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We have decided to go to Orlando for our Honeymoon neither one of us has ever been there. We will be driving down at the end of October next year, tips or must dos in the area besides Disney World or Universal as we are already planning on going there.
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Are you wanting to venture outside of Orlando any?
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I’d suggest renting a house in a gated community. We’ve done this (with friends) once before, and are doing it again in a few months. The prices are great, you get a pool all to yourselves, etc. We’re going to be staying in north Kissimee (Veranda Palms). We stayed in Kissimee before and rented a car.. it’s not a long drive to Disney etc.
You mentioned Disney, but I would definitely recommend the Disney waterparks (not sure if you thought of them!). They’re so much fun. Same with Aquatica water park. We’ll be checking out Universal’s water park this time.
Downtown Disney is fun to walk through.. Busch Gardens I hear is awesome and we may go this time (it’s in Tampa) I believe.
I loved just driving around and exploring the area last time we were there. So much fun.
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At Universal they have a restaurant that Emeril owns, and their fried green tomatoes are wicked awesome. Are you really into amusement parks?
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@peachacid: I’ve never been to an amusement park and always wanted to go to Disney and FI wants to go to Universal other then that we are open to options. And I will look into that restaurant
@canarydiamond: I like the idea of renting a house and was looking into Busch Gardens but wasn’t sure about it my mom said it was nice when she went but that was back in 1972 or 1973. I will look into the water parks as FI loves them. Do you have any tips for Disney for someone who has never been?
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@tootsie85: I would suggest not expecting to do more than two Disney parks in a day (one day we’re doing Epcot and Animal Kingdom, but not expecting to do even close to all the rides in each). And wear comfortable shoes. We’re taking a full day to do each water park since we love them so much.
Remember where you park when you go to Disney lol. It’s like the hugest parking lot I have ever seen in my life and I think we had to take a shuttle to get to the park itself.. but you have to remember what shuttle to take!
I would also suggest taking at least a couple of rest days during your trip where you chill out a bit. I was exhausted last time when we tried to do Typoon Lagoon and Magic Kingdom on the same day (we saw the fireworks as well).. the next day I was pretty useless and missed out on going to Universal Studios since the people we went with got up early to do it.
If you want to eat anywhere fancy, you might want to make reservations now. Everything books up super fast.
The Disney water parks rotate which ones are open. When we’re there I believe it’s Blizzard Beach that’s open… so you might want to check the website. They have info on what rides will be open or closed for the time you’ll be there for each park.
We bought a guidebook last time we went to Orlando, and will likely use it again. We found it very helpful! They give you lots of little tips and tricks.
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I live in Orlando so if you’d like to pm me with questions feel free. I know you said you are planning to go to Universal, but make sure you go to Islands of Adventure too. They are right next to each other and, I don’t think the two park passes are much more. If you are into Harry Potter, Wizarding World of Harry Potter is at Islands of Adventure and is actually pretty cool. I second what one of the other posters said about Busch Gardens. It’s by far one of my favorite parks, but then again I love animals and roller coasters which is mainly what you are going to get. If you don’t like roller coasters I probably wouldn’t go there since there’s not a ton else.
For beaches we always go to New Smyrna Beach. Even during peak season there usually aren’t any people there. It’s more north so it depends on where you’re staying. I’ve heard that Vero Beach is nice which is farther south. I also like the Winter Park area which is just north of Orlando. There is a place where you can taste all different types of wine and there are a lot of cute little shops and amazing restaurants. Like I said before, please pm me if you have any specific questions or want to know more. There is so much I could tell you.
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We had our honeymoon in Orlando as well. Though we stayed with only the Disney Parks. We had only 7 days and we barely got to see the Disney parks, no way would we have time to see any other parks. I dont think we would go to the other parks anyways. My husband isnt a fan of roller coasters and huge rides.
Anyway, we loved it so much in Orlando that we decided to go back in 2015. In fact we now have several other family and friends who want to go with us! YAY!
This time we will rent a home. With the amount of people coming, we would need three hotel rooms. There will be about 7 of us. At 150 a night, thats a lot! Even when sharing the cost. So I checked out some homes nearby and found one for about 1,700 for the week! Thats about 250 a person per week!!!! Much better price. 🙂
Next time I want to go to Discovery Cove. It combines swimming and animal interaction. If I can help it, I will get our whole group to go. It looks like a lot of fun!
@futuregattman: I have been trying to find a place that offers parasailing. The only one that I have seen is the one located within the Disney lakes and their reviews have not been exactly great. If you wanted to parasail, where would you go? Thanks for any info. 🙂
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@Earlybride: Hmm…That’s a good question. I’ve always wanted to go parasailing, but just assumed I would do it one day on a cruise or somewhere like that. I found a website that has parasailing off Cocoa Beach. When you are searching you will probably need to search Central Florida parasailing as opposed to Orlando. You’ll probably get more if you are willing to parasail out in the ocean. I think the ocean would be nicer too, not as many alligators lol.
I saw your comment about Discovery Cove and can’t believe that I didn’t recommend it considering I work there! It is pricey, but I’ve never heard of anyone regretting it. I highly recommend to anyone coming to Orlando to spend time at the parks that you come in either October/November or around February. Usually the weather is nice (not so many thunderstorms) and there are exponentially fewer tourists. The key is avoiding spring break, holidays, and the summer if you don’t want to feel claustrophobic in the parks. This is not the case at Discovery Cove since admission is limited.
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@futuregattman: Thank you for your advice. I happy to see we are planning to come when it isn’t so crowded. I looked into discovery cove but FI was not into it, maybe on future trip I will do it.
Thank you all for the information this really helping. I was wondering what everybody’s favorite park is & why. Any nice restaurants you recommend? I want to do one really special dinner.
And has anybody driven to Orlando? We will be embarking on a 23hr trek and not sure if there is anything to see along the way?
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If you’re willing to make the drive I would suggest Clearwater Beach, it’s about an hour or so from Orlando and it has some of the most beautiful sunsets.
My favorite park is Magic Kingdom for Disney and then Islands of Adventure. Magic Kingdom is just so magical. Islands of Adventure has lots of thrill rides and I love the new Harry Potter land. The butterbeer is AMAZING! disboards.com is a good site to go to. They have TONS of info on Disney and some on the Universal parks.
Since you’ll be here in October there are also seasonal things going on at Disney and IOA. Disney has “Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party” and Universal has “Halloween Horror Night.” Both are tons of fun (in respectfully different ways), but if you don’t want to go to them make sure you’re checking the park times for the dates you want to go. The parks will usually close early on the days they have those events going on.
Orlando has tons of good restaurants to choose from. If I’m being perfectly frank, the prices for food in restaurants owned by Disney are not worth it. There’s not a single one I’ve eaten in and loved it. That’s saying something since I’m an annual pass holder and go every weekend. They’re just meh.
International Drive or (I-drive) in Orlando has a lot of touristy things too, if you want to check that out.
If you want to PM me with specific questions you can. I live here so I’m kinda giving generic information. lol
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@tootsie85: If you can, I would check out Discovery Cove. With the Discovery Cove passes, you get something like 14-day passes to Sea World. I LOVED Discovery Cove. It was so great to swim with the dolphins (where I got proposed to!!!) and they have other exhibits that are really cool too. It was a great experience.
ETA: Just saw that your FI wasn’t into Discovery Cove. Sorry that I wrote about it.
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@tootsie85: I would suggest staying in Kissemee because there is a whole strip of places to eat and things to do. We have been there two or three times and loved it everytime. Its a 5 to 10 min drive to all amusement parks.
Our favorite restaurant in Kissemee is Pacino’s, its a really nice Italian restaurant, very romantic if you will be on your honeymoon!
There was also a dinner theatre, I don’t remember the name though, but that was fun too.
Of course there are the water parks, Disney and Universal, Sea World!!!
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- Wedding: September 2015 - Ketchum, ID
@canarydiamond: Universal has a waterpark?! I live in Orlando and this is news to me, haha.