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Saturday, November 16, 2013

On Fall Break Fun with the Mouse! (Part 1!)

My kids go to a "year round" school, which means we get a lovely break in the fall.
So, the last week in September/first in Oct. we took a trip to Orlando.

Our first outing was to Legoland-so much fun!
 
  This new one in Florida is located in the old Cypress Gardens park 
so it's not only fun, but beautiful. 
 
There were NO lines at all so the kids rode everything they wanted over and over.  

Our next adventure was to Universal Studios

and then Universal Islands of Adventure
I wish we'd had more time to stop and pick oranges when we drove out to Legoland. There are beautiful U-Pick orchards and it looked like it would have been fun. 
We ate in Mythos in Islands of Adventure which I'd heard good things about on Universal fan websites.  It was better than anything else we ate in any of the parks, but the service was not the best.  (Pretty much everywhere in Orlando the service was slack though.)  The frozen butterbeer was a hit in Harry Potter World.  My eleven year old was chosen at Olivander's for the wand selection, which he'd been hoping for before we left.  Made his vacation I think!  (Hint, if you're in line try to not get next to other eleven/twelve year olds as they pick those kids for the "chosen.")
I didn't get to ride much of anything being pregnant, but the kids rode everything they wanted at all of the parks multiple times because the lines were non-existent.  The only time it took was the time it took them to walk to the front of the ride!  Perfect time to go to Orlando!

Next time I'll tell you about 
the Magic Kingdom
&
Animal Kingdom!



Deals in Orlando:
*I found a smoking hot deal online on the Legoland website before we left- kids were free plus they got a free Chima Lego set which was over a $20 value.
*Plane fare from LR to Orlando?  Try Allegiant Airlines, direct flight.  Cheap- but we aware that they charge you to sit together and also for each carry on and checked bag.  They are 1/2 price if you check bags at home online.  Pack light! 
*Universal Studios tickets were cheaper when bought online ahead of time.  I printed them before we left and walked right in.
*Disney doesn't give a discount for buying tickets ahead of time so we didn't, and didn't have any trouble buying them at the park.  Their sales people are very helpful in figuring out which pass is best for you.
*Coupon in tourist book for Wonderworks which equaled over $10 off I believe.  The kids loved that place.
*Be ready to spend lots of money for subpar food.  Nothing besides chains really and service is horrific in Orlando.  If we had driven I'd probably had taken a cooler and snacks/lunch to the parks.  It's easy to shell out over $100 just for fast lunch there.  Next time...
*I found a great hotel deal on Groupon at the Embassy Suites Lake Buena Vista.  Fantastic price, cheaper than anything else I'd found and free breakfast, happy hour, snacks, and movies in the pool!  With a family of 5 the Embassy Suites is a usually a nice choice.  The location was fantastic too- right by Lake Buena Vista so we were close to the Disney and Universal resorts.   




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