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LIVE YOUR DREAMS AT
THE MAGIC KINGDOM,
WALT DISNEY WORLD
A QUEST HER
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Long-haul flights, the heat, the expense,
jet-lag... I've always had a reason not to
travel to Orlando with my children, but
having now done so, I can't recommend
it highly enough. Is it really so magical
and exhilarating? Yes! And that's coming
from a 44-year-old roller coaster-phobe!
With so many theme parks to choose
from, it's worth listening to friends' advice
and taking notes from the travel experts
when planning your trip.
Be sure to factor in some rest days, as
riding high is thirsty work.
Can dreams come true? Mine certainly
did - the grown-ups enjoyed the non-stop
entertainment as much as the kids did.
I conquered my fear of theme park rides,
the food was great and for once there was
no taking the Mickey out of each other
(although, of course, we had to bring one
home for our youngest, at some expense).
ROLL UP AT
MY PICK : Hard Rock Hotel, Orlando,
W HY ? Based in the heart of Universal,
this hotel - part family fun, part rock-god
heaven - is within easy walking distance
of the theme parks. It boasts excellent
day and night activities if you fancy a
chilled-out day - and you'll sleep like a
princess, such is the comfort of the beds.
DI S A DV ANT AG E S ? Spoilt kids
who will never have it so good again!
Some of the best trips I've had with my
children have been activity holidays,
which is rather surprising as I hate sport.
However, give kids a choice between
lying on a beach and climbing through
the trees, and they'll always opt for the
latter (especially if, like me, you have a
brood of boys). One thing's for sure on
an outdoor adventure holiday: you won't
hear the words, 'I'm bored!'
There are many activity centres around
the UK to choose from, such as Willen
Lake, Milton Keynes' most popular park.
More than one million visitors a year take
part in watersports, go cycling, enjoy the
playground, try the high ropes course or
simply picnic along Willen's shores.
Then there's Whitehill Country Park in
Devon, where you can enjoy walking
trails and swimming in a heated pool
when you book a stay in one of its
camping pods or caravans.
I'd also recommend Center Parcs,
which has five UK village locations. As a
veteran visitor (we've been seven times),
I can report the car-free zones and range
of child-friendly restaurants can take a
lot of worry off a parent's mind
MY PICK: Center Parcs - our
favourite is the newest addition, Woburn
Forest, Bedfordshire (centerparcs.co.uk)
WH Y? It offers everything you need for
the perfect family holiday - cosy lodges,
indoor and outdoor sports activities,
and the opportunity to spend all day
cycling as a family.
DIS ADVANT A G ES? It can be
expensive during school holidays - but
quality family time is priceless.
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