As a self confessed Disney addict, and eternal child at heart when it comes to WDW, I’m really delighted to be able to contribute to WDW Dads. As “International writer”, I have never felt so cosmopolitan and exotic, so I thought I would kick off with a look at the experiences of a UK visitor to WDW, as I suspect it may differ from those of you lucky enough to live on the right side of the Atlantic.
For most UK visitors, the crucial starting point for a trip to the sunshine state would be what can be a frustrating and endless search for a flight. Don’t get me wrong, there are lots of flights, every day, so it is not a question of finding a place on one. It is more a case of trying to find one that will still allow you enough money for the luxuries such as food and clothes during your stay.
To put this in perspective, a typical direct flight from a major UK airport, to Orlando, during the summer school holidays would cost around $1400 per adult at the current exchange rate. If, like me you have the pleasure of paying for a party of four adults (yes a 16 and 14 year old have been adults for a while in airline terms) that can be a barrier to travel!
This leads many travelers into a sort of Planes, Trains and Automobiles journey taking in all sorts of weird and wonderful stopovers on the way. We returned from our last trip just a few short weeks ago, and we traveled from London (a four hour drive from our home) into Toronto, and then down to Fort Lauderdale, in an attempt to keep the flight prices under that of a decent car.
That type of journey, as you can imagine, is grueling, but also a testament to the irresistible urge to continue to visit Florida. This commendable commitment, along with the absolute refusal to recognize the worldwide financial meltdown, is probably the reason that you will see and hear a lot of UK accents around the parks these days.
We do have some perks too, in that many of the park ticket deals we can benefit from are only available to UK visitors. As we tend to visit for longer periods in one go, typically 14 or 21 days, we are able to buy in bulk, with a length of stay pass for Disney at around $344 for two weeks. At $24 a day, that is value in anyone’s eyes. Personally, I think I would pay that just to watch any one of Wishes, Reflections of Earth or Fantasmic, but don’t tell Disney that!!
Other than these differences, I am sure we share, with the rest of the world, that unfathomable devotion to the best holiday destination on the planet. The seemingly unending flood of UK visitors isn’t just a result of WDW being Disney, it also must have something to do with the US itself. I have been to Disneyland Paris, and it is very nice, and I am glad that I went, but there is something distinctly lacking when compared to the Florida equivalent.
Service yes, weather of course, but our “special relationship” means we feel right at home. Every time we touch down on US soil, we all say, it is good to be home.
On a personal note, it would help me enormously if you could move the US a few thousand miles to the right, oh, and how about making your money different colors so us out of towners don’t spend all their time trying to figure out a ten from a fifty.
Other than that….carry on as you are, and we’ll be back soon!
Here is our first EVER WDW dads meet going on this October, dont miss it. Here’s the info!