Orlando Family Fun Abounds Near Orlando Hotels

If wild animals, fun-filled theme parks, lush tropical nature and Mickey Mouse appeal, then booking a hotel in Orlando is a must. With good weather conditions year-round and several of the globe's greatest themed entertainment opportunities, Orlando leaves visitors captivated by its manmade glitz.

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When to visit based on price

The best time to visit Orlando is whenever school is session, because this is a family destination, and that’s when families come. That means plan on visiting between January and March, when the little ones are in school.

Key attractions and having Fun

There are so many world famous attractions and theme parks in Orlando area that it’s difficult to know where to start. The truth is, plunk yourself in Orlando and you are guaranteed not to be bored.
Universal Studios is a major draw, with so many different experiences for your pleasure. Where else in the world can you actually star in a Star Wars Adventure movie? If you go, plan to be there when the gates open, and go right to your favorite adventure, before the crowds get there and lines get ridiculous.
Disney World goes without saying is the largest draw in Orlando, with multiple adventures to explore. There’s fun and adventure for all ages, from It’s a Small World which has been bringing smiles to little kiddies for years, to Space Mountain, a ride that can still whiten most faces. Plan more than one day at Disneyworld if possible, because one is never enough.
Then there’s Sea World, where you get to cool off as you are splashed by the dolphins in the show. If you plan ahead and see if you can get a reservation, you can actually get an “in the water tour and swim with Dolphins at Discovery Cove.
If your there in the heat, you may just want to spend a day at a water park. We have just the thing, at the Orlando Wet N Wild Waterpark. One of the best and most fun “rides” in the waterpark is in the “Bubba Tub”.
Another fun adventure that’s sure to pump up your blood pressure Dad is Orlando’s Gatorland Adventure. You actually can latch up to a Zip Line and soar above the alligator breeding marsh containing well over a hundred live toothy jaws just waiting for you to fall. If you’re really brave, how about signing up for “Trainer for a day”? Get “hands on” time with live gators.
If you have ever dreamed of squeezing into a formula one race car and speeding around the racetrack in Daytona, well here is your chance to try. The Richard Petty Driving Experience at Disneyland just might fit the bill, and the seat. With a bit of training you will soon find yourself in the seat of a six hundred-horse power Formula One NASCAR. Zip around the track at speeds up to 100 MPH or more as your wife (or husband) takes a video of a lifetime.

Shopping

If you need a little shopping time there are multiple options available to you in Orlando. You can find designer brands and many well-known stores at The Mall at Millenia as well as the Florida Mall.
If you’re seeking top designers and exciting fashions, then it’s off to International Drive and Orlando’s Premium Outlet Stores.
Keep in mind that you will have plenty of opportunities for vacation shopping on Main Street, Disneyworld and also Universal Studios. You might even get on the plane home with a new set of “ears”.

Nearby

Not far from Orlando, the 450-year-Old city of St. Augustine is quite refreshing after a few days of nothing but busy in Orlando. Stroll the quiet historic streets; sip morning coffee with fresh baked croissants and other baked goods. You’ll find some awesome little boutique stores to wander through. And of course, if you still need a beach fix, you will find over forty miles of beautiful sandy beach.

Econo Lodge Inn & Suites Near Florida Mall



Avanti Palms Resort and Conference Center



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$85

Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld



Starting From

$129

Clarion Inn & Suites Across From Universal Orlando Resort



Starting From

$98

Clarion Inn International Drive



Starting From

$68

Hyatt Regency Orlando



Starting From

$123

Best Western Orlando Gateway Hotel



Starting From

$71

Days Inn & Suites by Wyndham Orlando East UCF Area



Starting From

$67

Crowne Plaza Orlando - Lake Buena Vista



Starting From

$79

Rosen Inn, closest to Universal



Starting From

$70

CoCo Key Hotel and Water Resort-Orlando



Starting From

$61

Quality Suites



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$68

Floridian Express International Drive



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$60

Days Inn & Suites by Wyndham Orlando Airport



Starting From

$76

Florida Hotel & Conference Center in the Florida Mall



Starting From

$129

The Floridian Hotel and Suites



Starting From

$63

Visit the Orlando Theme Parks this year “on the cheap”!

Let’s face it; just the idea of traveling to Orlando with the whole family and hitting the theme parks can just be a bankbook nightmare. Everybody knows Universal, Disney and the others are just waiting to empty your pockets, and there’s just nothing you can do about it, right? Wrong, you can choose to read this article, and learn the “tips and tricks” for saving money on your Orlando vacation.
To begin with, plan your visit as far away from vacation and holiday time as possible, because everything costs more then, from airline tickets and hotel rooms, to dining and drinking. Spring and Fall are your best times to get best lowest rates on hotel and flights.
Your best option for finding a good hotel at the lowest price point is location If your wallet is stuffed and money is no matter, then staying inside the parks is the way to go. That being said, most of us are looking for cheaper alternatives. Many smart hotel shoppers will choose to look along International Drive, because #1, hotel deals abound. Not only are room rates lower, but also there is public transportation to major attractions, and you don’t have to rent a vehicle.


One key to mega discounts is open to those visiting from Canada, with both SeaWorld and Disney offering special discounts for you many times during the year. Canadian or U.S. can always get a good deal if you plan on what major theme parks you want to spend your days in. Purchasing your tickets ahead of your visit offers you a discount on those tickets. Do this and you can walk past the hundreds of visitors who don’t do this, standing in line at the ticket booths?
As far as a rental vehicle, if you are planning on staying in Orlando, there is no reason to rent a car, buy insurance, gas and pay for parking, ever. In fact, from the time you walk off the plane, you can use public transportation to your hotel, if it doesn’t offer a free shuttle. Many hotels offer free shuttles to Disney, Universal and others, or there’s trams, busses etc.
Make sure you check with your hotel desk, and the rag sheets in lobby, for discount food, and especially, “kids eat free” deals at local restaurants. If you were lucky with your hotel choice, you will at least get a free hot full breakfast included with your room. Eat big and it will last you well into the day, when you can open a bag of snacks and “munch for lunch”!
Now careful planning ahead of your visit can save you a bunch of money when you are inside the major theme parks, where everything costs more. A tube or can of sunscreen can cost you up to $20 or more, bottle of Tylenol $10, package of Band-Aids? Don’t even ask. Something else to pack and bring are zip lock baggies, great for filling for the kids from that mega bag of chips you pick up at local store.
Make sure everyone has a backpack when you arrive, complete with a metal or plastic drunk container. In park restaurants offer re-fill stations where you can fill with ice, water or all day with pop if you pay for one drink.
The big saving on food budget, is eat a big and hopefully “free” breakfast, carry snacks for during the day in the park, and don’t eat dinner inside the park! Instead, wait until you get back to your hotel, and find one of those restaurants offering, “kids eat free”, and you eat big. In fact, many places offer large enough portions that you and your spouse might just split one meal.

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