1st of all, is disney’s blizzard beach open during the winter? (december- january)
How many days should be spent at each of the 4 theme parks (5 including the waterpark) if im spending 8 days there?
Finally is Coronado and Swan good hotels to stay at?
Ok in the christmas period normally both water parks are open but in off peak periods such as maybe january normally only one waterpark is open. So i’ll assume one water park is open in my plan. First of all, I have always found one day is enough for most parks to see most of the things that you want to unless you have a big group that wants to see almost everything from kiddy rides to big coasters.
Day 1 – Sea World
Normally a great start to a holiday in Florida not the biggest theme park but has great shows and a couple of rides in the big coaster Kracken and the spectacular water ride / roller coaster journey to atlantis. Overall a good park but doesn’t take more than half a day.
Day 2 – Epcot
Another not so wild park but this is the biggest park in disney so if you like everything here it may take quite a while however there aren’t that many rides here so no ques for the main part of the park which is the world showcase, a really cool place but I suggest coming back here on one night for a meal at on of the countries restraunts. Other than this there is all the future things that are good to look at and then soarin a great hanglide ride through california, test track – a classic brilliant ride and mission space which could make you feel a little sick but it is great fun.
Day 3 – Magic Kingdom
The main park which is "magical" for any age not just kids and the rides are brilliant. Too many rides to describe but the main big rides are splash mountain a big log flume, space mountain not a massive coaster but it is in the dark a really great ride, thunder mountain a smaller rollercoaster and is quite fun. There are tons of other rides for kids and adults but it’s better to ride them than me describe.
Day 4 – Water Park
Half way through, time for a bit of relaxation. Sure there are big scary slides but you can relax as much as you want on a sunbed away from the crowds of the theme parks. Blizzard beach has tons of slides big and small. Typhoon lagoon has some great slides too but this is all about the massive wave pool, massive waves over 6ft crash ever minute from the front in the deep end and slowly get smaller towards the shallow end so it is great for any age or ability of swimmer.
Day 5 – Animal Kingdom
A brilliant park full of animal exhibitions which you could watch for hours and the safari is brilliant probably better that the real thing if you love the animals, excitement without travelling to africa and no mosquitos, you see all the animals you need to and they are kept brilliant with a little story line to the ride to (I won’t spoil it). Expedition everest is a fantastic rollercoaster in search of the yeti, just fantastic. Dinosaur is also underestimated and is one of my favourite rides exciting to the last second, kali river rapids and so much more.
Day 6 – MGM
Slightly more adult park all about the movies. Two brilliant thrill rides in disney worlds only upside-down ride the rock n rollercoaster starring aerosmith where you beat the traffic in a stretch limo (fantastic) also there is one of my favourites the tower of terror. One of the best build-ups ever and you feel so scared before you shoot up. Theres other things like the star wars simulator, muppets 3D and the great movie ride are all great.
Day 6 – Islands of adventure
Universal studios newest park and it shows in the brilliance of this place. My favourite theme park in the world, two great rollercoasters in the hulk and dueling dragons where you really thing you will crash with the other coaster. Then probably the best engineered ride in florida with the amazing adventure of spiderman which is a mix of a simulator, moving ride and 3D just brilliant and so realistic. Then the three water rides in dudley doo rights ripsaw falls which is a really fun log flume, then popeyes ride which you get soaked! then the brilliant jurassic park where the dinosaurs look real and it’s a great tour until you go off course… So much more it is a great park along with the Seuss landings kids area.
Day 8 – Universal Studios
To finish off a brilliant park but slightly more relaxed, the rollercoaster the revenge of the mummy is brilliant an indoor dark coaster and jaws a tranquil boat ride until jaws comes along. Men in black is superb, shoot the aliens. Simpsons might be open in time for you which should be good and then Shrek 4D, Terminator2 3D and Jimmy neutrons nicktoon blast are all brilliant. Along with the woody woodpecker kids zone complete with the ET ride and a kids coaster it is a great park.
If this is too much for you always take on of the parks away I would suggest sea world then move everything forward making a rest day around day 5. Coranado and Swan are both great hotels, the swan is right on the monorail track for the magic kingdom which is handy but unless you rent a car it can be hard to get to other parks unless they are disney.
I hope you have a great time!
Ask me if you need any more help or tips.