Frommer's Walt Disney World and Orlando with Kids (Frommer's With Kids)
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- Frommer's Walt Disney World & Orlando with Kids offers the lowdown on all the major theme parks in Orlando and rates all attractions on their suitability for kids of all ages.
- Our author, a longtime Mickey fan and the mother of five, hits all the highlights, from Magic Kingdom to Islands of Adventure to SeaWorld. She's checked out all of the city's best hotels and restaurants in person, and offers authoritative, candid reviews that will help you find the choices that suit your family's tastes and budget.
- You'll also get up-to-the-minute coverage of shopping and entertainment; detailed information on character dining; accurate park maps; advice on planning a successful family vacation; and side trips to Tampa and Cocoa Beach.
Universal parks early in their stays, saving SeaWorld for the end, if at all. Tip: Be advised that if the weather report for the day calls for sustained rain, save SeaWorld for another time. Many attractions here are outdoors or involve—surprise!—water and animals, a combination that can be lethal in a lightning storm. These close down at the merest hint of storm activity in the area, which will leave you with a whole lot less to do for your money. EXPLORING BEYOND DISNEY BEST TIME OF YEAR TO
refundable deposit, for electric convenience vehicles. 3 Exploring Walt Disney World A+ = Your trip wouldn’t be complete without it. A = Put it at the top of your “to-do” list. B+ = Make a real effort to see or do it. B = It’s fun but not a “must-see.” C+ = A nice diversion; see it if you have time. C = Go if there’s no wait and you can walk right in. D = Don’t bother. Main Street, U.S.A. Designed to model a turn-of-the-20th-century American street (though it ends in a 13th-c. European
parrot (Peg-legged Pete) above the entrance plaza and he may offer you his own greeting. Remember When… It should come as no great surprise that with the popularity of all things retro (not to mention the ever increasing number of nostalgic baby boomers visiting the parks), that Disney has brought back a theme park original—the Disney Orange Bird, who bobbed his way about the Magic Kingdom (his gigantic head shaped like a Florida orange—a reference to the Florida Citrus Growers, a sponsor way
as that giant golf ball. Major corporations sponsor Future World’s 10 themed areas (that means they’re making pricey investments, such as the $100 million that Hewlett-Packard dropped on the Mission: Space ride, described a little later in this chapter). The focus here is on discovery, scientific achievements, and tomorrow’s technologies in areas running from energy to undersea exploration. Here are the main attractions: Innoventions East and West Frommer’s Rating: B+ for hungry minds and game
turtles, and alligators. Adventurous visitors (who aren’t afraid to head out after dark) will find the nighttime airboat rides through the region even more exciting than the daytime outings. See p. 181. 1 The Best of Walt Disney World & Orlando know it, your only escape route involves a dramatic 85-foot drop almost straight down—it’s touted as the “longest, steepest, fastest water descent ever built.” See p. 151. Popeye & Bluto’s Bilge-Rat Barges (Islands of Adventure): Up to 12 riders splash