Continental
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Brits In Florida

Thu Aug 28, 2003 9:00 am

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!

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RE: Brits In Florida

Thu Aug 28, 2003 9:07 am

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.
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RE: Brits In Florida

Thu Aug 28, 2003 9:11 am

Then why is there a check-in counter at MCO for Thomas Cook? On the signs into the airport it said they're at terminal B.

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RE: Brits In Florida

Thu Aug 28, 2003 9:18 am

Well maybe they moved their ops to MCO, at least last summer they were operating out of SFB.
Thomas Cook (Condor) I believe they fly into MCO- not sure

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RE: Brits In Florida

Thu Aug 28, 2003 9:36 am

The Thomas Cook at MCO is Thomas Cook Germany (Condor)
The Thomas Cook at SFB is Thomas Cook UK

There are a lot of UK flights to MCO/SFB. A quick summary:

Virgin - MCO-LGW/MAN
20 weekly
744/742

British Airways - MCO-LGW
7 weekly
772

MyTravel - SFB-LGW/MAN/BFS/BHX/CWL/GLA
12 weekly
332/763

air2000 - SFB-MAN/LGW/BHX/GLA
5 weekly
763

Britannia - SFB-LGW/MAN
4 weekly
763

Thomas Cook - SFB-LGW/MAN/GLA/NCL
4 weekly
332

European - SFB-LGW/MAN
4 weekly
742

Air Atlanta Europe - SFB-LGW/MAN
2 weekly
742

Thats 58 flights offering around 21000 seats each way from the UK to Central Florida every week...

And in August there are a few extra peak season-only flights!

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RE: Brits In Florida

Thu Aug 28, 2003 10:07 am

Thanks for showing me with those flight are flying to SFB & MCO, too. I will read it with those information about other airlines was came in from England. Well, talk ya later!  Smile
 
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RE: Brits In Florida

Thu Aug 28, 2003 10:59 am

Not forgetting MON Monarch (BHX/LGW/MAN)
 
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RE: Brits In Florida

Thu Aug 28, 2003 11:01 am

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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RE: Brits In Florida

Thu Aug 28, 2003 11:17 am

Yeah Joe, it's amazing! I was in the Wilderness Lodge, how about you? I noticed a ton of British people in the parks. I noticed a handful of German as well....

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RE: Brits In Florida

Thu Aug 28, 2003 1:20 pm

This time of year is when the Brits invate us  Big grin

I work at a theme park here as a photographer...since all the kids here are back in school....it's mainly the NY'kers and Brits still on holiday. After Labor day.... the UK takes over Big grin
 
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RE: Brits In Florida

Thu Aug 28, 2003 1:38 pm

They LOVE Orlando!!! Before I started flying international routes I remember working flights to MCO, and they were always packed with British tourists.
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RE: Brits In Florida

Thu Aug 28, 2003 1:50 pm

There are a lot of them living here too. Seems like a lot of people that I talk to have British accents and I live north of the airport MCO away from the theme parks
 
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RE: Brits In Florida

Thu Aug 28, 2003 4:18 pm

Monarch also operate NCL-SFB flights on the A330 BHXforever.
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RE: Brits In Florida

Thu Aug 28, 2003 6:38 pm

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.
 
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RE: Brits In Florida

Thu Aug 28, 2003 6:51 pm

Been to Florida 3 times - twice on Virgin and once on Airtours International. Can't wait to go back!  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

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RE: Brits In Florida

Thu Aug 28, 2003 7:32 pm

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  Smile

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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RE: Brits In Florida

Thu Aug 28, 2003 8:26 pm

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  Wink/being sarcastic 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 ??

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RE: Brits In Florida

Thu Aug 28, 2003 10:15 pm

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.
 
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RE: Brits In Florida

Thu Aug 28, 2003 10:51 pm

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.
 
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RE: Brits In Florida

Thu Aug 28, 2003 10:58 pm

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.  Big grin
Most of the flights to Florida are tourist flights from the UK, to say it's a big market is an understatement!
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RE: Brits In Florida

Fri Aug 29, 2003 12:16 am

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!

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