TRAVEL: MINNIE BREAK; Camping, Disney and a Wheelchair Safari

The Mirror (London, England), December 1, 2007 | Go to article overview

TRAVEL: MINNIE BREAK; Camping, Disney and a Wheelchair Safari


Byline: DOC HOLIDAY

Q FOR the past three years we have taken our children, now aged seven and nine, on holiday to Southern France, staying at caravan parks.

Apart from the long drive, it has been perfect for us. The parks have been safe for our children to wander around in, they have had pools and play areas and the children have always made new friends.

Unfortunately they are now pestering us to take them to the theme parks in Florida after some of their friends went there this year.

All the package tours seem to offer hotels but we would rather stay on a caravan site. Do they have these in Florida and how much would it cost?

Roger Davey, Newport, Shropshire

A AH yes, the dreaded Disney moment. It happens to every parent eventually and you can either ignore the whole issue and risk spending your old age in a retirement home with no visitors, or bite the bullet and get it over with.

There are several campsites in Florida although most of these are occupied by "snowbird" Americans heading south with their Winnebago trailers for the winter.

However Eurocamp, a wellestablished UK company, is now offering holidays on sites in the Sunshine State.

Prices start from pounds 34 per family per night, accommodation only, based on two adults and two children staying in a Kabin or Lodge at Madeira Beach, St Petersburg, on the Gulf Coast from April.

This seems quite a good deal. If you booked a hotel you would certainly pay more and you'd have to share the room with your children, while the Kabins and Lodges have a lot more space.

They have a loft for the children, a double bedroom, fold-out futon in the living area and a shower room with toilet as well as decking or patio area. All Kabins and Lodges are air-conditioned.

Flights and car hire are not included but you can pick up a good fly-drive deal with companies such as Virgin Holidays, British Airways Holidays, Travel City Direct, First Choice and Thomson.

Eurocamp has four sites in Florida - Kissimmee, which is close to the Orlando theme parks, Marco Island in the Rookery Bay research reserve on the Gulf Coast, St Petersburg and Sugarloaf Key, near Key West.

For details call 0844 406 0456 or visit www.eurocamp.co.uk. For the best deals on prebooked theme park tickets - which can take a sizeable chunk out of your holiday savings - visit www.attraction-ticketsdirect.co.uk.

Q MY wife is in a wheelchair, but it has always been her dream to go on safari. Do you know any companies who do this?

It is our 30th wedding anniversary next year and I know this would be the trip of a lifetime for her. …

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