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Florida at Christmas?
« at the: November 23, 2013 01:08:32 »
Hello dear forum,

finally I get to travel again.
This time my wife is going to Florida. We were able to get hold of cheap flights and have been there for the last 2 December weeks.

We'll land in Miami.

For the first few days I have already booked hotels because we really want to go to the Keys and prices are rising quite a bit.

Planning so far:

13.12. Arrival in Miami
From there it goes directly to Homestead. We spend two nights there because we want to see Key Largo or the reef, but still want to benefit from the low prices in Homestead.

After the two nights it's on to Key West.
We got hold of a nice little hotel there for a reasonably decent price.
We also spend two nights there.

Nothing is booked from Key West yet, but we want to go to the Everglades afterwards.
Is it advisable to visit the Everglades again from Homestead / Florida City?
Or does it work just as well from the direction of Naples or Fort Meyers?

We have planned at least 2 nights for the Everglades.

After that, however, we are still a little undecided ...
Especially because of Christmas, I would be grateful for tips. My wife read that Orlando is beautifully decorated, etc. She would like that.

However, I have read that there is a state of emergency there and it is no longer fun at all, because everything is totally overrun and exposed to consumer terror.
Chances are you'll find the truth somewhere in the middle.

Have you ever spent Christmas, i.e. December 24th - December 26th, in Florida? And if so - where?

Do you have recommendations for places or also for Orlando directly? Disney is out for us. On the one hand because I don't like it and on the other hand because the prices are astromically high. But there may also be other options.

Oh yes, the end of the trip is Miami again. From there at least our return flight goes on December 30th.

Thanks and regards
Re: Florida at Christmas?
« at the: November 23, 2013 13:51:26 »
Is it advisable to visit the Everglades again from Homestead / Florida City?
Or does it work just as well from the direction of Naples or Fort Meyers?

...
However, I have read that there is a state of emergency there and it is no longer fun at all, because everything is totally overrun and exposed to consumer terror.
Chances are you'll find the truth somewhere in the middle.



The official website of the Everglades National Park:
http://www.nps.gov/ever/index.htm

It's very big, accessible from Homestead / Everglades City and the Shark Valley on the way west.

Expect to see a lot going on all over Florida around Christmas time, so book accommodation in advance between Christmas and New Years.

Hikes away from the crowds:
http://www.clydebutchersbigcypressgallery.com/saturday-walks
http://www.floridahikes.com/swamp-walks

Downtown Disney is beautifully decorated and free.

Have fun in Florida!
Re: Florida at Christmas?
« at the: November 24, 2013 11:56:43 AM »
Hi lee,

Thank you for your answer.
My wife has now persuaded me to go to Disney Park

We're spending Christmas in Kissimmee and have already booked to be on the safe side. A nice resort with amazingly affordable prices.

Now our problem is more Miami. Since there is a seasonal exception there, there are no more affordable hotels in the area. Is it possible, for example, to stay the night in Fort Lauderdale or Hollywood and then go on day trips to Miami Beach? Do you even get parking spaces there? We are mobile.

If you have any other tips for Florida in general, let me know

Are there places / sights / tours that you can definitely recommend?

Thanks and regards
Re: Florida at Christmas?
« at the: November 24, 2013 12:37:51 PM »
Re: Florida at Christmas?
« at the: November 24, 2013 1:12:29 PM »
Hello

I haven't been to Florida for a long time, but back then I never missed a visit to St. Augustine
http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._Augustine_%28Florida%29

From Kisssimmee e.g. you drive about 2 hours north, the most beautiful from Daytona Beach on the A1A along the coast
In the middle of St. Augustine there are many small shops with souvenirs, handicrafts, sweets and all year round (!) Shops with Christmas decorations and jewelry.
(There is something to buy Christmas tree balls in summer )
Of course, the whole place is open to tourists, but I still think it's worth seeing. I also think that at this time the whole old town could look like an American Christmas village ...
Nearby: a small but very fine alligator farm and a huge well-stocked outlet center.

I am happy to provide further tips on St. Augustine

lg
Uli



 
Re: Florida at Christmas?
« at the: November 24, 2013 1:22:49 PM »
Re: Florida at Christmas?
« at the: November 24, 2013 8:23:21 PM »
We were in Florida December 24th. 2010 to 7.1.11.
Start: Orlando visit to Epcort (nothing special) and universal film studios-awesome. Then we went to St. Augustin (great fortress, otherwise 1000 souvenir shops), and to Cape Canaveral-class.
Then we went south: Boca Ratio, Miami, Key West - we stayed there for two nights on New Year's Eve. Interesting: Men Stip on the main street duval street until midnight afterwards everyone congratulates each other and then the Americans go home to bed - crazy
Then we went on through the Everglades, Bonita Springs, St Petersburg, Tampa, Orlando.
All without booking hotels - there was enough.
Is the listing enough for you? Please help ... Greetings ZUgvogel
Re: Florida at Christmas?
« at the: November 25, 2013 11:52:57 AM »
Start: Orlando visit to Epcort (nothing special) and universal film studios-awesome.


The opinions are divided. Epcot is one of our favorite parks.
However, you will not get a seat in any restaurant without prior reservation (not all day ). The steakhouse in the Canada section and the Mexicans are particularly popular. But there is enough to eat. Epcot is a kind of world exhibition with beautiful fireworks around a lake, where a beautiful fireworks display takes place in the evening. The second part of Epcot consists of attractions for the child in the adult: heavy: mission to mars - the full boom, not the light version (you can decide at the entrance).
We were at thanksgiving at Disney and competition. The taxi drivers told us Christmas is no worse.
Therefore my tip, since you want to go to Disney: avoid Magic Kingdom! This is THE family park and always packed!

If you have any questions about Disney and the like, I am at your disposal, we have already been there over 5 times

The tip with Downtown Disney is good! Show and entertainment all evening.
Traveling is life. The time before and after is just waiting.
Re: Florida at Christmas?
« at the: November 25, 2013 12:07:33 PM »
First of all, thank you very much for all the answers.

But there you can see the differences ...

We spent New Year's Eve in a supermarket parking lot near Key West! Because EVERYTHING was booked out.


and then
All without booking hotels - there was enough.


I am listing again what we have booked so far and how the tour is likely to go.

- Day 1 and 2 booked in Homestead.
From there we want to visit Key Largo
- Day 3 and 4 booked in Key West
- We haven't booked anything from day 5 to day 9.
Most likely we will drive through the Everglades along the Gulf Coast or stay somewhere for a few days.
Depending on the weather and how we like it.
For example, I would have Fort Myers, Venice, Sarasota, St. Petersburg or Tampa in mind. Since we have a car, we are mobile and can also go on day trips if we get bored by the sea.

- Day 10-13 we are then in Kissimee in a resort hotel. We have already booked that. The price and reviews were just tempting. My wife is kind of forcing me to Disney World because it's already a childhood dream of hers.
We plan to visit it on Christmas Eve, i.e. December 24th, and hope that the right crowds will not come there until December 25th
But my hope is rather low, hahaha.

We then have 3 nights left. Actually, we really wanted to see Miami. But the room prices are currently unaffordable, or I am not prepared to pay 150 euros a night for a dirt hole.

We now hope that there will be one or two last minute offers after Christmas. We would then book that from Florida.

Alternatively, we have considered driving from Orlando to St. Augustine and possibly staying the night there.
Then down to Fort Lauderdale or Hollywood. The prices are high, but not outrageous.
We would then just bite the bullet and go on day trips to Miami by car. It's stupid because someone always has to drive, but you have to compromise if you don't have unlimited pocket money

Do you think day trips from Fort Lauderdale are feasible? It's actually only about an hour's drive to Miami Beach.

@metnad
Thank you also for your tips.
My wife really wants to experience the typical Disney. With any Mickey mice running around, roller coaster, etc.
So of course she chose the Magic Kingdom.
Downtown Disney sounds good. I'll do some research right now. Is that Disney feeling there too?

Thanks and regards
Re: Florida at Christmas?
« at the: November 25, 2013 1:21:37 PM »
Fort Lauderdale is a good place to drive to Miami Beach. In the morning you are guaranteed to find parking spaces because the others are still asleep.

I would then visit Vizcaya, one of the little castles that the super-rich built at the turn of the century before last.
http://vizcaya.org/

From the Miami Bayside Marketplace, located right on the water, you can book tours in the harbor that show the houses of the newer rich, I found it very nice. We then drove a lap with the free elevated train (Metromover).

http://www.durbanmiami.com/business/bayfront-park.html
Re: Florida at Christmas?
« at the: November 25, 2013 2:05:08 PM »
Just a quick word about Disney:
Magic Kingdom is also available in Paris or L.A., if you ever get there, Euro-Disney is nearby
The Disney film studios would be an alternative, Mickey and the like is enough.
When the weather is bad, the film studios are a bit more skilled as almost everything is indoor. There are the most beautiful roller coasters in the competing parks like Universal Studios, Island of Adventure or Sea World ... Magic Kingdom is very kitschy and really almost exclusively made for children ...

See if there is a free shuttle to Disney from your hotel, so you don't have to pay the horrific parking fees. The shuttle service works great.
Traveling is life. The time before and after is just waiting.
Re: Florida at Christmas?
« at the: November 25, 2013 2:25:19 PM »
Hello you two.

@ Lee, thanks for the tips. That sounds pretty good. Then you just have to get up early

@metnad
Horrible parking fees? According to the Disney website, parking is complimentary. They get over $ 100 for entry to ONE park.
But I think our resort offers a shuttle service.
Is it enough to buy the tickets on site? According to the internet, they can be bought at any hotel in Orlando and Kissimee.
As a European, it is hardly possible via the website.

greeting
Re: Florida at Christmas?
« at the: November 25, 2013 8:13:02 PM »
It would be new to me that parking in the park should be free, it may have changed, but I don't think so, it's a huge source of income.
The shuttle service is a great thing. Just remember the stop and possibly the time to the main entrance of the park so that you don't get into trouble and need a taxi, but there are always several shuttle times, only the last one should not be missed And please, 2 dollars for the bus driver, unfortunately most of them don’t give anything.

We always bought the tickets in D., because we had to "stock up" on tickets for at least 14 days - 3 weeks (no, we are not crazy, we were just a little bit addicted to amusement in the past - we are moving now the lonely areas ) and some of them were not available on site in the form we needed them.
Otherwise, buying tickets on site is no problem. At least in the Disney competing parks you could go in with one ticket for two days, if you still want to sacrifice a morning or an evening for a show, maybe it is the same at Disney.

Another little tip for the parks: it's best to put on cargo pants, because bags or cameras that you have brought with you or that are slung over your shoulder are checked at the entrance, and with the crowds it takes quite a bit of time. In addition, no bags are allowed (including my bag carried across my body - more of a bag) I had to hand over to roller coasters, etc. And you have no time to lose, so somehow stuff everything into pockets and "go in freely".
Traveling is life. The time before and after is just waiting.
Re: Florida at Christmas?
« at the: November 26, 2013 3:36:24 PM »
Hello metnad,

3 weeks? In Disney World ???
So it's a little crazy

You're right about parking, of course. Another $ 15 is due. Only if you stay in a Disney hotel does it cost nothing.

The one with the pants is a good tip, but we will probably take a backpack with us. Then I can take water and something to eat with me. We want to stay in the park all day.

I hope I can persuade my wife not to go to Magic Kingdom but to another park. I've watched a report and now I'm even less interested in going there.

But I have to go through there ...

Which park is most suitable for adults? Epcot was also featured in the report. I found it more suitable for small children now. But maybe that is also deceptive.

greeting
Re: Florida at Christmas?
« at the: November 26, 2013 8:26:06 PM »
Metnad knows for sure whether you can take something with you to eat. I am not sure about that.
Re: Florida at Christmas?
« at the: November 27, 2013 8:48:01 AM »
Well, the three weeks weren't limited to Disney, we were also in Universal and Co., visited Orlando, Cape Canaveral etc ...; but mainly we let ourselves be entertained. You don't believe how fast the days go by ...

I find a backpack quite uncomfortable in view of the fact that you also want to ride a rollercoaster. In Universal you can lock your belongings for the first 20 minutes right next to the roller coaster free of charge. Overall it wasn't that expensive, but a lesson for us not to take bags etc. with us. That really sucks in the long run. And in Magic Kingdom people sometimes run so close to each other that you get the feeling that you have to keep an eye on your backpack all the time.

Unfortunately, I cannot say whether you can take food and drink with you. We never got the idea to take it with us, because there are snacks and ice-cold drinks (mmmmh, also light beer in nice bottles) on every corner, as well as a bunch of family restaurants and some high-priced restaurants. We were always fed up in the evenings, and it's not that expensive either. I guess you covered food and drink with around $ 50.

For us the most beautiful parks, because relatively few toddlers and toddlers were the Disney film studios (if I don't confuse the parks, there is the ultimate tower of terror - the falling elevator - just awesome, the roller coaster with catapult launch in the dark - Aerosmith, a great stunt show etc., Epcot (is of no interest to the very young, and the little ones don't understand tomorrow world; it's more teeny and upwards), Universal Studios, Most of the roller coasters are in the Island of Adventure (but not Disney) there is also the new Harry Potter roller coaster. Animal Kingdom (Disney) or Sea World are only recommended when the weather is nice.

I can go into more detail about each park, I've kept all the brochures

Our teachings were real: pure with no food or drink, no troublesome pockets. Clothes rather onion look, so that you can tie the long-sleeved thing around your hips (in the evenings with various fireworks it can get very cold; it was like that with us in November).
Ultimately, however, everyone has to decide for themselves.

Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom please avoid weekends and public holidays. You really won't have any fun otherwise. If you have to wait two hours at the space mountain ... We got the Hopper Pass, so you can hop back and forth between the Disney parks within 3 or 4 days. If one park seems too full to you, you just go to another (not good with shuttle service - only recommended if you are arriving on your own) ...

Oh yes, THE ultimate tip! Now just hope that it was in the Disney parks: get hold of the attractions almost pass!!! Is like drawing a number. These machines are in front of every attraction.You then only have to adhere to a certain time window (it is not too tight, you can come back from one end of the park in time) and then you can walk along a second line, where you don't have to wait, or really only a little. Especially when you travel without children, you can't beat that! Also note here: Find the best attractions right away and go there, then you will still have a good time. If you don't get there until noon, it is possible that the almost pass is "sold out"! Is free by the way. But unfortunately you only have one day. You will quickly find that a day is not enough, not even for a day. Basically, a park takes two days ...

So choose well beforehand! Or "sacrifice" another day for a second park.
Traveling is life. The time before and after is just waiting.
Re: Florida at Christmas?
« at the: November 27, 2013 2:34:58 PM »
Metnad: I don't know what you would do if you lived only 45 minutes from the parks like me.

I can only remember that they looked in the pockets at Universal Studios (Harry Potter facility) because you are not allowed to have food with you. Hidden snack bars are "smuggled". I don't remember whether we had a water bottle with us.

And I,
Anyway, you should go to one of the parks because it's your wife's childhood dream. Preferably in the park she dreams of. Then that's ticked off.
Re: Florida at Christmas?
« at the: November 27, 2013 4:03:28 PM »
Metnad: I don't know what you would do if you lived only 45 minutes from the parks like me.


... I probably wouldn't have been there a single time ... or only when visitors come. It is often like that. We spoke to various drivers on site, none of whom had ever been to the parks (they all lived nearby). That seems to be such a phenomenon, what you have in front of your nose is not used ...

In any case, the controls for bags at rides etc. in Universal and Co. seemed stricter than in Disney. For this, Disney has already felted thoroughly at the entrance ... Perhaps there water bottles are seen as potential bombs, similar to at airports. After all, there are thousands of people in Disney at Christmas. So maybe not really take anything with you ...

But you are right, the woman should look for the park. The man can say afterwards: "would you have listened to me ..."
Traveling is life. The time before and after is just waiting.
Re: Florida at Christmas?
« at the: November 27, 2013 6:09:43 PM »
 

Universal also felted at the entrance. It's probably about buying the stuff in the park, it's a good source of income.
Re: Florida at Christmas?
« at the: December 04, 2013 4:38:37 PM »
Hello everybody.

After Mrs. Wife has now dealt with the parks in more detail, Disney has been canceled
Juhu !!!
As a compromise, we're going to Downtown Disney. Fortunately, that doesn't cost any admission.

We want to go to Universal Studios now, because they are probably best suited for adults.

According to the website, the cheapest prices are found when you book online.
Can you confirm that? I would prefer to book or buy locally in the USA, but if the prices are higher then it is of course stupid.

We decided on a 2-day ticket. That costs $ 300 for 2 people online. Americans and Canadians get the 3rd day for free with this ticket

Thank you and greetings