So you have decided to take your family on the ultimate family holiday to the Disney World Resort in Florida, USA, but where to do even begin decide when to go, where to stay, what theme park tickets to buy and what else is there to do in Florida apart from Disney World?
Although the weather in Florida is hot and sunny almost all year around, there are some important considerations to think about when planning your Disney Holiday. Surprising Christmas is one of the busiest times in the Disney world parks, because of the amazing Christmas decorations and parades which adorn all four of the Disney World parks. Easter is also very busy because the heat at this time of year is not as intense as in the summer months. Early summer is the hottest and driest time of year in Florida, however by mid-August; there can be heavy rainstorms almost every afternoon. Lastly from anywhere to 10-45 minutes, these rainstorms will not ruin your holiday and some British families come to Disney World in this period because the American schools return for the new year mid-August meaning the theme parks are very quiet in comparison to the early summer months.
When choosing a hotel, there is one over-riding choice which will influence your decision, do you want to stay in Disney World itself in a Disney hotel or do you to stay off site? There are literally thousands of hotels in the Orlando area ranging from all prices and needs, as well as many privately owned villas to rent. Staying in a non-Disney hotel is definitely the cheaper option, however the Disney hotel experience can give your holiday added magic and fun.
The next decision is which Disney tickets do you buy? Disney World offers UK visitors four different types of ticket for entry into the four Disney World theme parks, Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney's Hollywood Studios and Disney's Animal Kingdom, as well as the two water parks Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon, as well as Disney's interactive theme park Disney Quest. The different variations of tickets include access into these parks for 5, 7, 14 or 21 days. For a 14 days Florida holiday, a 7 day ticket is probably sufficient due all the other activities available in the area.
Outside of Disney World there are a number of other theme parks including Universal Studios, Islands of Adventure (featuring The Wizarding World of Harry Potter), SeaWorld featuring Discovery Cove, Busch Gardens in Tampa, as well as Wet and Wild and Aquatica water parks. These parks require their own set of tickets, however they offer very different experiences to Disney World with some very large, very fast roller coasters. Harry Potter World is also a must see attraction for any Potter fan featuring a full size Hogwarts Castle and Hogsmeade Village!