General Tips for Orlando Holiday

When you arrive, try and stay up for as long as possible…

Car Hire

You MUST have a credit card in the name of the driver to rent a car in Florida.

Tickets and Pass Collection

Your e tickets for Disney and Universal will be sent on a separate email. REMEMBER though when you first collect your tickets you MUST take ID with you or they won’t give you them.


Please look at Ticket Pass Blog.

First Day

When you arrive, try and stay up for as long as possible otherwise you will wake up far too early the next morning with the time change. So make the most of it and head off to one of the parks. They all normally open around 9-10 am and don’t start getting really busy until 11o’clock onwards. One of the smaller parks to get you in the swing of things is Disney Hollywood Studios, which is more compact and allows you to be acclimatised. Some clients prefer to head straight to the castle at The Magic Kingdom.

Disney Pin Trading

At all Disney parks you can trade official Disney badges which you can purchase together with a lanyard usually from the outlet stores. The kids then trade them with other guests and Disney Cast Members who carry pins. Many have what they call hidden Mickeys which you can only get in the park. This trading can keep your children happy for hours especially in the queues. Downside is that you end up spending a fortune on badges!

Car Parking

Car parking at all parks is payable locally and if you park hop you only pay parking once per day at Disney. Average car park is £10 per day.


The premium outlet mall down by Disney is a must, great brands and usually some brilliant bargains. This is the one I always go to as many of the other malls are just like Bluewaters or Trafford Centre etc. See separate shopping guide.

Eating Out

There are many dining options ranging from top restaurants, buffet type restaurants, food courts and large supermarkets. Universal have what they call City Walk; this is a busy area in the evening with lots going on, restaurants like Hard Rock; definitely worth a night out here. Disney has Downtown Disney with lots of restaurants like Rainforest Cafe and T Rex plus lots of shops too. It is a nice area to walk around in an evening in a safe traffic free environment.  Contact us for a full list of Dining ideas in the area.

Last Day

If you are flying with Virgin you can check in at Downtown Disney on your last day which means you get all day without cases etc, great if you are planning more park visits but it does cost approximately 20 dollars each. Otherwise you might just decide to chill on your last day.

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