As the school year draws to a close, parents everywhere are gearing up for the family
summer vacation. If your family is among the many visitors headed to Disneyworld
this summer, even adults may need a few pointers from a class like "Kid Tourism
101" before tackling Kissimmee and Orlando, Florida, the areas best known as home
to Walt Disney World.
- Always have a small
backpack for each day's adventure. Pack band-aids, sun block, bug spray, camera,
wet wipes, and some light snacks. Always have some water bottles or juice. The hot
summer sun in Kissimmee, Florida makes for thirsty tourists of all ages.
- If traveling with
children still in diapers, pack more diapers than a usual day's supply.
- When entering the
Orlando theme parks, make sure the children have a note tucked in a pocket with
the child's name, adult's cell phone, Orlando lodging information, license plate
with make and color of car, and any medical information. Lost children happen and
this info will speed up unification!
- Kids 3 to 5 years
old might balk at the thought of riding in a stroller, but by 2:00 pm wherever you
are in Kissimmee or Orlando, a stroller will be welcome!
- If you have traveled
from another time zone, remember a child takes longer to adjust to the time difference.
Be patient. Also, remember the need for naps never takes a vacation. Allow down
time for children each afternoon.
- Theme parks are
not all there is to do in Kissimmee and Orlando Florida! Most non-Florida children
would love to see an alligator or two. Take them to Scenic Eco Tours for an hour
long boat tour of Lake Tohopekaliga. On the northern end of the lake is Mackinson
Island which is great hiking territory. The island is only accessible by boat.
- If your kids are
orange juice lovers, let them see and taste the real thing by visiting Ivey Groves
Fresh Citrus off Boggy Creek Road just off the Florida Turnpike. A tram ride through
the groves is followed by samples of Florida's best known export: orange juice!
- Kids of all ages
love Downtown Disney. From seeing the Lego creations in the lake to getting misted
at the Rainforest Cafe, the kids will enjoy the sights and sounds. There is no fee
to walk around, but some of the restaurants have long wait times. Early dinners
are advised. The parking is free.
- Don't forget about
spending time at the pool. Look for Orlando vacation homes and Kissimmee villas for rent with
private pools or large resort pool areas. Sometimes two hours in the pool with mom
or dad are really the vacation moments that children will remember long after they
leave the land of theme parks.
- If the resort community
where you are staying is quite large, take the kids for a walking tour. The best
Florida vacation memories are often closer than you think!
The perfect family vacation to Disneyworld starts with deciding whether to stay
in Orlando or Kissimmee, Florida. For the best value, choose a Disneyworld condo rental or vacation villa in Kissimmee, FL,
which is actually home to many vacation resort communities. Multiple rooms in one
unit are more affordable than paying for multiple hotel rooms at the Disney World
Resort, especially when traveling with Grandparents or another family.
After tiring of tired children, Mom and Dad will also thank themselves for the separate
sleeping quarters, additional space to spread out, and also enjoy added savings
by cooking family meals. As an added bonus, many Orlando Florida vacation rentals have
a private pool and hot tub, or enjoy the shared recreation facilities at many of
the Disney vacation resort communities.
You can read more tips for successful summer family vacations at Zonder.com.
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