Magical Time to Visit Orlando; SPECIAL Parks Are Full of New Attractions and Queues Are Shorter as Visitor Numbers Drop, So Now Is the Time to Go to Florida THEME PARK THRILLS FLORIDA
Byline: EDITED BY IAIN MAYHEW
MICKEY and Minnie could have a lot of time on their white-gloved paws this year.
Donald Duck may be spending a few more days by the pool. And Sleeping Beauty... well, no, she'll be asleep as usual.
The thing is, Americans are having a tougher time of it than we are during the recession.
That means Florida's theme parks, which have always been bursting at the seams like a Pennsylvanian granny's pants, are likely to be quieter this year.
There'll be fewer queues for the best rides, more space to sit in the shade and less traffic on International Drive.
If you're thinking of taking the kids to Orlando this year there are lots of special deals and new attractions. Here's a guide...
MORE FOR YOUR CASH
DISNEY has teamed up with Florida experts Attraction Tickets Direct to offer an exclusive free Disney autograph book with every child's Disney ticket purchased through them.
A Five Day Premium Disney Ticket costs pounds 215 per adult and pounds 185 per child. It includes unlimited entry into Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney Hollywood Studios, Animal Kingdom, Blizzard Beach, Typhoon Lagoon Water Park, Disney's Wide World of Sport, Disney Quest Indoor interactive theme park and a round at Disney's Oak Trail Golf Course.
Attraction Tickets Direct is also offering holidaymakers travelling to Orlando the chance to enjoy an airboat ride at Boggy Creek totally free with every Disney ticket or Orlando FlexTicket purchased.
The tickets are worth pounds 25 per person and the offer runs until January 31. The Orlando FlexTicket costs pounds 159 adult/pounds 139 child for unlimited entry for 14 days into Universal Studios, Universal's Islands of Adventure, SeaWorld, Aquatica, Wet 'n' Wild and Universal CityWalk. Disney's Ultimate 14-day ticket costs pounds 234 adult and pounds 204 child and includes unlimited entry into Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney Hollywood Studios, Animal Kingdom, Blizzard Beach, Typhoon Lagoon Water Park, Disney's Wide World of Sport, DisneyQuest Indoor theme park and a round at Disney's Oak Trail Golf Course.
To find out more call 0800 975 0002 or go to www.attraction-tickets-direct.co.uk
WALT DISNEY WORLD
GUESTS with a 10-night Walt Disney Travel Company hotel and seven-day ticket package from April 19 to October 1, get four nights at the hotel and seven days at the theme park extra free.
The offer is valid for Disneyowned resorts and selected Orlando hotels.
With this special offer a family of four can enjoy a 14- night stay at a Disney Value Resort and an Ultimate 14-day park ticket for each family member for just pounds 1,324 (excluding flights).
The package must be booked before March 31.
Guests staying at selected Walt Disney World Resort hotels get an extra dose of pixie dust with great perks and services including Disney's Magical Express airport transfers free and Extra Magic Hours.
With that, each day, one of the Disney theme parks opens one hour early or stays open up to three hours later, giving you extra time in the parks.
You can book the special offer at www.disneyworld.co.uk or by calling 0870 24 24 900.
One of the best deals at the moment, staying in a Disney resort hotel, is with Complete Orlando.
Two weeks at Disney's Pop Century Resort costs from pounds 539 per person (previously pounds 694pp) based on two adults and two children (2-8yrs) travelling in August, room-only.
Price includes flights from Manchester or Gatwick and a 14-day Disney Pass. This offer is bookable until March 31.
For more info visit www.completeorlando.co.uk or call 0800 294 8844.
WITH theme parks including the Magic Kingdom, Epcot and Animal Kingdom the range of attractions at Walt Disney World is enormous.
But Disney has added new attractions and entertainment offerings over the past year and more great things are in store for 2009. …