I am in need of advice about Orlando/WDW/Universal etc. I have never, ever been there and I'll be up front and honest; I've never had the desire to go. Here's my situation:
My husband wants to attend a conference at the Ritz Carlton Grande Lakes March 15-17, which happens to be during the kids' spring break. I have two kids, a boy (11) and a girl (10). Not wanting to mortgage the house, but also not on a tight budget.
Now, most sane people would be jumping for joy but alas, our family is the strangest family in the USA.
All four of us hate crowds. We hate standing in line for stuff. Walking around doesn't appeal to us much. We also prefer short vacations - three or four days away from home is the max before we get antsy. My husband has limited tolerance for "family" activities (he likes to be alone a lot). Neither of my kids like thrill rides (son has sensory issues). My girl is a tomboy and runs screaming from anything Disney princess-ish (as does my boy). "Disney", in my kids' minds, is "Disney Channel" (television - Hannah Montana) and not any Disney character (Mickey, Minnie, Goofy etc.). No one in our family is into movies a whole lot (yes we've seen Shrek and Toy Story, but don't care about the paraphenalia type of thing).
Our family's ideal vacation is laying on a beach for a couple of days - kids playing in the ocean - or a resort type of place (The Hyatt resorts in Kuaui and Maui = our favorite vacation). We liked Destin and liked -gosh can't remember the name of it, but it was a beach near St. Petersburg.
My kids DO like water parks, but Wet "n Wild may be a little too "adventurous" for them. No 76 foot drops for us! LOL. They like mild water slides but are too big for the kids' area (48 inches). We have been to the Sea World in San Antonio and liked it okay, but didn't stay at the park for more than a couple of hours per day. (we got a multiple day pass)
At this point, everyone reading this is shaking their head saying "Stay home!". However, all of my friends who are Orlando affecionados insist that we go. They insist that there's something there for everyone, and I'm inclined to believe them.
One friend says we'd like Epcot, while his wife says it's not that good anymore. Another friend says the kids would like swimming with the dolphins, but added "good luck getting reservations". Personally, I'm a dweebie type who would drive to Cape Canaveral to see what NASA type things I could see.
So... LOL, anyone have anything to offer besides "stay home"? TIA!!