Orlando, FL: This Land is Your Land-o
From rollercoaster forest to gulf-stream waterslide, Orlando was made for you and me. Come live out your food fantasies, and indulge your sense of wonder in the theme park capital of the world.
Dress code: If you’re pounding park pavement, wear breathable clothing, comfortable shoes, sunglasses, and sunscreen (Mickey Mouse ears, optional). And don’t forget an umbrella for those sudden tropical downpours.
One phrase worth knowing: Fastpass! With one of these in hand, skipping the lines at top attractions is not only on the up-and-up, but encouraged. It’s a ticketed reservation system that sets up a prearranged time to come back to the ride of your choice without a wait–for no extra charge.
Where to get your adrenaline rush: At Disney-MGM Studios, Lights, Motors, Action! is an extreme stunt show on hand for the 50th Anniversary celebration. Cars, motorcycles, and jet skies burn rubber and give a movie-worthy performance right before your eyes, complete with eye-popping pyrotechnics and hair-raising high-speed chase scenes.
Where to recuperate afterwards: Get the signature treatment–beguilingly called Mystical Forest Therapies–at the spa at Saratoga Springs Resort, which includes 30 minutes of muscle-numbing Swedish massage combined with 30 minutes of relaxing reflexology.
Where to blow a paycheck: While the admission price to Discovery Cove is steep, it’s worth it to spend a day getting up close and personal with marine creatures like dolphins and a stunning variety of rainbow-colored fish with no crowds, no lines, and no hassles.
Best place to end dinner with a bang: Walk out onto the outdoor terrace or stay put at the table when they dim the lights at the California Grill. The views of the nightly fireworks over the Magic Kingdom castle provide a “happily ever after” ending to an inspired meal at this hip restaurant that?s known for its great wine list.
You can take it with you: For kids (or precocious adults, for that matter) who want to bring home the magic, you can purchase exact replicas of Cinderella’s dress, tricked-out pirate costumes, trading pins, and innovative toys galore at the Marketplace in Downtown Disney.
SINGLE OCCUPANT IS AT AN ADDITIONAL COST