So it’s your first trip to Orlando. Congrats – you have a lot to look forward to! One of the most frequently asked questions by first time visitors is how many days they should plan to spend here. The answer isn’t quite as simple as you may think – it all depends on how you like to tour, what you’d like to do, and what your priorities are.
How Many Theme Parks do You Want to Visit?
The first question you’ll need to answer is how many theme parks you want to visit. There are three main theme parks: Disney World, Universal Orlando & SeaWorld Orlando. However, keep in mind that within Walt Disney World there are four parks (Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Animal Kingdom & Hollywood Studios), within Universal there are (Universal Studios Florida and Island of Adventure). SeaWorld Orlando neighbor parks such as Discovery Cove and Aquatica, as well as Busch Gardens and Adventure Island in Tampa.
Many first time visitors will either of these fun parks. We don’t want to specify a particular number of days to spend in parks since in reality, it’s your vacation and we want you to be comfortable with what you choose. Also take into consideration while on your trip if you’ll be taking lots of breaks, and whether or not you’ll have older or younger folks in your party that may need more time getting from attraction to attraction.
How Important is Food to You?
If you’re not a foodie this will seem like a silly question. If you are, then you’ll want to plan for eating at some of the most delicious restaurants in the state. Some of the most popular options can easily be 2 or 3 hour meals. This is precious time taken away from riding attractions and seeing shows, so you’ll need to decide if you’ll make up the time by staying an extra day or two or by skipping some of the attractions. Here are some of our top 5 that we consider a MUST when on your Orlando vacation:
- Victoria & Albert’s
- The Melting Pot
- The Boathouse
- Frontera Cocina
Depending on your budget, you will find some of the best restaurant Orlando has to offer, for you, your family and friends. You can find these restaurants in Disney Springs, CityWalk and Disney World Hotels.
What Else do You Want to Do in Orlando?
You may decide that the theme parks are what you’re here to see – and that’s fine! However, there are lots of other activities you can partake in. For example, visiting nearby Gatorland, taking a day off at one of the many water parks in the area (Aquatica, Volcano Bay, Disney’s Blizzard Beach & Typhoon Lagoon), taking an hour drive to visit the beach, or heading to Disney Springs for some shopping. Any of these activities can add another day to your trip.
Depending on who you are coming with on vacation, you can enjoy the fun at FunSpot, Legoland with the kids, enjoy the beautiful view of Orlando at Icon Park and so much more! There are so many things to enjoy here at Orlando, you won’t know where to begin. However, after all that fun, a day to relax at one of out Orlando hotels or vacation homes can help you recover from all that sightseeing mentioned before.
Your Bottom Line
There are many other factors to consider, like whether or not you plan to spend time relaxing in your resort, how busy the parks will be when you visit, and your personal preferences. The above tips are here to give you a place to start as you attempt to decide exactly how many days are best for you when you visit the wonderful world of Orlando.