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    • Froggitt
    • By Froggitt 15th Oct 07, 9:00 PM
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    Froggitt
    We spent the day yesterday at Premium Outlets and managed to get my son 3 pairs of Nike trainers for less than $100,
    Originally posted by traleegirl
    Thats worth a post..........there are two decent Outlet malls in Orlando......Premium Outlets which is at Lake Buena Vista, and Prime Outlets which is at the top end of International Drive.

    Both have over a hundred or so shops selling decent brands at decent prices......eg the Nike shop my missus bought two pairs of good Air Max trainers for 35 each and loads of gym clothes.
    illegitimi non carborundum
    • pompeyrich
    • By pompeyrich 15th Oct 07, 10:16 PM
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    pompeyrich
    If you go to the Prime Outlet be sure to sign in at Customer Services, they will give you a discount card, not valid in all shops but worth having. Got 20% off at the CK shop, jeans for $20, cheaper still if you bought 2 pairs. Probably do it at Premium too but got so excited by the low prices forgot to ask!

    if you want football boots, United World Soccer, in the Festival Bay mall, just over the road from Prime had some real bargains, mainly Addidas, top of the range Predators for 27.
  • ashpole
    Universal FlexTickets
    We're off to Florida in a couple of weeks and following the tips on this board we've bought some tickets, the 4 park Universal/WetnWild/Sea World ones.

    But what do we do with them, do you just roll up to the theme park entrance and show them the tickets?!?

    Hope this isn't a silly question.....
    • pompeyrich
    • By pompeyrich 16th Oct 07, 2:24 PM
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    pompeyrich
    We're off to Florida in a couple of weeks and following the tips on this board we've bought some tickets, the 4 park Universal/WetnWild/Sea World ones.

    But what do we do with them, do you just roll up to the theme park entrance and show them the tickets?!?

    Hope this isn't a silly question.....
    Originally posted by ashpole
    Are they the actual tickets, thickish paper about the size of a credit card with a barcode on the back? If so, yes you just turn up and show them to the turnstyle operator who will put them under a reader or in a slot and hey presto you are in the park. You are supposed to sign the tickets and have ID with you but we weren't asked to do either, despite carrying our passports with us, it was a bit hectic in August though, maybe they will be more thorough at quieter times.

    If you have vouchers you will have to visit the guest services window to exchange them for proper tickets.
    • dmackay41
    • By dmackay41 16th Oct 07, 9:46 PM
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    dmackay41
    Mears Taxis Orlando Florida
    I was wondering as to the availablity of those yellow checkered taxis (Mears) at places like Universal Studios Citywalk and Pleasure Island/Downtown Disney. Are there taxi ranks or do you always have to call and reserve. Going on holiday soon and fancy a night out at these places. We can get a lift there but need to taxi it back to Kissimee. Just wondering how easy it was to taxi it. Mears rates are very reasonable.
    Anyone any experience?
    • cojaq
    • By cojaq 16th Oct 07, 10:05 PM
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    cojaq
    Buying Disney tickets - This side or wait till I get there? I want to save money but with kids don't want to waste day with time share or end up not getting into parks!

    Any suggestions?
    • cojaq
    • By cojaq 16th Oct 07, 10:22 PM
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    cojaq
    Found site http://orlandoinfo.com/uk/ inside free magic card with money off vouchers and events diary. I'm first time Orlando traveller in July 08. Can't wait to see the 4th celebrations and the whole Florida/ Disney/ Kennedy Space etc experience. Any money saving tips greatfully received. I have car but NO attraction tickets yet (2 Adults +3 Kids, 10, 9 and 6).
    • jonesMUFCforever
    • By jonesMUFCforever 16th Oct 07, 11:14 PM
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    jonesMUFCforever
    We used Mears to go to Disney and back in 2005 from International drive.
    We found them ok , the drivers very pleasant and apart from one, seemed to know where they were going!
    What goes around - comes around
    give lots and you will always receive lots
  • ashpole
    Are they the actual tickets, thickish paper about the size of a credit card with a barcode on the back? If so, yes you just turn up and show them to the turnstyle operator who will put them under a reader or in a slot and hey presto you are in the park. You are supposed to sign the tickets and have ID with you but we weren't asked to do either, despite carrying our passports with us, it was a bit hectic in August though, maybe they will be more thorough at quieter times.

    If you have vouchers you will have to visit the guest services window to exchange them for proper tickets.
    Originally posted by pompeyrich
    Yep they're the thick credit card ones. On the cards it talks about a 14 day City Walk pass and thought it might be something different that I needed to get in exchange for the tickets, I assume they (the parks and City Walk) all use the same system and will know the tickets are valid...

    Thanks for your help!
  • Mrs7ones
    OMG, this thread is SOOOOOOOOO long...
    I've just spent over an hour scanning through it cos i'm sure the answer to mu question will be on here somewhere, but my boss has just got back in the office, so i ahve to stop looking.

    So, sorry for being repetative, but here's my question....

    How much spending money do we need for a 14 night holiday in Disney?
    We are a family of 5..... kids aged 12, 8 and 17, and plan to stay in one of the Disney hotels. Park tickets will be bought before hand, so i just need a rough idea as to how much cash we will need for eating.... We plan to hire a car, so won't be tied to eating in Disney.

    Any idea anyone? Or even any info on how much you spend when you went??

    Ta v much!!
    • dmackay41
    • By dmackay41 18th Oct 07, 10:47 PM
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    dmackay41
    We used Mears to go to Disney and back in 2005 from International drive.
    We found them ok , the drivers very pleasant and apart from one, seemed to know where they were going!
    Originally posted by ejones999
    Were there any taxi ranks anywhere?..or did you have to call the Mears number?
    Anyone know?
    • pompeyrich
    • By pompeyrich 18th Oct 07, 11:26 PM
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    pompeyrich
    Were there any taxi ranks anywhere?..or did you have to call the Mears number?
    Anyone know?
    Originally posted by dmackay41
    The Taxi and bus pick up point is reached from the walkway to the car parks, not too sure whether taxis wait there for fares or just pick up pre-booked passengers.
  • Crossy
    International Drive Trams
    We are going to Orlando on 24th November and hiring a car. We are staying very near International drive, my question is:

    The trams seem very reasonably priced, would we be better of using them to visit Universal and Sea World (not doing disney) and not paying the parking fees?

    Are the tram stops very near the entrances to the parks?

    Thank for any replies in advance
    • pompeyrich
    • By pompeyrich 19th Oct 07, 3:39 PM
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    pompeyrich
    We are going to Orlando on 24th November and hiring a car. We are staying very near International drive, my question is:

    The trams seem very reasonably priced, would we be better of using them to visit Universal and Sea World (not doing disney) and not paying the parking fees?

    Are the tram stops very near the entrances to the parks?

    Thank for any replies in advance
    Originally posted by Crossy
    Parking at Universal is $11 a day but looking at THIS link the tram seems to stop about half a mile away from the park and is not really recommended, their words not mine. Seaworld parking is $9 a day I think so you will have to work out which is best for your party
    • atro1
    • By atro1 20th Oct 07, 7:13 AM
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    atro1
    Can this be put on page one?
    If this can be put on page one, it might be a bit of a user guide! Most of these I have used over the years, there are plenty more sites!!

    Flights & Packages

    (Scheduled flights can often be cheaper than charters)

    http://www.airline-network.co.uk/Homepage/Homepage.asp

    http://www.justtheflight.com/index.asp

    http://www.ebookers.co.uk

    http://www.travelbag.co.uk

    http://www.expedia.co.uk

    http://www.opodo.co.uk

    http://www.holidaysbyphone.co.uk/

    http://www.e-flightshop.com/

    http://www1.priceline.co.uk/home/home.asp
    And of course other major airlines.

    Hotels

    http://www.usahotelguide.com

    http://www.hotelkingdom.com


    Villas
    http://www.lastminute villas.net

    http://www.floridavillaoptions.com/index.htm

    http://www.orlandovillas.com/


    Car Hire
    Do this from the UK, insurance in the USA is VERY expensive

    http://www.airline-network.co.uk/Homepage/Homepage.asp

    http://www.uscarhire.co.uk

    http://www.yescarhire.com

    Cruises

    http://www.vacationstogo.co.uk/index.cfm?id=zz02298543
    Very cheap for last minute bargains, use the 90 Day Ticker link

    http://www.oceanvillageholidays.co.uk/index.cfm?articleid=2
    http://www.priceline.com


    Theme Park Tickets

    Best value are annual passes, If you can have a second holiday within a year of the tickets 1st use it will save an average family of 4 about £500 on buying 2 sets of flexitickets.

    http://www.attraction-tickets-direct.co.uk/
    https://tickets.universalstudios.com/USRG/us_store_secure2.jsp?merchant=UO

    http://commerce.4adventure.com/store/dept_tickets.asp?dept_id=203

    http://wdw.reservations.disney.go.com/cgi-bin/WebObjects/TravelDWIBC.woa/

    http://www.park-tickets.com/

    http://www.keithprowsetickets.com/america/florida/index.shtml

    http://www.ticketmania.com/discounttickets.shtml#FlexTickets

    http://wdtc.disneyinternational.com/g2.asp

    http://www.orlando-ticket-deals.co.uk/



    General Info Sites

    http://www.kissimmee-us192.com/

    An excellent source of information for the Kissimmee area.

    Contains a complete listing and map for everywhere on the 192 highway and surrounding areas as far north as Clermont and south to Haines City

    Also has idiot proof driving guides from Sanford (SFB) and Orlando (MCO) airports to most hotels.
    Two other sites when looking for a bargain is Travelcity direct and First Choice. With Travel City I have heard nightmare stories but I have travelled twice with them and everything was great.
    Hope it helps gives a starter if nothing else
    Last edited by atro1; 22-02-2008 at 5:45 AM. Reason: addons
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    • cojaq
    • By cojaq 20th Oct 07, 1:46 PM
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    cojaq
    Thanks Atrol1 thats saved me no end of searching!!

    I got good price for Disney tickets direct from disney 815 for 3 kids and 2 adults. www.disneyworld.co.uk or phone 08702424900.
  • bloaty
    If this can be put on page one, it might be a bit of a user guide! Most of these I have used over the years, there are plenty more sites!!

    Flights & Packages

    (Scheduled flights can often be cheaper than charters)

    http://www.airline-network.co.uk/Homepage/Homepage.asp

    http://www.justtheflight.com/index.asp

    http://www.ebookers.co.uk

    http://www.travelbag.co.uk

    http://www.expedia.co.uk

    http://www.opodo.co.uk

    http://www.holidaysbyphone.co.uk/

    http://www.e-flightshop.com/

    http://www1.priceline.co.uk/home/home.asp
    And of course other major airlines.

    Hotels

    http://www.usahotelguide.com

    http://www.hotelkingdom.com


    Villas
    http://www.lastminute villas.com

    http://www.floridavillaoptions.com/index.htm

    http://www.orlandovillas.com/


    Car Hire
    Do this from the UK, insurance in the USA is VERY expensive

    http://www.airline-network.co.uk/Homepage/Homepage.asp

    http://www.uscarhire.co.uk

    http://www.yescarhire.com

    Cruises

    http://www.vacationstogo.co.uk/index.cfm?id=zz02298543
    Very cheap for last minute bargains, use the 90 Day Ticker link

    http://www.oceanvillageholidays.co.uk/index.cfm?articleid=2
    http://www.priceline.com


    Theme Park Tickets

    Best value are annual passes, If you can have a second holiday within a year of the tickets 1st use it will save an average family of 4 about 500 on buying 2 sets of flexitickets.

    http://www.attraction-tickets-direct.co.uk/
    https://tickets.universalstudios.com/USRG/us_store_secure2.jsp?merchant=UO

    http://commerce.4adventure.com/store/dept_tickets.asp?dept_id=203

    http://wdw.reservations.disney.go.com/cgi-bin/WebObjects/TravelDWIBC.woa/

    http://www.park-tickets.com/

    http://www.keithprowsetickets.com/america/florida/index.shtml

    http://www.ticketmania.com/discounttickets.shtml#FlexTickets

    http://wdtc.disneyinternational.com/g2.asp

    http://www.orlando-ticket-deals.co.uk/



    General Info Sites

    http://www.kissimmee-us192.com/

    An excellent source of information for the Kissimmee area.

    Contains a complete listing and map for everywhere on the 192 highway and surrounding areas as far north as Clermont and south to Haines City

    Also has idiot proof driving guides from Sanford (SFB) and Orlando (MCO) airports to most hotels.
    Two other sites when looking for a bargain is Travelcity direct and First Choice. With Travel City I have heard nightmare stories but I have travelled twice with them and everything was great.
    Hope it helps gives a starter if nothing else
    Originally posted by atro1
    Found this really helpful.

    Just checked car hire for Florida and Airline Network best price. Even lets you book 1 week at half the price of 2 weeks. 84 for the compact. Pick up and drop off from different locations same price.

    Hoping to stay in WDW so wont need the car for the full holiday.

    Many thanks.

    Bloaty
    • burnsguitarman
    • By burnsguitarman 22nd Oct 07, 8:28 AM
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    burnsguitarman
    Flight to Orlando
    Any advice on the cheapest way to get to Orlando, anytime in November, I have somewhere to stay, but I will need a car, so maybe a fly drive. Any ideas? By the way it is for one person only!
    • AndysDad
    • By AndysDad 22nd Oct 07, 10:20 AM
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    AndysDad
    Hi,
    I think we need more infomation,like where are you flying from and whats the duration of your stay?
    • burnsguitarman
    • By burnsguitarman 22nd Oct 07, 10:41 AM
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    burnsguitarman
    Hi sorry for lack of info, Can fly from any north-west (prefer Manchester) non-stop if possible, any time around 2nd-3rd week of November. Staying for 1 week or thereabout. I have had a look on some web-sites the cheapest I have seen so far has been £318+. This was flight only (no car)
    Last edited by burnsguitarman; 22-10-2007 at 10:42 AM. Reason: More info added
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