Orlando, Florida - 2 adults+2 kids (+other options) - 14 Nights, Sat 31 May - Sat 14 June - Gatwick to Sanford Incl. Monarch Direct Flights, Onboard meals, Car Hire, Hotel, 20kg Hold & 5kg Hand Luggage & Half Price 3 Park Universal/IOA/Wet&Wild Ticke
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Orlando, Florida - 2 adults+2 kids (+other options) - 14 Nights, Sat 31 May - Sat 14 June - Gatwick to Sanford Incl. Monarch Direct Flights, Onboard meals, Car Hire, Hotel, 20kg Hold & 5kg Hand Luggage & Half Price 3 Park Universal/IOA/Wet&Wild Ticke

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Found 16th Jan 2014
Having seen Stacey's post about Orlando in April, it reminded me that I received an email from Monarch yesterday offering good deals to Orlando.

There are of course many different options and travel dates so the best thing to do is go onto the Monarch site and play around with dates, hotels etc.

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With Monarch, they are offering HALF PRICE Universal tickets, which will save you over £250 for a family of 4!

Here is their blurb;

There's a difference between holidays you remember, and those you'll never forget. At Universal Orlando® Resort you'll find two spectacular theme parks­, non-stop nightlife, and more, all in one convenient location.

Experience the pulse-pounding thrills of Universal's Islands of Adventure®. Take a starring role in some of the biggest movies and TV shows ever created at Universal Studios®. And enjoy the best in restaurants, nightclubs, shopping, movies and more at Universal CityWalk®.

With our amazing HALF PRICE 3-Park Bonus Ticket offer, you'll receive 14 consecutive days of unlimited access to the Universal Studios Florida® and Universal's Islands of Adventure® theme parks and the Wet 'n Wild®–Orlando waterpark, plus all-club access to the live entertainment at Universal CityWalk®.

Book your tickets online or call us on 0871 902 5838 today!

Adult price from £64.50 - Child price from £59.50 (Normally £129 and £119 each).

NOTE: It doesn't seem to take off the 50% cost online, so you may need to phone them and purchase these tickets separately, although of course if you go the whole way through and book them it may adjust the cost at the end.

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If you'd like a villa, it will cost you a few hundred pounds more (say £300 - £500 for 2 weeks?)

If you'd like a Disney hotel, it will cost you something like an extra £500+ more for 2 weeks.

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You can pre-book flight seats for £19 per person (this is for both ways, not £19 there and another £19 back).

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Here are some examples. As Stacey has mentioned, car hire is a topic of debate. You get the car and basic insurance, but you really need to get the full insurance package for peace of mind. Alternatively, you can just ignore the car and not pick it up (you won't be penalised for this), and instead just use shuttles (often free) or public transport buses.

We've always hired a 7 seater when over there - reason being it has loads of space and it gives you a higher perspective of the road and traffic in front of you, which really helps if you're nervous about driving over there.

A 7 seater is usually a Grand Voyager (or as they call them, either a 'Town and Country' or a 'Dodge Grand Caravan').

If you're lucky, you'll be able to ask for/pick one with built in DVD players and screens - but note that our DVDs probably won't work as we are Region 2 and they are Region 1! But you could use Region Free discs, or buy cheap ones over there in somewhere like Walmart or even Blockbuster, where they sell off ex-rental DVDs for just a few dollars (something like 3 or 4 for $10).

Driving over there - DON'T BE NERVOUS!! It's incredibly easy, the roads are very spacious, people drive very slowly (probably because every other car has Brits inside not knowing where they're going!), parking spaces are HUGE compared to here, parking is FREE just about everywhere (apart from the theme parks where they charge something like $15 per day - like you haven't already paid enough for the tickets!?!?!?!?) and you can use satnav which makes it even easier.

You can hire satnav but it can be expensive - you could alternatively take your own as long as you have an option to upgrade/change your maps. We have a Garmin and I just bought the USA maps on a memory card off Ebay for about £25 (used). To buy new they're about £50 or so.

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I have picked the cheapest hotels, which have decent reviews on Trip Adviser, but if you enter the same search criteria (dates, Orlando, number of travellers etc.) then you will get your choice of numerous hotels, villas and Disney accommodation.

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Monarch Hand Luggage

You now have two options when it comes to hand baggage:

(a) One piece of hand baggage no bigger than the new slightly reduced size of 56 x 40 x 25cm (there’ll be a size gauge at the airport to check this) and no heavier than 5 kilos, plus a small duty free bag from the departure airport.

Or

(b) Two separate pieces of hand baggage, as long as the combined size is no bigger than 56 x 40 x 25cm and the combined weight no heavier than 5 kilos, plus a small duty free bag from the departure airport.

This means there’s no need to choose between your bag and your laptop. And you won’t have to cram everything into one bag at the departure gate. All we ask is that you put small items under the seat in front of you, to leave more space in the overhead lockers for larger bags.

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Lastly, you can change the dates to earlier in May/April or later to late June and early July for some more great deals, but of coursed once you get near the summer holidays, prices go much higher.

Oh, one more thing - I previously gave loads of information about Orlando holidays in a post quite a while back. I'll see if I can find them. But for the best information, go to "The Dibb" website, which is a British site dedicated to Orlando and Florida generally.

Ok, some examples;

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Example 1

2 Adults

Ramada Maingate West Kissimmee, Orlando

14 nights (Sat, 31-May-14 - Sat, 14-Jun-14)

Room Only

Dbl/Dbl with private facilities (Standard).

Sleeps from 2 to 4 Adults.

London Gatwick to Sanford

Sat, 31-May-2014 Dep 09:25, Arr 14:05, Flight MON329 (Direct flight)

Sanford to London Gatwick

Sat, 14-Jun-2014 Dep 16:05, Arr 05:25, Flight MON328 (Direct flight)

Transfers not included - Optional car hire available

Includes Flights, onboard meals, 20kg Hold luggage per person, Plus 5kg Hand Luggage per person, BASIC car hire, Hotel.

Cost = £1,011

Add Shuttle Transfer = £32 per person.

Basic car hire (economy) included for free. Upgrades as follows;

Economy - £0.00
Compact - £30.00
Intermediate - £70.00
Full size - £90.00
Premium - £180.00
Convertible - £230.00
4x4 - £110.00
7 Seater Van - £220.00
8 Seater Van - £270.00
Large Van - £440.00

Add Fully Inclusive Car Insurance = £196 regardless of vehicle

Universal 3 Park 14 Day Tickets - Add £64.50 per Adult

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Example 2


2 Adults, 1 Child

Ramada Maingate West

Kissimmee, Orlando 14 nights (Sat, 31-May-14 - Sat, 14-Jun-14)

Room Only

Dbl/Dbl with private facilities (Standard).

Sleeps from 2 to 4 Adults.

London Gatwick to Sanford

Sat, 31-May-2014 Dep 09:25, Arr 14:05, Flight MON329 (Direct flight)

Sanford to London Gatwick

Sat, 14-Jun-2014 Dep 16:05, Arr 05:25, Flight MON328 (Direct flight)

Transfers not included - Optional car hire available

Includes Flights, onboard meals, 20kg Hold luggage per person (including for kids - not sure about infants), Plus 5kg Hand Luggage per person (including kids), BASIC car hire, Hotel.

Cost = £1,428

Add Shuttle Transfer = £32 per person.

Basic car hire (economy) included for free. Upgrades as follows;

Economy - £0.00
Compact - £30.00
Intermediate - £70.00
Full size - £90.00
Premium - £180.00
Convertible - £230.00
4x4 - £110.00
7 Seater Van - £220.00
8 Seater Van - £270.00
Large Van - £440.00

Add Fully Inclusive Car Insurance = £196 regardless of vehicle

Universal 3 Park 14 Day Tickets - Add £64.50 per Adult, £59.50 per Child Under 9

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Example 3

2 Adults, 2 Children

Ramada Gateway, Kissimmee, Orlando

14 nights (Sat, 31-May-14 - Sat, 14-Jun-14)

Room Only

Dbl/Dbl with private facilities and air conditioning. Sleeps from 2 to 4 Adults.

London Gatwick to Sanford

Sat, 31-May-2014 Dep 09:25, Arr 14:05, Flight MON329 (Direct flight)

Sanford to London Gatwick

Sat, 14-Jun-2014 Dep 16:05, Arr 05:25, Flight MON328 (Direct flight)

Transfers not included - Optional car hire, shuttle transfer and private taxis available

Includes Flights, onboard meals, 20kg Hold luggage per person (including for kids - not sure about infants), Plus 5kg Hand Luggage per person (including kids), BASIC car hire, Hotel.

Cost = £1,907

Add Shuttle Transfer = £32 per person.

Basic car hire (economy) included for free. Upgrades as follows;

Economy - £0.00
Compact - £30.00
Intermediate - £70.00
Full size - £90.00
Premium - £180.00
Convertible - £230.00
4x4 - £110.00
7 Seater Van - £220.00
8 Seater Van - £270.00
Large Van - £440.00

Add Fully Inclusive Car Insurance = £196 regardless of vehicle

Universal 3 Park 14 Day Tickets - Add £64.50 per Adult, £59.50 per Child Under 9

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Example 4

2 Adults, 2 Children, 1 Infant

Quality Inn Universal Orlando International Drive, Orlando

14 nights (Sat, 31-May-14 - Sat, 14-Jun-14)

Room Only

Dbl/Dbl with private facilities and air conditioning.

Sleeps from 2 to 4 Adults plus 1 Child.

London Gatwick to Sanford

Sat, 31-May-2014 Dep 09:25, Arr 14:05, Flight MON329

Sanford to London Gatwick

Sat, 14-Jun-2014 Dep 16:05, Arr 05:25, Flight MON328

Transfers not included - Optional car hire, shuttle transfer and private taxis available

Includes Flights, onboard meals, 20kg Hold luggage per person (including for kids - not sure about infants), Plus 5kg Hand Luggage per person (including kids), BASIC car hire, Hotel.

Cost = £2,027

Add Shuttle Transfer = £32 per person.

Basic car hire (economy) included for free. Upgrades as follows;

Economy - £0.00
Compact - £30.00
Intermediate - £70.00
Full size - £90.00
Premium - £180.00
Convertible - £230.00
4x4 - £110.00
7 Seater Van - £220.00
8 Seater Van - £270.00
Large Van - £440.00

Add Fully Inclusive Car Insurance = £196 regardless of vehicle

Universal 3 Park 14 Day Tickets - Add £64.50 per Adult, £59.50 per Child Under 9 (Infants are I believe Free)

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Example 5

2 Adults, 3 Children

Celebration Suites

Kissimmee, Orlando 14 nights (Sat, 31-May-14 - Sat, 14-Jun-14)

Self Catering

1 Bedroom Suite. Sleeps up to 4 Adults plus 2 Children.

London Gatwick to Sanford

Sat, 31-May-2014 Dep 09:25, Arr 14:05, Flight MON329 (Direct flight)

Sanford to London Gatwick

Sat, 14-Jun-2014 Dep 16:05, Arr 05:25, Flight MON328 (Direct flight)

Transfers not included - Optional car hire, shuttle transfer and private taxis available

Includes Flights, onboard meals, 20kg Hold luggage per person (including for kids - not sure about infants), Plus 5kg Hand Luggage per person (including kids), BASIC car hire, Hotel.

Cost = £2,447

Add Shuttle Transfer = £32 per person.

Basic car hire (economy) included for free. Upgrades as follows;

Economy - £0.00
Compact - £30.00
Intermediate - £70.00
Full size - £90.00
Premium - £180.00
Convertible - £230.00
4x4 - £110.00
7 Seater Van - £220.00
8 Seater Van - £270.00
Large Van - £440.00

Add Fully Inclusive Car Insurance = £196 regardless of vehicle

Universal 3 Park 14 Day Tickets - Add £64.50 per Adult, £59.50 per Child Under 9

67 Comments

Anyone know what age kids have to pay for park passes?

Original Poster

mocmocamoc

Anyone know what age kids have to pay for park passes?




I think it's 2 and above. I believe infants are free, and children are regarded as 2 - 9, and 10+ are regarded as adults.

I'm looking for something this year, not sure whether to go with Disney park or Villa since I have younger kids as well as older.
There would be 8 of us going (big family).

Seems a great deal though.

Damn our 2 year old will have to stay at home with his grandparents then, we'll just take the baby

wow heat for all the hard work. Just wish I could afford the hols real bargains

Original Poster

So just to clarify;

2 Adults = £1,011

2 adults + 1 Child = £1,428

2 adults + 2 Children = £1,907

2 Adults + 3 Children = £2,447

2 Adults + 2 Children + 1 Infant = £2,027



Plus whatever extras you want (like car insurance, Universal Tickets, pre-booked seating etc.)
Edited by: "Phila4" 16th Jan 2014

nitrus

I'm looking for something this year, not sure whether to go with Disney … I'm looking for something this year, not sure whether to go with Disney park or Villa since I have younger kids as well as older. There would be 8 of us going (big family). Seems a great deal though.



With 8 I would think about a Villa, purely on cost basis and you can eat some meals cheaper at the villa, with 8 even going out for a cheap breakfast is going to set you back

Original Poster

Here are some links to my previous Florida posts, which gives loads of information and tips;


Link 1

Link 2

Original Poster

mocmocamoc

With 8 I would think about a Villa, purely on cost basis and you can eat … With 8 I would think about a Villa, purely on cost basis and you can eat some meals cheaper at the villa, with 8 even going out for a cheap breakfast is going to set you back




You can get all you can eat breakfast with a HUGE amount of choice, for about $4.99 each (less for kids), which includes unlimited drinks. This would be at one of the 'Golden Corral' restaurants, but there are others doing similar deals.

urghh golden corral..... get your butts down to perkins!!!

Why anyone would go to Orlando and stay in a hotel is beyond me!

Take your kids out of school and end up in court.

Banned

adamlee1

Why anyone would go to Orlando and stay in a hotel is beyond me!



What are you meant to do if you don't drive?

Banned

Phila4

You can get all you can eat breakfast with a HUGE amount of choice, for … You can get all you can eat breakfast with a HUGE amount of choice, for about $4.99 each (less for kids), which includes unlimited drinks. This would be at one of the 'Golden Corral' restaurants, but there are others doing similar deals.



Golden Corral breakfast is $7.99 + tax so almost $9.

Tebow15

What are you meant to do if you don't drive?



Learn to drive?!

I am obviously joking with the above comment as there are many reasons people can't drive. But personally I would still stay in Champions gate. There is a semi-decent bus service and these days you can get a private 4 bedroom villa for £400 a week!

Really good deal!

mocmocamoc

Anyone know what age kids have to pay for park passes?



In an effort to boost profits, Disney is lowering the age to minus 9 months (-9m). So if you're considering having sex on holiday there's a good chance they'll charge you an extra +1 on the gate if you "get lucky" (or unlucky - depends which way you're looking at it). Larger ladies need to be conscious of this.

This offers a bit misleading

Need to include the £1000 fine for taking your kids out of school during term time

youcantbeserious

Take your kids out of school and end up in court.



Yes that's what's stopping me... My boy's education
I missed the story on itv this morning grrrr

A child ticket is Age 3-9 years for all park tickets.

I would love to take my kids here
, how much is each adult as I have 2 kids classes as adult plus one under 3 months at time of departure. Would there be any charge for the infant?


Original Poster

Tebow15

Golden Corral breakfast is $7.99 + tax so almost $9.




You may be right - we haven't been for 4 years now so sounds like it's gone up a bit. But I'm guessing you can still get those $1 off per person coupons in the numerous free coupon books they have everywhere (including in Golden Corral!).

Still, about £17 for an eat as much as you like breakfast for 2 adults and 2 kids which will fill you up for the day is pretty good! You'd pay £4 to £5 here per person for just a basic breakfast so for value for money you can't beat it.

Remember you'll also need to buy ESTA's if you want to enter the USA.

Original Poster

adr0ck

This offers a bit misleadingNeed to include the £1000 fine for taking … This offers a bit misleadingNeed to include the £1000 fine for taking your kids out of school during term time




It depends on the school. As far as I'm aware not many schools will actually do this, and most will allow the time off, but it depends on each school and headmaster. If your kids have a good attendance record, it is very unlikely to happen. We never got fined but then we asked for work for our kids to do whilst away (which they did during rest days at the villa), plus our kids had a faultless attendance record. They also catch up when they're back quite quickly.

The thing to do is to approach the school and sound them out. If you take a responsible approach like we did i.e., ask for work to do whilst away, they have always been fine with it for us. The discretion lies with the school/headmaster.

And anyway, what about all the people with pre-school kids under 5????? Or adults without kids?

I'm just posting this deal - it's up to people whether they take advantage of it or not.

Shambolic

Remember you'll also need to buy ESTA's if you want to enter the USA.



Bah, stupid bloody Yanks, just because I went down for murdering my first wife (trust me if you knew her it would never of been called murder, would of been awarded the St Georges cross) and giving 7 years by the laws in this country (3.5 years actually) yet the Americans ban me for life on their Visa rules as they think I am going to go round murdering people!!

go figure!

Original Poster

Shambolic

Remember you'll also need to buy ESTA's if you want to enter the USA.




Good point - forgot that.

Yes these cost I think $14 each (unless they've gone up) and you apply online. Do NOT go through websites that will do it for you - use the OFFICIAL US government site as they just charge you the basic cost, whereas other websites charge you a fee and it only takes a minute or two anyway!

I think ESTAs last for 2 years - unless that's changed too.

Tebow15

Golden Corral breakfast is $7.99 + tax so almost $9.



$7.99 + 6% sales tax = $8.47

you wouldn't say £47 was nearly £100, so why say $8.47 is 'almost $9'??

Original Poster

Latest Golden Corral prices;


Golden Corral Menu and Prices

Golden Corral includes a wide variety of buffet style foods. When you consider the vast array of delicious entrees to choose from, the prices are very affordable. For example, on steak and shrimp night, the price is just under $12. Other nights, it's closer to $10. For an adult, breakfast and lunch costs about $7, and kids eat for just $3.


Golden Corral Menu

A selection of Golden Corral's buffet includes:
Chicken/Turkey Entrees

Marinated Chicken Breast Fillet
Rotisserie Chicken (breast/wing)
Fresh Fried Chicken (leg/thigh)
Barbeque Chicken (leg quarter)
Turkey Breast w/Wing
Bourbon Street Chicken
Chicken and Pastry Noodles
Chicken Tenders
Creamy Chicken and Pasta
Country Fried Steak

Pork/Ham Entrees

Pork Steaks
Pork Roast
Pit Style, Smoked Ham
Roasted Herb Pork Chops
Grilled Pork Chops (bone-in)
Asian Pork Roast
Barbeque Pork
Barbeque Pork Spareribs
Grilled Pork Chop of Loin Slices

Beef Entrees

Sirloin Steak
Awesome Pot Roast
Roast Beef
Steak Burgers

Pasta

Spaghetti Pasta and Sauce
Macaroni and Cheese
Macaroni and Beef
Buttered Noodles

Sides

Mashed Potatoes (made from scratch)
Broccoli and Rice
Potato Casserole
White Rice

Other

Meatloaf
Pizza
Tortillas
Beef Tamales
Brown Gravy
Poultry Gravy

Seafood Menu

Breaded Shrimp
Battered Butter Flied Shrimp
Battered Pollock Fish Fillet
Cajun Whitefish
Cajun Style Fish Fillet
Steamed Whitefish
Breaded Jumbo Shrimp
Cracker Crumb Fish Fillet
Salmon Steaks w/Lemon Herb Butter Sauce
Carved Salmon Fillet
Hot Steamed Shrimp
Kentucky Style Fish Fillet

Golden Corral Prices and Opening Hours

Golden Corral ReceiptGolden Corral offers great food at affordable prices. On a specific night, you will find a variety of seafood on the buffet to choose from.

Daily Lunch/Dinner Prices and Hours:

Lunch: Monday - Friday 11am - 4pm
Adults eat for $7.99
Senior Citizens eat for $6.99
Dinner: Monday - Thursday 4pm - 9pm
Adults eat for $9.99
Senior Citizens eat for $8.99

Weekend Prices:

Friday 4pm - 10pm
Adults eat for $9.99
Senior Citizens eat for $8.99
Saturday and Sunday Breakfast 8am - 11am
Adults eat for $7.99
Senior Citizens eat for $6.99
Saturday 11am - 10pm
Adults eat for $7.99
Senior Citizens eat for $6.99
Sunday 11am - 9pm
Adults eat for $7.99
Senior Citizens eat for $6.99

Kids Prices:

9 yrs - 12 yrs eat for $5.19
4 yrs - 8 yrs eat for $4.19
3 yrs and under eat for FREE

Beverage Prices:

Soft Drinks: $1.99 (including Children and Senior Citizens)
Coffee: $1.59 (32 oz. To-Go-Cup additional charge of 50c)
Milk and Juices: $2.29

Original Poster

So it seems for breakfast, 2 adults & 2 kids costs $20 + 6% tax = $21 (about £13).

Adult = $7 x 2 = $14
Kids = $3 x 2 = $6
Kids under 3 = Free

Phila4

It depends on the school. As far as I'm aware not many schools will … It depends on the school. As far as I'm aware not many schools will actually do this, and most will allow the time off, but it depends on each school and headmaster. If your kids have a good attendance record, it is very unlikely to happen. We never got fined but then we asked for work for our kids to do whilst away (which they did during rest days at the villa), plus our kids had a faultless attendance record. They also catch up when they're back quite quickly.The thing to do is to approach the school and sound them out. If you take a responsible approach like we did i.e., ask for work to do whilst away, they have always been fine with it for us. The discretion lies with the school/headmaster.And anyway, what about all the people with pre-school kids under 5????? Or adults without kids?I'm just posting this deal - it's up to people whether they take advantage of it or not.



Unfortunately this is no longer the case. As of last year the schools have no say in the matter, all absences will be fined. Still works out cheaper to take the fine though...just a shame/joke that its a criminal offence!

Phila4

Latest Golden Corral prices;Golden Corral Menu and PricesGolden Corral … Latest Golden Corral prices;Golden Corral Menu and PricesGolden Corral includes a wide variety of buffet style foods. When you consider the vast array of delicious entrees to choose from, the prices are very affordable. For example, on steak and shrimp night, the price is just under $12. Other nights, it's closer to $10. For an adult, breakfast and lunch costs about $7, and kids eat for just $3.Golden Corral MenuA selection of Golden Corral's buffet includes:Chicken/Turkey Entrees Marinated Chicken Breast Fillet Rotisserie Chicken (breast/wing) Fresh Fried Chicken (leg/thigh) Barbeque Chicken (leg quarter) Turkey Breast w/Wing Bourbon Street Chicken Chicken and Pastry Noodles Chicken Tenders Creamy Chicken and Pasta Country Fried SteakPork/Ham Entrees Pork Steaks Pork Roast Pit Style, Smoked Ham Roasted Herb Pork Chops Grilled Pork Chops (bone-in) Asian Pork Roast Barbeque Pork Barbeque Pork Spareribs Grilled Pork Chop of Loin SlicesBeef Entrees Sirloin Steak Awesome Pot Roast Roast Beef Steak BurgersPasta Spaghetti Pasta and Sauce Macaroni and Cheese Macaroni and Beef Buttered NoodlesSides Mashed Potatoes (made from scratch) Broccoli and Rice Potato Casserole White RiceOther Meatloaf Pizza Tortillas Beef Tamales Brown Gravy Poultry GravySeafood Menu Breaded Shrimp Battered Butter Flied Shrimp Battered Pollock Fish Fillet Cajun Whitefish Cajun Style Fish Fillet Steamed Whitefish Breaded Jumbo Shrimp Cracker Crumb Fish Fillet Salmon Steaks w/Lemon Herb Butter Sauce Carved Salmon Fillet Hot Steamed Shrimp Kentucky Style Fish FilletGolden Corral Prices and Opening HoursGolden Corral ReceiptGolden Corral offers great food at affordable prices. On a specific night, you will find a variety of seafood on the buffet to choose from.Daily Lunch/Dinner Prices and Hours: Lunch: Monday - Friday 11am - 4pm Adults eat for $7.99 Senior Citizens eat for $6.99 Dinner: Monday - Thursday 4pm - 9pm Adults eat for $9.99 Senior Citizens eat for $8.99Weekend Prices: Friday 4pm - 10pm Adults eat for $9.99 Senior Citizens eat for $8.99 Saturday and Sunday Breakfast 8am - 11am Adults eat for $7.99 Senior Citizens eat for $6.99 Saturday 11am - 10pm Adults eat for $7.99 Senior Citizens eat for $6.99 Sunday 11am - 9pm Adults eat for $7.99 Senior Citizens eat for $6.99Kids Prices: 9 yrs - 12 yrs eat for $5.19 4 yrs - 8 yrs eat for $4.19 3 yrs and under eat for FREEBeverage Prices: Soft Drinks: $1.99 (including Children and Senior Citizens) Coffee: $1.59 (32 oz. To-Go-Cup additional charge of 50c) Milk and Juices: $2.29



My ex partner was very very ill after eating rice here...The one on International drive
myself and children were fine

And as for schooling... Both my son's school's have said it is nothing to do with them now, It all goes to education office and they decide....
Edited by: "lynn44" 16th Jan 2014

Phila4

It depends on the school. As far as I'm aware not many schools will … It depends on the school. As far as I'm aware not many schools will actually do this, and most will allow the time off, but it depends on each school and headmaster. If your kids have a good attendance record, it is very unlikely to happen. We never got fined but then we asked for work for our kids to do whilst away (which they did during rest days at the villa), plus our kids had a faultless attendance record. They also catch up when they're back quite quickly.The thing to do is to approach the school and sound them out. If you take a responsible approach like we did i.e., ask for work to do whilst away, they have always been fine with it for us. The discretion lies with the school/headmaster.And anyway, what about all the people with pre-school kids under 5????? Or adults without kids?I'm just posting this deal - it's up to people whether they take advantage of it or not.



The discretion no longer lies with the headteacher, they have changed this. The headteacher will be questioned unless he can give reasons why he allowed it/ didn't follow it up. But yes, you are right, you should ask, find out, then book it. Not have the arrogance to say that's a stupid law, i'm going any way.



At times that by 8 and you're looking at $50 a breakfast, times it by 14 and you get $700 just for breakfast, makes a villa seem cheap and people can eat fro a lot less
Edited by: "mocmocamoc" 16th Jan 2014

my Mrs has 2 scum bag sisters and they keep there kids off all the time . not to go on holidays just because they are lazy in fact one child has not been to school for 2 years and them 2 scum bags have never been fined . so do thèse fines ever get handed out ???

mocmocamoc

Anyone know what age kids have to pay for park passes?

3 and above. That's why we are timing our visit just before our daughters 3rd birthday.

Good deal!
Don't know if I could handle two weeks in Orlando but you can get really cheap rates in the local magazines if you want to get on the road for a few days. Busch Gardens theme park in Tamba is recommended

Phila4

Here are some links to my previous Florida posts, which gives loads of … Here are some links to my previous Florida posts, which gives loads of information and tips;Link 1Link 2



Just been looking at your links - awesome thank you!

We are going for 2 weeks in May with a 5 & 8 year old - what are your thoughts on Discovery Cove? We wouldn't swim with dolphins as my daughter is too young - but is it still worth it?

yozzman1234

my Mrs has 2 scum bag sisters and they keep there kids off all the time . … my Mrs has 2 scum bag sisters and they keep there kids off all the time . not to go on holidays just because they are lazy in fact one child has not been to school for 2 years and them 2 scum bags have never been fined . so do thèse fines ever get handed out ???



Insane. In other countries they encourage you for taking your kids to get cultured in UK/Europe even in term time. Best learning a kid can get.

perkins for me!

The school fines are not down to the school, they refused our week leave for a 7 year old! They are duty bout to report the non authorised leave to the education authority. They will then issue a £60 fine per parent, which sucks. If a single parent you only get one £60 fine!

1 The wally earlier stating that it is daft to stay in a hotel is wrong. We stayed near Universal, could walk. The first week we did Universal, Seaworld, malls, wet n wild and typhoon lagoon. We did no pay the rip off insurance for car hire through tour operator. The itrolley is fab and you will save on car parking at parks. Using public transport to Disney typhoon lagoon was trickier so we got a car for the second week doing all Disney and revisiting our favourite bits. By then we had our bearings too. I am a confident driver so for sure a villa would be ok. But hotels are a good option if you want a large swimming pool. Sure, there will be limited swimming time but our kids love a big pool for a swim, me too. And hotels often offer free shuttles. Also, you can drink on the plane and enjoy a transfer from the airport and not queue for car hire collections.

2. Orlando is AMAZING, last year was our first time. The expansion of Harry Potter will be finished this summer. Don't underestimate universal parks and Busch gardens....every is brill.

3. we had no intention of buying clothes, but got sucked into the designer outlets. This really is rip off Britain. Converse, Nike, D&G, DKNY, Ralph Lauren....hundreds of stores with great sales.

4. we had 2 boys 8 & 5 years...not too young which we feared.....they loved it all. Just stay relaxed, it's a fine line to overdoing things.

5. Yes you will eat junk food for duration, if you find time to eat! We brought back a 1.5 litre of Southern Comfort for £15. Petrol sooooooo cheap.

6. All this school fine stuff is nonsense. It's to stop parents who abuse system. If your kids have good attendance, can catch up and it's not regular absence the head teacher is likely to authorise. It's like absence from work in my eyes.

7. You can spend thousands. But likewise you can do it all for around 5k to 6k with 2 adults 2 kids.

8. be prepared for thunderstorms and downpours. The weather is amazing but good macs are handy if it's that season.

Hope this helps....Hotels are a v good option even if you are a confident driver.
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