Added .Hi there, new here! My name is Brandy and I live in Michigan. My mother in law gifted us a paid trip to Orlando for my our 10 year wedding anniversary and my son's graduation present. She paid for airfaire, hotel and car rental, also tickets to Discovery Cove.
Here's the kicker, I've never been out of Michigan!! I have never been on a plane! We are so excited! My kids, 17, 8 and 6 are a little nervous about the plane but excited as well.
We are leaving June 8th and will be returning June 13th. We plan on going to DC on Monday June 9th. We will be doing Seaworld and Aquatica on 2 other days, also planning a trip to see the ocean and then might hit one of those parks one more time.
We can't wait!
I know, it was a very nice surprise! We considered driving but our car isn't all that reliable so we were going to have to rent a car and that coupled with the hotel stays on the way there and back was almost as much as flying so we said forget it, we're flying!Added .
And wow....that's some gift from the MIL!!! I am lucky if I get a sweater for Christmas from mine, lol!
I bet you will really enjoy the flight . It beats the heck out of driving all the way from Michigan. Which airline are you flying?
Added .Please add us for June 4th!! I am so excited!! We have not told our 2 sons yet, but can not wait to see their faces when they find out!!
Question- is it OK to bring in our own camera and video camera? Not sure if we will splurge on a photo package. I would love to meet up with someone that would video tape our dolphin encounter and I would do theirs if that's allowed.
to the Dis!Going to Tampa July 2014 for Conference decided to take family and make a memory. Added on Orlando 5-9th so booked VIP tour SW July 6, DC elite package July 7, and AQ. Then head to Tampa for conf I'm sure son & hubby will find things to do in Tampa without me ... Hopefully not too many! Any help with beaches or activities in Tampa would be great. Will do BG the 13th together. Thanks!
Added .My family of 5 "Disney Nuts" will be at Discovery Cove for the first time on Sept. 26th. After 7 straight years of Disney, and last year at Universal Orlando, I figured we'd be going back to WDW this year. That is until I put it up for a vote with the family and it was decided (thanks to YouTube video's) that this year it will be a Discovery Cove/SeaWorld/Aquatica/Busch Gardens/Magic Kingdom Vacation.
I must say, as the guy who plans our family vacations, that booking at Discovery Cove is such a plus. I mean, getting free unlimited visits to SeaWorld and Aquatica, then for just a few dollars more per ticket, adding Busch Gardens, Tampa. GREAT VALUE! I also like the fact that you can purchase all day dining at these parks without committing to more than one day. We had a chance to go to Aquatica last year and loved it and their all day dining was fantastic. Still going to satisfy our Disney Craving by going to MNSSHP on 9/28. All in all we are very excited for this years experience.
Discovery Cove is an all-day park (to DC's park close anyway, which I believe is 5 or 5:30 pm). You will probably find you are exhausted when its time to go home, because all that time in the water can really tucker a person out!! If SeaWorld is open late on your DC day, then yes, you could definitely switch over to SW when you're done, but we've never had the energy to do so.We are going to Orlando in Sept. (actually staying in Kissimmee with a vaca. pkg.), and we are trying not to "amuse ourselves to death." We'd like to do one day at SeaWorld and 1 day at either US or Is. of Advent. But, then I saw this.
So, if you buy tickets to DC, can you go to SeaWorld in the same day? Does DC take all day?
Just never been and not sure what to expect.
I have boys who are 9 & 12, and we all LOVE the water. But, my husband doesn't swim, so he'd just do the Day Package, correct?
Thanks for your feedback!