Orlando Makes Me Smile

| October 24, 2011 | 9 Comments

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Orlando Makes Me Smile. Does it make you smile?

Thank you to all that shared their great Orlando experiences with us. The competition has now closed and the lucky winners will be announced on Tuesday 29th November.

This fun-filled sunshine city is more than enough to bring out the child in you. with a multitude of theme parks enough to fill each day of the week, and with everything from budget hotels to themed resorts. Orlando has accommodation to suit all, with each in close proximity to all the major attractions.

So what is it about Orlando that makes you smile? Tell us…

We need your help to ‘share the love’ for Orlando

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Whether it’s a must see attraction, or a recommended hotel please post your tips using the comments form below.

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If it’s a family photo with your Disney favourites or a photo on an exhilarating ride, post your photos up! We want to see all the fun you have experienced in Orlando.

The best 10 tips and best 10 photos will be chosen and the lucky winners will receive their very own copy of the Lonely Planet Florida travel guide!

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Thank you to all that shared their great Orlando experiences with us. The competition has now closed and the lucky winners will be announced on Tuesday 29th November.

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My name is Kelly Brindle and as well as being a mother of two young children, I am part of a great team at Netflights.com sharing our travel passion and experience. I have travelled to Australia, Far East, Canada, Middle East and Europe and love every aspect of travel! I have some great tips and advice entertaining the little ones on your next expedition too! Netflights.com Google+
  • Grant Whiteside

    Its the sunshine, I dont know about the dodgy guy with the big ears dressed up a mouse though; He lost his charm when I was about 6 years old.


    I’ve been a few times and my very favourite thing is always the firework show at the end of the night at Magic Kingdom. Gorgeous fireworks and everyone tired but happy at the end of a fun filled day just sums up the whole Disney feeling.

  • david

    It makes me smile when you see the faces of the young children entering Disney for the first time and look so excited…

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  • Catherine Smith

    Watching the fireworks at Epcot makes me smile

  • Angela Scott

    Great places to stay – Hawthorn Suites, Lake Buena Vista or Doubletree at Entrance to Universal. Both excellent locations. Hawthorn slightly has the edge for me as it’s on a quiet road which makes driving to all the theme parks so easy. Turkey Lake Road means you don’t have to use the clogged I4 :)

  • Angela Scott

    Tip – share one lunch between two in the parks. The portions are so huge, a sandwich, salad and some fruit shared will fill you up and save you money!

  • Sami Stevenson

    My tip for enjoying the theme parks of Orlando would be to visit at off peak times, as the queues and the prices are significantly reduced, whilst increasing the overall experience.
    For example if you visit the theme parks in the weeks after New Year, the waiting times are from 0-15minutes a ride, yet all the Christmas decorations are still up! How wonderful :)

  • Lyndseybruce

    We try to go to Florida every year if we can. Looking forward to going in February – not long to wait now!! :-)
    My tip is to go with an empty suitcase and shop for your clothes,etc when you get there. We save up all the money we would normally spend on clothes throughout the year and we have a big splurge once a year in the outlets in Florida. We literally go with about 2 days’ worth of clothes as everything is so cheap over there. We do like shopping though!! :-)
    Another tip is not to be shy about using coupons over there. We hardly ever pay full price at shops, restaurants, etc by using the coupons found in the booklets all over the place or available to print off online.
    If you can go out of season it really is worth it. We have tried November, December (before Christmas), January and February and we have found early Feb best. The weather is just picking up nicely (it can be quite cold in December/January) and it’s nice and quiet (avoid any US holidays though). We have done Easter and Christmas/New Year and we won’t be doing that again in a hurry!! Busy just doesn’t do it justice! :-(
    If you are going during the basketball season try and catch a game in Orlando watching the Orlando Magic. Even if you aren’t into basketball it is a great evening/afternoon out. They have a lovely new stadium and it’s really easy to get to on I4. The area around is pedestrianised and has some nice bars and restaurants. It is very close to Church Street Station too.
    Oh and another – if you are going to/from Universal and are using International Drive it can get quite busy. Just after the Convention Centre there is a turn off for Universal Boulevard which comes out just after Wet & Wild and takes you on to Universal Studios. Use that and you will cut out the traffic congestion.
    For anyone who is going – have a magical time!