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Discussion in 'Walt Disney World Trip Planning' started by LorraineD, May 12, 2011.

  1. LorraineD

    LorraineD New Member

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    We've always travelled with Virgin, and would prefer to do so. We've written to the school and asked re the days next October, now they have come back to me with what I thought was a solution - the school is shutting for 2 weeks next October, but 1 day before the dates I have actually asked pushes the price up by £500 and then to the dates they suggest pushes it up by £700.
    So now I am looking at other travel companies, I just had a :eek:moment at the much cheaper price, when I searched Thomson - for the dates they have given me, but then discovered that its only 11 days for some reason and they dont offer any more days.
    So either we go for the 11 - which I really dont want to do...OR we stick with Virgin and either stick our neck out and ask for the extra days OR fork out the extra money - if we can afford....
    Or, can anyone suggest any other travel companies they would reccomend trying?
     
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    Kenwood Travel, they use VA flights...My neighbours just bked with them, I've used them in the past aswell as Broadway Travel... How about Travel City Direct not used them since they went bust lol we just made it back when they went pop...They're something to do with VA though so you get VA flights...I always book separate flight only so not much help I'm afraid...Someone will be along soon to help :).

    Have you tried WDW Travel Co. with Inc flights?

    I think Tishypops is a TA you would check with her...
     
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    AFAIK you're limited with charter airlines like Thomson, they only offer set numbers of days (e.g. 7, 14, etc) so you can't just go for an odd number, say 6 or 12.
     
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    Booking any time around the school holidays - even either side - usually means bumped up prices with the main tour operators. Child prices are usually a rip-off as they charge you for the room whereas all you should be paying for is the flight. If you prefer to use a tour operator I would suggest that you have a look at Thomas Cook Signature as they use scheduled flights. We used them a couple of years ago and negotiated a good price by doing this with a Thomas Cook travel agent. Don't accept the first offer price they give you as the TA usually has a fair amount of wrigle room on the price.

    However, the best way is often to do it yourself as long as you have the cash in hand to pay for flights up front. The great thing with going to WDW is that you only need to organise three or four things - flights (usually VA or BA - look for the sales), hotel (book direct with Disney or use one of our sponsors), car hire if you want (or magical express if you don't want a car) and last but most improtantly insurance. All of this can easily be done online and will save you a fair few quid compared to a package.
     
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    go to travel city directs website and get the phone number then phone them up it has always worked out cheaper for me when I talk to them rather than booking online they have a good deal going just now but you have to change planes in philly we're going this year with us airlines
     
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    We dont use a travel agent, we just book direct online with Virgin, but we tend to book the package.
    My husband has travelled to US in the past with my dad and has saved alot doing flight and hotel seperate, but we've always used a package deal because of travelling with the kids, I suppose one thing that brought it home to us was last year with the volcano cloud thing that stopped people travelling, and my hubby said that if we had been there with Virgin, they'd have had to sort us a hotel out and flights when possible to fly, whereas if we had booked direct flights and hotel, the flight would still have to be honoured when possible but accomodation would have been our responsibility once our actual booking ran out. So I suppose its peace of mind that someone is looking out for you.

    You have to fly to Philly? And then on to Orlando? TBH I'd rather pay more than do that, the 9 hours 40 minutes flight was enough to finish me off, so to get off a plane and then get on another....
     
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    Damfino Obsession, by Walt Disney

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    Booked with TC via the call centre, excellent service, polite lad, very helpful couldn't fault it. TCD are part of the VH group and the holidays are identical, VS27 GTW to MCO (can even do Twilight check in at Gatwick) only two minor differences, can't use the V-Room and you have to pay to use DTD check in, I was quoted $10-15 per person for that, considering the difference in price I'm happy to do that. If you check prices on TCD website the prices include car hire, but, if like me you don't want car hire it does bring the price down by a coupleof hundred pounds.
     
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    we fly from glasgow so its a shorter flight than manchester or gatwick the last time we went direct it was only seven and a half hours good tail wind ! I just think that with money being tight I just don't want to give more than I have to to airlines lol
     
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    Yeah it was 9 hours 40 from Manchester this time, and I hate flying, but also my daughter gets this sickness, to be honest we think its anxiety/nervous related, but the day we get up for the airport she starts feeling sick, and then in the car on the way to the airport, and then at the airport and then coming home she started throwing up 2 hours before we landed and was still throwing up in a paper bag as we passed through customs!! Basically once we land she needs to get as far away from any kind of travel as possible (and coming home its about 45 mins from the airport, so we need to limit the amount of travel and messing around as possible, cos her throwing up stresses me out to the hilt.
    I've looked at Travel city direct - but my hubby is a little dubious, and the other 2 mentioned but none of them have what we are looking for - we know which hotel/date/duration we want. Havent phoned, because we can't actually book until we get the ok from the school so its a bit of an egg or chicken situation at the moment.
     
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    you don't need to book when you phone TCD they take all your details and then price your holiday and then you can call back if or when you want to book and all you need is your postcode for them to find you, I phone every week for weeks until I get a price I like because they use live flights the price goes up and down so just spend ten mins a couple of times a week till you get what you want and its a free phone number

    My middle dd was a terrible traveller we could just be going to town and she'd be sick I think it was excitement with her so I bought a packet of waterproof corn plasters and put one on each of her wrists just at the pulse points and told her that the doctor said when she felt sick to rub the two plasters together and it would stop the feeling it was like magic she would sit in the car or whatever and we would see her rubbing the plasters and after a while she forgot about feeling sick shes 28 now and a great traveller !
     
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    Give a call or email to chartertravel.co.uk. they're virgin bookers and are usually cheaper than what you'd pay on VA. They can book car and stuff too. Will quote by email. Also only pay deposit until 10 weeks before even if you book flight only.
     
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    We just book directly with Disney. They always have some good packages when we are planning.
     
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    Have you tried giving her something for the anxiety, or even for the journey? Air travel can cause similar effects to travelling on a boat, so something along the lines of sea legs can help air travel sickness also. For the anxiety the doctor would probably prescribe something.
     
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    Does TCD jsut do flights?. Emailed VH and VA regarding flights a while ago - still waiting for a reply
     
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    Liz, Not sure about nowadays, before they went pop we'd had a few flight only's with them, they had there own jumbo's with premium etc... Send them an email you never know? :unsure:
     
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    It's really strange to be honest. She has always suffered from travel sickness even from being quite young, and it wasnt just a case of nausea, she would generally throw up even on quite short journeys. But more recently its been like on the morning of our trip she will automatically feel sick, and then also the same on the day coming home. And its not just flying, we go to centerparcs which is an hours drive from home, and she will get up both on the morning we go and the morning we come home feeling sick. She has had unexplained nausea and been checked out and found nothing, the doctors just suggested Gaviscon and said nothing wrong really so they can't suggest anything. As she is diabetic, she is under a specialist so we asked her, but again they did tests and again nothing came back and because its not linked to her diabetes, they weren't really interested. But the thing is she has missed alot of school and it does indirectly affect her diabetes so I want something done. The thing is though more and more I do think that maybe even PARTLY it is anxiety related and I don't know why, she isnt frightened of flying or anything and so I dont get why, is it maybe excitement? Or just generally "nerves", but going she was really feeling sicky and in the end I got very cross at the airport:( (because I am frightened of flying so to have the added worry of a diabetic who is throwing up and can't have anything to eat and have insulin just makes me worse), so in the end she did take the travel sick tabs I bought in boots at the airport.
    Coming home she said she felt fine and wouldnt take the travel sick pills, but 2 hours before we landed she started throwing up and it floored her, so I think it is a mix of anxiety + travel sickness - and yet she goes on ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING in Florida without so much as a tummy turn over - yet me....I can't even look at Tower of Terror ride at WDW without feeling faint!!!
    But yes we are going to have to get something from the chemist and before we go to Florida next year, I am definately going to speak to the doctor and maybe get her checked again.
     
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    Damfino Obsession, by Walt Disney

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    Could be excitement combined with other things, have you tried the travel wrist bands?
     
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    Yeah she wears those. She isnt keen on taking tablets and I think cos she is already feeling sick the idea of chewing anything makes her feel even more sick, I could really do with some kind of liquid travel remedy that works.
    I am definately going back to the doctors, but to be honest because there doesnt seem to be any kind of link to anything she eats, or any kind of pattern then I think they will just fob me off (like the Gaviscon), but it really is awful. When we landed back she was adamant she was never EVER flying again but certainly not the 9 hour flight to Florida. She was so sick on the plane it was awful, peoplekept waiting outside the toilet sort of looking annoyed at who was taking so long, and I was there seeing my poor girl come out each time looking rougher and rougher. She stopped when we got outside the airport but felt ill, slept all the way home in the car and basically slept from 11a.m when we got home, until about 5p.m. We couldnt inject her or feed her or anything. Someone has suggested coeliac (is that how you spell it?) because apparently there are stong links to diabetes, so I am going to ask, but I really hope not as its bad enough watching her diet with diabetes, to have to limit it further with that too :(
     
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    Have you tried bachs rescue remedy?
     
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    When I got to the airport this time, she was feeling sick and I got a bit cross, cos I had insisted she took something but SHE insisted she was fine. So I marched straight into Boots and explained the situ. The guy just said NO to any kind of nausea remedy as she was 12 (didnt like to lie re her age especially with her being diabetic, I need to be honest re medical stuff). The assistant was helpful and suggested alternative remedies and took me to the Bachs Rescue remedy, I bought the chewing gum, sum pastilles and the drippy thing on your tongue. My daughter took the drippy thing but STILL continued to feel sick - I took it cos my stress levels were going through the roof, even though I'd already had 2 valium for the flight:lol:. So I went through customs into the other Boots and bought some travel sick pills, and took about an hour to convince her to take them and she WASNT sick, whereas coming home she refused point blank and she threw up for England. I am going to take her to the docs and get something sorted.
     

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