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Details of Diagon Alley in Florida revealed
Jan 27th, 2014 by elisa

Harry Potter fans will be excited to know that Universal Orlando has unveiled details of Diagon Alley in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

Set to open this summer, a new ride – ‘Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts’ promises to be a “multidimensional, multisensory” experience in which visitors will ride through Gringotts bank vaults in vehicles that drop, spin and turn. The ride will also be more suitable for younger riders than the current award-winning Forbidden Journey.

Diagon Alley will also have lots of new shops, including Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes, selling novelty items and magical jokes, Ollivander’s wand shop, and visitors can dress up for Hogwarts school at Madam Malkin’s Robes for All Occasions.

View from front

View from front

Just 15 minutes from Disney World, enjoy the 5 star treatment at this stunning 4 bed, 4 bath luxury home in the popular gated community of The Shire at West Haven. St. Andrews is situated on a very private plot in this prestigious area, overlooking a natural lake with an abundance of wildlife to watch from the great views from the pool and upstairs balcony.

Fully air-conditioned, the house briefly comprises of spacious living room, family room, formal dining area, fitted kitchen and breakfast nook, 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, games room, pool deck and balcony.

There is wireless broadband internet and all bedrooms have ceiling fans, flat screen TVs and radio units with iPod docking stations. The pool deck has a heatable swimming pool with raised spa area, sun loungers and table and chairs for some outside relaxation. Guests also have access to the main clubhouse, which offers a large swimming pool, two tennis courts, beach volleyball and a small gym.

It’s perfectly placed for visiting the popular Orlando family attractions such as Disney World, Universal Studios and SeaWorld. It’s also brilliant for keen golfers with a number of championship courses nearby, including two at the Greg Norman-designed Champions Gate (home to David Leadbetter’s academy), the renowned course at Reunion and Highlands Reserve.

Sun deck and swimming pool

Sun deck and swimming pool

Gorgeous views

Gorgeous views

Luxurious bedrooms

Luxurious bedrooms

 

 

 

Disney resorts change disabled visitor policy
Sep 27th, 2013 by elisa

Disney World queue picture by Flickr user mrkathika

Disney World queue picture by Flickr user mrkathika

Disney World in the US is changing its disabled visitor policy after an increase in able-bodied visitors abusing the current system to skip queue waiting times.

Disabled visitors will no longer be able to automatically skip long queues but instead will be issued with reserved time tickets which will allow them on the ride at an allotted time on busy rides. This means that if a queue for a ride is around a 45 minutes long then the ticket will be issued for in 45 minutes time allowing the disabled person to go to a less busy attraction in the meantime.

Until now, Disney has allowed anyone in a wheelchair to bring as many as six guests with them to a ride’s backdoor entrance. According to a New York Post article, wealthy New Yorkers have been abusing this system by hiring disabled “black market Disney guides” to Disney World in Orlando.

The guides reportedly offered their services to pose as family members to enable their clients to skip the queues. They would charge around $130 and hour (£81), or just of $1,040 (£649) for a full day.

Walt Disney World issued the following statement: “We have an unwavering commitment to making our parks accessible to all guests. Given the increasing volume of requests we receive for special access to our attractions, we are changing our process to create a more consistent experience for all our guests while providing accommodations for guests with disabilities.

“We engaged disability groups, such as Autism Speaks, to develop this new process, which is in line with the rest of our industry.”

The policy has not been universally welcomed, with some disability groups arguing that the change could deter disabled visitors to the parks in future. Disney said further details will be announced once park employees have been briefed.

Disney World, Florida, Villas!
Jan 24th, 2013 by elisa

Disney World, Florida - picture by Flickr user AndrewH324

Disney World, Florida – picture by Flickr user AndrewH324

It’s so cold here in the UK! We’ve been snowed in, and we don’t really like it. So, it’s time for a holiday somewhere warm and sunny, and where could be better than Florida!

The next few months are a great time to visit the sunshine state, there are deals on flights with many of the major airlines and it’s home to the world’s most famous theme parks, Walt Disney World! A definite win if you have younger children. Also, Florida is a golfer’s paradise with many wonderful places to tee off from.

This luxury four bedroom, three bathroom villa in the popular Southern Dunes Golf and Country Club has an enlarged pool deck that is not overlooked but has marvellous views over the 16th fairway. It’s within walking distance of supermarkets and restaurants, and is only 20 minutes away from Disney and all it’s attractions.

The list of all its amenities is extensive, with all you’d expect for a luxury villa and family break away, such as air conditioning, flat screen TV, music system and games room, plus free high-speed internet connection and free local and international phone calls!

Luxury Villa in Florida

Luxury Villa in Florida

South West facing pool, sunshine all day long!

South West facing pool, sunshine all day long!

Open plan living room with large, comfy sofas

Open plan living room with large, comfy sofas

 

The villa accommodates eight plus an infant, and prices start from £495, a great deal for everything that’s included.

 

For many more quality holiday villas in Florida, visit our main site.

 

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