3 Days with No Orlando Theme Park Tickets; How We Survived and Thrived Almost for FREE!

Rockin' Roller Coaster

Updated for 2017!

When I heard people vacation in Orlando without actually setting foot in a theme park, I thought this was sort of a joke. Orlando is a nice town, but to go there without riding roller coasters? Orlando without going to Magic Kingdom? In recent years it’s become…go to Orlando without visiting Harry Potter? People really drive/fly that far and don’t ride any roller coasters or get character autographs? Me,  I live in a vacation town almost on the sandy white beaches of the Gulf of Mexico.  I have just short of a nine-hour drive to reach Orlando. No way was I driving to that far and not go to a theme park.

Until my annual passes ran out three days before the end of Spring Break, and I wasn’t ready to pack the family up and head home just yet. I didn’t want to spend any more money on entertainment, but I wanted to hang out in Orlando for a little while longer.

Cheapskate Princess powers…activate! It was time to put that “Oh, there is LOTS of stuff to do for free!” motto I frequently yak about into actuality. Three days + no tickets = fun??

Yup, we had a blast. [Read more…]