13 Feb 2016

Dream vacation to Orlando, USA

Our holiday to Orlando was a dream come true.  Daydreams in the supermarket, about how much fun we'd have when I won the current  M&Ms promotion  really did come true.

It's a long way to the USA, so we expanded our trip in all kinds of ways.

On arrival in Orlando, we settled into our first hotel to burn off the jetlag, and spend some time at Seaworld and Aquatica (Seaworld's water park.) It was a very comfortable room, and we loved the free breakfast. The shuttles to Seaworld were very efficient, and the quick queue passes were a great advantage of our three nights in this hotel.

Then it was off to Port Canaveral for our cruise. I'm still thrilled to think back and remember that we cruised to the Bahamas. Truly amazing. We were cosseted on the ship for our four night trip, and had a wonderful time.

On the morning the cruise ended, we walked off the ship to hustle our way back to Orlando and check into our next hotel. It's not cheap to stay at the Hard Rock Hotel, but the advantages of being in walking distance (or taking a water taxi shuttle) to the Universal Studios parks are great.  They also offer a pass which lets you skip most queues, so that was fabulous.  We spent the day at the Universal Studios park, and then the next at the US Islands of Adventure park.

After this hectic couple of days, we went and checked into our M&Ms provided hotel, the Floridays resort.  This was a very comfortable three bedroom apartment, and the kids were thrilled to have a bedroom each, along with their own tv. In fact, we were all pretty pleased to have some space to spread out and regroup.

The next day we were off to Discovery Cove, a ridiculously indulgent all inclusive day including optional dolphin swims.  Such a relaxing day (and surprisingly cost efficient, as paying entry here also gets two weeks unlimited entry to both Seaworld and Aquatica.) 

We made time for a shopping trip to a factory outlet mall and Walmart, so that was pretty exciting.

Our trip to the NASA centre at Cape Canaveral was a highlight. We got a little lost getting there, as our hire car GPS thought we were trying to get to a bank with a similar name. Once we straightened that out, it was a fabulous day. The Atlantis exhibit was just astounding.

Then it was time to leave our luxurious hotel and go to Disney World, which I'll discuss in another post.