Taking your family to Orlando can be fantastic, and it can help you create memories that will last a lifetime. To plan and book the ultimate family vacation to Orlando, you need to think about what is important to you and to your family. Overlooking details, or not focusing on the planning can lead to problems when you are on vacation, so why put it off any longer and get started with these top tips!
Planning Can Be Just As Exciting as The Vacation
Before you jump in with your vacation at the deep end, it is important to remember that the planning of your vacation can (and will be) just as exciting as the vacation. Seeing where you can go, and seeing what you can do will build up the excitement for everyone involved. The planning stage of your vacation is important as it allows you to ask questions, and find all-important answers. Traveling to Orlando without planning (and knowing as much as you can) will set you up for unnecessary stress and pressure. Time passes quickly when you are on vacation, and you want to make the most of every day – so make sure planning is a top priority. To make sure your planning process is thorough, you will need to cover every element of your journey. From the flights and transfers right down to spending money.
Who Is Traveling and What is The Budget
So, now to get started, you have to think about who is traveling – and how much you want to spend. (or can afford to spend). Are you going to be traveling with your immediate family, or are you planning a multi-generational vacation with cousins, grandparents etc? Also, at this stage think about how long your vacation will last. Are you heading to Orlando for 6 days and 7 nights, or are you looking to spend at least 3 weeks there? After getting your duration and family arrangements ironed out you must then start setting out a budget for the whole trip. When you have a whole vacation budget, you can then go ahead and break the budget up into smaller sections and segments. For example, you can then allocate funds for accommodation, funds for dining and food, and funds for fun – the theme park entrance fees and tickets, the souvenirs etc. Even if you are working on a together or smaller budget, it is still important to remember that you can still have an awesome vacation.
Purchase Admission Tickets
You will want to be visiting theme parks when you are in Orlando – whether this is the Disney parks or the Universal studios, so it is important that you purchase admission tickets in advance. When you purchase admission and entrance tickets, you save money and time, but you also guarantee that you will be able to get into the park when you want to. If you do not purchase tickets or passes in advance, you may find that you will be disappointed, and this can of course have a knock-on effect on the rest of your vacation. When you are purchasing any tickets or passes for the parks, you need to ensure that you only ever buy from trusted sites and those official sites too. There are lots of scams doing the rounds, and even on selling sites, you can never trust that tickets are real – especially if they cost a similar amount to real tickets. Stay safe, and only purchase tickets and passes through official sources.
Try and Steer Clear of Packages
When you are planning your vacation, it can be tempting to reach for those vacation packages that promise it all. However, more often than not, you will find that packages are more costly than you first anticipated. Sometimes, you can find that packages are 10% plus or more to buy. When you focus on purchasing items separately – such as park tickets, accommodation and even travel, you can be sure that you remain in control of your vacation, and that you vacation your own way. Even though packages and package deals can offer you convenience, they can also increase your spending, and leave you less to spend on other things on your vacation. If you are tempted by packages, you need to break down what is on offer. Looking at what a package contains and then checking prices will help you clearly see if you are getting good value for money or not.
Stay in a Resort
Source: Instagram, posted on January 30th 2022, Westgate Resorts Official Profile.
Treasure cover water park at Westgate Lakes Resort & Spa
“A resort that that features a water park – meaning fun for all the family
An important element of your vacation will be the accommodation that you stay in. Your accommodation will help you get the day started right – it is not just a place to lay your head and rest. To get the right accommodation for your family’s vacation, you need to look at staying in a resort. Resorts have the amenities and facilities to cater to all of your family’s needs and requirements. When you start looking at resorts, you have to consider staying off-site. This will be cheaper and allow your budget to stretch that bit further. You can VISIT SITE and check out some of the best resorts on offer in and around Orlando. These resorts can offer everything you and your family need and sometimes more than you were expecting. From water parks to kids’ activity clubs, to golf courses, a resort is an extension of your vacation.
Using Deal Websites
Getting the best price for your vacation is crucial, and to make this happen, you may want to utilize deal websites. Finding coupons, promo codes or discounts that can be used directly on your vacation costs will give you extra breathing space in your budget. The key to using deal websites successfully is to know what you want. You could waste a lot of time browsing the numerous offers and promos on deal sites, and this could distract you from what you are trying to achieve. So, to make sure you get the results you need, ensure you stay focused and targeted on finding deals that work for you and your vacation.
Watch Out For Hidden Fees
When you are arranging and booking your Orlando vacation, you need to make sure you always check the fees you may be paying. When you are reserving tickets, or booking air travel, there may be hidden fees related to your travel, and to your vacation. Being aware of these charges, and being conscious of them will help you to keep control of your budget. Fees may only be a few cents here and there, but if you are going on vacation for a couple of weeks, you will soon see that these fees can add up.
Food, Drink and Eating Out
Source: unsplash.com, posted August 5th 2019, Andrijana Bozic
Food can give your family the energy they need to explore the parks.
Feeding your family each day when you are on vacation can become costly – especially if you are planning on eating out a lot. To get control of food and drink costs you need to look at purchasing food packages, these will often let you eat at a chosen buffet on one or more occasions. You also need to look at drinks packages. You may be able to purchase a drinks package in the resort you are staying in. A drinks package will allow you to keep everyone in your family hydrated at all times.
Plan Each Day
Vacations quickly come around, and then in the blink of an eye, they are over. Planning each day and deciding what you want to do for the day is important. If you do not plan, you may find that time will pass, and you will not do what you (or your family) want, and this can lead to feelings of frustration. Having a plan to follow will give you and your family structure for your day. As a family, there may be lots that you want to see and do on your vacation. However, it is important to remember never to overreach or overstretch yourself, and those in your family. If you try and squash too much into a day you may end up feeling overtired, and this is not a good feeling or vibe for your vacation.
Purchase Your Insurance
Even if you are only traveling across states (or across the country) to visit Orlando, it is important to have adequate insurance in place. You never know when an emergency situation will arise, and it is vital that you have suitable insurance in place. You may want to look at extra healthcare coverage, but you may also want to look for vacation and travel insurance. This may cover you for any delays or losses you may experience during your vacation.
After all of this planning and preparation, you will finally be ready to book your Orlando vacation. Once the vacation is booked and the balances (or deposits) have been settled it is then time to start your countdown.