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Old 10-10-07, 05:53 PM   #1
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Visiting Orlando - Need Tips

Hi everyone. We're going to visit the wonderful (overhyped) world of Disney in November. I could use a few tips on what to do, where to go and what to avoid.

So far the plan is to land, get the rental and drive around since our plane lands at about 10 and the hotel won't let us in until about 2ish.

I only plan to be in wally world for one day, while my wife and little one will get the three day pass.

What can I do other than visit a local gun range (I can handle a rifle but never handled a handgun before) to practice and learn something

I also thought about visiting a couple of the local bike shops, check out your low low prices (I get 1.01 for every dollar. This has not yet happened in my lifetime

So Floridians, what should we do?

Where is the best place to buy disney tickets? Would direct from the web be the way to go or is there somewhere where they have a better discount?

Any advice appreciated.

BTW we will be spending 7 full sunny days eating your oranges

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Old 10-12-07, 07:58 PM   #2
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As a resident, if you find discount tickets, be sure to let me know, LOL. Ticket prices just went up and so did parking. Enjoy.

Do we have bike shops anywhere near Disney? I found a place in St. Pete that has enough recumbents (3? 4?) that they claim you can try some out and see what style you like, otherwise, Florida is just not huge on biking. More selection at Target or KMart than any local bike store I've seen.

Don't worry you can blow tons of money and time all over the tourist areas. Go to International Drive. Every possible way a tourist can be separated from his money is right there. You want to shoot? There's a shooting range on I-Drive that has machine guns. See? Anything you can imagine, it's there, believe it or not. No really, Ripley's Believe It or Not is on I-Drive. I will recommend that you avoid the restaurants around there. Food is mediocre or worse but prices are sky-high. They don't care, they know that tourists aren't return customers anyway.
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1. Local tend to stay away from International Drive (I-Drive) the overcrowded and overpriced tourist mecca other than the occasional waterpark. Likewise with the second mortgage to go to the theme parks. As far as discount tickets, assumed they came with the travel packages that brought the tourist in, however, there are a lot of kiosk on I-Drive hawking discout tickets. Don't know the value of the tickets at the kiosk but the Florida resident 'specials' as a joke - around 5% off.

2. I know a couple out around me on the east side, put don't know their policies - loaner weapons vs bring your own. If there is one on I-Drive would probably cater to tourist and have loaner weapons. Just check the yellow pages and call a couple of places.

3. No bike shops out close to Disney - closest would be Bike Works Metro West store on Hiawassee. Three that are more central and close to each other are:
a) Orange Cycle - oldest shop in area, single location, large, Brands - Cdale, Specialized, Raleigh and others. b) Davids World - main store about 3 blocks from Orange Cycle - the Trek dealership and about 2 miles away is c) Glory Cycles - well known for mailorder which it started as, the expanded to an LBS - Colnago, DeRosa, Pinerallo, Orbea, Blue and the only Campy dealer.

Few places rent bikes. About the only one I am aware of would be at the SR50 trailhead (County Line Station) of the West Orange Trail (42mi one way). A few low end road bikes, a couple recumbents, but mostly hybrid/comfort bikes NOTE: The northern section around Apopka can be a rough neighborhood. Also, if you go the opposite direction from the County line trailhead towards Clermont - on roads off trail - that is a hilly ride. Also, if you are going to be there November 18th that area will be quite congested as it is part of the route for the sponsored by The floridafreewheeler site also lists rides for other weekend and had maps of rides for the area.

Probably want to get a GPS unit with your rental car.
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The other thing to consider is, even though your hotel will not let you in until 2, most will check luggage if you are trying to get another park day in. Arriving at 10 with all the parks opening at 9, you can almost have a full day.

As far as tickets, your best bet is the front gate or smarter online before you leave (CAA sometimes has deals). I have seen too many stories of people buying discounted tickets from ebay or a street vendor that don't work and the theme parks really don't care. The only other discounted tickets tend to involve a 6 hour time share presentation. Spend the extra $$ to make sure you have no issues going into the parks.
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Are you renting a car ?
I might think about the extra insurance.
The driving down here can only be described as criminal anarchy. I feel safe in saying it will be the worst/ scariest you've ever seen
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An option to consider is, taking a short trip (one hour) to Ocala and visiting Silver Springs. This nature park offers a more relaxed venue than Disney and, the nature part is particularly enjoyable. Some of the early Tarzan movies were filmed here along with one set from one of the early 007 movies (Thunderball I think).

Another hour to the east is Ormond Beach with the infamous "Loop". It has to be one of the finest 23 mile flat land rides in Florida. Huge oak trees cover about 65% of this Loop, so it's never too hot, and combined with adjoining wetlands/Tomoka provides a very natural unadulterated (for the most part) perspective of Florida's east coast. Pedal along at a slow and lazy pace or, shift into high gear and give it every last watt you have - time trialing doesn't get any better.
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