Here is a list of my favorite 11 things to do with my grandparents in Orlando
AA++ Eat at NBA City. NBA City is located right next to City Walk, part of Universal Studios. NBA City is a five-minute walk from Islands of Adventure and three minutes from City Walk. If you like basketball or don’t much, like me, you will think it has great food, a great store and great video games. This is an excellent restaurant for grandparents because kids can have fun without assistance from grandparents.
A++ Islands of Adventure, located about eight minutes from City Walk and about six minutes from Universal, is a theme park with five islands. Each themed island has different scenery, food, rides, etc. It’s great for grandparents because they can participate in rides, and the lines aren’t that bad.
A+ Universal Studios, located about six minutes from Islands of Adventure, is a theme park which has mostly movie-based rides, including “Terminator 2: 3D,” “Back to the Future,” “Men in Black” and other cool ones. It is very fun for kids of all ages, and really good for grandparents because there are moving sidewalks so grandparents don’t have to walk.
A+ Sea World is a great park for everybody, fun rides, very fun animals to visit, good aquariums and a really good place to get wet when it’s hot.
A++ Discovery Cove is an amazing park. Although it is a bit over priced it is definitely worth it. Swim with dolphins, swim with stingrays, swim with tropical fish! Sea World serves very good food. This is especially good for grandparents because they can rest in the shade and watch while kids are playing nearby.
Around Disney World:
I think all Disney parks are very bad for grandparents because there are very long lines to do anything, grandparents have to walk very far, and they have to wait hours for buses.
A- Disney: Magic Kingdom is great for kids 3 to 11-years-old. This park has lots of themed scenery and a great character breakfast with good food.
A++ Disney: Animal Kingdom is an amazing park. The main attraction is a safari where you are in a 30-person bus with open sides, and you go along a trail with real elephants, lions, zebras, alligators and other animals. Picture taking is allowed. Another fun attraction there is the river rafting, where you go along a river and get wet. Extremely fun for EVERYBODY!
A Disney – MGM is a very fun park. It is similar to Universal, with many movie-based rides, movie based restaurants and very fun live shows. Good for kids 5 to 16-years-old.(Editor’s Note: Disney’s MGM Studios is now called Disney’s Hollywood Studios.)
A+ Downtown Disney is similar to City Walk. Good shops and restaurants include Rain Forest Cafe and Wolf Gang Pucks. This is a good place for grandparents to take kids because you do not have to pay to go in, but it’s fun to walk around in. (Editor’s Note: Downtown Disney is now called Disney Springs.)
A++ Rain Forest Cafe is located at Downtown Disney. Customers eat in a rain forest themed restaurant where there are frequent volcanoes, rainstorms, twisters, and noisy birds. I thought it was very fun and very entertaining, with good food and a good atmosphere. This restaurant is good for grandparents because they can sit down and have fun while they are sitting, and also there’s good food.
See the photo above? I am the kid in the back row next to Grandpa who is next to Tigger.
A+ Holiday Inn: Family Suites Resort is where we stayed. Fun for everybody! Rooms include Nintendo 64, three TV’s, three VCR’s, and special kids bunk beds. There is a great arcade with a lot of games and great prices. It is a good hotel for grandparents to choose because the health spa, pool, TV, comfortable beds, lounge, bar, and really big buffet breakfast are all there inone place.
Regan Bozman visited Orlando in April 2003 with his grandparents, John and Ruth Manton and wrote this account for www.kidtravels.com.
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