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Holidays in Lake Buena Vista
Home to Walt Disney World Resort and a short drive from Universal Orlando®, you’re never far from the action in Lake Buena Vista. But that’s not all –you’ll also find. Rolling golf courses , pampering spas and an enticing array of shops, bars, restaurants and hotels, many of them themed as lovingly as the as the big parks.
October to May are is the most comfortable (and driest) time to visit.
Orlando International Airport (MCO), about 30km north-east of Lake Buena Vista.
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To really bring the fairy tale to life, step into the shimmering world of Magic Kingdom®. Six lands of classic Disney enchantment, from the storybook vision of Cinderella Castle to a space flight with Buzz Lightyear. You could spend your whole holiday having a blast in the parks and shopping in Downtown Disney®. But don’t miss the chance to see more of Central Florida while you’re here. Ride an airboat through the Everglades. Play on the beaches of the Space Coast. And and choose from overtee off at one of the many golf courses.
Wherever you’re after kid-friendly attractions or white-knuckle rides, you’ll find them all at go in Walt Disney World Resort. As well as the famous rollercoasters, you can see African wildlife on safari in Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park®. Try Or try the crazy watercoaster at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park, where there’s an exciting splash park for smaller children too. For one of the most exhilarating activities in Lake Buena Vista, try driving a NASCAR race car at Walt Disney World Speedway.
Outside of the theme park gates, Downtown Disney® is one of the most buzzing places to go in Lake Buena Vista. See the incredible Cirque du Soleil acrobats and buy your must-have Disney souvenirs. Or immerse yourself in an alternative reality at DisneyQuest Indoor Interactive theme park. For a grown-up night out, Pleasure Island (also in Downtown Disney®) is home to the hottest nightspots. When it comes to clubs, you’ll find a huge selection playing everything from 70s’ disco to the latest releases to the latest chart hits.
If you love golf, you’ll be spoilt for choice here – it’s one of the biggest attractions in Lake Buena Vista. See if you can avoid the Mickey Mouse bunker at Disney’s Magnolia Golf Course, which has hosted the PGA Tour. Or play around the woodlands and pretty lakes of Disney’s Palm Golf Course. For golf in even natural surroundings, tee off at Disney’s Oak Trail Golf Course. This family-friendly walking course doubles as a wildlife sanctuary. And if you prefer a classic style, you’ll love the country club vibe of Disney’s Lake Buena Vista Golf Course.
Families: Home to the world’s most famous theme parks and characters, Lake Buena Vista is a fantasy escape for all ages.
Thrill-riders: Twist and turn around rollercoasters and watercoasters. Drive a NASCAR car. Or take an airboat trip through the Everglades.
Party-goers: From the celebratory atmosphere of the character parades to the beats of late-night clubbing, there’s always a party happening somewhere.
Language: The language spoken in Lake Buena Vista is English
Currency: The currency used in Lake Buena Vista is the US Dollar ($)
Local time: Lake Buena Vista is 5 hours behind GMT/UK time
Fly to: Orlando International Airport (MCO), about 30km north-east of Lake Buena Vista.
Flight time from UK: 9 hours 35 minutes
Tourist Information: Further Lake Buena Vista tourist information can be found at www.visitflorida.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 Lake Buena Vista.
Temperature: An average annual high of 22°C, peaking at 33°C in August.
Best time to visit: October to May is the most comfortable (and driest) time to visit.
At the centre of the Sunshine State, the weather in Lake Buena Vista is glorious. Don’t forget your hat and sun cream if you’re coming during the summer months. Try to take a break during the middle of the day when the sun is at its hottest.
By shuttle bus: If you’re staying on site at Walt Disney World Resort, you’ll have complimentary shuttle busess to the parks. Lots of other hotels offer a similar service, so check before you book if you’d rather not drive.
By trolley: Home to Universal Orlando®, International Drive is one of Orlando’s main centres outside Lake Buena Vista. The I-Ride Trolley provides a simple route between its parks, restaurants and shops.
By car: Florida’s roads are easy to navigate, whether you want to get to the theme parks or further afield. The east coast beaches, Kennedy Space Center and countless other attractions are within an hour and a half’s drive.
Toast marshmallows: Head to Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground for the charming Chip ‘N Dale’s Campfire Sing-A-Long, complete with a classic Disney film under the stars.
Dance the night away: The dancefloors at BET Soundstage Club in Pleasure Island heave to the latest in hip-hop and R&B, with top live acts. The BET cable channel broadcasts live from here a few nights a week, so you could be on telly.
Disney festivals: Walt Disney World Resort holds major events year-round, including the Epcot International Flower & Garden festival (March-May), Epcot International Food & Wine Festival (September) and an extravaganza of Christmas celebrations.