Orlando Holiday Tips

Water Taxi arriving while the sun sets behind the Loews Sapphire Falls Resort

Budget Stretchers

There are lots of ways to save money and make your budget stretch further in Orlando:

  • Kids can stay free in some hotels so check before booking
  • If your hotel room has a fridge, stock up with drinks, water and snacks from a local supermarket
  • Look out for bars with Happy Hour deals often offering two drinks for the price of one
  • Purchase a meal package such as the Disney Dining Plan or the Kids-Eat-Free card
  • Meal portions are huge in Orlando so you could order one meal between two
  • Ask for a ‘doggie bag’ if you can’t finish your meal and take it home with you
  • Take your own pushchair for toddlers rather than renting one in the parks
  • Buy multi-park tickets - they are better value

Before You Go

UK citizens are able to travel to the U.S. under the Visa Waiver Programme but are required to complete the online ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization) application. We recommend that you apply early - visit https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov/

  • Advise your bank and credit card company that you are travelling abroad
  • Change some sterling into dollars before you go. It is wise to take dollar travellers cheques but there are plenty of ATMs where you can withdraw cash with a debit card
  • You and any additional drivers need both parts of your driving licence to hire a car
  • Carry a picture driving licence as you will need ID when using a credit card
  • You need to be over 21 to drink alcohol in a bar or restaurant – carry ID as you may be challenged
  • Turn your phone off roaming to make sure you’re not charged unnecessarily whilst you’re in the US. Check out with your mobile provider before you leave
  • Families often take walkie-talkies with them to keep in touch with one another in the Theme Parks
  • If any of your party has special needs, you couldn’t have chosen a better destination, All Theme Parks are equipped for visitors with special needs and wheelchairs can be rented. Ask your tour operator to advise on the best hotels to meet your needs
  • It is strongly recommended to buy travel insurance covering you and your family

Where to Stay in Orlando

You will be astonished by the choice of accommodation in Orlando and are guaranteed to find just what you want. There is an incredible range - from the comfortable, lower-priced hotels to five star luxury resorts, self-catering apartments, or villas with private pools for small or large families and groups. You can also choose whether you want to stay on site at a theme park hotel, or in the local surrounding area in a quieter, more relaxed environment.

  • If you want babysitting services, you are better off in a hotel
  • Main accommodation areas are on International Drive (I-Drive) and in Lake Buena Vista and Kissimmee
  • Decide early on a hotel – especially if deciding to stay at a theme park hotel - or villa to avoid disappointment as these book up quickly

Ticket Options

Some ticket types are only available before you fly, offering greater value than buying at the gate, so a little forward planning can help your money go further in Orlando.

  • There can also be special offers on tickets if bought as part of your holiday package.
  • Remember to ask about adding on your Theme Park tickets to your Orlando holiday
  • Check that your choice of tickets cover all the Theme Parks and attractions you want to visit
  • Check for any current offers on theme park tickets when booking
  • Ask about other experiences you can add onto your tickets to personalize your holiday, including dining options, tours, and fast passes
  • The multi-day tickets offer great value for money and flexibility which means you can come and go between the parks as you please, for the duration of your holiday

On the Flight

Meals and drinks are included and they can cater for special dietary requirements as long as you advise them in advance. There's always a good selection of movies, TV shows, music and games on board.

  • Baggage allowance varies between airlines so check with your holiday company
  • Each passenger can have one piece of hand luggage on top of checked-in baggage. Be sure to check weights allowed
  • Carry medication in your hand luggage and not in your suitcase
  • If you are tall, ask for extra legroom seats for more comfort
  • Kids' meals can be requested but it is a good idea to take snacks with you
  • Keep toddlers in their buggies until you reach the plane. Once at the aircraft door the buggy will then be put in the hold
  • To minimise jetlag don't go to sleep straight away. Also, be sure to drink plenty of water during the flight and avoid coffee and alcohol

More Holiday Planning Tips

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