We are headed to Orlando in October from Alaska as a side trip from a family wedding in S. Georgia. We figure we are flying all that way, so we may as well do the theme parks while we are there. We arrive mid-day on a Sunday and leave Thursday morning so have 3.5 days. I know that isn't enough, but it is all we could manage.
My kids (all boys, 9, 7, & 5) have studied the websites for months. After much thought we booked a room at the Hard Rock Universal (got a great deal). The kids are much, much more interested in Universal Studios & Islands of Adventure than Disney. The 2 older ones meet the height restrictions for all the rides they want to do and have ridden big coasters before at a theme park on the west coast. The youngest is a huge Transformer/ Superhero fan so is thrilled at the thought of seeing those things.
They are not big Disney fans, don't want to meet any of the Disney characters, are not really interested in shows (although I know they have never seen anything the caliber of a Disney show- I have been to Disneyland & Disneyworld myself before I had kids).
The only Disney park they showed any real interest in is the Animal Kingdom (have never been to a zoo, although we are planning on visiting Seattle next fall so would be able to take in the Woodland Park zoo there, which is awesome).
My plan was to do 2 days at Universa/ IOA and then go over to Disney and hit the highlights with a 1 day Park Hopper. When I revealed this master plan, there was a ton of disappointment of not having a waterpark day. We have no waterparks around here & they have been to one in WA so they know how much they love them. They actually said, "We have to go to Disney instead of a waterpark?" I thought, "Are you serious- do we have to go to Disney?"
So, my long winded question is this - Are we completely crazy if we just do Universal and IOA and go to a Waterpark on day 3? Or, is it possible to do, say Wet & Wild on Sunday afternoon and still hit Disney?
I also want some time to enjoy Hard Rock, because it looks like a really cool hotel and it would be a shame to just sleep there. I also don't want the trip to be so rushed that we are not enjoying it.
Honestly, it would be way cheaper and easier to skip Disney and get the Universal/ Wet & Wild Pass and just hang out the whole time there, but I am wondering if we are crazy to skip Disney altogether on what will probably be our only trip to Orlando as a family.
Thanks for any insights! I really appreciate it!