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Old 12-18-2008, 06:36 AM   #1
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need ideas for a non park day for adults

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?
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Old 12-18-2008, 06:49 AM   #2
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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.

Have a great trip.
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Old 12-18-2008, 07:03 AM   #3
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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.
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Old 12-18-2008, 07:29 AM   #4
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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!
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Old 12-18-2008, 07:44 AM   #5
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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/
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Old 12-18-2008, 09:18 AM   #6
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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!!! Resort hopping is a great idea too especially around the EPCOT resorts and riding the monorail around the MK area resorts.
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Old 12-18-2008, 09:41 AM   #7
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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.
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Old 12-18-2008, 10:57 AM   #8
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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.
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Old 12-18-2008, 11:25 AM   #9
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Old 12-18-2008, 12:07 PM   #10
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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 , 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.
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Old 12-18-2008, 01:48 PM   #11
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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.
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Old 12-18-2008, 01:52 PM   #12
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Make sure you use an off day to SLEEP IN. It will make for less cranky children (no matter what the age).
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Old 12-18-2008, 02:15 PM   #13
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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!!
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Old 12-18-2008, 02:16 PM   #14
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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?
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Old 12-18-2008, 02:20 PM   #15
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Also check the ICE Festival at Gaylord Palms.....runs through early jan. It is an amazing Ice display.....I enjoyed last yr. Im 40.
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