All of the theme parks: This is your thrifty guide to Orlando this season

Sep 19 2018, 5:50 am

Whether you’re a child at heart or someone who just loves to have a good time, you’ve got to visit Orlando.

The central Florida city is home to more than a dozen theme parks filled with amusement rides, water parks, elaborate parades, fireworks and everything in between. It’s like another universe and you can get there in less than a three-hour flight from Ontario.

For most of the year, Florida has a temperate climate, with the lowest temperature being around 16°C – it’s nothing like the -20°C or worse that we get every year. That’s why it’s the perfect place to visit as winter starts to creep into Ontario.

We don’t need to tell you the benefits that come with taking a well-deserved vacation, but we can tell you that you can experience all of them and more during a trip to Orlando. And best of all, you can do it in an inexpensive way. Here’s how.

Score a deal on cheap flights


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Canada’s only ultra-low-cost carrier, Swoop, can help you swap the harsh Ontario winter for sunnier skies this year. The no-frills airline is an independently operated affiliate of WestJet and will be launching direct flights from Hamilton International Airport (YHM) to Orlando International Airport (MCO) beginning October 17, 2018. Check out the latest offers here.

Explore Disney Springs


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Despite what you might think, there are quite a few things you can do in Orlando that won’t cost you all of your savings. In fact, there are some things that won’t cost you anything — one of those is exploring Disney Springs. Get inspired by the Lego Imagination Center and explore the massive Disney store where you’ll see all kinds of memorabilia. See the latest events and activities at Disney Springs here.

Purchase park tickets from authorized resellers


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General admission prices for park tickets can be steep in Orlando because, well, you’re visiting some of the coolest places in North America. If you want to save a few dollars on your parks passes you can check out VisitOrlando for the latest deals and offers, or purchase from an authorized reseller like Undercover Tourist. There will always be people trying to resell tickets so make sure you get yours from a safe source.

Stroll around Lake Eola Park


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Immerse yourself in nature at Lake Eola Park on East Washington Street in downtown Orlando. The park stretches over 43 acres where you’ll be able to catch concerts, take a stroll along the walking path or get on the water in a swan-shaped paddle boat (for a small fee), oh, and see real swans, too.

Take a tour of the Grand Bohemian Gallery


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If you want to do something a little less Disney for a day, stop by the Grand Bohemian Hotel. The hotel is home to the Grand Bohemian Gallery which houses everything from European paintings from the 19th and 20th centuries to contemporary art, jewellery and glass. You can join a free tour regardless of whether you’re staying at the hotel or not!

Visit the Town of Celebration


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If you visit this Disney-inspired town during winter, you’ll get to see some fake snow falling atop the perfectly-designed houses and lawns. Make a wish at the interactive fountain or visit the weekly farmers market. Best of all? It’s free to stop by the Town of Celebration!

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