Orlando Travel Tips - Sightsee and Tour Orlando the Smart Way
By Stevie Foust
Websites like Orlandoinfo or Yahootravel are good resources for planning your vacation in Orlando.
Visit the theme parks' Web sites to get an overview of the attractions, shows and exhibits offered. If you are looking to do a lot of attractions/tours you may want to invest in a CityPass. This offers a bundle of theme parks and attractions for a discounted price.
When making hotel reservations, be sure to check around and ask about additional discounts including Tripple A and other travel memberships. In many cases, Internet rates are usually the lowest out there so it is advised that you check there first if possible.
Be sure to make your lodging reservations before you come. Orlando hotels often sell out. It's also advised to buy your attraction tickets before hand too. You can often find them at a discounted price over the internet.
Call to confirm your hotel reservation and location before you come to make your experience more enjoyable and less stressful.
If you're traveling by air, mark your luggage with a ribbon, tag or something that makes it easy to spot and identifies it as your bag and not someone elses. It's possible for someone else to have the exact same suitcase as you and pick up you luggage by accident.
Know your way around the airport! The Orlando International Airport website offers maps for your convenience. The worst possible scenario is that you are late for your flight and don't know where you are going.
If you have a long flight it's advised to bring snacks, meals, and beverages. Many airlines are no longer serving meals or they may charge extra.
Themeparks are large crowded places. Designate a family meeting place in case you or anyone in your family gets lost.
Be sure to bring extra money for souvenirs, food and beverages. Coolers are not allowed in the park, and you will be hungry from all the activity
If you plan to ride the water rides, it's advised to bring spare clothing because you will get wet.
Take advantage of Disney's free Fastpass Service or Universal Orlando's Express Plus program (additional charge applies for this program). This will allow you to bypass the long lines for an extra cost. Well worth it in my opinion, because some rides can leave you waiting for more than an hour.
It's a good idea to call ahead for reservations at restaurants. It sure beats waiting for a table.