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Things to do in Orlando – Our Family Vacation

I’m so excited to start sharing about our recent Orlando family vacation and sharing ideas for things to do in Orlando! To start things off, I’m posting our 10-day itinerary details and then will be posting more specific posts about our experiences. I have three hotels to share with you (Buena Vista Palace, Doubletree Suites by Hilton, and Walt Disney Swan & Dolphin), seven theme parks, and other tips and thoughts about our trip.

What to do on a Family Vacation to Orlando - Orlando attractions and activities travelDay 1 (Sat)

Flight from SEA-MSP-MCO
Arrived around 9:45 pm and rented car from Hertz via Priceline bid
Checked in to Buena Vista Palace Hotel & Spa Family Suite

Day 2 (Sun)

Waffle House for breakfast
Swimming at Buena Vista Palace Hotel & Spa
Disney Fantasia Mini Golf
Fuddruckers for dinner
Blue Man Group at Universal Orlando

Day 3 (Mon)

Univeral Orlando Resort

  • Islands of Adventure
  • Universal Studios

Cinco de Mayo Dinner at Chevy’s

Day 4 (Tues)

Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World
Checked in to Doubletree Suites by Hilton 2 Queen Suite

Day 5 (Wed)

Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park

Day 6 (Thur)

Discovery Cove

Day 7 (Fri)

Animal Kingdom at Walt Disney World
Rainforest Cafe for dinner

Day 8 (Sat)


Day 9 (Sun)

Disney Character Breakfast at Garden Grove Restaurant in Walt Disney Swan Resort
Checked in to Walt Disney Swan & Dolphin Resort 2 Double Dolphin Room
Disney Quest
Moe’s Southwestern Grill

Day 10 (Mon)

Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World
Picabu Buffeteria at WDW Swan & Dolphin

Day 11 (Tues)

Return flight fiasco courtesy of Delta
MCO-JFK-SEA became MCO-JFK-SLC –> overnight –> Wednesday SLC-SEA

Day 12 (Wed)

Finally home a day late

It was one of our longest trips. My list of post ideas is long, there’s so much I have to share about things to do in Orlando! I hope you’ll follow me on a social media channel (facebook, twitter, instagram, pinterest, google+) or subscribe to the newsletter (just below this post) so you can follow along and get your own ideas about all the things to do in Orlando.

If you’re looking for more ideas for something to do while in Orlando, perhaps plan a small road trip over to the coast and visit the Kennedy Space Center, or visit one of the great Florida beaches, and here’s my friend’s recommendations for what to do in Orlando. Finally, here’s another great spot to get some Disney Orlando articles.

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