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Old 04-29-2013, 09:38 AM   #16
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You could also drive out to Clearwater Beach for the day. It is gorgeous there and easy to get to!
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Old 04-29-2013, 02:01 PM   #17
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You can get really cheap tix. for the ecobuggy ride at world of citrus here
http://www.halfoffdepot.com/orlando/all/adventure

Code EXTRA51 gets an extra 51% off the listed price today. I bought tix. last week when they were an extra 50% off. Cost $17.50 for our 5 tix!
Thanks for the link . This deal works out even cheaper than our offer through the Entertainment Book.
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Old 04-29-2013, 02:19 PM   #18
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As for the OP's question,

Gatorland is a great day out, particularly with children your kids' ages. They will love the little train ride, there's a great splash pad, the shows are entertaining and not too lengthy, and its fun (and fairly inexpensive) to feed the gators. There's a nifty little aviary too.

Mini golf is tons of fun (we love Pirates Cove and Congo River the most, but we have also enjoyed Hawaiian Rumble, Gator Golf and Volcano Island.....there is also this golf-all-day + ice cream special running on Groupon: http://www.groupon.com/deals/mighty-...golf-adventure). I'm not sure if your wee ones will be too little for this or not.

An airboat ride is absolutely awesome, and a relaxing way to spend the day. I highly recommend Wild Willy's in St. Cloud. You get to meet and hold some baby gators after your ride which is fun for all.

I also think that the waterpark at Coco Key on I-Drive would be great for smaller kids. Day passes are available.
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Old 04-29-2013, 03:01 PM   #19
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I also meant to add.....

as some of the PP's mentioned, Groupon, Livingsocial, and (a new find for me thanks to this thread) Half Off Depot are all great places to watch for deeply discounted deals on Orlando area attractions. Sign up for their emails and be patient and you will be pleasantly surprised at some of the offers that come up. We have snagged some excellent offers in the past on some really fun non-Disney Orlando family attractions........they are definitely worth keeping an eye on .
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Old 04-29-2013, 03:12 PM   #20
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You can get really cheap tix. for the ecobuggy ride at world of citrus here
http://www.halfoffdepot.com/orlando/all/adventure

Code EXTRA51 gets an extra 51% off the listed price today. I bought tix. last week when they were an extra 50% off. Cost $17.50 for our 5 tix!
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Thanks for the link . This deal works out even cheaper than our offer through the Entertainment Book.
Hmmmmmmm.......not sure residents of Canada can purchase from this company (just a heads up for any other Canucks that may have wanted to cash in on this great price). It will not accept my postal code or give me a province to pick from the drop-down menu. I have called and left a message for their customer service department. We shall see what happens.
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Jan. 2009....onsite at POR: all 4 Disney Parks
Jan. 2012....offsite on I-Drive: Universal Studios, IOA, SeaWorld, & Discovery Cove
Aug. 2012...Westgate Lakes Resort & Spa: Aquatica, Discovery Cove, and more
Dec. 2012...onsite at SW! Christmas week at SeaWorld, Aquatica, Gatorland, airboats, & holiday fun
**Christmas 2012 Trip Report: http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=3041415
Aug. 2013....Sheraton Vistana Resort: Blizzard Beach, Typhoon Lagoon, Cocoa Beach & more! **August 2013 Trip Report: http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=3167818

Aug. 2014.....SVR, SW, DC, AQ, TL, Daytona & MORE! **August 2014 Trip Report: http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=51863899


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Old 04-29-2013, 03:51 PM   #21
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My suggestion is to park at the Polynesian (tell the guy at the gate that you are visiting the Tambo Lounge - and just make sure you buy at least one drink so you are not fibbing. - and then go monorail hopping to the different resorts. Riding the monorails is free. Riding them and walking around exploring the themed resorts is a treat in itself - especially the main hall in the Grand Floridian, or checking out the rooftop area at the Contemporary; I'd recommend being at the Grand Floridian when the MK fireworks start - you can walk down to the 7 seas lagoon and get a great view of the fireworks without having to be in the park....
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Old 04-29-2013, 04:17 PM   #22
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Disney things that I like to do on non park days that I think are cheap, fishing at POR. I would go to DtD and ride the boat up to POR and for $12 you get 6 poles for fishing my granddaughter loves it. Then as mentioned mini golf that $12 a person. Or back at POR you can rent a surrey bike, you would need two. I think that is under $20. You could make it a day between DtD and POR because at night you could stay and watch the free Disney movie on the grass near the mansion.

Over at wilderness you have pony rides, I think $3 to $5. And I like to eat over there. I think they have a petting barn still for free, double check because it has been years for me.

I know the poly has free movies at night also and you can watch wishes from the sand and the water electric parade, do they still have that, I think so.
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Old 05-01-2013, 10:10 AM   #23
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Another vote for Downtown Disney. Free admission. So much to do. DTD is one of my favorite Disney attractions. Just walking around is nice. Watching a movie in the AMC, renting a boat and cruising around on the lake is so fun! Always something to see, and lots of choices for dining/shopping. Lots of places to sit and relax, eat a pretzel or an ice cream. I love it.
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Old 05-25-2013, 09:07 AM   #24
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Great post! We love the parks, but have been enough to want to slow down and see other things too.
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Old 05-25-2013, 09:39 AM   #25
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Groupon has been fabulous for us. In the past, or upcoming this August, we have done the Dade City Giraffe Ranch (SUPER COOL!), Safari Wilderness Ranch (upcoming), Airboat rides, Showcase of Citrus, Mini Golf, Gatorland. Register at Groupon and list Orlando as a favorite location and you will find lots of things.
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Old 05-25-2013, 10:52 AM   #26
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Have a Disney Transport Day! Here's what we did, but you can tailor this at several different points according to how much fun everyone is having!

Park at DTD, and take a Disney bus to any resort hotel. Swap to a bus to Epcot. Once at Epcot, hop the monorail to the TTC. At the TTC, swap from monorail to the ferry boat to MK. At MK, get on the boat to WL. Visit the Lodge, then take the boat back to MK. Hop on a bus to DHS, then take a Friendship for a cruise around the waterway between DHS and Epcot. Once back at DHS, take the bus to POFQ or OKW, and then take the boat back to DTD.

You can stop almost anywhere along the way and get a CS lunch, snack, whatever. There are different orders to do this, too. Just remember that there isn't a bus from DTD to the theme parks; DTD busses only go to hotels. Also, when at resorts, we didn't just swap modes of transportation; we took the time to look around the resort, maybe get something to drink, etc. When on a Friendship, you can get off at the Boardwalk and check that out, too. Unless you buy something to eat or go shopping, this is all entirely FREE!

Nighttime is also a Disney freebie. Go to a monorail resort and tell the parking guy that you are there to see the Electric Water Pageant. Check online to see what the MK fireworks times and EWP times are, but from all three monorail resorts, you should be able to see both the fireworks and the pageant- just coordinate the times. If you are at the CR, go up to the 5th(?) floor and go outside onto the deck and watch the fireworks from there... amazing!!

Totally non-Disney, go to Cocoa Beach for the day. It's about an hour and 20 mins east of Orlando, GREAT beach, decent Boardwalk, etc. Not entirely free as you will have to pay for gas, tolls, maybe parking and whatever you eat, games on the boardwalk, etc., but DEFINITELY cheaper than a theme park ticket, much less theme park tickets for everyone!!
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