Yesterday my friend and I travelled out to Orlando from Manchester for our annual girl’s week of fun in the sun – so I thought this week I’d give you a little debrief and insight into what that means for us.
We were on the morning Virgin Atlantic flight from Manchester. T2 meet and greet car park – excellent service directly opposite the terminal building. Security lines were long – you need to allow plenty of time. We still had time for breakfast and after seeing the line for Frankie & Benny’s opted for Brodericks.
We had a good flight over – 8hrs 20mins arriving on stand 30 minutes early. The queue for Immigration at MCO stretched from the hall to the aircraft, however, this was due to a new filtering system where ambassadors sorted arivals according to residency and last visit to the States. We were through quickly and cleared Customs with no lines.
Then on to the car rental desks. Historically this can be a real time eater with upto 1 hour wait. This time though I had utilised the new skip the line facility and checked in for the car before I even left the UK. This meant we walked straight to our car of choice. We were through the airport by 2.45pm.
So what did we do with the time we gained – we used it wisely and drove straight to Celebration for a walk round the lakes and a scope of Kilwin’s! !
With 6 lakes, 20 miles of hiking trails, picnic pavilion, swimming in Lake Louisa plus sleeping cabins.
Only about half an hour from Walt Disney World you will find the sanctuary and calm of Lake Louisa State Park. Take Hwy 192 west from I4 about 9 miles, head North 8 miles on US27 and follow the signs.
We think September is the ideal time to visit, the temperatures are nice, the humidity has calmed down so the wildlife is usually out an about during daytime hours. We have seen armadillo, deer, fish and the gopher tortoises.
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Keep your eyes peeled – we have seen Gopher Tortoises along the roadside on the US192, on the way into Disney on the verges, Bok Tower Gardens, Lake Louisa State Park and at Wewiva Springs. One time there was one in the middle of the road and we were so worried that it might get hit by a vehicle that we pulled over to assist it to the other side – I have never seen a tortoise shift quicker than it did as we approached!
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