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Picking New Experiences

by Dona

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How do you think the added security (electric wands/metal detectors) will affect park hopping?? We are life long Disney fans and DVC members – we are stepping out of our comfort zone (Christmas/Jan visitors) and hitting the parks in late May – trying a water park and even a first – Universal Studios – trying to manage tickets and extra curricular activities (parasailing/horseback riding etc) to give the kids some different experiences at Disney – we went twice last year so trying to mix it up a bit – was wondering if you had a favored ticket combination place or recommendations – we are May 28 – June 3 so we don’t have a ton of time but want to cover a lot at the most economic rate :-)) Any suggestion would be welcome! Also haven’t been to a water park at Disney since River Country (I know I’m old :-)) – which is preferred ??
Thanks so much!


It’s fund to try something new at WDW, like these amphicars at The Boathouse! – Photo by Judd Helms

Dad’s one at a Time Answer

Dona, howdy! Boy, that’s a lot of great questions! Trying out new stuff at WDW is one of Dad’s favorite things to do, and even after all this time there’s still a bunch of things on my bucket list. Let’s dive in, one question at a time.

I don’t think increased security will affect park hopping at all. I know, I know, all the news reports make it sound like you’ll be going through airport-style security for hours before park entry. That’s just not the case. Sure, they’ve upped the security measures that are being taken to keep everyone safe, but it will only add on a few minutes to your day. Most folks won’t even notice a difference in the amount of time it takes.

Since you’re used to visiting WDW in the winter, the biggest change you’ll notice in Mayis the weather! Expect hot days, warm nights, and a touch of humidity – perfect for water parks, pool time, and water sports.

Since you’re interested in trying out new things – definitely check out the offerings at the EPCOT International Flower and Garden Festival. The displays and many of the experiences are free so you can try something new just by using your regular admission ticket.

Flower and Garden Festival

See the park in a whole new way during the EPCOT International Flower and Garden Festival – Photo by Laurie Sapp

Figuring out the best use of your time, selecting a combination of tickets and reservations is going to be key to your enjoyment – getting all that out of the way now will make your vacation stress free. Dad definitely recommends the Official Ticket Center is you’re buying tickets to any combination of Orlando attractions – inside or outside of WDW.

But is sounds like you’re trying to fit a lot into one trip so I’d recommend contacting Destinations 2 Travel. They can make all the arrangements on your behalf and provide you with different itineraries and price points to choose from so you can easily decide how much time and money you want to spend on new things. And their service is totally free.

Click here to contact Destinations to Travel today!

On to the water parks – at Disney, these are a pretty neat way to spend a day, nothing like your hometown water park. And nothing like River Country for that matter! I think you’ll be surprised at how detailed the storytelling is at these parks.

Blizzard Beach

Blizzard Beach is the coolest – Photo by Laurie Sapp

Typhoon Lagoon is a great pick if you want a tropical beach experience right in the middle of WDW – it’s very relaxing and serene – with 2 exceptions. You can snorkel with sharks, and the waves in the main pool at REALLY strong, too much for many folks.

Blizzard Beach is the coolest water park in the world and it’s Dad’s favorite – you’ve never seen anything like it! From the snow capped peaks to evergreen trees and a gently bobbing “glacier” pool, it’s got adventure and relaxation and some really great Christmas music playing all year round.

Destinations to Travel

Dad’s Bottom Line

Dona, you’re going to have an amazing trip – get all the planning for your new experiences out of the way now so you can relax and enjoy the magic of the moment as you have fun trying new things with your family!

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