The throes of winter are upon us and looking ahead to spring break has never been more appealing! Palm trees, sunny skies, and the freedom to wear flip flops sounds like paradise, a paradise that can be found in the dynamic city of Orlando, Florida.
When it comes to vacationing in Orlando, we’ve got a few quick tips to ensure your getaway is seamless.
Fail to Plan, Plan to Fail
Try to begin planning an outline of your itinerary in advance. Once you’ve got a general idea of what activities you want to partake in, as well as when and where they are taking place, you can book your hotels and other reservations. Orlando is a popular spring break location, and with a little advance planning, you’ll beat the crowd to the punch.
Consider the Month, and Then Plan Accordingly
Traveling as a family? Keep in mind that March is one of the busiest and most popular months to visit Orlando due to spring break. If you’re traveling in March or even April, you will definitely want to book your flights and accommodations now… or soon!
Don’t forget your swimsuit! Seems silly but you won’t want to waste quality vacation time searching for a bikini. If you live in a colder climate, it isn’t muscle memory to have a swimsuit on hand. Your hotel or resort will absolutely have a pool, there are plenty of water parks, plus the theme parks have water rides as well. Tennis shoes are another essential – especially if you’re going to be spending entire days at the theme parks. Flip flops are fabulous, but only to and from the pool or other short periods of time that don’t involve walking far.
Theme Park Do’s and Don’ts
When it comes to Orlando theme parks, there are some very definite things you will want to DO, and a few things we would strongly advise you DON’T do:
– Do arrive at the park before it opens
– Don’t forget to schedule rest breaks, or entire rest days, spending all day every day at the theme parks will leave you drained instead of re-charged!
– Do grab your FastPasses first thing upon arriving at the parks, and try to schedule for the afternoon when the lines are longest for the most popular rides.
– Don’t try to eat lunch, or any other regular meal, at the usual meal times when every single other park visitor is doing so as well.
– Do visit popular rides during parades, firework shows, and other big events that will keep everyone else occupied.
– Don’t forget to bring snacks, or even lunch, if you are trying to economize. The food and beverages at theme parks can be pricey!
Take Time to Enjoy Water Parks and Pools
Orlando is warm to hot in temperature, meaning any and all water play feels amazing! Every theme parks will feature water rides, and some have entire water parks. Plus, every Orlando resort worth its salt will have at least one pool, and likely a water park of its own. We recommend spending at least one day relaxing poolside, which will leave you feeling refreshed, the way a vacation should!
Opt For a Suite-Style Hotel Room
Suite-style room = stress-free vacation, especially if you’re visiting for four or more days, and if you’ll be with a large group or family. Having the freedom to cook, do laundry, and enjoy shared spaces to hang out with your group will enhance your experience tenfold. Sleep in separate rooms and gather in the common room when you want. It’s a win-win for everyone and helps ensure that the whole group is happy and well-rested.
Grocery Shopping For the Win
Opt for the suite? Take advantage of the kitchen and do a little grocery shopping. This will save bundles of money, and if you have picky eaters or special dietary needs, it will also save headaches.
Keep the Peace
Orlando has a variety of attractions, and for everyone’s best enjoyment it’s a great idea to lay out the priorities in advance. Ask each person in your group what they want to do, see, or experience the most, and then plan your itinerary based on the responses.
Your trip is going to be absolutely incredible, and we suggest beginning the countdown ASAP! As mentioned booking a hotel in advance is key. The newest all-suite luxury resort hitting the Orlando scene is The Grove Resort & Spa. Opening this March, The Grove features 2 & 3 bedroom suites for your convenience and enjoyment.