orlando-Harry-P-Leu-GardensOrlando is the perfect place for a vacation regardless of your age. Visiting Mickey Mouse at the Magic Kingdom may be first on your list, but there’s plenty more to do in Orlando. There’s restaurants, spas, shopping and other adventures awaiting you as well.

That’s why we talked all about visiting Orlando at our August 13 Monday Night Twitter Party. Our tweeters shared tips for saving money in Orlando, avoiding long lines and how to make it a great trip for all ages. We also talks about the best things to do outside of the theme parks and the best time of year to visit.

Best things to do in Orlando outside of theme parks?

@takingthekids: Play in your hotel pool! They are great in Orlando!

@momvacations: Great shopping in outlets, very internationall shops. 

@maryheston: Enjoy the sun!

@swtthing3: Take a helicopter ride to get a glimpse of the city and the famous outlying theme parks!

@go2kauai: Enjoying the boardwalk and beach!

@mivalle: Spas, Town of Celebration, Winter Park, Shopping!

How can you visit Orlando on a budget?

@GratefulHoops: Bringing bikes with you can save money on gas and give you a fun free day of adventure!

@familytrips: Stay in Kissimmiee. Save money on hotels and food.

@judy511: Pitchers are cheaper than individual drinks.

@DebMomOf3: Stay someplace w/ kitchen so can eat-in for meals whn possible. Take advantage of rewards prgms for anything you can.

@maryheston: Easy! Plan ahead and visit http://travelingmom.com for all the great tips ahead of time.

@cammiLH: Plan ahead. Think of what you plan to do and see and try to get special prices or best times for good deals.

Share your tips for traveling to Orlando with all ages? (1-100)

@familytrips: Feed everyone often; avoid junk food; drink water; seek shade.

@GratefulHoops:Take turns watching the little ones so everybody has a chance to relax! 

@swtthing3: Check out different areas of theme park for interests of varying ages of group beforehand.

@kimorlando: Plan a down day – poolside

@go2kauai: Let people take turns picking the place to eat, no fighting!

Best time to visit Orlando? Why?

@joeyfortman: Loved Memorial Day

@takingthekids: Fall is great @Orlando. Crowds gone, good weather + awesome deals. free @Disney Dining! http://ow.ly/cVxMw 

@momvacations: Xmas lights make me happy, Love Santa decorations.

@PaulEisenberg: Thanksgiving was the ultimate WDW-to-ourselves time. And you can still get your turkey leg.

@cammiLH: Winter would be a good time if you live somewhere cold and want to get to a warmer climate! 🙂

Best tips for avoiding long lines?

@mivalle: Fast passes; download App to know wait times 

@takingthekids: For Universal, stay @loews_hotels on property and get in to Harry Potter early + skip most lines!

@StressFreeBaby: Fastpasses baby!

@DebMomOf3: Plan well for time of yr to go. Take advantage of magic park hrs. Hit popular rides early or late in day and use fast passes too.

@heartblog: Also during parades and shows.

What do you most want to do in Orlando?

@tiffany053p: See Mickey and swim with the dolphins!

@judy511: Zipline – ecosafari 

@PataMSPataMS: Theme Parks!

@AndreaGuthmann: Want to do Disney Princess 1/2 marathon in February— followed by day of pampering

@kimorlando: want to hang glide like @IonMyAdventures. I was set up to go & wound up with a bad cold