I’ve done the Orlando Informer meetup twice. We did one of their first and it was great, started with a presentation from one of Universal’s top creative guys. Number of people there quite low. The next one was much bigger and they started us in IOA, not quite as good as the first one. But def a huge value compared to Disney After Hours. Both event catered - I understand a bit different now, but I assume still all you can drink butter beer.
And if you’ve never done Discovery Cove our December day was much better than all our hot weather days. The lagoons don’t feel cold at all when the air is cooler.
Yep, still all the butterbeer you can drink. DH asked if i wanted to go again in June and i told him I'd rather wait til next Dec to get the hot butterbeer. the hot is my favorite. I did learn the hard way not to drink 3 butterbeers and then go on forbidden journey.
Your meet up experience sounds like the MNSSHP we went to in 1997 - only on halloween night, and so empty we rode BTMRR 4 times without getting off. In 1998 they added a second night, and the rest is history.
It's been maybe 10 years since we did discovery cove, so that might be an option. I'm such a wimp, though - i usually won't go in unless the water is in the 80s and the air temp is 80s or 90s. I'm cold when it's 80 out. I'm turning into my grandmother.
We actually have busch gardens williamsburg and water country APs right now (it's why i thought to check sea world, to see if we should upgrade to the pass that gets you into all the parks). It was cheaper to buy the APs than get a 3 day pass last spring. We used to live there so went all the time, and we still enjoy it, but i think a lot is nostalgia.