Going to Florida for the first time

Florida - what to do while in florida
@dmcollie (217)
United States
April 30, 2009 12:48pm CST
OK here it is I have never been past Tennessee. We will be driving to Florida. from TN. I have researched and googled Fl so much my eyes hurt!!!! Can you guys help me out here I want this summer vacation to be memorable for my 9-10 year old daughter. I'm thinking Disney world but I like some of the other aspects of Florida too. If you have any cheep but worth will tricks to do in Fl let me know. If you know of anything that we should stay away from definitely help me out there. and if you know of a decent hotel or cabin that is good on a price range just post it. Thank you so much for all your help.
6 responses
• United States
1 May 09
If heading to Florida then for that age range i would Definitely go to Disney and go to the Magic Kingdom park as that has more kiddie friendly stuff to do. If they do like animals then going to Animal Kingdom would be good because they have animal rides and then a petting zoo that is fun for kids. If you want to eat at Disney or even Downtown Disney you must make your reservations a week before eating and i would either choose the T-rek or Rain Forest Cafe for kids they both have a lot of kiddie activities and are great for kids. They have a big lego set outside and a little park for kids at night at Downtown Disney and that is a lot of fun to. If you would like to stay at a Disney Resort i would choose one of the All Star resorts for kids because there pool is good and has a lot of stuff for kids to do once again and then if you like cabins you can stay at the camp ground they have available there and stay in a log cabin and they have a double bed and then a bunk bed and then a Murphy Bed also. There are a lot of different things to do at Disney and if you need any more information on it i can tell you all about it. They have buses that take you everywhere so you don't have to pay for parking when entering into any of the theme parks or downtown Disney. If you stay at the camp ground though make sure you rent a golf cart because it is really big and takes a very long time to walk anywhere there, but you do have your car but not everywhere in the camp ground allows cars. They have alight parade on the water in the camp ground at night too which is really cool to watch. Not sure what else i can tell you, but there is a lot to do their for kids. Hopefully you can enjoy yourself and have a great rest of the day on mylot.
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• United States
1 May 09
I would definitely go to Disney World. This is a perfect age for 9-10 year olds. We went there last year and took my 2 gds and they were 6 years old and 11 months old. My gd loved it and been wanting to go there for a couple of years before we took her. Her favorite part was having breakfast with some of the princess. It is a vacation she will not forget.We stayed at the All Star Movie Resort.
• United States
1 May 09
I used to live in Fla. when I was growing up and have been to Disney world a few times. Like everyone else has said its a nice place to go. If you are planning on going to Disney world these are some things that you might want to remember before going. Depending on the time of year that you go, the weather there gets real hot in the summer time, I have had to wait up to forty mins. just to get on a ride, so the best thing to do it to be there when they open and make whole day out of it, maybe even some of the night to. You may even want to come back the next day because there are so many things to see. Oh yea make sure that you bring extra cash because once you get in there the food and drinks are high. Even with all this I still enjoy it every time we are able to go. The place that I like to go in Fla. in the summer time is a place called Kelly's park, some people call it rock springs, its a nice place for kids and adults to relax and you can rent inter tubs to float down stream with. It has grills all over the place so you can grill out and there's life gaurds there also. This place is around 20 or so miles from Sanford Fla. Which isn't that far from Disney world.
• United States
1 May 09
I have been here all my life and doubt I would move out of it. :) I LOVE it here!! Anyways there is alot of do and see but it depends on what you want to do really. I would suggest Disney or Sea World mainly. I am not too big on Universal Studios but the Islands of Adventures is entertaining. MGM and Epcot I don't care for as much because I think those are more relaxed and if its your first time here you want to do something not so boring as those. There is Downtown Disney and they have shops and places to eat as well as a game place and a movie theater. There is International Drive which offers mini golf, places to get and other various attractions. There is a huge McDonald's there with a pretty big play area. There are some museums and the wonderworks (which you cant miss because it is upside down!) Hmmm you can drive down I92 where there are different shops, mini golf and various things available and open. They have helicopter rides on that road too. There are some decent sized flea markets and malls there too that can pass some time and not end up costing alot. As far as places to stay...if you go over by the Celebration area off I92 and I4 there are like 2 or 3 motels there that are pretty good pricewise and they are clean. I want to say one of them is a Howard Johnson but dont quote me on that.
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@max1950 (2313)
• United States
1 May 09
you can find cheap rooms on international drive by disney, seaworld, and all the other attractions. so the kids are 9-10 you can make a 3 day disney walk 1 day at magic kingdom 1 at epcot, then there's a water park at disney and wild west town that can take a day and has nite time music attractions. go in the morning when it's cool get out by at least 2 oclock unless you like the humid afternoon air and daily showers in the rainy season. in the afternoon hit the [pool and get ready for a walk down international drive a tourist trap at nite. $$$$$$$$ if by chance you know someone in florida by disney or just lives ther have them get your tickets for you. florida redidents get an obsene price break we pay only 70 bucks for a season pass to everything disney has. i dont know if this will work online as you need a florida licence number or i.d. card. unless you want to pay big bucks for food do not eat in disney parks, the food is good better than any other park ive been to but is very expensive. all the parks are super clean, there's people around cleaning 24/7 it's amazing how clean they are considering all the people that go there. there's so much to do there you just dont have enough time to see it all in a week. anyway welcome to fl. and have a good time.
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@kenange (21)
• United States
30 Apr 09
If you have never been, Disney World is pretty cool. My husband and I went with another couple before we had any kids. I liked Universal Theme Parks better, but that's because it seems to be geared toward an older audience. If your daughter likes theme parks, Universal might be more exciting. I would suggest looking for deals on the internet for packages that would include hotel stays. If you would prefer the quite side of Florida, the gulf beaches are beautiful. And, with the horrible drop in real estate prices over in areas like Ft. Myers, you might be able to get quite a deal on a condo or hotel.
@orderfox (231)
• China
1 May 09
Very sorry. I do not have to leave my country. I think you can dial the local tourism service or public service telephone calls.