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May 30th, 2003

Walt Disney World, Orlando, FL


Tips:  Before you go, buy and bring:  Water/spritzer/fan (inside the park is $16), fanny pack (do NOT carry anything unnecessary or purses), lots of money, sunglasses, hats, thinner/light clothing and comfortable shoes and clothes for walking, put on plenty of sunscreen (I got burnt), bring band aids  for those blisters and put gels in your shoes. Disney is not a place of fashion.  People dress lowly ... and if smart, comfortably.  Buy film before you leave and an extra chip for those with digital cameras. Double check your pockets for cash and important items continually through the day.  Drink plenty of fluids and plan to use fast pass a LOT so you don't have to wait in long lines.  Walkie talkies or two cell phones per family is a good idea as it's easy to get lost.  Make sure NOT to lose bus schedules.  People have been stranded there!

Transportation/Parking and Fees: Free Shuttle from the Radisson, other hotels charge a fee up to $3-$5 per person each way to get to the park if they have shuttle services.  City buses from hotels are not far from major hotels (about a block typically) and run about 1.25 per person on the average depending on how far you are and what type of pass you have. Buses make the rounds about every half hour so the wait is not torturous. Taxis are available and limousines, but are the most expensive form of transportation and the wait is longer than the buses.  Taxi and limo prices run about $17 each way person to $28 depending on location to Disney World parks.  To and from the Airport to the Disney area can run about $50 a person each way if you are not careful.  Mears shuttles, are a decent and more palatable way to travel, running $16 to the airport for each person.  I am not sure about shuttles from hotels to parks.  You'll have to call Mears for those rates.  Automobile parking at the parks starts at $7 each day up to $12 for larger vehicles/campers. Hotel parking is usually free to guests. 

Hours of Operation: Depends on what season you go.  See official site for information.

Park Fees: Prices are going up $2 in 2004. We recommend the park hopper passes.  Discounts given to the Military and seniors.

Prices for Food and souvenirs:  Souvenirs are expensive.  Stuffed toys average $12 up.  Small cheap mouse ears run about $6.50 and T-Shirts are $19 up.  Kids want everything.  Make deals with them before hand to look as they walk through the park and find ONE item they really want.  Then, as you leave, get it.  Why?  They won't run out and also, kids change their minds from store to store.  Lastly, you won't have to carry it all day or chance losing it.  Food prices are also a bit high.  A hamburger and fries runs about $6.50 plus drink is more.  Drinks run close to $3 each and ice cream is about $4.  Snacks run higher than the soda prices.  You will need to bring lots of cash. And these prices are old.  It's probably a couple dollars more for each by 2006/2007.

Weather:  It's HOT in Florida.  Wear sunscreen and hats/sunglasses.  Also, drink lots of water. I got sunburned and bitten by something... so it might be wise to leave some Solarcaine and Benadryl in your suitcases. 


 Left to Right: 1) Gecko/Lizard 2) Bird 3) Radisson Hotel 4) Hotel Pool 5) Scott resting around the pool



Other Places in the Area of help to make your trip easier:


     Other things to do in Orlando beyond eating, sleeping, shopping and Amusement parks         

               Weather in Florida

               Orlando Magic

               Jai Alai

               Convention Center

               Banks in Orlando   

               Video Previews of Attractions! GREAT!!!

               Orlando Theatre Guide

               Orlando Concerts Guide

               Museum Guide

               Disney's Wild World of Sports Complex



     Cars, Buses, Airport:

                 Disney schedules

                 Luxury Car Rentals

                 Car Rental


                 City Bus fares/routes/schedules

                 Airport Transportation       


ACCOMMODATIONS in & around Orlando:

     Universal Orlando Resorts:

                 Portofino Bay Hotel

                 Hard Rock Hotel

                 Royal Pacific Resort


     Disney Accommodations:

     Budget Hotels:

                 All Star Movie Resort

                 All Star Music Resort

                 All Star Sports Resort

     Moderate Hotels:

                 Caribbean Beach Resort

                 Coronado Springs Resort

                 Port Orleans Resort - French Quarter

                 Port Orleans Resort - Riverside

    Deluxe Hotels:

                 Animal Kingdom Lodge

                 Beach Club Resort

                 BoardWalk Inn

                 Contemporary Resort

                 Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

                 Polynesian Resort

                 Wilderness Lodge

                 Yacht Club Resort

    Villas etc.:

                 Beach Club Villas

                 Wilderness Lodge

                 BoardWalk Villas

                 Old Key West Resort

                 Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground

                 Vero Beach Resort

                 Hilton Head Island Resort


                 Walt Disney World Dolphin

                 Walt Disney World Swan


     Non Theme Park Related Hotels:

                 Hotel and Resort listings

                 All Hotels

                 Discount Hotels


Restaurants & Dinner shows:

     Major themed Restaurants:

                 Dolly Parton's Dixie Stampede

                 Capone's Dinner and Show

                 Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament

                 Pirates Dinner Adventure

                 Sleuths Mystery Dinner Shows

                 Hard Rock Cafe

                 Arabian Nights Enchantment and Adventure


                 Out of Control Magic Show

                 House of Blues


Minor Theme Parks/Museums & amusements:

Other non large entity entertainment venues:

       The Mercado:  Titanic: Exhibition

       Flying Tigers Warbird Restoration Museum

       Fantasy of Flight

       Daytona USA

       Kennedy Space Center

       Fly a Jet at Fox One Aviation

       Splendid China Theme Park

       Horse World Riding Stables

       WordSpring Discovery Center



       Cypress Glades Airboat Rides

       Fun Spot Action Park (arcades/go carts)

       Green Meadows Petting Farm

       Old Town

       Skycoaster (Hang gliding/Sky Diving/Bungee)

       SkyVenture (Vertical Wind Tunnel)

       Silver Springs (Glass Bottom Boats/crises)

       Orlando Museum of Art

       Orlando Science Center

Major Theme Parks:


                 Universal Studios

                 Universal's Islands of Adventure

                 Universal's City Walk

     Restaurants at Universal:   

                  Hard Rock Cafe

                  Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville

                  Bob Marley's Tribute to Freedom

                  Emeril Lagassi's Restaurant

                  Motown Cafe

                  Nascar Cafe

                  NBA City

                  Latin Quarter Dance Club

                  Pat O'Brien's Universal Complex


                 Disney's Magic Kingdom

                 Disney's Epcot

                 Disney's MGM-Studios

                 Disney's Animal Kingdom

     Disney Water Parks:   

                 Blizzard Beach

                 Typhoon Lagoon

     Disney Miscellaneous:

                 Disney's Downtown



     Golf Courses and Clubs:

                 Kissimmee Golf Club

                 Remington Golf Club

                 Falcon's Fire

                 Meadow Woods North

                 MetroWest Golf Club

     Disney Golf Clubs:    

                 Eagle Pines

                 Lake Buena Vista


                 Oak Trail

                 Osprey Ridge

                 Palm Course


                 Bonanza Golf and Gifts

                 All Courses Links




                 Daytona Beach

                 New Smyrna Beach

                 Cocoa Beach


                 Bass Fishing

                 Pro Fishing guide service

                 Daytona Salt Water Fishing


                 Campground Info

                 Parks Guide-Florida

     Cruise Lines: 

                  Royal Caribbean Lines

                  Carnival Cruise Lines

                  Disney Cruise Lines

     Sailing/Scuba Diving:


     Water Skiing: 


     Boat Rental:




     Malls and Plazas:

                  Orlando Premium Outlets

                  The Florida Mall; Orlando


                  Maingate Flea Market

                  Old Town


ADULTS only:


                  Cypress Cove Nudist resort & Spa


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