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  • mustbemoreorganised
    • #2
    • 31st Aug 07, 8:30 PM
    Man to Orlando £175
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    • 31st Aug 07, 8:30 PM
    just in case anyone is interested it only comes up when you search late deals, the price it shows is £226 each but when you proceeed it takes off £40 each online booking discount. Wish I could go
  • moob
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    • 31st Aug 07, 8:41 PM
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    • 31st Aug 07, 8:41 PM
    just been on www.mytravel.com searching the late deals and spotted Man - Orlando on 7th September for £175 each, it is for 7 nights but 14 is only £220. It's a fly drive, car included but not sure what they will sting you for in local taxes when you pick it up, still a good price though.
    Originally posted by mustbemoreorganised
    Wow!

    There's some great deals there - shame I'm booked already and they're all from down south.

    But, anyone looking for a late deal - that's fantastic. Saw a 21 day flydrive for £393 for two people

    Best avoid the car deals like you alluded to as the costs of insurance etc are expensive, but you could get a car hire deal from usrentacar for like £200.

    mustbeorganised: hope you don't mind, but I entered this as a hot deal.
    Last edited by moob; 31-08-2007 at 8:53 PM.
    • pompeyrich
    • By pompeyrich 31st Aug 07, 11:03 PM
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    pompeyrich
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    • 31st Aug 07, 11:03 PM
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    • 31st Aug 07, 11:03 PM
    Hi pompeyrich - glad to hear you had a good time in Orlando!

    Would you be interested in doing a Travel Guide to tell moneysaving peeps about your experience?

    Check out the Travel Guides Thread for information and to view the NY Guide by markymoo. It'd be much appreciated, if you have time of course.

    If anyone else would be interested in doing a guide, simply post on the thread and I'll PM you with further info.

    Crabman
    Originally posted by Crabman
    Thanks Crabman, not sure if I am qualified enough to do a big article like that. One persons great holiday is anothers nightmare. We like villa holidays as they suit us, we are not early risers so the freedom to grab some toast and cereal mid morning before heading off to the parks, beach or wherever, is ideal, we are on holiday after all. A guy I worked with planned his holiday there like it was a military operation, up at 7 breakfast, out by 8, 9 at the latest, drive to the parks, do everything in order, then dinner on the way home, bed by 10 and start over, when he got back he said his kids were moaning all the time and couldn't understand why !! He thought I wasted my time sleeping in, maybe I did, I thought he overdone the planning, maybe he did but each to their own.

    I guess practical things like hiring a car, or not, villa vs hotel, on-site at Disney or off-site, DIY or package are personal choices and I dont really feel comfortable recommending or advising on one over the other.

    Hopefully someone will do a guide as this thread really is too long now, how many people are really going to plough through all 100+ pages, maybe a FAQ for Florida might be a good idea.
    • Poppy9
    • By Poppy9 1st Sep 07, 12:17 PM
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    Poppy9
    • #5
    • 1st Sep 07, 12:17 PM
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    • 1st Sep 07, 12:17 PM
    just been on www.mytravel.com searching the late deals and spotted Man - Orlando on 7th September for £175 each, it is for 7 nights but 14 is only £220. It's a fly drive, car included but not sure what they will sting you for in local taxes when you pick it up, still a good price though.
    Originally posted by mustbemoreorganised
    Even if you dump the car and arrange your own car hire the flight is still a good deal.

    We are tempted to go again next Feb and Virgin have flights for £288 from London to Orlando between 25/12/07 and 20/3/08.
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  • Strangled
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    • 2nd Sep 07, 5:47 PM
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    • 2nd Sep 07, 5:47 PM
    Just returned from Orlando yesterday with TravelCity Direct, have to say, the hotel was perfect (Homewood Suites, I-Drive) they were on the ball on the plane regarding my son's nut allergy, they gave 3 announcements asking to refrain from eating nut products and selling anything with nut products.Supplied nut free meals also ............ but, I'll never fly with TCD again. The plane, an old Air Atlanta, was the grubbiest plane I've ever been on, seats were dirty,cramped and past-it basically. We were sat right next to the kitchen outward and inward, coming home trying to get some sleep was a no-no. The staff were talking and laughing very loud and it was like blackpool illuminations, gave no consideration to the passengers trying to sleep.
    And, noticed on landing, 5 fire vehicles racing alongside us blue lights flashing untill we stopped......now that was worrying !!!
  • Goodersuk
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    • 2nd Sep 07, 10:18 PM
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    • 2nd Sep 07, 10:18 PM
    Hi, I have been reading these posts for a few weeks now as I am going to book for Florida for next year but could do with some advice. We would really like to go for 3 weeks at end of July. A friend of a friend has a villa for rent at £500 p/w, is this a good price? (there are 2 adults and 2 children) Also flights seem to be around £2600, am I better to wait a while to see if prices come down, am I likely to get them cheaper? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks
  • ckerrd
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    • 2nd Sep 07, 11:55 PM
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    • 2nd Sep 07, 11:55 PM
    I suppose it depends on the villa and how well appointed it is. And where it is. We got a 4 bed, two bathroom place for less than £800 for two weeks in August so I do think you can do better. Who are the flights with and from where? Might help someone give a more informed answer.
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    • Chris25
    • By Chris25 3rd Sep 07, 8:20 AM
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    Chris25
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    • 3rd Sep 07, 8:20 AM
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    • 3rd Sep 07, 8:20 AM
    Hi, I have been reading these posts for a few weeks now as I am going to book for Florida for next year but could do with some advice. We would really like to go for 3 weeks at end of July. A friend of a friend has a villa for rent at £500 p/w, is this a good price? (there are 2 adults and 2 children) Also flights seem to be around £2600, am I better to wait a while to see if prices come down, am I likely to get them cheaper? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks
    Originally posted by Goodersuk
    Here are a few villa sites that would let you compare prices in the same area as your friend's villa.

    http://www.vrbo.com/vacation-rentals/usa/florida/central-disney-orlando

    http://www.daltonsholidays.com/searchresults.php?page=1&PHPSESSID=uqd8f0gls4g 1sbuqhbcug4kej0

    http://www.justflorida.com/
  • Goodersuk
    Hi, thanks for the replys. Sorry for being so vague! One of the flights were with 'My Travel' at just over £2600, and they did a fly drive for just over £2800, the other was a flydrive with virgin and this was just over £3000, they were all flying from Manchester. I am not sure about the location of the villa but will check that out and will have a look at the vill sites that Chris25 has provided. This would be our first time in Florida so really haven't got a clue so thanks again for your advice.
  • horsenailbucket
    Florida 2008
    Hi,

    I've booked for Florida next year using http://www.kenwoodtravel.com/ previously recommended on MSE, staying at Bahama Bay.

    They were also very helpful, flying from Man with Virgin and cheaper than TCD. Cheers.
  • moob
    Hi, thanks for the replys. Sorry for being so vague! One of the flights were with 'My Travel' at just over £2600, and they did a fly drive for just over £2800, the other was a flydrive with virgin and this was just over £3000, they were all flying from Manchester. I am not sure about the location of the villa but will check that out and will have a look at the vill sites that Chris25 has provided. This would be our first time in Florida so really haven't got a clue so thanks again for your advice.
    Originally posted by Goodersuk
    Bit of advice re: flydrives. The major tour operators charge a premium for car hire insurance that you will need to take out.

    You are generally better to not pay the necessary upgrade insurance, ignore the car provided, and book independantly via a UK company before you go.
  • denny250
    Hi,

    I've booked for Florida next year using http://www.kenwoodtravel.com/ previously recommended on MSE, staying at Bahama Bay.

    They were also very helpful, flying from Man with Virgin and cheaper than TCD. Cheers.
    Originally posted by horsenailbucket

    Just checked with kenwood travel and they are over £2800 for the same time etc as our holiday but a fly drive ours is £2200 same car, insurance, better seats (although not virgin) and including the hotel

    seems you have a good deal from kenwood enjoy your holiday
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  • mustbemoreorganised
    Suites/Apartments on I Drive
    Have been to Orlando a few times, last 3 in a villa but fancy going back on to I Drive next year. We have very small kids so want a suite/apartment rather than hotel room. Can anyone recommend any of the suites, do they have full kitchens or is it just bedroom, living room and are they very expensive, thanks in advance
  • Strangled
    Have been to Orlando a few times, last 3 in a villa but fancy going back on to I Drive next year. We have very small kids so want a suite/apartment rather than hotel room. Can anyone recommend any of the suites, do they have full kitchens or is it just bedroom, living room and are they very expensive, thanks in advance
    Originally posted by mustbemoreorganised
    We stayed in 'Homewood Suites'on I-Drive, they have 1 & 2 bedroom suites with kitchen etc. Very nice hotel and friendly staff. Its set back from TGI fridays/upside down house part of I-drive, the quieter end imo.
    The 'only' drawback is the pool is surrounded by the hotel, so theres always some part of the area in the shade, but it does get a good 6-8 hrs of sun.
  • Lilywhite
    Book now for May 2008 or wait
    I have been looking around at direct flights for the last 2 weeks in May and prices are £600 to £700 each (I have a 16 yr old and 13 yr old travelling with me).

    Are prices likely to go up? I know elsewhere on the thread there is mention of flight sales in the New Year for May but is it risky leaving it until next year.

    Some advice would be really appreciated.
  • Edinburghlass
    If you can hold your nerve I would wait, we went in May last year and flights were around £260 each from Teletext.
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  • KarenG
    I have been looking around at direct flights for the last 2 weeks in May and prices are £600 to £700 each (I have a 16 yr old and 13 yr old travelling with me).

    Are prices likely to go up? I know elsewhere on the thread there is mention of flight sales in the New Year for May but is it risky leaving it until next year.

    Some advice would be really appreciated.
    Originally posted by Lilywhite
    Totally agree with edinburghlass. May's a quiet time and you should be able to get a bargain closer to the time.

    Having said that the prices you quote are quite high anyway - can you bring your dates forward a little to avoid the price increase you get around Whitsun?

    If you do decide on a flight price you are happy with and then find that flight for that price, just book it (and stop looking to see if the price reduces further )
    • medical
    • By medical 6th Sep 07, 10:12 PM
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    medical
    Hi,

    I've booked for Florida next year using http://www.kenwoodtravel.com/ previously recommended on MSE, staying at Bahama Bay.

    They were also very helpful, flying from Man with Virgin and cheaper than TCD. Cheers.
    Originally posted by horsenailbucket

    Went to Orlando aug 2006 and just came back from there again end aug this year .

    Stayed in thesame place as last year. Bahama Bay resort in Davenport and will recommend it if you like being away from central Orlando.pls check ratings and forum on tripadvisor.

    We will go again if we can get the money together
    we have always travelled with virgin, hence we have airmiles which we sometimes use towards airfare

    Anymore info pls pm me as this year was fab and living expenses was a lot cheaper than it wouls have being in the uk plus i donnot think i can look a steak in the face again in the UK

    medical
  • GRIGGSY
    Questions on Florida- especially around wheelchair access
    I am thinking of going to Florida in November with my parents as a winter get away to shop and relax etc. and have a few questions.

    1. what is the weather generally like in November as we want somewhere which is warm and will cater for wheelchair users.

    2. Can anyone recommend any place to stay in which is wheelchair friendly - cant do stairs or baths must be a walk in shower.

    3. what is car rental prices like for people carriers etc as need a high up vehicle which can be easily accessed, and these only seem to be people carriers or mini MPV such as a fusion

    4. Is £300 per adult a good price for flights in November?

    5. Apart from Disney what are the other attractions in Florida - especially for older people (70)

    Any advice would be appreciated.

    thanks
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