Thursday, January 24, 2013

Make Your Money Stretch at Florida Theme Parks

Most visitors who take a trip to Orlando, Florida to visit some of the theme parks often leave exhausted. Why? They try to cram too much in too few days. The many theme parks in Orlando are huge and take time to fully explore. The last thing you want to do on vacation is rush, rush, rush.

If you're planning a trip to Orland, Florida, it's far better to take a longer trip and give yourself more time to explore. While this can be pricey, there are plenty of ways you can save money and stretch out your vacation.

Tickets

Orlando theme park tickets are not cheap. However, you can save a significant amount of money if you purchase Orlando ticket deals. For example, one ticket deal lets you visit SeaWorld, Aquatica, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay and Universal Orlando Resort. Buy a ticket deal, and you'll often pay less than if you bought tickets for each individual park.

Dining

Before you go to Orlando, subscribe to deal sites such as Groupon and Living Social. Snatch up any deals that'll save you on dining. Yes, you may have to get some of your meals outside the parks this way, but that is how you will save money. Restaurant.com is also a good place to look, especially when they sell severely discounted gift certificates.

Finally, for birthdays and holiday presents, ask family and friends for restaurant gift cards that you can use when you are visiting Orlando. That will save you a bundle when dining out.

Accommodations

Sure, it's convenient to stay right on a park's property, but for maximum savings, book a hotel that is not on park property. You may even consider looking into a vacation rental by owner. A VRBO will have a full size refrigerator, stove and microwave along with pots, pans and kitchen utensils, so you can cook at least breakfast and dinner in the hotel room. That won't cost much more than feeding your family at home.

If you are planning to go to Orlando, Florida, take some cost cutting measures so you can enjoy your trip and spend a bit more time exploring the parks you visit. You and your children will enjoy yourselves more. You will come home feeling refreshed, not frazzled from rushing.



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