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Reserve Your Florida Vacation for Next Year

If you like to plan ahead, you can reserve your Florida vacation for next year now. You can even make a reservation to stay in a hotel that isn’t completely built and will be brand new! Add in the fact that this new resort hotel is located at one of the major theme parks in Central Florida, and your vacation planning is really starting to shape up!

Legoland Florida is a very popular theme park for families with children 12 & under. The new hotel resort will give families the opportunity to extend their stay and have more fun together. Young children may not even notice the difference between the theme park and the hotel due to the Lego theme being used throughout the entire resort.

Legoland hotel being built

ORLANDO TOURIST TIP: Our experience at this theme park seems perfect for a two-day visit, especially in the summer months. The water park is open during the summer and can entertain children for several hours. By staying at this new resort hotel, you can visit the primary theme park for an entire day, or split up two days with some water park time. Depending upon the length of your vacation, or other vacation plans, one night at the resort may be enough, but why end the fun? Nightly entertainment will offer a great reason for at least two nights at this sure-to-be fun experience.

The groundbreaking for this new resort started nearly a year ago, however, the hotel has recently reached a milestone with the major concrete work complete. The main entrance will include a pool and beautiful landscaping. On the property will also be a restaurant catering to not only the adults, but offering a kid-size buffet as well. Children will have plenty of interactive play areas so that leaving the theme park to come back to a hotel will not put an end to their fun.

So far Legoland has provided the names of three room themes: Pirate, Kingdom and Adventure. One more theme is expected to be announced. Which will you choose for your family? All rooms are set up much like a suite with two separate sleeping areas. The grown-up area includes a king-sized bed, and the kids sleeping area (up to 3 little ones) offer a bunk bed and a pull-out trundle bed. The kids even have their own television! If 4 adults and 3 children want to plan their vacation together, reserve a suite which will accommodate all guests in your party.

Room rates start at $249 and vary per season. This rate does not include park admission. If you want to include the water park, be sure to opt in for that ticket. If you want to reserve your vacation now, the earliest date begins June 15, 2015 at which time the water park is open every day. A grand opening date has not been set at this time. To make your reservation, visit Florida.Legoland.com.

Planning now for next year’s vacation can take a lot of the stress out of the planning. It can help you budget for the trip. Most of all, it allows plenty of time to get excited about the fun you are going to have.

Escape from Gringotts to Universal Studios in Orlando!

Diagon Alley Gringotts Bank Goblins

If you are planning a vacation to Orlando to visit the theme parks this summer, how do you choose which one to visit? Most families determine the park of choice by the age of their children and what attractions they are suited for. If your children are Harry Potter fans, like mine, a mid- to late summer vacation to Universal Studios is something you will want to consider, if not a definite must.

New Attraction Details Revealed

As we reported a few months ago, many features of this new expansion are slowly but surely being exposed to the public. The Hogwarts Train has created a lot of excitement, and now, the announcement with more details about the “Escape from Gringotts” ride can only raise the anticipation level upward. Any new ride is exciting, but this one sounds like it might top our list of all-time gotta-do rides.

Escape from Gringotts will be the featured attraction within the Orlando theme park’s expansion. For those of you that have not read the books or seen the movies, Gringotts Bank is an important setting for the story of Harry Potter. It is guarded by a fire-breathing dragon no less, and ran by goblins! The treasures kept here are powerful and facinating. The ride will be mind blowing with 4K high-definition ride animation, 3-D technology and live special effects.

Here is a sneak peak which Universal has released:

Vacation Packages Available

Most people will want to wait until Diagon Alley is officially open before they book a trip, however, if you only have the summer to do your traveling with school-aged children, then you might be surprised. It could be open as early as mid-June. ORLANDO TOURIST TIP: You can already book a vacation package at Universal Orlando which includes both of these parks if traveling as early as June 29th. Currently, the best deal seems to be the four-night package which includes the following:

  • Vacation package delivered (not by owl), but with a welcome letter, park tickets & plush owl
  • 3-day Park-to-Park tickets
  • One breakfast for each family member at the Three Broomsticks
  • One breakfast for each family member at the new Leaky Cauldron (in Diagon Alley)
  • Early park admission to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter (one hour before the theme park opens)
  • On-site transportation
  • Lodging at one of four on-site hotels. The new Cabana Bay Beach Resort (read our post about this resort here.) is the least expensive and has family suites that are, well, sweet.

If you book this vacation through Universal Studios be sure to ask about specifics that your family is interested in. The vacation packages are a great way to go…as long as they offer everything you want covered in your vacation. If they do not cover certain items, be sure to ask about them when speaking to a booking agent.

If you have the opportunity to wait until Fall for your family vacation, September is usually a great time to visit the Orlando area. The crowds at this new theme park attraction will have settled by then and more great deals are sure to come around late in the Summer. Do you think your kids can wait that long?

Climb aboard the Hogwarts Express, visit the goblins at Gringotts and have a Butterbeer at Universal Studios this summer. It will be an Orlando vacation to remember. Just watch out for that fire-breathing dragon, like the new attraction – it’s sure to be hot, hot, hot!

Explore Orlando Like Locals

Do you cringe at the thought of taking an Orlando vacation because of the amount of money you need to spend? You can save on your vacation in this sun-drenched paradise by planning your trip in advance. Before you to get too excited by the fact that you are going to Orlando a few days, weeks or months from now, it is important that you prepare your vacation essentials.

The first item on the list is your airfare. If you are going to take a vacation during the peak season, you will only stand a slim chance of scoring affordable tickets. It is best if you book ahead of time and check deals and discounts on the off-peak season. This is a good technique to follow for almost any vacation essential.

The next thing you need to prepare for is your accommodations. If you want to gain quick access to Orlando’s sights and sounds, you need to stay at a hotel closer to these attractions. If you are traveling alone, it might be easier to save money on your accommodations. For larger families and groups, more rooms will be needed. Be sure to ask for a group discount. There are also many vacation homes that can work out to be less expensive in the long run. For any type of accommodation, be wary of hidden charges. Be sure to ask for the total charges before committing to the booking. ORLANDO TOURIST TIP – do not be surprised concerning a bed tax that all hotels, motels, resorts and rentals are required to charge. This is normal and to be expected. Be sure to plan on this additional fee.

After your hotel and flights are booked, the next thing you need to plan for carefully are the activities you are going to include in your package. Visiting theme parks will always be part of many Orlando vacations. Aside from the gorgeous weather, these theme parks are also the reason people keep on coming back to this fantastic destination. Some of the theme parks in Orlando worth visiting are Disney World, Sea World, Busch Gardens, Universal and Gatorland. If you are wanting to go to a theme park other than Disney, check out Sea World. Since they have sister parks (and Busch Gardens is one of them), they can offer special ticket packages to visit more than one park at a discounted price. However, if you are on a budget, you may need to steer clear of the bigger theme parks and Disney and Sea World are two of them.

Disney World vacation in Orlando

If you intend to go to Disney World, make sure that you purchase your tickets in advance. You should also go easy on extras, because you may not be aware that you are already spending more than you really should. It will also be helpful if you try comparing prices. There are tour operators that will match the price of the cheapest online booking sites you may find. It takes more time up front, but it can end up being the cheaper way to enjoy your Orlando vacation. If you want to make your vacation memorable, it is essential that you plan ahead of time. You can save on your Orlando vacation package and look forward to a memorable experience with your family this way.

Orlando Vacation Deals And Steals

Transformers come to Universal

Are you saving your money for booking your Orlando vacation package? There is no doubt that Orlando is an ideal destination for people who want to rest and relax. It offers plenty of fascinating attractions that leave both locals and tourists in awe. However, your dream Orlando vacation becomes elusive when you think of the cost of the entire vacation package. Instead of grabbing the opportunity to have a relaxing break, you would rather let pleasure take a backseat as your budget is only limited. These days, tour operators understand the sentiments of vacationers. This is why it is not hard to find great deals that can save you money without compromising quality.

Any Orlando vacation will not be complete without a visit to at least one theme park. However, you may be taken aback by the cost of going to theme parks. If you want to save on tickets, you can take advantage of discounts and you can get constant updates once you visit online booking sites. Disney and Universal Studios also offer resident discount if you are residing in Florida. ORLANDO TOURIST TIP: Make sure that you are one of the first people to grab deals by signing up for a newsletter. This way, you will get regular updates straight to your inbox. Another affordable option for you to try is going to more affordable attractions such as the Holy Land Experience, Gatorland and Ripley’s Believe It or Not Odditorium.

Do you wish to stay at a hotel close to Orlando’s famous attractions? You can opt for hotels in Davenport and Kissimmee. If you want to enjoy more space, you may also consider vacation rentals. Make sure to choose vacation rentals that are kid-friendly.

Food is also an important aspect of your Orlando vacation. There are numerous restaurants in Orlando that are affordable and they serve both local and international dishes. You can also save money when you combine dining with an attraction. Just imagine how much you can save when you combine both instead of paying for each of them separately. Dinner shows are really popular and a sure-fire way to save money. This lets you experience dining while enjoying a show.

If you want to temporarily forget about your worries you should consider a vacation in Orlando. It will surely be filled with fun and unforgettable moments that you and your family will treasure. Orlando vacations are really ideal for those who want to spend a vacation worth remembering.

Discount Orlando Tickets- An Affordable Pass to a Great Destination

Orlando is a great city for a vacation because of the variety of activities it has to offer. People may think that a trip to Orlando is quite expensive, but discount Orlando tickets and other packages make it very affordable and accessible. There are tons of attractions to see in this wonderful city. It is no wonder that this place is considered as a major vacation destination.

Discount Orlando tickets make it an even more irresistible place to stay in because of how affordable it is. It is a great way to spend some time with your loved ones and get a chance to enjoy some rest and relaxation.

Orlando is known for the different theme parks that it has. Both Universal Studios and Disney World are located here. This makes it a place that all children and adults can enjoy. These are just two of the many other amusement parks that Orlando has. This city also has different water parks that all family members will definitely enjoy.

These amusement parks are not just for children. It is great for teenagers and adults. There are hardcore rides that thrill seekers will definitely enjoy. It also has an entertainment and arts area.

Most people will probably say that the worst parts about the amusement parks are the long lines. This is true because people will generally have to wait an average of ten to fifteen minutes just to get on a ride that is three minutes long.

However, discount Orlando tickets as well as other deals and promotions can give people access to these fun rides without having to wait in line. There are also passes that give people admission to several theme parks. It all depends on the type of package a person is signed up for. ORLANDO TOURIST TIP: Research the Orlando attraction that you want to attend and see what type of ‘fast-pass’ or other system they offer to help shorten wait lines. Almost all of the major theme parks offer something to help cut the wait.

There are discount Orlando tickets that come with discount cards. These cards are great for hotels and restaurants. It can also be helpful when people go shopping and buying souvenirs.

Most travelers say that going to a trip or on a vacation is not complete until they have actually bought something from the souvenir shop. The discount card gives people great savings for these items.

People may wonder where they can find all inclusive vacations that give everything from accommodations to meals, amusement park passes, and shopping discounts.  With travel packages to Orlando, people will not have to worry about where or when to enjoy these. Basically, everything that there is to worry about concerning the trip has been taken care of. The only thing to do is to relax and enjoy the ride.