Visiting Orlando is a little different from other holidays, due to it's popularity - planning, sometimes meticulous planning - can be key to getting the most from your trip. No one wants to be stuck in a queue when they could be having fun!
Being prepared for what lies ahead can not only save time but also put your mind at rest when visiting a new country. I wish I'd had some of this information before my first trip.
10 Brit Tips if you're visiting Orlando for the first time
Before you leave
1. Anticipating The Theme Parks
If you're 'Doing Disney' then as crazy as it sounds, you're potentially going to need to make some dining reservations as soon as the booking window opens. That means deciding where and when you want to dine 180 days (yes, six months!) in advance.
On our trip to Florida last October we decided to spend a few days visiting Universal Orlando. As this was a last minute decision, we unfortunately were unable to stay anywhere 'onsite' as every single resort was completely full, arrgh!
Still, lets not allow a small detail like 'fully booked' get in the way of a good old fashioned snoop! We wasted no time popping along to investigate.
If you're visiting Universal Orlando soon, you might also want to read my review of the Universal Quick Service Dining Plan that's available to all guests in the theme parks.
Portofino Bay Hotel
This resort is about 15 minutes walk from the Universal parks or you can use the resort transportation to take you there. It was a glorious day so we walked.
We got our first peek of the hotel as we approac...
I'm a huge Disney park fangirl (Can you please pretend to look surprised?), but there are obviously many attractions around Orlando. While we mostly stay onsite at Walt Disney World, we don't shy away from venturing offsite - we'd miss out on half the fun! (more…)