Book your perfect Orlando Vacation – (Step-By-Step Guide)

Main Street walking up to the Princess Castle

Thinking of planning a trip to Orlando, but not sure how? We have created an easy to follow step-by-step guide to help you. Disney World attracts roughly a million British tourists each year and is generally considered the trip of a lifetime, which can make it an expensive option for a vacation. However, if you are a little savvy and spend some time pre-planning you really can make the most of your Orlando Holiday by saving your cash with a few clever tips and tricks. This guide will help you plan your trip from start to finish, by cutting out the ‘middle man’ you will be getting the lowest price possible. Planning your next holiday, or even your first trip to Orlando can seem a scary thing to do, you could be tempted to go online and book it all through Disney or through a travel agent, if you spent the time and did the research you could cut...

14 Expert Disney Bloggers reveal their Top 3 things to do at Disney World

Fireworks at the Magic Kingdom

With so many things to do at Disney World, it can be difficult to find the time to see everything especially if you are a first time visitor or on a tight schedule. We asked those in the know which attractions are not to be missed: “If you could list three unmissable things to see at Disney World what would they be?” These Disney bloggers have some excellent advice on what to see and do at Disney, from classic attractions to some  that may well just surprise you! We’ve listed all of them below: 1) Michelle, The Purple Pumpkin Blog. A visit to Walt Disney World is often a trip of a lifetime! With so much to see and do in one trip it can be overwhelming, so here are three unmissable things to see and do at Walt Disney World. 1. Cinderella Castle – Okay, this is an obvious one since it sits at the end of Main Street...

Find the best places to Shop in Orlando

The Mall at Millenia

When you’re not hanging out with Mickey, checking out Hogwarts at The Wizarding world of Harry Potter or even lazing around at one of Orlando’s many beautiful beaches, Florida is an amazing place to shop and grab some fantastic bargains. Below is a list of the best places to shop so get your comfy shoes on and make some room in your suitcase… The Mall at Millenia If you are looking for an upscale shopping experience then The Mall at Millenia, Orlando’s award- winning shopping destination is definitely the place for you. Find yourself surrounded by luxury interiors with a display of maginificent glass ceilings and stunning fountains which is sure to whet any shopaholics appetite. With an impressive selection of exclusive stores including Chanel, Gucci, Luis Vuitton, and Prada plus many US retailers such as Victoria’s Secret, Abacrombie & Fitch and Apple, The Mall at Millenias’ 150 plus shops and restaurants are sure to cater to everyone’s tastes...

Guide to Disney’s, Pandora – The World of Avatar

Avatar Flight of Passage in Animal Kingdom

‘Pandora – The World of Avatar is based upon the exoplanetary moon, Pandora, home to the blue-skinned Na’vi species made famous from Jame’s Cameron’s 2009 blockbuster movie, ‘Avatar’ . If you’ve been to Disney’s Animal Kingdom in Orlando, you will be all to familiar with the current themed attractions they have to offer – ‘Africa’, ‘Asia’, ‘Discovery Land’, ‘Oasis’ and ‘Dinoland U.S.A’. Now there’s a whole new area to go and discover, named ‘Pandora, The World of Avatar’. This fantastic new 12 acre addition which started work in January 2014, and just recently opened in May, is based on James Cameron’s 2009 hit movie ‘Avatar’, which has been brought to life through floating mountain’s, alien wildlife and bioluminescent plants! Check out the quick preview of ‘Pandora, The World of Avatar’: If you are like me, then that video got you pretty excited, so keep on reading to find out what there is inside ‘Pandora, The World of Avatar’… There...

Volcano Bay at Universal Orlando Resort

Volcano Bay is Universal Orlando Resort’s newest water park, replacing their famous and one of the most popular Water Park’s in Florida, Wet ’n Wild. Set around a 200 foot tall volcano, named “Krakatau” as the centrepiece of the park which houses 3 amazing drop slides. Everyone hate’s waiting in long lines when all you want to do is get in the water and have fun. This is where Volcano Bay really win’s in our opinion. They now have a system called TapTu Pay which allows you to wear a wristband which can hold your place in the queue, so you can spend more time in the water and less time drying off waiting for the line to slowly go down! TapTu Pay also lets you buy drinks, merchandise and food around the park all with the use of your wristband. So no more worrying about handing over sopping wet note’s or trying to find somewhere to keep your...

Guide to the Gulf Coast

The length of Florida’s Gulf coastline stretches an amazing 770 miles and is a popular tourist destination due to its plethora of dazzling white beaches and year round sunny weather.  Although the gulf coast runs for miles, the most sought after areas for holiday makers are between Tarpon Springs, North West of Tampa, through to the southern end of Marco Island on the edge of the Everglades. Between here, the area splits off into 5 different areas all keen to share their version of the idyllic seaside lifestyle. Located on Florida’s West Coast here lies the stunning peninsula of Clearwater. A popular spot for families, it has everything one can expect from a coastal town, with a great selection of restaurants, golf and shopping, as well as dozens of beach activities to get involved in. It is worth noting that Clearwater is also known for its rich and diverse culture so you can expect to find plenty of museums,...

Top five reasons to rent a Florida villa over a hotel

If you’ve got a large family or even if there’s just a few of you, staying in a hotel room can be a nightmare. The fight for bathroom time, trying to watch the tv on low when the kids are asleep next to you, not much privacy and even less space.   Staying in a villa gives you the freedom of multiple rooms, more than one bathroom and usually a good tv and wifi package much better than those in a hotel. Many villa owners leave DVD players and DVDs so you can entertain the kids whilst sitting down with a glass of wine and enjoying some downtime. Depending on which community your villa is in, you could be lucky enough to be able to play tennis, golf or use the communal pool, all the added benefits of finding the right villa community to stay in. Florida can see some serious wet days so if you have a spacious...

17 Tips for Brits driving in Orlando for the first time

So you have booked your flight, booked a hotel or a villa in Orlando close to all the action, now you need to get around! The prospect of driving in Florida can be quite daunting however it doesn’t need to be! One of the first stops to make after you have retrieved your luggage is to head over to the car rental desk. You will be asked to produce your driving licence including both parts for any drivers that are listed on your rental agreement and also any documentation relating to your car rental which you will have received as confirmation upon booking from one of the suppliers online or through your package holiday provider. You will also be asked to leave your credit card details for any charges or incidentals. It is common that you will be advised to pay upfront for fuel, meaning you can bring the car back empty, it is not obligatory but it is...

Florida Keys

If you fancy taking a trip to Florida but would like to escape the hustle and bustle of Orlando’s many theme parks, then Florida Keys may be for you. With its sparkling blue waters and temperatures on average reaching 30℃ in the summer months, it is easy to see why it has been dubbed the ‘American Caribbean’ by locals and tourist alike. The Keys are a long string of tropical islands, stretching a stunning 126 miles off the Southern tip towards Cuba, between the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico. Known for it’s relaxed and laid back lifestyle it’s a perfect place to vacate for all ages. The area is famous for fishing, diving and boating, and with the Keys multitude of islands, beaches and reefs you have access to some of America’s only living coral reefs which hold an abundance of marine life beneath it’s crystal clear waters. Other attractions include Duval Street’s many bars, Mallory Square’s...

The Best time of year to visit Orlando, Florida

So you are thinking of visiting Orlando, Florida but have no idea when the best time of year to go is? We take a look at a few factors to help you decide when it comes to that all important holiday! There are generally three factors to consider when choosing the best time of year to visit Orlando – accommodation prices, average daily temperatures and also Orlando crowds and queuing times. Accommodation If you are doing Florida on a budget or if getting a good deal is your priority, (especially if you are taking the whole family), you may want to think about visiting at certain times of the year when accommodation prices tend to be lower. It is important to note that Disney ticket prices do not fluctuate throughout the year but accommodation prices and crowds do, so if you can, try and avoid visiting the parks in holiday season and at peak periods. The most expensive time to visit is...