Archive for August, 2008

Aug 04 2008

A – Z of Renting an Orlando Vacation Villa

Published by under Orlando Villa Rental

So you have decided to rent an Orlando Villa, so what comes next?

Well, first take a look at rental sites such as Orlando Villas by Perfect Florida Villas. Or Florida Villas, here you can browse or search for that perfect villa. Once you find one that you like, or several that you like, send out an enquiry to the owner listing your requirements, number in the party, dates of arrivial and departure. The owner(s) will get back to you confirming that they have your dates and the total price of your stay. You will see that it represents excellent value for money especially for larger families or groups as you only pay for the villa not per person.

Next, you pick out the villa that suits you and contact the owner directly, the owner may have asked for a deposit when the replied to you, if not they will do in the next email. this is normally a nominal fee to reserve the villa and confirm your booking.

The next time you have to make any payment is around 10 weeks prior to your arrival in Orlando. This is the final balance. You may also be asked for security deposit, this is refunded to you a short time after you vacate the villa. This is only around $300/£200 and is held as a damage bond. If there is no damage you will recieve the money back in full. Owners do not like having to deduct anything from this deposit and will only do so as a last resort and if the damage was wilful.

Shortly berofe your arrival you will be given details of how to get to the villa and how to gain access along with any other useful information such as management company phone numbers in case you have any problems.

That’s pretty much all there is to it, you have cut out the middle man and dealt directly with the owner of the property. You know exactly what it is like and where it is. Unlike booking with a tour operator where they allocate you a villa on arrival.

If you are interested in booking the villa at the top of the page visit Orlando Villas


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Aug 02 2008

A Day at Disney’s Hollywood Studios (MGM) Orlando Florida

Published by under Orlando Articles,Theme Parks

They recently changed the name from Disney’s MGM studios to Disney Hollywood studios but that’s as far as it goes, everything else is just as much fun. I guess though I will always remember it as the former. It is probably not one of the top favourite parks but it still has lots to offer. When you arrive at the park it has an art nouveau style of buildings reminiscent of the 1950’s at the entrance. Some of the thrill rides here are quite close to the entrance down on Sunset Boulevard on the left. These are Rock & Roller Coaster starring Aerosmith which is a high speed indoor roller coaster where you go from 0 – 60 mph in 2.8 seconds with the same force as an F14 aircraft take off. All this done to the music of Aerosmith!

Twilight Zone Tower of Terror

Twilight Zone Tower of Terror

Then there is The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror. This is a ride taken from the TV series the Twilight Zone which is set in the Hollywood Towers Hotel. In the the pre show you go into a room, the library, and you watch a TV show from the original presenter of the twilight zone, this lasts about 2-3 minutes. After that you join the lines in the basement to board your elevator. Once inside you are then taken on a journey to the Twilight Zone culminating in several high speed drops before returning you to the basement. This version is totally random so you will never have the same experience with the drops. There are many TV and Film based attractions here including Star Tours (Star Wars based flight to the planet Endor). This is a simulator ride. There are shows from the Muppets, Indiana Jones and much more. One of the not to be missed attractions here is the night time show Fantasmic. This is a show involving fireworks and a Hydrotechnic display. This all takes place in the Hollywood Hills Amphitheatre. Another great show is Lights, Motors, Action – Extreme Stunt Show. Amazing display of stunts performed several times a day. This park is also home to the ride Hollywood studios back lot tour. This involves a bit of behind the scenes stuff and a ride through Catastrophe Canyon. All in all a great day out.

By Steve Sewell

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