Ok been meaning to post this when I had some downtime. I have been to Orlando 10+ times but my girlfriend has never been to the States so very excited to show her everything.
Day 1 - Me and my girlfriend both aged 28 arrived direct into MCO from LGW with BA on 15 September at about 3.30. Was fairly frustrated to be met with an hour queue to get through passport control after a near 9 hour flight. Doesn't help that a Virgin flight arrives at exactly the same time. At least bags are then waiting for you. Got bus to Sixt depot. Didn't have to wait for bus and no queue at the depot. Fairly straightforward to get the car although I was assigned a car rather than just being able to pick. We went for the economy option and declined the offer of upgrade. We were assigned a Toyota Yaris which was quite small compared to the Hyundai Accent used as an example on the website. Was a very basic model (no electric windows) but didn't think to complain as wasn't too worried about the car really. Fired up my own personal Tom Tom with US maps and headed for Hilton Grand Vacation Suites on International Drive. We had a 1 bed apartment which was amazing. We then headed out to Walmart on Turkey Lake Road for some supplies stopping at Dennys on the way for a bite to eat . Spent about $100 dollars on supplies for the 2 weeks, mostly breakfast bits and drinks. I thought we might get over to the Premium Outlets on Vineland Avenue which is next to our hotel but we were too tired and in bed by about 10am.
Day 2 - I woke up ridiculously early and tried to snooze until about 6am when I finally gave up. Made some American pancakes for breakfast and then headed to Cocoa Beach. Had a look round Ron Jon and had lunch nearby at Taco Bell. My girlfriend fainted coming off the beach, we had only been on there for about an hour but it was pretty hot and maybe a mix of the heat and dehydration was too much. Got back quite early and popped into the outlets near our hotel. 20 minute storm whilst we were in a shop. We headed back and went to Downtown Disney. Had dinner at T-Rex, this place is crazy! Great place to eat if you have kids and we enjoyed it anyway. Realised there is a nail in the tyre so e-mailed Sixt customer services about what to do.
Day 3 - Spent the entire day at Universal. Got in at about 9.30 and went for Despicable Me. It said queue was 30 mins. I was a bit frustrated with myself because thought maybe we should have gone further into the park for quicker queue times. Shouldn't have worried cos the queue only took 20 mins and then just walked onto HRRR, Twister, The Mummy and Transformers. Can't remember exactly order of what we did but we got on every ride and did every show (barring Shrek) and we didn't really wait at all all day. Managed to time the Beetlejuice quite well because there was a storm during the show. Had lunch from Krusty Burger and ate in Moe's Tavern which was amazing for me as I love the Simpsons. At about 6.30ish we went to Bob Marley for dinner and headed back for the Cinematic Spectacular. We left Shrek because we wanted to leave enough time to eat dinner and get back. We'll be back here later for HHN so will pick it up that day. Very happy with our day's accomplishments!
Day 4 - Got to Sea World for rope drop and headed to Antarctica. We were at the front of the queue. We did the wild ride which I thought was a bit pointless, just throws you around a bit. Loved the penguins though. Fed the sea lions and then walked onto Kracken. Did the dolphin, shamu and shows. Then it started to rain, we sheltered for a bit but it was luncthime so we made a dash for the shark encounter restaurant. It was quite expensive but a step up from the fast food outlets. After lunch we did the shark encounter, turtle trek, Manta and Clyde & seamore show and then headed off because it was still raining. Went to Sixt depot to exchange the car because I was worried about the tyre. Exchanged no problem and got a much better car - a Nissan Versa. This was a 5 door and had a few more mod-cons. Much happier with this car, was more like what I thought I would get. In the evening went to Pointe Orlando - Hooters for dinner and then went to the cinema.