Searching for a break from the winter blues? Head to the Sunshine State! It’s the perfect place to play this spring, as there are endless things to do. From character-filled daydreams at Disney World to adventure-themed thrills at Universal Orlando Resort, attractions cater to families with kids of all ages. Need a nudge to get your spring break started? Read on to find things to do during an Orlando Spring Break.

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Make a Splash at Orlando Water Parks

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Aquatica

Nothing breaks the winter blues better than a day splashing under the Orlando sun. Kick off your snow boots, slip into some flip flops, and bask in the refreshing excitement of Orlando water parks. The choice is yours really, with five aquatic attractions available.

Aquatica is the perfect choice for families seeking both wild and mild thrills, while Discovery Cove puts you thisclose with manta rays, exotic birds, dolphins, and even otters.

Want to learn how to surf? Try the ultimate indoor wave at Fantasy Surf.

Don’t forget about Disney’s Blizzard Beach either. With tickets starting at $58, it’s more affordable than you may think.

See What’s in Bloom at Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival

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Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival

In the past, Epcot was thought to be the adult side of Walt Disney World. With a focus on global attractions and culinary delights, it’s easy to see why. However, Epcot appeals to kids too. This is especially true during the International Flower & Garden Festival this spring. Held March 2 through May 30, the event features elaborate topiary displays showcasing Disney characters in a splendor of greenery, flowers, and colors. In addition, there are pop-up outdoor kitchens to try and Garden Rocks Concert Series musicians to listen to like Gin Blossoms and The Guess Who.

Experience the Wizarding World of Harry Potter

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Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Kids and adults alike are fanatics for all things Harry Potter. At Universal Orlando Resort, immerse yourself in the worlds of Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley. Both bring the Wizarding World of Harry Potter to life. At Hogsmeade you can explore the iconic Hogwarts Castle, surrounded by the village of Hogsmeade where you can eat at the Three Broomsticks and find your own magical wand at Ollivander’s. Plus, you can join Harry Potter and friends on The Forbidden Journey for a thrilling adventure filled with magical creatures, a quidditch match and more. Before you board the ride, you tour through Hogwarts Castle, making your way through the familiar classrooms and corridors of Hogwart School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

Hop aboard the Hogwarts Express for a trip to Diagon Alley, the newest area withing the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Traipse through the streets of London, browse through shops for wizard robes and quidditch supplies, dine at the Leaky Cauldron, and then ride the heist-themed Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts. Wash it all down with a frothy butter beer!

Catch Spring Training at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports

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ESPN Wide World of Sports

Are your and your kid’s diehard baseball fans? During your Orlando Spring Break, see the action up-close in a spring training game at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports. The Atlanta Braves call the field home for spring, and play some of the best teams in baseball. The St. Louis Cardinals, Baltimore Orioles, and New York Yankees are a few of the ball clubs on tap. See if your team is on the schedule, which runs through April 2, 2016. It’s great way to see your favorite players up close without having to pay Major League prices. Plus, you’ll get the inside, pre-season scoop on your favorite baseball team. Score!

Travel to the Space Coast

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Cocoa Beach

Need another Orlando Spring Break idea? One the great things about Orlando is its easy access to the coast. Travel to the Space Coast, and make a day of it by exploring beaches like Cocoa and Melbourne. Add a visit to nearby Kennedy Space Center to get an inside look at the NASA Space program. It’s an extensive attraction that lets parents sneak it a bit of education during their spring break. On top of that, it’s interesting too! Stop for lunch in Downtown Titusville, known for its shopping and dining, and if there’s time take a peek at the animals of Brevard Zoo.

Take to the Outdoors

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Florida is a known for its man-made theme parks, but there’s a whole lot of family fun found outside in Orlando. During your Orlando Spring Break, trek to Wekiva Island to go boating, canoeing, fishing and kayaking. If you just want to relax and soak up some Florida sunshine, reserve a cabana. It comes equipped with comfy places to lounge, a grill, and a fridge. At Blue Springs State Park you can hike, picnic, swim and even see majestic manatees. Of course, for a little more adventure outside you can opt for an Orlando airboat tour. These high-speed boats put the wind in your hair and place you right in the middle of Florida’s everglades. Be prepared to see an alligator up close! For even more outdoor adventures, head to Forever Florida. They have ziplines, horseback rides, safari tours and more.

Get Ready for the Best Orlando Spring Break Yet

These are some of the best things to do on your Orlando Spring Break. From theme park adventures to outdoor escapes, your family is sure to have an epic escape in the Sunny State. Reserve all of your vacation needs, including attraction tickets and hotel rooms, with Reserve Orlando for the guaranteed best rates and insider insight.


Ashley is Reserve Direct’s travel expert, visiting Orlando to find the best travel tips, money-saving deals and insider information. With over 10 years of experience in first-hand-travel adventures, she shares her stories, advice, and current events to help you stay in the know.

Congratulations! You’re engaged and about to marry the person of your dreams. You’ve eagerly awaited the day when you could say “I’m going to Disney World!” when asked about your honeymoon plans — and that day is here. Whether you want to relive the magic you experienced as a child or it’s your favorite place on planet Earth, nothing can quite compare to a Walt Disney World honeymoon.

Of course, planning a honeymoon can be overwhelming. But don’t worry! Putting together a Walt Disney World honeymoon is easier than you think. Use our step-by-step guide to planning the best honeymoon for you and your significant other at Walt Disney World.

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1) Fund Your Walt Disney World Honeymoon

As with any honeymoon planning process, the first step is to determine your budget. Fortunately, there are multiple ways to enjoy the magic of Disney all within your defined budget.

Create a Honeymoon Registry
Do you really need yet another set of silverware? Of course, not. What you and your soon-to-be spouse need is an exhilarating ride on Space Mountain or a behind-the-scenes tour at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Forgo a traditional registry for a Walt Disney World registry. From theme park tickets to romantic spa treatments, wedding guests can help make sure you both have the magical vacation you desire by contributing to your honeymoon registry.

Travel Off-Peak, If Possible
If possible, travel to Walt Disney World during an off-peak time of the year. To avoid the crowds and take advantage of seasonal prices on flights, plan your honeymoon during these specific times:

  • Second week of January through mid-February
  • First three weeks of May (before the school year is over)
  • Late August and entire month of September
  • Mid-November through mid-December (except the week of Thanksgiving)

 

If these times aren’t possible, no worries! There are plenty of other ways to plan an affordable Walt Disney World honeymoon.

Skip the Park Hopper Pass
A Park Hopper pass allows you both to visit multiple Walt Disney World resort theme parks in one day. While this is a nice convenience, I recommend forgoing the park hopper pass on your honeymoon. You’ll want to slow down, and savor every moment, which is hard to do when you’re racing from park to park. This additional pass can cost anywhere from $50-$60 per person in addition to park admission. To save money, visit one park per day and use your free time for extra magical experiences such as shopping at Disney Springs.

Book a Year in Advance
It is recommended that couples book their honeymoon to Disney World a year in advance. This enables you and your significant other to have guaranteed lodging, tickets, dining reservations, and take advantage of the best possible rates.

Be Flexible with Your Itinerary
While I just told you to book a year in advance, one of the best ways to stretch your honeymoon budget is to be flexible. For example, arranging your travel days according to the cheapest airfare is always a good idea if you are able to be flexible. Also, being flexible in your itinerary is a good idea as it allows you to take advantage of extra experiences and unexpected opportunities throughout your Walt Disney World honeymoon.

Once you’ve set your budget, launched your honeymoon registry, and know how to save, it’s time to start the reservation process.

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2) Choose a Hotel or Resort

The Walt Disney World resort property is home to several hotels and resorts. From budget-friendly hotels to extravagant resorts, you have a wide range of lodging options to choose from.

Depending on your Walt Disney World honeymoon budget, you have three options:

  1. Book a hotel room at one of the budget resorts.
  2. Reserve a room at a resort offering premium amenities, but still within budget.
  3. Go all out and get a room at one of Disney’s top-tier resorts.

 

The budget-friendly hotel option for guests are Disney’s All-Star resorts. While the price of these rooms is enticing, keep in mind that the hotel property is geared towards families and children. This means that the pool, dining area, and resort lobby will be filled with families. Just remember, you aren’t going to Walt Disney World for the hotel room. If you plan to spend most of your time outside of the hotel room, this is a great option for budget-conscious honeymooners.

Upscale Walt Disney World resorts that won’t break the bank include:

 

These resorts are well within a honeymoon budget but offer a wide range of premium amenities and activities onsite.

On the other hand, if you and your new spouse want to reserve a room at the top Walt Disney World resorts, check out these options:

 

While at your chosen Disney resort or hotel, don’t forget to ask a cast member about “In-Room Celebrations”. After a long day at the theme parks, you can have a surprise bouquet of flowers or other gift waiting in your room.

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3) Make Your Dining Reservations

Everyone knows that the restaurants at Walt Disney World resort are outstanding. If there’s a specific restaurant you and your future spouse want to dine at during your honeymoon, make your reservation ASAP. In fact, it is recommended that newlyweds make dining reservations up to 180 days in advance to secure a table at the restaurant they desire.

Quick insider tip: Make sure you have reservations for a late dinner at California Grill, located on the 15th floor of Disney’s Contemporary Resort. You can watch all 3 theme park fireworks shows from this restaurant while enjoying a meal. The viewable fireworks schedule is as follows:

  • IllumiNations at Epcot: 9:00 PM
  • Fantasmic at Hollywood Studios: 9:30 PM
  • Wishes Nighttime Spectacular at Magic Kingdom: 10:00 PM

 

Between the food and the views, dining at California Grill is a “do not miss” experience while enjoying a Walt Disney World honeymoon.

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4) Figure Out Transportation

When planning your honeymoon to Walt Disney World, your first thought might be to procure a rental car. However, think of all the costs associated with renting a car: gas, parking, insurance, and on. A rental car will eat through your budget in an instant. Instead, rely on the transportation options provided by Walt Disney World resort.

Disney’s Magical Express provides guests with transportation to and from the Orlando International Airport and guests can use the monorail or bus system to get around Walt Disney World resort. No need for a rental car, a taxi, or an Uber. This means you only have to figure out your flights. Easy enough!

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5) Purchase Theme Park Tickets

Now onto the main reason you chose a Walt Disney World honeymoon — the theme parks! If not already taken care of by your honeymoon registry, it’s time to purchase your tickets to the Walt Disney World theme parks. Be sure to check Reserve Orlando for discount tickets to all four theme parks and more.

Now that you’ve procured your tickets, use these tips to make the most of your honeymoon in the theme parks:

Utilize FastPass+
Dying to ride the Haunted Mansion? Anxious to finally try the new Seven Dwarfs Mine Train roller coaster? Unfortunately, so are hundreds of other guests. Bypass the sprawling attraction lines with FastPass+. Using the My Disney Experience app (which you both need to download!), select your top three rides or shows and create your reservation. When the reservation time approaches, head back to the ride and enjoy!

Use these extra tips from Reserve Orlando to take advantage of all that the My Disney Experience app and FastPass+ have to offer.

Visit on a Weekday
As you might have guessed, weekends at Walt Disney World theme parks are overcrowded. Visit the theme parks on weekdays to eliminate some of the crowd congestion and lines. With fewer crowds, you and your spouse can experience all the theme parks have to offer during your Walt Disney World honeymoon.

Purchase a PhotoPass
While at the theme parks, you’ll find yourself trying to get the perfect picture of you and your significant other. Instead of asking a stranger to do it, let one of Disney’s pro photographers help! With a PhotoPass, photographers will help you capture lifelong memories of your Walt Disney World honeymoon. You can then access your images on the My Disney Experience app and cherish them forever by downloading and printing or sharing with friends and family.

Let Cast Members Know It’s Your Honeymoon
Trust me – you’re in store for a treat once Walt Disney World cast members find out you’re on your honeymoon. From free dessert to complimentary souvenirs and more, you’re in for a great surprise. In addition, it’s super fun to wear bride and groom Mickey ears. You’ll hear congratulations from everyone which makes your honeymoon that much more special.

Go Behind-the-Scenes
Enjoy a unique honeymoon experience by reserving your spot for one of the exciting behind-the-scenes tours. Each theme park offers a vast array of tours, but my personal recommendation is the Keys to the Kingdom tour at Magic Kingdom. During this legendary tour, you’ll have access to the mysterious underground tunnels, learn about Mr. Walt Disney and his vision, and more.

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Time to Plan Your Walt Disney World Honeymoon

Before you dive into your planning activities using this step-by-step guide, let me leave you with a bit of last minute advice:

  • There’s more to Walt Disney World than the theme parks. Visit Disney Springs, go to the spa, play a round of golf!
  • Remember to get a customized souvenir from your Walt Disney World honeymoon.
  • Slow down and enjoy your honeymoon! You want to create lasting memories. There’s no need to rush!

 

Lastly, don’t forget to rely on Reserve Orlando for discounted Walt Disney World tickets, premier lodging, and insider advice. Now, stop reading this article and start planning your Walt Disney World honeymoon!

 

Universal Orlando® Resort is one of the most popular theme parks in Orlando, Florida. As such, ticket prices can be a bit pricey – especially during certain seasons throughout the year. Instead of paying top dollar for amusement park admission, check out the best ways to take advantage of Universal Orlando ticket discounts. After all, who doesn’t love to save money on theme park tickets?

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Understanding the New Ticket Prices

Universal Orlando® Resort has been experimenting with a seasonal pricing model for quite some time. Recently, the theme park implemented this brand new pricing strategy for 1-day park tickets. This strategy aims to regulate attendance in the theme parks and provide a better customer experience for all guests. Ticket prices for 1-day admission are now based on three different season categories — Peak, Regular, and Value.

As a result, peak dates cost more while value tickets offer great savings for guests. One day, park-to-park tickets for both Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure are also subject to the new ticket pricing structure. Tickets must be used during their corresponding seasons:

  • Peak tickets are valid during any season.
  • Regular tickets are valid during regular and value season dates.
  • Value tickets are only valid during value season dates.

 

If you purchase one season and prefer to use it on a different season date, you can upgrade your tickets at the theme park entry gates. On the other hand, keep in mind that refunds for using a Peak ticket during a Regular or Valid season date are not possible.

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How to Save with New Universal Orlando Ticket Discounts

Now that you understand how Universal Orlando® Resort’s new ticket prices work, it’s time to learn how you can save.

Schedule Your Vacation Around Value or Regular Dates
With the new ticket prices in mind, you can plan your vacation around the season dates and prices that work for your budget. Leveraging these Universal Orlando ticket discounts can be the difference between an expensive and an affordable vacation.

On average, the seasonal ticket prices for 1-day at Universal Studios and/or Islands of Adventure are as follows:

Value Season:

  • 1-Day, 1-Park = $105 per adult, $100 per child
  • 1-Day, Park-to-Park = $155 per adult, $150 per child

 

Regular Season:

  • 1-Day, 1-Park = $110 per adult, $105 per child
  • 1-Day, Park-to-Park = $160 per adult, $155 per child

 

Peak Season:

  • 1-Day, 1-Park = $119 per adult, $114 per child
  • 1-Day, Park-to-Park = $169 per adult, $164 per child

 

To know when the Peak, Regular, and Value season dates are, use this calendar.

Purchase Multi-Day Tickets
Another way to save with Universal Orlando ticket discounts is to purchase a multi-day ticket. This ticket type permits entry into the parks for 2 to 4 days, depending on your selection. To maximize vacation time and still stay within budget, I’d recommend purchasing a multi-day pass.

For example:
During peak season, a 1-Day, 1-Park ticket is $119 per adult, $114 per child. A “One Park Per Day”, 2-day pass is $184.99 per adult and $174.99 per child. This allows you to visit Universal Studios one day and Islands of Adventure the next all while saving money. As a result, the more days you visit, the more savings you receive.

Do keep in mind that park-to-park passes are required to ride the Hogwarts Express between Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure.

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Book Your Universal Orlando® Resort Tickets on Reserve Orlando

While still taking the new seasonal pricing model into consideration, Reserve Orlando offers unbeatable Universal Orlando ticket discounts. No matter if you purchase a single day ticket or multi-day, multi-park pass, you’ll enjoy exceptional savings. Don’t believe me? Take a look for yourself and purchase your discounted Universal Orlando Resort tickets today.

Plus, Reserve Orlando customers receive additional benefits including:

  • Discounted nightly hotel prices when you bundle your purchase
  • Access to exclusive theme park packages and savings
  • Skip waiting in the ticket line thanks to your Reserve Orlando e-Ticket

 

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Take Advantage of Universal Orlando Ticket Discounts Today

As you can see, the new pricing model at Universal Orlando® Resort and exclusive offers from Reserve Orlando are a fantastic way to save on your Florida vacation. Start planning your theme park vacation today.

Everyone knows about the pre-Disney World vacation feeling. You can’t sleep the night before and all you want to do is head to the magical resort right away. Kids and adults alike get this feeling, especially before their first Disney World trip.

Along with this feeling comes the desire to do everything just right. One’s first Disney World trip is a big deal and requires planning, research, and know how. To get started, this guide will tell you everything you need to know for your first vacation in Walt Disney World.

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Plan, Plan, and Plan Some More

Ask any Disney World expert or fan and the first piece of advice they’ll give you is to plan. You don’t have to obsessively color code your travel itinerary in a 3-ring binder, but you have to have a plan. Use these planning tips to get started:

Know How Many Days You Need
Each theme park is packed with fun. It’s tempting to try and fit as much magic as possible into a short amount of time, but it’s not ideal. Typically, first-time visitors need the following amount of time in the Disney World parks to experience it all:

  • Magic Kingdom: 2 Days
  • Epcot: 1 Day
  • Animal Kingdom: 1 Day
  • Disney’s Hollywood Studios: 1 Day

 

For good measure, add one day to your itinerary that can be used to go back to a park you want to see more of.

Do You Really Need A Rental Car?
Rental cars in Orlando can be expensive, especially if you’re only using it to get from the airport to Disney World. Seek alternative methods of transportation to save on your Disney World vacation. Disney even offers a shuttle service to and from the Orlando Airport, called Disney’s Magical Express.

If you plan to stay on Walt Disney World property, there are several transportation options onsite that will bring you to and from the theme parks.

Make Dining Reservations Well in Advance
If you’re embarking on your first Disney World trip, making dining reservations is a must. From a table in Cinderella’s Castle to Le Cellier Steakhouse, Walt Disney World is packed with exceptional dining experiences. Here’s the kicker – reservations fill up fast!

To secure your spot at one of the top restaurants, make your reservation up to 180 days prior to your trip. Otherwise, you’ll have a difficult time finding reservations.

If everything is booked, don’t worry. Once you’ve arrived at Disney World, call the restaurants to see if any reservations have been canceled. You never know when a table may open up!

Use the My Disney Experience App

Disney offers a wide range of tools to help those going on their first Disney World trip plan ahead. The My Disney Experience app is a vital tool for planning and enjoying your vacation. The app allows visitors to:

  • Plan and manage FastPass+ rides
  • Link tickets, hotel reservations, and dining reservations to the app
  • Plan out each day of your first Disney World trip
  • Link and manage your Magic Bands for entry into the park and more

 

This app has everything you need for your trip and more. Seriously! You’ll discover ten times more magic inside and outside of the parks when you use the My Disney Experience App.

Take Advantage of FastPass+

Within your My Disney Experience app, you can select and manage your FastPass+ reservations. FastPass+ reservations allow you to skip the line for rides, meet characters, and get great seats for parades throughout the parks.

Guests are allowed up to 3 FastPass+ reservations (in a single theme park) per day. You can plan and make these reservations before you enter the park and manage them as you go. However, there are a few tricks you can use to maximize your park time and rock your first Disney World trip with a FastPass+:

  • If possible, get to your selected FastPass+ ride reservation early. If the regular line has a short wait time, cancel your FastPass reservation and get in line. You now have another FastPass+ reservation to use.

 

  • Take a screenshot of your FastPass+ reservations and change your phone home screen to this photo. This allows you to know your reservation times even if cell service or Wi-Fi is limited. (Disney World has free Wi-Fi throughout its theme parks.)

 

  • As soon as you use your 3rd FastPass+ of the day, you’re granted another FastPass+. As a result, it’s best to quickly open your My Disney Experience app to reserve your next FastPass+ selection right away. (Note, once you use your 4th FastPass+ you’re granted another and so on.)

 

A first Disney World trip isn't complete without a character breakfast!

A first Disney World trip isn’t complete without a character breakfast!

Tips for a Child’s First Disney World Trip

There’s nothing more magical than watching a child experience the magic of Disney World the first time. To make your child’s first Disney World trip one for the record books, use these tips:

Plan Character Meet and Greets Ahead of Time
Disney character meet and greet lines can be especially daunting. All characters, regardless of popularity, have exceptionally long wait times.

One way to avoid long wait times is to plan ahead. If your child is more interested in the characters than the rides, schedule character meet and greets for first thing in the morning. Use your My Disney Experience app to reserve a time with particular characters.

On the other hand, you can also make reservations for a character breakfast or lunch throughout the resort and at one of the many dining options in Walt Disney World. A popular option is the Disney Junior character breakfast or lunch at Hollywood and Vine in Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Surprise Your Child with a Wake Up Call from a Character
The Walt Disney World team goes to extreme lengths to ensure that all guests have a truly magical vacation. To surprise your child, schedule a wake-up call from a Disney character. Cast members at the front desk of your Disney World resort can help you with this.

Bring Strollers and Take Breaks
Children will get tired from walking around the massive theme parks. While it can be daunting, a stroller can help ease their impending fatigue. However, on your first Disney World trip you’ll soon realize strollers are everywhere. Be sure to distinguish yours with a balloon, ribbon or any other colorful decoration so you don’t get lost in stroller parking trying to find your stroller out of the many.

Remember to take breaks throughout the day too. Whether you take a snack break or sit in the shade for a bit, this allows you and your little one(s) to regain their energy for more rides, characters, and fun.

People of all ages love going to Disney World for the first time.

Everyone loves going to Disney World, especially adults.

Tips for an Adult’s First Disney World Trip

Is it your first time visiting Disney World as an adult? Use these tips for a memorable first Disney World trip.

Take Advantage of Rider Switch
If you’re visiting Disney World with young children who might not meet all ride requirements, you’ll want to leverage the “Rider Switch”. Also known as “Child Swap”, this allows one parent to stay with the children who don’t meet ride requirements while the other parent waits in line with those who do.

Once the “riding parent” has completed the ride, the “waiting parent” can go on the ride by going in the FastPass+ line. This allows both parents to ride the attraction and not miss out on all the fun in the theme parks! Ask cast members at each ride or attraction about this pass to gain access.

Go on Rides During Off Peak Times
One of the best ways to experience the top rides and attractions is to do so during parades and fireworks. If you don’t mind missing a parade or fireworks show, plan to ride the top attractions during this time. You’ll experience shorter wait times, as everyone is waiting for the parade or fireworks show to begin.

No Park Admission Necessary
Looking to find Disney magic outside of the theme parks? During your first Disney World trip, head to Disney Springs and Disney’s Boardwalk for exceptional shopping, entertainment, and dining. Be on the lookout for the renowned hidden Mickeys and more Disney magic.

World Showcase Wine Walk
For just $20, you can sample six pre-selected wines in certain countries throughout Epcot. You’ll receive your Wine Walk Passport and get stamps while at each wine stop. Your passport is valid throughout your vacation. Who doesn’t enjoy drinking around the world?

Don't forget your smartphone! It's the key to a great Disney World trip.

Don’t forget your smartphone! It’s the key to a great Disney World trip.

First Disney World Trip Insider Tips

To make your first Disney World trip especially spectacular, take advantage of these insider tips:

Get Ready to Walk
The average Disney World visitor walks anywhere from 6 to 13 miles per day in the theme parks. With this in mind, choose your shoe selection carefully. Wear sturdy and comfortable shoes that you won’t mind walking and also standing in for an exceptionally long period of time. Your feet and legs will thank you.

Pack Appropriately
From sunscreen to a poncho, a Disney World vacation requires quite a lot. This packing list has everything you need for a perfect first Disney World trip.

Arrive at the Parks Before They Open
Arriving 15-30 minutes before the posted opening time for each theme park is advantageous. You might even find that the park is already open when you get there! If not, you’ll beat the crowds.

Have Your Smartphone Prepared
Your smartphone is your biggest vacation advocate while in Walt Disney World. From taking pictures to managing your trip, you’ll need a phone by your side at every moment. Make sure you have the following downloaded on and with your phone:

  • The My Disney Experience app, loaded and prepared
  • Memory space for pictures
  • Phone charger
  • External battery charger, if desired
  • Phone case

 

Bring a Cooler Inside the Park
Did you know you can bring your own cooler into the park? With this in mind, you can save money and time by bringing your own drinks and snacks with you. Keep in mind, though, the cooler must be smaller than 24″L x 15″W x 18″H (the size of the large lockers).

What are You Celebrating?
Is your first Disney World trip part of a bigger celebration such as a honeymoon or birthday? Disney Cast Members go out of their way to ensure that first-time visitors and those celebrating an occasion have an exceptional time at the parks and resorts. Inform a cast member that it’s your first time at Disney World so you can receive ongoing magic and surprises throughout the day.

Use these tips for a fantastic first Disney World trip.

Use these tips for a fantastic first Disney World trip.

Enjoy Your First Disney World Trip!

There’s nothing quite as exciting or memorable as the first vacation to Walt Disney World. For even more Disney World vacation tips and savings, book your first Disney World trip with Reserve Orlando.

Orlando has so much to discover, your itinerary can grow pretty fast—and so can your budget! However, it’s easy to avoid that problem with the Orlando Explorer Pass.

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What is the Orlando Explorer Pass?

The Orlando Explorer Pass is the best choice for maximum savings and flexibility at Orlando’s famous I-Drive area attractions. Save up to 35% off retail prices on admission to 4 attractions. Enjoy the flexibility to choose attractions as you go and take up to 30 days to use your pass. Plus, you can access your Orlando Explorer Pass on your phone or by printing it out – however is most convenient for your vacation plans!

The Pass is the perfect vacation choice for everyone, especially:

  • Families visiting Orlando for the first time.
  • Visitors looking for flexibility with plans.
  • Friends looking to maximize their Orlando vacation.

 

Overall, you can’t beat the discounts you’ll discover with the Orlando Explorer Pass.

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Where Can I Go with the Orlando Explorer Pass?

This is only a handful of the attractions and activities you can access with the Orlando Explorer Pass. From interactive museums to waterparks, you can access the best of Orlando attractions with this Pass.

Choose from 16 top attractions:

  • The Orlando Eye
  • Madame Tussauds
  • SEA LIFE Aquarium Orlando
  • Gatorland: The Alligator Capital of the World
  • WonderWorks
  • Fun Spot America Theme Park – 4 Ride Sampler
  • Boggy Creek Airboat Tour
  • Ripley’s Believe It or Not!
  • Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition
  • Forever Florida Coach Tour
  • Congo River Adventure Golf
  • Skeletons: Animals Unveiled!
  • Skycoaster at Fun Spot America
  • The Cirque Magique Dinner
  • CoCo Key Water ParkThe Cirque Magique Dinner
  • I-Ride Trolley 3-Day Pass

 

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Why Should I Purchase an Orlando Explorer Pass?

If this amazing list of activities hasn’t convinced you to purchase your Orlando Explorer Pass yet, these reasons will.

The Orlando Explorer Pass Saves You 35% on Admission
Why pay more to visit Orlando attractions when you don’t have to? The Orlando Explorer Pass saves you an extraordinary amount of money, which you can use elsewhere on your vacation.

The Luxury of Convenience
With an Orlando Explorer Pass, you can skip waiting in line for tickets and scrambling to get last-minute admission online. As a result, you can maximize your vacation time which means more fun for you. You can even access your pass from your smart phone–no paper trail needed!

Choose Your Perfect Pass
The Orlando Explorer isn’t one size fits all. This pass allows you to choose the attractions that appeal to you, so you can easily customize your itinerary. With four attractions included in the pass, which can be used over the course of 30 days, you can take your time exploring all Orlando has to offer.

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Coco Key Waterpark

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Ashley is Reserve Direct’s travel expert, visiting Orlando to find the best travel tips, money-saving deals and insider information. With over 10 years of experience in first-hand-travel adventures, she shares her stories, advice, and current events to help you stay in the know.

Did you know Walt Disney World is the same size as San Francisco? At 42 square miles, this theme park is more like a town than a typical park. This means you’ve got to have a plan in place if you want to conquer Disney World in 3 days. Sure, a week at Disney World is ideal. But if you don’t have that much time you can still have the full Mickey experience if you follow this fast-paced yet fun itinerary.

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Key Tips to Follow

 

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Day 1: Magic Kingdom

FastPass+ suggestions

  • Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
  • Character Meet and Greet
  • Festival of Fantasy Parade

 

What to Do

On your first day at Disney World, make your way to the Magic Kingdom. It’s the premier Disney Park, and the one you’ll want to visit first. There’s something about seeing Cinderella’s Castle that totally puts you in the Disney mood. Ideally, you’ve already used the My Disney Experience app to reserve your FastPass+ selections for all your must-see rides and attractions. I recommend getting FastPasses for the most popular activites, so you’ll spend less time waiting and more time having fun.

You’ll notice only one of the suggestions for FastPass+ is for a ride. This is because some of the most memorable things to at the Magic Kingdom are the meet and greets and parades. Depending on which characters are your favorites, classics like Mickey Mouse or fairytale princesses like Cinderella, you can arrange a time to meet them. By using a FastPass+ you’ll be able to have that fangirl moment and not have to waste an hour in line.  Trust me when I say these are the moments that make Disney amazing.

I recommend using FastPass+ for Festival of Fantasy Parade. Why? You get VIP, front of the crowd access for a perfect view of this stunning parade. No craning your neck to get a view, or putting a stop to fun to a get a viewing spot. It’s kind of the best.

To find out more about tackling this park, read our guide on how to conquer the Magic Kingdom in one day.

Where to Eat

 

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Day 2: Animal Kingdom and Disney’s Hollywood Studios

FastPass+ Suggestions

  • Toy Story Mania
  • Hollywood Tower of Terror
  • Star Tours

 

What to Do

On day 2 of our itinerary that conquers Disney World in 3 days, you’re going to wake up early. Wildlife at the Animal Kingdom is most active in the morning, which makes it prime viewing time. A ride on Kilimanjaro Safari is the main attraction at Animal Kingdom. Aboard this safari, Disney transforms into an African plain. Animals like giraffes, elephants, lions, zebras and more frolic around, putting you thisclose to the action. It’s by far the coolest experience at the Animal Kingdom.

Other notables at this park include:

  • Expedition Everest
  • It’s a Bug’s Life
  • Festival of the Lion King

 

Where to Eat

 

(Please note, FastPass+ selections must be used at 1 park per day. For this Disney World in 3 days itinerary, save your Fastpasses for Disney’s Hollywood Studios.)

After a late lunch, make your way to Disney’s Hollywood Studios. This park is undergoing a massive transformation right now. Long gone is the Sorcerer’s Hat and backlots. Incoming are all things Star Wars and Frozen. Currently, these are the best attractions at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

FastPass+ Suggestions

  • Toy Story Mania
  • Hollywood Tower of Terror
  • Star Tours

 

When you’re trying to make the most of Disney World in 3 days, you have to take advantage of Disney Springs. On Day 2, you’ll do just that. This newly redesigned, waterside entertainment complex (previously known as Downtown Disney), bustles with activity day or night. You can browse stores like World of Disney, with more than 50,000 square feet of retail space, for the perfect Disney souvenir. Then, have dinner at The Boathouse. A waterfront restaurant with charming views, this harbor-esque eatery is the place to dine for a memorable meal at Disney Springs. The atmosphere combines with a menu of fresh seafood and savory steaks to create a one-of-a-kind Disney experience. You can even go on a boat ride around the harbor of the restaurant! How’s that for dinner and a show?!

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Day 3: Epcot

FastPass+ Suggestions

  • Test Track
  • Soarin’
  • Frozen Ever After

 

Epcot has long been misunderstood by the masses. It’s been known as “Disney’s adult theme park” as its ride selection is fewer, and its focus is on global culture. But you know what? Epcot has really revved up its attractions recently, staring with Test Track. An overhaul four years ago made this ride futuristic and even more hands-on. Here, you can buckle up in a 6-passenger “simulation car” and put a virtual vehicle that you created to the test. It’s a lot of fun to see how your design handles the twist and turns of Test Track.

Another recent addition is Frozen Ever After. Geared towards guests who love Frozen (basically everyone!), this attraction is an unforgettable adventure through Arendelle. Your favorite Frozen characters such as Elsa, Anna, Kristoff and Olaf whisk you away for on over-the-water experience, one of which is even set to popular songs from Frozen. It’s a must-do for any Frozen fanatic!

Soarin’ is an Epcot staple. It’s worthy of a FastPass+ simply for the airborne adventure it features. Likewise, the journey is all-new and showcases beauty from across the globe. It’s an easy way to view extraordinary landmarks worldwide.

Of course, you can’t visit Epcot without spending some time bouncing around World Showcase. Eleven countries create the pavilion, each dedicated to the food and culture of its respective country. I suggest walking around the entire pavilion, stopping to take in live performances and for a drink or two at your favorite countries.

World Showcase Standouts

Mexico: Grab a margarita, listen to the strolling mariachi band and take a tour through a pre-Columbian pyramid

China: View intricate recreations of the Temple of Heaven and the Terra Cotta Army

Germany: Stroll through cobblestone streets and bavarian architecture while sipping a strong brew

Italy: Romance rules in Italy, with Venice inspired plazas, bell towers, palaces and gardens among the highlights

France: Sip some wine as you walk amongst recreations of The Siene and Eiffel Tower

Where to Eat

Trying to conquer Disney World in 3 days means you’re probably only eating dinner at Epcot once. So, be sure to take advantage of breakfast and lunch specials so you truly can taste your way around the world.

 

End your day at Epcot with the stunning Illuminations: Reflections of Earth show. Set on the World Showcase Lagoon, this night show celebrates the past, present and future of Earth. A stunning fireworks show set to stunning music, this is one show you’ve got to see!

For the best viewing (aside from restaurants), stake out a spot here:

  • Canada Pavilion
  • Waterfront Benches in China
  • World Showcase Plaza
  • Bridge between the France and UK pavilions

 

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Conquering Disney World in 3 Days

With this fast-paced itinerary it’s totally possible to conquer Disney World in 3 days. You might not be able to see it all. But hey, that’s just a good reason to come back!


Ashley is Reserve Direct’s travel expert, visiting Orlando to find the best travel tips, money-saving deals and insider information. With over 10 years of experience in first-hand-travel adventures, she shares her stories, advice, and current events to help you stay in the know.

Do you remember how excited you were to go to Walt Disney World as a child? Going back to the magic as an adult only amplifies the excitement. Done right, a Disney World vacation for adults can have as much magic — if not, more — as your childhood trip to see Mickey Mouse.

Before you travel to the world of Hidden Mickey’s as a grown-up, make sure you know how to have the perfect Disney World vacation for adults.

Disney World Vacation for Adults

Disney’s Port Orleans Resort is Disney done differently

Where to Stay for Your Walt Disney World Vacation

Deciding which Walt Disney World resort to reserve all depends on your personal preferences and vacation budget. While many on-site hotels are geared towards children, Walt Disney World is also home to multiple luxury resorts that appeal to adults including:

 

Another option is to reserve a room at an off-site hotel or resort. Keep in mind that off-site hotels and resorts may not provide transportation to and from the parks and Walt Disney World attractions.

Once you know where you’ll stay on a Disney World vacation for adults, it’s time to plan out your fun.

Things to Do on a Disney World Vacation for Adults

While there’s always the option of letting your inner child run free at the theme parks, there’s far more to experience on a Disney World vacation for adults.

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Disney Springs, formerly known as Downtown Disney, offers everything from shopping to live entertainment for guests of all ages. For extraordinary nightlife, be sure to go to these popular Disney Springs spots:

  • Paradiso 37 Entertainment
  • House of Blues
  • Raglan RoadTM Irish Pub and Restaurant

 

During a Disney World vacation for adults, spend a night at Disney’s BoardWalk. The BoardWalk provides shopping, restaurants, and nightlife for guests above the age of 21. While you’re there, visit Jellyrolls and AbracadaBar for exciting cocktails, entertainment, and spectacular food.

The BoardWalk also provides phenomenal views of EPCOT. As a result, the BoardWalk bridge is one of the best places to watch the jaw-dropping fireworks show, “IllumiNations”.

Disney World Vacation for Adults

Disney’s BoardWalk is the best place to watch fireworks, especially “IllumiNations”/Flickr, Matt Popovich

Shows, Shows, and More Shows
Of course, Walt Disney World offers jaw-dropping shows for adults to enjoy. For a night of mystery and amazement, get your tickets to La Nouba by Cirque Du Soleil. This show is perfect for every age, especially adults. You’ll be on the edge of your seat as you wonder how the performers could possibly do these incredible feats of strength and agility.

Shows are performed throughout Walt Disney World theme parks as well. You don’t have to be a child to appreciate the magic of shows from the daring “Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular” to the wonderment of “Fantasmic”. No Disney World vacation for adults is complete without watching a magical performance.

Tour Walt Disney World Behind the Scenes
Get an inside look at the enchantment behind the theme parks by taking a tour during your Disney World vacation for adults. Reserve your spot for these one-of-a-kind tours:

  • Disney’s Keys to the Kingdom Tour — Have you heard about Magic Kingdom’s underground tunnels? Discover if the urban myth is true.
  • Backstage Magic Tour — Wondering how Walt Disney World produces magic on a daily basis? Your answer is on this tour.
  • Backstage Tales Tour — Go behind the scenes at Disney’s Animal Kingdom and meet the 1,500 furry, scaly, or slimy residents of the park.
  • Epcot Seas Aqua Tour — Snorkel in a massive EPCOT aquarium and meet sea turtles, sharks, angelfish and other stunning aquatic life. Will you find Nemo?

 

Non-Theme Park Fun for Adults
During a Disney World vacation for adults, you don’t have to attend a theme park every day. In fact, Walt Disney World has several non-theme park activities exclusively for adults.

Disney World Vacation for Adults

You deserve a spa day during your Disney World vacation

After a few days in the theme parks, you’ll want a day to relax. A reservation at one of the many spas across the Walt Disney World resorts will do the trick. Senses, a spa at the Grand Floridian Resort, offers a myriad of spa, massage, and relaxation treatments for Walt Disney World guests. While you’re here, be sure to try one of the facial packages.

You can also schedule in a round or two at one of the many Walt Disney World golf courses. Or, if you prefer a less competitive golfing option, there’s also Fantasia Gardens and Fairways Mini Golf for carefree fun.

Find time for these non-theme park opportunities too:

  • Carriage rides around the beautiful Walt Disney World resorts
  • Characters in Flight – a helium balloon ride that takes you 400 feet up in the air
  • Movies Under the Stars at one of the many resorts
  • Lounging by the pool at your Walt Disney World resort

 

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Taste the world at EPCOT!

Where to Eat and Drink in Walt Disney World

No Disney World vacation for adults would be complete without dining reservations at one of the many gourmet restaurants such as:

  • California Grill
  • Il Mulino
  • Victoria & Albert’s
  • Yachtsman Steakhouse
  • And More

 

Be advised that dining reservations at Walt Disney World can be hard to come by. Guests tend to secure their reservations months in advance of their Walt Disney World vacation for adults. It is also suggested that adults make late night reservations to avoid the family crowd between 5:00pm and 8:00pm.

If your restaurant of choice is booked, make a reservation at one of the many other top-notch restaurants. The day before your reservation, call the original restaurant to see if any reservations have opened up. If so, cancel your present reservations and grab seats at the restaurant you desire. You are able to cancel your reservations up to the day before without incurring a cancellation fee!

Once you’ve experienced fine dining at Walt Disney World, it’s time to take your taste buds on a worldwide excursion at EPCOT. There’s no better way to spend your day at EPCOT than eating and drinking around the world. From Japan to Morocco and beyond, you’ll taste exquisite meals and strong drinks from across the globe. Just don’t go on Test Track after your food and drink journey!

Of course, if you can schedule a Walt Disney World vacation for adults around the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival, your trip is guaranteed to be outstanding.

Disney World Vacation for Adults

Fireworks at Magic Kingdom / Flickr, Candace Lindemann

Tips and Tricks for the Best Walt Disney World Vacation for Adults

Use these quick tips and tricks for a phenomenal Disney World vacation for adults:

Book Your Vacation for the Off Season
Walt Disney World experiences the lowest attendance between the months of December and March. Book a Walt Disney World vacation for adults during this time to enjoy lower prices, fewer crowds, and more time to explore the theme parks.

Visit Theme Parks Early in the Morning or Late at Night
Families and large crowds tend to visit the theme parks from late morning to late afternoon. Therefore, if you can arrive during the early morning or late night, you’ll experience less ride wait times and smaller crowds.

Download the My Disney Experience App
Every aspect of your Disney World vacation for adults can be hooked up to the My Disney Experience App. From your park tickets to exploring your resort, your entire vacation is at your fingertips. The especially beneficial part of the app is the ability to add your Fast Passes or quicker wait times and a pleasant theme park experience.

Book a Disney World Vacation for Adults

Before you go visit Mickey and Minnie Mouse, I’d like to offer one last piece of advice.

Use Reserve Orlando to book a Disney World vacation for adults. Between the discounts and the easy process, you’ll use Reserve Orlando for all of your upcoming Disney World vacations.

Orlando is known for its amazing, world class theme parks such as Disney World and Universal Orlando Resort. These attractions come with a hefty price tag, though. So, what can you do in Orlando that’s not only a good time but also free? Especially after the sun goes down. This list covers the best free things to do in Orlando at night.

Orlando, Florida, USA skyline at dusk on Eola Lake.

The free fountain light show framed by the Orlando skyline at dusk on Lake Eola

1) Orlando Eye
It might cost money to ride the Orlando Eye Ferris Wheel. But, it’s totally free to watch the light show the wheel puts on each night a I-Drive 360.

2) Disney Springs
The atmosphere at Disney Springs is all-new, thanks to a serious redesign of the area formerly known as Downtown Disney. Visit here to get a dose of Disney without having to shell out cash for tickets. Plus, the area totally transforms at night so it’s totally different from daytime at the same complex.

3) Lakeridge Winery & Vineyards
If you’re a fan of wine, this one’s for you. Set on 80 gorgeous acres, Lakeridge Winery hosts free tasting tours and festivals year round.

4) Orlando Brewing Company
For those who prefer an ice cold beer to wine, visit Orlando Brewing Company. The brewery is one of only 10 organic breweries in America, and the only on in the Southeast. On weekends free tours and entertainment is available.

5) Popcorn Flicks in the Park
Winter Park presents Popcorn Flicks in the Park throughout the year. Classic films with families in mind provide the perfect night out under the stars. Films are typically shown on the second Thursday of each month in Central Park and they are free and open to the public.

6) Fred Stone Theater
The Second Stage Series at Fred Stone Theater offers free evening shows Thursday through Saturday. All shows are produced by Rollins Players, and completely directed, designed, marketed, and performed by students.

7) Chip ‘N Dale’s Campfire Sing-A-Long
One of the best free things to do in Orlando at night for families is this activity at Disney’s For Wilderness Resort. Even if you’re not a guest you can attend the campfire sing-along. Afterwards, enjoy a classic Disney film under the stars.

8) Lake Eola Park
Lake Eola Park is teeming with free things to do during the day. Similarly, the Park features free things to do in Orlando at night. Watch the twice-nightly light shows at the lake, movies in the park during summer, and free concerts at Walt Disney Amphitheater.

9) Magic Kingdom Fireworks
Catch the end-of-the-night fireworks at the Magic Kingdom—free of charge! Simply ride the free tram to the Ticket and Transportation Center for the best outside-the-park views.

10) Electrical Water Pageant
If you’re a Disney Resort guests, there are a lot of free parks. For guests of resorts surround the Seven Seas Resort, such as Grand Floridian Resort and Disney’s Polynesian Resort, the nightly Electrical Water Pageant is an added bonus.

11) Old Town
If you’re a classic car enthusiasts, drive to Old Town for free weekly car shows. All-American muscle cars are the highlight of Friday nights, while Saturday night features vintage cars.

12) Portofino Bay Hotel
This Universal Orlando Resort property hosts the nightly show “Musica della Notte” each night at sunset. Accordingly, The Harbor Piazza comes alive with an Italian musical celebration free to the public.

Put this list of free things to do in Orlando at night to use on your next vacation. Your wallet will thank you!


Ashley is Reserve Direct’s travel expert, visiting Orlando to find the best travel tips, money-saving deals and insider information. With over 10 years of experience in first-hand-travel adventures, she shares her stories, advice, and current events to help you stay in the know.

Orlando is a hotspot for family vacations. As the theme park capital of the world, this destination has endless options for entertainment. It’s easy to see why you’d want to visit, but the planning process can sometimes not be a simple. Fear not—Reserve Orlando is here to help. Orlando vacation packages streamline what to do with where to stay, making it easier for you to discover more all while saving money.

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Orlando vacation packages are easy to customize with Reserve Orlando. It’s your vacation—you should do it your way. Maybe you’re a fan of princesses and Mickey Mouse, so you can’t miss Disney World’s Magic Kingdom. However, you also wish you could’ve went to Hogwarts instead if State College, which makes Universal Orlando Resort a must. Combine the best of both worlds with the Orlando Theme Park Combo Package. It includes tickets to both amazing theme parks, and your choice of Orlando hotels. Want to stay at a Disney Resort? We’ve got ‘em. Looking to stay close to Universal on International Drive? There are plenty of those available too.

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That’s just the start of the options for Orlando vacation packages. Also featured are LEGOLAND, SeaWorld, Busch Gardens Tampa, and more. Additional Orlando attractions and shows can always be added to any package you pick, too. The simple process means your personalized vacation package can be purchased in minutes. Hassle-free. Just the way vacation should be.

Now you know how easy booking an Orlando vacation can be. With Reserve Orlando, you get a great deal and the vacation you want. Every time. Guaranteed. It’s that simple.

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Ashley is Reserve Direct’s travel expert, visiting Orlando to find the best travel tips, money-saving deals and insider information. With over 10 years of experience in first-hand-travel adventures, she shares her stories, advice, and current events to help you stay in the know.

may_eventsCheck out these Orlando events happening May 2016:

May 1-30: Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival
The annual Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival features plenty of new things to see in 2016. Throughout the festival, which began March 2, Epcot guests will be treated to new topiaries, garden displays, seminars by celebrity HGTV designers, a stellar line-up for the Garden Rocks Concert Series and a gorgeous butterfly house.

May 7, 14: Viva La Musica at SeaWorld
Celebrate the food, fun, sights and sounds of Latin culture at this annual Hispanic festival for the entire family, featuring live concerts by internationally renowned Latin musical artists and savory Latin cuisine – only at SeaWorld Orlando.

May 14-15: Jazz on the Vineyard Green
Lakeridge Winery will be hosting jazz musicians on their outdoor stage all weekend. Food, beer, and wine will be available along with complimentary winery tours and tastings.

May 18-30:  Orlando International Fringe Festival
This 13-day festival offers theatre, music, dance, and art to all ages. 100% of box office sales go directly back to the artists within The Fringe. The cost and venue of shows vary. See the Fringe website for more details.