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Orlando in October

Orlando, Florida is a fantastic year-round vacation spot.  The weather is great and there’s always something fun to do.  In fact, I was just looking at an incredible site online: Orlando Fun Tickets.  I could plan a half dozen amazing vacations without ever leaving that site!  Help me choose!  Walt Disney World?  Sea World Adventure Park?  Universal Studios Orlando?  Kennedy Space Center?  Which should it be?

At Kennedy Space Center I can enjoy a special tour through restricted areas, or have lunch with an astronaut, participate in hands-on exhibits, visit the Astronaut Hall of Fame, and even watch IMAX videos.   If  I visit Universal Studios Orlando in October, I can experience Halloween Horror Nights 2009.  Chucky, Jigsaw, Wolfman and chainsaw welding psychopaths are in charge of the park and would like me to be their victim guest.  Sea World Adventure Park sounds inviting, too.  I could see Shamu or make like a fish myself and swim with the dolphins at Aquatica, Sea World’s all new state-of-the-art waterpark.   And then there’s Disney World — the theme park that is a major vacation all by itself!  There’s Magic Kingdom Park; Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park. I can’t chose between them so I’ll have to do them all!

And after I’ve spent all day in one of those incredible places, I’ll be starving and ready to eat — but where should I go?  Should I go to the Pirate’s Dinner Adventure and wine and dine amid swashbuckling fights and then help rescue the Princess before donning a custume and joining the pirates parade and ball?  I know one night I would have to visit The Arabian Nights, Orlando’s #1 rated dinner show and feast while watching the Prince and Princess wed.  The show features  22 beautifully staged acts and 50+ amazingly talented horses.  And I absolutely must see the 11th century village in Midevil Times!  I can rip into my food with gusto (and my fingers) while watching Knights joust and Andalusian horse races. The next night I could attend the Makahiki Luau Dinner Show and watch an authentic Polynesian Luau!  This one made me giggle not just because I live in Hawaii, but because the luau prices are cheaper in Orlando than they are here in Luau land!  I would save the Sleuth’s Mystery Dinner Show for last.  It is a 2.5 hour dinner show where the guests are expected to get in on the act and help solve the mystery at hand.

I can tell you, if a vacationer gets bored in Orlando, it is because he or she wanted to be bored!  A body could run themselves ragged trying to experience all the fun.  The good news is, you don’t have to run anywhere to get the tickets.  Tickets for everyone of the above events and many, many more are all available at Disney World Tickets.

Oh, and parents, be sure to check out the “Kids Eat Free” link.  If your child is 11 or younger, you can feed him or her free in over 80 participating restaurants.  Now you know that’s a major good deal!

So, have you been to any of these? And what would make your list of must sees?

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  1. Been to Disneyworld and Kennedy Space Center. I’d go back to both, but I can only afford to go to KSC — it’s free! Disney is ridiculously expensive, even with a military discount.

    I did the Disney Marathon 3 years ago and saw all the parks that way. Didn’t get to stop and enjoy it though, so I’d recommend doing it a different way!
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  2. ohhh have i been to any of these places?!
    why yes, i have!

    Since I love just about anything Disney, (there are a couple exceptions), ive been to the Disney theme parks the most. for theme parks,Disney is my first choice. ive also stayed in a couple different Disney resort properties.

    The thing about Disney that i like most is the sense i get when i walk thorugh the gate at any of the parks or resorts. its the feeling that ive been taken away from all my troubles and responsibilities. all the stuff im bothered with at home just sorta melts away.
    ive been to the orlando area in october, november, march and april. by far, october was the finest time for a visit. not too cold to swim in the heated pools of the resorts, and only a sweatshirt was needed at night.march was on the cool side and so was november.

    as far as Disney resorts, i think you get the most bang for you buck staying in Fort Wilderness Campground. there you can stay in a single wide trailer home, with a fully equipped kitchen,with housekeeping situated on a nice tree lined street. my family was most comfortable there. weve also stayed at port orleans riverside, port orleans french quarter, the yacht club and all star music.
    Seaworld is a Gas! ive visited there a couple times. if you are going to the shamu show, you must sit in the splash zone. its just no fun if you dont.

    the other theme parks are good too… last time i went i voted for cocoa beach instead of the space center. great beach! but i did come away with a sunburn that heal for months!

    still, would go again… anytime
    i would go back again in a second. there are so many deals out there just now, ive really been wishing i could scrounge up enough dough to make it…

    1. Tilden — I knew you would love this post! Someday we’re going to Disney World together. It looks like Melli wants to come along. I think the three of us together would probably make one heck of a fun time!

  3. Avoid Disney, hit Universal Studios and Busch Gardens instead… or Cypress Gardens for you because of your picture habit. All the restaurants you mentioned are nice, heard great things about them, but Disney is a money hog. They want to charge you 3 dollars for a can of Coke and they won’t even give you water for free.

    If you head to SeaWorld, call ahead and make sure the shows are performing that day. There are times of the year Shamu doesn’t perform, same with the dolphins. It’s rather a bore when the shows and animals aren’t out in force.

    If you want a Florida beach that’s clean, smells good and is rarely crowded, look for Melbourne Beach.

  4. T — Busch Gardens is definitely a must see. Of course if I take Tilden with me, I’ll have to go to Disney World, but thanks for the heads up. I’ll tuck a pbj sandwich and a bottle of water in my backpack!

  5. Ouch! You bring back dreadful memories! Malcolm and I had everything stolen in Orlando! We did get to Epcot though and loved it.

  6. Hmmmm… I’ve done a lot of this… there’s some I have not done… at least not IN Florida… but I’ll tell ya what Quill… YOU make the arrangements, and I’ll meet ya down there! We’ll have a GOOOOOOOOD ol’ time!!!

  7. I remember Orlando because of the awful humid heat we had ! It was soooooo hot that when you got out of the Hotel your T-shirt was already wet. So that was less nice, but of course we have seen everything you mention and we stayed for 3 days. Never ever afterwards I experienced such a terrible heat and then in these long waiting lines ! the pure horror ! We had to go in mid July because of school holidays, lol ! October is probably far better.

  8. I lived in Orlando for 3 years while I was in my early 20’s. I had a cute little apt. and it was party party party all the time!! Been to them all – several times. Sea World is my favorite though.

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