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Five Tips for Safe Travel During Your Orlando Amusement Park Tour

written by guest, Karla Hudak
Karla spends most of her time traveling to Australia. When she is not planning a trip, she likes to write.

If you are planning a trip to Orlando in Central Florida, you are not alone. Over 50 million visitors a year come to Metro Orlando each year. That’s a million visitors a week! If you put it into perspective, an equivalent of the number of fans at two Super Bowls come to this vacation destination every single day of the year!

Why is Central Florida such a popular travel location? People mostly visit to enjoy the major theme parks like Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom, Universal Studios and EPCOT Center. In addition, travelers alike enjoy LEGOLAND and SeaWorld, along with the countless beautiful beaches that line the east coast and are within driving range.

Central Florida is a safe place for visitors, in general. However, if you are making a road trip to Orlando for amusement parks, here are five tips to help keep you and your family even safer.

Safety on the Roads

Orlando highways are driven by people from all over the country. This means you have aggressive, conservative and, most likely, impatient local drivers who are all trying to get to the fun on time. Remember to check your mirrors and follow the rules of the road to a safe arrival at your Orlando travel destination. Having a GPS or Maps App plotted out for that EPCOT trip on your phone is also necessary when traveling by automobile.

Also, keep in mind, Florida is famous for its heavy summer downpours. Although usually short lived, these downpours can be virtually blinding on area roadways and can quickly create a slick road.

Understand the Risk of Identity Theft in Crowded, Festive Places

With so many visitors, Orlando understands the importance of tourism and does its best to protect visitors. What it can’t do is protect you from identity theft if you don’t have proper coverage. Be aware that linking to an unsecured network has its risks and your cell or smart phone contains more information about you and your finances than you would like to admit. You may want to consider identity theft protection from a variety of services like LifeLock.

Minimize On-hand Cash/Debit/Credit Cards in the Amusement Park

Pay as much of your anticipated costs as you can in advance, including amusement park tickets and hotel accommodations. Buy several pre-paid debit/credit cards and keep them in separate locations. You do not want to have your larger limit debit or credit cards at risk, so think ahead.

Keep an Overnighter

An overnighter is a small suitcase that has enough clothes and necessities to tide you over for at least a night. Whether your car becomes disabled or you encounter any unexpected circumstances that separate you from your main luggage, the overnighter will come in handy. For a family, this bag should include a change of clothes and personal products for each passenger, along with a pre-paid credit card that can get you through a few days.

Be Prepared and Use Common Sense

Although the city of Orlando has plenty of fun activities and theme parks, it’s not all Fantasy-land. It is a major city. Be smart, prepared and keep your fuel tank full. Make sure family members have a way to stay in touch in between roller coaster rides. Don’t keep all your valuables, including cash and debit/credit cards, together and be aware of your circumstances. Avoid handing your debit or credit card to a person—as opposed to swiping it yourself.

Your amusement park trip to the Orlando/Central Florida area is likely to be one you’ll remember forever. The city knows how to make it’s visitors happy. Being prepared and using common sense is necessary for a successful and fulfilling family vacation.  Now have fun on those rides!

For other safety tips, please read more safety tips on our site.

Tourist Death at SeaWorld’s Aquatica Water Park

A 68 year old man was pulled from the Roa’s Rapids attraction at the Aquatica Water Park yesterday (Oct. 4, 2010).  Life guards spotted the man face-down in what is known as a ‘faster version of the lazy river.’  They pulled the man out and began life-saving procedures while the paramedics were on their way.  Once the paramedics arrived, they took over and continued with advanced lifesaving treatments.  Unfortunately, they were unable to save the man, whose name has not yet been released.

Park officials closed the ride for about an hour after the incident.  It is unclear at this time what is the official cause of death.  Witnesses reported that the man was blue as he was being pulled from the water, and that Aquatica’s lifeguards acted quickly to try to save the man.

A sign at the ride entrance warns riders that “only guests in good health should ride this attraction.”  There are life jackets available, and are required for guests under 51.”  A SeaWorld spokesman stated “Our thoughts are with the family during this difficult time.”

Florida is a wonderful state full of water attractions.  Not only at the theme parks, but our almost 1,200 miles of coastline with 663 miles of beaches, as well as more than 11,000 miles of rivers, streams and waterways.  While water activities are a wonderful way to stay cool and have fun, please keep safety in mind.

Water safety tips:

  • Follow all signs when you go to area attractions; if there is a height limit, it is there for a reason, so do not try to make your child appear taller.
  • If you are not a strong swimmer, please wear a life jacket.  They are provided at area attractions.
  • If you have health problems, follow warnings that are posted at rides & attractions.
  • Any natural body of water in Florida could contain alligators.  Make sure to swim only in areas designated for swimming.
  • Wear safety jackets when boating/skiing.
  • Don’t mix boating and alcohol.
  • Do not let kids operate personal water crafts such as jet skis. These are intended for adults and require special training.
  • Teach children not to dive into oceans, lakes or rivers because you never know how deep the water is or what might be hidden under the surface of the water.
  • Swimming in open water is not the same as swimming in a pool; be aware of uneven surfaces, river currents, ocean undertow and changing weather.
  • Actively supervise children in and around open bodies of water, giving them your undivided attention. Appoint a designated “water watcher,” taking turns with other adults.

Please check out our additional safety tips for traveling.