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Old 05-24-2013, 03:29 PM   #16
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Sounds like something we would probably do. We spend most days on site but get the taxi to universal a couple of times too.

Are there particular places you always go to check the prices of flights and accommodation. I definitely like the idea of booking our hotel through the wdw website.
Flights for us are always straight forward but thats purely because I have little options. My wife is a dreadful flyer and dont ask why but she has to fly direct flights only from Scotland, which almost always means Glasgow with VA. If I had the option of the London airports and indirect flights I would be checking every airline. Accomodation is usually wdw uk, I do prefer to use them and they often come out on top however Complete Orlando I have used a couple of times and they have been fine. I think I am the same as you in so far as I never get a car and get the ME and just use taxis on the odd occasions we leave WDW.
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Old 05-24-2013, 03:47 PM   #17
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Sounds like something we would probably do. We spend most days on site but get the taxi to universal a couple of times too.

Are there particular places you always go to check the prices of flights and accommodation. I definitely like the idea of booking our hotel through the wdw website.

Websites like skyscanner are really good to check flight prices.

This is our first year DIY so can't compare until November!
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Old 12-09-2013, 12:39 PM   #18
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..trawling for DIY help....
we've always booked package deals but for next year quotes are way too expensive; soooo.....

can we book flights with deposit only or is full payment required with all bookings?? and same for villa?? any recommendations for companies/sites etc?
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Old 12-09-2013, 12:51 PM   #19
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We book hotel with complete Orlando then when flights are at a good price add them paying deposit only
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Old 12-09-2013, 12:53 PM   #20
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We book hotel with complete Orlando then add flights deposit only
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Old 12-09-2013, 04:47 PM   #21
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thanks orangetiggs....

just the same as booking with TA? deposit then balance 12weeks prior?
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Old 12-09-2013, 05:08 PM   #22
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8 weeks, we have booked next years already be our third time with complete orlando
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8 weeks, we have booked next years already be our third time with complete orlando
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So we've been to wdw over 15 times and every time we've gone by booking a package - and almost every time we've booked through virgin holidays. We never hire a car, so transfers to the hotel would be necessary. And we will always want to stay in a disney resort. I'm just wondering (as so many of you seem to do it this way) whether it would work out better to book hotel and flights separate. I think we'd prefer to still fly with virgin. Is it common to book the hotel directly through the walt disney world website? Is this common and easy to do for English holiday makers? Would airport transfers be included? I appreciate any tips/advice in advance.
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..trawling for DIY help.... we've always booked package deals but for next year quotes are way too expensive; soooo..... can we book flights with deposit only or is full payment required with all bookings?? and same for villa?? any recommendations for companies/sites etc?
I had placed a deposit with virgin holidays for July 2014. After pricing DIY all deprecates I found it 4000pounds cheaper. Virgin holidays admitted they couldn't match it and said it is usual to be able to do it cheaper DIY. The problem is insurance, she quoted the ash cloud situation- which I'm happy to take the risk with.

So I booked prem Econ going out and upper class return on Virgin Atlantic for the 4 of us at 5200 pounds. The called Disney US direct and booked 16 days at grand Floridian for just over 10,000 dollars which is a great rate when taking into account the exchange rate.

I had to pay for the flights in full and a deposit to Disney but don't have an issue with that personally.

Luckily kept hold of my deposit with virgin holidays and have just booked Xmas in New York 2014 for us using the deposit.
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I had placed a deposit with virgin holidays for July 2014. After pricing DIY all deprecates I found it 4000pounds cheaper. Virgin holidays admitted they couldn't match it and said it is usual to be able to do it cheaper DIY. The problem is insurance, she quoted the ash cloud situation- which I'm happy to take the risk with. So I booked prem Econ going out and upper class return on Virgin Atlantic for the 4 of us at 5200 pounds. The called Disney US direct and booked 16 days at grand Floridian for just over 10,000 dollars which is a great rate when taking into account the exchange rate. I had to pay for the flights in full and a deposit to Disney but don't have an issue with that personally. Luckily kept hold of my deposit with virgin holidays and have just booked Xmas in New York 2014 for us using the deposit.
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you an still get insurance to cover your diy package you need one with consequential losses
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...so what companies are best to use for booking using deposit... for flights and also for booking a villa??
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Never had problem with complete Orlando and even when we had death they extended the time we had to pay it no charges

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Never had problem with complete Orlando and even when we had death they extended the time we had to pay it no charges

Very friendly too
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