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annsteere
12-18-2008, 07:36 AM
We won't be seeing DS Christmas. I'm hoping to squeeze out a budget trip to Orlando in Jan when we could be together.

But, we won't be able to do park tickets every day.

So, either websites or personal choices.

DS is 25 and DD is 21. DH and I are old enough to be their parents. What cheap/fun way can we spend a day in Orlando?

beansmom
12-18-2008, 07:49 AM
we love resort hopping to check out all the decorations. And nothing beats an afternoon in the warm sun in a hammock on one of the beaches. We also enjoy riding round Bay Lake on the ferry boats between Contempo/Wilderness/Ft Wilderness. Downtown Disney is fun to walk around...even if ya don't buy anything...and Yes, it is possible. I did it the other night...not happily but managed. :rotfl:

Have a great trip.

parkers*momma
12-18-2008, 08:03 AM
I totally vote for resort hopping. My 8yo DD and I decided to check out a few on our last trip and totally enjoyed it! So much that I'm planning a down day just to check out all the resorts we want to see.

Another thing we enjoyed was going over to boardwalk and renting a surry and checking out the fun things over there.

jessily
12-18-2008, 08:29 AM
Our last non-park day we had bfast at the Poly, went mini golfing at Winter-Summerland, DTD for lunch, explored the resorts in the Epcot area (Boardwalk, Beach Club, Swan and Dolphin), then had ice cream at Beaches and Cream. Fun day!

FormrCastMbr
12-18-2008, 08:44 AM
I love resport hopping, relaxing by the pool and shopping in DTD...

if you have a car, alot of people take a ride to Celebration. I have never been there but it looks like a quaint town.

http://www.celebrationtowncenter.com/ee/

Shmily1
12-18-2008, 10:18 AM
I definitely vote for DTD!!! We are going down on Monday and spending the day at DTD then going home. All that driving just to hang out at DTD!!! :rolleyes1 Resort hopping is a great idea too especially around the EPCOT resorts and riding the monorail around the MK area resorts.

mom of princessx2
12-18-2008, 10:41 AM
Plenty to do around Disney-Rent bikes, rent a boat, rent a surrey, take in a movie at DTD, ride the monorail have a cocktail at the Contempoary and watch the fireworks. If you have a car and want to get away from Disney I heard Orlando has some nice museums or go the the Kennedy Space Center which I think is less than an hour away.

barblue
12-18-2008, 11:57 AM
I love resort hopping too. Also using the water mice and other boating stuff.

BUT, if you're up for heading outside of Orlando, I'd *highly* recommend Cape Canaveral. My family did it a few years ago (when we were almost the same exact ages as your family) and it was really enjoyable.

JessR
12-18-2008, 12:25 PM
Ikea :thumbsup2

julezdisney
12-18-2008, 01:07 PM
On our last trip, we had a Char. Meal at a resort lined up for breakfast (which we cancelled due to late night at MNSSHP), followed by outlet mall shopping, Downtown Disney, Arabian Nights dinner show, and then The Boardwalk for ice cream, surrey bike racing :laughing:, and the fireworks from the bench next to Jellyrolls!

Rent those little boats at one resort, Go to lunch, then go to Gatorland!

There's SOOO much to do offpark. Also check in with Orlando's visitor bureau's site. They'll send you a book and a discount card. :thumbsup2

Inigo
12-18-2008, 02:48 PM
DS is 25 and DD is 21. DH and I are old enough to be their parents.

I just had to giggle at the above. Of course you're old enough to be their parents, since, well, you are.

Just teasing.

bopper
12-18-2008, 02:52 PM
Make sure you use an off day to SLEEP IN. It will make for less cranky children (no matter what the age).

doc005
12-18-2008, 03:15 PM
kennedy space center, Port Canaveral to see the cruise ships and you are right around the corner from Ron Jon's surf shop. Mall is nearby too. Ocean to!!

yarlenna
12-18-2008, 03:16 PM
We won't be seeing DS Christmas. I'm hoping to squeeze out a budget trip to Orlando in Jan when we could be together.

But, we won't be able to do park tickets every day.

So, either websites or personal choices.

DS is 25 and DD is 21. DH and I are old enough to be their parents. What cheap/fun way can we spend a day in Orlando?

Where are you staying? If it is a resort or even a hotel, they may have a heated pool. Would you have a car with you?

doc005
12-18-2008, 03:20 PM
Also check the ICE Festival at Gaylord Palms.....runs through early jan. It is an amazing Ice display.....I enjoyed last yr. Im 40.

IluvKingLouis
12-18-2008, 03:33 PM
Ikea :thumbsup2

We love IKEA! So I have to second this, unless you already live by one.

pooh98378
12-18-2008, 03:34 PM
We usually go to DTD on our non-park days! Like the PP, we also like ICE at Gaylord (we haven't been to the one in FL though). It is AMAZING - worth it once. Although, it is expensive. I think there might have been a code here on the dis a few days ago for it. I don't think it's an "all day" type of activity though, if that is what you are looking for. :)

englishteacha
12-18-2008, 05:52 PM
We do DTD or cruise International Drive and check out the cheesy tourist stores. You could also head over to Universal and check out CityWalk.

hambirg
12-18-2008, 07:45 PM
Ikea :thumbsup2


I'm glad I'm not the only one that thinks of Ikea like an amusement park. :rotfl2: