Im off to the good old USA in August for 3 weeks of Coaster Fun! Were going to all the disney and universal parks including busch gardens! Its going to be crazy! Any advice? Definite essentials to buy to miss the queues? Btw do you have an msn address Altonator? If yes PM me
Where are you going, just florida?
Well, it's fair to say that the main parks in terms of thrills are IoA, US and Busch Gardens.
The disney parks are great when you are 11/12 but become a bit tedious as you get older. Although if it is your first time to Florida, you HAVE to do the disney parks, just to get the experience.
My favourite disney park is MGM studios. When you do this park go to the 'busy corner' where Rock N Roller coaster is and where the tower of terror is. These rides get very busy midday so do these early.
With regards to epcot, animal kingdom and magic kingdom - i can't really give you much advice as i haven't done these parks for YEARS!
When you do the water parks, both the disney ones (typhoon lagoon and blizzard beach) are both as good as each other really. Bliazzard beach has summit plummit which is a must. Probably the most intense ride disney have to offer through-out the whole resort. It's very scary!
Busch gardens is EXCELLENT. Be sure to makre the msot of the morning to do the safari or view the animals. Nearly all the guests run straight for the rides. The animals are actually alot more active early morning because it is cooler. You can get so close to them, it's amazing. The parks is SO big that the rides never seem to be busy. Montu is a great inverter, the 'bat-wing' element is very intense. Kumba is getting rough now but it is still the king of the B&M's and it helped propell B&M to what they are today! This ride deserves respect and you can't go to florida without riding it. The interlocking corkscrews are world famous now and the cobra roll wrapped around the foot-bridge is also something special! Gwazi is average. It's very rough and remeber to take some paracetamol!
Oppostive BG is a waterpark (the name has escaped my memory). This is a VERY good park, you should do this whilst you are down in tampa.
My family have owned a villa in Bradenton (just south from Tampa) for 6 years now. So we are well traveled around the whole state. We hate going to the kissemme/orlando area because it is so full so brits and tacky-ness. International drive is worth a drive down, mainly because it leads to some of the parks!
Where are you staying? There are so many hidden beauties with florida. There are so many hidden, beautiful places away from tourists. Even (dare i say) Miami is so beautiful. So little tourists go that far down because they all go for the parks.
My advice is spend 3 or 4 days exploring the rest of the state. There is much more than just Orlando!