Planning an Orlando trip, Tips: Save money – beat crowds

4 things you must do before arriving in Orlando

Some people organize everything before an Orlando vacation – usually the same people who organize everything. Others “wing it” and just show up. This advice is for those who wing it: Don’t. Read more...

Planning an Orlando trip

Top 10 reasons for visiting Orlando

1. To stop the kids’ whining. 2. You have $2,000 to spend on a family vacation and you want the most bang for your buck. 3. The kids are getting older and you want one last blowout before they leave the nest and start families of their own. 4. You’ve gone to fantastic destinations for […] Read more...

Chapter 2, Planning an Orlando trip, Travel Guide

Unsure travel insurance

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January 2013: Is travel insurance a good idea? Maybe, maybe not. First, crunch some numbers. A tour package may have set cancellation penalties in the back of the brochure, but hotels can usually be cancelled within 24 hours. If you’re not traveling for four months, why take out insurance that covers a hotel? Make sure […] Read more...

Disney World, News, Planning an Orlando trip, Tips: Save money – beat crowds

Disney NextGen – and WiFi – debut in park

   This is scary and exciting depending on your perspective: Disney rolled out WiFi in the Magic Kingdom, a major element of its NextGen upgrade. “The future is here” is an overused ad blurb. But for Disney, it’s true. The Wifis give visitors quick Internet access, but the true upgrade is Disney’s smartphone app empowered […] Read more...

Planning an Orlando trip

What to wear in Orlando theme parks

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If you spend a day at Disney’s Magic Kingdom, you’ll see at least one woman in high heels. This article isn’t for her because I suspect she can’t give up fashion for comfort. For the rest of you, think of theme parking as a rigorous physical challenge – it actually is for most – and […] Read more...

Disney World, Planning an Orlando trip, Universal Studios/Sea World

How-to guide: Orlando theme park tickets

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definition essay success July 2012: Buying theme park tickets should be simple – “I want to spend three days at Disney” – but it’s not. The parks’ pricing system is designed to keep you away from the competition. By making it extremely cheap to spend one more day at Universal, for example, guests, by default, […] Read more...

Planning an Orlando trip, Tips: Save money – beat crowds

Orlando for adults: An overview

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I have three kids, so this post is not anti-kid – but it is. In short: Adults traveling without children should visit Orlando (duh) when children aren’t here. The absolute best times: End of May/beginning of June and early September when parents hate to pull their kids out of school because the year just started […] Read more...

Disney World, News, Planning an Orlando trip, Universal Studios/Sea World

Disney, Universal prices go up

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buy essays for college In a bizarre price competition, Orlando’s two entertainment giants – Walt Disney World and Universal Studios – raised daily admission prices, but instead of trying to undercut each other to attract more tourists, it seems as if the highest priced one wins. Disney’s one-day ticket price hike of 4.7% – from […] Read more...

Planning an Orlando trip, Tips: Save money – beat crowds, Universal Studios/Sea World

Park Guides: A touring plan for Orlando theme parks

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professional resume writers reviews All-in-one-place park guides Looking for need-to-know Orlando theme park info organized by park? Click on your destination below. Disney’s Magic Kingdom Disney’s Epcot Disney’s Hollywood Studios Disney’s Animal Kingdom Universal Studios Orlando Universal’s Islands of Adventure Sea World Orlando Each park guide has an overview, and information on dining, surviving, and […] Read more...

Planning an Orlando trip, Tips: Save money – beat crowds

FAQOrlando Park Guides: How to use them

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Each FAQOrlando park guide organizes need-to-know park info (Disney’s Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios, and Animal Kingdom; Universal Orlando’s Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure; and SeaWorld Orlando) in a single location. Each has five sections: • Park overview: Looking at seven Orlando parks and wondering which ones to attend? Or which one to avoid […] Read more...