Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida makes for a simply breathtaking family holiday. Once your children are old enough to remember this fantastic once in a lifetime occasion, it’s a magical holiday that you’ll never forget. Travelling this distance does take its toll though, so break up the journey and find some fantastic bargains on hotels in Heathrow to relax before the long flight to Miami. Make sure you book a night on the way back too after the flight so the travelling is much easier to handle. Hotel rooms start from just £51 a night, so it’s a no brainer really.
Virgin Atlantic, American Airlines and British Airways fly to Miami from Heathrow so you’re spoilt for choice, and if you really want to make it memorable then make sure you get an upgrade to first class on a Virgin Atlantic flight. With spacious seats that recline to a fully flat position and champagne on boarding, you’ll feel like you’re treated like royalty from check in to arrival at Miami.
The multitude of choices for accommodation in Miami around the Disney World resort might leave you overwhelmed, but some notable places stand out such as Disney’s Caribbean Resort, the Marriott Orlando World Center Resort, Disney’s Polynesian Resort or the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin. There are other options as well a bit further out which can be a bit cheaper if you’re on a tight budget such as International Drive in Orlando known as “I-Drive” which often offer amazing swimming pools too!
Everyone knows and loves the Disney World theme parks and waterparks. The enchanting Magical Kingdom Park will whisk you away on a magical adventure of fairy tales and classic Disney characters. The Epcot Centre celebrates innovation and technological marvels and will take you on a science exploration of the modern world. Blizzard Beach is an incredible waterslide paradise with one of the world’s tallest and fastest free-falling water slides and fun for all the family in this awesome Disney water park. Let’s not forget Disney’s Hollywood Studio (previously Disney-MGM Studios) with some amazing stunts and displays such as the Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular, the Lights, Motors, Action! display and some fantastic parades that come through the park. Don’t forget to check out the spooky Twilight Zone Tower of Terror in the Hollywood Tower Hotel, a freefall drop tower thrill ride that you’ll remember forever.
The fun isn’t just limited to Disney though – there’s the Universal Studios with the unforgettable Disaster! – A Major Motion Picture ride that features you, as well as the E.T. Adventure, Men in Black Alien Attack and the new Despicable Me Minion Mayhem. You can also visit the SeaWorld Orlando Theme Park with some fantastic rides, shows and exhibits. If you love wildlife then definitely check out Busch Gardens at Tampa Bay featuring the blood-curdling Kumba roller coaster amongst others. You also can’t miss the NASA Kennedy Space Centre and experience the Space Shuttle Launch Simulator and choose from one of the tours available such as the Launch Pad tour, the Launch Control Centre Tour, or the Vehicle Assembly Building Tour, the Kennedy Space Centre is sure to thrill any science fanatic.