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    Advice on holiday to Florida

    Looking at virgin and booking, but as we have 3 kids most places in Florida Disney want us to have 2 rooms. I really wanted to all stay together so I feel my best bet is to rent a villa.

    Just unsure where to look for a villa. Many say to book via a seller on Ebay, but I don't trust Ebay and what type of protection I would have.

    Also i have been driving for 10 yrs but the idea of driving on the other side of the road scares me. Is it possible to get around without a car? Or do I have to man up and give it ago?

    How soon can you usually book in advance?
    I have no idea at all on this type of holiday, it seems so much more planning than our Europe holiday for this year!

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    OK first off driving on the wrong side of the road is dead easy, really. American cars are all automatic, their car parks are all easy to park in (on an angle as opposed to 90degrees) and there is much more space given to allow this.


    virgin do Villas (or at least they used to) though as you say eBay is a good place to get a villa, you'll find most of the adverts for villas there have a website to go to too!!

    If you go down the villa route you WILL need a car as villas are generally a little off the main routes so although they are near everywhere they don't have buses calling (like the hotels do) to take you to the parks!!

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    pontprennau

    OK first off driving on the wrong side of the road is dead easy, really. … OK first off driving on the wrong side of the road is dead easy, really. American cars are all automatic, their car parks are all easy to park in (on an angle as opposed to 90degrees) and there is much more space given to allow this.virgin do Villas (or at least they used to) though as you say eBay is a good place to get a villa, you'll find most of the adverts for villas there have a website to go to too!! If you go down the villa route you WILL need a car as villas are generally a little off the main routes so although they are near everywhere they don't have buses calling (like the hotels do) to take you to the parks!!



    I will keep looking for a hotel that will take a family of 5 rather than splitting us into 2 rooms. But thank you for the hint about Ebay villas having their own website. I didn't think of that. We are not looking at going till 2013 as this years holiday is booked and next year I am doing my 1 yr course to start into nursing, so will be looking at 2013.
    I know its a long way off and most place won't let us book at the moment, But im just trying to find out prices so I can put away

    have a look at the Dibb - a whole wealth of info and advice on Florida. thedibb.co.uk

    Driving really is easy, I hate driving in cities over here, but driving there was a doddle, massive roads, clear junctions on and off the interstate, nice big spaces. We even drove from Orlando over to Clearwater, pretty much 100 miles straight, and I mean straight!!

    You will need a car, the first time we went there was a restaurant over the road from our hotel I wanted to go to, seemed crazy to drive, but crossing 8 lanes of traffic probably more so.

    Honestly, driving will be the least of your worries

    j9mcl

    have a look at the Dibb - a whole wealth of info and advice on Florida. … have a look at the Dibb - a whole wealth of info and advice on Florida. http://www.thedibb.co.uk



    /\ This. We're off to Florida in 4 weeks for the first time in 16 years and have picked up a ton of up to date info from TheDibb. There are also lots of villas for rent on there so it's definitely worth a look.

    As for driving, it's a piece of cake (mmmmmmm, cake). Drivers in the States generally drive more slowly and I've never had a problem driving over there. Just remember to tuck your left foot away or you'll constantly be going for the clutch that isn't there!
    Edited by: "Evil_monkey" 6th Mar 2011

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    sancho1983

    Driving really is easy, I hate driving in cities over here, but driving … Driving really is easy, I hate driving in cities over here, but driving there was a doddle, massive roads, clear junctions on and off the interstate, nice big spaces. We even drove from Orlando over to Clearwater, pretty much 100 miles straight, and I mean straight!!You will need a car, the first time we went there was a restaurant over the road from our hotel I wanted to go to, seemed crazy to drive, but crossing 8 lanes of traffic probably more so.Honestly, driving will be the least of your worries



    Since driving I have drove in many cities in the UK. They don't panic me apart from when I got lost in snow while visiting manchester! Sounds like It is something you do just pick up pretty easy.

    j9mcl

    have a look at the Dibb - a whole wealth of info and advice on Florida. … have a look at the Dibb - a whole wealth of info and advice on Florida. http://www.thedibb.co.uk



    Thank you for the website I will have a look now see what I can find. I promised our girls when their brother was 3 we would go. Brother is now 3 and still too young in my eyes. so told them 2013!! Best get saving, Should really stop making these promises lol

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    Evil_monkey

    /\ This. We're off to Florida in 4 weeks for the first time in 16 years … /\ This. We're off to Florida in 4 weeks for the first time in 16 years and have picked up a ton of up to date info from TheDibb. There are also lots of villas for rent on there so it's definitely worth a look.As for driving, it's a piece of cake (mmmmmmm, cake). Drivers in the States generally drive more slowly and I've never had a problem driving over there. Just remember to tuck your left foot away or you'll constantly be going for the clutch that isn't there!



    I hope you have a lovely time, I bet you can't wait! We managed to book Tenerife this time as at least they get to go on plane even though not to Disney like I promised lol x

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    vinylandtrinkets

    dont forget your travel … dont forget your travel visahttps://esta.cbp.dhs.gov/esta/esta.html?_flowExecutionKey=_c17389258-DE6F-54A8-4643-413F29ED43D8_k72D9DB51-827C-04FB-B505-242EE7DBEEE0I know a few people who have used this site to book villas in Orlandohttp://www.ownersdirect.co.uk/search_results.asp?country_id_vchar=&prevcountry_id=®ion_id_vchar=&location_level_id_vchar=&property_type_char=&min_beds_tint=&max_beds_tint=&arrival_offset_int=-1&nights_tint=&special_offer_bit=&new_property_bit=&pool_bit=&pool_heating_bit=&golf_bit=&skiing_bit=&pets_bit=&wheelchair_bit=&house_swap_bit=&internet_bit=&aircon_bit=&mup_bit=&specific_location_vchar=orlando&class=advanced&defaultspecific_location_vchar=&page=1



    How much are the travel visa's please? I just looked on that link and it doesn't state the fees x

    Be aware that if you book house\villa sometimes you need to travel to another location to pick up a security code to get into a lock box where the house keys are located, the lock box is usually outside the house.

    when we went to florida there was 5 of us we had one room stayed in best western

    beth3735

    How much are the travel visa's please? I just looked on that link and it … How much are the travel visa's please? I just looked on that link and it doesn't state the fees x


    i have no idea sorry hun, they were still free when we went last Sept. i think they might be around £11/15 per person but they last 2 years

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    vinylandtrinkets

    it says $10 here but im not … it says $10 here but im not surehttps://esta.cbp.dhs.gov/esta/WebHelp/ESTA_Screen-Level_Online_Help_1.htm#UTA7



    Thank you At least its not a mega amount to think of on top of the rest of holiday costs!

    have a fab time>>>> i also am loking to go in 2013 so will start saving up.

    going to la this summer, 2 adults and 2 kids, can anyone recommend any good family hotels..... looking ideally at around £50 per night per room....

    beth3735

    Thank you At least its not a mega amount to think of on top of the … Thank you At least its not a mega amount to think of on top of the rest of holiday costs!



    your welcome hun, when are you thinking of going?
    the reason i ask is because most of Magic kingdom is closed for a refurb, some of the rides in Disneys studios are closed for refit and Legoland Orlando opens sometime in September this year.
    check the Disney website for parts of the theme parks that are closed for refurbs

    dont forget with the visa they are required for each person travelling and last 2 years

    I've just priced my flights for next year off this years prices, main 3 weeks in the summer wih virgin £5k for the 5 of us just for the flights oO


    Edited by: "greg_68" 7th Mar 2011

    greg_68

    I've just priced my flights for next year off this years prices, main 3 … I've just priced my flights for next year off this years prices, main 3 weeks in the summer wih virgin £5k for the 5 of us just for the flights oO



    good god thats expensive! we went with continental last year from Bristol to Newark then on to Orlando int. it was half the price Virgin, BA, and a couple of others wanted

    I am 21 and have been to Florida a few times with my two younger sisters and my mum. I am now planning my first trip without mum and with my boyfriend instead (who by the way is useless at planning anything and has never been out of the UK - I think Im on my own with organising this one!!)

    Advice on the original question!! - I too am not keen on driving. Luckily quite a few of the hotels offer a free shuttle service to most of the parks and if you stay somewhere like Kissimmee or Lake Buena Vista you are never far away from the main areas so taxi's are cheap too.

    Some of the villas are on a complex and so still offer a free shuttle service even though you are privately renting. We have done this in the past. Just type 'Orlando Villas with a shuttle service" into Google. I can tell you that we have never had a car in orlando and have never ever needed one.
    (We have travelled further out than the Disney resort also and still never had a problem) As well as the shuttles the local public buses are really good. Usually a few $ for the day. (although remember it is custom in US that you tip - even the bus drivers) If you are at all worried the concierge or reception staff at the hotels are usually really really friendly and happy to help.

    Best deal I have found so far for me and my feller is £1750 for 10days in May2012.
    Although this is before Park Tickets which I am actually dreading! I know they do a combo ticket for Disney and Universal but cant seem to find one with fastpass included (fastpass means you dont have to queue at entrances and can go straight in) Im sure I have had a ticket like this in the past. Plus they are very very expensive (I knew they were but some want £350 per ticket) this cant be right can it?

    Cheers All,
    And enjoy your Orlando Holiday!!

    Lauren x


    1750 ?!?!?!?!?! for TWO of you?!?!?!?! Damn we've NEVER paid more than 1500 and that includes a car for 2 weeks with fully comp insurance!

    oh and staying on i drive seems a better spot to be located though disney is quite some way away i find it better for restaurants and general walking around than kissimee or LBV
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