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How refreshing it is to deal directly with a person at all times. From the initial travel inquiry, the booking itself and finally a call prior to leaving to say if we had any problems while we were away there was a number we could ring for advice. Particular thanks must go to Jerry, whose communication was second to none.
I can't find fault with Katie Wallis or any members of her team. Please congratulate them for their diligence, friendliness and professionalism.
A BIG thankyou to Wayne Bailey our 'Man' at DialAFlight. He always delivers the goods and we recommend him to all our friends.
Christian Burgess was our contact when we booked our flight. Very polite, extremely helpful and also checked in with us before we were due to fly. Thank you
Exceptional service as always from Michael. Have been using you now for over 10 years and wouldn't use anyone else. Always recommend you to others. Look forward to dealing with you again in the near future
Car hire performance awful
Always use Glen who has managed our holidays extremely well for severel years.
Could not fault the service. Edward Scudder was a delight to work with
Bradley and his team were first class as usual. Thank you all.
Like to thank Nicholas Brew for all his help in arranging flights. Excellent customer service.
Once again, thank you Charlie for looking after us this year
Worked just like clockwork!
Kirsty Farmer is a credit to your company, and each year we use you, she exceeds in the customer focus/service she gives. She puts us at ease knowing all details are covered and is always available to help. Fantastic. Thank you
Only complaint was about the toll charge. The car hire firm wanted to charge me $280 but I managed to get a Sunpass myself.
Gary Patel was amazing as always and will use him again next year
Sean was so helpful throughout the booking and the lead up to our holiday. Can't fault the service we received.
Kennedy is brilliant in getting cheapest flights. Good communication from the company and so helpful
Nicole, as always, gave me excellent service. From my first phone call to returning from holiday everything went to plan. The assistance was in place at every stage of my journey. Thank you Nicole for once again making my plans work so well.
We have used DialAFlight for the best part of 18 years and been extremely pleased with the service. We would definitely recommend.
As always Stuart did everything we wanted.
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Trip perfect, thanks
Please tell people hiring cars in USA don't expect the cars offered to have sat nav. I cried twice on my holiday due to this! We ended up buying an American mobile (the garmins were too expensive) which on top of extras (tolls paid up front, recovery insurance, return empty) we paid made the car stuff almost as expensive as the flights!
Stan's the man.
Fantastic customer service. Always answered our questions promptly and in a friendly manner. Would definitely use you again.
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Some of this flight might be intense, but trust your guide and be brave.' The words of warning came from Dr Jackie Ogden as our group gathered in the Link Chamber of the Pandora Conservation Initiative. We had already been through the Genetic Matching Room and been decontaminated for micro-parasites, and were being given the final sequence of instructions before being let loose on the alien planet.
THE ADVENTURE BEGINS
With the final motivational message of 'Rise to the challenge!' we were swooping off across the otherworldly terrain and lush foliage of Pandora on the back of a Mountain Banshee, the gigantic dragon-like beast from Alpha Centauri that eats people for breakfast.
Fortunately - or unfortunately, depending on your level of bravery - all this excitement was purely man-made. Or, we should say more accurately, Disneymade. Because we were in the Animal Kingdom theme park in the heart of Walt Disney World, Orlando.
A WHOLE NEW WORLD
Pandora: The World Of Avatar is the latest attraction built by the House of Mouse - with the help of film-maker James Cameron - in its vast Florida resort. It has taken seven years to complete.
While some Disney die-hards doubted the wisdom of such an obvious film franchise being successfully shoe-horned into this most naturalistic of parks, the end result is a 12-acre immersive environment that is so packed with features and special effects it would take a small book rather than one article to list them all.
It starts with the Floating Mountains that seemingly hover over the area - gigantic, 156ft-tall rockworks that are complete creatures and waterfalls – and continues through a junglelike panorama of immense complexity, studded with the bioluminescent plants from the 2009 movie that are all recreated in amazingly painstaking detail. They include some examples that react to touch and movement using specially developed sensors.
Cleverly hidden among the alien terrain - which mixes artificial plants with real ones from Hawaii and Africa - are two contrasting rides that take the story of Avatar into the future, 100 years after the war between Earth's Resource Development Administration and the indigenous Na'vi people.
RIDE OF YOUR LIFE
The Na'vi River Journey is a meandering boat ride through the Pandoran jungle, usingwith vegetation, a mix of animatronics and screen projections to create a stunningly realistic series of encounters with the flora, fauna and people. It takes an ecofriendly approach, highlighting conservation principles and real-world issues such as habitat destruction.
After this the action intensifies - Avatar Flight Of Passage kicks things up several notches with the aforementioned simulator ride in the company of Dr Ogden. Sitting astride a kind of stationary bike (and equipped with 3-D glasses), riders seemingly dive, twist and turn in through a long whirl over Pandora, taking in the sights and sounds that made the film such a visual extravaganza.
There also ought to be a special award for the Blueberry Cream Cheese Mousse with its neon blue a there is such a thing as alien looking food, this is it.
Even James Cameron was apparently initially surprised at the huge scale of Disney's plans when they approached him with the idea of Avatar Lane. He said: 'I thought we were going to be talking about creating an attraction. Disney’s vision when they came to me was to create a land.'
ART & ENGINEERING
It has been reported that the area cost up to 500-million dollars to complete. It features music composed by the late James Horner and Simon Franglen, based on the original score from Avatar.
The final word, though, deserves to come from Disney's Zsolt Hormay: 'We had to use a lot of experts to help us with the technology. It needed a lot of different skills. It melds art and engineering. It is like finishing a painting, only in three dimensions - and with a lot of engineering.'
First published in the Mail on Sunday - January 2018
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