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Self Catering

One of the real advantages of renting your own vacation home is that you have the choice to cook your own meals, if preferred. For a family that can be a real money saver - although the array of restaurants in and around the theme parks offer great c...
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Macy’s Holiday Parade - Universal Studios

Macy’s Holiday Parade comes direct from New York Ciry after Thanksgiving. To be honest, this is the very first time we have seen it in action, and we now realise what we have been missing. Everyone’s seen “Miracle on 34th Street” with the Christma...
Viewed 3763 times since 1 September 2008.

Book Early Or Last Minute?

Well for years I used to be the person who left things to the very last minute and to be honest did very well at booking holidays or flights (normally at a good rate). Since then booking holidays and especially holiday villas or appartments last minu...
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Renting a Vacation Home Explained, To Americans, Part III

Let’s talk about destinations outside Disney, first non-Park ones. There’s the usual assortment of chain restaurants. Actually, more than the usual assortment. Orlando is considered a “test-market” for many restaurants because they get customers from...
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Renting a Vacation Home Explained, To Americans, Part II

This is Part II of a guide just for Americans. Let’s tackle getting the Disney tickets. You have several choices, some of which are much better than others. You can buy the tickets from the Disney or other Park websites, saving a wait in line...
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Renting a Vacation Home Explained, To Americans, Part I

I am in a minority, I am an American vacation home owner. Most vacation homes near Disney are owned by British families. This is mostly due to their love of Florida and their established acceptance of what they call “self-catering holidays”. In fact ...
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Getting the most out of your rental home!

You’ve chosen the very best type of accommodation for your Florida visit, a privately owned vacation home and made a great choice. So how do you get the most of it for your stay? Most of the vacation homes are within 15 mins of Disney so, if y...
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Where to stay in Florida

Well that’s depends as much about what you want to do as it does on what your budget is. It must be remembered that a great, successful trip to Orlando or any part of Florida is about great planning. If you simply book somewhere to stay with a...
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St Augustine

St Augustine Two hours drive north of Orlando is the historical city of St Augustine. St Augustine is America’s oldest city and has two main areas of interest, the 43 miles of beaches and the buzz and charm of the old town. Both are gre...
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Hampton Lakes Community

Florida’s Tropical Community of Orlando Vacation Homes Visit Hampton Lakes, a magnificent development of award winning Orlando villas with private pools, which provide a style of living based on the art of relaxation. The villas range from 3 t...
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Disney in a Day

We have been visiting central Florida since early 1993 and I think we can now be classed as official addicts. There is so much to do in and around the Orlando and Kissimmee area that we never have a problem finding somewhere new to try on each trip. ...
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Key West, a brief tour

Despite vacationing in Florida for over 15 years we had never visited Key West. It was always on our “to do” list. However we finally took the plunge this July, and Oh how we wished we had done it sooner. We left our hotel in Naples just after...
Viewed 3225 times since 1 September 2008.

The Guest House Premium Lounge - Sanford Airport

If you are travelling back from Sanford Airport why not pre-book The Guest House, the VIP departure lounge where you can relax in style before your flight back home. One of the great things about The Guest House is that they allow children and adu...
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Cafe Tu Tu Tango - For The Starving Artist!

After driving past and always meaning to pop in for a meal we eventually made it to Cafe Tu Tu Tango on International Drive last night. Marketed as a Spanish artists loft, it is a very lively place! Local artists sell their wares and are on the pr...
Viewed 3867 times since 1 September 2008.

Universal's Hard Rock Hotel

Last October we decided to spend the first two nights of our holiday at the Hard Rock Hotel before heading off to our villa (mainly because we had guests in the villa that wanted to extend their stay!) It felt very strange driving from...
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Disney's Boardwalk Hotel

Disney's BoardWalk was planned as a "village across the water," a place where frazzled tourists could take a day off from the theme parks or spend a romantic evening. The complex, which opened in 1996, features the Board...
Viewed 7378 times since 1 September 2008.

Abiding By The Rules Of Your Vacation Villa

Renting a villa is far preferable to cramming a whole family into one hotel room - more space, much more comfort, a real home from home. But villas by their very nature are part of real communities, especially those on mixe...
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Booking A Villa in Florida For The First Time

People who have never stayed in a Florida villa are often apprehensive about making the first steps in booking a villa. I know we were when we first booked a villa two years ago. We asked ourselves hundreds of questions including: is ...
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