Year round sunshine and a huge range of natural and manmade attractions guarantee that Florida is always a popular attraction with British families. It’s no surprise then that TV presenter Zoe Ball and husband – DJ Norman Cook opted to take their first family break of 2011 in Florida. And according to the ABTA Travel Trends 2011 Report, many of us are likely to be following their example.
According to the ABTA report; ‘sterling has recently fared well against the US dollar, making it a very good value for money destination once again’. So if you fancy taking advantage of the positive currency balance, 2011 is the perfect time to take your holiday in Florida.
So how do you go about planning your holiday in 2011 to Florida? Whatever time of year you choose to pay your visit, you will find that Florida is a holiday destination where you are truly never without something to do. Old favourites such as Walt Disney World have plenty to offer across the spectrum, including the fun of the water parks, the education of EPCOT and the sheer spectacle of the various parades. If this is your first visit to Florida you will definitely want to pay Disney a visit, but make sure you plan your time effectively so you can fit it all in and get best use of your tickets which you can book in advance on specialist. We used Florida4Less to book our 2011 holiday to Florida.
Universal Studios is another classic Orlando attraction which was given a boost last year by the addition of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. With the release of the final Harry Potter film in July the Studios are bound to attract a lot of attention and to have plenty of fun on offer, so make sure you get involved.
Even if visitors have been to the Florida theme parks before they still find plenty to entertain them, as the parks constantly strive to improve their offering. This year Busch Gardens Tampa Bay is launching a new rollercoaster called the Cheetah Hunt which will be opening in May. For more information about the ride take a look at this article in the Daily Mail: 2011 action holidays: From 5D rides and SpongeBob in Blackpool to new museums and Miro.
This year will also see the opening of the much anticipated Legoland Florida in October. The 150-acre family theme park is currently being built in Winter Haven 45 minutes southwest of Orlando. It will feature a range of interactive attractions alongside a pirate-themed live action stunts show.
Finally when you are all theme-parked out, don’t forget that shopping in Florida represents excellent value. You can still make great savings on UK prices on clothing in particular in the range of outlets and Malls which boast big names such as reebok, Nike and Gap, so make sure you leave plenty of luggage allowance for your journey home. And if at the end of your holiday you have managed to pack all of that in you will definitely be able to say: “Our holiday in 2011 to Florida was our best yet!”