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Your Orlando Florida vacation is exciting to plan and wonderful to experience.  Or it can be less than you hoped, if you didn't plan carefully.  I lived in Orlando for many years, and here are some tips for getting the most out of your Orlando Florida vacation.

Know your budget ahead of time, and what you want to do.  If you search the internet, you can find great deals on Orlando discount hotel rooms.  But a great price doesn't help if it's far from where you want to spend your vacation -- the Orlando traffic is pretty bad. Nor is it a great value if the hotel room isn't up to par, so just remember -- price isn't everything.

Of course, hotel rooms and resorts are just part of your Orlando, Florida vacation! We'll take a peek at attractions and other fun things to do in and around Orlando.

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One thing is for sure -- Orlando is chock-full of great places to stay. There's a hotel, motel or resort for almost any kind of budget.

Before you decide on a resort or hotel, you need to decide what you plan to do when in Orlando. For example, do you want to just "do Disney" and not visit any other attractions? You might want to check out the Walt Disney World resorts in that case.

What if you want to visit more attractions and not just Disney? You'll want to stay in the area where the attractions are located, which is generally in the South Orlando to Kissimmee area.

Keep in mind how many people are traveling in your party. If it's just one or two of you, a standard hotel or resort room should suit you just fine. If you have more people, though, you might want to consider one of the all-suite places to stay like The Caribe - awesome!

Orlando Discount Hotel Room

Rule of thumb -- the closer you get to Disney, Sea World and Universal, the more expensive the hotels become.  If you see an ad for one that is way lower than the others, beware.  There's usually a reason it's so inexpensive.

When looking for a hotel online, you will probably want to check out two or three places and compare prices. Different websites may have different prices for the same hotel and room type. Try a place like Trip Advisor to get some prices for several places at once.

See more tips for locating an Orlando discount hotel room.

(Don't forget - there are also timeshares, condos and Orlando vacation villas to choose from, if you have a really big group.)

Attraction Tickets

There are a few ways to get attraction tickets. First, you can just buy your tickets when you get to the attraction -- great for if you want to do something on the spur of the moment.

You can also get your attraction tickets at the resort or hotel at which you are staying; most times they can get tickets for you, at least to the larger attractions.

If you'd like to get the best deal, check out some of the online packages that give you a bundle, depending on what you'd like to do. Of course, there are always Disney, Universal and SeaWorld, but these vendors generally also will offer tickets for some of the smaller attractions and dinner shows.

What Else to do on Your Orlando Florida Vacation?Orlando Florida Vacation

Naturally, there are the top three attractions -- Disney World, Sea World and Universal Studios theme park.  If you've never been to Orlando before, I recommend visiting at least one of the three (and Disney World is my pick...if I had to choose).

If you like the beach, Daytona Beach isn't too very far away.  Lots to see and do there -- parasailing, surfing, visiting the boardwalk, or just soaking up the sun.

The Orlando area is great for canoeing, and my favorite run is at Wekiwa Springs State Park, just north of Orlando in Apopka.  Wekiwa Springs also has some wonderful hiking trails and camping.

Don't forget Cocoa Beach during your Orlando Florida vacation.  Cocoa is the closest beach to Orlando.  While you're there, visit Kennedy Space Center -- it's always been good, but this Central Florida attraction has gotten a lot better over the years.  Very much worth a trip!

If you like the great outdoors, check out your options for Central Florida campgrounds, too.

Check out more things to do in Orlando.

Weather and Packing

Your Orlando Florida vacation can have either gorgeous weather...or you could be miserable. You just need to know what to expect, and plan your vacation accordingly. Of course I have some Orlando weather information for you!

Okay, now what about packing for your Orlando vacation? The temperatures can vary quite a bit from season to season, so how about checking out the Florida vacation packing page for tips and ideas.

There you go -- just a few ideas to get you started on planning your very own Orlando Florida vacation!

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