Hit the Streets "Pick three or four theme parks to visit on a week long trip -- fewer if your kids
are under age 5," says Ogintz, the founder of TakingtheKids.com. Disney's Animal Kingdom offers a new Wilderness Explorers program with sticker badges and field guides for kids ages 7 to 10, while Sea World Orlando opened the Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin exhibit in May ($89 for 12 and up, $81 for kids 3 to 11, free for younger kids). The highlight: a chilly ride through the South Pole. Princesses will delight in the Magic Kingdom's made-over Fantasyland (with a new castle for Belle) while kids obsessed with superheroes, Transformers, or Harry Potter may prefer the two theme parks at Universal Orlando Resort ($140 for 10 and up, $130 for kids 3 to 9, free for kids under 3, for a two-day ticket to both parks). Universal's new attraction Transformers: The Ride -- 3D opened in June. On very hot days, head to a water park; Wet 'n Wild Orlando ($55 for 10 and up, $50 for kids 3 to 9, free for younger kids) and Disney's Typhoon Lagoon ($52 for 10 and up, $44 for kids 3 to 9, free for younger kids) have fun sections for younger kids. Balance the rest of your trip with lower-key stops like the Orlando Science Center ($19 for 12 and up, $13 for kids 3 to 11, free for younger kids) or Lake Eola. "My kids like riding the swan boats and feeding the ducks there," says Orlando resident Melanie Edwards, who biogs at modernmami.com.
Hit the Streets To be near Walt Disney World, stay at the Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort Bonnet Creek; 84 of its 400 rooms have bunk beds and two sinks -- one is kid-size. (Rooms with two double beds start at $159 per night and bunk-bed rooms start at $239 per night. Get 15 percent off a two-night stay and a $5 0 resort credit with the promo code PARENTS; wyndham.com.) Have a large family, or bringing the grandparents? Book a two- bedroom suite, which sleeps eight, at Sonesta ES Suites Orlando. A kitchen, pool, and free breakfast are perks. (Rates for a two-bedroom suite start at $149 per night; sonesta.com/orlando.)