Orlando with eight and nine year olds (not Disney) 17

Can you believe that it is nearly a year since we all went on holiday to Orlando.  We spent 2.5 weeks in Florida with my Brother, Sister in Law and Niece and I just realised that I never actually shared anything about our holiday!

Orlando with eight and nine year olds (not Disney)

We had an amazing time and the boys loved every minute of it.  So what apart from Disney did we do!


We all really enjoyed seaworld, in fact Seaworld Orlando tickets for the family are an essential in my opinion Seaworld offers the perfect mix of action rides, educational exhibits, hands on interaction and amazing shows which went down really well with all The Mad Family.

We made a plan of our must see’s before visiting and the boys really adored the shows that we got to see.

Find out more about what we thought of Seaworld here.


Universal was the boys favorite theme park that we visited.  In fact we visited three times during our visit.  If it is busy I would recommend purchasing express passes, especially if you have young children.

The boys adored the rides at Universal, they are a mix of thrill and 3D.  If you are fans of Harry Potter then Universal is a MUST.  We had an amazing meal at The Mythos Restaurant to celebrate MadDads birthday and I would really recommend making a booking.

Here are our tips for getting the most of of Universal.


If you have children under 12 then LEGOLAND is a must visit.  Everyride is suitable for them and there are some amazing thrill rides to.  It also has some of the same rides as in the UK, but others included FLying school that were new to us.

Find out what my Mini thrill seeker thought about LEGOLAND Florida and all our tips for visiting.

Busch Gardens

Now I know that officially Busch Gardens isn’t in Orlando, but it is certainly worth visiting when you are there. It had THE BEST trill rides and the animals were amazing.

It was the perfect mix for my boys and we had so much fun.  We went to the Madagascar live show and rode the Cheetah hunt.