Only back from Orlando 3 weeks and have been mulling for a while whether or not to post a brief review. I have been to Orlando about 6 times and in general we had a fantastic time but a couple of this things did bug me on this trip.
We flew over with Virgin after a short hop across from Dublin. The wait for the flight was short and the flight itself was very comfortable after getting a free upgrade due to overbooking. Of course if there is going to be one tv screen that is broken or faulty in any way you can bet I am going to get it...this time you could barely hear anything as the headphone connection was loose and the screen was so faded it was a struggle to see anything in any case.
Baggage and car hire (Budget) pick up was painless and swift with no attempt to upsell which was a bonus although it has to be said despite being a very new car it wasnt in top notch condition but more than good enough for what we wanted.
The villa that we hired privately was excellent in a great location about 10 min from Disney and had more than enough cutlery and essentials to keep a family of 10 going never mind us 3.
This is were my couple of main moans begin. I know that there are people on here who can see nothing wrong in Disney and are prepared to sell their children for a few extra hours in the parks but having gone round each of their parks (previous years i just picked and chose) I felt they were in many cases past their prime. I know they are doing a lot of work around the place but people come to these parks not just to buy presents but to enjoy the rides and a lot of the rides should have been sent to the scrap heap long ago. Even the new fantasy land was pretty poor when taken in comparison with what Universal have done with Harry Potter etc. In my honest opinion Disney are content in the knowledge that their name alone will sell their parks and that the drones will keep on coming.
Next - Universal Parks - Enjoyed these greatly and was good to see a bit of effort and creativity being shown in the design of both the lands and the rides...sure like Disney their are a few rides that could do with a bit of an overhaul or replacement but nothing like as many as Disney.
Parks out of the way we did a lot of siteseeing around the beaches, mount Dora and a wonderful nature cruise on the St Johns River (Blue Heron Cruises). This is something i would heartedly reccommend if you want to get a break and wind down a little.
Second and final moan. As I said I have been to Orlando many times and no what to expect with traffic etc BUT i have to admit that this time it was the worst i have ever seen it. The I4 was pretty much in gridlock 24/7 and the drivers on the roads looked like they had never learned to drive. I would like to think this was down mainly to foreigners but looking at the number plates im afraid not. Also noticed that when a cop was about to guide traffic (which was very rare) they were generally making themselves more of a nuisance. I prime example is the crossroads at the Premier Outlet mall at the bottom of I Drive. 1 Crossroads, no lights, 4 cops directing each lane of traffic at the same time all in the same direction and another 2 cops having a rest.
Right thats the moans over....Despite the above a very good trip would really recommend Virgin this time after having issues with them in the past and despite the moans already looking up for 2015.