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We have just booked Florida, Orlando for 2026.

We don’t think we want to go to Disney but go to Legoland and Universal instead. We have a 7 year old son.

Has anyone been that can share their experiences, or an must do things

possy
2 weeks ago
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MelissaLee1

Disney great for children but never much appealed to me.I prefer scenic historic places brimming with culture and local cuisine.

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possy

MelissaLee1 have you been? Can you recommend any must sees? Or good places to eat etc? X

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MelissaLee1

Never been.Only Paris Disney.

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Lynibis

I went to Disneyland in California over 40 years ago. It was magnificent so it must be even better now. If I were going stateside there is no way I would miss Disney, but each to their own😊. We had Arbies quite a lot and Chuck E. Cheese, first was wafer thin beef in a bun, latter was a pizza place great for kids with animatronics. Our kids were about 5 and 7.

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possy

Lynibis this is what I worry about, regretting it. My son isn’t in to Disney. I like it but never stood out to me. Universal is on building a Mario land opening 2025

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Lynibis

possy I edited my above comment while you wrote. Disney isn't just fairy tale castles and princesses, I am sure he would love the pirates of the Caribbean ride and Peter Pan, the other rid

es like haunted house where you go around on a sort of mini roller coaster and your reflection shows a funny ghost sitting beside you. Then there is a space mountain ride, the train going round a mountainside but can't remember the song it is taken from. Even as an old girl I'd love to go again.

It's come to me 'she'll be coming round the mountain when she comes'.

I am sure your son would love his photo taken with Mickey mouse.

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possy

Lynibis oh this is sounding amazing! You have got me really thinking now xx

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emmabeckz
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Have you booked flights? I’m not sure 2026 flights are out yet? Also make sure you have your travel insurance in place now so if anything happens you are covered. Also you will all need an ETSA to go to America and they are valid for 2 years so depending on when you are going I’d definitely get that at the just under 2 year mark as they can get refused then you would need a visa which can take months to get an appointment. I have been 3 times most recently 2022 and 2023 hoping to go again this year. Save as much as you can as everything is very expensive and eating out they expect tips of around 18 - 20% on top

Also check your hotel doesn‘t charge a resort or city tax as that can be $25+ a day on top.

The new marioland will be open by 2026 so your son might want to go there. Join a Facebook group to get an idea of how much things are and see real pictures. It’s Orlando Time is a really good one and they do discount codes for tickets as well.

The world’s largest McDonalds is there on International Drive and they sell pizzas and things you can’t get anywhere else. A good place to eat which is reasonable priced is cheddars scratch kitchen it’s a chain but join their emails and you’ll get free things and discounts.

If you’d like to know anything else let me know!

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possy

emmabeckz omg Thankyou so much for this. Yes it’s all booked through the travel agents, times of flights are to be confirmed. Yes we have 25 dollars a day to pay 😬. It’s a once in a life time holiday for us (for my 40th) so I want it to be the best. Saving is a must. O wow I didn’t realise about McDonalds , that’s a must as my son loves it. Thankyou so so much

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emmabeckz
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possy just to add Disney isn’t just 1 park it’s 5 and not all princesses and Mickey. There’s animal kingdom which is amazing with a safari and they have the Avatar ride and lion king show, Epcot which has Guardians of the Galaxy, test track car ride and all different countries within it, Hollywood studios which has Indiana Jones stunt show and loads of Stars Wars stuff and Toy Story land, magic kingdom which is the one with the castle but they have Tron which is a new bike bide (look it up) and then you get typhoon lagoon water park which is amazing. Image Image Image Image Image

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possy

emmabeckz Thankyou, I’m def going to be looking into all this and talk it through with my partner c

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martinlufc5637

We've been, it was great the kids loved it, universal studios is amazing

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EmmaWright762

My father went with his new family and the one thing I recall him saying was not to eat on the site, always go to a restaurant/cafe outside as you get much better quality food for less money.

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possy

EmmaWright762 yes I have heard this also, il be taking a bag of snacks also. Thankyou so much x

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MrsCraig

We have been. Eat outside of the parks as they are very expensive. Take your own snacks and water with you. Disney is 5 different parks and there is so much more than princesses. I absolutely loved Disney and I'm not a princess person either.

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possy

MrsCraig after putting this post up I am now thinking we should do Disney. Just need to talk my partner round

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ch7leach

The Florida version of Disney World is amazing I feel for most age groups (imo it's the best), as others have said it's 5 parks! All very different too and they keep adding more and more bits. BTW galaxy's edge (star wars) needs to be seen (I have only seen Disney land California version)

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possy

ch7leach I’m thinking I really need to rethink about Disney. I’m scared of missing out now

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ch7leach

possy sorry... What you could do is watch a few videos on Disney on YouTube and get a feeling for it. Loads on there. Personally I prefer Disney over universal for the atmosphere. Busch gardens was good but not as good as it once was. Legoland did not go much on but that was 30 odd years ago

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possy

ch7leach Thankyou, YouTube may be my saviour. I think at the moment I am googling too much 🙈

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kimcress

Definitely universal! We didn’t like Disney when we took my son when he was 10.

Universal we all enjoyed and couple of times.

Get your passes before you go though, we used American attractions and had tickets for Disney, universal, Busch garden, and dolphin swim. Proper tickets also, and good value.

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possy

kimcress Thankyou. Was Disney just not for you guys? Yes defo going to book tickets before hand when we can for sure

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kimcress

possy yep wasn’t for us, preferred universal

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Mango4

Been a few years since we went but was disappointed with Legoland, no where near as good as the one in Windsor. Universal and Disney are brilliant thou as are the water parks , the parade at the end of the night in Magic kingdom is well worth seeing, even thou it's exceptional busy

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possy

Mango4 aw no, can I ask why you were disappointed with legoland? We have never been to Windsor. We are going slightly off peak in October

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stuartsmith544

Disney is awesome for the magical feeling but the rides are nowhere near as good as universal studios. Also they are opening a 3rd theme park by the end of this year. I'd also recommend Busch Gardens and the old town as well.

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possy

stuartsmith544 oooo what’s Busch garden like? Is there a lot of rides? Would you think staying a fortnight, universal is enough or need to do Disney also

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stuartsmith544

possy The rides are brilliant mate and when it comes to the rides I would say Universal is best ,Busch gardens and then Disney for the rides .

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possy

Guys Thankyou all so much, I will reply to each and everyone of you I promise, but I am going to write all these recommendations down so I can look into them when I am on the laptop.

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