As I announced here, we booked our Orlando, Florida honeymoon in July and I’ve been getting into planning mode ever since. Today marks 371 days until we get on the plane (we’re going 122 days after our wedding, to ensure adequate saving/excitement time) and I’m already downloading apps, buying books and taking notes on the best way to do everything. Here are a few thoughts on how everything is going so far, just in case you too are planning a Florida vacation with your other half and want to know how others go about it.
Reading books and blogs
I’ve bought an unofficial guide and keep checking in on various blogs to see what’s going to be going on during our trip, as well as picking up tips for little-known things we can get up to while we’re there. It can be difficult to find specific advice for couples going on trips like this, as it can so often be geared towards families with kids, but I’m managing to find hidden treasures here and there (this one is especially useful) and I’m making a ton of notes on things we should be planning to see.
Planning non-theme park activities
There are a few activities which we want to book or do, that are unrelated to the theme parks, and I want to make sure they are as much of a priority as the theme park hopping we’ll be doing most of the trip. The Kennedy Space Centre, Mall of America and catching an Orlando Magic game are all high on the list for us, and I think it’s important for us to visit a couple of places which are a little different so we don’t get tired of the same thing over and over.
The main thing for us and this trip is that it can’t break the bank. We know it’s going to be an expensive holiday, but at the same time, we don’t want to come back in debt because we got carried away whilst we were there and spent way too much money. We plan on eating outside of the theme park all but one or two evenings and have chosen a hotel that includes breakfast and a free shuttle service, so we are going to be saving money wherever we can and spending some needed time outside of theme parks. We’ll probably take extra money for souvenirs and for any extra quality activities we might want to do (those things which add a little extra to the experience), but bad, overpriced meals in the parks is always going to be hard to justify.
Making time for rest and relaxation
We know an Orlando theme park based holiday is tough – I’ve done it twice before myself – but we’ll definitely be making some time for a little R&R when we get overwhelmed by all of the hustle and bustle of the main attractions. A lazy shopping day, a trip to a spa, taking a walk at one of the resort beaches, we will be taking time out to spend quiet, relaxed time together as newlyweds, in between all the busy.
WDW Lines and My Disney Experience are my go-to apps for anything Disney related, the official Universal Orlando app is great for information on their resort and Trip Advisor is always a great go-to for eating and activity recommendations, so I’m sure I’ll be spending lots of time on those leading up to and during our trip. I’ll probably find a few more along the way, and I suppose I’ll be all over my photography apps when we get out there, but this is where I am with them right now.