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Traveling to the Theme Parks This Summer?

by FrogBlog on June 21, 2011

With summer here, many of you are busy planning your vacations. Here are a few helpful tips if you’re traveling to the theme parks…

Beach_Club_Walt Disney World Hotel1. Finalize your reservations. This sounds like a no-brainer, but it happens to the best of us. You pick your hotel, price plane tickets, compare rental car options, but never actually click “Complete Reservation.” With the kids getting out of school for the summer, time can slip away from you…so can those seats on the plane and hotel rooms. Finalize your reservations as soon as you can to make sure you get exactly what you want. Visit 'Where to Stay' for lots of tips, Frog Family favorites and hotel information.

2. Choose the best ticket. Do you want to visit more than one park per day? Are you going to a water park? There are theme park tickets available to match whatever you and your family wishes to do. The Water Park Fun & More ticket, a popular choice for summer, is a great value and offers lots of flexibility. For help choosing the best ticket for your vacation, click here.

3. Pack wisely. You will not…I repeat, you will not…need a “just in case” jacket for a summer vacatDisney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park _ Walt Disney Worldion in Florida, though a cover up to keep you warm inside restaurants is always recommended (the air conditioning is rather cool in Florida). Use the extra room in your suitcase for extra bathing suits and a poncho or two. Other items to include for a summer trip include misting fans, sunscreen, cooling scarves and hats. Click for more summer packing tips.

4. Keep the peace. Summer is a great time to load up the entire family, grandparents and all, and head to the theme parks. We love vacations that also serve as family reunions, but they can be a bit stressful. Get everyone’s input when you’re planning to ensure no one feels left out. It’s also a good idea to take a day trip or two beforehand so everyone gets used to traveling together. Click here for even more multi-generational trip planning tips.

5. Make a splash. With four awesome water parks within miles of each other, how can you plan a summer trip to Orlando and not visit at least one of them? Here’s an overview of the water parks to help you decide which one to put at the top of your list.

Do you have another tip for traveling to theme parks during the summer?

Happy Traveling!

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Rebecca Jun 22, 2011 at 12:41 a.m.

Take advantage of the free ice water that Disney parks provide,,,,no puchase necessary from any stand that sells fountain drinks. We just pack drink mix ins to add flavor. We also have fast passes as often as possible, Since the CM's allow you to use them the entire day after the first time passes, we don't rush back to use them within the hour on the ticket.

FrogBlog Jun 22, 2011 at 3:47 p.m.

Great tips, Rebecca! -Mommy Frog

Marisa Aug 7, 2013 at 11:15 a.m.

We are in WDW right now, and you need to use your fast pass within the 1-hour time it says

Rachel Barnett Nov 6, 2013 at 12:43 a.m.

Hi there

My fiance and I are planning to visit Orlando for our honeymoon from 1 Sept - 6 Sept 2014. Is this a busy time to visit the parks? We plan to stay in one of the Disney resorts.

FrogBlog Nov 6, 2013 at 3:29 p.m.

Hi Rachel,

Please check out our crowd calendar, so you can plan your actual park days, but this is overall a fantastic time to visit!

How wonderful that you are honeymooning at Disney, and congratulations on your upcoming nuptials!

-- Mommy Frog

wayne May 12, 2014 at 6:32 p.m.

If you have the 4 day park hopper with Water Fun does that mean you could visit 3 of the parks and than spend a full day at one of tyhe water parks?

FrogBlog May 13, 2014 at 12:07 p.m.

Yes indeed!

-- Leap

Tami Jun 16, 2014 at 9:27 p.m.

Wondering about the Orlando Flex pass...can it be used as a park to park pass for Universal?

FrogBlog Jul 14, 2014 at 2:39 p.m.

Hi Tami,

Sorry for the delay, but your comment was caught in our spam filter. To answer your question, the Orlando Flex pass can be used as a park-to-park admission for Universal.



Water Park Of America Dec 10, 2014 at 5:19 p.m.

This list hits the nail on the head. We have all seen the family meltdown and if more people paid attention to a list like this things would go a lot smoother.

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