■ STAY SOMEWHERE HANDY: The Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin is situated in the heart of the Walt Disney World Resort, with both Epcot and Hollywood Studios a 10-minute walk away. Following a $159 million renovation, it boasts top facilities including five swimming pools, 17 places to dine, a karaoke bar, luxurious spa, gym, games room, gift shops, sports activities and conference spaces. What’s more, staying here entitles guests to Extra Magic Hours in all Disney parks, as well as on-site character dining experiences, free transport to all Disney parks via boat or bus, and advance tee times on the Disney golf courses.
■ INVEST IN FASTPASSES: You’re pushed for time and you don’t want to spend any of it queuing endlessly at busy attractions. It’ll cost you more upfront but it’ll seem like the best idea you ever had amid the hustle and bustle of the busy theme parks.
■ AVOID THE RUSH: Becky’s trip began with an overnight’s stay at the BLOC Hotel in the South Terminal at Gatwick airport. Just a short walk from the train station, BLOC has everything you need to relax before jumping on your flight. Plus, when you book a room here, you also get a pass for the Premium Security route at the busy airport.