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I have been looking for a good deal to Florida this summer and found this in my local Thomas Cook's window. The girl said that it was flying from london gatwick on the 9th July 2009 for 14 nights staying in a 3* on international drive and included unlimted entrance to all the Disney parks, Disney water parks, Universal Studios, Universal Islands of adventre, City walk and a 1 day shopping trip including lunch. She said they had other dates available but the price may differ slightly and that for £50 I could upgrade to include Busch gardens and Discovery Cove entrance.
I have been looking for a while most prices are £700 just for the flights and hotel, I have tried to find it on there website but it keeps showing an error so you may need to call the store.

Hi I have just called Thomas Cook to clarify the offer and they said that it includes unlimited entarance to Disney, Disney water parks, Universal studios, Universal Islands of adventure, City walk, SeaWorld, Aquatica & 1 day shopping trip with lunch.
If you pay an extra £50 it also includes Busch gardens & 1 day entrance to Discovery Cove but it's a non-swim ticket and kids eat free cards.
If you want to swim with the Dolphins at Discovery cove then it another £96.

I still can't find it on the website so you may need to call the store 0845 3089347.

Hope this helps x
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#1
i would be looking at the small print if she is saying entrance to discovery cove is £50
discovery cove is an all inclusive day out , we were there in november and it cost nearer £800 for 4 of us so if you are getting it for £50 bite her hand off
#2
now i come to think of it i think that included the dolphin swim and dvd , pictures etc so it may well be cheaper than what i said
#3
they mean seaworld
#4
satan666wayne
they mean seaworld


I'm inclined to agree. I've heard of the 14 day unlimited tickets that travel agents offer, which are usually a rip off, but they're normally about £400 to cover the disney parks, universal, seaworld and busch. Never heard of one which covers discovery cove, certainly not the swimming with dolphins bit which is the reason you go there!

Due to currency fluctuations there have been massive changes in ticket prices. The strong dollar rate explains why they're currently bouncing back with good offers. For example, the 14 day disney ticket was £169 in november, went as high as £250 and is now at around £220 again.
#5
well i went in april/may 2 adults and a 2 yr old with ultimate tickets and was 1600 all in nice hotel so this sounds a very good deal but a can not get it on there site so would be nice to know of 1 just like this as would love to go again
#6
Just be careful with this, as if you're staying on International Drive, you could potentially be spending $40-50 a day just to get to places, so take that into account in your spending money.
#7
Quietus
Just be careful with this, as if you're staying on International Drive, you could potentially be spending $40-50 a day just to get to places, so take that into account in your spending money.


You can get the green bus for $1 each to seaworld or aquatica (I think kids are free).

If you really wanted to do it on a budget, you can also walk into disney from the premium outlets which is at the end of the route. Takes a while though.
#8
that is quite a long walk from P.Outlets to downtown Disney, and then your need to get a Disney bus from DTD to a Resort and then another bus/boat/monorail from the resort to the park, and then do it again on the way back.... pass on that after 12 hours walking around a themepark in 90 degrees.

I was under the impression most hotels on I.Drive offer minibus services to the main themeparks including Disney.
#9
blackcurrent
that is quite a long walk from P.Outlets to downtown Disney, and then your need to get a Disney bus from DTD to a Resort and then another bus/boat/monorail from the resort to the park, and then do it again on the way back.... pass on that after 12 hours walking around a themepark in 90 degrees.

I was under the impression most hotels on I.Drive offer minibus services to the main themeparks including Disney.


It is a long trek but it's an alternative to paying $40 plus each way. Saratoga is right next to DTD so you don't need to get another bus. I worked at Saratoga and Key West 07-08, did this a couple of times when visiting a friend who was staying on I drive.

I appreciate that it's unworkable for some who have young children or don't like/have trouble walking but it may interest some. There are some good restaurants along the way and shops at DTD also to divide the trip up!

The same friend stayed at Enclave Suites just off I Drive and although there was a free shuttle to Universal, they had to pay ridiculous amounts to get to Disney.
#10
off the subject, but i don't know how disney get away with not allowing public transport to disney parks. with most countries going green and extending bus/train transportation, but then again this is America home of the 6ltr engine as standard!
#11
99redballls
off the subject, but i don't know how disney get away with not allowing public transport to disney parks. with most countries going green and extending bus/train transportation, but then again this is America home of the 6ltr engine as standard!


They have strong links with Mears transportation (which offers transport to Universal/Sea World and also operates the Disney Magical Express). Mears happen to own nearly every cab firm in the area so not allowing public transport is in their interests :x
#12
Quietus
Just be careful with this, as if you're staying on International Drive, you could potentially be spending $40-50 a day just to get to places, so take that into account in your spending money.


Hire a car....
#13
Make sure you pay with a credit card - thomas cook are in dificulties
#14
paul.jacobs
Make sure you pay with a credit card - thomas cook are in dificulties


Wrong
Thomas Cooks parent company were having difficulties and they stated there are no problems for Thomas Cook and the worst case is that they would be sold off.

But its always advisable to pay with a credit card and certain banks also offer similar protection as credit cards do but with their debit cards so its worth checking as it could save quite a bit as CC normally charge a % for using them.

This is a very good price by the but I would imagine it will only be for dates before the sumer holiday kicks in.
#15
Cracking value, when I booked our trip to Florida I hadn't realised how expensive all the tickets would be on top of the holiday cost, this is amazing
#16
I've been and used the busess when staying on INt Drive. No problems what so ever. Also there are free buses from some hotels. Buses were very clean and the drivers very helpful.
#17
i hired a car for 200 quid. it saves so much time and when your spending a few grand on a holiday for a family theres no point trying to save a little for a lot of hassle.
really good deal.
by the way thomas cook is atol protected. Also the company that went bust is the majority sharholder of thomas cook not the full owner so at worst its shares would be sold on. but then i did get a D for business studies so who knows.
#18
You can use LYNX bus transportation to go from Disney TTC or DTD to Seaworld, only costs like $1.25 or something. You can use this in tandem with the I ride (Green) buses. Look into it.

They also have a route that goes to the Florida Mall direct from Disney.
#19
you can get buses to epcot no problems also the i-ride that serves international drive is $14 for two weeks unlimited travel

http://www.iridetrolley.com/
http://www.golynx.com/

just remember it will be very very hot and starting of the rainy season but still cannot fail to have great time was there this time last year am trying to get back there in Oct if not then DEF next year love it love it love it!!!!!
#20
steve10574
you can get buses to epcot no problems also the i-ride that serves international drive is $14 for two weeks unlimited travel

http://www.iridetrolley.com/
http://www.golynx.com/

just remember it will be very very hot and starting of the rainy season but still cannot fail to have great time was there this time last year am trying to get back there in Oct if not then DEF next year love it love it love it!!!!!


Yup, get an I-ride 2 week ticket and the hotels normally have free transport to Disney, it takes a while on the coach though as they stop at a few hotels, it's free though. If you take the Busch gardens option theres free transport from the Seaworld Carpark (take the I-ride to seaworld.)

Good deal though as flight prices are really high around this time. We always go in January when it's really cheap and quiet. :thumbsup:
#21
satan666wayne
Hire a car....


Yeah, I was just thinking that. I can't imagine what pain the backside it must be to get around Florida without a car! :w00t:
#22
paul.jacobs
Make sure you pay with a credit card - thomas cook are in dificulties


Muppet! Get your facts right before you go spreading malicious rumours!!

A company who happen to have purchased shares in Thomas Cook are in difficulty, they are totally seperate from Thomas Cook and have nothing to do with Thomas Cook apart from the fact they happened to buy shares in them.

Thomas Cook are in a far better position than most to deal with the downturn in the economy!
#23
i agree with you futura i work for thomas cook and the company is financally secure , the share holder was the person that was in trouble and this doesnt effect the companys finances at all , looks a good deal to me but would always advise to book with a credit card. you also get a good seat pitch on the thomas cook long haul fleet , much better than most other airlines
#24
Having been to Orlando 11 times since 2004 (and my second trip this yr booked for Oct) I can offer some good advice.... Get yourself a cheap hire car. The first few times I went was without a car, and we did the whole transfers/i-ride trolley/hotel shuttle thing... It is simply not worth the hassle.

The freedom it gives you is worth more than the cash it costs, plus it allows you to do more with your holiday. You work to your schedule and your timing, not that of the hotel shuttles and local buses. Plus, less time waiting for busses or shuttles to make their pickups, means more time having fun. You also then have the freedom to go lots of other places, which would be very difficult otherwise. There are loads of other malls in orlando, not just florida mall/millenia. There's loads of great restaurants on the 192 in ksme, etc etc.... seriously, just get a car!!!

The tickets your being sold are disney ultimates and universal flex tickets. Have a look into seperate costs before hand as it can work cheaper and dont be fooled into the whole 14 day unlimited thing... If you 'do' disney fully, it's gonna take you 5 or 6 days, which is 5 or 6 days you cant use your 14 day universal flexticket. Until we bought annual passes, it always worked out cheaper getting a 7 day 2pk universal ticket for about £60 and a 4 day disney pass with fun options (admission to disney quest/typhoon lagoon etc) for about £140. (obviously you would have the £50 upgrade to include sea-world and busch gdns) but those two passes cost about £200 and cover you for everything you'd wanna do. So, that way, Tickets are £200, Flights are around £250, and a clean, decent hotel on or around I-drive will go for around £200 a week, so based on 2 sharing, you could get the same sort of thing for about £650pp ... which totals about a £200 saving - which will get you a 4door economy car for the fortnight!!!

Seriously tho, I'm going for HHN and I cant wait!
#25
with the downturn in the economy Florida is a very cheap holiday.

You can get a villa as low as £200 per week lastminutevilla just put out your dates and see the amazing offers you get back.

Car hire is around £200 a week, flights £200 each. I intend to do everything I want on a Florida holiday for 5 people and not spend more than £3000 and that will be staying in a luxury 3 bed villa with my own transport.
#26
Couldnt be bothered with Thomas Cook, you fly into Sanford which is a godaweful pit of an airport & i dont believe you get a luggage allowance anymore. Think its £15 per bag for long haul upto 20kg, 20kg is a pittance when coming back from Florida.
#27
Bobzilla
Having been to Orlando 11 times since 2004 (and my second trip this yr booked for Oct) I can offer some good advice.... Get yourself a cheap hire car. The first few times I went was without a car, and we did the whole transfers/i-ride trolley/hotel shuttle thing... It is simply not worth the hassle.

The freedom it gives you is worth more than the cash it costs, plus it allows you to do more with your holiday. You work to your schedule and your timing, not that of the hotel shuttles and local buses. Plus, less time waiting for busses or shuttles to make their pickups, means more time having fun. You also then have the freedom to go lots of other places, which would be very difficult otherwise. There are loads of other malls in orlando, not just florida mall/millenia. There's loads of great restaurants on the 192 in ksme, etc etc.... seriously, just get a car!!!

The tickets your being sold are disney ultimates and universal flex tickets. Have a look into seperate costs before hand as it can work cheaper and dont be fooled into the whole 14 day unlimited thing... If you 'do' disney fully, it's gonna take you 5 or 6 days, which is 5 or 6 days you cant use your 14 day universal flexticket. Until we bought annual passes, it always worked out cheaper getting a 7 day 2pk universal ticket for about £60 and a 4 day disney pass with fun options (admission to disney quest/typhoon lagoon etc) for about £140. (obviously you would have the £50 upgrade to include sea-world and busch gdns) but those two passes cost about £200 and cover you for everything you'd wanna do. So, that way, Tickets are £200, Flights are around £250, and a clean, decent hotel on or around I-drive will go for around £200 a week, so based on 2 sharing, you could get the same sort of thing for about £650pp ... which totals about a £200 saving - which will get you a 4door economy car for the fortnight!!!

Seriously tho, I'm going for HHN and I cant wait!


Take a breath now :lol:
#28
We've also been to Orlando lots of times as a couple and now as a family. We are going again in October. We have never had a car until the last time we went (and only got one then as we were have a two centre holiday). We won't be getting a car this time as we have found the bus service excellent. I would only advise this if you are staying on International Drive however.

The I-ride trolley runs the length of International Drive. And the local buses are well signed and run amazingly on time. We have used them to get to Disney (although I wouldn't recommend it.) A good tip is to get a cab to Downtown Disney and use Free Disney buses from there (it works out loads cheaper). Also remember that lots of hotels have free transportation. If you have a Orlando Flex ticket you get free transport to Busch gardens.

We get the i-ride trolley to wet and wild and walk from there to Universal / Islands of Adventure. It's quite a long walk (about a mile) but lovely first thing in the morning. (With the jet lag remember you will be up early!!)

I think it is all a matter of preference. We have found car hire and the correct insurance adds loads to the total cost of the holiday (especially to get a car big enough to hold all our large suitcases which is a must with all my shopping!!!) and the added stress of finding your way to places just not worth it. Equally I can see that it might be the same if you are a first timer to Orlando trying to get to grips with the buses.

Therefore I see no easy answer! Just do what's right for you.
#29
Sanford is about an hour from international drive, your don't stay at the airport so what does matter :oops:

100% get yourself a car, so worth it for flexibility.

americanv8
Couldnt be bothered with Thomas Cook, you fly into Sanford which is a godaweful pit of an airport & i dont believe you get a luggage allowance anymore. Think its £15 per bag for long haul upto 20kg, 20kg is a pittance when coming back from Florida.
#30
pinkstacey
Sanford is about an hour from international drive, your don't stay at the airport so what does matter :oops:

100% get yourself a car, so worth it for flexibility.


And the convenience... And the time it saves! - Just think about the hours you spend waiting for buses and trams and shuttles, and then the extra time they take to make all their stops and pickups at all the hotels... Now multiply that by 14....

Thats a LOT of wasted time!

An economy 2dr, with full insurance will go for around £100 a week and Gas is about $2 a gallon atm...

Just do it!!

Oh and one more thing, take the I4 from sanford. It only takes about 10mins extra but you avoid the tolls.
#31
Bobzilla

Oh and one more thing, take the I4 from sanford. It only takes about 10mins extra but you avoid the tolls.


thanks for that. im goin in 2 weeks and was wondering the best route!!!
#32
loveabargain


We have found car hire and the correct insurance adds loads to the total cost of the holiday (especially to get a car big enough to hold all our large suitcases which is a must with all my shopping!!!) and the added stress of finding your way to places just not worth it. Equally I can see that it might be the same if you are a first timer to Orlando trying to get to grips with the buses.



We went to Florida for the first time in 2007 (with Cosmos- Sandford and stayed on I-Drive) and thought long and hard about getting a car, as it was only for a week.
I was dead against it.

My hubby got his own way and he hired a car separtely (as it was much cheaper than Cosmos). It was the best decision in the end.
We had to pay extra to have a SatNav, but the freedom to go when we wanted and explore the place made all the difference.

Not being tied to timetables does make a big difference.
Even if you use the public transport, it is sometimes full when it arrives and you have to wait for the next bus.

Last year we went for 2.5 weeks, and took our own SatNav unit (Orlando, Tampa, Naples, Miami and back to Orlando), which worked perfectly. Car hire was £175 for the fortnight.

We are going back in September. :)
#33
Slightly Off Topic, but a couple of people have mentioned flights for £200 / £250. Where from ??.

I *might* be going in Feb, 2 adults, 2 kids and 1 infant and the best flights I have found are over £300 and a lot of those include stops which I would like to avoid with 3 kids.

Would be very interested to hear where you can get flights for less, and when would be the best time to book.

Thanks.

(gate crash over)

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