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Lake Buena Vista
Sitting on the eastern edge of Walt Disney World Resort, and just a short drive from Universal Orlando®, is Lake Buena Vista. Beyond the magical parades and thrilling theme parks, this lakeside resort in Florida is also perfect for lazy days by the pool, retail therapy, and energetic activities. Expect rolling golf courses, sumptuous spas and an array of enticing boutiques, restaurants, and bars; they’re the perfect tonic after a day of adventure.
Holidays to Buena Vista are ideal for families, and this peaceful spot balances all the vibrancy and fun of the nearby theme parks with a spot of relaxation for some special together-time with the kids.
Things to do
Holidays to Lake Buena Vista aren’t complete without a fairytale trip to Disney’s Magic Kingdom®. Six enchanting lands await, featuring the likes of Cinderella’s Castle and Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin. You could easily spend your entire holiday having a blast in the parks and shopping in Disney Springs®.
But you won’t want to miss the other joys of Central Florida, and a chance to see the ‘real’ USA beyond the theme park gates. Head to the beautiful Everglades national park to enjoy gorgeous scenery and perhaps a thrilling airboat ride, relax on the beaches of the Space Coast, or tee off at a premier golf course.
Make memories to last a lifetime in Florida’s ever expanding, world-famous theme parks. On the doorstep of Walt Disney World Resort, Lake Buena Vista is less than 10 minute from the park gates. With the parks so close by, it’s easy to spend all day whizzing on rides, searching for Mickey Mouse and relishing in the magic of Walt Disney World Resort.
About 30 minutes drive away is the popular, Universal Orlando® Resort, where the whole family can enjoy the waterparks and attractions like The Wizarding World of Harry PotterTM.
Lake Buena Vista is an upbeat, friendly resort located in the Sunshine State of Florida. Popular with tourists, golf and spa treatments are available alongside some of the world’s biggest theme parks. Lake Buena Vista has all that you could want during your stay in Florida.
Family evening entertainment
Lake Buena Vista is more of a family orientated resort than partying till late. This said there are enough bars and plenty of nightly entertainment to suit all tastes. Have a late evening meal and a few drinks in the popular bars and restaurants that usually host live music, or dance the night away in the several nightclubs in the area.
For entertainment the whole family can enjoy, fantastic live performances can usually be found in the theme parks and hotels after dark. Alternatively join in with the popular dinner and themed shows. Feast on a medieval banquet, watch the knights’ tournament or see the famous Blue Man Group and Cirque Du Soleil.
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Walt Disney World Resort
It’s the place where dreams come true. Imagine four Disney Parks and two Water Parks, two exciting night-time entertainment districts, and a state-of-the-art sports complex. Now add in over 25 themed Disney Resort Hotels, plus countless opportunities for dining, shopping and recreation, and it’s easy to see why Walt Disney World Resort in Florida is one of the number one holiday destinations in the world. With something for everyone, Walt Disney World Resort in Florida promises the holiday of your dreams. And come true they do, just like magic.
There really is something for everyone; meet your favourite Disney Characters, enjoy the thrilling attractions, make a splash at the Water Parks or relax on the beach. From shopping and golfing to world class entertainment and dining, there’s something for all ages to enjoy. And with the option to stay right in the heart of the action, with a selection of Disney Resort Hotels, you can make the most of your holiday by doing as little or as much as you want.
If you’ve made room in your suitcase for souvenirs, then Walt Disney World Resort is the place for you. This shoppers’ paradise has over 260 shopping locations offering just about everything imaginable, from Italian leather handbags to a crystal replica of Cinderella Castle.
At Walt Disney World Resort there are enough restaurants and places to eat to try somewhere new every day of your holiday. Alongside the themed restaurants within the Disney Resort Hotels and Disney Parks, there are dedicated areas within the Resort, Disney Springs and Disney’s BoardWalk, that are packed with restaurants serving a range of food from around the world. Why not try grabbing a quick bite for lunch then savouring the world class fine dining experiences available in the evening? Day or night, there are endless mouth-watering possibilities.
Beyond the Parks
After visiting the Magic Kingdom Park to watch the spectacular firework displays over Cinderella Castle, you’ll find there’s lots of evening entertainment to enjoy. Experience the timeless charm of Disney’s BoardWalk, stroll along the picturesque lake and be entertained by the traditional street performers. The long promenade hosts a variety of bars and dining experiences, so you’ll be able to find something to suit your appetite.
Disney Springs is the new after-dark place to go, with its mesmerising entertainment, bustling atmosphere and fantastic restaurants. Previously known as Downtown Disney, the nightlife is split into three elegantly themed neighbourhoods for you to discover. The Landing is where you’ll find delicious seafood and peaceful bars by the waterside. You can then shop for popular brands in the Marketplace and unique boutiques in the Town Center. Head down to West Side to be entertained by live music, theatre and dance performances.
So much to see and do
If you’re overwhelmed by the sheer amount to experience at Walt Disney World Resort there are various tools to guide you, from interactive maps to suggested itineraries. Once you’ve booked your trip, MyMagic+ is a great way to plan your time and take care of the details before you go. You can reserve access to some of your must-do experiences such as attractions, shows, parades, Disney Character experiences and more. MyMagic+ allows you to personalise your Disney holiday, ensuring you make the most of every moment with your family and friends.
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International Drive is in the heart of Orlando’s downtown area and is the perfect place to stay if you want to be close to the action of each theme park, as well as Florida’s other attractions. ICON Park as it’s known to locals, is a buzzing area full of great restaurants, larger-than-life attractions, great shops and luxurious hotels. It’s a great choice if you’d like to sample a little of everything that Orlando has to offer, and it has all the other attractions you’d expect from a 5 star holiday destination.
A spot of retail therapy is the perfect daytime activity, as you’ll find over 500 shops across the whole of International Drive. There are several fabulous malls, which sell everything from top designer labels to sport shops and boutiques. For those looking for a bargain, travel to the Factory stores and designer outlets that have discounted prices for luxury clothing and accessories.
What is International Drive?
International Drive is Orlando’s huge 11.1 mile long road that hosts a wide range of entertainment and activities that the whole family can enjoy. It’s easy to navigate around as it’s split into five areas. North International Drive is the entertainment central with the Universal Orlando® Resort, iFLY Skydiving and outlet malls lining the streets.
Value International Drive is where you’ll find Universal’s Wet ‘n Wild® and several buffet restaurants and discounted shops. The Convention Side and its Convention Centre is where you can pick up souvenirs in the gift shops and outlets as well as enjoy fine dining at ICON Park after a family game of mini-golf.
South International Drive is a popular shopping district with its large upscale mall and it’s the nearest to the Walt Disney World Resort. International Drive South is slightly further afield from International Drive but it’s home to some exceptional golf courses.
If you don’t feel like driving, a great way to explore International Drive is by using the I-Ride Trolley shuttle service, which runs regularly throughout the day and travels to the majority of attractions.
International Drive has some exceptional nightlife. There are many hotspots that host a wide variety of entertainment such as comedy, live music, discos, magic and themed shows. Dance the night away in one of the several nightclubs and vibrant bars or sit down to an evening meal and watch a performance. There’s even an opportunity to get involved in one of the themed shows like the Titanic Dinner Event and Pirate’s Dinner Adventure. There’s a huge amount of dining options serving everything from fine dining to quick bites to eat, some of the best can be found in the ICON Park complex, which provides everything from steak to sushi.
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