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Orlando Overview
Orlando is a magical place that's not too far from home and cheap to get to with miles. Obviously, Disney, Universal and SeaWorld are the main attractions, but there are other things to do as well. The theme parks are not just for families with kids; a couple can have an absolute blast as well!

Trip Reports:
@Yehuda's trip to Universal - Quick TR Summary, Detailed TR = 4 parts Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4

Getting there and getting around:

How long should I go for?
The length of your trip will likely be based on the number of parks you want to go to. Don't rush your day - give yourself a full day per park, walk around slowly, get engrossed in the magical worlds that are Disney and Universal, and wait on long lines all day :P . Some will say that you can do parks in less than a day, which may be true for certain ones, so then do a park and a night activity; don't squeeze in 2 parks in 1 day because you finished 1 park at 3PM.

Air:
MCO is Orlando's airport. You can fly directly from all New York airports. Flying business from NY will have just marginally better seats/service for double the price. The only useful benefit is getting more free checked bags, so if may be worth sending 1 person in your family in J so they can bring an extra bag. As of 1/15, Uber was not allowed at MCO due to an airport fee dispute, so the 2 ways to get an Uber are 1) Take a random hotel shuttle to a hotel and then call an Uber from there (suggested by @Uber on Twitter, but join the ethical discussion of using a shuttle if you're not staying at that hotel) and 2) Move the pin on your Uber map to a road outside the airport so that you can officially request a ride. Once a driver responds, call him and tell him you're actually in MCO and see if he'll agree to pick you up anyway. Below are the direct flight options with one-way Saver prices in Y/J.

HPN:
B6 - miles vary based on the dollar cost of the flight

EWR:
UA - 12.5K/25K
B6 - miles vary based on the dollar cost of the flight
WN - New non-stop flights beginning March 2016 - miles vary based on the dollar cost of the flight but if you're flying with your +1 and you have the Companion Pass, this can be your cheapest way to MCO

LGA:
DL - 12.5K/25K
B6 - miles vary based on the dollar cost of the flight

JFK:
AA/US - 12.5K/25K with AA miles | 7.5K/15K with BA miles
DL - 12.5K/25K
B6 - miles vary based on the dollar cost of the flight

ISP:
WN - miles vary based on the dollar cost of the flight but if you're flying with your +1 and you have the Companion Pass, this can be your cheapest way to MCO

Car:
A car is not absolutely necessary in Orlando, but it will definitely make things easier for you so you can be on your own schedule. Keep in mind, you'll have to pay parking fees at the parks each day. Many hotels have complimentary shuttles to the airport or the parks and some might even have both. If your hotel only has a parks shuttle, you can probably get a cab for the airport trips for cheaper than renting a car. If Minyan and going to the Kosher restaurants are on your radar, then you will likely need a car, although there are hotels that are both near those sites and have shuttles to the parks. See where your hotel is and decide if you need a car.


Where to stay:

Basically, your options are to stay at a hotel in the 10-15 minute range from the parks, at an official Disney or Universal Resort, or renting a private home in the greater Orlando area.

Here are some places that are discussed in this thread:

NameAreaMore InfoComments
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Comfort Inn & Suites Universal Convention Center10-20 minutes from parksWebsiteNot the fanciest, but being a Choice property means there's a BRG possibility. Free shuttle to Universal and SeaWorld. 5 minute walk to Kosher Gourmet restaurant/grocery and 20 minute walk to Chabad.
HotelDisney ResortWebsiteSPG category X; X/night
HotelUniversal ResortWebsiteSPG category X; X/night
"Get your own place"Greater Orlando AreaAirBNB, VRBO, HomeAway, Florida Sandanavian/ Vacation Pool HomesRenting a private home can be great for a family. You'll get more for your money over a hotel - a couple of bedrooms, living/dining rooms, and a full kitchen. There will usually be a pool, and if you look hard enough, you can find one that's enclosed for privacy. The downside is that they're usually not too close to the parks, which means you'll definitely need a car and have to pay for parking at the parks.


What to do:

Theme Parks:

With some searching you might find a travel/tourist website (like Musement) that may have a sale that you can use towards the tickets. For Universal Studios, the cheapest place to buy would be from Chabad of South Orlando or Orlando Torah Academy . Tickets are only sold for the upcoming "season". So in December, you'll be able to buy tickets for January break, but not for Pesach, and in the summer, you likely won't yet be able to get for the upcoming January.

Disney ParksComments
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Magic Kingdom
Epcot
Hollywood StudiosFormerly MGM Studios.
Animal Kingdom

All Disney parks have airline style food at specific cafes. Not very good but at least it's a hot meal without leaving the park. You can see the list of cafes on Chabad's site here.

Universal ParksComments
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StudiosThe first of the 2 parks built, so it has some of the more classic rides like E.T. and The Mummy, while also featuring plenty of newer rides like Shrek, Minions, and Transformers. There are 1 or 2 roller coasters, and the rest of the rides are more like shows/3D/4D rides. Home to Harry Potter: Diagon Alley. If you have a park-to-park ticket, you can ride the Hogwarts Express train to connect to the HP World in Islands of Adventure. Only Kosher snacks are available here, no real food. As of 1/15, the mix for ButterBeer had a hechsher, but the topping did not, and they won't serve you without it. For a TR on the park, see here.
Islands of AdventureFeaturing rides like Jurassic Park and The Hulk, this park also has 1-2 roller coasters, while the rest of the rides are more of the show/3D/4D variety. Home to Harry Potter: Hogsmeade. If you have a park-to-park ticket, you can ride the Hogwarts Express train to connect to the HP World in Studios. Only Kosher snacks are available here, no real food. As of 1/15, the mix for ButterBeer had a hechsher, but the topping did not, and they won't serve you without it. For a TR on the park, see here.

Other ParksComments
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SeaWorldA very family friendly park, less packed than Disney and Universal. Cheap annual passes as well as combo discounts for SeaWorld and Busch Gardens (which is in Tampa, 1hr away).
LegoLandLocated in Winter Haven, the park is a bit of a distance from the Greater Orlando area - approx. 45- 55 min away from other Orlando parks. LegoLand has an amusement park as well as a water park. If you look online it looks like the 2 are often not open on the same day. Each park costs about as much as the Disney/Universal parks (~$80) and can be greatly enjoyed by children, but can be underwhelming for adults. All rides are "kiddie" rides, some don't even allow adults on. The park is missing the magic of Disney/Universal, but may be much emptier than those parks, so that's a plus. The life-size Lego statues around the park are cool, but their water damage shows that LegoLand just doesn't get the "magic" necessary for an Orlando park. Kids will love the mini coasters and rides, something they might not be able to experience too much in Universal and parts of Disney.
See here for cheaper tickets (~$100 total for 1 adult and 1 child ticket)


Other Attractions & Activities

NameMore InfoComments
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WonderworksWebsite
Fun SpotWebsite
Titanic The ExperienceWebsiteGeared towards older kids / adults
Ripley's Believe it or notWebsite
Disney QuestWebsite
Cirque De SoleilWebsite
Orlando Science CenterWebsite
Kennedy Space Center - Visitor's ComplexWebsiteTour NASA's KSC. Now features Space Shuttle Atlantis.
Skeleton MuseumWebsite



Shuls:

NameMore InfoComments
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Chabad of South OrlandoWebsiteDaily Minyanim - Shachris @ 8:00AM and 9:30AM on Shabbos. Mincha/Maariv is 10 minutes before Shkia, which can be difficult to make if you're spending the day in a park. During very peak seasons, they'll have an extra Maariv later at night.
Orlando Torah AcademyWebsiteLocal day school that has Shacharis @ 8:30AM Monday - Friday (Nusach Edot haMizrach) during the school year. Peak season more likely to have Minyan than offpeak.
Orlando Torah CenterWebsiteShachris @ 6:45AM weekdays, (8:00AM additional for Yeshiva week) 8:00AM Sunday, 9:00AM Shabbos (Nusach Ashkenaz). Mincha/Maariv is before/after Shkiah, which can be difficult to make if you're spending the day in a park.

Food:

For Kosher food inside the theme parks, see the comments section of the specific park above.

NameMore InfoComments
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Kosher GourmetWebsiteA classic deli with slightly pricey/reasonable prices, unlimited fountain soda refills, and mostly-friendly service. You may be able to find discounted gift cards at GreatKosherDeals.com. Next to the restaurant is also a Kosher grocery. The restaurant will give you a bag to go shopping with and you'll bring your purchases back to the restaurant to pay. Mostly (only?) non-perishables sold here. (Certified by the RCF)
Kosher GrillWebsiteReview from shiframeir - Got takeout from here (place was packed and crazy for Yeshiva week), and the food was actually very good though understandably not cheap. Shwarma on baguette was great - even though they threw in this cabbage salad that scared me, it actually went great with the shwarma. Burgers were thick with flavor and decent shoe string fries. Caesar salad with chicken was what it is everywhere but with a real flame grilled piece of chicken. Stir fry wasn't fantastic, but is a nice alternative option on the menu that we enjoyed. Chili wings didn't really have much sauce flavor, but maybe they're better when you don't take it to go.
Review from yeki89 (when this store was a food truck called Kosher on Wheels) - Falafel & fries was very good with large portions and fair prices.
(Certified by the RCF)
Catering by Motti / Motti's BistroWebsiteTakeout food available for Shabbos. Bistro restaurant only open during Yeshiva week
Winn DixieStore LocatorLocated on Apopka Vineland (yes, that's a street name), this supermarket carries Cholov Yisroel milk and many other Kosher products.
Jerusalem GrillWebsite1 hr away in Daytona Beach

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Re: Orlando Master Thread
« Reply #990 on: May 21, 2017, 11:14:39 PM »
Do any of the kosher restaurants in Orlando deliver to any of the hotels? Does anyone have experience doing this and care to share. Thank you.

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Legoland Florida Awesomer annual pass is on sale for $99 normal $149

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Re: Orlando Master Thread
« Reply #992 on: June 04, 2017, 01:06:23 AM »
Just was in Orlando for a week and went to Disney. I've never done a TR yet. But I figured I'd do one to help people out based on our experiences.

We traveled from NYC area to Orlando, and spent a week there. We went to Disney Parks for 4 days. If you do the Disney Parks it is important that you plan in advance, do research, and use the Fastpasses, and use the Disney Fastpass app in the parks. We only waited on 2 lines in the park the entire 4 days (other than fastpass lines). It made the entire difference in the world between an amazing trip, and a trip in which you are waiting on lines the entire time. You must bring with you in the park a battery charger to ensure that your phone does not die. We had a heavy duty Anker fast charger that we use.

If you use Fast Pass, you are allowed to book your Fast Passes up to 30 days in advance, (and 60 if you stay in a Disney Resort). I suggest you get your Fast Passes 30 days in advance. Make sure to book them all for the morning or as early as possible, because once you use up your 3 passes, you then can get them one at a time. What we did, is immediately after going on the ride for the Fast Pass, is book something else right away on the app, even while waiting to get on the next ride, or even on the ride itself. It works. If you can't necessarily find what you want on the app when you are booking when you are in the park, play with it by time, instead of just a generic "afternoon" or "evening". In Magic Kingdom we used more than 10 fast passes alone on a single day.

Another thing to keep in mind is that the times on the Disney App for wait times, is almost like using Waze. The goal of the App is to spread you around the park and to get people from long lines to short lines, and then even them out. So if a line is 20 minutes, it might really be 30 or more. 

We also went out to eat in the few kosher restaurants in Orlando, and the prices are very very expensive. Its the price to pay for having kosher food in a community that is reliant on tourists for seemingly 85-95% of its business.

Day 1 - Flight from EWR to MCO on JetBlue using JetBlue points. We visited the Air Canada Lounge in EWR courtesy of Chase Sapphire. We got there after breakfast was over so slim pickings on the Kosher end. We got a few cans of soda and some lemon water. Our flight was uneventful. Jet Blue now gives free wifi, so that was helpful and the legroom was nice. We rented a minivan from Alamo which we got from Priceline. Alamo is a pain, and they would not give us  free spousal driver privileges. Even though the car was fine, I would not rent from them again just for that.  Since we were going to be staying over the weekend, and it was not high season for orthodox jews, we wanted to stay within walking distance of a shul. So we elected to stay at Westgate Palace with the Chabad Rate. We also wanted to stay at a place that had a full kitchen that we would kasher the oven. Based on my research Westgate was the only decent option. The room was a 2 bedroom suite with a queen in one bedroom and 2 twins in the other BR. There was a pullout coach in the living room. It had a full kitchen with self clean oven (electric flat range though) microwave, full fridge freezer, full washer dryer, 2 bathrooms, and dishes and glasses. We also had free wifi, up to 5 devices at a time. On shabbos if you went to the front desk they would escort you to your room and open the door for you.  The few times we had a maintenance problem (with the toilet and ac), they were at our room within 10 minutes to fix it. The hotel is a time share place, and over the weekend it is crowded with people taking advantage of reduced rates, and having to hear a time share pitch. As a result, on the weekdays we were there, it was empty, including the heated pool, on the weekends (Friday-Sunday) it was packed with people, and even the parking lot was full making it hard to find a parking space in their lot.  There is also a gated basketball court, sand volleyball court, tabletennis, and small playground which my kids played in. (We bought a basketball, so we wouldn't have to rent one at $3 a time, and also we found cheap table tennis stuff there too as well so we wouldn't have to rent it).

We drove to the Winn Dixie to pick up food for the room and our stay. They had a full selection of refrigerated and frozen goods, although many of their stuff (at the end of May) was still kosher for passover, that they were stuck with, and were still trying to sell at Passover prices. The baked goods that they had, especially the challah were not that fresh. We understand, we were there in off season. There was not much turnover when we came.

We went out for supper at Kosher Grill which was 5 minutes from our hotel. The food was good, but like every kosher restaurant in Orlando, pricey. Otherwise they cannot stay in business. At the same time, this restaurant was the only one where we saw "locals", and the only restaurant that actually had in stock everything on their menu.

Day 2- Disney - Hollywood Studios- It was day 1 for us at Disney. We bought a special 4 day "Magic Ticket" from Disney (through undercover tourist) which came out to a little under $1500 for 5 people. It allows 4 days, one day each park, with reentry allowed to the park that day. So one day you can go to Magic Kingdom, and that's it. You can't go to Epcot that day. But unlike a regular 4 day ticket, you can leave and reenter the park. So you were not stuck in the park all day. Also, it was cheaper than a 3 day ticket for us. Its a limited time offer, and the price for it, was actually cheaper for winter admission but we missed it by a few days.

Back to Hollywood Studios, We got there early as we needed to pick up our tickets. Make sure to take a picture of all your tickets and email it to yourself, as we misplaced one ticket during our trip. If you do not have a picture you will be out of luck. If you show them the picture, they will reissue you the ticket without any problem. We Did the Fast Pass for Hollywood, as the Other parks 30 days in advance. Our fast Passes were 1) Star Tours 2) Frozen Show 3) Toy Story Mania, and then later in the day Fast passes for 4) Beauty and the Beast 5) The Great Movie Ride and 6) Fantasia.

This park was the park we spent the least amount of time in. It might be because we are not Star Wars Fans, or it might be because its a park in Transition, that they are building Toy Story Land, and Star Wars Land. You must get fast passes for Toy Story Mania and Star Tours. The lines for those rides are insane. We started with signing the kids up for Jedi training. We waited about 10 minutes to sign them up and then had to pick a time for them later. We didn't end up doing it later because it rained (and we left the park for the afternoon). We then went to Star Tours. Its a cool ride with 3D glasses and simulation.  We then used our second fast pass on the Frozen Show. It was 30 minutes, seated and nice. The kids liked it. Not much Anna and Elsa, but all the songs. After that we went to "Star Wars The Path of the Jedi", with no wait, which was a 10 minute movie about Star Wars. Again, if you are a Star Wars fan, its good, we didn't care so much. Then we went to Muppet Vision that had no wait. Its a 25 minute 3D show with the Muppets. Its was cute and the kids liked it. We then went to everyone's favorite ride in the park the Toy Story Mania. It was a fun ride, and the adults and kids all loved it. You must get a fast pass for this. We then got a Fast Pass for the Beauty and the Beast Show. We ran to make it. Its a 30 minute live show, which the Broadway show is based off of. Its good. The kids then wanted to get a fastpass for The Great Movie Ride. The ride is about 20-25 minutes. Its an original ride from when the park opened in the 80's. Its really outdated, but the kids liked it. Our family is not into roller coasters so Tower of Terror or the AeroSmith ride were not options for us. The forecast was severe thunderstorms and we took a break, went back to the hotel. We got a fastpass for Fantasia.

We swam at the hotel, and went for supper to Lower East Side Restaurant. When we got to the restaurant, we thought it was deserted, as there was nobody in the restaurant. The door was open though. There was a sign in the restaurant, that they are looking to sell the restaurant. So who knows how much longer they will be in business. We were served quickly, and the food was good (although pricey).  The cook/waiter was nice, and there was nothing to complain about. We took our leftovers to the park where we returned to Fantasia.

Of the 4 Parks, the Fantasia show was the best show that we saw. The show is in an outdoor amphitheater that seats thousands, and is half an hour long. Its good with pyrotechnics and water involved. Its Disney Themed of course. You can bring your own food, which we did, so everyone ate while we waited for the show to start. We had a Fastpass so we didn't have to wait in line (which were long) to get in. There is a crush to get out of the show, so you pay want to sit closer to the back if getting out quicker matters to you. After the show we saw fireworks from the park as well.

Day 3- Magic Kingdom - As anyone who has been to Magic Kingdom knows, they try to maroon you there, so you can't leave during the day. The Park is "on an island". It takes a while to park, get into the park and to leave.  We booked fast passes in advance for this park as well. Our Fast Passes were 1) Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin 2) Tomorrowland Speedway 3) Peter Pan's Flight, and then 4)Haunted Mansion 5) Its a Small World 6) The Magic Carpets of Aladdin, 7) Mad Tea Party 8) The Barnstormer 9) Dumbo 10) Journey of the Little Mermaid 11) Pirates of the Caribbean 12) Splash Mountain.  Our kids won't do big rollercoasters so Spacemountain, Big Thunder, and Seven Dwarfs Mine train were out.

We started with Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin, its almost a similar version to the Toy Story ride in Hollywood. The kids loved it and was allot of fun, we had a Fast Pass for it. We then went without a fastpass to the Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor. It was an interactive comedy show. It was cute and the kids liked it. We had no wait. We then went with a Fast Pass to the Speedway, these are the cars (on a track) that the kids love. We then went to the Carousel of Progress, its a 20-25 minute show. There was no line. This is one of the original Disney rides in the park, and selected by Disney himself. Its a bit outdated, but cute. We then went on the Peoplemover, which had no line, and is a 10 minute ride around Tomorrowland. By that time it was time to walk to Fantasyland and go on the Peter Pan ride. We took a Fast Pass for it, because it has one of the longest wait times in the Park. Its a cute ride.  We then saw the Mickey's Philharmonic 3D show which was fun. Then we went with a Fast Pass on the Haunted Mansion, and it was nice for everyone. We then grabbed a Fast Pass for Its a Small World and went on that. We then took a fast pass for Aladdin's Flying Carpets (which is just a giant carnival ride) and then walked through the Swiss Family Tree House. We were then hungry. We went to Cosmic Ray's Cafe, where were ordered Dairy Kosher meals (pizza and lasagna). They were nothing great, but something to eat. While we waited for them to be heated up, some of us went on the Mad Tea Cups (with a FP of course), which are right there. We then got a fast pass for The Barnstormer, while we waited for the time to kick in, the little ones played in the Casey Jr. Splash and Soak Station. We then went on the Barnstormer, (small roller coaster) and then got a Fast Pass for Dumbo (which is just another carnival ride) , we then got a Fast Pass for the Little Mermaid, its a cute ride, and the kids liked it. We then got a fast pass for Pirates of the Caribbean, but in the interim, we went to the Winnie the Pooh ride, where we waited in line for 40 minutes, even though the time wait was 20. This was our only line we waited in, in MK. We then went to the Pirates of the Caribbean, which is a cool ride, that everyone enjoyed. Then we went to the Enchanted Tikki House, which nobody really liked, and they don't even list it as a ride anymore. We then snagged a FP for Splash Mountain, which some of us went on and loved. We then saw the fireworks from there, which is a great location, and then were exhausted and left the park. We took the local monorail which made a stop at the hotels to get back to the parking lot. Otherwise it might have taken us an extra 30 minutes back.

Day 4- Friday. We took a well deserved break from Disney. We woke up late, and did a late morning swim. We then went out for lunch at Kosher Gourmet Restaurant. On Friday they only serve dairy. They only had whole pizzas (14"). They do not have dairy seating there, because the seating is only for meat. You can eat the Pizzas outside on the picnic tables. The Pizzas were surprisingly good. Unfortunately, it was 90 degrees outside in Orlando and there was no shade by the picnic tables. We ate quickly and went back into our car for a leisurely day of shopping and getting ready for shabbos. We picked up a few items at Winn Dixie. We ate Friday night at the hotel, we were able to cook ourselves.

Day 5- Shabbos Day. We walked to Chabad from our hotel. It is at least a 30 minute walk from the Westgate Palace, even though Chabad's website says 20 minutes. It was also hot. We prepaid for lunch for our family at Chabad. Davening is called for 9:30.  Davening was nice. There were about 25-30 people there for davening total. Davening ended at about 12:30. Lunch ended at about 2:30. The food was good and the company was nice. We got back to our hotel at about 3:15.  The kids played the rest of the day. We went swimming after shabbos.

Day 6- Sunday - Animal Kingdom. We had our reservations about the park, since its an animal park. The kids loved it and had a great time.  We also got there day 2 of Pandoraland and Avatarland. We did not go. The lines for that part of the park were insane. 4-5 hour waits for rides, and a 3 hour wait just to get into the giftshop. 

The park has this thing called "Wilderness Explorer" that the kids can explore parts of the park and get badges and stickers. Its essentially a giant scavenger hunt for them all over the park. They love it, but frankly its kind of annoying, because its a way to make you stay in the park longer, and make you (the parent who has $$ to spend) travel all over the park.

Fast Passes for Animal Kingdom - 1) Dinosaur, 2) Primeval Whirl 3) Safari 4) Festival of the Lion King 5) Finding Nemo 6) Primeval Whirl (again), 7) Kali River Rapids.

The park is open until 11pm now (1am if you stay at a Disney property), because of Pandora (which still has crazy lines).  With regard to fast passes for this park, there really aren't many options (unless you are into Avatar), and the Avatar stuff was booked way in advance before the 30 days that we could reserve. This park is nice because it is shaded in most places. So even though it was 95 degrees, it wasn't that bad. We first went to Dinosaur (with a FP), which was pretty cool (a little scary for little kids) (its a FP must), we then went on Primeval Whirl, (also with a FP), which is a little roller coaster, and the little kids went on Tricera Top Spin at the same time (carnival ride). We then went to Its tough to be a bug, with no wait, and saw a 20-25 minute show about Disney Bugs in 3D, it was cute, and the kids liked it. We then got drinks at Starbucks and went to Africa. We went to Rafikis Planet Watch, where you take a Train to get there. There was no wait. There's an indoor science center (with a Meet and Greet with Doc McStuffins) and a petting zoo. All of the stuff the kids loved and there was no wait. Then a train ride back. Lots of animals. We then went on the Gorilla Falls exploration train, which had lots of animals, was shaded and cool. We then went on the Safari (FP). Its nice, lots of animals. Being in the NYC area, it doesn't compare with the 6 flags safari, but still pretty good. We then got a FP for the Lion King Show. We had to run there, and made it just in time. The show is one of the best in all of Disney. Well worth it. When then got the FP for the next Finding Nemo Show. We then had to go across the park to get to that show. The show was okay. Some kids liked it, some didn't. We then got another FP for Primeval Wheel, first we went to the Tricera Top Spin, which had no wait, we then did the roller coaster again, while little ones played in the playground (the boneyard), and then the rest joined them. We then got a FP for Kali River Rapids. The regular wait for this ride was over an hour. Looked like closer to 90 minutes. Its a water ride, but we were a bit disappointed. There wasn't much water, and wasn't that fast. Maybe I'm just getting old, but all the people on our boat said the same. We then went on the Jungle Trek, which was long, and cool. The kids liked it and so did we. Once again, we don't do roller coasters so we didn't do Expedition Everest.

We then wanted to get kosher food in the park. We first went to Pizzafari, and were told that they no longer sold kosher food, and we needed to go to Kusafari. We went there, and were given the run around, and finally after 15 minutes were told that they didn't have any food either. Going forward I would recommend not to count on kosher food in animal kingdom.

At that point, we basically finished the park. The night show, had 3 shows that night, and we were told that there would be no line for the 2nd and 3rd shows (1030pm, and 1145(only for resort guests). We left the park at about 7, and decided to go out for dinner. We went to Kosher Gourmet for meat. There were 3 other families there that night. The restaurant staff comprised of 3 people, and they were working beyond capacity. The food was good, but expensive. They said that they were out of chinese food and anything with ground beef, including hamburgers.  Its fine, we were happy with what we could get.  We then went shopping a bit, and returned to the park for the Rivers of Light Show.

Rivers of Light Show. The Show was scheduled for 1030, and we were in the park at 10pm. We were seated by 10:15, and we had front row seats since its the second show, and the park was empty. It was a nice show, but only 15 minutes long. Its on the water, and has the water and visual effects like fantasmic, but not as good or as long. In retrospect, maybe would wouldn't have returned just for the show. After the show we left the park and returned back to the hotel.

Day 7 - Monday Memorial Day -EPCOT

The park was packed because it was Memorial Day. However, we had Fast Passes. But, 30 days before this day, was shabbos, so we only were able to reserve the FP after shabbos ended and not at 7am.  So we were more limited in the Fast Passes that we got, but we did okay at the end. Also Epcot has different rules about FP's in Epcot, you are much more limited.

Fast Passes 1) Spaceship Earth 2) Turtle Talk with Crush 3) Soarin 4) Living With the Land 5) The Seas with Nemo 6) Journey into Imagination 7) Mission Space

Epcot is a park that seems outdated. It was also really hot there with not much shade, unless you are in an air conditioned building. They have some cool and amazing rides, but then some real duds. Our FP's were limited as you can only choose one of group A (Elsa, Soarin, and Test Track), and the rest frankly are not so great. We did not spend much time in the World Showcase, and basically just walked around the entire thing.

We started with a FP to Spaceship Earth (the ride inside the ball). It is a cool and nice ride. We only did a FP to it, because we had to pick something in the morning, and it worked with our times. We then went to Turtle talk with Crush, which also worked with our times. It is a nice show, interactive (similar to Monsters Inc. Show in MK.) about Nemo and the turtles. We then explored the aquarium in the building which is pretty cool. Its worth spending some time there.

We then went to the Disney and Pixar Short Film Festival. There were a few cute 3D movies. We then went to get a snack and to see Soarin. This may have been the best ride in all of the Disney Parks. However, even with the FP, the line was still 20-25 minutes (The regular wait was 2 hours). Its was worth it. The ride is amazing. We then got a FP for Living with the Land. It was in the same building. I don't understand how people without the FP waited 40 minutes for this ride. It was outdated. With the FP it was fine as there was no wait. We then got a FP for The Seas with Nemo. The kids liked it. Basically its a ride through the aquarium. We then got a FP for Journey into Imagination with Figment. It was okay. After we went to Imageworks, which is a play area for the kids.

We then walked around the World Showcase. The lime for Elsa  was 90 minutes we were not waiting on lines that long. We got a FP for Mission:Space. Its a cool ride. There are two versions, intense and non intense, depending on how old your kids are, is where you should be. We then bent the rules and waited on Single Rider for Test Track, as we were unable to get a FP for it. In fact, I think all FP's were taken 60 days in advance. The Single Rider line was 30 minutes, (standby was 80). The ride is a cool ride, and everyone enjoys it.  We then went on Ellen's Energy Adventure which is a 45 minute (yes 45 minutes!) ride which is 20 years outdated. The kids liked it though, because they are giant Ellen fans. We then were on every ride (other than the World showcase) except Elsa and it was time to go.

We had a great time in Disney, but only because of FP's and we didn't have to wait in lines.

Day 8- Checkout from the hotel was seamless, Flight back to EWR.  Flight was delayed numerous times. Supposed to leave at about 7:20, didn't take off until 10:05 on Jet Blue. However the lounge in MCO was very very nice, with breakfast, and a wii for the kids to play with. We were very happy.

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Re: Orlando Master Thread
« Reply #993 on: June 08, 2017, 05:06:54 PM »


Wow! So much detail. Thanx for taking the time to write it all up!

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Re: Orlando Master Thread
« Reply #994 on: June 15, 2017, 11:55:38 AM »
Considering going down to Orlando next weekend (June 21- 25) . Any minyanim in any of the housing rental developments? Can't find on godaven..

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« Reply #995 on: June 15, 2017, 04:28:53 PM »
Not really. Chabad is within walking distance of some hotels.  We even looked into airbnb near the Chofetz Chaim Community, and there weren't any options. The other option is to make your own minyan if there are enough people near where you are, like it is during Yeshiva Week or Pesach time.

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« Reply #996 on: July 11, 2017, 12:51:56 PM »
Any recommendations on a Disney Springs/Downtown Disney hotel?  There are 7 and I have no clue where to start.  Only going to be there for 3 days.

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« Reply #997 on: July 14, 2017, 11:35:57 AM »
Does anyone know of anyway to get cheap tickets to the disney parks this week?
I heard there are people selling  on the street, would they be trustable?

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« Reply #998 on: July 14, 2017, 03:22:38 PM »
Just was in Orlando for a week and went to Disney. I've never done a TR yet. But I figured I'd do one to help people out based on our experiences.

We traveled from NYC area to Orlando, and spent a week there. We went to Disney Parks for 4 days. If you do the Disney Parks it is important that you plan in advance, do research, and use the Fastpasses, and use the Disney Fastpass app in the parks. We only waited on 2 lines in the park the entire 4 days (other than fastpass lines). It made the entire difference in the world between an amazing trip, and a trip in which you are waiting on lines the entire time. You must bring with you in the park a battery charger to ensure that your phone does not die. We had a heavy duty Anker fast charger that we use.

If you use Fast Pass, you are allowed to book your Fast Passes up to 30 days in advance, (and 60 if you stay in a Disney Resort). I suggest you get your Fast Passes 30 days in advance. Make sure to book them all for the morning or as early as possible, because once you use up your 3 passes, you then can get them one at a time. What we did, is immediately after going on the ride for the Fast Pass, is book something else right away on the app, even while waiting to get on the next ride, or even on the ride itself. It works. If you can't necessarily find what you want on the app when you are booking when you are in the park, play with it by time, instead of just a generic "afternoon" or "evening". In Magic Kingdom we used more than 10 fast passes alone on a single day.

Another thing to keep in mind is that the times on the Disney App for wait times, is almost like using Waze. The goal of the App is to spread you around the park and to get people from long lines to short lines, and then even them out. So if a line is 20 minutes, it might really be 30 or more. 

We also went out to eat in the few kosher restaurants in Orlando, and the prices are very very expensive. Its the price to pay for having kosher food in a community that is reliant on tourists for seemingly 85-95% of its business.

Day 1 - Flight from EWR to MCO on JetBlue using JetBlue points. We visited the Air Canada Lounge in EWR courtesy of Chase Sapphire. We got there after breakfast was over so slim pickings on the Kosher end. We got a few cans of soda and some lemon water. Our flight was uneventful. Jet Blue now gives free wifi, so that was helpful and the legroom was nice. We rented a minivan from Alamo which we got from Priceline. Alamo is a pain, and they would not give us  free spousal driver privileges. Even though the car was fine, I would not rent from them again just for that.  Since we were going to be staying over the weekend, and it was not high season for orthodox jews, we wanted to stay within walking distance of a shul. So we elected to stay at Westgate Palace with the Chabad Rate. We also wanted to stay at a place that had a full kitchen that we would kasher the oven. Based on my research Westgate was the only decent option. The room was a 2 bedroom suite with a queen in one bedroom and 2 twins in the other BR. There was a pullout coach in the living room. It had a full kitchen with self clean oven (electric flat range though) microwave, full fridge freezer, full washer dryer, 2 bathrooms, and dishes and glasses. We also had free wifi, up to 5 devices at a time. On shabbos if you went to the front desk they would escort you to your room and open the door for you.  The few times we had a maintenance problem (with the toilet and ac), they were at our room within 10 minutes to fix it. The hotel is a time share place, and over the weekend it is crowded with people taking advantage of reduced rates, and having to hear a time share pitch. As a result, on the weekdays we were there, it was empty, including the heated pool, on the weekends (Friday-Sunday) it was packed with people, and even the parking lot was full making it hard to find a parking space in their lot.  There is also a gated basketball court, sand volleyball court, tabletennis, and small playground which my kids played in. (We bought a basketball, so we wouldn't have to rent one at $3 a time, and also we found cheap table tennis stuff there too as well so we wouldn't have to rent it).

We drove to the Winn Dixie to pick up food for the room and our stay. They had a full selection of refrigerated and frozen goods, although many of their stuff (at the end of May) was still kosher for passover, that they were stuck with, and were still trying to sell at Passover prices. The baked goods that they had, especially the challah were not that fresh. We understand, we were there in off season. There was not much turnover when we came.

We went out for supper at Kosher Grill which was 5 minutes from our hotel. The food was good, but like every kosher restaurant in Orlando, pricey. Otherwise they cannot stay in business. At the same time, this restaurant was the only one where we saw "locals", and the only restaurant that actually had in stock everything on their menu.

Day 2- Disney - Hollywood Studios- It was day 1 for us at Disney. We bought a special 4 day "Magic Ticket" from Disney (through undercover tourist) which came out to a little under $1500 for 5 people. It allows 4 days, one day each park, with reentry allowed to the park that day. So one day you can go to Magic Kingdom, and that's it. You can't go to Epcot that day. But unlike a regular 4 day ticket, you can leave and reenter the park. So you were not stuck in the park all day. Also, it was cheaper than a 3 day ticket for us. Its a limited time offer, and the price for it, was actually cheaper for winter admission but we missed it by a few days.

Back to Hollywood Studios, We got there early as we needed to pick up our tickets. Make sure to take a picture of all your tickets and email it to yourself, as we misplaced one ticket during our trip. If you do not have a picture you will be out of luck. If you show them the picture, they will reissue you the ticket without any problem. We Did the Fast Pass for Hollywood, as the Other parks 30 days in advance. Our fast Passes were 1) Star Tours 2) Frozen Show 3) Toy Story Mania, and then later in the day Fast passes for 4) Beauty and the Beast 5) The Great Movie Ride and 6) Fantasia.

This park was the park we spent the least amount of time in. It might be because we are not Star Wars Fans, or it might be because its a park in Transition, that they are building Toy Story Land, and Star Wars Land. You must get fast passes for Toy Story Mania and Star Tours. The lines for those rides are insane. We started with signing the kids up for Jedi training. We waited about 10 minutes to sign them up and then had to pick a time for them later. We didn't end up doing it later because it rained (and we left the park for the afternoon). We then went to Star Tours. Its a cool ride with 3D glasses and simulation.  We then used our second fast pass on the Frozen Show. It was 30 minutes, seated and nice. The kids liked it. Not much Anna and Elsa, but all the songs. After that we went to "Star Wars The Path of the Jedi", with no wait, which was a 10 minute movie about Star Wars. Again, if you are a Star Wars fan, its good, we didn't care so much. Then we went to Muppet Vision that had no wait. Its a 25 minute 3D show with the Muppets. Its was cute and the kids liked it. We then went to everyone's favorite ride in the park the Toy Story Mania. It was a fun ride, and the adults and kids all loved it. You must get a fast pass for this. We then got a Fast Pass for the Beauty and the Beast Show. We ran to make it. Its a 30 minute live show, which the Broadway show is based off of. Its good. The kids then wanted to get a fastpass for The Great Movie Ride. The ride is about 20-25 minutes. Its an original ride from when the park opened in the 80's. Its really outdated, but the kids liked it. Our family is not into roller coasters so Tower of Terror or the AeroSmith ride were not options for us. The forecast was severe thunderstorms and we took a break, went back to the hotel. We got a fastpass for Fantasia.

We swam at the hotel, and went for supper to Lower East Side Restaurant. When we got to the restaurant, we thought it was deserted, as there was nobody in the restaurant. The door was open though. There was a sign in the restaurant, that they are looking to sell the restaurant. So who knows how much longer they will be in business. We were served quickly, and the food was good (although pricey).  The cook/waiter was nice, and there was nothing to complain about. We took our leftovers to the park where we returned to Fantasia.

Of the 4 Parks, the Fantasia show was the best show that we saw. The show is in an outdoor amphitheater that seats thousands, and is half an hour long. Its good with pyrotechnics and water involved. Its Disney Themed of course. You can bring your own food, which we did, so everyone ate while we waited for the show to start. We had a Fastpass so we didn't have to wait in line (which were long) to get in. There is a crush to get out of the show, so you pay want to sit closer to the back if getting out quicker matters to you. After the show we saw fireworks from the park as well.

Day 3- Magic Kingdom - As anyone who has been to Magic Kingdom knows, they try to maroon you there, so you can't leave during the day. The Park is "on an island". It takes a while to park, get into the park and to leave.  We booked fast passes in advance for this park as well. Our Fast Passes were 1) Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin 2) Tomorrowland Speedway 3) Peter Pan's Flight, and then 4)Haunted Mansion 5) Its a Small World 6) The Magic Carpets of Aladdin, 7) Mad Tea Party 8) The Barnstormer 9) Dumbo 10) Journey of the Little Mermaid 11) Pirates of the Caribbean 12) Splash Mountain.  Our kids won't do big rollercoasters so Spacemountain, Big Thunder, and Seven Dwarfs Mine train were out.

We started with Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin, its almost a similar version to the Toy Story ride in Hollywood. The kids loved it and was allot of fun, we had a Fast Pass for it. We then went without a fastpass to the Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor. It was an interactive comedy show. It was cute and the kids liked it. We had no wait. We then went with a Fast Pass to the Speedway, these are the cars (on a track) that the kids love. We then went to the Carousel of Progress, its a 20-25 minute show. There was no line. This is one of the original Disney rides in the park, and selected by Disney himself. Its a bit outdated, but cute. We then went on the Peoplemover, which had no line, and is a 10 minute ride around Tomorrowland. By that time it was time to walk to Fantasyland and go on the Peter Pan ride. We took a Fast Pass for it, because it has one of the longest wait times in the Park. Its a cute ride.  We then saw the Mickey's Philharmonic 3D show which was fun. Then we went with a Fast Pass on the Haunted Mansion, and it was nice for everyone. We then grabbed a Fast Pass for Its a Small World and went on that. We then took a fast pass for Aladdin's Flying Carpets (which is just a giant carnival ride) and then walked through the Swiss Family Tree House. We were then hungry. We went to Cosmic Ray's Cafe, where were ordered Dairy Kosher meals (pizza and lasagna). They were nothing great, but something to eat. While we waited for them to be heated up, some of us went on the Mad Tea Cups (with a FP of course), which are right there. We then got a fast pass for The Barnstormer, while we waited for the time to kick in, the little ones played in the Casey Jr. Splash and Soak Station. We then went on the Barnstormer, (small roller coaster) and then got a Fast Pass for Dumbo (which is just another carnival ride) , we then got a Fast Pass for the Little Mermaid, its a cute ride, and the kids liked it. We then got a fast pass for Pirates of the Caribbean, but in the interim, we went to the Winnie the Pooh ride, where we waited in line for 40 minutes, even though the time wait was 20. This was our only line we waited in, in MK. We then went to the Pirates of the Caribbean, which is a cool ride, that everyone enjoyed. Then we went to the Enchanted Tikki House, which nobody really liked, and they don't even list it as a ride anymore. We then snagged a FP for Splash Mountain, which some of us went on and loved. We then saw the fireworks from there, which is a great location, and then were exhausted and left the park. We took the local monorail which made a stop at the hotels to get back to the parking lot. Otherwise it might have taken us an extra 30 minutes back.

Day 4- Friday. We took a well deserved break from Disney. We woke up late, and did a late morning swim. We then went out for lunch at Kosher Gourmet Restaurant. On Friday they only serve dairy. They only had whole pizzas (14"). They do not have dairy seating there, because the seating is only for meat. You can eat the Pizzas outside on the picnic tables. The Pizzas were surprisingly good. Unfortunately, it was 90 degrees outside in Orlando and there was no shade by the picnic tables. We ate quickly and went back into our car for a leisurely day of shopping and getting ready for shabbos. We picked up a few items at Winn Dixie. We ate Friday night at the hotel, we were able to cook ourselves.

Day 5- Shabbos Day. We walked to Chabad from our hotel. It is at least a 30 minute walk from the Westgate Palace, even though Chabad's website says 20 minutes. It was also hot. We prepaid for lunch for our family at Chabad. Davening is called for 9:30.  Davening was nice. There were about 25-30 people there for davening total. Davening ended at about 12:30. Lunch ended at about 2:30. The food was good and the company was nice. We got back to our hotel at about 3:15.  The kids played the rest of the day. We went swimming after shabbos.

Day 6- Sunday - Animal Kingdom. We had our reservations about the park, since its an animal park. The kids loved it and had a great time.  We also got there day 2 of Pandoraland and Avatarland. We did not go. The lines for that part of the park were insane. 4-5 hour waits for rides, and a 3 hour wait just to get into the giftshop. 

The park has this thing called "Wilderness Explorer" that the kids can explore parts of the park and get badges and stickers. Its essentially a giant scavenger hunt for them all over the park. They love it, but frankly its kind of annoying, because its a way to make you stay in the park longer, and make you (the parent who has $$ to spend) travel all over the park.

Fast Passes for Animal Kingdom - 1) Dinosaur, 2) Primeval Whirl 3) Safari 4) Festival of the Lion King 5) Finding Nemo 6) Primeval Whirl (again), 7) Kali River Rapids.

The park is open until 11pm now (1am if you stay at a Disney property), because of Pandora (which still has crazy lines).  With regard to fast passes for this park, there really aren't many options (unless you are into Avatar), and the Avatar stuff was booked way in advance before the 30 days that we could reserve. This park is nice because it is shaded in most places. So even though it was 95 degrees, it wasn't that bad. We first went to Dinosaur (with a FP), which was pretty cool (a little scary for little kids) (its a FP must), we then went on Primeval Whirl, (also with a FP), which is a little roller coaster, and the little kids went on Tricera Top Spin at the same time (carnival ride). We then went to Its tough to be a bug, with no wait, and saw a 20-25 minute show about Disney Bugs in 3D, it was cute, and the kids liked it. We then got drinks at Starbucks and went to Africa. We went to Rafikis Planet Watch, where you take a Train to get there. There was no wait. There's an indoor science center (with a Meet and Greet with Doc McStuffins) and a petting zoo. All of the stuff the kids loved and there was no wait. Then a train ride back. Lots of animals. We then went on the Gorilla Falls exploration train, which had lots of animals, was shaded and cool. We then went on the Safari (FP). Its nice, lots of animals. Being in the NYC area, it doesn't compare with the 6 flags safari, but still pretty good. We then got a FP for the Lion King Show. We had to run there, and made it just in time. The show is one of the best in all of Disney. Well worth it. When then got the FP for the next Finding Nemo Show. We then had to go across the park to get to that show. The show was okay. Some kids liked it, some didn't. We then got another FP for Primeval Wheel, first we went to the Tricera Top Spin, which had no wait, we then did the roller coaster again, while little ones played in the playground (the boneyard), and then the rest joined them. We then got a FP for Kali River Rapids. The regular wait for this ride was over an hour. Looked like closer to 90 minutes. Its a water ride, but we were a bit disappointed. There wasn't much water, and wasn't that fast. Maybe I'm just getting old, but all the people on our boat said the same. We then went on the Jungle Trek, which was long, and cool. The kids liked it and so did we. Once again, we don't do roller coasters so we didn't do Expedition Everest.

We then wanted to get kosher food in the park. We first went to Pizzafari, and were told that they no longer sold kosher food, and we needed to go to Kusafari. We went there, and were given the run around, and finally after 15 minutes were told that they didn't have any food either. Going forward I would recommend not to count on kosher food in animal kingdom.

At that point, we basically finished the park. The night show, had 3 shows that night, and we were told that there would be no line for the 2nd and 3rd shows (1030pm, and 1145(only for resort guests). We left the park at about 7, and decided to go out for dinner. We went to Kosher Gourmet for meat. There were 3 other families there that night. The restaurant staff comprised of 3 people, and they were working beyond capacity. The food was good, but expensive. They said that they were out of chinese food and anything with ground beef, including hamburgers.  Its fine, we were happy with what we could get.  We then went shopping a bit, and returned to the park for the Rivers of Light Show.

Rivers of Light Show. The Show was scheduled for 1030, and we were in the park at 10pm. We were seated by 10:15, and we had front row seats since its the second show, and the park was empty. It was a nice show, but only 15 minutes long. Its on the water, and has the water and visual effects like fantasmic, but not as good or as long. In retrospect, maybe would wouldn't have returned just for the show. After the show we left the park and returned back to the hotel.

Day 7 - Monday Memorial Day -EPCOT

The park was packed because it was Memorial Day. However, we had Fast Passes. But, 30 days before this day, was shabbos, so we only were able to reserve the FP after shabbos ended and not at 7am.  So we were more limited in the Fast Passes that we got, but we did okay at the end. Also Epcot has different rules about FP's in Epcot, you are much more limited.

Fast Passes 1) Spaceship Earth 2) Turtle Talk with Crush 3) Soarin 4) Living With the Land 5) The Seas with Nemo 6) Journey into Imagination 7) Mission Space

Epcot is a park that seems outdated. It was also really hot there with not much shade, unless you are in an air conditioned building. They have some cool and amazing rides, but then some real duds. Our FP's were limited as you can only choose one of group A (Elsa, Soarin, and Test Track), and the rest frankly are not so great. We did not spend much time in the World Showcase, and basically just walked around the entire thing.

We started with a FP to Spaceship Earth (the ride inside the ball). It is a cool and nice ride. We only did a FP to it, because we had to pick something in the morning, and it worked with our times. We then went to Turtle talk with Crush, which also worked with our times. It is a nice show, interactive (similar to Monsters Inc. Show in MK.) about Nemo and the turtles. We then explored the aquarium in the building which is pretty cool. Its worth spending some time there.

We then went to the Disney and Pixar Short Film Festival. There were a few cute 3D movies. We then went to get a snack and to see Soarin. This may have been the best ride in all of the Disney Parks. However, even with the FP, the line was still 20-25 minutes (The regular wait was 2 hours). Its was worth it. The ride is amazing. We then got a FP for Living with the Land. It was in the same building. I don't understand how people without the FP waited 40 minutes for this ride. It was outdated. With the FP it was fine as there was no wait. We then got a FP for The Seas with Nemo. The kids liked it. Basically its a ride through the aquarium. We then got a FP for Journey into Imagination with Figment. It was okay. After we went to Imageworks, which is a play area for the kids.

We then walked around the World Showcase. The lime for Elsa  was 90 minutes we were not waiting on lines that long. We got a FP for Mission:Space. Its a cool ride. There are two versions, intense and non intense, depending on how old your kids are, is where you should be. We then bent the rules and waited on Single Rider for Test Track, as we were unable to get a FP for it. In fact, I think all FP's were taken 60 days in advance. The Single Rider line was 30 minutes, (standby was 80). The ride is a cool ride, and everyone enjoys it.  We then went on Ellen's Energy Adventure which is a 45 minute (yes 45 minutes!) ride which is 20 years outdated. The kids liked it though, because they are giant Ellen fans. We then were on every ride (other than the World showcase) except Elsa and it was time to go.

We had a great time in Disney, but only because of FP's and we didn't have to wait in lines.

Day 8- Checkout from the hotel was seamless, Flight back to EWR.  Flight was delayed numerous times. Supposed to leave at about 7:20, didn't take off until 10:05 on Jet Blue. However the lounge in MCO was very very nice, with breakfast, and a wii for the kids to play with. We were very happy.

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Re: Orlando Master Thread
« Reply #999 on: July 24, 2017, 04:03:05 PM »
ANy advice how to get cheap Disney or Universal tickets?

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Re: Orlando Master Thread
« Reply #1000 on: July 26, 2017, 09:13:52 PM »
Has anyone bought Universal tickets through Chabad recently? I'm having a hard time getting through to them and I'm worried they aren't reliable.

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« Reply #1001 on: August 16, 2017, 11:17:04 AM »
Going to be in Orlando at the end of August, and staying over Shabbos. Going to be with a 6 year old who is pretty picky about food, and don't want to bring anything from NYC area. We only need food for 2 people, is the easiest way just going to Kosher Gourmet and Winn Dixie and just picking up what we need? Not close enough to walk to Chabad. I don't mind buying preprepared meals but we only need for 2 people and some of what I'm seeing is for more people. Thanks.

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Re: Orlando Master Thread
« Reply #1002 on: August 16, 2017, 11:26:05 AM »
Tower of terror was a real letdown. Really not scary and a small drop.

What? I've never been but I thought it's supposed to be a 7 story drop. How small is the drop?

Every other park you park your car and walk right in. Not in magic kingdom. You have to take a monorail or a ferry (which is slower) from the parking lot till the park. Takes about a half hour extra.

Or you can stay at the Contemporary Hotel. It's about a 5 minute walk from the hotel to the entrance to MK. I actually stayed once, but you can also "stay"
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Re: Orlando Master Thread
« Reply #1003 on: September 25, 2017, 12:16:41 AM »
Any decent priced resort or hotel for Chol hamoed sukkos?
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« Reply #1004 on: September 28, 2017, 10:41:42 AM »
any kosher restaurant open on chol hamoed sukkus?