If you live or work in South Florida and are looking to take your group on an adventure to Central Florida and the Orlando area, you know this destination can be a bit of a drive. However, the sights, sounds, and beauty of this part of the Sunshine State certainly warrant making the trip. Orlando and its surrounding areas like Kissimmee offer great food, destinations like Disney World, Legoland, and Universal Studios, and stunning resorts and golfing.
Looking for a logistics-friendly option to get your church group, club, school field trip, or senior citizen group to Orlando can be a process. Perhaps you have thought of carpooling in a caravan, but this can be a nightmare to keep everyone together. Plus, people have to volunteer to drive and put wear and tear on their vehicles.
Maybe you considered hopping a flight, but even though air travel is relatively affordable right now, it is still extremely expensive for a large group of people to hop on a plane and fly. You will also still be stuck when it comes to ground transportation once you have arrived in Orlando.
With a charter bus, there are no fees for checked bags, certain seats, or boarding orders. The cost of the bus is all-inclusive, and with buses that seat over 50 people each, this can mean a very wallet-friendly cost per person. With this all-encompassing rental fee, your gas, tolls, mileage, and driver costs are all included. There won’t be surprises when the bill arrives, and that is the peace of mind that you need when you are working to figure out trip logistics.
Chartering a bus is one-stop shopping. Your driver will arrive promptly and assist your group with loading up. Then, they will drive you to where you are going. End of story. There won’t be switching buses or having to enlist other forms of transportation.
Traveling with a large group of people on a plane isn’t feasible in today’s world. And since your average person isn’t trained to drive a bus, chartering one is an idea that you can’t go wrong with.
When you book a charter bus, everyone in your party can meet up at the bus and get the fun started before you even get to the park. Everyone gets to travel together, and being on a bus for hours gives you plenty of time to plan everything you will see and do once you arrive at Disney World. In addition, most charter buses come equipped with TVs, DVD players, and Wi-Fi to keep everyone entertained while you are still on the road. But the benefits of chartering a bus don’t stop when you get there.
Why You Need A Charter Bus At Disney World
Unless you stay at a Disney World resort, which can be very expensive, getting between your hotel and the parks can be exhausting and financially draining. You don’t have as many public transportation options as you used to. But when you charter a bus, it will pick everyone up at your hotel and take you to the parks. And after a long, exhausting day of enjoying the park, all you have to do to get back to your hotel is get back on the charter bus. For most people, riding in an air-conditioned bus where they can recline their seats and relax is much more appealing than driving or having to book public transportation on the spot.
Saving Time With A Large Group
The best way for a large group to get the most out of the rides at Disney World is to get the Genie + Lightning Lane. You can include everyone in your group or just select members. You’ll spend less time waiting to get on certain rides, which can help your whole group save time and energy. This pass can also be used to get into select Disney World shows quicker. Taking in a show can be a great way for your group to have some downtime that’s still entertaining.
Disney World Activities For Large Groups
Experiencing Disney World with a large group can be a lot of fun, as long as everyone in your group is easygoing and flexible. You may find that making reservations at a restaurant can be difficult. Often, large groups can’t necessarily be seated together. Your best bet is to call the restaurant your group wants to dine at and see what they can do to accommodate you. However, in general, the Whispering Canyon Cafe, and Via Napoli are used to accommodating large groups. Other options include Crystal Palace and Chef Mickey, (though Chef Mickey is extremely hard to get reservations at.)
Choose one person in your group to purchase the Memory Maker. This makes it easy for your group to have photos taken around the park, together and separately. You’ll easily be able to see everyone else’s photos, and they will be able to see yours.
Depending on how big your group is, one fun activity can be taking surfing lessons at Typhoon Lagoon. Lessons are limited to eight participants each, so your large group may have to break up into smaller groups to engage in this experience.
Another activity your group may enjoy is golfing. Disney World has three golf courses to select from, all of which have been used by the PGA. And while these golf courses are large, Disney World also has a smaller 36-par golf course.
Disney’s Oak Trail Golf Course is a beautiful 9-hole course with rolling greens and exciting challenges. Certified by Audubon International as a Cooperative Wildlife Sanctuary, Disney’s Oak Trail Golf Course lets you test your skills with holes ranging from 132 to 517 yards from the white tees; holes 5, 6, and 7 are routed around a deep canal and a picturesque pond. Operated by Arnold Palmer Golf Management and featuring junior tees for younger golfers, this walking course is fun for the whole family.
One way to tackle the park as a group is to go off in search of trading pins. This is among the hottest activities among guests. Trading pins can be found all over the parks, so you’ll cover more ground faster if your group divides up into a few smaller groups. Just be sure to pick a meeting spot everyone can get to.
While Orlando, Florida is acknowledged as the world's epicenter of theme parks, it's not a one trick pony. It is sunny here for about 233 days out of the year. There are many factors that contribute to this city's popularity in the US besides exhilarating rides in amusement parks. This is due to the fact that it offers something to suit every age group—young and old, active and laid-back, rural and urban.
Orlando truly delights all of your senses because there is so much to do, see, taste, and feel there. It's simpler than ever to organize an unforgettable holiday here, whether you're traveling alone, with a partner, or with the entire family, even the grandchildren.
More Attractions Outside the Theme Parks
Sure, you want to see Disney and Universal. But don’t miss out on other gems in the attraction world of Orlando. There’s ICON Park with the famed Wheel, formerly known as the Orlando Eye, Gatorland where you can get up close and personal with huge gators and other reptiles.
Something New is Always Happening
Each year, the theme parks launch new attractions, shows, and options for guests to enjoy. It’s why the locals can’t wait to stop in on a day off, and why people keep coming back year after year. Both Universal Studios and Sea World are opening new roller coasters (Jurassic World VelociCoaster at Universal and Ice Breaker at SeaWorld). For a more family-friendly new experience, Disney World has Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure, where you can be Remy’s size in Gusteau’s kitchen.
It Has Nature Unlike Anything Else
Florida is one of the most beautiful states with a unique ecosystem. Even if you can’t make it all the way down south to see the Everglades, Orlando has an astonishing array of gorgeous natural attractions you won’t want to miss. It’s hard to imagine when you’re in the thick of the theme parks that Florida was one a place where the Timucuan Indians roamed the lands. Places like Wekiwa Springs State Park offer the chance to take a dip in crystal clear waters that stay at 72°F year-round.
Want to see nature’s wild side? Be sure to hop on board an airboat ride. It’s the fastest way to glide across Florida’s marshy natural landscape to see alligators, turtles, snakes, plenty of spectacular birds, and more of what makes Florida so special. Even a slower boat ride with one of the tour groups can take you sightseeing from gawking at the expensive real estate to having a more natural experience.
You’ll Feed All Your Desires
Even if you don’t make it to Epcot's Food and Wine Festival don’t let that stop you from eating around the world in Orlando. Just nearby the theme parks on International Drive, you’ll find food from the cuisines of the world. Everything from Greek to Ethiopian plus easy family favorites to fancy upscale dining can be enjoyed here. Orlando is absolutely a city for foodies!
Indulge Your Cultural Side
Orlando also happens to be an excellent place if you love live music, Broadway plays, orchestras, and ballets. Dr. Phippip's Center for the Performing Arts has plenty of ways to immerse yourself in culture. There are plenty of museums too, from the Orlando Museum of Art to Ripleys Believe It Or Not, you’ll discover so many new and exciting things that will keep you on your toes!
Get In The Game
Arts and culture are beautiful things to round out your visit to Orlando, but if you need sports, you’ll find them here too. Catch an Orlando City or Orlando Pride soccer game, Orlando Magic basketball game, University of Central Florida football game, or even hockey with the Orlando Solar Bears. For those that would rather be a part of the action instead of a spectator, there are over 170 golf courses to play through, plus the USTA national training campus for tennis.
Reinvigorate Your Spirit
What most people don’t realize about Orlando is that it is one of the best places for an active lifestyle. Look beyond the theme parks and you’ll find ways to replenish your mind, body, and soul with paddleboarding in nature, walking trails in the city at Lake Eola Park biking the West Orange Trail, and luxury spa treatments at the top resorts.
Dance and Groove to The Night
Whether you’d love a wild night out of club-hopping and dancing until dawn or you’re happier in a cozy wine bar for a more intimate evening, Orlando has your nightlife desires covered. Family-friendly places like Disney Springs offer Splitsville, a luxury bowling alley. ICEBAR, on International, offers a great place to grab drinks and get out of the notorious Florida heat. Plus, there are many more options all around International Drive, the Mills 50 District, CityWalk at Universal, and Disney Springs, making it easy to find nightlife near your Orlando hotel.
The best thing is that hotels, theme parks, local attractions, and restaurants all offer excellent rates as part of package deals. Additionally, there are many free activities available, such as visiting outdoor markets and natural parks, strolling along Lake Eola, or even visiting Disney Springs.
If your group wants to spend a relaxing day shopping, head to Disney Springs. Since it’s not a park, you won’t have to pay admission. You will have access to the LEGO store and Coca-Cola store. Star Wars fans in your group will want to make it a point to shop at Trading Post and Galactic Outpost. Your group can also take in a movie, or even go bowling. When you get hungry, everyone can find something good at one of the many Disney food trucks. Or for a sit-down dining experience, consider Rainforest Cafe or Planet Hollywood.
Disney Springs also offers live music at Waterview Park. Every weekend is a DJ-led dance party where everyone in your group can enjoy a high-energy experience for the night. The live music and DJ parties are appropriate for guests of all ages.
Taking a charter bus to and from Disney World, as well as from one park to another, can make your experience that much more enjoyable. Charter buses can be parked at most resorts and the Transportation Center. Having your own private charter bus means the whole group can travel in comfort and privacy.
When you do leave Orlando, taking a chartered bus home allows everyone in your group to discuss the highlights of your trip. You will also have enough storage space for all the goodies and souvenirs you will want to bring home.
Working with a bus company for your chartered trip gives you customization that other types of mass transportation don’t always offer. When you work with the bus company, you can map out your itinerary with all the stops you need for food, lodging, and activities. You only have to worry about making it to your buses and working with your drivers. When it comes down to it, busing is a logistical dream.
The convenience of renting a charter bus should never be overlooked. Being relaxed when you arrive at the park and relaxing after you leave it will make the whole visit more enjoyable.
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