Lake Buena Vista travel guide

Weather and climate

Temperature: Average annual highs of 22°C, peaking at 33°C in August.

Best time to visit: For the most comfortable climate and driest weather, visit between October and May.

This resort lies at the heart of the Sunshine State, and the weather is glorious (if a little humid during the high summer months). If you’re travelling in the summer, slap on the sun cream and don’t forget your hat as the Florida sun is very strong. Try to take a break during the middle of the day when the sun is at its hottest. It’s worth remembering that hurricane season is from June to November, but full-blown storms aren’t so common.

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Lake Buena Vista is best for…

Families: Kids will remember their Lake Buena Vista holidays forever; this fantastical place is home to the world’s most famous theme parks and Disney characters.

Thrill-seekers: You’ll love the twists and turns of the rollercoasters and watercoasters, and NASCAR racing at Walt Disney World Speedway. And how about an airboat trip through the Everglades national park? Watch out for the local ‘gators!

Party-goers: From magical Disney parades to chic bars and late-night clubs, there’s always a party happening somewhere.

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Fast facts

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. Transfers to Lake Buena Vista take 1–1.5 hours.

Flight time from UK: The Lake Buena Vista flight time is 9 hours.

Tourist information: Before your Lake Buena Vista holidays, find out more 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.

Getting around

By shuttle bus: If you’re staying at Walt Disney World Resort, make the most of the free shuttle buses to the parks. Lots of other hotels do the same, so check before you book if don’t want to drive. 

By i-Ride Trolley: Home to Universal Orlando®, i-Drive is one of Orlando’s main centres outside Lake Buena Vista. The I-Ride Trolley takes you between all its parks, restaurants, and shops, so it’s super simple to explore. 

By car: Florida’s roads are easy to navigate, whether you want to get to the theme parks or further afield; but it’s worth remembering that it has more toll roads than any other state, so make sure you have a ‘roll of quarters’ for the toll gates. Within half an hour’s drive, you’ll find the east coast beaches, Kennedy Space Center and so much more.

Events

Toast marshmallows: Head to Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort / Campground for the nightly Chip ‘N Dale’s Campfire Sing-A-Long, plus gooey smores and a Disney film under the stars. 

Dance the night away: Love hip-hop and R/B? Hit the dancefloor at BET Soundstage Club in Pleasure Island to see top live acts. You could even end up on TV, and BET’s own cable channel broadcasts live from here a few nights a week.

Disney festivals: Magic-filled events take place all year round at Walt Disney World Resort, including enchanting Christmas celebrations. Even grown-ups will love Epcot International Flower / Garden festival (March to May) and Epcot International Food / Wine Festival (September).