Orlando Advice Needed

Wednesday, October 22, 2003 6:30 AM
Folks,

I'm considering a flying visit to Orlando in November to take in a few parks and IAAPA. What I'm hoping to do is arrive on the 14th, and fly home on the 22nd. Am I being unrealistic to try to get in Universal IOA, Disney, Busch Tampa, Seaworld, and IAAPA in that time period?

More to the point, can I do this without a rental car? Someone I know is doing Busch Tampa on the 17th and the hotel I'm looking at has a shuttle service to Seaworld and the Universal Parks.

Flight arrives late on the 14th, so that day is a write off. I was thinking of doing Seaworld 15th, IOA 16th, Busch Tampa 17th, Disney 18th, and IAAPA 19th-21st.

Regards,
Richard

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Wednesday, October 22, 2003 6:51 AM
Skip Orlando and go to the Everglades instead. :)
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Wednesday, October 22, 2003 7:08 AM
When you book your hotel see if they have shuttle services to all the parks. Once you get to one Disney Park you can get to all of them from with in that park by a shuttle server provided by Disney. Both Universal parks are right next to each other. As for Tampa never been there but I hear its a 2 hour drive. Sea World is right off I Drive and is pretty simple to get to. You should be able to catch a shuttle to it. Enjoy and have a wonderful time!

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Wednesday, October 22, 2003 11:07 AM
If you are looking to go to tampa they have a shuttle that leaves sea world everyday. Cost is 5 dollars.

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Wednesday, October 22, 2003 11:49 AM
The main issue I see is how to get from the hotel to the Disney parks. I assume there's a local taxi service?
-R

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Wednesday, October 22, 2003 3:00 PM
I'd say check with your hotel. Most hotels in the area tend to offer some kind of shuttle service to the Disney parks. Those that do generally offer it to the Transportation and Ticket Center (TTC) where you can get various forms of transportation to the other parks on Disney property. If all else fails, there is Lynx (the Orlando city bus) and it has stops at the TTC as well as the other major parks.

Because everything is so spread out down there Id suggest staying away from Taxi's unless absolutely necessary.

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Wednesday, October 22, 2003 11:38 PM
Okay, I will investigate further -- thanks.

FWIW, I'm trying to avoid car rental, as the supplement for under 25s is horrendous.

Regards,
Richard

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Thursday, October 23, 2003 1:54 AM
Richard,

Recently returned form a holiday in Orlando without using a rental car, without any transportation headaches. As other contributors have indicated, the key is to find accomodation with a good shuttle service to all the major atractions. I recommend the Best Western Plazza on International Drive.

Also, FYI the I Drive trolley runs a very frequent and inexpensive service to all attractions along the I-drive and you can also get the shuttle to Busch Gardens from the Macado shopping centre, which is opposite the Best Western Plazza.

You can certainly visit all the parks you've mentioned in the time-frame you've identified, but you might not get as long as you'd like. Ideally, you'd need 2 days for Busch Gardens, ditto for the Magic Kingdom and IOA. Seaworld can be done in 1 day. Given that time is tight, I'd recommend giving the other Disney parks a miss this time around, but you should briefly visit MGM for a go on the Tower of Terror (worth the trip to Orlando alone!) and Rock and Roll Rollercoaster. Moving from one Disney park to another is very easy thanks to the extensive free transportation system.

Have a great time.

Regards.

Beyond

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Thursday, October 23, 2003 3:29 AM

Richard Bannister said:


and IAAPA 19th-21st.


Three days on the show floor at IAAPA is a waste, unless you're looking to buy, and even then it's a stretch. There's really not that much to see and do. If you spend more than a day, you're going to be bored out of your mind.

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Thursday, October 23, 2003 7:00 AM
I've thought things over more and have come with a rough battle plan -

14th: Wild Adventures (someone I know is doing this)
15th: Seaworld Orlando
16th: IOA ACE Event
17th: Busch Tampa (someone I know is doing this)
18th: Disney (EPCOT/Animal Kingdom)
19th: IAAPA
20th: IAAPA
21st: Disney (Magic Kingdom/MGM)

If I end up bored at IAAPA after one day I can always do another day at Disney. I'm told I'll be hard pressed to see all I want to at Disney in two days anyway.

Now, to see if the flights I want are still available...

Thanks for all the helpful feedback everyone, and if anyone has any more advice I'd be grateful for it.

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Thursday, October 23, 2003 7:34 AM
Richard, do you have a son named matt?

anyway, if you want to get both universal and ioa done in one day, maybe 2, stay at a universal resort hotel. I work at hard rock, and every guest who stays at the hotel can use their room key fo rexpress passes all day (not like disney's waitin fast pass) show your roomkey, and your on every ride in like 5 minutes. it is great. great time saver.

I wouldn't recommend animal kingdom. except for the reverchon spinning, it is lamer than that ride.

Mission space definetely ride. waited 20 minutes for single rider, 1/2 hour for partners.

hope this helped!

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Thursday, October 23, 2003 10:46 AM

Turbo said:
Richard, do you have a son named matt?

No kids that I know about...
-R

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