American Adventure: Part Two: OrlandoTuesday, July 31, 2012
Okay here's part two of my holiday posts! Thanks for all the lovely comments on my NYC post, it seemed you all enjoyed it so that's good! I have such a bad case of the holiday blues and if I could I would be hopping back on a plane! The second day at work was a little bit better but I just wish the sun would come back out here, I'm sure that would cure my holiday blues. So Orlando was our next port of call and I didn't know what to expect. In fact Orlando was the part I was least looking forward to but was probably my favourite place of all! We arrived there ready to spend a fun filled six days in the sun. However we landed to rain. We hastily retreated to our hotel room at The International Palms on International Drive (clean hotel but left in the 1970's. Desperately needs an update but had the comfiest bed I've ever slept in.) Once the rain had subsided we took a wander down International Drive which has everything you could ever need, endless places to eat, shops, bars etc. It was brilliant and it was all on your doorstep. We ate a variety of places including Checkers (really good burgers) Chili's (our favourite meal out for the whole holiday! You must go and eat there) Cici's Pizza (all you can eat pizza and pasta for $5.99 BARGAIN) McDonalds (well we had to didn't we?) The other two nights we ate inside the parks.
So you go to Orlando for the theme parks and that we did. We bought the Universal Three Park ticket which was about £160 before we left the UK. This ticket meant we could get into Universal Islands of Adventure, Universal Studios and Wet n Wild anytime we liked and unlimited for fourteen days. We thought this was quite a good deal when you expect to pay £60ish a day at somewhere like Alton Towers. We bought tickets for Disney world on the day which were $89 each.
Day Four: We went to Wet n Wild on day four, which don't worry I hadn't started taking fifty shades of gray literally, W&W is a water park! It was across from our hotel and I have to say we were a little disappointed. There wasn't half as many rides as we thought there would be and it was soooooo busy! We got the express pass for $24 which meant it was shorter queues which was good! The rides that were there were good, my boyfriend even got me on some of the scary ones! He did have to endure me screaming my head off though!! In the evening we went to an all you can eat pizza place (my idea of heaven) and then go karting which was pretty funny. I have to say I'm quite the cautious driver and I kept being over taken!
Day Five: We went to Universal Studios on the Sunday and were quite surprised how small it was, we were done in a couple of hours! We loved the Simpsons ride and loved walking round the themed streets, it was like being back in New York again! We then hopped across to Islands of Adventure again and went on some of our favourite rides, had another walk round after being defeated by a busy few days of walking round parks!
- Stay on International Drive as it has everything you'd ever need!
- Go eat at Chili's it's amazing!
- Get your park tickets before you go, it will save you spending out there!
- Hit up the outlet malls nearby, you'll get some bargains!
- Keep your wits about you again.
- Go to Disney world... it is amazing!!
- Get your Disney merchandise from the shops at International Drive, so much cheaper!
- See if your hotel does shuttle buses to the parks, ours did a free one to Universal and a $7 to Disney
- Watch out for lizards
- Have Fun!
The next day we headed to Miami full of memories and excited about returning to Orlando one day! So there's part two, next is Miami! But we'll leave that for another day! Hope you've all had a brilliant Tuesday :)