American Dream Experience
Although the charity is unable to provide funding for holidays overseas, the 'American Dream Experience' programme is designed to offer a stress-free environment for the whole family to provide a 'Holiday of a Lifetime'. Planning a visit to America can be an overwhelming experience and Theme Parks are very tiring. The charity aims to offer the very best of facilities to ensure special memories that will last forever. Holidays are individually tailored to meet the needs of each family and could consist of all or any part of the programme.
Through very special booking arrangements via Virgin Atlantic, we are able to reserve flights for families, up to 11 months in advance, with payment not being required until one month prior to departure. This resolves any difficulties associated with obtaining cancellation insurance cover. Direct scheduled flights to Orlando from Gatwick, Manchester and Glasgow (seasonally) are available. We organise a personal welcome and special check-in at Gatwick, Manchester and Glasgow airports. We can also arrange your car hire for the whole or part of your holiday in Orlando, on the same basis, through Virgin Atlantic.
We can assist with accommodation in Orlando, with options including a stay at the amazing Give Kids the World (eligibility criteria applies), discounted rates at one of the closest hotels to the Disney parks, any accommodation that Virgin sell through their website and an opportunity to stay at the Charity's own luxury villa in Florida (this would be on a complimentary basis, subject to it being available).
We are also able to assist with obtaining specialist travel insurance, by providing you with our guide. For those families who do not wish to stay at Give Kids the World, we may be able to obtain complimentary theme park tickets, which will include all four Walt Disney parks, Universal Studios, Islands of Adventure, SeaWorld, Aquatica, Busch Gardens, LEGOLAND and Kennedy Space Centre (eligibility criteria applies).
A personalised, comprehensive information pack is provided to those families who use our American Dream Experience programme. This is full of helpful hints and tips for getting the most out of a once in a lifetime trip to Florida.
Walt Disney once said 'if you can dream it – you can do it'.