Continental From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 5534 posts, RR: 17 Posted (11 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 2369 times:
I just got back from my Florida vacation yesterday. I went to Orlando. I noticed that in the Disney World theme parks, there are a bunch of people from the UK. I actually heard more people with British accents talking then with American accents. Well, maybe not, but very close. There are sooo many British people there. Anywho, I noticed that there must be a ton of transportation to MCO. Does Virgin operate 3 747s in one day?? When I departed MCO (damn, didn't get a pic) I noticed 3 Virgin 744s on the ramp. Do they cut down during winter or spring?? Also, how many daily flights does BA have? I know they fly there as well! Quite interesting seeing all those Virgin 744s. Also, not UK-related, but does Thomas Cook have daily flights into MCO? I haven't seen a Thomas Cook aircraft there, but I have seen signs for them, and for check-in. Thanks!
Chepos From Puerto Rico, joined Dec 2000, 6287 posts, RR: 10
Reply 1, posted (11 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 2337 times:
Ba has a daily MCO-LGW flight,
VS has 2 daily flights (year round), the 3rd aircraft is the MAN flight whcih operates during the summer.
Thomas Cook (JMC) flies into SFB(Sanford-30 min trip to Orlando) as well as Brittania, European, My Travel and other charter airlines.
Americanmd80 From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 491 posts, RR: 5
Reply 7, posted (11 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 2183 times:
Hey Continental...haha...my dad took us to disney world in july (he got in free cause he's been recalled to active duty for the coast guard..and we got discounts..)anycrap...I noticed the same thing. TONS of British people, or hotel was packed full of them (the wyndham on international drive.) I love listening to british people talk, love the accent, and they were all friendly, it was nice not to listen to ghetto trash for a change...
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EGPX From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2002, 105 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (11 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 1983 times:
You're not kidding about the number of Brits. I was one of them this past easter. The destination has gone from being a once in a lifetime experience to, for some people, an annual one! It has a lot of benefits over the more 'traditional' European destinations. For a start it is reasonably cheap to get to and stay there. Fares are perhaps less now than they have ever been. There is also lots to do when you get there, things that appeal to all age groups. True, the costs add up, especially if you try and do all the theme parks in your fortnight, but most people stick it on their credit card and worry about paying for it later. There is no language barrier and driving is cheap and easy. In short, it is the ideal holiday destination for your average Brit with a family. This was my second visit in six years; some people really do come back year after year.
Many Brits own properties over there. We stayed in a villa owned by a couple of my work colleagues. Virtually every house on that development was owned by Brits and used as holiday homes, rented out through management companies when the owners were absent (ie, fifty weeks per year!). Onlu one house was used as a residential home and guess what, it was owned by a Scot who had moved out there to set up a swimming pool maintainace company!
I flew with Delta via ATL. My guess is that at least half of those passengers in steerage transferred to the MCO flight at ATL. Not surprisingly they held the connection as the LGW flight was running late.
Scbriml From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2003, 13560 posts, RR: 46
Reply 15, posted (11 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 1931 times:
Echoing some of the other comments here. I took my family to Florida (based in Ft Lauderdale, but spent time in Orlando) back in 1980. At that time I worked for BA and so we got flights (to Miami) very cheap
Back then a vacation in Florida was pretty much a 'once in a lifetime' thing. The place has just grown and grown in popularity, and the relative costs have come way down. When we went to Orlando it was just Disney and Busch Gardens (when it was a garden not a theme park!) We also went to the space centre.
We loved it there, and at some point we'll go back, but there are so many other places we want to go.
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Rickb From United Kingdom, joined May 2003, 243 posts, RR: 9
Reply 16, posted (11 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 1906 times:
Its so cheap to get to Florida for the British - it usually costs less to get to Florida than it does to get to Italy, France etc on vacation and accomodation is usually a hell of a lot better and cheaper too.
Look at it this way - in February we took a fortnights vacation in Orlando and the flights with MYT in their premium cabin cost £380 each. We could of sat at the back for £129 - but it was so cheap we thought it was worth the upgrade for the extra space - this was booked about a month before travelling. Accomodation at the Sheraton Safari in Lake Buena Vista cost peanuts even though we had a suite. It cost me more a lot more to spend a week in Italy !!
Got to blame the Americans on here for it - if Florida wasn't so nice we wouldnt come Lots of sun, no language barriers, things to do, good shopping and mostly good food and some great beaches especially around the Naples / Sanibel / Captiva areas !! Everything is within an easy drive - why go to Europe ??
HlywdCatft From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 5321 posts, RR: 6
Reply 17, posted (11 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 1806 times:
Last year when I flew Delta from ATL-MCO and back, seemed that half of the people on the plane were British.
A lot of Brits in Florida are transients now and have lived here for many years so some might just be coming to live in Florida.
At Old Town (this unique outdoor shopping center in Kissimee that has specialty stores) there is a British store and they sell a book there for the British that want to move to Florida and gives them advice about good spots to move etc.
Dazed767 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 5510 posts, RR: 51
Reply 18, posted (11 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 1752 times:
Those charter airlines into SFB usually have some very cheap vacation packages. I've talked to some guests before who seem to come here yearly (like someone stated above). I was out at the mall this past weekend because I needed some new shoes, that Nike store was packed with Brits....is it cheaper for them to buy clothes/shoes etc here in the US? I don't blame them for wanting to come here.....90 degree temps/sun etc.
Arsenal@LHR From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 7792 posts, RR: 19
Reply 19, posted (11 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 1737 times:
Consumer goods is definitely cheaper in the US than the UK, i've bought brand new top of the range Nike and Reebok shoes in NYC for $30, this is unheard of in the UK.
Speaking of Florida, i'm one person who hasn't been there, so don't be suprised if u find me there one day.
Most of the flights to Florida are tourist flights from the UK, to say it's a big market is an understatement!
Continental From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 5534 posts, RR: 17
Reply 20, posted (11 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 1693 times:
Cool! Hey Justin, what theme park do you work at??
I would have guessed that airfare from the UK to Florida was cheap. When I went to L&M car rental to pick up the car, there was a section that said 'Virgin Holidays.' I'd imagine that they get great deals on airfare to MCO. I still can't get over all those British aircraft! I did meet this one girl at Epcot who was from the UK and was my age, she looked very similar to Elizabeth Hurley! Now that was great! Even got her e-mail address! I don't mind the Brits in Florida!