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Found 14th Jan
Hi guys, I need some advice please, 2 adults and a 13 year old, my wife wants to be away for her birthday early next January, 3rd - 4th onwards, looking at 2 weeks and happy to fly from midland and Heathrow airport,
We’ve never been and so I’m not sure what the best way to do the trip is, would prefer a hotel on B&B basis, so my daughter can make friends rather than being in a villa,
Park tickets! Is it worth buying a weeks worth of Disney and then day tickets to other parks?
Any advise will be much appreciated!
Thanks in advance
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Should say, expecting to spend around 5k!! Can I get a decent trip for this or do I need to sell the other arm and leg too?
If you’re also willing to donate a kidney then you should be able to have two weeks.
I looked into renting a villa or staying in a budget hotel on International Drive and worked out that although it was cheaper to do so, once you factored in food and eating out coupled with driving and park parking fees you weren’t really much better off. In the end decided to stay at cheapest Disney property that included Disney Dining program for free.
That way we also got access to the parks earlier, could use the Disney transportation system and could dine at most places in the parkswithout worrying about the cost etc.
So I would recommend looking at Virgin holidays to get a ball park figure and go from there. The good thing is that with just one child you can all share a room as they all have two double beds.
Also, don’t worry about your daughter making friends, you’re all going to be far too busy doing other things.
Edited by: "Toptrumpet" 14th Jan
griff43 h, 9 m ago

Should say, expecting to spend around 5k!! Can I get a decent trip for …Should say, expecting to spend around 5k!! Can I get a decent trip for this or do I need to sell the other arm and leg too?



Is your £5k expectation including spending money...?


I'm going for first time later this year, 2 adults 2 kids, and after lots of research, reviews from friends etc I opted for a room only basis*, so far my spend is £4654.48.

Rosen Inn @ Pointe Orlando -£739.69 (14 nights, weloveholidays.com)
Flights, direct from Glasgow-Orlando - £2,218.42 (thomas cook)
Universal 6 park 14 day tickets - £1,396.00 (floridatix.com)
esta £50.00 (estimate)
travel insurance £50.00 (estimate)
Glasgow car park - £100.00 (estimate)
Airport transfer - £100.37 (hoppa.com)
Total thus far ; £4,654.48

I should have around £100 Quidco cash back to redeem later in the year


If your on Facebook search for the group 'It's Orlando Time', lots of information, reviews and recommendations and there particularly helpful towards first timers.
andynicol1 h, 13 m ago

Is your £5k expectation including spending money...?I'm going for first …Is your £5k expectation including spending money...?I'm going for first time later this year, 2 adults 2 kids, and after lots of research, reviews from friends etc I opted for a room only basis*, so far my spend is £4654.48.Rosen Inn @ Pointe Orlando -£739.69 (14 nights, weloveholidays.com)Flights, direct from Glasgow-Orlando - £2,218.42 (thomas cook)Universal 6 park 14 day tickets - £1,396.00 (floridatix.com) esta £50.00 (estimate) travel insurance £50.00 (estimate)Glasgow car park - £100.00 (estimate)Airport transfer - £100.37 (hoppa.com)Total thus far ; £4,654.48 I should have around £100 Quidco cash back to redeem later in the year If your on Facebook search for the group 'It's Orlando Time', lots of information, reviews and recommendations and there particularly helpful towards first timers.


Need to factor in travel to and from parks unless your hotel provides it.

Also, you haven't mentioned Disney. Are you not going?
Edited by: "SJHan" 14th Jan
I assume @andynicol has got the Disney parks incorporated in his ‘Universal 6 Park 2 week ticket’ probably meaning all encompassing rather than just Universal Studios.
Edited by: "Toptrumpet" 14th Jan
SJHan1 h, 29 m ago

Need to factor in travel to and from parks unless your hotel provides …Need to factor in travel to and from parks unless your hotel provides it.Also, you haven't mentioned Disney. Are you not going?


Toptrumpet1 h, 19 m ago

I assume @andynicol has got the Disney parks incorporated in his …I assume @andynicol has got the Disney parks incorporated in his ‘Universal 6 Park 2 week ticket’ probably meaning all encompassing rather than just Universal Studios.



May spend a day in Disney, will decide once I'm there, with 2 boys, 17 and 10yr old, friends and family have advised that they will enjoy Universal more.

Transport is provided to Universal parks, outwith this I plan on using the iRide and Uber for getting around, which I haven't factored into my holiday cost...
Disney have got some new rides such as Avatar. Just a heads up that at Universal they have a strict minimum height policy so if your 10yr doesn’t hit the requirement itmay be best doing a few more days at Disney.
andynicol11 m ago

May spend a day in Disney, will decide once I'm there, with 2 boys, 17 and …May spend a day in Disney, will decide once I'm there, with 2 boys, 17 and 10yr old, friends and family have advised that they will enjoy Universal more.Transport is provided to Universal parks, outwith this I plan on using the iRide and Uber for getting around, which I haven't factored into my holiday cost...


I wouldn't say that Universal has enough to do to justify a 14 day ticket. I purchased the same ticket when I went for the first time but regretted it.

How about 7 days Universal and 7 days Disney tickets. 1 day in Disney won't be anywhere near enough time.
@andynicol could you clarify which 6 parks this ‘Universal ‘ ticket gives admittance to please. (To avoid confusion
Toptrumpet1 h, 26 m ago

@andynicol could you clarify which 6 parks this ‘Universal ‘ ticket gives a …@andynicol could you clarify which 6 parks this ‘Universal ‘ ticket gives admittance to please. (To avoid confusion



Universal Studios incl City Walk, Islands of Adventure, Volcano Bay, Aquatica, SeaWorld and Busch Gardens.

When you factor in a couple of rest/pool/shopping days, your first and last day is pretty much lost that leaves 10 days across the above parks, I think Disney tickets would just be a waste and wouldn’t be appreciated..?
Edited by: "andynicol" 14th Jan
SJHan1 h, 32 m ago

I wouldn't say that Universal has enough to do to justify a 14 day ticket. …I wouldn't say that Universal has enough to do to justify a 14 day ticket. I purchased the same ticket when I went for the first time but regretted it.How about 7 days Universal and 7 days Disney tickets. 1 day in Disney won't be anywhere near enough time.



See above post which explains my thinking.
I see your thinking there, however Busch Gardens is miles away, not sure how much that’s going to cost to get to.
just measure your youngest and make a plan around to what rides you can all go in.
Personally I would have got a 14 day Disney ticket and then do Universal as the add on and not have any days around the pool or shopping.
Rather than Busch Gardens (which specialises in rides that get you soaked so take a change for clothing for the return journey) a good half day out is Gatorland.
It also depends on where the op wants to stay, if he wants to go to Universal more often than Disney he would be better off picking a hotel at that end of International Drive.
Toptrumpet20 m ago

I see your thinking there, however Busch Gardens is miles away, not sure …I see your thinking there, however Busch Gardens is miles away, not sure how much that’s going to cost to get to. just measure your youngest and make a plan around to what rides you can all go in.Personally I would have got a 14 day Disney ticket and then do Universal as the add on and not have any days around the pool or shopping.Rather than Busch Gardens (which specialises in rides that get you soaked so take a change for clothing for the return journey) a good half day out is Gatorland.It also depends on where the op wants to stay, if he wants to go to Universal more often than Disney he would be better off picking a hotel at that end of International Drive.



I wasn’t recommending anything to the OP, (having never been I’m not in that position anyways) more giving a heads up of costs.

Re Busch Gardens, transport is included in ticket, we will more than likely be going there depending on hockey fixtures as we’re big hockey fans so a game at Tampa Bay would be a nice surprise for my boys.

Re rest/pool/shopping days, I thought most most folks done that to break up the hectic park days, and I don’t know how well not visiting the outlets will go down with the OH
Edited by: "andynicol" 14th Jan
Visitng Orlando is a steep learning curve. The first time you go just enjoy it. If you don’t get to do everything then hey, that just gives you the perfect excuse to go back again. I can appreciate ‘er indoors wants to go shopping but I’ve yet to find any real bargains and all the outlets are aimed at tourists and the prices really aren’t that much different to the uk, especially when you can find an online discount code on here.
My daughter went over Xmas and she said that you can now get a wristband that gives you fast pass access to rides and something about booking restaurants and getting official photos to download at home. Might be worth looking into that option.
Toptrumpet5 h, 34 m ago

Visitng Orlando is a steep learning curve. The first time you go just …Visitng Orlando is a steep learning curve. The first time you go just enjoy it. If you don’t get to do everything then hey, that just gives you the perfect excuse to go back again. I can appreciate ‘er indoors wants to go shopping but I’ve yet to find any real bargains and all the outlets are aimed at tourists and the prices really aren’t that much different to the uk, especially when you can find an online discount code on here.My daughter went over Xmas and she said that you can now get a wristband that gives you fast pass access to rides and something about booking restaurants and getting official photos to download at home. Might be worth looking into that option.



I've heard its the total opposite of that, plenty bargains to be had and much cheaper than UK for brand/designer clothes, as far as a few people I know take minimal clothes with them and buy a new wardrobe practically when there over there.
I have visiedt the USA every year for the past 8 years. The days of bargains shopping wise are long gone. Unless the exchange rate shifts a lot in our favour this year. Trainers are more expensive than they are here. Orlando is a great place with loads to do. But my advise would be don’t overload on theme parks after a few days you will be sick of them. Kennedy space centre is well worth a visit. January may be too cold for the water parks. I prefered universal to Disney and I am also a big fan of tampa Bausch gardens.

A tip I will give you is rent your car from Alamo or national. All the insurance is included in the price you pay and they won’t try to hassle you with an up sell at the airport. Orlando is easy to drive but factor in the cost of parking at parks.
I fly in and out of Orlando about 4 times a year with work, my biggest tips are get some decent noise cancelling headphones. Excited kids on the way in and Disney brats on the way out.

Also worth asking at the Car hire desk if they have any "Workman trucks" I had booked a Dodge Charger on my last visit but ended up with a Ford Raptor at a third of the price of the charger. Most hilarious and ridiculous thing I ever drove. For my next trip I have booked a Ford F350 Super Duty.
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DKLS1 h, 31 m ago

I fly in and out of Orlando about 4 times a year with work, my biggest …I fly in and out of Orlando about 4 times a year with work, my biggest tips are get some decent noise cancelling headphones. Excited kids on the way in and Disney brats on the way out. Also worth asking at the Car hire desk if they have any "Workman trucks" I had booked a Dodge Charger on my last visit but ended up with a Ford Raptor at a third of the price of the charger. Most hilarious and ridiculous thing I ever drove. For my next trip I have booked a Ford F350 Super Duty.


Thanks, I drive a VW Amarok every day, so like a larger car, I already have the noise cancelling headphones! ;D
griff42 h, 23 m ago

Thanks, I drive a VW Amarok every day, so like a larger car, I already …Thanks, I drive a VW Amarok every day, so like a larger car, I already have the noise cancelling headphones! ;D


Some of their trucks would make an Amarok look like a toy car! the one I have booked has a 6.7l with 450 horsepower and 935 lb.-ft. of torque, Also seats 6 and plenty of room for your luggage.

Hard to find that level of silliness over here.
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