Orlando, Florida. The Shangri-La of kiddom. The Holy Grail of
family vacations. The place we all want to be able to take our
kids. At least once. But doing it without spending the entire
college fund can feel like a real challenge.
Visit Orlando, the city's tourism agency. Start by downloading
and printing an
Orlando Magicard. The card is your ticket to a host of
discounts, from $59 hotel rooms to buy-one-get-one-free deals at
various attractions and performances around town. The only
theme park included is LEGOLAND Florida, the primo park for the
Chances are you won't get out of Orlando without spending some
time at a Disney
park or, if you are traveling with older kids who are Harry
Universal Studios Islands of Adventure and its Wizarding World of
The way to save money on those very expensive must-do
attractions is to consider buying a multi-day pass (which brings
down the per-day charge more for every extra day you buy). And the
way to get the most from your visit is to consider staying "on
property" at one of the resort hotels, which entitles you to
special hours before a park opens in the morning or after it closes
at night. When my family visited, my daughter and I rode every ride
at Disney's Hollywood Studios - and the Rock 'n' Roller Coaster
twice -- before the park opened.
And, of course, wherever you go, the best way make it an
affordable family vacation is to
do the free stuff. In Orlando, the cool free stuff includes a
collection of art museums, the Winter Park Historical Museum, and a
host of outdoor spaces.
Cindy Richards is the mom of two terrific and well-traveled
teens and the editor for TravelingMom.com. Follow her on Twitter @CindyRichards. And
#TMOM Twitter party at 8pm Chicago time on Aug. 13 to learn
more Orlando family travel secrets.
Cindy Richards is the mom of two who gets her muse from traveling the world, usually with kids in tow. She also writes for TravelingMom.com, where she also serves as editor.
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