It's so much more than rides... It's beautiful, awe inspiring, amazing and so so memorable... My DC talk about it all the time.... My cynical 8year old who didn't want to go as 'characters aren't his thing' was won over within 5 minutes when Donald Duck played noughts and crosses with him at breakfast... Please go...

Xmasbaby11 Mon 02-Sep-13 22:28:16

YABU. There's no point in accepting the Florida holiday without going to DW, is there? I'm sure your DS would love it! It might not be your cup of tea but surely you can tolerate it for a few days.

FWIW, I am not a big Disney fan but would I suspect be blown away by the magic once if someone paid for me to go with DD!

Hulababy Mon 02-Sep-13 22:28:32

CheshireDing - a 5 year old can go on many rides in Disney. There aren't that many really big rides tbh - those are at Universal or Busch gardens.

theoriginalandbestrookie Mon 02-Sep-13 22:29:39

I'm really pleased sarahfx - I know that Disney may not be your style, but your DS will enjoy it honestly. It's heartening when people post on AIBU and then take on board the responses.

I'd recommend getting there early, arriving before gate opening times. Apart from the advantage of getting away early grin it means you miss the queues that build up in the day and it will make your visit much more enjoyable.

I wish we had done Legoland - friends tell us it was great, we've been to the UK one and enjoyed it very much.

pigletmania Mon 02-Sep-13 22:31:37

Yabu you meanie, you can go for a few days to Disney, might be your ds only opportunity. Holiday has been pad for by your FIL how lucky are you, f you only have to pay for Disney park tickets fo a few days

Happypiglet Mon 02-Sep-13 22:31:43

My five year old was only excluded from about four rides over four parks... Five year olds are Disney's demographic....not too small at all...!! It's not like Alton Towers ..... There aren't many five year olds I know who wouldn't want to dance with Woody at a hoe down... (Halloweeen party)

Happypiglet Mon 02-Sep-13 22:37:14

Ps if he likes Monsters Inc and the like Hollywood studios is good as there are lots of Pixar type characters there. The Laugh Floor is a show with that geen one with the one eye (Wasalzski??) .... He actually talked to my DS1 live in the show...to his eternal embarrassment ... It's family legend now!

cassgate Mon 02-Sep-13 22:44:13

If this is to be your only ever visit then i think you should go. We have been loads of times as we love it. We are planning to go back next year. My dc's have fantastic memories of our holidays in florida. We have been so often we don't do all the parks each time. All the disney parks are good in different ways. If you want to see the main characters then epcot is good as mickey, minnie, donald,goofy & pluto are all under one roof at the character spot. Monsters inc, cars, toy story,stars wars characters are at hollywood studios. Winnie th e pooh & friends at animal kingdom. Then of course if your ds likes rides then there are loads for all age ranges depending on height in all the disney parks. I know others have slated seaworld but i like it (depends on your attitude to animals in captivity). I am looking at discovery cove for next year to swim with the dolphins.now that is expensive at over $300 per person including kids. I think once you get there you will be captivated by it and won't be able to resist at least one if the parks.

googlyeyes Mon 02-Sep-13 23:24:19

We got back from Orlando today and had the most incredible time. Already pining.

My children are 9, 6 and nearly 4, and I did worry about the youngest being too small but he loved every single second. And he was the one who was most awe struck by the magic of it all....the look on his face at various points was what made it so magical for DH and I.

And he's on the nervous side, but still went on heaps of rides and met lots of characters, and saw loads of eye popping shows. Just had a ball. Even in the blistering heat, which wouldn't be an issue in Oct.

Although he loved seeing Spiderman, it wasn't half as much fun for him at the Universal parks. And Seaworld doesn't come anywhere close to Disney (or Universal)

And fwiw if you turn up at a Disney park on the day it's $95 per adult for a day pass and $89 for a child

alphablock Mon 02-Sep-13 23:53:26

I recently spent 4 days in Orlando with DD whilst DH was at a conference and initially could only find prices for 7 or 14 day passes on the Disney website, but you can actually do as many or as few days as you want. This website has prices that you would pay at the gate for different options.

www.mousesavers.com/regular-walt-disney-world-ticket-prices/#myw

We spent 1 day at Animal Kingdom, 1 at Studios, a morning at Typhoon Lagoon, an afternoon/evening at Magic Kingdom and a day at Epcot. Had an amazing time at all of them, but felt that 4 days was enough, so you definitely don't need a 1 week pass (let alone 2) in order to do Disney.

By the way, I wouldn't bother with park hopper as the parks are fairly spread out, so not particularly practical to do 2 parks on same day (unless one is a water park).

belatedmaybe Wed 04-Sep-13 13:05:26

The Disney parties are excellent, take full advantage of the reduced queues on the rides smile

Gullygirl Wed 04-Sep-13 13:16:54

We went to Disneyworld a few years ago.
DH,who is really not a theme park type had an absolute ball. As did our DD.
I would also recommend Busch Gardens,it has fantastic rides and a zoo.

loopyluna Wed 04-Sep-13 13:20:58

I contemplated missing Disney and just doing Seaworld/ Universal but gave in and got tickets for Animal Kingdom and Magic Kingdom. Both were fab but, with a 5 year old, I'd recommend AK if you can only afford one.
Try to fit in an afternoon at Downtown Disney too -the lego shop alone is fantastic for a 5 year old, there are Disney shops, great restaurants, live music etc.
If you are a beach lover, get yourself to Clearwater beach -I could have happily spent a month on that beach and forfeited all the parks!

Can't imagine having someone pay for us to go to Florida, but I'd be incredibly excited if they did!

Mamatomanymunchkins Wed 04-Sep-13 13:50:41

Gosh ~ when you say Florida you automatically think Disney ~ wouldn't dream of going all that way and not visiting. If you take time to look there are always deals available.

I think even the most unDisney person couldn't fail to be won over ~ it is truly magical and will be a wonderful experience and memory for you all ~ please go, you won't regret it smile

noddyholder Wed 04-Sep-13 14:58:24

You won't be missing out on anything. Its the sort of place most people I know have been to once never to return. You seem to have lots of other things lined up for him it will be fine. £900 is ridiculous for somewhere that if its not your thing is grim

GoldenGytha Wed 04-Sep-13 15:17:41

We went to Florida when the DC were 7, 5 and 4,

It was fabulous, and one of the best holidays ever!

The Magic Kingdom was our favourite, as my DDs were very much fans of Disney Princess, and I could have cried with sheer joy at it all.

The DC are 22, 20 and 19 now, so all the parks will have changed again, but we all loved our time there, including Epcot, and if I ever win the lottery (unlikely as I only ever do it once every five years or so!) then going back to Florida is top of the list.

We are big fans of Disney anyway, and would love the chance to go again.

QueenofallIsee Wed 04-Sep-13 15:58:32

Um, you sound a bit mean 'its not my thing'...you aren't a kid though so no wonder!

Montybojangles Wed 04-Sep-13 16:06:27

Universal is the best. Disneys magic kingdoms good.

Montybojangles Wed 04-Sep-13 16:07:32

Oh, and there are dozens of places you can get the tickets cheaper once you are there.

Hulababy Wed 04-Sep-13 18:33:01

Be very careful of some of the outlets in the area itself though - they are often part used tickets with time restricted attached. They will buy tickets off people who haven't used all their days for example, and they then sell them on. Some are only available for US citizens, some just for Florida people too.

Can't believe anyone would go to Orlando and not do Disney world or Universal studios. You'd be mad not to - great memories for a 5 year old.

miasdaddy Thu 05-Sep-13 08:23:07

Definatly go and wallow in the magic of a place where nothing is too much trouble smile
Get to the parks early and make full use of the fast pass system most parks have them and it will save queuing. The trick is to get as many passes as you can hold ( I think it's three ) for the popular rides and then do the less popular rides while waiting for your time slot. As soon as you use one get another for the next ride
Stay late for the fireworks they are spectacular especially illuminations at Epcot
It can sometimes be cheaper to get tickets in this country travel agents used to do one that would get you into one Disney water park, universal, sea world and two Disney parks at a reasonable price
It's worth checking with a travel agent but if you are/know a travel agent and can get a card you used to be able to get in to Disney free and your partner did it for half price this used to work for police/military too
Kennedy space centre is well worth a days visit, take the top tour when you get there to get really up close to everything
Sea world is also a good day where else will you get so close to killer whales. Save a day for shopping at the malls at the end of I drive
All this from a 43 year old big kid who can't wait until his daughter is old enough to appreciate the magic smile

missinglalaland Thu 05-Sep-13 08:30:32

You would be missing out. Big time.

There is a reason it is world famous and so popular.

It's not to every grown up's taste, but it is to every 5 year old's taste.

You don't need to go for days and days. One day at the magic kingdom would cover you. The only downside to this, is that after you see how much fun your son has, you might wish you had bought multi-day tickets which are cheaper by the day.

Seriously, the two best parks imho for young children are Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom. Add to that a "character meal" which you don't even have to enter a park for, and he will have a very full experience to report back to granddad.

While I respect that it is your holiday too, and the crowds and the commercialism, etc. are probably not your cup of tea, I would urge you to take your son at least for a day.

MotherofDragons82 Thu 05-Sep-13 08:47:44

We went to Orlando and didn't do Disney. Can't bear that fucking mouse and all that mawkish shite (not that there isn't a great deal of schmaltz in Universal Studios too, but its the Disney princessy bollocks that really makes me feel ill).
Loved Islands of Adventure, Universal Studios and Wet and Wild. Also did Seaworld-not really a fab tbh- but really enjoyed Busch Gardens. Follow your instinct and shun Disney!

melika Thu 05-Sep-13 08:59:10

If you go all that way, you have got to go. I took my DS aged 6 and 10 and they loved it all. I think NASA was the most awsome. It's a great day out for all. Sea World was emotional but fantastic and my favourite.

You can buy the passes before you go and when you get there, there are always special offers from booths. I wished I'd done Busch Gardens tho.

You have got to go!

EuphemiaLennox Thu 05-Sep-13 09:13:05

There's so much more to Florida than Disney. The beaches, state parks, everglades, wildlife, Keyes etc, Florida is an amazing holiday destination without Disney.

BUT Orlando without disney is pointless.

All thatnotherbstuff in Orlando is a sideshow to Disney. They are Disney hangers on. Still some good attractions but they're only there because Disney is.

Disney Worldnis just an incredible place, that has to be seen to be believed or understood.

I'm not into Disney films or merchandise. A Disney shop is my hell, but Disney parks are another thing.

The theming, the detail, the organisation, the cleanliness, the service, you can't help but be impressed even if you don't go on a single ride.

The idea that a disney shop will replace this is laughable.

Go to Florida, do the gulf coast and miss Disney if you want, then you're doing something amazing but different.

But Orlando without Disney (if you've never been) is just cutting off your nose to spite your FIL.

Orlando is Disney. You'd never have heard of Orlando if not for Disney. The other parks are good too, but Disney is the point, and no one else does if quite like Disney.

Disneyworld in Florida does have a magic to it.

Staying on international drive and missing Disney sounds like the worst sort of Orlando holiday I can imagine. You might really hate Orlando the way you've planned it, but you could really love it, honestly. Even my DH did.

ovenbun Thu 05-Sep-13 09:14:50

how very kind of your FIL to pay for such a lovely holiday, you can probably sort the tickets a lot more resonably than doing it through a concierge, although as others have said you can just buy them on the day...I know lots of disney converts...please come back and tell us what you think...Just thinking of how fun it will be for your son should make it really exciting smile xxx

YABU. part of my honeymoon was Disney, parents never took me, and I loved it. It was magical. I can't wait to take our dc.

melika Thu 05-Sep-13 09:17:50

Yes we went to beaches too, its exhausting!!

ItsAllGoingToBeFine Thu 05-Sep-13 09:19:52

YABU to go to SeaWorld. Keeping cetaceans in captivity is wrong on so many levels.

CeliaFate Thu 05-Sep-13 09:19:59

You have to go. You will change your mind when you get there, it is SO well done. I didn't want to go, but went for the kids' sake. I'm a total convert now. It's brilliant.

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