There are few places in the world that pride themselves on providing as much family fun as Orlando, Florida. The city is oozing with adventure from its top quality attractions to its range of sports, east coast beaches and entertainment. To help you plan your family vacation in advance, here are ten top tips to get you off to the best start during your stay at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites S Lake Buena Vista:

1) Hit the Theme Parks for Family Fun

Orlando is home to an impressive number of theme parks. While Walt Disney World® ResortUniversal Studios Orlando and SeaWorld Orlando are among the most well known, there are many other different theme parks which offer fun and educational entertainment. For more information on the full range of theme parks and attractions in Orlando, click here.

2) Take our Free Shuttle to Attractions

All the major theme parks in Orlando are located within approximately a 15 mile radius to the Holiday Inn Express & Suites S Lake Buena Vista. Walt Disney World® Resort is based in Lake Buena Vista which lies about 20 miles south west of downtown Orlando, and Universal Orlando Resort and SeaWorld Orlando are located ten miles south west of downtown. To help families travel between the hotel and the major attractions, there is a courtesy shuttle service which runs a daily schedule from the Holiday Inn Express & Suites S Lake Buena Vista.

3) Enjoy Character Dining Experiences

For a unique experience at Walt Disney World® Resort, you and your family can choose to dine with one of their most famous characters including Mickey and Minnie. Our advice is to book as early as possible as character dining experiences are extremely popular with bookings made months in advance.

4) Take a Dive and Keep Your Cool!

Looking to cool down from the Florida sunshine? At the Holiday Inn Express & Suites S Lake Buena Vista, we have a choice of three pools featuring water slides and a splash pad. For a fun family day out, Orlando is home to the world’s top water parks including Wet ‘n WildAquaticaDisney’s Typhoon Lagoon and Disney’s Blizzard Beach. Whichever month you choose for your vacation, Orlando’s water parks are open year round.

5) Discover Orlando Dining With a Twist

Families will love the range of restaurants in Orlando including venues that offer entertainment while you eat. Try Sleuth’s Mystery Dinner Shows and Medieval Times which are guaranteed to add a serving of laughter to family dinner time.

6) Don’t Forget the Travel Essentials

Orlando can heat up at certain times of the year so pack all your essentials for keeping the whole family cool. Don’t forget the sun block, hats and light clothing. A pair of comfy shoes is also a must for walking around theme parks, and keep hydrated with bottles of water handy for the whole family.

7) Book Early and Save More

To make the most of your time at each chosen attraction during your visit, it is important to book ahead. You can save money by booking online before your visit and there are lots of special offers available if you research a little in advance. Click here for more details on planning your trip.

8) Make a List

Plan as a family what your “must do” activities are as this will help you to maximize your time at each attraction. Lines tend to be less busy at the very start and end of the day so be sure to plan your “must do” activities at these times to avoid the heavy crowds.

9) Take Time for Rest and Relaxation

You and your family will be whizzing along in the fast lane at Orlando’s attractions which is both fun and tiring. Ease into your adventure-packed vacation by taking the first day easy, having fun around the pool at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites. With sun loungers, a Tiki Bar and a laid-back atmosphere, the resort offers the ideal backdrop to help you relax into your family break.

10) Visit During Off-peak periods to Save More

The busiest time of year at the theme parks are the weeks that include Christmas and New Year’s Day, along with Thanksgiving week in November and Spring Break in mid to late March. To save more, travel during off-peak periods or if you plan to travel during peak season, make sure to book in advance.


For more information on booking your vacation at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites S Lake Buena Vista, visit calypsocayorlando.com

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