Ask most British families for the No 1 destination on their family holiday wishlist and I guarantee they’ll say ‘Florida,’ and of course it’s Orlando that’s the big attraction. The beauty of a holiday to Orlando is that once you’re there, there’s simply so much to see and do that you’re completely spoiled for choice. The Sunshine State is also a great destination for families on a budget because there are so many different holiday options available, from the theme park hotels to the different accommodation along International Drive or even, if you prefer, self-catering villas which give you the chance to do your own thing. Plus, usually, access to your own private pool as well so your kids (and you) can splash around after a day of exploring the theme parks to your heart’s content.
The brilliant thing about holidays to Orlando is that it’s also incredibly easy to put together your own holiday, but if you want everything to go smoothly, start with the flights to Orlando so that you have your dates of travel confirmed and can then start booking a hotel or villa – it’s definitely worth checking out Thomson’s flights to Orlando as they have a brilliant choice of UK departure airports, and then once you have your flights you can book car hire, theme park tickets and so on. Securing your flights is definitely the most important thing (and don’t forget you will need valid passports and ESTAs to enter the US).
One of my absolute top tips for anyone taking a family holiday to Orlando is to plan carefully what you want to do and see so you don’t get overwhelmed; there really is so much you’ll want to experience, from the spectacular Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal to the Walt Disney World parks (including our favourite, Animal Kingdom) that you’ll want to make sure you all have time to do everything on your list without feeling as though you’re rushing around all the time or are too exhausted to enjoy it. Get hold of the theme park maps and ask everyone in the family to decide on their ‘must-sees’, giving everyone a few choices. Fastpass where you can and pace yourselves, because of course there’s always next time. It’s also worth setting a daily budget so you don’t overspend at the parks and that way you can make sure you have some spending money left for when you hit the shops at Sawgrass Mills. And of course you’ll want to leave some time to relax in that glorious Florida sunshine ;).