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    For those that have been to Orlando....

    My wife, myself, and our 5 year old daughter will be vacationing in Orlando in early June. We already have our accomodations (no suggestions needed), but I was wondering what everyone else thinks are the best places to visit?

    I have tickets already for Sea World and we will definitely go to the Magic Kingdom park, but what else should we do given my daughter's age?

    Disney has 3 other parks, there is Universal Studios (but I'm not sure how much a 5 year old will enjoy that). Lots of water parks, etc, but I am looking for other things that may not be so mainstream.

    Appreciate any ideas....Thanks!



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    Re: For those that have been to Orlando....

    The space center(s) are a can't miss although I'm not sure how cool that is for a 5 yr old. Little over an hour away.



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    Re: For those that have been to Orlando....

    I thought about those, but would like to know more. Do they have tours or what?



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    Re: For those that have been to Orlando....

    You can get a tour if you wanted here is a website with more information

    NASA - Tour Kennedy


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    Re: For those that have been to Orlando....

    Yeah, they have tours. You can take a bus onto the base and see the VAB where they mate the shuttle to the boosters. They also have a museum that houses a Saturn V, which gives you a good feel for the size of that rocket.

    I don't see the excitement or interest in the space center tours, but it may be because I go there for work and can't see the fun in it anymore.

    Depending on the weekend in June, you may be able to see an Atlas V or a Delta 2 launch. The dates of each will slip a little but right now they're targeting a few launches around that time frame. You may get lucky.


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    Re: For those that have been to Orlando....

    What about something like an alligator farm? Anyone check one of those out?



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    Re: For those that have been to Orlando....

    Not sure if you are getting a rental car or not but we've heard that Busch Gardens in Tampa is fun. They also have a couple water parks that are fun down there if she likes to swim, I think the one I went to was Wet n Wild in Orlando.

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    Re: For those that have been to Orlando....

    You could spend two days at the Magic Kingdom easy. Don't forget the Animal Kingdom (and the Rainforest Cafe located at the Animal Kingdom).



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    Re: For those that have been to Orlando....

    Quote Originally Posted by Mrs.ISUFan22 View Post
    Not sure if you are getting a rental car or not but we've heard that Busch Gardens in Tampa is fun. They also have a couple water parks that are fun down there if she likes to swim, I think the one I went to was Wet n Wild in Orlando.

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    Busch Gardens is great, but like Universal may not be the place for a 5 year old. Lots of roller coasters and what not.


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    Re: For those that have been to Orlando....

    My younger kids loved Animal Kingdom, MGM Studios and Epcot (in that order). If your daughter likes Disney movies or Disney Channel TV she'll love MGM and all the shows there for younger kids. See the fireworks display at Epcot at closing time. Take the boat ride after dark from Disney Boardwalk (ESPNZone for Dad!) to Epcot. Blizzard Beach is a great waterpark for kids -- just remember sunscreen and sandals. Magic Kingdom was not as interesting for them since it is more of a typical amusement park. See the parades with all the Disney characters -- preferably from the comfort of a pre-chosen restaurant table outside with a cold beverage so you don't have to fight for a spot.

    Another option is to head to Cocoa Beach (by Cape Kennedy Space Center). Lots of beaches and space to play. The Space Center may be a little boring for a 5 year old.

    Universal Studios is fun too, but may not be as appealing for a 5 year old compared to Disney.

    Have fun!



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    Re: For those that have been to Orlando....

    I've been to some of the alligator farms and found that the kids liked Animal Kingdom better. More to do for the kids and parents.



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    Re: For those that have been to Orlando....

    I've been to O-town a few times, but never to any of the big theme parks. I despise flying down there simply because the airport experience and flights in and out are chock full of loud, whiny kids.

    At any rate, the space center is on my list, but I don't know how a 5 year old would take to it. Most of the rest of my advice would be centered around places to drink, so I doubt that will be much help to you



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    Re: For those that have been to Orlando....

    I hit NASA last spring and am not in a hurry to get back. It is cool...but very pricey! I would suggest spending a day at Cocoa Beach. Just south of the NASA site.



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    Re: For those that have been to Orlando....

    Isn't Daytona close to Orlando?



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    Re: For those that have been to Orlando....

    If you're staying on Disney property you can ride the shuttles to all of the Disney areas. I wouldn't recommend driving and trying to park everytime you want to go somewhere new.

    You can get the Disney passes that allow you to go to any Disney park. Makes it a lot easier to "wing it", especially with a young child. Head to a water park when it's hot and head to the shows when it cools down.



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