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Orlando International Airport is 9 miles (14km) southeast of downtown Orlando and 22 miles (35km) northeast of Walt Disney World. A decent bus service exists between the airport and downtown Orlando's Lynx Bus Center.

There are a handful of car rental companies at the airport and many more downtown. Although driving within the city of Orlando can be complicated - most streets are one-way and ticket-happy meter maids lie in wait - the area requires a car since it can be difficult to travel outside of Orlando relying on public transport. To get to Disney World from the airport by car take Highway 417 to Highway 536 which runs right to the park. From downtown Orlando take I-4 south. If renting a car is not an option there's a bus every two hours from Orlando's Lynx Bus Center.

Orlando runs a highly efficient and inexpensive city bus system including a free downtown circuit. Pick up schedules and route maps at the Lynx Bus Center. Taxis cannot be hailed on the street; you'll have to phone to secure one....read more>>

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ARNOLD PALMER HOSPITAL FOR WOMEN & CHILDREN - 1-407-841-5111
92 West Miller Street, Orlando, FL 32806
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FLORIDA HOSPITAL - 1-407-303-5600
601 East Rollins Street, Orlando, FL 32803

FLORIDA HOSPITAL EAST ORLANDO - 1-407-303-8110
7720 Lake Underhill Road, Orlando, FL 32822

M.D. ANDERSON CANCER CENTER ORLANDO - 1-800-648-7899
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85 West Miller Street, Orlando, FL 32806

ORLANDO REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER - 1-407-841-5111
1414 Kuhl Avenue, Orlando, FL 32806

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CARE MEDICAL EQUIPMENT - 1-407-856-2273
Toll Free in US and Canada - 1-800-741-2282
102 Drennen Road B-1, Orlando, FL 32803
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EAST ORLANDO ANIMAL HOSPITAL - 1-407-277-3497
For Emergencies - 1-407-644-4449
7313 Lake Underhill Avenue, Orlando, FL

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Title: Tips For Disney World First-Timers
Author: Cara Goldsbury

So you’ve finally decided to head to Walt Disney World. With so much to see and do, it’s important to come prepared. Here are some excellent tips to make your trip one that will be remembered for a lifetime.

  • Plan ahead. - Decide ahead of time what your priorities are and make a plan of action.

  • Get to the parks early. - It’s amazing, particularly in busy season, how many of the popular rides you can knock off before half the “World” gets out of bed.

  • Take the time to rest in the middle of the day. - Stay at one of the Magic Kingdom or Epcot resorts, allowing a return in the middle of the day for a nap or dip in the pool.

  • Call exactly 90 days prior at 7 AM Orlando time for priority seating if breakfast at Cinderella’s Royal Table in the Magic Kingdom is tops on your child’s list. - The only way you might get away with sleeping in and booking a bit later for this highly coveted character breakfast is if you are traveling in extremely slow season.

  • Come prepared for an afternoon shower during the rainy summer months even if the sky looks perfectly clear in the morning. - Rent a locker to store your raingear and circle back if skies start to look threatening. However, if you’re caught unprepared, just about every store in the parks sells inexpensive rain ponchos.

  • Use Fastpass, Disney’s free, nifty timesaving device. - It’s offered at all four theme parks and is a great way to save hours of waiting in line. Just insert your park pass in one of the machines located at each individual Fastpass attraction and receive a ticket printed with a designated one-hour window in which you may return and enter a special line with little or no waiting.

  • Pre-arrange priority seating, Disney’s answer to dining reservations, by calling 407-WDW-DINE. - On arrival you’ll receive the next table available for your party size, thus saving hours of frustration and waiting.

  • Allow plenty of time to reach the theme parks each morning. - It’s easy to miss your breakfast priority seating is you don’t allocate enough time.

  • Be spontaneous. - If something catches your eye, even if it’s not on your daily list of things to do, stop and explore. If not, you could miss something wonderful.

  • Realize the limitations of your children. - If they’re tired, take a break. If their feet hurt, get them a stroller (forget that they outgrew one years ago). If a ride scares them don’t force the issue. Such precautions will make your day and the day of other park visitors a lot less stressful.

  • Bring pagers, 2-way radios, or cell phones. - If your party plans on splitting up, they are a perfect way to keep in touch.

  • Wear broken-in, comfortable footwear. - Better yet, bring two pairs and rotate them. Nothing is worse than blisters on your first day and then nursing them for the remainder of your vacation.

  • Most importantly, slow down and enjoy the magic. - Resist the urge to see everything at breakneck speed. You can’t possibly cover it all, so think of this as your first trip to Disney, not your last. There will be time to pick up all the things you missed on the next go-round.

Cara Goldsbury is the author of The Luxury Guide to Walt Disney World: How to Get the Most Out of the Best Disney Has to Offer available at 800-247-6553, www.luxurydisneyguide.com, Amazon.com, or your local bookstore.
Visit her at www.luxurydisneyguide.com.
mailto:info@luxurydisneyguide.com

About the author:
Cara Goldsbury is the author of "The Luxury Guide to Walt Disney World: How to Get the Most Out of the Best Disney Has to Offer". A former travel agent and agency owner, she has traveled extensively throughout the world.


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