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Orlando Helicopter Tour from International Drive Area
"Flying in the comfort of an air-conditioned professionally piloted helicopter there are 6 different itineraries to choose from one for every budget and all time constraints. See the Itinerary for more details.For those wanting to get a taste of touring by helicopter enjoy an introductory flight over the parks of SeaWorld including Discovery Cove and Aquatica. If you are looking for a little more adventure a SeaWorld/Universal Helicopter Tour includes both of these famous Orlando theme parks. On the Disney Re Animal Kingdom Epcot
From $32.00
 
I-RIDE Trolley Unlimited Ride Pass
"Book a 7-day or 14-day Unlimited Ride Pass and enjoy convenient transport to top attractions in Orlando. Travel along two I-RIDE Trolley routes: the Main Line and the Green Line. (Please click on the 'View Additional Info' tab below to see the two different trolley routes.)The Main Line trave with 85 convenient stops arriving approximately every 20 minutes. The Green Line begins and ends on International Drive but primarily travels along Universal Boulevard with 22 convenient stops arriving approximately every 30 minutes.Perhaps plan a visit to Wet 'n Wild Orlando a water park with world-class rides. SeaWorld® Orlando
From $12.00
 
City Tour of Orlando
"Lake EolaFirst stop is the iconic Lake Eola. Discover the story behind the city landmark and why it's now considered the city's centerpiece.Leu GardensA 50 acre botanical oasis that is sure to inspire. Known as Orlando’s best kept secret; with a stop for a private boat tour through the canals and waters on Winter Park Chain of Lakes. Or opt to stay on land for extra time to experience the charm of Winter Park with their outdoor cafés and bistros alongside upscale boutiques and specialty shops. Everyone will have time to shop and dine before departure.""""Orlando is often called the ""Theme Park Capital of the World"" however there is so much more to explore just around the corner from the mouse house. From Orlando's humble beginnings as a cattle town to the modern day city adorned with art galleries come along and discover how Orlando earned its name
From $79.00

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Fast Pass

FASTPASS is Disney's answer to long lines. It is essentially a "virtual" queuing system. Just insert your park pass into the FASTPASS machine and obtain your ticket with a time to return to ride the attraction. It's a good way to save time by not waiting in incredibly long lines especially during peak visiting hours in the parks.

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Nov 04, 2008

Avoiding the crowds: Fastpass

The Disney Fastpass system is a way to avoid crowds at the most popular rides. Rather than spend an hour or more waiting in line for Space Mountain or any other popular attractions, visit the Fastpass booth outside the entrance. Insert your park admission ticket and you'll receive a printed slip which tells you the time to report back to the ride.

When you return at the designated time, you can go straight to the Fastpass line and will be on the ride within minutes.

There's a limit to the number of times you can use the Fastpass system on any given day. Any of the numerous friendly Disney employees can give you that exact number.

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goingsolo
Sep 27, 2004

Avoiding the crowds tip 2: Arrive early

Plan to arrive by the time the park opens, especially if you're visiting on a weekend. Some of the Disney owned hotels allow their guests an earlier entrance to the parks. Take advantage of this option if its open to you. Early morning is a great time to catch some of the most popular rides as the bulk of the crowd doesn't arrive until late morning, especially on the weekends.

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goingsolo
Sep 27, 2004

Orlando is a queue line city....

Orlando is a queue line city. Latin Americans are not used to queue lines, so it is up to everyone help them understand -- not their fault, it is a cultural thing. You sometimes have to stand your ground. No one wants to 'fight for their right' while on vacation, but you may have to. Be prepared and it won't be as bad.

Please, please, please do not stop traffic on the toll lanes by asking the toll taker for directions. Once you're through the toll, pull over and examine your map or leave the highway entirely to get help. Also, if you're lost, do not drive under the speed limit while searching for your exit -- again, leave the road and get directions.

Try to remember the reason you came to Orlando -- TO HAVE FUN! There are LOTS of people who come to Orlando to have a good time. The crowds can be overwhelming (I live here and they get a little much). If you remember your manners, everyone will have a good time.

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Aug 26, 2002
 
 
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All the workers here are...

All the workers here are friendly! They HAVE to be friendly, or they probably wouldn't have a job anymore. Yeah, so it's unlikely you'll find a rude waiter or ride operator here. This doesn't go for the crowds, which I'm sure can somtimes be stressed and pushy. There are LOTS of people here... if you can't stand a lot of people, maybe come in the winter, when there may be fewer crowds.

dzni
Aug 26, 2002

At Orlando's several theme...

At Orlando's several theme parks you are going to have to deal with lines (queues). Lots of them. Do not even THINK of butting in (queue jumping) in front of someone else. This is seen as unspeakably rude by Americans throughout the country, but at a place as orderly and organized as Disney, it's truly beyond the Pale. If you try it, you will be told -- often in the most emphatic of terms -- that such behavior is not acceptable. Although unlikely at Disney, there are many places where you might well run the risk of a bloody nose -- or worse -- if you try it.

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DesertRat
Aug 24, 2002

In June and July, there are...

In June and July, there are typically large numbers of tour groups from Brazil. These groups are mostly teenagers having fun away from home. Be tolerant. THE PHOTO ILLUSTRATES A 3 HOUR WAIT FOR THE BUZZ LIGHTYEAR'S RIDE. THIS LINE IS FOR THOSE WITH THE INFAMOUS DISNEY 'FASTPASS'. THE LINE WAS SO LONG IT COULD NOT FIT IN ONE PICTURE. Be tolerant of those in the line with you.

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wbozic
Aug 24, 2002

Large numbers of teenagers...

Large numbers of teenagers from Brazil in tour groups come every Summer to have fun and explore. Please be a friendly host/guest and remember these are teenagers who just want to have fun, but may not be aware of American standards. Be tolerant.

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Orange County Regional History Center

the orange county regional history center is located in the old 1927 orange county courthouse in downtown orlando. the history center has exhibits on the central florida history on four floors in...
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Lake Eola

Lake Eola Park is one of those places to visit if you wish to relax. There is a path around the circumference of the lake and is nearly 1 mile in length. We visited midweek and in the winter which is...
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Thornton Park

Thornton Park is Orlando’s first stylishly renewed historic district, full of shops and restaurants at the edge of downtown. Panera Bread (407/481-1060) The Coffee House of Thornton Park...
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Citrus Bowl

Florida Citrus Bowl Stadium 1610 W. Church Street Orlando, FL 32805 Originally constructed in 1936, with seating for 8,900 people. The first annual bowl game was held in 1947, for the benefit of the...
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Science Center

The Orlando Science Center in Loch Haven Park is an excellent alternative to the usual theme parks in Orlando. The OSC itself is a huge 5 story building filled with fun exhibits, They even offer...
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Leu Gardens

Henry P. Leu Gardens Looking for a sedate escape from the theme parks? Not far from downtown Orlando, the Henry P. Leu Gardens offers a serene and scenic departure from the typical Orlando vacation....
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