Where to go for information
The first port of call for anyone going to Orlando should be the excellent Visitor Center.CLICK HERE to go to their website where you can get a useful information pack sent direct. It contains a guide to what's available, maps and the Orlando Magicard which gets you discounts in lots of places. They also sell reduced price attraction tickets.
VITAL TRAVEL CHANGES FOR VISITORS TO THE USA
From January 12th 2009 - I94W Green Forms usually completed on the plane for visa free travel were phased out. The service was replaced with an on line application that should be completed as soon as you book your flights, but no later than 72 hours prior to your departure. For emergency or short notice travel contact the US Embassy for advice. This web page is the official site, so beware of other sites that make an additional charge and require lots of personal information - the scammers delight.
There are different rules according to your nationality so check with the web site to be certain.
There is a charge for this service and the ESTA is only valid as long as your passport is valid so if you have to change it in the middle of the 2 years you will have to reapply and pay again.
Web site https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov
PLEASE NOTE: they require a great deal of information and there may be circumstances where you have to go to the embassy for a visa so apply in plenty of time. See the web site if this may apply to you. It can take months to get a visa so do not wait to apply.
Where do I get tickets and flights?
There are lots of airlines both scheduled and charter that fly into both Orlando International and Sanford and you can usually get the day you want. We do advise that bookings for the school holidays are made as soon as possible, especially if there are a lot of you, to avoid disappointment. Try all the websites, including the price checking ones. If you are prepared to fly indirectly and not at weekends you can save a lot of money. Often you get a better deal if you book your car hire at the same time. We usually go for the all inclusive package which includes a tank of fuel and extra drivers. We used to include a GPS satellite sytem to save arguments as well, but now we just take our own system with us with the US maps on SD card.HANDY HINT - if you do not have a GPS system (Sat nav) that includes the US - why not buy one when you are there - they are available from Walmart at very low prices$99 upwards- less than you would pay to hire them . If you are going back to Florida you can keep it or sell it on E-bay to someone who is. DO NOT be bullied into any extras you do not want at the airport. Their job is to sell you extras - and they are on commission - but if you have alrrady decided what you want why pay more?
Try lots of places including the traditional travel agents - they will often price match the internet if you have proof at the time of booking and you should get a bargain. More money to spend in the USA!
Travelling distances from the 3 airports we suggest you look at for flights
Orlando International Airport -30 miles
Sanford International Airport - 57 miles
Tampa International Airport- 69miles
Try one of the most reputable companies that we advertise with - we not not get any commission from this site but we trust them to deliver at a fair price. They also offer satellite navigations systems to hire - delivered to your home before you go if you would prefer.
Theme parks and attractions
Again try this company for theme park tickets - we do not get commission so you can be sure that they are offering the best deal they can.
THEME PARK TICKETS
The one that everyone has heard of is Walt Disney World. Apart from the Magic Kingdom , make time to visit Epcot, Animal Kingdom and Disney Hollywood Studios. Add in the water parks Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon and you may not have time for much else. To view the details of the parks including the water parks and the shops and restaurants of Downtown Disney CLICK HERE
Universal Studios provides fun related to the movies and TV and the Islands of Adventure park has the gravity defying rides. To find out more CLICK HERE
Sea world is the most popular marine-life park in the world and has close encounters with all the animals and spectacular shows as well. To find out about how to spend the day with the animals and all other details CLICK HERE
The water park by Sea World - Aquatica mean that some of the water shoot rides actually go through large lagoons filled with playful dolphins. CLICK HERE
Busch Gardens Tampa Bay is operated by the same company as Sea World and has recently undergone a complete transformation to provide a a mixture of roller coaster rides and a safari park with over 2000 exotic animals. To find out more CLICK HERE
Kennedy Space Centre is on the Atlantic Coast and is where you can tour the launch facilities, see memorabilia from the moon landings and maybe even meet an astronaut. There are IMAX films too that are literally out of this world. For more information CLICK HERE