What are some good ideas for an Orlando vacation? I have 2 kids (ages 9 and 7).?

Question by Sleem!: What are some good ideas for an Orlando vacation? I have 2 kids (ages 9 and 7).?

We’ve never been to Orlando before but are looking at visiting for a week or so in June. I know about the theme parks in Orlando and about some other attractions, but does anybody have any good information on ideas where to take 2 boys, ages 9 and 7? Also looking for any good tips on lodging…if you have any idea about homeowners who rent out apartments on a weekly basis, I’d be grateful for any information you can share.

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Answer by Alana Pendleton
Yes, there are alot of theme parks there, Universal Studios, Island Of Adventure, Seaworld…ect. They have alot of shops on Down Town Disney or ALL ages. They dont have any apartments i know of, I do know alot of hotels ranging from 40-200$ a night. Go on hotels.com

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8 Comments to “What are some good ideas for an Orlando vacation? I have 2 kids (ages 9 and 7).?”

  1. WDW (Walt Disney World) consists of 47-sq. miles, larger than most cities. Just doing its 4-major parks will encompass almost your entire stay, especially considering the summer crowds. You won’t have much time for ancillary activities, plus it’ll be difficult to even squeeze in Seaworld, Universal, or IOA (Islands of Adventure). Fortunately, you’re considering a week’s stay, you’ll need every bit of it. The 1st challenge is to decide on where you want your vacation to center around. If you’re considering a WDW vacation, then here are just a few suggestions, especially for young boys, outside its major parks…

    > Water parks: Disney has 2. Typhoon Lagoon is better suited for them. It’ll be hot, and kids are all about the water. Purchase passes to include a water park option. This will be cheaper than buying passes separately.

    > Dinner shows: Medieval Times, in Kissimmee. Again, your boys will gravitate to this more so than the more “romantic” Arabian Nights, or the corny Hoop-Dee-Do, etc.

    > Downtown Disney: Good to kill a few hrs and stroll around for free. Shops, restaurants, some activities. Disney Quest is an interactive arcade, not cheap, but it has interactive games/simulators that cannot be duplicated @ home (there’s even classic games in their original arcade format for Mom & Dad).

    > WDW’s Ft. Wilderness/Wilderness Lodge outdoor activities: The Fort is the campground. The Lodge is the lodge. Both resorts offer outdoor activities (e.g. Fishing, Jet-Skiing, horsebacking, etc.) for a fee of course.

    > Gatorland, Orlando: Perfect 1/2-day attraction. Affordable. It’s not exactly a “refined” attraction, but that’s part of the appeal. The largest gators in captivity are there. Enough shows, swamp walk, gator nuggets, and other animals to keep the boys interested. They can take a picture holding a real gator (don’t worry, only like a 3-footer w/jaws taped). You can also opt for a package that includes an airboat tour @ East Lake Toho.

    > I-Drive (International Drive, Orlando): I-Drive is the #2 resort destination in Central FL. It’s tourist-central on steroids. If you won’t be driving, you can always board the I-Ride Trolley along it’s 7-mile route. Simply get off to do the outlets, restaurants, or smaller attractions (e.g. Ripley’s, Wonder Works, Titantic, etc.). Even the largest McDonald’s in the world is there.



    Advise that you do not rent from any individual directly. Bona-fide vacation home rentals are typically done via professional property mgmt companies.

    Most Disney experts will advise that you stay on Disney property. Sounds like you’re looking for accommodations that have good size, full kitchen, separate bedrooms, etc. Here’s my #1 recommendation for your particular group…

    …Disney’s Ft. Wilderness: You get everything that I just mentioned, plus…
    > Rustic setting.
    > Log home style.
    > Extra Magic Hours.
    > Free transportation from/to OIA (Orl International Airport).
    > Free transportation w/in WDW (no need to rent, no parking fees, no worries).
    > Overall, the Disney “Magic”.

    Yes, you can always rent a villa/condo/time-share/home, etc., outside of Disney, for considerably less. However, make sure you factor in the extra cost of renting a car, parking, gas, commute times, loss of certain perks, and overall inconvenience. Don’t get me wrong, plenty of people are very happy staying outside of Disney. The choice is yours, but I normally advise Disney “rookies” to stay on property.

  2. What I said!!! // Oct 22, 2013 at 10:03 am // Reply

    I also plan on visiting Orlando in June.
    What I did is went to http://www.visitorlando.com
    they sent me an official vistors guide with a list of all hotels in different areas. Maps of the areas. Restraunts,transportation,shopping,entertainment,theme parks. They sent coupons.
    It was nice I was able to see how much things are going to cost and plan my vacation.
    And its all free. Also once you put in your address it says 6 to 8 weeks for delivery but I recieved my whole package within a week.

  3. A site i’ve used in the past to find vacation rentals is http://www.vrbo.com. You might want to look there for a place to stay if you don’t want to stay in a hotel.

  4. Take them to Disney it’s a must do in Orlando !!! They will love it and will rember it for ever

  5. reinaldok_2000 // Oct 22, 2013 at 10:55 am // Reply

    I see you know about the several theme parks and surely have looked at many of the websites.
    On lodgin, you will most probably not spend much time in your hotel, so I always think that it is not a great amount of money on hotels. Just a place clean, safe and conveniently located.
    If you want to take the 9 and 7 year olds to places other than the theme parks, aside from the beaches
    I might suggest NASA – just over one hour away. I presume you will have transportation. -I will mention a few – all free or inexpensive. Sanford zoo. great for kids – Blue Springs State Park -
    Spring water 72F water – you can swim with manatees – Wekiva Springs State park – for water activities. Orlando Science Museum – wonderful place – Winter Park boat ride (end of Morse Blvd)
    Great trip through the lakes of Central Florida. Homeowners renting – There are very many – Many facing foreclosure and generally will take any reasonable offer. Check them out thoroughly

  6. Hemione granger // Oct 22, 2013 at 11:30 am // Reply

    I would say… take them to Animal Kingdom!!! perfect for their age group….. and

  7. You can find lots of Orlando attractions at http://www.AttractionHome.com
    Search for “Orlando” in keyword box. You can narrow result by selecting some attraction type

  8. Mauiva Tours // Oct 22, 2013 at 11:55 am // Reply

    We are a great family attraction. Let’s you see all the theme parks in Orlando.

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