The park opening time was 9am, so we decided to be there for about 8:30 because there’s a decent walk from the car park to the actual park. However we also needed to nip to a USPS along the way to send some postcards home. So the plan was to wake up at 6:30, be ready by 8 and leave, since Universal is only 20 minutes away.
What actually happened was we woke up at 6:30, jumped out of bed, and got ready so fast that we made it to USPS before 8am. This then meant we were at Universal around 8:20! The park didn’t open till 9, but you can go in and wait inside the grounds. You’re able to get early entry to the park but since we have not yet had to stand in big queues anyway we didn’t think it was worth it.
This post is going to be a little different, instead of saying wen went on this and thought it was good or bad or alright, I’m going to talk on a whole about the day as we did so much.
Animal Kingdom is great, before coming here I hadn’t really heard much if anything about it so I was unsure what to expect. However walking in through a rainforest on the hottest day it has been was very true to form. The whole park is themed so well and all of the décor is amazing! I personally couldn’t get over just how fantastic Pandora world really was; I could’ve sat watching the views and walking around all day.
Today we opted for a more chilled out kind of day. We started with a 24c sunny swim in our pool at 9am (you can’t do that in the UK!) then headed out to start our day.
We had planned this chilled day in advance as we wanted something as a small break for the theme parks – so we opted to go shopping! When we say shopping what we really mean is a walk around some of the malls, with no particular purpose or requirement to buy anything! That said there were a few things we did need.
This is going to be a long one, we spent nearly 15 hours at Magic Kingdom! The park opened at 8 am, however we had breakfast reservations anyway at 8am, and did not close until midnight! That is a very long day for anyone. At least we did enough steps and we reached our Apple Watch goals for exercise for the day (and then some).
I’m not going to talk about everything that we did, however I will leave a list at the end in case anyone wants to ask any questions, as we can only answer about things that we have done.
I don’t know if it was excitement or what, but I got up dressed and ready within half an hour. This was a very big day, first ever time at Magic Kingdom and with breakfast as well! After a little unplanned detour (we got lost), we finally made it to Magic Kingdom and were in such a rush to get through the park that we missed most of the photo opportunities.
Our second full day in Orlando! Still can’t believe that we are here, it’s amazing and I keep thinking how wonderful it is to be here. So we decided to go to Universal Studios. Where we are staying is situated really nicely between Disney and Universal so all the parks are around 15-20 minute drives away.
Universal Studios opened at 9am, so we decided to get there for opening. Once parked you go over a couple of travelators, you then go through an airport style security check (which is good and very very quick). From here you walk through City Walk, which is restaurants and shops, and a cinema. Before arriving at the entrance to the park you pass the big Universal globe where everyone stops for photos (this can be done later so we just rushed passed everyone).
How exciting is this?! We are actually here in America, after a 9 hour flight. Our first official night was spent unpacking and shopping at Walmart for a few bits for our apartment for breakfast and snacks. That went really well and we were amazed and just kept on adding to the trolly because all the ‘American’ sweets were really cheap (of course, we are in America after all).
So our first proper full day started with a 5:30am wake up – even though we planned to have a lie in – we both just woke up and sat there wide awake questioning whether to get up or not.
It’s exciting and there’s so much adrenaline that everything happening is worth talking about (in my opinion). This is the first time that we have been to America, it is the longest flight that I have ever been on. Combined with the fact I was supposed to make this flight 10 years ago but never did!
I’m not going to kid anyone, I started packing about a month ago! Why not? All the clothes I want for Orlando aren’t going to be worn in the Winter in the UK; shorts, t-shirts, sandals etc. But packing over a month in advance does also mean re-packing a few times (maybe 4 or 5 times for me). However it also means you’ll know what things you have forgotten by the third re-pack as well as things you need to go out and buy such as suncream, shaving gel, etc.
You’ll never be finished packing until the morning you leave for the plane but you can be as close as possible!
Due to our trip to America being very close, we remembered that we need to book our airport parking.
Now this is more difficult than you may first think! First of all have a look on places such as Quidco* for any cash-back opportunities. To be honest I started this with the attitude of “it’s just parking I can pick anywhere”… Honestly don’t look at it like that because your car is valuable and to be leaving it in a random location for 2 weeks is bigger risk than you think. So you need to be sure you’re happy with the car park you pick, and that you’re happy with the company you leave your (probably) 2nd most expensive purchase with.
You need to consider if your car is likely to get damaged, if you’re happy with the location you’re leaving it and if it will be safe. As well as considerations such as where you’re parking in relation to the airport, will you need to get a transfer bus, will you need to walk a lot? We explore all of this within this blog post!
It’ll be both of our first time in America ever. Therefore there is a nice list of places that we want to go to while we are there. Some of them are Florida related others just simply ‘American’, mainly food places. It’s more of a food list than anything else, nevertheless they are all places we want to go.
Recently we decided to plan out our 2 weeks there and realised there might be a chance we don’t get to go to all of these places. Especially as we are doing Disney and Universal as well which will take up a lot of our time out there.