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Holidays in Orlando
A destination like no other, Orlando is home to some of the most famous theme parks in the world. Experience white-knuckle rides, fairy tale fantasies, awe-inspiring shows and incredible shopping malls all in one fun-filled holiday to Orlando. If you want to stay in the heart of the action, opt for a Walt Disney World Resort hotel. Bustling International Drive is known for its bars, shops and restaurants, while scenic Kissimmee is the place to kick back after a busy day at the parks.
Average temperatures in the early 30s (°C).
The main airport near Orlando is Orlando International Airport (MCO) which is 19km south-east of Orlando. Sanford Airport (SFB) is 43km north-east of Orlando.
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Kids will want to head straight for Disney’s Magic Kingdom® where they can meet their favourite characters and watch one of the brightly coloured parades. Enjoy a buffet breakfast with Mickey and the gang at Chef Mickey’s in Disney’s Contemporary Resort. Fancy travelling the world? At Disney’s Epcot, pick up a World Showcase Passport and get a stamp at each of the 11 international pavilions. Epcot’s Le Cellier Steakhouse is renowned for its delicious food. Try the rich and creamy cheddar cheese and bacon soup followed by a succulent steak. There’s something for all ages at Universal Orlando® Resort where you can experience you favourite movies and TV shows in a whole new way.
Still the most visited attraction in the world, Walt Disney World Resort is a magical experience for the young and the young at heart. Magic Kingdom® is the original theme park and one of the best things for kids to do in Orlando. Here you’ll see the iconic Cinderella Castle sitting at the heart of six enchanted lands. At Epcot, go on a trip around the world as you visit 11 international pavilions. Disney’s Hollywood Studios® celebrates the Golden Age of cinema with movie-themed rides and backstage tours. Experience life on the Serengeti plains at Animal Kingdom®, which is home to over 1,700 exotic animals.
Experience the excitement of two amazing theme parks, spectacular on-site hotels, unique dining and entertainment, plus much more at Universal Orlando® Resort. Explore more of Harry Potter’s world than ever before in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ - Hogsmeade™ and the new Diagon Alley™. Battle villains high above the streets on The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man®. Crash through Krustyland on The Simpsons Ride™. Help save the Princess on Shrek 4-D. And experience the fun of Wet ‘n Wild® waterpark, just minutes away. It’s an entire universe of action, thrills, and excitement for every member of the family.
One of the best places to visit in Orlando is the elegant Mall at Millennia, with its wide selection of high street shops and stylish department stores. It’s just a ten-minute drive from Universal Orlando®, so you can fit in a spot of shopping after an afternoon of fun at the theme park. Orlando Premium Outlets®> on International Drive is the place to hunt for designer label bargains. If you’re after great souvenirs, head to Downtown Disney®. Pick up a limited edition print at The Art of Disney and visit the year-round Christmas shop for festive ornaments and gifts.
SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment brings together the world-famous SeaWorld®, the unrivalled splashiness of AquaticaTM , the wild lands of Busch Gardens and the tropical island paradise of Discovery Cove®! Get up-close and personal with the animals and aquatic life, challenge some of mankind's most incredible rides or simply soak up the unique atmosphere and different personalities of each of the parks in your own adventure. With nature at the heart of everything, each day is a very different and thrilling experience. From swimming with dolphins to exhilarating rides and coming face-to-face with endangered animals, you'll be amazed by the exciting array of things to see and do at every one of the parks.
Families: See the kids’ faces light up as they meet their favourite Disney characters at Walt Disney World Resort.
Movie fans: Be a part of your favourite films and TV shows at Universal Orlando®.
Shoppers: Pick up a bargain at Orlando Premium Outlets® and pick up souvenirs at Downtown Disney®.
Language: The language spoken in Orlando is English.
Currency: The currency used in Orlando is the American Dollar ($).
Local time: Orlando is 5 hours behind GMT/UK time.
Fly to: The main airport near Orlando is Orlando International Airport (MCO) which is 19km south-east of Orlando. Sanford Airport (SFB) is 43km north-east of Orlando.
Flight time from UK: 8-9 hours
Tourist Information: Further Orlando tourist information can be found at www.visitorlando.com
Visa & Health: Before you travel, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/usa for recommendations and advice on visas and health for your holiday to Orlando.
Temperature: Average temperatures in the early 30s (°C).
Best time to visit Orlando: Spring or autumn when you get all that lovely Florida sunshine but without the intense heat.
Orlando weather is hot and humid during the summer. At this time, try to avoid the theme parks in the middle of the day when the sun is at its hottest. Winters are mild, but remember to bring a light jacket if you’re planning to venture out in the evenings.
By hire car: The best way to get around Orlando is by hire car. Be aware that you’ll come across a number of toll booths during your holiday, and finding a parking space outside major tourist hotspots can be a challenge.
By trolley bus: If you’re staying near International Drive, you’ll be able to use the convenient and reliable I-Drive trolley bus service which serves the surrounding area.
By bus: Walt Disney World Resort runs bus services between their hotels and theme parks.
Halloween: There’s a real buzz in the theme parks during the run up to Halloween. Universal Orlando® holds Halloween Horror Nights, where you can relive some of your favourite scary movies with live shows and haunted houses. Walt Disney World Resort holds kid-friendly Halloween parties. Dress up as your favourite Disney character and munch on sticky toffee apples as you watch the fireworks display.
Christmas: Disney’s Magic Kingdom® turns into a winter wonderland at Christmas time. Crisp white snowflakes descend on the park as Santa joins Mickey Mouse in a festive parade.