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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?

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.

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

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

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

Yes we went to beaches too, its exhausting!!

BuntyCollocks Thu 05-Sep-13 09:17:29

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.

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

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.

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!

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!

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

Universal is the best. Disneys magic kingdoms good.

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

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

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.

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

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

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!

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.

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

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

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.

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).

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

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 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.

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 his eternal embarrassment ... It's family legend now!

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