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Holidays in Orlando

From the glamour of Las Vegas and majesty of the Grand Canyon, to New York’s iconic Statue of Liberty and the rhythm of the Deep South, take your pick from a million different adventures in America. Plan your perfect US holiday with Thomas Cook today and Tick the Box on your favourite US destinations and experiences.

A destination like no other, Orlando is home to some of the most famous theme parks in the world. Take your holiday to the next level at Universal Orlando Resort™. With three amazing theme parks – Universal Studios Florida™, Universal’s Islands of Adventure™, and Universal’s Volcano Bay™ water theme park, opening early summer 2017 – spectacular on-site hotels and more, it’s days and nights of endless fun for every member of the family.  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.

30 °C

Average temperatures in the early 30s (°C).

8-9 hours

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.

 

Did you know that we now fly from London Stansted to Orlando for Summer 2016? Book up early to avoid disapointment

Book a Thomas Cook holiday to Orlando for a sunshine-filled fairy tale holiday that you and your family will remember for years to come.

Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort

WDW Hotels, Orlando

7 Nights, Room Only
Hotel highlights
  • Tropical-themed hotel
  • Close to Walt Disney World's Epcot park
  • Seven outdoor pools

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 6689 reviews

Thomas Cook Customer Rating
Based on 3 reviews

What is included ?

  • ATOL Protection
  • Resort service
  • In-Flight Meals
  • Your Seat Choice*
  • 23kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
  • Car Hire

£ 884

Vista Cay Resort by Millenium

International Drive, Orlando

7 Nights, Self Catering
Hotel highlights
  • Gated resort
  • Spacious apartments
  • 20 minute drive to Walt Disney World Resort

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 1832 reviews

Thomas Cook Customer Rating
Based on 3 reviews

What is included ?

  • ATOL Protection
  • Resort service
  • In-Flight Meals
  • Your Seat Choice*
  • 23kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
  • Car Hire

£ 738

Universalʼs Cabana Bay Beach Resort

Universal Orlando Resort Hotels, Orlando

7 Nights, Room Only
Hotel highlights
  • Exclusive on-site benefits
  • Family suites sleep 6
  • Complimentary transport to Universal theme parks

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 10568 reviews

What is included ?

  • ATOL Protection
  • Resort service
  • In-Flight Meals
  • Your Seat Choice*
  • 23kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
  • Car Hire

£ 627

Disney's All–Star Resorts

WDW Hotels, Orlando

7 Nights, Room Only
Hotel highlights
  • Sports, movies and music-themed hotels
  • Two themed swimming pools at each resort
  • Close to Disney's Animal Kingdom park

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 4040 reviews

Thomas Cook Customer Rating
Based on 6 reviews

What is included ?

  • ATOL Protection
  • Resort service
  • 23kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
  • Car Hire

£ 812

Rosen Inn at Pointe Orlando

International Drive, Orlando

7 Nights, Room Only
Hotel highlights
  • Close to International Drive's shops and entertainment
  • 20-minute drive to Walt Disney World Resort
  • 3 swimming pools

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 7323 reviews

Thomas Cook Customer Rating
Based on 22 reviews

What is included ?

  • ATOL Protection
  • Resort service
  • 23kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
  • Car Hire

£ 633

Orlando Preferred Villas

Kissimmee Area, Orlando

7 Nights, Self Catering
Hotel highlights
  • Ideal for families and groups of friends
  • Located around the Kissimmee area
  • Private screened outdoor pool
Thomas Cook Customer Rating
Based on 4 reviews

What is included ?

  • ATOL Protection
  • Resort service
  • 23kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
  • Car Hire

£ 597

Recommended Offers in Orlando

Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort

WDW Hotels, Orlando

7 Nights, Room Only
Hotel highlights
  • Tropical-themed hotel
  • Close to Walt Disney World's Epcot park
  • Seven outdoor pools

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 6689 reviews

Thomas Cook Customer Rating
Based on 3 reviews

What is included ?

  • ATOL Protection
  • Resort service
  • In-Flight Meals
  • Your Seat Choice*
  • 23kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
  • Car Hire

£ 884

Vista Cay Resort by Millenium

International Drive, Orlando

7 Nights, Self Catering
Hotel highlights
  • Gated resort
  • Spacious apartments
  • 20 minute drive to Walt Disney World Resort

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 1832 reviews

Thomas Cook Customer Rating
Based on 3 reviews

What is included ?

  • ATOL Protection
  • Resort service
  • In-Flight Meals
  • Your Seat Choice*
  • 23kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
  • Car Hire

£ 738

Universalʼs Cabana Bay Beach Resort

Universal Orlando Resort Hotels, Orlando

7 Nights, Room Only
Hotel highlights
  • Exclusive on-site benefits
  • Family suites sleep 6
  • Complimentary transport to Universal theme parks

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 10568 reviews

What is included ?

  • ATOL Protection
  • Resort service
  • In-Flight Meals
  • Your Seat Choice*
  • 23kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
  • Car Hire

£ 633

Disney's All–Star Resorts

WDW Hotels, Orlando

7 Nights, Room Only
Hotel highlights
  • Sports, movies and music-themed hotels
  • Two themed swimming pools at each resort
  • Close to Disney's Animal Kingdom park

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 4040 reviews

Thomas Cook Customer Rating
Based on 6 reviews

What is included ?

  • ATOL Protection
  • Resort service
  • 23kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
  • Car Hire

£ 812

Rosen Inn at Pointe Orlando

International Drive, Orlando

7 Nights, Room Only
Hotel highlights
  • Close to International Drive's shops and entertainment
  • 20-minute drive to Walt Disney World Resort
  • 3 swimming pools

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 7323 reviews

Thomas Cook Customer Rating
Based on 22 reviews

What is included ?

  • ATOL Protection
  • Resort service
  • 23kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
  • Car Hire

£ 774

Orlando Preferred Villas

Kissimmee Area, Orlando

7 Nights, Self Catering
Hotel highlights
  • Ideal for families and groups of friends
  • Located around the Kissimmee area
  • Private screened outdoor pool
Thomas Cook Customer Rating
Based on 4 reviews

What is included ?

  • ATOL Protection
  • Resort service
  • 23kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
  • Car Hire

£ 607

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™. Immerse yourself in the next generation of blockbuster entertainment at Universal Studios Florida™. Journey through legendary worlds of incredible heroes at Universal’s Islands of Adventure™. And enjoy the thrills and relaxation of a tropical paradise like no other at Universal’s Volcano Bay™ water theme park, opening early summer 2017. 

 

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.

Take your holiday to the next level at Universal Orlando Resort™. Three amazing theme parks let you immerse yourself in the next generation of blockbuster entertainment, journey through the legendary worlds of incredible heroes, and enjoy the thrills and relaxation of a tropical paradise like no other. At Universal Studios Florida™ you’ll enter The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ - Diagon Alley™, encounter mischievous Minions, crash through Krustyland with The Simpsons™, and join forces with the TRANSFORMERS as you find yourself right in the middle of the action. Next door at Universal’s Islands of Adventure™, you’ll explore The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ - Hogsmeade™, come face to face with King Kong, battle villains alongside Spider-Man, go on a high-speed rampage with The Incredible Hulk, and flee hungry raptors in Jurassic Park™. At the all-new Universal’s Volcano Bay™ water theme park, opening early summer 2017, you’ll find an oasis of excitement along with laid back luxuries creating an entirely new holiday experience. You can unwind at your choice of five spectacular on-site hotels featuring a range of accommodations, amenities, recreation, and special theme park benefits; and savour the unforgettable dining and entertainment of Universal CityWalk™, home of the world-renowned Blue Man Group. It’s days and nights of endless fun for every member of the family. Holiday beyond anything you’ve experienced before, at Universal Orlando Resort™.

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.

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 Resort™, 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.

ORLANDO IS BEST FOR...

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®.


FAST FACTS

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.


WEATHER AND CLIMATE

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.


GETTING AROUND

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.


EVENTS

Halloween: There’s a real buzz in the theme parks during the run up to Halloween. Step right into some of the most pulse-pounding moments in horror history at Universal Orlando Resort's Halloween Horror Nights, America’s premier annual Halloween event.  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.


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  • Thousands of hotels to choose from
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  • Over 175 years of travel experience
  • Award winning travel company
  • Thousands of destinations worldwide

HARRY POTTER characters, names and related indicia are © & ™ Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Harry Potter Publishing Rights © JKR. (s17)

Halloween Horror Nights is a separately ticketed event. Event occurs rain or shine. No rain checks, returns or refunds. Prices, dates, times, attractions and entertainment subject to availability and may change without notice. Other restrictions may apply. WARNING: EVENT MAY BE TOO INTENSE FOR YOUNG CHILDREN AND IS NOT RECOMMENDED FOR CHILDREN UNDER THE AGE OF 13. NO COSTUMES OR MASKS ALLOWED.

THE SIMPSONS RIDE TM Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. The Simpsons TM & © 2017 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. All rights reserved. TRANSFORMERS and all related characters are trademarks of Hasbro and are used with permission. © 2017 Hasbro. All Rights Reserved. Jurassic Park River Adventure TM Universal Studios/Amblin. © 2017 BMP.

© 2017 MARVEL. Cabana Bay Beach Resort © 2017 UCF Hotel Venture II. All rights reserved. Universal elements and all related indicia TM & © 2017 Universal Studios. All rights reserved.


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