Planning a trip to Orlando, Florida

La, la, la, la, la, l’America!

I love to plan and trip, and there is nowhere with more planning resources and forums available than for a trip to Orlando.

We have just booked a trip to a villa in Florida for next February (around half-term) with help from Jonathan Millar, Bryan Somers Travel. Until recently I was a great advocate of booking my own travel and accomodation, car hire etc – but when I got a great quote from Jonathan – meeting all our requirements and having the bonus of the entire trip being covered by ABTA/ATOL it was an easy decision.

We spent our honeymoon in Florida WAY BACK in 1992.

In January 2006 we returned to Florida with our 3 kids, our girls being 9 and 7, and our son being about 15 months.  Our daughters were definitely in the “princess” stage back then.

 

We focused on the Disney parks, and really enjoyed Sea World. 

In February 2009 we took a 4 day break to DisneyLand Paris ……. seeing the parade in sleet and snow was definitely memorable (and freezing!!!).

 And my son was a much better stage to appreciate the characters.

This time the kids are definitely at a different stage, so we plan to venture beyond the House of the Mouse to include Universal Studios, and beyond.  When I was at a blog conference in June I was chatting to representatives from Universal Studios and Visit Orlando, so am even more excited about this trip.

Here are a few things I am really looking forward to

  1. clothes (the kids love A&F, Hollister and Aeropostal …. and I love the prices), 
  2. homeware shopping (Anthropology, Pottery Barn, The Pier etc …. not necessarily to buy, just to window shop!)
  3. supermarkets (I love wandering up and down supermarket ailses in other countries marvelling at the different products and flavours – Publix, Walmart, Target etc)
  4. makeup – Mac, Bobbi Brown etc – all much better value

 So, bloggy readers with experince of Florida, what have I missed out?  Any shops or restaurants you recommend?

If you have any recommendations – either of shops, restaurants, or just some aspect of American life you think we should experience during our trip – I am open to suggestions.

6 comments on Planning a trip to Orlando, Florida

  1. Elizabeth holder
    09/09/2012 at 8:19 pm (2 years ago)

    This post made me smile – bc one of my favorite things to do in other countries is visit the supermarkets also! Tesco is my favorite! I laugh bc we are packing up to move to your side and you will be flying over here!
    If the girls are into Harry potter or have read the books then you must visit Harry potter world – my girls loved it even at their age! Islands of adventure is a blast
    I’m old fashioned and my favorite disneypark is Epcot – b and I were actually tAlking about going over there one day before we move
    Downtown Disney is really cool too bc it’s all free – its all shops and restaurants that you can walk around in and a huge lake – no admission fees!
    Millennia mall in Orlando is also the bomb! I believe they have all the shops your girls like-
    We are thinking of where we can go for dinner – some place that you guys would like -

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  2. Janmary, N Ireland
    09/09/2012 at 8:31 pm (2 years ago)

    No one is a huge HP fan, but think they will enjoy it anyway! We will just be happy to see you, don’t mind where we eat :)

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  3. Suzie Hull
    09/09/2012 at 9:43 pm (2 years ago)

    Janine, is that you with long hair? On your honeymoon all that time ago, sweet. Don’t you look young.

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  4. Kelli
    09/09/2012 at 11:27 pm (2 years ago)

    Hope you have a WONDERFUL time. Florida is my absolute favorite getaway! I’ve never had dinner in Orlando, though, so I am no help…sorry! I did hear that Teak was a great place to eat. Safe travels!

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  5. Bryan Somers Travel
    10/09/2012 at 8:47 am (2 years ago)

    Thank you for mentioning us in your blog, I have shared this on on facebook and twitter page x Bryan Somers Travel

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