Need some last-minute gift ideas? This year, why not give a gift that is truly memorable? These experiences are all about making wonderful memories that will last a lifetime.
Experience gifts are not new – the original experiences gifting company, Red Letter Days, was launched back in 1989.
Nevertheless, a new focus on “what we do” rather than “what we own”, especially prevalent amongst millennials, is giving experience gifting a whole new lease of life.
The Ellis Exclusive Villas team has picked some of our favourite Orlando experiences to inspire your gifting this holiday season. If you’re going to be in Orlando in 2019, these gifts will really make your loved ones’ day.
A Gift that is Out of this World!
A trip to Kennedy Space Center is perfect if your little ones (or not-so-little ones) love space and space travel. To make your gift recipient even more starry eyed you have the option of booking lunch with an astronaut.
Dine with Your Disney Heroes
Booking a themed dining experience at one of the Disney Parks is an unforgettable experience, especially for little ones. If you want to make the character dining the main attraction of your day, book your meal at one of the resort hotels rather than inside the parks – this saves you the cost of the park admission.
Character dining events book up fast, so booking them as a Christmas gift for a visit later in 2019 is a great idea. You can be sure to book your place and there is plenty of time to wind up the anticipation ahead of the big event!
Book through the Disney website or, if you’d like some helpful advice about which dining experience is right for you, call the ever-helpful team at Kissimmee Guest Services.
Take a Spin to See the Sights
The Orlando Eye is the tallest observation wheel on the East Coast and you can see all the way to Cape Canaveral on a clear day. Soak up the view from a transparent capsule 400 feet in the air.
A Family-Friendly Night Out
One of the most enduringly popular nights out in Orlando is the long-running Blue Man Group dinner show at Orlando City Walk. If you would like a night out for all the family, this is a great choice; its combination of comedy, theatre, rock concert and dance party all rolled into one has something for everyone!
A Family Night Out with a Difference
For something a little more challenging and unusual, how about gifting some vouchers for an escape room adventure? Escapology Orlando offers the choice of seven thrilling rooms. Can you crack the puzzle and escape the room in time?
Cruise Lake Buena Vista in Style
For a dream date or a romantic interlude, the best gifting experience in Orlando has to be gliding across Lake Buena Vista in the Venezia, a 40-foot Italian water taxi. You can book a champagne cruise by calling The Boathouse.
For those with slightly shallower pockets, hail an Amphicar from the Landing for a fun way to enjoy the Disney Springs sights from the water.
To book a Champagne Cruise, Weekend Wine-Tasting Cruise or private event, call (407) 939-2628.
The Perfect Gift for Adrenaline Junkies
For a change of pace, how about a NASCAR driving experience? If you know an adrenaline junkie this is the perfect gift for them. Race around Daytona’s legendary track either as a drive-along experience or a drive yourself thrill session.
The Gift Voucher for a Chocoholic
OK, so maybe a gift voucher doesn’t traditionally fit into the mould of an experience, but when you visit the Ganachery at The Landing in Disney Springs, you will understand why we’ve included it on this list. It’s chocoholic heaven.
This is just a small list of our favourite Orlando experiences. We haven’t even touched on the rodeo training, airboat tours, evening hot air balloon rides or a thousand other wonderful experiences waiting for you to enjoy in Orlando.
If we haven’t quite hit the spot with our selection here, we always advise giving our friends at Kissimmee Guest Services a call. The knowledgeable team there can always recommend something fun to do and will book it for you at a great price.
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