Florida Thoughts is a friendly website for families wanting to enjoy an Orlando Theme Park holiday. Whether its Magic Kingdom and EPCOT at Disney World Florida, Universal Studios, SeaWorld or Busch Gardens, Florida Thoughts has it covered. Plan your flights to Orlando, Florida car hire and Disney Hotels and Villas with the help of impartial friendly information. If you are planning Disney Holidays 2015 then check out the Holiday Planning Pages or the Book Now page for the best value quotes. And of course look out for Special Offers.
Fantastic Davenport Villas at Highlands Reserve
If you want a villa offering peace and relaxation then look slightly further afield in the Davenport area of Orlando where you’ll find the golf resort community of Highlands Reserve featuring large pool home rentals from 3-7 bed. Highlands Reserve is around 15-20 minutes from WDW and is a good alternative to the busier more expensive rental communities in Kissimmee. While the resort doesn’t offer many of the resort-style features of other Disney rental communities it does deliver large homes with private pools and easy access to Disney so perfect for relaxing in the evening after a day at the parks. Across the road you’ll find the townhouse resort rental community of Regal Palms. Regal Palms is a resort and spa and also contains a large lagoon style community pool with water slides, tiki bar and restaurant making it perfect for the family
Big discounts for 2015 Disney Holidays
The New Year sales have arrived in a big way for Disney Holidays with the big three, Disney, British Airways and Virgin Atlantic all offering discounts and added extras. Disney have free dinning, British Airways is running it's worldwide sale, whilst Virgin Atlantic has some great discounts including some for the Easter holidays. Click the banner adds and check out those deals before they have passed by.
British Airways introduce on-line deposits for holiday bookings
Following customer feedback British Airways has introduced online deposits for customers booking holidays on-line. From today all bookings made for flight + hotel can be secured with a deposit from as little as 10%, with the final amount payable 10 weeks before departure.
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Disney to serve alcohol in Magic Kingdom
The Magic Kingdom Orlando Florida is about to get a little bit more magical. For the first time in the Disney park's 41-year history it will sell alcohol to its guests. The Magic Kingdom is currently undergoing its biggest expansions in years with the introduction of the Fantasyland Forest.
The area will feature a brand new castle modeled after the one seen in Beauty and the Beast, which will include the Be Our Guest restaurant. The new restaurant will feature French cuisine, and apparently the park realized that no French meal is complete without wine. "You cannot walk into a French restaurant and not get a glass of wine or beer," Maribeth Bisienere, vice president of food and beverage for Walt Disney Parks, said "It made more sense to do it than not to do it." The expansion, along with the restaurant, will open this November.
Essential Holiday Reading
As wonderful as the internet is for planning your holiday sometimes there is no substitute for a good book, and when it comes to travel books they don't come much better than The Lonely Planet series. With hints, tips, essential travel guides and unbiased reviews of hotels, restaurants and parks they make a great guide to read before you go and to take with you. Check out the full range including Florida here.
Extra Special Florida Discount from Thomson Holidays
For a very limited period Thomson Holidays are giving a special discount on 2015 Disney Holidays. For details and booking code click here.
Holiday Extras joins Florida Thoughts
Florida Thoughts is pleased to launch its partnership with Holiday Extras, the premium airport parking and airport hotels with parking website. Holiday Extras offers fantastic deals at fantastic prices for Heathrow Airport, Gatwick, Manchester and all other main UK airports. Visit the Airport Hotels & Parking pages for more info.
New Fantasy Land in Disney's Magic Kingdom takes shape.
More images and news for the revamp of Fantasy Land, which once complete will double the size of the old Fantasy Land. In addition to the Barnstormer stunt plane adventure, with Goofy at the controls, new Fantasy Land will feature a new station on the Walt Disney World Railroad. The rides and attractions will be opening in stages in time for Disney Holidays 2013.
Maelstrom in the Norway pavilion at Magic Kingdom EPCOT celebrates its 24th birthday
Nearly a quarter of a centaury ago the ever popular Maelstrom ride was first opened to visitors, and they have flocked to it ever since. Make sure you don't miss this one, get there early and grab yourself a fastpass.
14 Day Ultimate Disney World Florida ticket for the price a 7 day premium ticket.
For a limited period Disney are offering their all inclusive 14 Day Ultimate ticket for the price of a 7 day premium ticket, the offer is valid for tickets purchased for 2012 or 2013. In addition for 2012 will qualify for a free Disney guide.
New Fantasy Land starts to take shape - preview pictures
Disney has been working its magic over the last year to re-create Fantasy Land, with all new rides and attractions. A second Castle has now appeared on the horizon and rumours suggest that a Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs ride will also feature.
Save up to 30% on 2013 holiday bookings with Disney.
For a limited period Disney is offering up to 30% off bookings for 2013 holidays, the savings include various Disney hotels for selected dates. Bookings must be made by the 20th July 2012.
27/05/2012 Universal Studios unveils new parade and firework show
This week Universal Studios Orlando, Florida has released details of its new daily interactive character parade and nighttime firework show, all based around 100 years of the movies. On the same theme rumors are that a new 3D film attraction will open this summer based on the recent cinema hit, Despicable Me.
British Airways Fly's the Olympic Flame
A specially painted British Airways plane named 'The Firefly' touched down in Cornwall last night at the end of its journey bringing the Olympic flame from Athens.as sponsors of the London 2012 Olympics are offering special deals all summer long.
10/05/2012 Remember your API and ESTA
With summer holidays fast approaching now might be the time to check your passports and get your pre-flight documentation in place. Your airline will require Advance Passenger Information, travelers names, passport details and so on. And you will have to complete an ESTA VISA application. Don't leave it to the last minute, you will not be able to jet away until you have completed both.
Disney Interactive launches Animal Kingdom inspired Facebook game
Theme park fantasy makes it into game fantasy this week with the release of Disney's Animal Kingdom Explorers, based on the theme park of the same name, and now available on Facebook. The game featuring hundreds of animals and the theme parks famous tree of life, builds on other animal husbandry SIM games adding an ecological consciousness.
SeaWorld Orlando releases rescued Sea Turtle
SeaWorld Orlando, Florida is more than just a theme park, and this week continuing their conservation work released a loggerhead sea turtle back into the ocean near NASA, Cape Canaveral. The animal rescue team from SeaWorld are on call 24 hours a day and have this year alone rescued 11 sea turtles with 5 of those being released back into the sea.
30/03/2012 EPCOT Hosts International Flower and Garden Festival
Its that time of year again, the horticulturists at Disney World EPCOT Florida have been hard at it putting the finishing touches to this years flower festival. Expect fantastic displays of glorious blooms dancing with every colour and fragrance between March 7th and May 20th.
Free Disney Dining with British Airways Holidays
Hurry hurry hurry, for a limited time British Airways Holidays is offering free Disney dining plans on selected holidays. There are a number of deals on offer so be sure to check out the website.
Disney's Art of Animation Resort opens for bookings.
Disney World Hotels Orlando adds to its collection as the Art of Animation resort prepares to open. With nearly 2000 themed suites and rooms bookings are now being taking in preparation for its May 2012 opening. Guests will be immersed into the artistry, entertainment and animation of Disney and Pixer, with rooms based on the likes of Finding Nemo, Cars, The Lion King and The Little Mermaid.
Located near Disney World Orlando Hollywood Studios, with swimming pools, themed dinning and all the quality facilities you would expect from a Disney hotel it looks well worth a try.
12/02/2012 FastPass Changes
Rumors are that Disney World Orlando will soon introduce Next Generation FastPass, quite what that will be, or what parks and rides it will operate on, is not yet clear but one change is evident already. The current FastPass allows some flexibility around the FastPass arrival time, you cant get away with being early but you can get away with being late, very late, up to the end of that day. Rumors are that Next Generation fast pass will need lots more control than this, and in preparation restrictions on being late with the existing system are coming into place.