Quick Q&A With usrentacar.co.uk MD Regarding Theme Parks

Hi all,

Recently I had the chance to sit down with our Managing Director, Gavin Boswell to discuss his recent trip to Orlando, we actually featured his review of the newly open Cheetah Hunt last week.

The idea of this interview was not to be in depth but just to get some quick fire answers. I think the more bulky answer are probably best suited to a podcast. Anyway the interview took place in Gavin’s office roughly 3 days after his return.


James: Favourite Theme Park?

Gavin: Universal’s Islands of Adventure. The Marvel themed area is great, big, bright and in my opinion full of the best rides.

J: Favourite ride?

G: Tricky one. I love loads of them, I liked Cheetah Hunt, the new ride down at Busch Gardens, I think the Spider-Man 3d ride at Islands of Adventure is amazing and once they’ve completed the upgrade to the new software, it will be even better.  I’m a big fan of the Hulk Coaster and I like Kraken at SeaWorld but I think for an overall experience I’d have to go with Manta.

J: Why?

G: Its the fact that its something different, facing down, looking straight at the ground gives you a totally different ride experience than anything else in Florida.  Loved it.

J: What was your opinion of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter?

G: I was truly blown away, the level of detail is quite astonishing. You can see all the hard work they have obviously put in. If you have a child who is in to Harry Potter, then Ollivanders Wand Shop is a must, be prepared to queue and also to end up parting with your hard earned cash but it is quite magical… Sorry couldn’t resist.

J: and did you enjoy The Forbidden Journey Ride?

G: Ha James! You know I didn’t…. I admit it, I can’t handle motion based rides. They make me feel very sick. I tried my best to enjoy it but basically had my eyes closed the entire time. The other people I rode with told me it was very good though!

J: Best Memory?

G: Hmm, tricky cos there were loads but feeding Giraffes at Busch Gardens and Dolphins at SeaWorld are pretty high up there… Oh and singing madly on Rip Ride Rockit then having the embarrassment of watching it back as a video afterwards!

J: Hidden Gem?

G: Well its not exactly hidden but I really enjoyed Wet N’ Wild, the water park run by Universal. I believe, and I could be wrong but it has the most group based rides of any theme park in America! Its something like that anyway. The rides aren’t that scary but they are great fun.

J: Top tip?

G: Wear comfy shoe’s, I wore flip flops and they destroyed my feet in less than 30 mins. Did you know you’re not allowed to walk round the parks bear footed? Well you do now!

Sorry it was only a short interview but Gavin’s a pretty busy man (or so he tells us). We have something scheduled for late August to sit down and podcast his impressions of Orlando, so once this is done we’ll pop it up.



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Our MD Reviews USA Car Hire 2010


2010 has proved to easily be the most challenging car hire year I canremember. It started off with snow problems, has ended with snow problems, crammed in the middle of all this was an ash cloud and a World Cup, all set with the back drop of a recession hit UK!

Back in January I gave my view of how I thought 2010 would pan out in the busy world of  USA Car Hire I thought now might be the ideal time to see if what I wrote was actually intelligent…

Car Availability

I predicted seasonal supplements from our suppliers, and that is exactly what we got from the majority of USA Car Rental suppliers. Although I correctly wrote that availability would be tight, it has not been as bad as previous years.

Alamo Car Hire

With Alamo 2009 we were disappointed with the amount of complaints we had received regarding selling of local extras, this year although it has not been totally eradicated, the number of complaints has dropped.

Positives: Strong fleet and  usrentacar.co.uk®  had access to exclusive availability.


Budget Rent A Car

I predicted a price rise in February or March, and I was pretty much spot on. Budget again were slow with the pricing but when we got them they were positive and recognised the market.

Customer Services took a dip in the peak periods but never got to out of control.

Positives: Additional driver still included in their fully inclusive.

Negatives: Their Los Angeles Airport location stopped dealing with tour operator vouchers.

Dollar Rent A Car

I predicted they wouldn’t break in to our top 2 suppliers and I was right, however although they started slow they actually ended 2010 as my favourite supplier to work with. In the last quarter they have bent over backwards to accommodate us and raise their brand on our site.

Positives: Live availability, the only supplier to offer us unique access to their stock, if its on usrentacar.co.uk then its available.

Negatives: Slow start to the year cost them.

So I was pretty much right, looking back I wasn’t exactly Nostradamus, so I think this years predictions will be a little more “out there”, I’ll post these predictions in the new year.

If you have any predictions or would like to comment on this post please do so below.

Kind regards and thanks for reading,


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