Hey Thrill Seekers,
Eeeeekk!!!! I have been the lucky one this year to be selected for the Visit Orlando SUPER FAM! I have been chosen to go over to Orlando and experience the parks next week for the whole week! We will be squeezing in everything you could possibly think of, which most people struggle to squeeze into their 2 week holiday! So here’s a quick overview of my itinerary and what I’m looking forward to the most.
I’ll be taking over the Orlando Attraction Tickets Instagram account so you’ll be able to follow my adventures.
We arrive on Monday evening (19/09/16) and will be taken to our first hotel, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Resort where we will be staying for the first 3 nights of our trip.
Our first full day in Orlando will begin at Disney’s Magic Kingdom park where we will get to experience all of the sights and attractions that the park has to offer including Space Mountain, Splash Mountain and Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, before enjoying lunch in the heart of the magic, right by Cinderella’s castle. As a self proclaimed Disney fanatic, I cannot wait!!!
Once lunch is over with it’s time to head over to Disney’s Hollywood Studios, the home of the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror and Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster starring Aerosmith. These two rides have got to be 2 of my favourite attractions in Orlando. .
Day 3 and it’s over to Disney’s Animal Kingdom to check out their attractions, landscapes and animals. My favourite attraction here is Expedition Everest so I can’t wait to experience this.
The evening of day 3 will be spent at Disney’s Epcot where we will dine watching the Illuminations: Reflections of Earth. Illuminations is a breathtaking firework show with laser lighting effects across the World Showcase Lagoon!
Now that we’ve had our Disney fix, it’s time to head over to our next resort where we will be staying for the next 4 nights the brand new Universal’s Loews Sapphire Falls Resort.
Thursday is going to be a busy day, in the morning we’re heading to Discovery Cove first to experience a once in a life time opportunity, swimming with dolphins. Discovery Cove is all inclusive remember, so make the most of the buffet all day!
Quickly dashing away, we will begin our journey over to Busch Gardens Tampa where we will be able to experience the thrills of Falcons Fury, SheiKra, Cheetah Hunt and the all new Cobra’s Curse. No one in our office has been to Orlando since Cobra’s Curse has opened, so I can’t wait to come back and brag about it to everyone!
Friday will be day 5 of our trip and we will be making our way over to the home of Shamu to watch One Ocean as well as jumping on the thrill rides like Manta, Kraken and the new one-of-a-kind, hyper-coaster Mako. Believe it or not, I’ll be the first person in our office to ride Mako too!
Afterwards we will be popping next door to Aquatica where I can finally experience Ihu’s Breakaway Falls. I wanted to do this last year but the weather wasn’t great on the day we planned to go so I missed out! Ihu’s is the newest slide at Aquatica with the world’s longest drop tower of it’s kind. I’m not a very strong swimmer but the slides here at Aquatica are too good to miss.
Later on, our SeaWorld host is taking us back to SeaWorld to enjoy the the park in the evening for a special, SeaWorld hosted event. I can’t wait to find out what this is going to be!
The following morning we’ll be off to visit the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, with the Hogwarts Express, Escape from Gringott’s, Dragon Challenge and the Forbidden Journey. In Universal Studios, the 3D rides are insane including Transformers: The Ride 3D, Despicable Me Minion Mayhem and The Simpsons Ride. Although not a 3D ride, my favourite is Revenge of the Mummy!
Next is spending the evening at I-Drive 360 on International Drive to experience the Coca-Cola Orlando Eye and hop on stage with some of the pop icons at Madame Tussauds.
For our final day in Orlando, we’ll be spending it at Universal’s Islands of Adventure where the newly refurbished Incredible Hulk Coaster is ready and waiting. I’m also pretty excited about getting soaked on Popeye and Bluto’s Bilge-Rat Barges as this is one of the attractions that I’ve never had the chance to experience. Not forgetting Skull Island: Reign of Kong as this will be another of the new rides that no one here in our office has experienced yet!
Universal are treating us to the Blue Man Group which is a unique show combining music and outrageous comedy, before making our way to the world’s largest Hard Rock Cafe for tonight’s final dinner of the trip together.
I think it’s safe to say I’m going to need another holiday by the time I get back but I cannot wait!!