1.When to go
|Whenever you decide to holiday in Orlando you are sure to have an amazing time however you may want to take note of the various seasonal offerings the Orlando attractions offer. Whether it’s Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Magic Kingdom Park, Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights or the International Food and Wine Festival at Epcot there is sure to be something going on to suit you and your family.
The great thing is that events such as these are scheduled throughout the year so if you are restricted to holidaying during the school holidays there is sure to be something fun and interesting going on for you to enjoy as well as all of the great attractions! To find out what is going on at the theme parks and attractions throughout the year check out our annual calendar of festivals and events.
2. How to get there
|Orlando is home to two airports, Orlando Sanford International Airport and Orlando International Airport with most UK tourists flying into these. Both airports are within an hour of the magic of Orlando with easy transportation links to accommodations and attractions. Most flights from the UK arrive into Orlando Sanford International Airport with some airlines such as Virgin and British Airways flying into Orlando International Airport, the closer of the two to the main attractions. Be sure to check when booking which you will be arriving into as this may impact your transfer and car hire bookings.
If you are travelling for a special occasion or are simply treating yourself and your family you may wish to start and end your holiday in style by travelling in Premium Economy or Upper Class, available on most airlines travelling to and from Orlando. The benefits of these classes can vary by airline so we recommend that you check on your carrier’s website for the specific benefits offered in these enhanced transportation classes. An upgrade can be easily applied through the booking process.
3. Where to stay
|This is the area in which you have the most choice and flexibility as a holidaymaker. There are hundreds or hotels and villas for you to choose from when visiting Orlando and you may wish to stay in more than one over the time of your stay! Many of the Orlando based attractions such as Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando offer on site accommodation which entitle you to various benefits such as additional park hours, transportation and activities. These additional benefits can prove very useful, particularly for families with children so make sure that you research into these additional benefits on offer if you wish to stay on site.
If you prefer to be in a central location, close to the hustle and bustle of Orlando there are many hotels on offer in the International Drive area. Home to a plethora of shops, restaurants and attractions all within a short drive or I-Ride Trolley trip away, this is the perfect place to stay to take in the true variety of an Orlando holiday. If you would prefer to spend some quieter, quality time with your family hiring your very own villa for your stay is the perfect solution. Many villas are situated just outside of the busier International Drive area, allowing you to enjoy a slightly slower pace but still be a stones throw away from the attractions. Unless you have a particular hotel in mind be sure to browse through the options when booking your holiday, paying particular attention to the amenities and benefits on offer to you at each one to find your perfect match.
4. What tickets to get
|What tickets you buy completely depends upon which attractions you and your family would like to visit. Many attractions offer combination tickets allowing you to visit several parks for the length of your stay however if you only wish to visit one of the parks then it will work out cheaper to purchase an individual ticket for that park. Walt Disney World offer a 14 Day Ultimate Ticket exclusive to UK guests, allowing access to all six of their theme parks and access to their new Fastpass+ experience, allowing you to book your Fastpass times in advance of your visit making sure that you don’t miss out on any of the fun on offer!
One of the most popular combination tickets is the Orlando Flex Ticket, with a various amount of options allowing access to Universal Orlando, Busch Gardens, Sea World and more. It’s a good idea before booking your holiday to plan out what you wish to do when you’re in Orlando to work out which tickets you will need. By doing this you can add them to your holiday booking, sometimes gaining extra perks in the process! Be sure to check out our tickets page to decide which ones you and your family would like.
5. Should I rent a car?
|Driving in Orlando does come with it’s differences to driving in the UK but it is undoubtedly the easiest way to get around. However if staying on site at a resort you may wish to research the transportation on offer within your resort to help you to decide whether hiring a car is the right option for you and your family. To help you to decide whether it’s a good idea for you to rent a car it is worth planning out what you and your family want to do in advance of your trip and seeing how often and how far you will be travelling. Both Orlando airports offer car hire services enabling you to easily pick up a hire car at the beginning of your holiday and drop if off again when it’s sadly time to go home. Car hire is easy to book directly through a provider website or added onto your package at the time of booking, just be sure that you choose a package providing ample insurance cover for your trip.|