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Wanderlust Wednesday: Orlando, Florida

Today I find myself thinking about the tourist mecca that is Orlando, Florida. I haven’t been there yet for a number of reasons: 1. I grew up about 30 minutes away from California’s Disneyland, and since Disney World is the reason most people go to Orlando, I never saw the need to spend a whole bunch of money on a trip to Disney when I’ve got one in my backyard. Reason number 2: It’s a big, giant tourist trap. Everybody knows it.

Still, throughout the years I’ve known a lot of people who have taken trips to Orlando and had a lot of fun. I’m told Disney World is different from Disneyland, and hey, there’s also the whole city of Orlando to explore while I’m there.

Although I tend to gravitate more towards cities with historical significance, a different culture, or perhaps just some incredible nature than I do “tourist cities”, I do find myself curious about Orlando. Would I like it? Would I not? I suppose one of these days I’ll have to go check it out for myself and find out. For now, let’s take a look at what Orlando has to offer on this Wanderlust Wednesday…

(special thanks to the following Instagrammers for fueling my wanderlust…)

Oh, the places you'll go. ā € Photo by @miles.neto

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An awesome shot by @thecatalystmachine Thank you for pushing your photos to the limit! Keep it up.

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#wildlifewednesday with the amazing @brit_at_wdw What an incredible shot!

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Photo by @ronald_nino

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Orlando sunsets šŸŒ… photo by @agpfoto

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What a shot!! Photo by: @6th.man

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Photo by @lennypistorio

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Disney days are the best days photo by @shannham789

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It doesn't get much better than this. Photo by @age180

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Make a wish ā­ļø Photo by @rebecca_arianaa

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Have you ever been to Orlando? What was your impression? Anything interesting to do you think is worth mentioning other than theme parks? Would love to hear your comments!

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  1. My only Disneyland experience was in Hong Kong and may I say I thoroughly loved it. I became a child all over again. Also, it was paid for by a junket (sponsored trip) I went on during my days of journalism. It is maddeningly expensive, but why not go for it once, no?

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  2. You haven’t been to Disneyworld?? I live in Ireland and I’ve been more than once! Of course, you probably need some sort of a passion for Disney (which I have in spades. It’s the animation… and the attention to detail… and the waffles… and just all of it. Don’t judge) and maybe a morning mid-week that’s not right in the middle of tourist season.

    Or, as I once learned, during some sort of cheerleader convention.

    Still, definitely worth a visit! I highly recommend Orlando, even if it’s not as much fun for someone who’s American and has already been to Disneyland!

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    • haha yeah we Californians rarely make it to Disney World since we’ve got the original Disneyland right here in our back yard. I’ve been to Disneyland probably 400 times in my life (I had a season pass for years before they raised the prices) but Disney World has more stuff and it’s a little different. My friend in Florida tells me Epcot is cool. I guess it’s just not top of my list since there are different things to see out there, but I’ve got to go at least once. I would think being from Ireland you would head to Paris Disney since it’s closer…or maybe you’ve been there too šŸ™‚

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  3. ‘Love the post.

    I’m a Disney fan but I’m not freaky about it. I think!

    I’ve been to Disneyland Paris loads of times, and well before my son was ever born. He’s 15 now so….! My German husband isn’t interested, but when we went to America (California, Utah, Nevada & Arizona,) we just had to spend at least a day in Disneyland California. My husband absolutely loved it. We were there from about 11:00 to midnight. They had to drag us out lol! Mind you, what we paid for a day in January no less, was what we paid for 3 days and 2 nights in Paris, at a Disneyland hotel too! I was horrified at the American prices. I mean pleeeeeeeaaaaaase!

    I haven’t been to Orlando although my brother spent a fortnight there, and he lives in England. Personally, I don’t think I could stand amusement parks all day and everyday. I’ve got to go out and see stuff! I’ve been to Hong Kong but it was during my GAP year so at the time, Disneyland wasn’t on the list lol! However, now I’d like to go to Disneyland Hong Kong and Disneyland Tokyo. I imagine it would be quite amusing! šŸ˜€

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    • Yeah Disneyland California is Expensive with a capital E. I use to go a lot because they had special season pass deals for Southern California residents, but that ended a while ago and now it’s super expensive and I haven’t been for a couple years. Tokyo and Hong Kong would definitely be amusing. I think now that I’ve been to Tokyo once I wouldn’t mind visiting Tokyo Disney, but if I go to Hong Kong I would want to explore the city first and foremost!

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  4. Absolutely!
    Can you believe that in Disneyland Paris, children under 7 are free of charge, and every now and then, they have special offers where children under 12 are free of charge too? In many cases, you get extra days added. Now that’s what I call value!

    European parents won’t pay outrageously for Disney, but if the kids are free then….! When we last went, breakfast was free, the shuttle service was included, and we got to start an hour early before the public joined in. I went mid-season as our son’s birthday is in March, and it was still excellent value. And the flght from Berlin to Paris via Easyjet. Just ā‚¬30.00!

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