While many families take advantage of our cheap tickets to Disney World and other theme parks for the opportunity to make their dream holiday as cheap as possible, many look to enjoy an experience of pure luxury – why not, you’re on holiday! If you’re looking to truly spoil yourself during your stay in Orlando, here’s some of our best picks that you can experience.
A luxury transfer from the airport
Any holiday to Orlando starts from the moment you leave your house; it’s that sense of excitement knowing you are going to somewhere completely new where you won’t have to worry about a thing. After you’ve enjoyed a flight across the pond, what better way to kick off your luxury experience than with a ride in a limousine through Wheeler’s Luxury Transportation? Offering the finest transportation experience in the city, it will be clear from the moment you step in that the chauffeurs are more than just drivers and will do their utmost to entertain their passengers throughout the journey. Most importantly, it means you can make a classy arrival at your hotel!
A luxury place to stay
Speaking of hotels, nowhere offers quite the same level of luxury as the Waldorf Astoria. In a league of its own when it comes to prestige and elegance, it’s located just a stone’s throw away from Walt Disney World and looks to provide a truly exceptional experience for all guests. It’s the small touches which really make this hotel stand out from the rest, from the bottles of chilled water stocked up in the room to shuttle buses completely free of charge, it’s exactly what a luxury holiday should be all about. To find out more about the experience, we got in touch with Paul Johnson from A Luxury Travel Blog for his views on this establishment.
“Aside from all the obvious attractions of Orlando, if you're looking for a little luxury away from the madding crowds of the theme parks, head for the spa at the Waldorf Astoria. They have 22 treatment rooms and offer customised treatments that will take you a world away from the Magic Kingdom (despite it being just 5 miles away!). Also head for Restaurant Row and take your pick from a selection of great eateries covering pretty much every cuisine going. Orlando isn't particularly known for its food, but it deserves to be. Finally, if you're a golfer, don't forget Orlando is home to some amazing golf courses designed by many of the greats of the game such as Jack Nicklaus, Greg Norman and Tom Watson.”
Paul Johnson, A Luxury Travel Blog
A luxury theme park tour
With the Waldorf Astoria so close to Walt Disney World, it only makes sense to come and discover this magical destination for yourself! Fortunately the theme park is the destination for our next luxury experience, with Michael’s VIPs offering a tour service across this park like no other. Launched by Michael Hewell, a former Walt Disney World Guide, back in 1999, it was the first service of its kind in Orlando and is considered as the best method of discover all the elements of the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Disney’s Animal Kingdom – as well as all the other attractions.
With a team of young and energetic guides, each will serve as your private Orlando expert and by eliminating the queues it ensures the whole family can enjoy this world-famous theme park in the best possible method.
“Luxury comes from the ease of service a guest feels, and it is our goal to make what is typically a very daunting task, the easiest holiday they have ever experienced. We eliminate all guess work, stress, as well as long lines while inside the park. This maximizes their time spent inside the park, and enhances their overall experience.”
Another theme park which you can discover in the height of luxury is SeaWorld, the place to see the mighty killer whales and other beautiful animals of the oceans. The SeaWorld VIP Tour is the chance to get the most out of your visit, and as well as having the benefit of your own private tour guide, those on the tour will benefit from front-of-line access and even have the chance to feed dolphins, sea lions and stingrays.
A luxury breakfast and dinner
The five-star treatment doesn’t stop there, how about a VIP Character Breakfast or even the VIP Character Dinner at Disney World with Mickey and friends? You can start or end the day on a high with all the famous characters from the Disney franchise, plus luxury transport to and from your hotel. It’s an activity the whole family won’t forget in a hurry.
A luxury trip to the sky
Keen to discover the great theme parks of Orlando from a huge height? What better way to do so than by taking to the skies in a hot air balloon courtesy of Orlando Balloon Rides? An experience which is sure to take your breath away, the balloons take to the skies during the morning for the perfect opportunity to admire the sunrise. As well as the chance to view the famous theme parks of the city, the balloon rides travel across the beautiful natural scenery of the region for photo opportunities you will struggle to find anywhere else. After a flight of around 3-4 hours, you will drift back down to earth where you can enjoy a champagne toast – what better way to bring such an incredible activity to a close?
Image Credit: Chris Harrison (Flickr.com), Orlando Balloon Rides