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Disney World & Universal OrlandoTip: Save Indoor Shows for the Afternoons

Monica's Tip o' the Day:

When planning your day at each Disney World and Universal Orlando theme park, try to save all the indoor shows/attractions for the afternoon!  Here's why:

  1. It's a nice break.  If you got to the parks before park opening (which we strongly recommend) you'll be ready for a little time off of your feet.  
  2. Orlando Weather - Afternoons are generally the hottest part of the day so that air conditioning feels great and gives you a little extra energy to push through the rest of the day!  Orlando also gets afternoon rain showers, especially in the summer, which is another good reason to wait on the shows.  
  3. Minimizing Lines - Since crowds are lowest in the first hour or so after park opening, you'll want to get through as many attractions with short ride times as possible in the morning.  Crowds peak in the middle of the day and lines are at their longest so heading to something with a large capacity that also takes more time(most Disney shows are about 20 minutes) just makes better sense.   

There are indoor, air-conditioned shows at every park. Be sure to pick up a Daily Show guide at the front of the parks to get the schedules. (Another quick hint: Pick 1 up at the front desk before you head out to the bus stop, and you can plan when to go while you're waiting for the bus, or riding the bus!)

One of our favorites is to ride Spaceship Earth at Epcot at around 2pm. The ride is about 20 minutes long, it's dark and it's cool! It give me just enough time to take a little rest, relax, and occasionally a little catnap! Of course, you'll want to be awake and smiling when they take the picture for these fun little Jetson-like scenes!

Have a magical day!

Monica

Travel Agent specializing in Orlando theme park vacations

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Ian's Theme Park Tip: Don't Skip Meals!

Disney World & Universal Orlando Tip: You've gotta eat to stay on your feet; don't sabotage your vacation by skipping meals. 

Disney World & Universal Orlando Tip: You've gotta eat to stay on your feet; don't sabotage your vacation by skipping meals. 

While at the parks, you may be tempted to "push through" and sacrifice eating to experience more attractions - don't. 

Listen to the advice of our friend Stacey:  "My husband witnessed our eldest son in a hangry* moment several years ago.  Two bites of a Subway sandwich and he was a different child.  Now my hubby is more willing to get snacks and take short breaks.   It makes all the difference!  We make sure to always have granola bars and water bottles in our backpacks!"

Walking around the parks for an entire day can burn up to 1,000 calories, so take the time you need to replenish the fuel your body is definitely burning off. Don't sacrifice your health or your sanity - your family & friends will thank you!  

In addition to decades of experience feeling rumbly in his tumbly, Ian Scott is an expert at helping people plan Disney vacations.  Read more about Ian and ask him for a no-obligation vacation quote at http://www.buildabettermousetrip.com/ian-scott-bio/ 

 * Hangry (han-gree), adjective: an amalgum of hungry + angry.  Click here to read about the science of "hangry". 

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Rain Poncho Tips for Disney World & Universal Orlando

One of my biggest tips for Disney World and Universal Orlando guests (or any other Orlando theme park) is to be prepared for rain! Florida is notorious for rain showers, so be prepared!  You can purchase them for about $10 each in the theme parks but I save money by buying a whole bunch of rain ponchos from Amazon and carry them with me. Most rain showers are over pretty quickly, so when rain comes, we put on our ponchos, grab a little snack (Dole Whip!!) and wait it out!  A lot of people flee the parks when the rain starts so coming prepared is a great way to take advantage of the shorter lines during rain showers.  No need to let a little rain ruin your day!!!   

You can also find inexpensive, disposable rain ponchos at most Dollar stores and in the camping section at Walmart.  My local Dollar Tree had them in the section where hair accessories are sold.   The fashion maven in your family may declare that they would NEVER wear a poncho but will probably change their mind when they see lots of people putting them on when the rain starts. 

Inexpensive disposable rain ponchos for your Orlando vacation are available on Amazon and at Walmart and Dollar Tree. 

Inexpensive disposable rain ponchos for your Orlando vacation are available on Amazon and at Walmart and Dollar Tree. 

Even if it isn't raining, you may want ponchos to help keep you dry on attractions that can soak you to the skin like Splash Mountain in the Magic Kingdom, Kali River Rapids at Disney's Animal Kingdom or Dudley Do-Rights Ripsaw Falls and Popeye & Bluto's Bilge-Rat Barges in Universal's Islands of Adventure

Have a magical day!

Monica,

Travel Agent specializing in Orlando theme park vacations

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