Even though most American families will make at least one pilgrimage to Orlando, too many of them end up spending far more than they have to for their vacations. This book initiates you into the world of savvy discount travel shopping, from finding the very lowest airfares to booking theme park tickets through the right sources so you pay less.The book has a complete breakdown of every major theme park's attractions--their best seats, their histories, how to evade their long lines--with opinionated advice on which to hit and which to skip, depending on your taste and age (and the age of your kids).We'll explore lodgings in depth, starting with the best theme-park-based hotels for your money. We also name reputable renters of palatialdigs such as full houses and condos located less than two miles from Disney, which come with screened-in pool, free internet, private game rooms and more--all for less than you'd spend on a cramped hotel room.Pull back the curtain on Orlando and see how the "magic" is made: Slip backstage at Universal Studios and learn how its most complex rides work Explore the Utilidor, Walt Disney World's hidden underground passageways Be a dolphin trainer for the day at SeaWorld And moreAvoiding wallet drain for meals in Orlando is only half the battle. We cover secret, lesser-known local restaurants as well as give readers a useable, fun strategy for the best theme park meals.Get out of town and explore the wonders of Central Florida: swim, kayak, see manatees, play astronaut, tickle a 'gator, hold a seance at a spiritual commune, and much more.
Jason Cochran is also the author of Pauline Frommer's London. He has written for publications including Entertainment Weekly, The New York Times, New York Daily News, New York Post, Travel + Leisure and T+L Family, Budget Travel, Newsweek, TravelAge West, City, Inside.com, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Arena (U.K.), and Who (Australia), as well as Scanorama and Seasons (Sweden). His writing has been awarded the Golden Pen by the Croatian government and was selected to appear in a permanent exhibit in the National Museum of Australia. He also devised questions for the first American season of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (ABC) and, before that, spent nearly 2 years backpacking solo around the world. As a commentator, he has appeared on CNN, CNN Headline News, CNNfn, Australia.com, WOR, Outdoor Life Network, and MSNBC.com. He is an alumnus of Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism and New York University's Graduate Music Theatre Writing Program.