Want to hear what a 14-night multi-centre to Orlando and New York City sounds like? Thankfully, one of our top agents Matthew Poulter has just landed back from his amazing Orlando and New York holiday and has ever since been eager to share his first-hand experience with you. Here’s his Orlando and New York trip report:
How was your flight?
“Really good, the flight was smooth all the way and the service was second to none. My girlfriend and I flew in Economy class with British Airways, and it couldn’t have been a better ride. The seats were comfy and had decent legroom for the money you pay, and the food was great too.
It’s worth mentioning that I’ve also flown to Orlando with Virgin before, and the service you get on an economy flight with them is pretty top-dollar as well, so I’m certain you can guarantee the same satisfaction when you fly with either of these airlines”.
What was the first thing you did, and where did you stay?
“Sleep… haha… but after a bit of rest, we hit the parks straight away. We stayed at Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort which meant that getting to the Disney parks was a breeze. I couldn’t recommend this more because it made it so easy to get to and from the rides. Plus, if you want to come back to your room for any reason then there’s no problem, whereas if you were to stay outside of a park then you’ll have to keep your eyes on the clock for transport back. Staying at Disney gave us the freedom to move between parks and return to our room as and when we wanted".
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What else did you do in Orlando?
“Having gone in November we were able to catch Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, which is immense! You need a separate ticket for these nights but it’s totally worth it. You’ll see a lot you won’t see any other time of year so it’s a special event if you want a unique Disney experience.
We also did Universal. You’d be surprised how easy it is to get there from a Disney hotel. Not only is there a coach but Ubers are in their hundreds out there. That’s how we got about most days, and the fares aren’t too steep at all”.
Any Orlando restaurants worth mentioning?
If you’re staying on-site at a park and don’t mind travelling 20 minutes then Miller’s Ale House on International Drive. It’s a great family-friendly bar where the food is crazy-good, generously portioned and reasonably priced. There are a load of ales to try if you’re a beer drinker, and burgers are in a-bun-dance…. Get it? But seriously, it’s a must-visit if you want to eat around I-Drive”.
How was New York?
“We then flew to New York City, a great internal flight with American Airlines. When we touched down we checked-in at the Roosevelt, just a 10 minute walk from Times Square. For a lot of people, Times Square is where it’s at. But if you want some peace away from the hustle and bustle then you’ll consider a place like this. As nice as the scene of Times Square is, it was quite nice looking out over New York’s backstreets".“As nice as the scene of Times Square is, it was quite nice looking out over New York’s backstreets”
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What was your most memorable moment in NYC?
“With the most respect intended, it had to have been the 9/11 Memorial Museum. The thought of what happened there is always awe-inspiring, but no feeling is as powerful as when you’re there on the grounds, reading the plaques and so on… The atmosphere is overwhelming. If you’re in NYC, you can’t miss this brilliant tribute".
What else did you get up to?
“We did have a day trip to a shopping mall out there. Woodbury Common Mall is an upscale shopping centre where you can find all your mid-high range retailers, but their goods are a fraction of the cost you’ll pay on Times Square. It’s only an hour and a half journey on a coach, which you can get a return on for free using The New York Pass
Who was your Holiday Hero?
“Well, I was in a bar in NYC when I got talking to this guy – who was from Orlando coincidentally – and we got on like a house on fire! He ended up putting my beers on his tab. Certainly a hero in my eyes!"
Matt’s Top Tips
“If you’re going to NYC then I cannot stress how beneficial it is to grab The New York Pass. This gives you access to 100+ attractions for one set fee. If you’re going to jam-pack your NYC trip with great attractions then this is well worth it, it saved us about $100 making it well worth it."“
Only spend more on a good deal; BA economy class provides great value for money, so choosing this flight option’s great for both your comfort and bank account.”
Find out more about multi-centre holidays here, and speak to an expert like Matthew about booking your next two-in-one holiday!