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Orlando - Disney and Universal or Just Disney?

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theoriginalandbestrookie Mon 11-Feb-13 17:48:06

Hi there - we are off to Orlando at Easter - can't wait !

General consensus seems to be we should do Disney only - DS will be 7, we're going for 13 nights and DH is also keen to go to Cape Kennedy.

Thing is I don't think DH is altogether keen on going and has said that he wants to do Univeral as well to get it out of the way.

Is it feasible to do the two parks in that time, and I know that its actually 5 for Disney plus 2 for Universal? I don't want to waste money on the Universal tickets if we don't use them, but also I don't want to have to pay walk up rates as I think it would be almost the same for one day as it is for two weeks bought in the UK.

Thanks for any advice.

MOSagain Wed 13-Feb-13 09:24:11

OP and anyone else going to Florida, please read the thread I've just started with important information ref change in laws

mummytime Wed 13-Feb-13 09:48:18

NASA is nothing like as tedious as you describe it, and has the biggest thrill ride in Florida in my opinion, the space shuttle simulation.

We spent two weeks just doing Disney, and didn't manage to get to Universal. We did spend at least 2 days at Epcot, but we loved the secret agent interactive game. We got tickets available only to people from the UK and Ireland which gave 2 weeks for the price of 7 days. The waterparks are also more than just water flukes, and have their own beaches. There are also the pools at your villa or hotel.

I've done Gatorland twice and we enjoyed it, but missed it this time, we spent more time just chilling.

Groovee Wed 13-Feb-13 15:08:20

We bought our tickets from Attraction Tickets Direct (used them every time we've gone) and they allow you to pay £10 pp deposit and pay it up as you have the money.

The International Driving Licence Permit seems to be a sticky point for the moment. No one can clarify it as by florida Law your licence must be in English which the UK driving licence is. Even rental car companies are not sure but have said they've checked with the insurance companies who say it doesn't matter.

ValentineWiggins Wed 13-Feb-13 15:16:32

If you can bear to move hotels it is REALLY worth staying on site at Universal - you get into Harry Potter an hour before gates open - there are only about 3000 people staying on universal who can do this - compared to (I reckon) between 70 and 100,000 who get the Disney "extra magic hours" (add up the occupancy of the disney hotels and that's what you get) - which are NOT worth it at all!

We did HP world and had the place to ourselves - went 3 times round the ride without stopping/queuing by going in as the doors opened!

Groovee Wed 13-Feb-13 15:22:42

Valentine, that's what me and dh would like to do if possible. Even just one night x

theoriginalandbestrookie Fri 15-Feb-13 13:30:01

Tickets ordered - I have put them on the credit card so we have a month to pay. Went for the Disney/Universal combo.

That sounds like a great idea Valentine, but I checked the prices and I don't think we can justify an extra hotel.

Dh is getting all the photocopies so we can send off for our IDLs through the AA as only one post office does it in the whole of Edinburgh apparently. What a piece of nonsense but for £8 pp I'd rather be safe than sorry.

Mummy I didn't realise that the water parks have beaches - perhaps I will come along.

Groovee Sun 17-Feb-13 15:54:09

I was miffed off to discover that only St James Centre does the IDL's! But we'll go in about June.

theoriginalandbestrookie Sun 17-Feb-13 15:57:47

Groovee think there has been some movement on the whole IDL thing - I'm going to wait until start of March to send off the paperwork.

I don't know if I'm imagining it, but I seemed to read something somewhere that suggested that if we booked a Universal character breakfast we might get in early - or am I making that up?

morleylass Sun 17-Feb-13 18:38:25

This is interesting reading, we are going to Orlando for 2 weeks at Easter staying at Disney. We have just booked the Disney Ultimate ticket 14 Day Ticket and as we are doing Discovery Cove so get Seaworld and Aquatica for free. We thought that would keep us busy enough as our dc like the water. Do you think that would be enough? We are keen to have some down time as we will be spending the whole of the holidays away and go straight back to work/school on return.
Advice appreciated, never been before!!!

theoriginalandbestrookie Sun 17-Feb-13 18:57:55

Morleylass I haven't been but the reason I started the thread is that a work friend went for a fortnight, only bought the Disney tickets and he said that they were more than occupied for the time as a lot of the parks take a couple of days to visit.

I guess it's horses for courses, it was only because DH said that he didn't plan to go back that we are doing Universal as well.

I think you will have enough to do particularly if your DCs are older as the water parks are meant to be fab.

morleylass Sun 17-Feb-13 19:14:08

Thanks theoriginal, think I'll stick with our original decision then...may see you there ; )

theoriginalandbestrookie Sun 17-Feb-13 20:21:09

Indeed ! Where are you staying?
We're at Fantasy Vacation villas which I think is quite close to Disney

Groovee Sun 17-Feb-13 22:11:18

We have 14 day ultimate tickets as they include golfing, disney quest and the water parks as well as being able to hop parks. We also have Universal tickets. Last time we stayed at Port Orleans Riverside and would have a late morning then hit a disney park in the evening. But this will be our first time off site and we're going to miss the extra magic hours.

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