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An expert's guide to Universal's Volcano Bay

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An expert's guide to Disney's Magic Kingdom Park

Mike thought the Magic Kingdom Park was the fairest of them all. Here’s his take on this fairy-tale land.

An expert's guide to Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park

We caught up with Mel and asked her to tell us about her walk on the wild side at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

5 day trips to take when in Orlando

It's easy to forget that Florida is more than just attractions. Here's our picks for some days out beyond the parks.

The new Orlando adventure

14 days in Florida? Thanks to the latest flexible theme park tickets tickets that let you pop in and out of your favourites throughout your stay, and smart, pre-bookable queue-jumping, you can have your Key lime pie and eat it!

7 Secrets at Universal Orlando Resort you might not know

Keep an eye out for these little secrets at Universal Orlando Resort...

How to holiday at Universal Orlando Resort

Get the most out of your Universal Orlando Resort holiday with advice from our local expert — Jay Goodrow.

Details revealed: Toy Story Land at Walt Disney World

We've got the scoop on Toy Story Land — opening this summer at Disney's Hollywood Studios.

19 awesome things to do when visiting The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™

Take a look at our cheat to make sure you have a truly magical time at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™.

Why a Disney Cruise is perfect for a world-class family holiday

A Disney Cruise gives you a fairytale experience from start to finish.

See what’s coming next at Walt Disney World Resort

Here's what we found out at Disney's D23 Expo in Los Angeles this year.

Destination Gurus - Florida

Georgia Jameson, who works in the Virgin Holidays store in Southampton, knows her Walt Disney from her Walmart.

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It's like stepping into a dream-come-true; the six incredible Disney Parks make the real world seem very far away. With numerous night-time entertainment areas and over 20 Disney Resort hotels to choose from, there’s something on offer for everyone

The world is your oyster. Or in this case, the universe. Universal Orlando Resort™ is a resort in the truest sense. You don’t have to take a lengthy journey or drive to get around this resort; all theme parks and Universal CityWalk™ are within walking distance from any of the 6 on-site hotels, including the new Universal's Aventura Hotel opening August 2018.

Universal Orlando Resort

It’s all about you with our Orlando Villas. The freedom to do exactly what you want, when you want. From lazy lie-ins to punk hairstyling in the pool, full equipped kitchens to restaurants close by, and of course, all the theme parks within a 30-minute drive from your front door. This is Orlando, VIP Villa Style.

Florida villas

Sure, you could stay on-deck, soaking up the sun. But it shouldn't just be other sailors who get to appreciate those sea legs. Get them out on dry land with a Florida Cruise and Stay holiday, featuring some time on land, some adrift. That way, everyone can enjoy the view.

Florida Cruising

Florida's beaches are craving a burst of your sunshine. Clearwater and St Pete Beach are serving up some of America's best ranked beaches, with warm, white sands and crystal blue waters, this area is beach-lovers paradise.

St Pete and Clearwater

Orlando is famous for it's shopping, and International Drive is a hub of retail choice with over 480 shops. The Florida Mall and the Mall at Millenia both offer a selection of high street brands and designer boutiques. If you're driving down to Miami, why not stop off at Sawgrass Mills, the largest outlet in the U.S!

Florida shopping

Unforgettable sights and fun-filled nights await you in Miami. Pick out your best pastel suit and cruise on down to Ocean Drive, where neon-lit bars meet beachfronts in ultra-cool fashion. Strut your stuff on miles and miles of sandy beaches or unleash your safari swagger searching for alligators in the Everglades.

Ocean Drive sign

Unlock the door to the Florida Keys and discover a world of over 1,700 sun soaked islands. Hit the road along the famous Seven Mile Bridge before exploring colourful coral reefs, unspoilt beaches, an array of water sports and great nightlife. The only thing missing from the Keys is you.

Florida Keys

Discover the freedom of the open road with a flydrive holiday. Flydrive holidays give you the opportunity to discover a country at your own pace and to your own timetable.

Head south to the Keys or simply amble from beach to beach with the top down.

Flydrives in Florida

Virgin Holidays is the #1 UK tour operator to Florida. We’ve been making magic happen here for over 30 years. And now we’ve put our heads together to bring you this Florida guide with ideas for cheap days out, insider tips, and smart ways to save on those all-important theme park visits. 

Florida Travel Guide

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Latest Foreign & Commonwealth Office repatriation travel advice


Over the past few weeks, we have repatriated our customers from overseas who wanted to come home.  

Please visit this page to keep up to date with the Government’s travel advice on returning to the UK, and to register for email alerts.
 

Your holiday may be affected by travel restrictions or cancellations

We are continually reviewing our flying schedules, taking into account the  Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) advice against all non-essential travel. Depending on when you are due to travel, your holiday may be affected and we’ll email you to let you know as least 21 days before travel.

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Looking for inspiration? Explore our destinations and holiday types and save your faves to your very own Wishlist. Or dive right in to our 2021 holiday offers.

For extra piece of mind, new bookings made before 30 September 2020 for travel up 30 April 2021 also have the flexibility to amend free of charge. If you need to change don’t worry, you can move your holiday as far out as 31 December 2021 subject to availability.

How would you like to talk to us?

With many customers needing our help, we are prioritising those customers due to travel before 31 December 2020. Log in to Manage my booking where you can message us about your options or you can give us a call. Bear in mind you may have to wait longer than expected. We continue to review this and working to open up these options to more customers. In the meantime check out our FAQs to see if this can help answer any immediate questions.

Stay tuned for the latest updates


Rest assured; we will notify you as soon as we know if your holiday has been affected.  

We are continually reviewing our flying schedules, taking into account the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) advice against all non-essential travel. Depending on when you are due to travel, your holiday may be affected and we’ll email you to let you know as least 21 days before travel.

Please look out for emails from us or visit our dedicated Covid-19 (Coronavirus) page for the latest updates.

Let’s talk


If you need to speak to us to change or cancel your booking you can call our team on 0344 472 9646.

For the latest information on Covid-19 you can check our FAQs here.

Payment flexibility


Don’t worry if you’ve missed a payment or just need a little more time to pay; we have options available to help you. If your holiday is going ahead as planned, you can continue to pay for your holiday in Manage my booking, even if travelling in less than 12 weeks. If you’re unsure, you can delay any additional payments by choosing a new time to travel by requesting a call back in Manage My booking for one of our team to look at options. If your holiday is more than 6 months away, you may wish to set up a Direct Debit to spread the cost. This can be arranged whilst rebooking or afterwards in Manage my booking.

We're flexible with your holiday plans


We understand that you may wish to change your holiday plans and we appreciate the need for flexibility. 

We'll be in touch by email letting you know how to register to change your holiday plans. You can also log into Manage my booking to find the details there. 

Please look out for emails from us or visit our dedicated Covid-19 (Coronavirus) page for the latest updates.

You're holiday is going ahead as planned


If we haven’t notified you of any changes, your holiday will be going ahead as planned but if you prefer to move your holiday to a later time we can help. You can call our team on 0344 472 9499 who can look at options for you.

Thank you for your patience and understanding


Payments are being prioritised based on when the request was made, working in order from March 2020 onwards. We will always try to process refunds at the earliest opportunity, for requests before August our maximum timeframe is 120 days. As we are steadily reducing the maximum processing time for each new request, for refund requests made in August, we expect the maximum processing time to be 80 days, from the date the refund is requested. For those requesting a refund in September, we expect it to be processed within a maximum of 60 days, and then reduce to 30 days for refunds requested in October, before returning to normal levels.

We'll be in touch soon


To finalise the amendment, one of our customer advisors will phone you. We need to work through amend requests in departure date order so we can prioritise those with the most imminent travel plans, so you may have a longer wait than usual until we’re able to ring you back. We will help everyone that wants to move their holiday.

I returned early from holiday and have further questions?


You can contact our team by emailing feedback.backhome@virginholidays.com to discuss options on unused portions of your holiday. If you need to contact our team about amending an existing holiday or requesting a refund please log in to manage my booking.

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