Best way to approach 4 days in Orlando?

Tuesday, May 31, 2005 2:29 PM
So I'm taking a cruise off the coast of Florida but will be arriving in Orlando. The cruise ends July 7, 2005 (Thursday) morning. I will be with my wife and my parents. My parents leave Friday morning but my wife and I are in Orlando (we have a rental car) until Monday morning.

So that leaves the whole day Thursday for all 4 of us, and Fri, Sat, and Sun just me and my wife. I was thinking of going to BG Tampa on Thursday (Mapquest says 1.5 hour drive from Orlando). I want to check out the animal aspect of the park, especially Rhino Rally. And maybe get on some coasters.

But we aren't sure what to do the next three days. Orlando has so many options. I'm into roller coasters but my wife not so much (but she is willing). Maybe some other thrill rides.

So what would be the best way to approach this? Islands of Adventures is definitely in, but what else would be good, and not too "kiddy"?


Tuesday, May 31, 2005 2:46 PM
That depends on what you describe as "kiddy" is everything Disney kiddy?

If you (or your wife) havent visited a "Disney Castle Park" yet I highly suggest going for a day, just to see it. After that, you have one more day, Epcot is an intirely different experience, not so many thrill rides and very relaxing the experience is hard to describe, MGM has ToT, Fantasmic! (amazing night show) while Universal has MIB and the Mummy, if youre going to BGT then you can skip AK, there is also Sea World which is fun (Kraken is great) if you like sea shows. Its a hard choice but heres what I suggest:


Universal or MGM, look at the attractions and pick one.


Tuesday, May 31, 2005 3:28 PM
I'm sorry, but what is MK?

And I was wondering if there was a pass to get to all the parks in Orlando (not likely, since each are independently owned)?

Tuesday, May 31, 2005 3:52 PM
MK = Magic Kingdom (WDW)

The closest thing to an all park pass would be the 4park flex ticket that Universal and Sea World offer...

Its 14 consecutive days of admission to the Universal Parks, Seaworld, and Wet n Wild for 185. You can include Busch Gardens for 225.

Even though you are staying for only 4 days, I think its a pretty good deal considering you can come and go as you please over the course of those days. *** Edited 5/31/2005 7:53:41 PM UTC by haiderodes***

Tuesday, May 31, 2005 5:08 PM
If the majority of the days are going to be spent with your wife and you alone, I would suggest the deal above. Disney (especially Magic Kingdom) is aimed toward families with small children. I really had fun at MGM Studios, but the disney stuff can be pretty pricey if you just go to one park for one day.
Tuesday, May 31, 2005 5:13 PM
Yeah, I think I'll do the Universal Studios/IOA pack for $99 (3 days).

Thanks for all the replies

Tuesday, May 31, 2005 5:28 PM
You've made a good decision in IOA. It is my favorite park hands down. I'm also a big fan of BGT and the Disney Studios. (I prefer Disney/MGM to Universal...)

If you have any interest in sea life, I'd also suggest considering Discovery Cove. It's expensive, but a very unique experience, and it also satifies as an "adult" waterpark experience. (No slides, but a great beach, lazy river, and tropical swimming...) Plus, the cost includes a free full day ticket to either SWF or BGT.

But, to be can't really go wrong in what you choose to do.

Wednesday, June 1, 2005 9:36 AM
IOA and US are good parks to visit.

I also think Disney-MGM Studios is the most enjoyable WDW park for adults. Tower of Terror and Rockin Roller Coaster are awesome thrill rides and you just can't beat a nice dinner at The Brown Derby and reserved seats for Fantasmic.

The other WDW parks are good too, but you have to be a true kid at heart to enjoy the overcrowded Magic Kingdom in July.


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