Electronic System for Travel Authorization: Everything You Need to Know

Due to the fact that we are experts in Florida travel and have assisted thousands of vacationers in finding their dream Orlando accommodation, we regularly get asked for information regarding the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA).

We appreciate that for many people travelling to Florida for the first time, understanding the process of applying for permission to enter the USA can be complicated.  That’s why we thought we’d create a detailed guide that highlights everything you need to know about ESTA.

What is the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA)?

ESTA is a web-based system that that is used to determine whether an individual has the right to travel to the United States of America. It was introduced by the US Department of Homeland Security to prevent undesirable citizens, from countries involved in the Visa Waiver Program, entering America.

How and when to apply for ESTA

The best way to apply to the Electronic System for Travel Authorization is by visiting their website and completing an online application form. Click “Here” to access the official ESTA website. There are many other sites but they all charge you a fee for something you can easily do yourself. In January 2018 the application fee is $14 per person and there is no need to pay any more than that.

You will be required to enter your passport details, however, the application process only takes a few minutes to complete. Please be very careful to answer the questions accurately as you will not be able to edit them once you have submitted the form and you can only do it once so be VERY careful how you answer the straightforward questions.

Upon completion of your application form, you will receive one of three responses. These are:

  • Authorization Approved – This means you have been approved to travel to the USA
  • Travel Not Authorized – This means you have not been approved to travel to the USA
  • Authorization Pending – This means your application hasn’t yet been approved or denied and you will receive your answer soon

Although in most cases ESTA applications are approved in seconds, it can take up to 72 hours to receive a response so we recommend submitting your application a minimum of a week before your departure.

What to do if ESTA is denied

If your application to the Electronic System for Travel Authorization is denied, you still have the option to apply for a non-immigrant visa at the US Embassy. You’ll be asked to attend a short interview at the Embassy, after which, if you’ve been approved, you’ll receive your non-immigrant visa.

If you think that you may be refused an ESTA then we highly recommend that you apply for it as soon as possible as obtaining a visa is a time consuming, and not guaranteed process.

Generally, you will be refused an ESTA if you have a conviction which resulted in a prison sentence anywhere in the World or your status in the UK is not permanent.

Now you’re up to date on what ESTA is and how to apply, are you ready to plan your vacation?

Now you know everything about the Electronic System for Travel Authorization and if you’re planning on vacationing in Orlando with your loved ones, it might be time to start searching for your dream accommodation.

We have hundreds of privately owned villas listed on our website that are situated just a short drive from some of Orlando Florida’s most famous attractions. With villas to suit every budget that the whole family will love, we know you’ll find your ideal rental villa.

To begin your search just go to www.wewantthatvilla.com and put in your dates on our homepage and browse through our wide selection of results. If you find a villa you love simply send us an enquiry. It’s that easy.

If you would like more information about any of our villas or if you have a few questions and would like to speak with a member of our team, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. Call us on +44 1254 822803 or email us at findmeavilla@wwtv.us and our Owners will personally assist you.

How To Make Your Vacation Rental Feel Like Home

When traveling long haul to a destination such as Orlando, we think it’s important that your vacation rental feels like your home away from home, ensuring that you can comfortably sit back and relax.

From bringing along personal possessions to spending some time in the kitchen cooking some of your favourite meals, there are a variety of things you can do to ensure that you feel comfortable at your villa for the duration of your holiday.

Top tips for making your vacation rental feel like home

  • Give everyone their own freedom and space

One of the many benefits of going on vacation and staying in a villa is that everyone has the freedom to come and go as they please – just as they do at home. Consider the resort-style villas where they will be plenty of outdoor sporting facilities and play areas. There may also be nature trails for a peaceful walk or just enjoy relaxing by the private pool, there’s enough space for everyone to enjoy their vacation their way.

  • Make your favourite meals

Cooking your favourite meals when staying in a vacation villa gives the whole family the opportunity to sit down for dinner in the warm Florida evenings. If there are any meals you often have at home, put the villa kitchen to the test by cooking them. Having freshly cooked food that you often eat at home can really help you and your loved ones settle in. It also helps with the vacation budget.

  • Bring any sentimental items

If you have any sentimental items that remind you of home, don’t be afraid to bring them along on your Orlando vacation. Dotting photographs of your friends and loved ones around the villa could make your villa feel much more homely. Also, because you and your family have the entire villa to yourselves, there’s no chance of any of your items going missing or getting damaged – unlike in a hotel.

  • Put away your clothing and possessions

You don’t have to live out of your suitcase for the duration of your trip. Properly unpacking and putting all your clothes and possessions away is a great way to make your vacation rental feel more like home. Most villas won’t contain the personal possessions of the owner which means you’ll have plenty of room to store your things.

Browse our website to find your dream holiday rental villa today

Each offering a luxurious private pool and all situated a short distance from a variety of attractions and local amenities, our villas offer the perfect accommodation for the entire family.

All our vacation rental villas are single family homes which means you’ll find the transition from your home to one of our villas seamless. We currently have over 250 villas listed on our website with more being added.

If you are ready to begin the search for your dream Orlando vacation accommodation, feel free to browse our website www.wewantthatvilla.com  – we’re sure you’ll find a villa you love. Additionally, if you have a few questions that you’d like to ask a member of our team, please don’t hesitate to get in touch as we are keen to hear from you. Call us on +44 1254 822803 or email us at findmeavilla@wwtv.us and we’ll happily answer any of your questions.

How To Visit Orlando On A Budget

As the home of many of Florida’s most world-renowned attractions, such as Disney World and Universal Studios, Orlando is an extremely expensive destination. This means that, for many people, vacationing in the area is a once in a lifetime opportunity. From enjoying meals out at local restaurants and spending the day at Disney World, to finding accommodation that’s suitable for the entire family, the costs just seem to mount up.

However, when planned in advance, it is possible to enjoy a fun-filled vacation in Orlando whilst sticking to a budget.

We’ve written this detailed guide that explains how you and your loved ones can visit Orlando on a budget whilst making the most out of everything it has to offer.

Here’s how to visit Orlando on a budget

  • Where to stay

Whether travelling in a small or large group it’s often more cost effective to rent a privately owned villa that provides enough space for the whole family instead of paying for several hotel rooms. Not only do villa rentals offer much more privacy but all guests are also still able to have their own bedroom. Additionally, all villas come with their own private pool and sun loungers which means you and your loved ones will never have to reserve your place by the pool. As you will know when staying in a hotel the costs just keep coming from dinks, snack, towels and ice creams etc. and all at hotel prices. Stock up at the local supermarket and enjoy all these at the villa.

  • Where to eat

When it comes to eating, one of the more cost-effective options when trying to visit Orlando on a budget is to cook meals from scratch and take picnics when heading out for the day. This will save you hundreds of dollars in tips and restaurant bills.

  • Places to go

Although visiting Disney World and Universal Studios is a must when vacationing in Orlando Florida, there are still a variety of attractions that the whole family can enjoy for a much lower cost. One of the best ways to experience these attractions is by getting a Go Orlando card. Go Orlando cards can be purchased for $55 per child and $69 per adult and grant unlimited access to attractions such as Madame Tussauds, the Coca Cola Eye and Gatorland.  Also, remember there are plenty of open spaces to explore and do not miss out on the waterfront of Kissimmee historical town.

  • How to get around

Hiring a car for transport is a brilliant option for families trying to visit Orlando on a budget. Having your own vehicle not only costs less than relying on taxis and public transport, it also gives you the freedom to come and go as you please. Always check a variety of suppliers and we would recommend the following as the best options;

CDW insurance- all quotes will include this and you do not NEED any further insurances to cover the vehicle. Buy more if you want to but you do not NEED it.

Fuel policy- Always pick the “Full to Full” option as then you only pay for the fuel you use. You collect the car full and take it back full. Don’t be fooled to “prepay the fuel” as you will be charged for an entire tank of fuel as per the manufacturer specifies so you will always never use the fuel you pay for. Don’t be fooled by them telling you that “..the fuel is cheaper through them..” It’s NOT.

Vehicle size- Go for the vehicle size you actually need. If your 4 travelling together then go for a mid-size car as more often than not the hire firm will not have that size so they will just upgrade you to a full size or SUV.

Upgrading: The car is a vehicle to get you about during your stay and you’re not buying it. If it does the job then that’s all you need as you will give it back in a few days so don’t be tempted, unless you are prepared to pay for it, to upgrade to the convertible or larger car.

Our villas are perfect for travellers on a budget

Our website is filled with hundreds of privately owned Orlando villas that are situated just a short drive from Florida’s most infamous tourist attractions. Each villa has between 3 and 8 bedrooms which makes them perfect for groups of any size. With some of the lowest prices around and our personalised service, renting one of our villas for your next Orlando vacation will be one of the best decisions you’ve ever made.

Simply complete the search criteria on our website to start your search, select the villa of your choice and enquire! It really is that simple.

If you have any questions that you would like to ask a member of our team, feel free to give us a call on +44 1254 822803 or email us at findmeavilla@wwtv.us and we’ll assist you in any way we can.

Top 5 Cheap Restaurants in Disney World

Cheap Restaurants in Disney World

Speaking from our experience of visiting Disney World Florida ourselves, we understand how expensive eating at some of Disney’s restaurants can be, however, we also appreciate that sometimes it is nice to eat inside the resort and enjoy the whole Disney experience.

If you’re on a tight budget but are still hoping for the holiday of a life time at Disney World Florida, we want you to know that it is possible to do everything you want, including eating out, on the tightest of budgets.

To help you keep to your vacation budget and still be able to enjoy the pleasures of some of Disney World’s best places to eat, we’ve put together our top 5 cheap restaurants in Disney World that are ideal for families of any size.

What are the top 5 cheap restaurants in Disney World?

Below are a selection of the cheaper restaurants inside Disney World Resort that are perfect for those days where cooking at the villa doesn’t seem like an option but you still want to stick to your budget.

  1. Blaze Pizza

The first on our list of cheap restaurants in Disney World is Blaze Pizza. With brilliant reviews on TripAdvisor and plenty of vegetarian and vegan options, this great pizzeria is located at Disney Springs. Their pizzas start at just over $5 and salads and desserts are also available.

  1. Sweet Tomatoes

Sweet Tomatoes is a buffet restaurant that caters to people with a variety of tastes. From salads and baked potatoes to macaroni cheese and soups, there’s definitely something for everyone. Also renowned for their fantastic desserts, this restaurant is good value for money.

  1. Earl of Sandwich

Again located in Disney Springs, this restaurant is a tasty and traditional sandwich place that offers all the classics. Although it’s slightly pricier than some of the other restaurants we’ve mentioned, the portions aren’t for the faint hearted and side dishes can be ordered to go with any sandwich.

  1. Sofrito Latin Café

If you’re a fan of South American cuisine for an affordable price, you’ll love Sofrito Latin Café. With a variety of menu options and low prices, this is an ideal place for anyone with a small budget.

  1. Flame Tree Barbecue

Traditional American cuisine is something that everybody needs to experience when visiting Florida and Flame Tree Barbeque is just the place to do it. Situated in Disney’s Animal Kingdom, this restaurant is the ideal place to eat after visiting this section of the park.

Book your Florida villa in time for your Disney vacation!

If you are jetting off to Walt Disney World Florida and are still searching for your ideal accommodation, look no further than We Want That Villa.

We have hundreds of stunning villas situated under an hour’s drive away from Disney World that are suited to small and large groups of any age. All of our villas come with their own private pool and some come with a games room that would entertain the kids for hours.

To browse our wonderful range of villas and find the one that’s perfect for you, visit our website.

Fun Things To Do In Orlando Florida

As much as we know it’s possible to fill your days exploring the magical wonders of Disney World Resort, it’s important to remember that there are hundreds of other fun things to do in Orlando Florida that both you and the kids will love.

From sea creatures and sightseeing to science exhibits and magic shows, Orlando has something to offer everybody. After visiting Orlando Florida with our family every year for over 20 years, we’ve enjoyed spending time exploring the many other family friendly wonders that it has to offer.

What are the top 3 fun things to do in Orlando Florida?

  • Coca Cola Orlando Eye

The world renowned Coca Cola Eye is a 400ft tall observation wheel that quickly became one of the most popular attractions in Orlando and gives you the opportunity to see Florida from up high. This fantastic experience costs just $25 per adult and offers a fantastic experience. Furthermore, combination tickets can be purchased that give you access to the Eye and one other famous attractions such as Sea Life. These tickets start at $39 but can save you an average of $33.50 off individual prices.

  • Sea Life Orlando Aquarium

Sea Life Orlando is one of the most popular aquariums in the world and with over 5000 different species of sea creature and a 360 degree glass ocean tunnel, this is a place that will entertain the kids for hours. Several talks and feeds take place throughout the day which makes Sea Life a fun and educational day out. Tickets start at $20 but you can receive a 10% discount if you book online.

  • WonderWorks

With 4D XD simulator rides, Laser Tag, indoor rope challenges and science experiments, the WonderWorks is a brilliant day out for children of any age and has activities that even the adults can get involved in. There are over 100 exhibits and there’s even a magic comedy dinner show in the evenings where the whole family can enjoy unlimited pizza.

Still searching for your 2018 Florida accommodation?

Now that you’ve opened your mind to a few of the most fun things to do in Orlando Florida, it’s time to start planning your next vacation. If you have been searching for the perfect accommodation for your 2018 Florida vacation, We Want That Villa can help.

We have hundreds of luxurious villas in Florida that are all under an hour’s drive away from the most popular resorts and attractions. Each villa has its own private pool and with some of them having a maximum of 8 bedrooms, you certainly won’t be short on space.

If you’re interested in looking at some of the villas available for hire during your vacation, just head to our website and browse the selection.

Top 5 Thrilling Disney World Rides

Disney World Rides - Expedition Everest

It’s not hard to understand why Disney World Orlando is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world when you consider how much it has to offer. From spending time shopping and eating in restaurants, to visiting the safari animals and enjoying an ice cream, you’re never short of something to do.

Besides wanting to meet some of Disney’s most famous characters, one of the main attractions at Disney World Orlando is their variety of thrilling rides. With something for the entire family, the theme park rides make a fun day out for everyone.

Having tried and tested some of their biggest and most famous rides, we’ve put together a selection of the top Disney World rides to help you plan your trip to Disney World.

Top 5 Disney World Rides

  1. Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster

As the second fastest ride in Disney World, reaching speeds of 57mph, Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster is located in the Hollywood Studios area of the park. Not only does it go upside down, it’s also the only rollercoaster in Disney World to have an inverted drop. Better still, as you’re souring around the track at high speeds, Aerosmith tracks are played in the background. This ride is perfect for those that love thrills and old school rock and roll.

  1. Expedition Everest

Expedition Everest is one of the most popular rides at the Disney World Orlando Resort and is experienced by millions of people each year. It’s a traditional rollercoaster that’s been taken to the next level with a series of special effects and stunning scenery and although it’s not filled with surprising drops and loop-the-loops, it does go backwards once you’ve reached to top of the track.

  1. Tower of Terror

At 61 meters high with a 40 meter drop, the Tower of Terror is third on our list of top Disney World rides and is set inside the Hollywood Tower Hotel. Simulating a haunted hotel, visitors follow bellhops into a lift, where they are strapped into their seats and the ride begins. Guests are then dropped for 40 meters at 39 mph before reaching the hotel basement and stepping off the ride.

  1. Space Mountain

Space Mountain is an indoor roller coaster that follows the theme of being inside a spaceship and exploring the universe. The roller coaster is in complete darkness with the occasional flashes of strobe lighting and consists of a series of steep drops and sharp turns. It’s the oldest roller coaster in the Disney World Resort but has since been modernised.

  1. Splash Mountain

The final ride on our list of the top Disney World rides is Splash Mountain. Covering half a mile and boasting several mini drops, the Splash Mountain log flume is another of the most popular rides at the resort. After making its way around the track, exploring caves and swamps and interacting with characters, the ride finishes with a 5 story drop.

Are you seeking your next thrill on some of the best Disney World rides?

If you’re in the process of planning your next Disney World Orlando vacation and are searching for your dream accommodation, look no further than We Want That Villa.

We have a variety of privately owned luxury villas, perfect for groups of any size, that are situated within an hour’s drive of some of Orlando’s most famous attractions.

Whether you’re traveling alone or in a large group, browse our website to find your villa for 2018 today.

Cheap Villas In Orlando

When searching for your ideal Florida holiday accommodation it is important to consider all options, especially for those who are on a budget. As the cost of food, park tickets and travel can add up, making savings on your accommodation where possible is ideal.

Renting a cheap villa in Orlando is often the most cost-effective way for families to vacation, providing space for the whole group you are travelling with, without breaking the bank. However, we often find that our vacationers are surprised when they find out how cheap Orlando villas really can be.

How are cheap villas in Orlando better than hotels?

There are a variety of reasons why renting a cheap villa is much more cost-effective than staying in a hotel. Below are just a few:

  • Split the cost

If travelling in larger groups, it’s much more cost effective to rent a spacious villa and split the cost between each guest than paying for multiple hotel rooms. The cost of renting a villa is much cheaper per person and can save each guest a few hundred dollars on their vacation accommodation. Furthermore, hiring one of our many cheap villas in Orlando will give large groups the chance to socialise with each other without being in the company of other hotel guests.

  • No tips and service charges

In Orlando, many of the staff that work within hotels rely heavily on tips and service charges as payment for their work. Due to this, a huge cost that not many people consider when staying in a hotel are tips and service charges. Staying in a private villa without staff means that a huge chunk of your budget isn’t used for paying tips.

  • Cook at the villa

When staying in a hotel, if you are intending on having breakfast and an evening meal at one of the hotel restaurants every day, a large portion of your budget will go on food and drink. Additionally, as mentioned above, you will also be charged a service charge by the servers waiting on your table. This cost can be avoided by staying in one of many cheap villas in Orlando and cooking your own meals. Not only will you save money buying food from the supermarket and cooking it yourself, it’s also a perfect opportunity to get the kids involved in cooking.

  • Entertainment

Although most hotels offer forms of entertainment such as arcades, pools and sporting activities, they often incur an extra fee. However, private villas come with their own forms of entertainment. All our villas have their own private pool and some even have hot tubs, games rooms and home cinemas- all of which are included in the rental cost. This means that the kids can keep themselves entertained without you having to spend extra money on activities.

Why choose one of our cheap villas in Orlando?

Here at We Want That Villa, we only rent out villas that are privately owned instead of agency owned. This is because when a villa is rented out by an agency, service fees are added on to the cost of the villa hire which can increase your vacation accommodation bill by hundreds of dollars.

If you’re already searching for cheap villas in Orlando ready for your 2018 vacation, feel free to browse through the villas on our website- you might find the rental villa you’ve been searching for.

How To List Your Villa For Free With We Want That Villa

Here at We Want That Villa, we don’t believe in villa owners having to pay a monthly fee to list their villas on rental websites. That’s why we allow villa owners to list their property for free. There are no hidden costs and we only take a commission once your villa has been fully qualified and confirmed and paid for.

We want the experience of listing your villa to be as quick and straightforward as possible. That’s why we’ve put together a step by step guide on how to list your villa for free that will help you with each stage of the process.

Step 1 – Create an account

Click on the List Villa/Owner Login button at the top of our homepage. This will redirect you to a Login page in which you will be able to create an account.

All you need to do is fill out a few personal details such as your full name and address. This will register you as a villa owner on our website and will enable you to make changes to any of your listings and create new listings.

Step 2 – Start your listing

Once you’ve registered, you’ll to log in to the villa owner area of our website where you have the option to list your villa.

Step 3 – Fill out the requested information

Once you’ve started the listing process, you will be asked to accurately fill out the requested information about your villa using the tick boxes provided. This information gives us an idea of the size of your villa and what facilities it has to offer.

Step 4 – Upload photographs

At this stage, you’ll have the option to upload up to 8 photographs (to be increased soon, watch this space) of your villa. Please ensure that these photographs are clear, up to date and free from copyright. These photographs must include the front of the villa, the kitchen, the swimming pool and the games room if you have one.

Step 5 – Final checks

Once your listing is completed, we will check that all of the requested information has been filled out correctly and will notify you if any changes need to be made. When your villa listing has been approved, it will immediately be uploaded to our website.

List your villa with us today!

If you have a villa that you would like to rent out, simply follow this step by step guide. The entire listing process only takes around 20 minutes to complete and your villa will be visible on our website in a matter of hours.

Our dedicated team manage all bookings personally to provide the best experience for you. From dealing with the initial enquiry to speaking with your management company, we are involved in every step of the process.

If you have any questions about listing your villa or would like more information about what the process involves, please don’t hesitate to contact a member of our team.

You can email us at findmeavilla@wwtv.us and we’ll be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Ultimate Disney World Savings Guide

Regardless of the size of your budget, an ultimate Disney World savings guide is something that every parent needs when visiting the world-renowned destination.

Founded in 1971, Disney World Florida quickly became the dream holiday destination for families worldwide and has continued to increase in popularity in the years since. However, due to the popularity increase, the cost of visiting the park has also become drastically more expensive.

Over the course of 2016, over 20 million people visited the Magic Kingdom at the Disney World Florida resort and this number is constantly increasing!

If you’re currently planning your next trip to Disney World Florida, this guide will give you some top tips on saving money when you’re there, whilst still enjoying every moment of your family vacation.

Ultimate Disney World Savings Guide

As we’ve holidayed at Disney World and visited Florida so many times, we’ve experienced the cost of staying there first hand and understand how expensive it can be. That’s why we’ve decided to come up with a selection of money saving tips that will help you keep your spending to a minimum.

  1. Plan the vacation early

One of the great ways to save money when having a vacation at Disney World is by planning the trip well in advance. Disney offers several deals and discounts for people wanting to book for the following year that will save you hundreds of dollars.

Furthermore, the cost of visiting Disney World varies depending on the season. For example, visiting during holiday periods like Independence Day and Thanksgiving will be much more expensive than visiting during off-peak months.

  1. Stay at a villa outside the park

Although Disney World Florida has hundreds of hotels on site, it’s extremely expensive to stay for the period of your vacation because of the fact that the attractions are so close by. The more cost-effective option is to hire a villa in a location near the park or to stay in a local hotel.

There are several hotels and villas within close vicinity of the park that cost considerably less, most of which are only a few minutes’ drive away.

  1. Use a travel agent

Using an experienced travel agent to help you plan your Disney World vacation can, in some cases, be one of the most affordable options. This is because travel agents often work with resorts such as Disney World to offer fantastic deals on vacations.

Travel agents can help with the planning of the entire trip and can even recommend and book the best hotels, restaurants and attractions for a discounted price.

  1. Buy a multi-day park ticket

Park tickets are available to purchase and can give you access to several areas of the park, nonetheless, day tickets are expensive. That’s why it’s best to buy multi-day park tickets. Disney World offers a discount for multi-day tickets which means that the cost per day is cheaper than buying on a daily basis.

  1. Self-cater

Disney World has several restaurants within the park that can be used at any time, however, these restaurants are usually expensive, purely because of their convenience.

One of the best ways to save money when visiting the park is to buy your own food and make your own meals using the facilities in your hotel. If you really want to eat out, perhaps visit a Disney restaurant once or twice during your trip or eat in restaurants outside of the park and make your own meals the rest of the time. This will save you hundreds of dollars over the course of your vacation.

Find the perfect Florida villa for your Disney World trip!

If you are in the process of planning the Disney World trip of a lifetime and our ultimate Disney World savings guide has helped you decide that a villa is more suited to your budget, visit our website.

We have hundreds of villas available for rental that are all within close vicinity of Florida’s most famous attractions. Perfect for large and small groups and people of any age, our villas are suited to the needs of everyone.