usrentacar.co.uk® Agree’s Deal With Arabian Nights

Hi all,

I am happy to announce that late last night usrentacar.co.uk® completed an agreement to offer our customers great rates on the Arabian Nights Dinner Show.

More information to follow.

About Arabian Nights

Arabian Nights is a one-of-a-kind show that has won the hearts of millions. A tale of excitement and intrigue unfolds amidst the splendor of the Palace of Horses.  More than 60 of the world’s most beautiful horses combine with special effects and incredible stunts to create a unique and spectacular Broadway-style production.  Sleek Arabians, powerful draft horses, Walter Farley’s Black Stallion and a variety of other talented horses perform amazing feats of skill, grace and discipline as the story unfolds.  Guests dine on a sumptuous three-course Prime Rib, grilled chicken breast or vegetable lasagna dinner, including salad and dessert, with unlimited beer, wine, and soft drinks.

Fairy tales come true…It can happen to you

I will keep you updated once we have prices loaded on the site.

Kind regards,

James

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USA Time Zones

Hi all,

This post is as much for me as it is for you guys. I generally have to call different parts of the U.S. at least 10 times a day and I can never remember the time difference between the UK and varies parts of America. So this blog will list major locations and the time difference.

Pacific Zone

State                              City

Washington                  Seattle

Oregon                           Portland

Nevada                           Las Vegas

California                      San Francisco

Time Difference – GMT minus 8 hrs

Mountain Time Zone

State                              City

Montana                         Billings

Idaho                               Boise

Wyoming                        Jackson Hole

Utah                                  Salt Lake City

Colorado                         Denver

Arizona                            Phoenix

New Mexico                   Santa Fe

Time Difference – GMT minus 7 hrs

Central Time Zone

State                              City

North Dakota               Grand Forks

South Dakota                Sioux Falls

Minneapolis                  Minnesota

Wisconsin                      Milwaukee

Nebraska                        Grand Island

Iowa                                 Cedar Rapids

Illinois                             Chicago

Oklahoma                        Tulsa

Missouri                          St. Louis

Arkansas                         Little Rock

Tennessee                       Memphis

Texas                                Dallas

Louisiana                        New Orleans

Mississippi                      Jackson

Alabama                          Huntsville

Time Difference – GMT minus 6 hrs

Eastern Time Zone

State                              City

Michigan                        Detroit

Maine                               Portland

New Hampshire           Manchester

Vermont                         Burlington

Massachusetts              Boston

Rhode Island                 Providence

New York                        New York

Indiana                            Indianapolis

Ohio                                   Cleveland

Pennsylvania                 Philidephia

New Jersey                     Newark

Connecticut                    Hartford

Kentucky                          Cincinnati

West Virginia                  Lewisburg

Washington DC               Washington

Maryland                           Baltimore

Delaware                           Wilmington

Virginia                              Richmond

North Carolina                Charlotte

South Carolina                Myrtle Beach

Georgia                               Atlanta

Florida                                Orlando

Time Difference – GMT minus 5 hrs

Alaska is 9  hrs behind the UK and Hawaii 10 hrs behind.

I hope you find this useful.

Kind regards,

James

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Orlando Weather Averages By Month

Hi all,

Its cold today in the UK, “Brrr” etc… but whats it like in Orlando?

Maximum Temperature (F) Minimum Temperature (F) Rain (in inches) Humidity at 1pm
January 70.8 48.6 8.3 56
February 72.7 49.7 3.02 52
March 78 55.2 3.21 50
April 83 59.4 1.8 46
May 87.8 65.9 3.55 49
June 90.5 71.8 7.32 57
July 91.5 73.1 7.25 58
August 91.5 73.4 6.78 60
September 89.7 72.4 6.01 60
October 84.6 65.8 2.42 56
November 78.5 57.5 2.3 56
December 72.9 51.3 2.15 57

78f sounds lovely right about now!!!

regards,

James

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Florida Car Hire Mustang Rental

Hi all,

The Ford Mustang is easily our most requested rental car in Florida, so I was thinking it might be useful to note which suppliers are more likely to offer this vehicle.

Budget Rent A Carford mustang1

Mr Gary Emerson collected a Ford Mustang from Sanford Airport on 04/10/10.

Mr Sean Hutchison collected a Ford Mustang from Miami Airport on 22/09/10.

Mr W Ward collected a Ford Mustang from Embassy Suite Hotel in Orlando on 01/10/10.

Mr Ben Cooper collected a Ford Mustang from Sanford Airport on the 30/09/10.

ford mustang2Dollar Rent A Car

Mr Stephen Woods collected a Ford Mustang from Chicago O’Hare Airport on 05/10/10

Mr Tyler James collected a Ford Mustang from Orlando International Airport on 30/09/10

Mrs Jenny Mahon collected a Ford Mustang from Tampa International Airport on 03/10/10

Alamo Rent A Car

Can’t find any customers who collected a Ford Mustang with Alamo.

Remember we can never guarantee make or model of any of our vehicles from any of our suppliers, but if you want a Ford Mustang the best bet looks like to hire a convertible from either Budget Rent A Car or Dollar Rent A Car.

Have you collected a Ford Mustang with any of our suppliers above?

What did you think, was it all you expected?

Regards,

James

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Car Hire USA Petrol Policies

Hi all,

Petrol Policies vary from supplier to supplier and location to location, if you do not pre-pay your first tank of fuel by selecting our gold rate  you petrolpumpswill be subject to the suppliers terms regarding petrol. Below is our guide to our suppliers petrol policies. Please note these terms can change at any time without notice.

Alamo Rent A Car offer’s one option which is pick up the vehicle full of fuel, you will then be expected to pay for this petrol at the suppliers local rate.

Budget Rent A Car offer two options, firstly, pick up the vehicle full of fuel, you will then be expected to pay for this petrol at the suppliers local rate. Secondly Budget will allow you to pick up the vehicle full of fuel and return it the same way.

Dollar Rent A Car offer’s one option which is pick up the vehicle full of fuel, you will then be expected to pay for this petrol at the suppliers local rate.

Remember once you sign the rental agreement locally you are subject to any fee’s stated upon it. This page also can help you with USA petrol prices.

Regards,

James

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Florida Tolls

Hi all,

Whilst driving in Florida you may come across toll roads, you are of course expected to pay these tolls locally. Below is a guide to toll roads in Florida.

Road Name

S/W Terminus

N/E Terminus

Cash tolls (automobile)

Airport Expressway Miami International Airport, Miami I-95, Miami $1.25 with cash, $1.00 with SunPass
Martin Andersen Beachline Expressway I-4, near Lake Buena Vista I-95, near Cocoa $3.25 with cash, $3.00 with SunPass
Apopka Bypass / John Land Apopka Expressway U.S. 441, near Lockhart U.S. 17, U.S. 92, Maitland $1.00
Central Florida GreeneWay/Seminole Expressway/Southern Connector I-4, near Celebration I-4, Sanford $6.75 with cash, $6.00 with SunPass
Daniel Webster Western Beltway I-4, near Disney World U.S. 441, Apopka $3.50
Don Shula Expressway Homestead Extension, Richmond Heights SR 826, Glenvar Heights $1.00 with SunPass, $1.45 via “Toll-By-Plate”
Dolphin Expressway NW 137th Avenue,Tamiami I-95, Miami $2.25 cash, $2.00 with SunPass (includes SunPass only section)
Everglades Parkway (Alligator Alley) CR 951, East Naples I-75, I-595,Sawgrass Expressway, Sunrise $2.50 with cash, $2.00 with SunPass
Florida’s Turnpike Golden Glades Interchange,Miami Gardens I-75, nearWildwood $18.20 with cash, $14.40 with SunPass
Florida’s Turnpike Homestead Extension U.S. 1, Florida City Florida’s Turnpike, Miramar $4.00 with cash, $3.00 with SunPass
Goldenrod Road Extension Orlando International Airport, Orlando SR 551, Orlando $0.50
Gratigny Parkway I-75, SR 826,Hialeah SR 953, Opa-Locka $1.00 with SunPass, $1.30 via “Toll-By-Plate”
Holland East-West Expressway Florida’s Turnpike, near Ocoee SR 50, near Bithlo $3.50
Lee Roy Selmon Crosstown Expressway U.S. 92, Tampa I-75, Brandon $2.50 with SunPass, $3.00 with “We Bill You”
Osceola Parkway I-4, nearCelebration Florida’s Turnpike, Kissimmee $1.75
Polk Parkway I-4, near Plant City I-4, near Polk City $3.00
Sawgrass Expressway I-75, I-595,Sunrise Florida’s Turnpike, Deerfield Beach $2.00 with cash, $1.50 with SunPass
Snapper Creek Expressway Don Shula Expressway, Kendall U.S. 1, South Miami $0.50 with SunPass, $0.80 via “Toll-By-Plate”
Suncoast Parkway Veterans Expressway Spur,Cheval U.S. 98, nearChassahowitzka $3.00
Veterans Expressway I-275, SR 60,Tampa SR 597, Cheval $1.75 with cash, $1.25 with SunPass

If I’ve missed any toll roads please feel free to comment below.

Regards,

James

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Things I’ve Done In Orlando

Hi all,

Orlando is an awesome place to visit, I’ve only been once on holiday to Florida but loved every moment. Here are my top 8 things to do in Orlando.

Discovery Cove

I took my girlfriend there on her birthday and we loved it. The whole day flewdiscovery cove buy as their is so much to do, snorkelling in the coral reefs, feeding the birds, braving the sting ray pool and of course swimming with the dolphins. Discovery cove is an unforgettable experience which I highly recommend.

Universal’s Island of Adventure

Granted I went there before the Wizarding World of Harry Potter hulkwas launched but still loved every moment. This theme park in my opinion is aimed more at teenagers and above, so with the more adultly feel comes a lot more fun. I believe (and much to my girlfriends annoyance) I rode the Hulk ride at least 10 times, a brilliant high speed roller coaster that I loved. To be honest I loved all of the Marvel themed section of Islands of Adventure and possibly could have stayed there all day, the Spider-man  ride and Dr Doom’s Tower of Terror are must do’s…

Wonderworks Upside Down Museum

Found on International Drive, this is a quirky “theme park for the mind”.WonderworksFrom the very start its something quite unique, walking on the path to the first room made me feel like I was walking on the walls! I had the strange experience of lying on a bed of nails and got to experience a 5.3 earthquake.

Busch Gardens

buschgardensGranted not strictly in Orlando (more Tampa) however I drove from Orlando to reach it! (tedious link)Anyway Busch Gardens is a  great theme park, they have a lovely balance of thrill rides and animals.

For me (thrill seeker) I loved SheiKra, the 4 seconds you hang in mid air before dropping at 70 mph won me over, even if I did have to queue for over an hour.

SeaWorld

SeaWorld is a lovely park, with a lovely spacious feeling. Yes it has thrill ridesseaworld but the stars of the park are definitely the animals, with the head-liners being the Killer Whales.

You must sit in the splash zones to really get the full effect. I’m not sure I have ever been so soaked by what looked like so little effort. A brilliant show from a brilliant park.

Wet N’ Wild

My favourite water park. Granted I haven’t been to Aquatic so my opinion wetnwildcould change however I really enjoyed Wet N’ Wild. I might have been lucky but the park didn’t have the cramped feeling of Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon and the rides are a lot more extreme. Visited this park 3 times while I was there and had fun every single time.

Medieval Times

Unfortunately its not exactly like the film the cable guy, but it is a lot of fun.medtimes Plenty of mead to drink, good food and a cracking atmosphere. The whole cast put on a great show and I’d recommend treating yourself to one night there. Cheering and booing is mandatory.

Hot Air Balloon Ride

Granted this is a bit pricey and you have to get up at balloonstupid o’clock but the whole experience from putting the balloon together to seeing the Orlando in all its splendour is well worth the cash.

Orlando can truly be a magical experience, I haven’t even mentioned Disney or some of the great places to eat. Perhaps some of you can add to my experiences below?

If you’re heading out to Orlando enjoy it and take as many pictures as you can.

Regards,

James

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SeaWorld Welcome’s A New Addition

Hi all,

Just got this heart warming picture from SeaWorld today and I thought it was worth sharing.

On Saturday 9th October 2010 SeaWorlds oldest Killer Whale Katinawhale gave birth to a new baby calf.  Vets working at SeaWorld said the sex and name of the baby orca, which is 7-foot long and 350 pounds, will be  announced later.

The newborn can be seen at Shamu Stadium at 12:30, 2, 3:30 and 5 p.m. today. It’s the seventh calf born to Katina and the 16th killer whale to be born at SeaWorld Orlando. Trainers will be on hand to answer questions about mother and child.

The picture is of Katina nursing her newest calf…. after 3….1…..2….3…. Awwww!

Regards,

James

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A Guide To Orlando International Airport (MCO)

Orlando International Airport

Codes: IATA: MCO, ICAO: KMCO, FAA LID: MCO

Information

Orlando International Airport is the closest airport to the business district ofmcoOrlando approximately 6 miles away. Its it also the closest to the World famous Orlando attractions such as Disneyland, Universal Studios and SeaWorld.

It is Florida’s 2nd busiest airport just behind Miami International Airport (MIA), and welcomes more than 36 million passengers a year through its terminals.

Originally called McCoy Air Force Base due to its past life as a strategic air command  location, Orlando International Airport takes its airport code from its original roots, MCO, the name McCoy relates to Colonel Michael Norman Wright McCoy.

Structure

The Orlando International Airport consists of a hub-and-spoke layout with a large main terminal building and four airside concourses accessible via monorail or treadmills.

The main terminal building is divided into two terminals; Terminal A and Terminal B. Passenger check-in and baggage claim facilities can be found on both the building’s north side (A), and on the building’s south side (B). Both terminals share two security checkpoints, one in the West Hall leading to Airsides 1 and 2, and another in the East Atrium, leading to Airsides 3 and 4.

Airside 4 currently serves as the airport’s primary international arrivals concourse; however Airside 1 also handles some international arrivals. Arriving international passengers who require immigration and/or customs clearance are processed through those checkpoints in the airside terminal where they arrive. After clearing US immigration, passengers collect their baggage and clear US customs. After clearing customs, international passengers must ride the people mover to the main terminal. Airside 4 provides escalator access directly from the customs hall to the people mover platform. This has eliminated the requirement for arriving international passengers to go through a security inspection between the customs area and the people mover, and as a result they now have the option of bringing their checked baggage with them on the people mover. Alternatively, passengers also have the option of placing their baggage on a transfer belt in the customs hall for transport to the main terminal’s baggage claim. Only those passengers, who are connecting to a flight in Airside 4 and airport employees, will need to go through security upon exiting customs.

The airport features a unique on-site Hyatt Regency hotel within the main terminal structure. The hotel is located on the East Atrium side of the terminal with a fourth floor lobby level and guest rooms beginning on level five and above. The airport features an expansive lobby area for guests awaiting flights, convention space, several bars, and two restaurants including a signature restaurant on the top level of the terminal building overlooking the airport facility and runways below.

Terminal A

Major carriers based in Terminal A include Southwest Airlines, JetBlue Airways, American Airlines, and several international carriers including Air Canada, Aer Lingus, Aeromexico, Martinair, GOL, Volaris, Interjet, and Copa Airlines. However, the majority of international arrivals at Orlando International Airport are processed by Airside 4.

Airside 1

Gates 1-17 and 20-28

Secondary International Arrivals Concourse

Part of original terminal, Opened in 1981

Airside 2

Gates 101-106, 110-112 and 120-126

Hub Concourse for Southwest Airlines and Jetblue Airways (except for International Flights, which depart from Airside 4)

Terminal B

Major carriers based in Terminal B include AirTran Airways, Continental Airlines, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines, US Airways and major international carriers including British Airways, Lufthansa, and Virgin Atlantic. Airside 4 serves as the airport’s primary international arrivals concourse.

Airside 3

Gates 30-48 and 50-59

United Airlines Red Carpet Club

Part of original terminal, opened in 1981

Airside 4

Gates 60, 70-78, 80-87 and 90-97

Primary International Arrivals Concourse

Delta Air Lines Sky Club

Hub Concourse for AirTran Airways

Airlines  Destinations Airside
Aer Lingus Dublin 1
Aeroméxico Mexico City 4
Air Canada Montréal-Trudeau, Toronto-Pearson
Seasonal: Halifax, Ottawa
1
Air France Paris-Charles de Gaulle [begins June 7] 4
AirTran Airways Akron/Canton, Allentown, Aruba, Asheville, Atlanta, Atlantic City, Baltimore, Bloomington/Normal, Branson (MO), Buffalo, Charleston (WV), Charlotte, Chicago-Midway, Columbus (OH), Dallas/Fort Worth, Dayton, Des Moines, Detroit, Flint, Grand Rapids, Harrisburg, Huntsville, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Key West, Knoxville, Lexington, Milwaukee, Moline/Quad Cities, Montego Bay, Nassau, New York-LaGuardia, Newport News/Williamsburg, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Portland (ME), Richmond, Rochester (NY), St. Louis, San Juan, Washington-Dulles, Washington-Reagan, White Plains
Seasonal: Boston, Minneapolis/St. Paul, San Antonio, Wichita
4
Air Transat Montreal-Trudeau, Toronto-Pearson 1
Alaska Airlines Seattle/Tacoma 1
Allegiant Air Allentown/Bethlehem/Easton, Des Moines, Grand Rapids, Greenville/Spartanburg, Huntington (WV), Knoxville, Lexington (KY), Springfield (MO), Tri-Cities (TN), Youngstown (OH) 1
American Airlines Chicago-O’Hare, Dallas/Fort Worth, Los Angeles, Miami, New York-JFK 1
Bahamasair Nassau 3
British Airways London-Gatwick 4
CanJet Halifax, Montreal-Trudeau, Toronto-Pearson
Seasonal: Quebec City
1
Continental Airlines Cleveland, Houston-Intercontinental, Newark 3
Copa Airlines Panama City 1
Delta Air Lines Atlanta, Boston, Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky, Detroit, Hartford, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Memphis, Minneapolis/St. Paul, New York-JFK, New York-LaGuardia, Salt Lake City, Washington-Reagan [begins October 31]
Seasonal: Cancùn
4
Delta Connection operated by Comair Raleigh/Durham [begins November 1] 4
Delta Connection operated by Compass Airlines Grand Rapids [seasonal] 4
Frontier Airlines Denver, Milwaukee 3
Frontier Airlines operated byRepublic Airlines Seasonal: Omaha 3
Interjet Seasonal: Monterrey, Merida 1
JetBlue Airways Aguadilla, Austin, Boston, Bogotá, Buffalo, Burlington, Cancún, Hartford [begins November 17], Montego Bay, Nassau, New York-JFK, New York-LaGuardia, Newark, Newburgh, Ponce, Portland (ME), Richmond, Rochester (NY)[ends November 30], San José de Costa Rica, San Juan, Santo Domingo, Syracuse, Washington-Dulles, Washington-Reagan [begins November 1], White Plains 2
Lufthansa Frankfurt 4
Martinair Amsterdam [ends January 15] 1
Southwest Airlines Albany, Albuquerque, Austin, Baltimore, Birmingham (AL), Buffalo, Chicago-Midway, Cleveland, Columbus (OH), Detroit, Denver, Ft Lauderdale, Ft Myers, Hartford, Houston-Hobby, Indianapolis, Jackson, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Long Island/Islip, Louisville, Manchester (NH), Milwaukee, Nashville, New Orleans, Norfolk/Virginia Beach, Panama City (FL), Philadelphia, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Providence, Raleigh/Durham, St. Louis, San Antonio 2
Spirit Airlines Atlantic City, Detroit, Fort Lauderdale, San Juan 3
Sun Country Airlines Minneapolis/St. Paul
Seasonal: Lansing [begins December 22]
3
Sunwing Airlines Ottawa, Toronto-Pearson
Seasonal: Montreal-Trudeau
1
TACA Airlines San Salvador
Seasonal: Guatemala City
1
TAM Airlines São Paulo-Guarulhos 4
United Airlines Chicago-O’Hare, Denver, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington-Dulles 3
US Airways Charlotte, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Washington-Reagan 3
US Airways Express operated by Republic Airlines Washington-Reagan 3
Virgin America Los Angeles, San Francisco 2
Virgin Atlantic Airways London-Gatwick, Manchester (UK)
Seasonal: Glasgow-International
4
Volaris Seasonal: Monterrey 1
WestJet Calgary, Toronto-Pearson
Seasonal: Edmonton [begins December 18] Halifax, Hamilton, London (ON), Montréal-Trudeau, Ottawa, Winnipeg
1

Rental Car Quick Turnaround Facility

The Rental Car Quick Turnaround Facility at OIA will allow rental carcar rental quick turnaroundcompanies to house 96 percent of their fleet on property so passengers will no longer need to catch shuttle buses to off airport locations.

“B” TERMINAL RENTAL CAR QUICK-TURNAROUND AREA OPENS:

While the car renting public may never set foot in the new rental car quick-turnaround area (QTA), they will notice an immediate difference in enhanced customer service. The 41 million dollar construction project designed to bring 96 percent of rental car activities back onto airport property is more than half way complete. The “A” terminal portion, the larger of the two, is still under construction while the “B” side began limited operations before the holidays. The project expands the QTA where rental car companies will be capable of storing hundreds of vehicles while also processing dozens of cars simultaneously including interior cleaning, washing, fuelling and light maintenance.

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Orlando Driving Times

Hi all,

Today’s blog is about driving times from Orlando to other Florida Cities and Towns. Apparently Florida isn’t just about theme parks!!! ;-) driving in florida

All the numbers are in miles

Orlando to

Boca Raton 192

Bradenton 114

Clearwater 106

Cocoa Beach 47

Daytona Beach 54

Fort Lauderdale 209

Fort Myers 153

Fort Pierce 114

Gainesville 109

Jacksonville  134

Key West 371

Kissimmee 18

Lakeland 54

Melbourne 67

Miami 228

Naples 187

Ocala 72

Panama City 336

Pensacola 438

St Augustine 98

St Petersburg 104

Sarasota 130

Sebring 86

Tallahassee 243

Tampa 84

West Palm Beach 171

Remember all our rentals include unlimited mileage, so you are free to explore as many of these locations are you wish, if someone could drive to Sebring for me and tell me what  happens there I’d appreciate it ;-)

Happy driving.

James

 Florida car hire


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