Orlando and The Gulf Coast – A Twin Centre Holiday Itinerary


animal kingdom expedition everest
sunset over the Gulf of Mexico

The pull of the theme parks is a strong one for many families heading to Florida – as we’ve said before, it’s one of those BIG holiday trips to make while the kids are, well, still kids. However, a week or more of ‘hitting the parks’ can be a little tiring – especially in those summer months when the temperatures soar and the humidity begins to take its toll. 

Which is why so many families opt for a week or ten days of action and non-stop fun around Disney, Universal and the other main theme parks, before packing up and heading to the relative serenity of a resort along the Gulf Coast. Whether Clearwater and St Pete’s near Tampa (and pretty much the closest port of call from Orlando) to Sarasota, Fort Myers, Naples or any number of other beautiful resorts as you move south along the coastline. Each one offering stunning white sandy beaches, the warm and calm blue water of the Gulf of Mexico and pure, indulgent chilled out holiday time. The perfect relaxed antidote to the hectic Orlando pace. 

Something like this,perhaps?

*The following are sample itineraries for guidance only, based on a family of 4 (2 adults and 2 children aged 7 & 9). Prices are averages for the time of year – 1st 2 weeks of UK summer school holiday – and not exact*

Memorable Disney / Universal & Gulf Coast Holiday 

Direct Flights London Gatwick to Orlando International

7 Nights at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge

2 Nights at Loews Royal Pacific – Universal Orlando® Resort

5 Nights at Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort


Disney’s 14 Day Ultimate Ticket for the Price of 7 Days

Universal 2 Park Bonus Ticket

Car Hire – Full Size for 10 Days (pick up on penultimate day of Disney stay until return to airport)

As guests at Disney you can utilise Fastpass+ to book times to ride attractions and make dining reservations up to 90 days before you travel. You also have ability to enjoy Extra Hours in the Disney Parks. 

As guests at a Universal Resort you and your party can benefit from early entry into theme parks (1 hour before general public) PLUS you have complimentary Universal Express™ Passes to go to the front of the queues on rides for the duration of your stay (note: main rides at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ not included on Universal Express).  


Average Price - Based on 2 adults, 2 children July 21 - Aug 4 2016:

Classic Orlando and Gulf Coast Twin Centre Holiday

Outbound: London Heathrow to Orlando International (with 1 connection / stop over)

Return: Miami Airport to London Heathrow – Direct

Lake Buena Vista Resort Village & Spa (2 Bed Apartment) – 7 Nights

The Inn on the 5th Naples, Florida – 7 Nights

Full Size Car Hire: 14 Days


Disney & Universal Combo Ticket (All access to Disney & Universal for duration of stay) .

Average Price - Based on 2 adults, 2 children July 21 - Aug 4 2016:

At Florida Travel Service we specialise in helping you put together the holiday you desire. So if it’s something like the examples given above, or if you have something else in mind – or of course if you want us to offer some ideas – then please get in touch through our online contact form or by giving us a call on 029 2076 4101

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