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5y, 10m agoPosted 5 years, 10 months ago
Was thinking of booking florida next year,does anybody know the best place to stay near to disneyland and could any1 recommend any really nice hotels, my son will be 7 when we travel and a few people have said wait till he is about 10,but i would of thought 7 is an ideal age really.
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5y, 10m agoPosted 5 years, 10 months ago
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#1
we took my son when he was 6 he loved every minute of it, we went again last year aged 8, if you can afford to stay on Disney property I'd highly recommend it as its your first time going.
Disney world is massive the all star resorts are great fun

Edited By: vinylandtrinkets on Jan 14, 2011 14:48
#2
mmmmmmm sounds fantastic i will price it up,who am i best booking with in your opinion
#3
just remember the hight restrictions on some of the rides in the theme parks, my son was tall enough at 6 to do 98% of them
#4
julieg
mmmmmmm sounds fantastic i will price it up,who am i best booking with in your opinion

again as its your first time and if you can afford it Virgin, last time we went with continental airlines which was great for us but we've been before and we stay with family
shop around for the best prices, online is sometimes cheaper then in the shops
#5
Just do it. So long as your accommodation is half decent you will have the time of your life.
I recommend you join The Dibb and ask there. They're a great bunch of Disney nuts, know everything, and love helping people.
I would also recommend calling Charter Travel and if you can speak to Andy then even better (I did have his direct number but can't find it now). We booked twice with them and Andy is brilliant. Nothing too much trouble, always answers his phone and calls you when he says he will.
Good luck and get it booked!! :D


Edited By: deek72 on Jan 14, 2011 15:31: .
#6
I would forget about any hotels around the park around and grab a villa with pool.. (I lot of the hotels are RO anyway.)

Take a look on here for some Villa options:- http://www.villarenters.com/
#7
we've been the last two years and both times had a villa via ebay, contact the sellers and make an offer, you can get some real bargains, in 2009 we paid £540 for two weeks for a 4 bed villa with own pool, jacuzzi, games room etc, last year we paid £800 for two weeks in a 5 bed house with pool, games room etc. We hired a care through carhire3000. September is a very good time to go if you can, the parks are quiet and its not too hot.
have a look at undercover tourist for your park tickets, universal usually works out at about £72 per adult with them and they delivery fast usually
#8
caz1cool
we've been the last two years and both times had a villa via ebay, contact the sellers and make an offer, you can get some real bargains, in 2009 we paid £540 for two weeks for a 4 bed villa with own pool, jacuzzi, games room etc, last year we paid £800 for two weeks in a 5 bed house with pool, games room etc. We hired a care through carhire3000. September is a very good time to go if you can, the parks are quiet and its not too hot.
have a look at undercover tourist for your park tickets, universal usually works out at about £72 per adult with them and they delivery fast usually

Good call re: villa. Can't beat the freedom of just being able to laze about in your own pad. I've booked 2 villas direct with the owners at The Dibb Villa Search. Both have been top notch.

Edited By: deek72 on Jan 14, 2011 15:41
#9
I've been looking at Florida myself for the family! Anyway's, suprisingly, Virgin Holidays are pretty cheap. For probably only £100 more tops you get to fly with a good airline, fly straight into Orlando airport and lots of other extras.Definately advise to book through these,I always thought they were really expensive but for Florida they aren't! Also they do offer like free Universal tickets if you book when there offer is on x Also we have always stayed on I-Drive, the best location as i personally think the disney hotels or villas are in much quieter areas and you would find yourself spending a lot of time on I-Drive x


Edited By: parisp on Jan 14, 2011 15:48
#11
tbh, ive found thomson to be very good. They fly to sanford but its a lot quiter and takes a lot less time to get through and out.
Whenever ive priced up virgin they have been pretty expensive.

If you hire a villa via ebay you are probably looking at £600 - £900 all in for two weeks
flights with thomson (if you keep looking and depending when you go) £300 - £650 pp
cire hire with carhire300 - small care would be around £200 ish or big 4x4 is around £350 for two weeks




Edited By: caz1cool on Jan 14, 2011 16:00
#12
when we went last Sept 2 adults and one child we paid £1650.00 this was flights, car hire, taxes, insurance & meals , we flew from Bristol to Newark then on to Orlando int. it was perfect for us, my son wont eat the airline meals so it gave us chance to get him something in the airport and clear immigration, which was much quicker then Orlando the last time we went.
I have to say the staff we came across in Newark were the most friendliest , helpful people ive come across in many years , as smokers and we were delayed 4 hours coming home they let us in and out to have a smoke as long as you had your passport and boarding card, left the hand luggage with the hubby when i went ,

the only time we had to get our bags was on the flight home to clear customs in Newark. If you have a long delay between connections you can leave the airport in NY to have a look around but make sure you are back 90 before departure time.

Continental airlines long haul were outstanding , helpful, polite, great with kids, free movies and TV, constantly offering free drinks and snacks, excellent with some of the kids on the flight who were young and didnt like the plane. I thought they were top class.
the internal flight which was 2 hours was ok lol paid for everything

Flew with Virgin 4 years ago, paid over £1800 for the same package excluding the insurances, again they were great direct flights but took over 2 hours to clear immigration in Orlando .

We stay with family when we go over, but i have to say the Disney hotels are outstanding ( i am biased i worked there) there are loads of stunning villas to rent, some with go way beyond expectations , some are not so good, Some of the hotels on International drive are just as good as the Disney ones but they are pricey, the Waldof , the Peabody, Hard Rock resort and a couple of others , if you just want a place to stay and be out all day then theres 100's of hotels on I Drive and up in Kissemmee ,
The Dibbs is a great site to get more info.
drink plenty, take your suncream,camera,video camera and autograph books for the kids and ENJOY!
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We went through Travelcitydirect in September 2010 for three weeks.
Direct Virgin flights
2 weeks Villa with pool (in the kissimmee - disney area)
1 week in hotel (on st petes beach - gulf of mexico)
3 weeks car hire
Was £800 each for five of us.
If you book through travelcity all there flights are with virgin atlantic.
#14
Thanks every1 for yr info most apprieated
#15
Definately recommend a private villa. It'll save you money so that you don't have to eat out all the time and they are a lovely place to come back too and relaxe around your own private pool. We booked one on Tuscan Lodge for September. Really nice.

I've just bought my car hire through http://www.DiscountFloridaCarHire.co.uk which is the cheapest price i've found for car hire.

For flights I booked with http://www.FlyThomasCook.co.uk. They fly direct from Manchester to Sanford and were cheaper than Virgin.

Depending on which parks you go to depends on where you should get your tickets from. Some ticket packages are only available to buy from US websites and some packages only available from UK websites.

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