Georgia’s top tips
Georgia Jameson, who works in the Virgin Holidays store in Southampton, knows her Walt Disney from her Walmart.
Best advice for theme park survival?
“Before you travel, get the kids to pick their favourite rides. It’s exciting for them and helps you plan the day. FastPass the rides if you can. Download the Disney app and connect to the park’s WiFi when you arrive. Then head straight to the rides with the lowest waiting times. It’s faster to walk through the parks anti-clockwise, as the crowds tend to go the other way. And don’t forget to wear comfy shoes!
“If you’ve hired a car, write down your row number and make it stand out by tying something bright to the aerial or roof bars.”
Best spot for a drink in Walt Disney World Resort?
“Head to Disney Springs. The Irish Bar has live music and a great atmosphere – as well as milkshakes for the kids. Or, if you’re travelling in October, check out the Food and Wine Festival at Epcot. You can taste wines and beers from around the world at every ride.”
Favourite local delicacy?
“Manny's Chop House specialises in local American food: the best steaks, the best service, bottomless salads and all-you-can-eat ‘Fajita Tuesdays’. Prefer seafood? Check out Joe’s Crab Shack. They sing, they dance and you can eat lots of crabs whilst wearing a bib.
“If you’re staying in a villa, the best way to relax on your first night after the long flight is to get a Hungry Howie's pizza delivered to your door.”
Most fun you can have with your swimsuit on?
“The beaches in Florida are underrated: white powder sand and crystal clear blue waters. My favourite is Fort Myers – watching the stunning sunsets from the pier, then eating great food and listening to a live band on the beach.
“In Orlando, Discovery Cove and Typhoon Lagoon both have lots to offer. Your ticket to Discovery Cove also gets you into SeaWorld, Aquatica and Busch Gardens. If you book Typhoon Lagoon, consider hiring a cabana for your group. It provides a base where you can chill out and change, plus some much needed shade from the Florida sun.”
Best rides for the whole family?
“Universal Studios is superb for all ages. Just remember that you can’t use an Express Pass to skip the queues at the hugely popular Harry Potter rides, so do them as early as possible. The two Potter areas are conveniently connected by the Hogwarts Express, which offers a different experience depending on which way you travel – two rides in one!”
Favourite place for retail therapy?
“The premium outlets on International Drive. That’s where all the retail fun is and you can save money on all the major brands.”
Anything else that’s a Florida must?
“Check online before you travel to see if there are any launches from Kennedy Space Center during your stay. Witnessing a launch really is a once-in-a-lifetime experience!”
Clever as she is, Georgia is just one of the hundreds of Destination Gurus here at Virgin Holidays. To get started planning your own adventure, give us a ring on 0344 739 8196, pop into your nearest Virgin Holidays store or check out our latest Florida offers.