Ten Family Things to Do in Orlando

We had a lot of comments about the back of our T-shirts.

Recently, Melanie (my niece) graduated high school.  Her idea for a graduation party was a family trip to Orlando.  Eight members of our family were able to attend.  This group ranged in age from 13 to 73.  While there we were able to visit all four Disney parks (Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, and Epcot).  We also took a day to go to Universal Studios: Adventure Island.  We had a great time, rode a ridiculous amount of roller coasters, and made great memories.  Since we were there a total of six days, it gave me an opportunity to compose a top ten list of things a family can do in Orlando.  Warning:  this is not a typical tourist attraction list.

  1. Travel together.  We were coming from two different directions but met in Gainesville, Florida and traveled together connecting the two cars via family service radios.
  2. Eat together.  There might be a couple of restaurants in the Orlando area that will remember our group.  Especially the waiter from Thomasville, AL who work at Olivia’s.
  3. Ride rides together.  Everyone including my parents rode at least one roller-coaster.  Everyone rode “It’s a Small World,” “Haunted Mansion,” and other rides – together.
  4. Laugh together.  Places like Disney and Universal provide plenty of opportunities to laugh with and at each other.
  5. Go to parks / attractions together.  There are plenty to choose from.
  6. Walk together.  If you go to Universal, Hollywood Studios, Epcot, Animal Kingdom, or the Magic Kingdom you WILL walk.  My sister-in-law said she read that tourist average 7 – 10 miles a day at these parks. I believe it!
  7. Have devotionals together.  We took time to sing, pray, and study together in one our our resort rooms.  Some great discussions about Christian living took place in those rooms.
  8. Worship together.  Sunday morning we met with a group of Christians from all over the United States at the Main Gate Church of Christ that assembles in a meeting room at the Baymont Inns & Suites near the entrance to Disney (http://www.maingatechurchofchrist.org/).  It was a treat to meet fellow servants of God vacationing in Orlando.
  9. Talk together.  Those walks, meals, and hours of standing in line for rides gives ample opportunity to talk. So do the bus rides to and from the park areas.  Talk together.
  10. Spend TIME TOGETHER.  Really that is what the whole idea of a family vacation is – time together.  Make the most of the time.  Build relationships and create memories by simply being together.
Have a great summer!
– Scott

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