Orlando: Disney and Beyond

I’ve spent a lot of time lately reliving my Orlando vacation. It was an amazing trip! We stayed at the All-Star Resort and were pleasantly surprised with the low cost and beautiful rooms. It was such a fun place to stay!

We were also surprised at the ease of getting around Orlando. Shuttles run everywhere; from the hotels to the parks and even to downtown Orlando. I almost wished I hadn’t spent the money on a rental car, but it did come in handy on our trips to the beach and the Kennedy Space Center. The Park Hopper Pass allowed us to pay one low price for all the parks and we had a blast at every single one. Read on to learn more about my favorite vacation spot and why Orlando is amazing even for adults.

We had a late flight to Orlando so by the time we’d checked into the All-Star Resort the parks were just about to close. We decided to head for Downtown Disney. We had dinner at a quiet Italian restaurant called Portobello, and then danced the night away at Planet Hollywood.

The next day was reserved for Epcot and we had a great time wandering around experiencing a little something from every corner of the world. The details are so amazing. There were plenty of times we forgot we were in a theme park in Florida; it was almost like we were traveling the world one hour at a time. Bonus: Epcot sells alcohol along with all of the decedent food from each nationality.

I couldn’t wait to get to Disney’s Animal Kingdom and I was not disappointed. The Kilimanjaro Safari got us up close and personal with the animals and Expedition Everest combined wildlife viewing with a runaway roller coaster ride.

We decided to take a break from the parks for a while so we spent the next couple days wandering around the other attractions in the area. We parasailed in Daytona Beach, suntanned in Cocoa Beach and met an astronaut at Kennedy Space Center.

The weather was amazing so we decided to check out Typhoon Lagoon. It was great fun to watch all of the children play in the wave pool, while we sat at the tiki hut and had what is quite possibly the best Mai Tai in existence. It was the greatest!

We’d saved the Magic Kingdom for our last day. As soon as I walked through those gates I was a kid again. The Castle will always be my favorite attraction. We stayed all day and enjoyed the parade and fireworks show.  Absolutely beautiful.

Our Orlando vacation was outstanding. From the bars of Downtown Disney to the thrills of Animal Kingdom and beyond, Orlando is the perfect destination for adults and kids alike.

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2 thoughts on “Orlando: Disney and Beyond

  1. Suzanne says:

    This sounds amazing. I have always loved fun parks. I was brought up on a farm and never went to any such places and now I can’t get enough of them. I have been to Disneyland several times and know there are many more great ones out there.

  2. Vittoria says:

    i love disney 🙂

    xoxo from nyc & http://www.the-beautiful-things.com

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