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2 Orlando USA Trip Report and Itinerary

26 Oct 2014 | 08:45:00

Orlando (USA) . 2014 . Apr 22 - May 7

Orlando is one of the places in our bucket list as we strive to visit every Disneyland in the world! :)

Orlando is sometimes known as "The Theme Park Capital of the World" with its numerous famous theme park attractions which include Walt Disney World Resort, located approximately 21 miles (34 km) southwest of Downtown Orlando in Lake Buena Vista, opened by the Walt Disney Company in 1971; the Universal Orlando Resort, which consists of the two parks of Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure; City Walk; SeaWorld; Gatorland; and Wet 'n Wild Water Park.

Orlando''s tourist attractions draw more than 51 million tourists a year, including 3.6 million international guests. In fact, the Orlando International Airport (MCO) is the thirteenth busiest airport in the United States and the 29th busiest in the world.

We have completed our full review of our trip to Orlando!
Here's our itinerary with some photos and links.

Last Updated: 26 Oct 2014

Day 0  Singapore -> New York (Apr 22)

2130        Check in at Singapore Changi Airport
2355        Flight to New York JFK Airport

Day 1  New York JFK Airport (Apr 23)

1100 Arrive at New York JFK Airport
1230 Check in at Hampton Inn NY-JFK Airport Hotel
1400 Rest
1800     Order Takeout Dinner
2000 Back to hotel


Day 2  New York -> Orlando (Apr 24)

0430 Rise and Shine
0500 Hotel shuttle to JFK Airport
0530 Check in at Airport
0725 Board American Airlines flight to Orlando
1020 Touch down at Orlando Airport
1100 Disney’s Magical Express to Pop Century Resort
1200 Check in to Pop Century Resort
1230 Lunch @ Katsura Grill
1300 Visit Disney World’s EPCOT - World Showcase
              - Gran Fiesta Tour Starring The Three Caballeros
              - Take photo with Duffy
              - Innovations East / Innovations West
              - Spaceship Earth (FP+)
              - Mission: SPACE (FP+)
1945 Dinner @ Nine Dragons Restaurant
2100 IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth (FP+)
2200 Back to Pop Century Resort



Day 3  Walt Disney World -Animal Kingdom (Apr 25)

0730 Rise and Shine
0800 Breakfast at Pop Century Resort
0900 Visit Disney World’s Animal Kingdom
- Dinoland U.S.A and Discovery Island
              - Finding Nemo – The Musical (FP+)
  - Kali River Rapids (FP+)
              - Wildlife Express to Conservation Station
              - Take photo with Chip & Dale
1430 Lunch @ Tamu Tamu Refreshments
1530     Visit Disney World’s Animal Kingdom
- Mickey’s Jammin’ Jungle Parade
             - Kilimanjaro Safaris (FP+)
  - Pangani Forest Exploration Trail
1830 Shopping
2000 Dinner @ Resort
2100 Back to Pop Century Resort


Day 4  Walt Disney World - EPCOT + Downtown Disney (Apr 26)

0730 Rise and Shine
0800 Breakfast at Pop Century Resort
0900 Visit Disney World’s Epcot Part 1, Part 2
              - The Seas with Nemo & Friends (FP+)
              - Living with the Land (FP+)
              - Journey Into Imagination With Figment (FP+)
1230 Lunch @ Coral Reef Restaurant
1400 Back to Hotel
1600 Visit Downtown Disney
- Disney Quest Indoor Interactive Theme Park
2000 Dinner @ Earl of Sandwich
2200 Back to Pop Century Resort


Day 5  Walt Disney World - Magic Kingdom (Apr 27)

0730 Rise and Shine
0800 Breakfast at Pop Century Resort
0900 Visit Disney World’s Magic Kingdom (Part 1)
              - Emporium (Shopping)
              - Stitch’s Great Escape
              - Tomorrowland Speedway (FP+)
              - Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
              - Walt Disney's Carousel of Progress
              - Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover
              - Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor
              - Mickey's PhilharMagic
              - "it's a small world"
1330 Lunch @ Diamond Horseshoe
1430  Visit Disney World’s Magic Kingdom (Part 2)
             - Jungle Cruise (FP+)
             - Pirates of the Carribbean
             - Haunted Mansion
             - Peter Pan's Flight
             - The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
             - Under the Seas - Journey of the Little Mermaid (FP+)
2100 Dinner @ Resort
0000 Back to Pop Century Resort


Day 6  Walt Disney World - Hollywood Studios (Apr 28)

0730 Rise and Shine
0800 Breakfast at Pop Century Resort
0900 Visit Disney World’s Hollywood Studios (Part 1)
              - Star Tours® -The Adventures Continue
              - Muppet Vision 3D
              - Studio Backlot Tour
              - Indiana Jones™ Epic Stunt Spectacular! (FP+)
              - Walt Disney: One Man's Dream
              - Lights, Motors, Action!® Extreme Stunt Show (FP+)
              - The Legend of Captain Jack Sparrow
              - The Great Movie Ride
              - Take photo with Stitch
1500      Late Lunch
1600  Visit Disney World’s Hollywood Studios (Part 2)
              - Beauty and the Beast—Live on Stage
              - American Idol
- Toy Story Midway Mania
              - Voyage of The Little Mermaid
              - Fantasmic! (FP+)
2200 Back to Pop Century Resort


Day 7  Walt Disney World - Magic Kingdom + Premium Outlets (Apr 29)

0730 Rise and Shine
0830 Check out of Pop Century Resort
0900 Visit Disney World’s Magic Kingdom (Part 3)
              - Big Thunder Railroad (FP+)
              - Splash Mountain (FP+)
              - Take photo with Mickey (FP+)
1300 Back to Pop Century Resort
1330 Lunch @ Resort
1400 Taxi to International Drive (Orlando Universal Studio)
1430 Check-in Hyatt Place Orlando Universal
1500      Visit Orlando Premium Outlets
1900 Dinner @ Premium Outlets
2200 Back to Hyatt Place






Day 8  Universal Studios Florida (Apr 30)

0730 Rise and Shine
0800 Breakfast at Hyatt Place
0830 Hotel Shuttle to Universal Studios
0900 Visit Universal Studios Florida
2100 Back to Hyatt Place


Day 9  Orlando Premium Outlets (May 1)

0800 Rise and Shine
0830 Breakfast at Hyatt Place
0930 I-Trolley bus to Orlando Premium Outlets (International Drive)
1030 Shopping at Orlando Premium Outlets
2200 Back to Hyatt Place




Day 10  Universal Studios Islands of Adventure (May 2)

0630 Rise and Shine
0700 Breakfast at Hyatt Place
0730 Hotel Shuttle to Universal Studios
0800 Visit Universal Studios Islands of Adventure
0900      The Wizarding World of Harry Potter Part 1 / Part 2
1200      Lunch at Three Broomsticks
1300      Continue visit of Islands of Adventure
1700      Dinner @ Bubba Gump Shrimp Company
1800 Back to Hyatt Place


Day 11  Kennedy Space Center (May 3)

0630 Rise and Shine
0700 Breakfast at Hyatt Place
0800 Kennedy Space Centre Tour (Grayline)
              - KSC Bus Tour
- “Space Station” 3D Imax Show narrated by Tom Cruise
              - Shuttle Launch experience
              - “Hubble” 3D Imax Show narrated by Leonardo Dicaprio
1700 Shuttle back to Hyatt Place




Day 12  Free & Easy at Hyatt Place (May 4)

0800 Rise and Shine
0830 Breakfast at Hyatt Place
0900 Rest and relax at Hyatt Place
1200 Lunch at T.G.I. Fridays
1800 Dinner at Hyatt Place


Day 13 to 15  Orlando -> New York -> Singapore (May 5 - May 7)

0600 Rise and Shine
0630 Breakfast at Hyatt Place
0800 Check out of Hyatt Place
0830 Taxi to Orlando Airport
1025 Board Jet Blue flight to New York
1255 Touch down at New York JFK Airport
1400      Lunch @ Central Diner
2055 Board flight to Singapore
0650      Arrive at Singapore Changi Airport (May 7)






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0 Restaurant Review: Central Diner @ New York JFK Airport

25 Oct 2014 | 06:30:00

New York Airport . 2014 . May 5


This post is part of our Orlando USA Trip Report and Itinerary. Do check out the full itinerary and our reviews here.

There aren’t many places to sit down and wait for your flight if you are at New York JFK Airport public area. We faced that problem when we found ourselves too early to check in for our flight back to Singapore at JFK Terminal 4.  Central Diner was about the only sit-down cafe available at the public gallery of Terminal 4, so we went in to grab an early dinner.


Our dinner of American breakfast and Fish and Chips.


Final Bill works out to be USD $30.46 (excluding tips).

Verdict

Food and service are average.  Dine here only if you really need to.

This post is part of our Orlando USA Trip Report and Itinerary. Do check out the full itinerary and our reviews here.


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0 Airline Review: Jet Blue Flight from Orlando to New York

21 Oct 2014 | 06:30:00

Orlando (USA) . 2014 .  May 5

This post is part of our Orlando USA Trip Report and Itinerary. Do check out the full itinerary and our reviews here.

After almost 2 weeks holidaying in Orlando, it was time to return back home.

Choosing an Airline

There are three airlines that fly from Orlando Airport to New York namely American, Delta and Jet Blue. Flight time is a pleasant 2 and a half hours from Orlando to New York JFK. We chose Jet Blue mainly due to the cheaper rate offered for our date of travel.
Tip: For US domestic flights, there is no savings to take the same airline for a return flight. To get the most savings, one just have to book the cheapest airline each way. We have taken American from New York to Orlando and decided to try Jet Blue on the return trip.
Ticket cost worked out to be around USD $125 per person inclusive of taxes for a one way ticket.

It was a more manageable 10.25 am flight compared to the one we took from New York to Orlando and we booked a taxi from Mears Transportation to take us to the airport.

Smooth Check In

Check in was fast and so was the customs. We even have time to do some last minute shopping at the airport to grab a big Scooby Doo plush toy that I have eyed while we were at Universal Studios Florida.

We were soon on our way to the boarding gate.

Generous Seat Pitch but Narrow Seat Width

Seat pitch of Jet Blue economy seat is generous at 33" compared to most most airlines. However, its narrow seat width would definitely be a squeeze for bigger size passengers. It has a typical low cost carrier single aisle cabin configuration layout with three seats on either side of the aisle.

Free Snacks and Drinks On Board

Jet Blue offers free snacks and drinks on board the flight. The Kettle Popped Corn chips were so tasty that we bought another pack while waiting at the Orlando airport for our flight back to Singapore.


Plenty of options for the complimentary snacks and drinks (both hot and cold).


You could also choose from Jet Blue's selection of Eat Up Boxes which consist of pre-selected food options.

Free Direct TV

Jet Blue is one of those airlines that offers free live entertainment from DIRECTV®. Do bring along your ear phones if you do not wish to pay to buy a set on board.


Lots of Channels to choose from. You could also choose to watch a movie on board by paying USD $5.


Remote control on the arm rest of your seat.

Final Verdict

We will certainly consider flying Jet Blue again when we are taking future USA domestic flights. Overall, it was a pleasant flight and we especially love the Direct TV channels and the complimentary snacks!


Have you traveled on Jet Blue before too? We would love to hear your experiences! :)

This post is part of our Orlando USA Trip Report and Itinerary. Do check out the full itinerary and our reviews here.


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