My mother, my wife, our thee boys aged 3, 6 and 13 and myself, are planning a two weeks trip to Florida next april, but are having a hard time deciding where to stay.
In Orlando we would like to visit Sea World, Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom, in Cape Canaveral my oldest son and me would like to visit the space center, apart from these tours we are mostly planning to relax at the beach/pool, do some shopping and just enjoying being together.
Our first idea was to stay 5 days in Orlando to visit the theme parks, and then drive to Daytona Beach or Cocoa Beach and stay for 9 days, but we fear that the first 5 days will be to hectic for the two smaller kids, and would prefer to divide the tours to the theme parks to the whole vacation (Visit Animal Kingdom one day, then be at the beach for a couple of days, then visit Magic Kingdom, then be at the beach for a couple of days and so forth).
Finally to my questions:
Will it be advisable to stay at the Daytona or Cocoa Beach for all two weeks, and then drive to Orlando and Cape Canaveral the 4 days we are planning to visit the theme parks/space center, or are there better alternatives ?
How long time will it take to drive to the Disney Theme parks from Daytona Beach and Cocoa Beach ?
Where in Daytona Beach or Cocoa beach would you recommend us to stay ? (It should be on the beach, there should be plenty of fun for the smaller kids and we would like to stay all six in one condo/apartment with two or three bedrooms)