Visiting the Parks Part 1 - Orlando / Florida Guide
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You will find leaflets from the Parks advertising the attractions and rides and also their opening times all over Orlando. These are usually printed for each month (as the times of opening and show times change) and are an essential part of your planning. These days you can double check these if you want to on the internet. We were very agreeably surprised when we checked the Seaworld hours on the internet in December. We had been there 3 days before when the Park closed at 7. 00pm and were delighted to find that as it was nearing Christmas it was open until 11. 00pm.
If you are on holiday during the hot summer months and want to go to Animal Kingdom it is best to go at opening time as the animals are at their best then, get there when the park opens and the characters greet you at the gate.
Also, bear in mind if you are from the UK that the American citizens like to visit the parks on the weekends as many drive down for short breaks, so Saturdays and Sundays can be busier than in the week.
Parking at Disney is $14 – if you move your car to another Disney Park, simply show your ticket, you do not have to pay again). Do not forget to write down your parking row at every park (otherwise 12 hours later you may well forget and you truly cannot walk around the immense car parks hoping to come across your hire car that looks just like the other thousands there! Also remember your number plate, as you can so easily get your car mixed up. We usually put these details in our mobile phone. If you cannot start your car, simply raise the hood and wait and within minutes a security guard will come and help you. This is free but remember you always tip in America (about 10-20%).
At time of writing this guide the parking at the Disney Water Parks Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach is free. Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure had free parking after 6. 00pm when we last visited a couple of years ago but I do not know if this is still the same.
There are now “bag check” areas and you should have all bags ready for checking before entering. I hope like me you do not always manage to choose the “wrong queue” which ever one I choose the family always go to another because they suspect I will take longer!
If we are going to be at the Parks for a really long day we usually take a large bag with spare shoes, plasters, change of clothes etc and hire a locker to put this in.
My guide on Visiting the Parks Part 2 will detail more ideas for you when you go to the Parks.
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