The theme parks in Orlando are amazing, there’s no doubt about that. With countless rides perfect for all ages and all types of adrenaline junkies, we know that no matter what, you’ll have an unforgettable time at the Orlando theme parks. However, sometimes things just don’t go as you've planned. Here are a few tips to help you survive the Orlando theme parks and avoid any disasters;
Get there early
Check what times the parks open at because many people like to have a lie in on holiday (I'm definitely guilty of this), which results in the parks being practically empty. This means less time queuing. Many of the parks open at 8am, so be sure to get up bright and early and make the most of the limited time you have in Orlando.
Watch out for the sun
This may seem like an obvious tip but Orlando can get very, very hot. When you’re walking around all day and meeting lots of different characters, it’s very easy to forget about staying hydrated. Top up on your sun tan lotion throughout the day and be sure to keep hydrated as well. Heat stroke is the last thing you want on your unforgettable holiday to Orlando.
Enjoy getting wet
Orlando is the Sunshine State; you can get onto a water ride, cool off and you’ll be dry in a matter of minutes, if not seconds. There are plenty of water rides at Walt Disney World, Universal Studios and other theme parks in the area so you won’t be far from an opportunity to cool off.
Don’t wait in line
Disney offers a fantastic FastPass+ program which is completely FREE to use. Why wouldn’t you want to make the most of it? It enables you to reserve your space for three rides per day, where you can wave to everyone in the queue as you stroll on by right to the front. We recommend booking these passes for the busiest and most popular rides as they’re likely to have the longest wait time. Universal also have a similar scheme called Universal Express.
Now we’re not talking about swapping your child for someone else’s in the park. I don’t think your little one would appreciate that. If the entire family queue together and the child wishes not to ride, one adult can stay with the child at the front whilst the others ride. Then they can swap so the adult waiting with the child gets to have a go too and they don’t have to wait twice!
Don’t leave the parks too early
So many people leave the parks early and miss out on some of the most spectacular night shows. Our favourite is the famous Wishes Firework display at Magic Kingdom! The atmosphere is incredible; you’ll definitely leave with goosebumps and a magical feeling.
Nobody wants to be that person who has to take the photo and results in having no photos with their family at Disney so you definitely want to make the most of the Memory Makers. It is essentially a staff member from Disney who will follow you around and take any photos of you and your family for a set fee. You will also have digital copies sent to you which you can then download for free.
There are so many theme parks to see that if you want to be organised, it is very easy to over-schedule. You will be exhausted and as a result, won't make the most of your holiday all because you're worrying about being at a certain place at a certain time. Be laid back and just know what parks you definitely want to go to and enjoy your holiday.
These tips should help you avoid any stressful situations and enable you to enjoy your once-in-a-lifetime holiday away.
What tip or tips would you put into practice on your holiday to Orlando? Have you done any of these in the past? And which rides would you be sure to use FastPass+ or Universal Express for?
Written in collaboration with Holiday Genie.