The flight was just OK, the economy seats are quite cramped for a 9 hour flight, the main meal of sausage and mash looked like it had been dropped! and the service in the cabin was sparse. One of our party asked for a second beer and was told they were all gone, but after asking the SFS about this the beer materialised.
At Orlando airport we had a very long wait, well over an hour for the car we had pre booked through Angus Car Hire, they were using Alamo. At one point we did try the Ford 4x4, but as we needed to accommodate 5 adults and luggage it was not big enough for our party, so we just had to keep waiting till the station wagon we had booked was available.
http://www.sunshinevillasflorida.net. It was located in an area known as Indian Wells, it was a 5 minute walk to the Walmart, a 15 minute walk to Earl Bronson Highway near to the 'Old Town' Kissammee, 10 minutes drive to the Disney entrance and about 20 minutes to Universal. It had 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms a pool and could sleep 8. It was also very good value for money. I was very please with it and would recommend it to anyone going to Orlando.
For us our first stop was the Walmart to stock up on provisions for the next 15 days, we also purchased a small BBQ ( the one thing the villa did not have) and lots of wine & beer.
I had per purchased the tickets to the parks we were going to visit as it was better value for money doing it this way. We had booked a day at Discovery Cove, with this ticket for an extra $20.00 we got SeaWorld, Aquatica and Bush gardens unlimited 14 day access. I also booked Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure, again by booking from the UK we got 14 days unlimited access.
Say one, we headed for Aquatica to chill out on the man made beaches, float on the lazy river and use the waterpark. the Commersons Dolphins were good, but Dolphin Plunge was to busy to get on to.
|Aquatica Food Policy|
|Cheetah Hunt at Busch Gardens|
The next day we were back for more, this time to Universal Studios Florida. It was very busy with the new Transformers ride in high demand, at least 120 mins waiting time and this stayed constant from 09.00am to 10.00pm. Despicable me Minions was the same.
|This ride will make you feel sick!!|
We did lots of other things in Orlando as well as the main stream parks, we went to the Kissimmee Sports Arena Rodeo, scary stuff seeing 8 and 9 year old boys Bull Riding!
|Blue Springs State Park, hire tubes here.|
Our check out from the Villa was 10.00am and our flight was not till the evening, so we rented a day room at the Orland Airport Hotel. This was a good move! I spent all day by the pool or standing on the balcony of the room plane spotting.
|Virgin Coming in to Orlando to take me back to Manchester.|