Our Summer Vacation to Disney World

by Scott
(Michigan )

Our family (myself, my wife, and 6 year old daughter) took a 7 day summer vacation to Disney World in Orlando, Florida. We rented a 4 bedroom house with a swimming pool and game room about 15 minutes away from the Disney front gates.

We chose to rent a house versus a hotel because it made this vacation idea more affordable. Also,we really like the extra space the house offered, and it was nice to be able to cook a lot of our meals in the large kitchen.

In the long run, it saved us a lot of money by eating breakfast and some dinners in our house. Disney World really offers something for everyone.

We purchased a 7 day ticket, as the 7 day was only a few dollars more than the 4 day pass. We actually spent 5 days at the parks. 2 days at the Magic Kingdom (My daughter's favorite park), 1 day at Hollywood Studios, 1 day at Epcot (my favorite), and 1 day at the Animal Kingdom (my wife's favorite).

We had a great time all week. The Disney Staff (Cast Members) were all very friendly, and the quality of the amusements, rides, shows was first class. Disney does an excellent job of managing the large amount of people that visit the parks each day. My daughter loved meeting the different Disney characters, and getting their autographs.

The longest we waited for a ride was 1 hour, at the GM Test Track ride at Epcot. After a long day at the parks, it was very nice to come back to our rental house, have a drink, and take a swim in our swimming pool.

We also spent one day just relaxing around the house and pool. In summary, this was a wonderful vacation for our family. We hope to do it again next year. Thanks Scott for these Walt Disney World vacation ideas.

This was sent in by Stephen from Florida - We went to Orlando, Florida and stayed at a Holiday Inn in a town right outside of Orlando called Kissimmee. On the first day we went to Disney and picked the Magic Kingdom park. Which was very entertaining and spent most of the day walking around it riding in rides using the fast passes when possible and standing in line for other rides while waiting for the time to come for our fast passes. We found this to be the best technique for riding rides at Disney.

That night we watched the nightly parade and fireworks show at the park. It was very interesting to watch the parade at night as all the costumes were very colorfully and the fireworks were done to music and a little show. The next day we went to the Animal Kingdom at Disney.

Followed the same rule riding rides as day one and worked just as well. We watched the parade during the day there as well. That one had all kinds of props of wooden animals that the workers would walk around in, had a circus feel to it.

We spent the next day at Universal and went to both parks. The funnest rides there were The Simpsons, Mummy and Hulk. We wanted to ride the Twin Dragons as well, but due to a short rain storm happening that day stopping them from running the rides we didn't have enough time.

On the final day we went to a water park by the name of Wet & Wild that was also in Orlando. It has a number of water slides for people that enjoy going down those. The park also had a nice side wave pool and a big kiddie pool area the younger children. Thanks Stephen for these Walt Disney World tips.

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