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4 Mistakes People Make When Visiting Orlando

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Avoid these 4 mistakes people make when visiting Orlando!

Orlando is one of the most amazing vacation destinations will you can choose. Specially if you have kids. It’s a dreamland of parks and adventures for kids and adults. But a lot of people don’t take full advantage of everything that this amazing trip has to offer. We hope that you have a great time in Orlando, so we have decided to point out the 4 most common mistakes people make when visiting Orlando.

1. Not planning

As silly as that may sound planning is everything when going to a city full of attractions like Orlando. People go to the theme parks and have idea where to begin or how to best use their time. They don’t know which rides are the best, the busiest, etc. It could take a lot of time to learn the maps, decide where to go and in what order. By not planning a lot of people end up not visiting as many attractions as they could and spend a lot of time waiting in line.

out of bed early - not making mistakes people make visiting Orlando

Despite how nice your accommodations are, skip sleeping in during your Orlando vacation!

2. Sleeping in

Who doesn’t like to sleep in? Specially when you go on vacation and want to relax in those beautiful vacation homes. But in a city like Orlando, if you want to take full advantage of your time here, you need to get to the parks early. Most of the parks open at 9am so if you plan on getting to the parks after 11am, you will find the best attractions/rides with lines over 1 hour of waiting time. But if you get there early, you get to go to those rides with shorter lines. Unless you are planning on going to the same park for two days. In that case you can go early one day to avoid lines, and later the other day to stay for the evening shows.

3. Going to big parks in a row

Many parks in Orlando are big and you need to spend all day there, specially if you want to watch the last shows. Going to those parks one after the other makes the trip extremely tiring. Ideally you want to alternate parks that take all day to visit (like Magic Kingdom or Epcot) with other parks that are not as big and will not take all day (like Animal Kingdom or Sea World). If you are planning a long trip, it’s always a good idea to leave some days for rest (pool, beach) or even going to an attraction that you didn’t know about.

4. Not using FastPass

A lot of people don’t think they really need to get a FastPass, or that they can get it on the same day as they go to the parks, but that’s a big mistake. They have a limited number of FastPasses that they sell for each attraction so it’s very likely that on the day you go they might be sold out for the best rides/attractions. And depending on the time of the year, you might have to wait in line for over 2 hours.

The FastPass is a free service that lets you reserve access to select attractions, entertainment and more. With the purchase of a ticket you can start making selections as early as 30 or up to 60 days before you arrive.

Cross #1 above off your list! Browse Orlando Tourist Tips web site and read up on all of the theme parks and attractions. Then start planning how you will spend your vacation in one of the top vacation destinations in the world! Avoid these mistakes people make when visiting Orlando.

Vacation Rental Homes are a GREAT option to consider when planning your Central Florida vacation

The average Disney/Orlando area vacation home is located in a quiet residential neighborhood and some are in resort style condominiums. Many homes are eight miles or less from the Walt Disney World Resort and within thirty minutes of the new LegoLand theme park (opening October 2011).  Vacation Homes are great for family holidays and student groups. Huge selections of floor plans are available to meet your needs and sleep up to 12 people.   Many of the homes have private pools and others offer community pools.  All homes have fully equipped kitchens so you can save money by not eating out all the time.  Check out the Central Florida Vacation Rentals Management Association @ www.cfvrma.com  an alliance of vacation home rental management companies that represents over ten thousand homes.

Quality levels of the homes can vary so I suggest checking TripAvisor.com for independent reviews. If there are good reviews or no reviews of your Disney area vacation home rental company then you are probably safe. Someone who is not satisfied with the experience is more likely to post a review then those that are satisfied. The larger companies offer a variety of quality levels; for instance www.Sunsplash.com offer  Disney area vacation home rentals offer three quality levels standard, moderate and superior in three to five bedroom pool homes.

Vacation homes often offer swimming poolsVacationing in a home as opposed to a hotel offers many advantages and with a typical minimum stay of only four nights it is great for Florida residents too. We are developing listings for different Central Florida Vacation Home Rental Companies so check back soon!

Ten reasons to choose a vacation home rental over a hotel!

  1. Privacy
  2. Noise (hotels can be noisy)
  3. Free and easy parking
  4. More space to spread out in
  5. Washer and dryer
  6. Full kitchens
  7. No elevators
  8. Reduce vacation stress
  9. Superior value
  10. More family fun