So, me and my dad have been to Orlando for quite a few years in a row now.
Just the two of us go as my mother doesn’t really enjoy thrill rides and she’s always working at that time of year. But, since we have been going for the past few years, we have discovered a few tips – not insane, mind-blowing ones, but ones that will definitely help you save money and time in the parks!
– At Epcot, visit ‘Club Cool’. It is a small building that has Coca Cola drinks machines, that you can pour your own beverages from, unlimited amount of times! Although, these flavours are completely different to what you’ve seen before, as they are different drinks from around the world!
– If you visit Universal Studios or Islands Of Adventure, definitely consider purchasing the $8.99 refillable cup which you can purchase at every refreshment stand, most shops and even some food places. This cup lets you get 99 Cent refills all day long, you can even bring this cup back into the parks with you time after time, as they technically don’t have a date on them! We have used ours for at least 3/4 years! You can also purchase the same from Seaworld and use it in their sister park, Busch Gardens. Saves a lot of money on the refreshments!
– If you don’t mind going on the rides on your own, then definitely jump in the ‘Single Rider’ queues! They are the best thing that I found when I visited the parks, they save you so much time! The idea is that people who don’t mind going on their own, get to jump the queue when there’s an empty seat on the ride (for example, when there’s a family of 3, there’ll be a spare seat..). It’s such a good idea as there’s nothing worse than waiting for hours for your favourite ride, when you could’ve already ridden it 4 times over! Also, half of the time, you’ll pretty much be a row behind your friend/family member or sometimes when the staff are lazy or the queue has gone too slow for them, they’ll put you on together! It’s definitely worth a try, as within an hour, we can ride about 3 rides! (The Harry Potter ‘Forbidden Journey’ Ride also has a single rider queue, but it’s hard to see as it’s so dark in there – so definitely ask a staff member!).
– Save on the steep car parking prices! For the majority of people, they will either have an annual pass (which contains free parking all year round) or they will end up paying at least $10 a day for parking in one park alone. A good idea, if you have the patience, is to drive to Downtown Disney and park your car there. You will be able to get a free Disney public transport bus to any of the Disney hotels, then catch the free bus or monorail again to any of the parks! People even sell their parking passes on ebay for certain seasons as they aren’t using them – so definitely check that out.
– One major thing we like to do, have a massive breakfast before going into the parks! We always opt for something big and filling, so it’s either Ponderosa (plenty of them around, do a cheap and cheerful buffet breakfast for under $10 including a drink!) or iHop, if you aren’t going to stuff yourself silly with cookies, ice cream and bacon for breakfast! The prices at the parks can be steep, even for snacks. The food is good in the restaurants though, but personally we get fed up of the fast food they mainly provide!
– On the opposite, definitely try the snacks in the parks like the churros – and taste the Chilli Cheese Fries in Universal Studios in the diner! Incredible and cheap!
– There’s two different versions of Butterbeer at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter! Personally, I would say to opt for the frozen versions it’s incredible and a lot sweeter than the liquid version you can get! Although, since last year I think there’s another variety again now – along with Butterbeer Ice Cream.
– Definitely try to seek out the hidden mickeys that are planted around Disneyworld – these are little hidden icons of the outline of Mickey Mouse’s head, there are hundreds of them around the park! You can purchase books which have clues to where they are on rides, at shows, on the walkways, buildings.. or you can simply google them and then attempt to find them yourselves! My favourite is on Pirates Of The Caribbean, as there’s a cat standing but whilst you pass it, it’s shadow creates a Mickey’s head shape.
– Look up some facts on the parks and impress people with your knowledge! There’s lots of secrets behind certain things on rides, such as human skulls being used within Pirates Of The Caribbean and the meanings behind the Bride’s jewellery in The Haunted Mansion. Even little quirky things, like on Splash Mountain there’s a character that pops out and shouts something along the lines of ‘GO NSU’ as one of the technicians
So, that’s all I have got for my Part One so far, if you enjoyed this then let me know and I’ll think of some other tips that we like to do whilst in Orlando! Let me know!
I know that this seems a little off topic, but I hope that this helped some of you!
Want more Disney related blog posts? Check out some of these: