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Disney Around the World
An United Kingdom Perspective & Tips
First of all Walt Disney World is an awfully long way from the UK! Direct
Flights from London are around 9 Ė 10 hours depending on the wind speeds and
if you go indirect (e.g. via Boston) add at least four hours to your journey
time. It may be cheaper but it does add to that other problem Ė Jet Lag.
Donít plan to be active every second of the day after you arrive as you will
be wilting by mid afternoon at the latest. It is not only hot in Florida; it
is also very humid which makes the heat feel even worse. For sun protection
you can do a lot worse than pick up a bottle of P20 at the airport Ė an
amazing once a day application works in or out of water.
Most people from the UK hire a car for their trip Ė because they love to
going to shops! As a rule of thumb you will pay in dollars what you would
pay in pounds and with the exchange rate hovering around $1.50 to the £ that
makes things cheap for us. Bear in mind that there is a fairly small gift
allowance (£145) which can get eaten up quickly. Go over that and you will
need to go through the red channel on the way home so donít fill up your
suitcases that much!
Take a small amount of currency, lots of US$ Travelers Cheques and a credit
card for overspend (you get a very poor exchange rate on most credit cards
so only use them if you have to). Travelers Cheques are treated like cash
and most places donít even want to see your ID when you use them.
On the subject of cars; Make sure you get all your insurance paid for before
you leave home, it will be much cheaper than paying in the US. They also
drive on the right over there (like our European cousins) but the roads are
nice and wide.
Some familiar parts of cars will have different names as well (Trunk for
Boot for example) so donít let the differences in our common language
confuse you! There are quite a few toll roads that are fairly empty to make
life even easier for nervous drivers. One, the Greenway, will take you all
the way from Orlando International Airport (or even Sanford!) to Walt Disney
Do you need a car for your whole trip?
Maybe not Ė especially if you stay on site at Walt Disney World and use
their great transportation system round their parks. Think about taking a
Town car from the airport to the hotel and pick up a car from one of the
hotels at Downtown Disney for as long or short a period, as you like. This
saves money, stress and lets you have the best of both worlds.
There are worlds outside Disney and one favorite for UK visitors is Kennedy
Space centre - only an hourís drive from Disney World.
There are other theme parks but we donít talk about those here; however you
can get special tickets for Disney and other places in the UK before you
For Disney there is a special 10 day ticket that is only available from the
UK. If you are going for three weeks it may be worth considering an annual.
One danger to consider is that if you get an annual pass you may just feel
that you will have to go back for another visit before the 12 months runs
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