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6-Day Orlando Itinerary: An Unforgettable Family Vacation Guide

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August 22, 2019

If you’re lucky enough to be among the over 68 million tourists visiting Orlando each year, I suggest that you go there with a plan. In fact, look no further for the best all-encompassing, family-friendly Orlando itinerary!

Not only is Orlando home to the world’s most iconic theme park, Walt Disney World, but it also draws visitors to Universal Studios, Legoland, Sea World, and so much more!

In this post, you will learn all about what to see, how to get around, and how to plan the absolute best Orlando 6-day itinerary when visiting Orlando with kids.

Having a thought-out plan before your arrival into Orlando will assure that your vacation expectations are met and that you’re able to see and do all of the things on your Orlando bucket list.

With this Orlando itinerary, you’ll be able to maneuver the crowds and have plenty of time to experience the best that an Orlando family vacation has to offer.

Top 13 Best Things to Do in Orlando

There are literally so many attractions in Orlando that it is impossible to see and do them all in one visit. This is very important to understand when planning your Orlando itinerary.

The following is a la carte’ list of the Top 13 Things to do in Orlando.

You’ll be required to pick and choose the attractions that interest your family when designing your Orlando Itinerary.

  • Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom
  • Walt Disney World’s Animal Kingdom
  • Walt Disney World’s Epcot
  • Walt Disney World’s Hollywood Studios
  • Universal Orlando’s Universal Studios
  • Universal Orlando’s Adventure Bay
  • Universal Orlando’s Volcano
  • Legoland Theme Park and Water Park
  • Sea World Orlando
  • Gatorland
  • Disney Springs
  • Discovery Cove
  • A nearby beach

Our recent Orlando itinerary was primarily a Walt Disney World vacation with some additional activities sprinkled in between theme parks.

Here is an example of a do-able 6-day Orlando itinerary that ticks a lot of boxes in the family-fun department.

Orlando Itinerary: Day 1

  • Check-in to your Orlando overnight accommodations and relax. Get ready for the excitement yet to come!
  • Head to Disney Springs for an evening of shopping, entertainment, and fun dining!

Where We Stayed in Orlando

We did not hit up a theme park or do anything crazy upon our first-day arriving in Orlando (I recommend this!).

Instead, we simply checked into our hotel, spent the afternoon by the pool, relaxed, and got a good night’s rest.

We felt that this was vital in order to be energized for the days ahead.

Our choice in accommodations was Holiday Inn Resort Orlando Lake Buena Vista, which far exceeded our expectations.

Orlando Itinerary: Off Site Disney hotel pool
Holiday Inn Resort Lake Buena Vista – Pool area

Located a short distance from both Disney World (8 miles) and Universal Studios (9 miles), this resort is prime real estate for being central to all of the Orlando action.

Priced at less than $100/night, booking here was also one of the ways we traveled on a budget during this family vacation.

Find our detailed review and a recap of its family-friendly amenities on our dedicated post about Holiday Inn Resort Lake Buena Vista; our favorite off-site hotel near Disney!

Additional planning tip: A feature of IHG properties, kids eat free at Holiday Inn Resort Lake Buena Vista.

The presence on an on-site Applebees here means that with each paid adult meal, the kids get their own Applebees meal at no cost! This is incredibly convenient and cost-effective.

Disney Springs

Disney Springs

No trip to Orlando would be complete without a stroll around the reinvented Disney Springs!

Disney Springs is a themed retail, dining, and entertainment center inspired by Florida’s charming waterfront towns. Four distinct neighborhoods―The Landing, Marketplace, West Side and Town Center—are built around bubbling ponds and springs.

Highlights here include Amphicar tours (a cross between a car and a boat), helium balloon rides, world-class shopping, and the biggest Star Wars memorabilia retailer known to man.

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Orlando Itinerary: Day 2

  • Start off your Orlando itinerary at none other than, Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom!
  • Once you get to the park, you’ll realize there is so much to do and it is hard to pull yourself away. For this reason, plan to dine at one of the many Magic Kingdom restaurants on-site.

Magic Kingdom

Our trip to Orlando was primarily a Disney-themed visit with the intention of visiting 3 of the 4 Disney parks.

Ultimately, with this being our first time taking the kids to Orlando or any of the Disney parks, we undoubtedly had to start off with a visit to Magic Kingdom.

Knowing that we wanted to jam-pack as much as possible into our time there, we arrived first thing in the morning and executed our 1-day Magic Kingdom itinerary.

After an absolutely amazing day, we returned to our hotel for a night swim and a Disney movie by the pool before falling fast asleep.

Read: Maximize your time at Magic Kingdom during your Orlando itinerary by utilizing our exclusive Disney Fastpass secrets to best structure your day!

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Orlando Itinerary: Day 3

Epcot

Next up on our 6-day Orlando itinerary was to spend an entire day at Epcot.

We knew we were in for a real treat when visiting here, for Epcot is home to both rides and attractions, as well as the World Showcase.

Needless to say, we loved it here! And once again, after making the most of our 1-day itinerary at Epcot, we left feeling happy and blessed – with a tummy full of pizza from world-famous Via Napoli!

Don’t forget to stay for the new Epcot Forever fireworks display that replaced 20-year park staple IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth.

It is a sight to be seen!

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Daytona Beach

Orlando Itinerary: Day 4

  • Head to the beach! You’re in Florida, after all!
  • Take a stroll around the Disney Boardwalk.
  • Eat at the ESPN Sports Club or another nostalgic restaurant on the Boardwalk.

Daytona Beach

The first of our Disney non-park days when visiting Orlando, we chose to spend the day at the beach.

Daytona Beach is located a convenient 73 miles from Orlando and provides so many amazing opportunities for family-fun!

Though there is so much to see and do directly in Orlando, I could not go without dipping my toes into the ocean while visiting the beautiful state of Florida.

We have so many memories from the Daytona Beach family fun that we experienced during our 6-day Orlando itinerary!

Additional planning tip: Day 4 could also be spent venturing 65 miles to Cocoa Beach. Pair it with a visit to nearby Kennedy Space Center.

Dinner – ESPN Sports Club

We spent the evening of day 4 walking around the Disney Boardwalk.

The Disney Boardwalk is home to several gorgeous Disney-themed resorts, shops, and restaurants.

And yes, you are walking on a real wooden boardwalk, complete with street performers and views of a gorgeous lake.

To appease the sports fanatics in my family we enjoyed dinner at ESPN Sports Club.

Additional planning tip: A visit to Disney’s Boardwalk allows you to scope out several of the higher-end Disney Resorts. The awesome scenery and nautical vibe made this evening one of the highlights of our Orlando itinerary.

I would totally recommend a visit here!

Orlando Itinerary: Animal Kingdom

Orlando Itinerary: Day 5

  • Enjoy an awesome day at Walt Disney World’s Animal Kingdom!
  • In keeping with the animal-theme, enjoy dinner at the gigantic Rainforest Cafe located on-site.

Animal Kingdom

Little did we know that day 5 would end up being our favorite day at our now favorite theme park, Animal Kingdom.

The combination of animals, rides, shows, and attractions bring this place to life while making you feel right at home!

The overall vibe at Animal Kingdom is laid back, yet bustling with plenty of activity.

The safari-themed landscape is welcoming, yet rustic. Simply put, we wouldn’t change our 1-day Animal Kingdom itinerary for the world!

Dinner – Rainforest Cafe

To stick with the animal theme, we stayed on-site and had dinner at Rainforest Cafe.

If you haven’t been to a Rainforest Cafe before, prepare yourself to be wow-ed!

Dancing gorillas, simulated rain showers, and the famous Volcano dessert make this the perfect experience to add yet another couple hours of joy into your day.

Orlando Itinerary: Day 6

  • Enjoy loads of other family-friendly activities located in Orlando.
  • End your magical Orlando family vacation with a Dinsey dining show.

Orlando Activities

Spend day 6 doing various other activities around Orlando.

For us, we visited off-site souvenir shops, went miniature golfing, and visited Gatorland.

Other non-theme park ideas include Boggy Creek Airboat Rides, Orlando Tree Trek Adventure Park, Revolution Off-Road and Discovery Cove.

Looking for a cool down? Consider some water park fun at either Disney’s Blizzard Beach or Universal’s Volcano Bay.

Last, you can opt for an additional theme park options such as Legoland, Seaworld, or Universal Studios.

Orlando Itinerary: Stage performance and dancers

Dinner – Hoop Dee Doo Musical Revue

We ended our 6-day itinerary in Orlando by attending a highly rated, incredibly popular Disney dining show.

The Hoop Dee Doo Musical Revue is Disney’s longest-running dinner theater show and continues to impress sold-out crowds on a daily basis.

Attending a dining event on a non-park day was fabulous as we did not have to rush through a park and/or worry about making our reservation time. We just got to simply show up, and enjoy!

We loved our time at the Hoop Dee Doo Musical Revue so much that we wrote an entire blog post about it!

Orlando CityPass

If you’re looking to create your own Orlando theme park vacation with one simple purchase, look no farther than the Orlando CityPASS.

Grab your Orlando theme park discounted tickets through CityPASS here

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Orlando Arrival

Here are my recommended travel resources to plan your Orlando itinerary whether it be arriving by airplane, personal vehicle, or RV.

Use the Skyscanner app to search hundreds of airlines, car rentals, and travel agencies to find unbeatable prices. Don’t forget to do a whole month’s search and to set flight alerts to keep you on top of securing a great deal:

Though most people arrive in Orlando by air, road-tripping to Orlando is also an extremely popular means of transportation to this vacation hub.

We decided to take-on-the-road and travel 24 hours by mini-van from our home state of Minnesota to the city of Orlando.

Having gone into our adventure with a really good attitude, we loved experiencing this epic family road trip with one another.

Planning tip: We have compiled our essential tips for planning a family road trip and how to create road trip goodie bags to help inspire you to consider a long haul family road trip!

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How to Get Around

Orlando is definitely not a walk-able city, instead, it was planned as a car-friendly city.

The easiest way to get around Orlando is by car.

Check to see if your hotel/resort has complimentary transportation to Orlando attractions.

If not, I would highly recommend renting a car. Especially if you plan on exploring multiple attractions or venturing to a beach.

Rideshare services like Uber and Lyft are fabulous options for travelers who don’t want the expense or liability of a rental car.

Using Uber Orlando or Lyft Orlando can make getting around the theme parks easy, especially when you don’t want to rely on sporadic shuttle buses.

Have you been to Orlando before? What was your favorite place or attraction that you visited? I’d love for you to comment below!

Jen

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    Leah

    November 25, 2019

    Great itinerary! We would love to visit Orlando soon! Magic Kingdom would be at the top of our list. 🙂

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      Jen

      November 26, 2019

      I’m glad that you like it! Magic Kingdom was a hit…this year we are going to Universal Studios for more of the ‘thrill’ rides.

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