There are so many things to consider when buying your Orlando theme park tickets – length of stay, who you’re travelling with, how much you can handle in terms of thrills, when you’re travelling and so many more that it can seem overwhelming! Let us help find the perfect ticket for you and your travelling companions...
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Length of Stay
If you’re visiting Orlando for less than 10 days, we would recommend focusing on just a few parks on your holiday. When you consider that Disney have 6 full-day theme and water parks, Universal have 3 full-day theme and water parks and SeaWorld have 3 full-day theme and water parks plus Discovery Cove, it would take 13 days to do all of these parks justice – and that’s without time to go back and re-ride your favourite attractions! If you love Disney and are visiting Orlando specially to enjoy all the Disney magic, you could fill 7 – 10 days exploring just these parks with a few rest days thrown in. Or, if you want some variety, we would suggest a combo ticket with 2 of the key theme park groups – either the Disney & Universal Combo Ticket, the Orlando 6-Park FlexiTicket or the Disney and SeaWorld Combo Ticket.
The Orlando Freedom Ticket is great for stays of 14 days of more and allows you to visit all your favourite parks again and again. If you’re visiting for 3 weeks, you can even activate your individual park tickets at different stages of your holiday. For example, you could activate your Universal 14-day ticket on day 1 of your holiday and then your Disney 14-day ticket on the 7th day of your holiday, to make sure you have theme park access throughout.
The pace of your holiday
You can relax as hard as you like on your Orlando theme park holiday and every group is different. We always recommend spending at least one day relaxing by the pool or doing something a little different – taking a day out to visit Clearwater or even doing a little bit of shopping – as back to back theme park visits can be exhausting. If you know that your family or group will want to take it easy, don’t over-commit to too many parks…there’s always next year!
If you’re travelling with children under the age of 8, you’ll want to consider which parks will have the most suitable rides for them. The average under 10 will not be able to ride the big coasters, and small children in particular might be frightened of some of the bigger simulator rides. The best park in Orlando for little ones is of course LEGOLAND Florida, so if you’re travelling with small children we definitely recommend dedicating at least a day to this child-friendly park. Magic Kingdom also has more than a dozen rides without height restrictions for younger children to enjoy, so the Disney Parks are also a great place to explore. A Disney and LEGOLAND Combo Ticket might be just the ticket for you.
If you’re travelling with older teenagers or as a couple, Universal Orlando Resort has the perfect set up for you – big rides, plenty of variety and Universal CityWalk with loads of great restaurants and bars just a few minutes’ walk away. If that sounds up your alley, make sure Universal is included on your ticket combo choice.
If you love big thrills, we really recommend Universal Orlando Resort and the SeaWorld Parks. At Universal you’ll find The Incredible Hulk Roller Coaster, Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit and big simulator rides like Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey. At SeaWorld the newly-opened Mako at SeaWorld joins Falcon’s Fury and Sheikra at Busch Gardens on SeaWorld’s top thrills list.
While the Disney Parks have their fair share of big thrills (Space Mountain anyone?) there are also plenty of rides suitable for all age and thrill levels so there is plenty of variety.
Some of the special events that take place throughout the year might sway your ticket choice as well. Some of the most popular ticketed special events include Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights, Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party and Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party. Make sure you don’t miss out if you’re visiting Orlando in the later part of the year.
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