Lake Buena Vista holidays

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.

Theme parks

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.

Culture

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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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.

Fast facts for Lake Buena Vista

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.

 

Getting around Lake Buena Vista

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 in Lake Buena Vista

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).

Lake Buena Vista weather

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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