As a family holiday destination, few places in the world can compete with Orlando thanks to its amazing theme parks and focus on fun. Whether you're travelling with toddlers who dream of meeting fairy tale characters, adventure-seeking youngsters or hard-to-impress teenagers, Orlando has something for all the family – even the young at heart!
Orlando's International Drive area brims with hotels, restaurants and shops as well as SeaWorld and Universal Orlando Resort; Lake Buena Vista is home to Walt Disney World Resort; and nearby Kissimmee has great value accommodation, including a wide selection of private homes. Whilst buses and the I-Ride Trolley do run between the main areas and attractions, having a car is recommended.
When it comes to the theme parks the Walt Disney World Resort set the standard for all those that would follow. First to arrive was the Magic Kingdom® Park, where classic attractions, thrilling rides, musical parades, beloved Disney characters and Cinderella's Castle await you. At Epcot® explore exciting attractions in both Future World, which features technological innovations, and World Showcase, which shares the culture and cuisines of 11 countries. At Disney's Animal Kingdom® Theme Park, one of the largest animal theme parks in the world, you'll encounter exotic animals and exciting adventures. Disney's Hollywood Studios® is where the worlds of movies, television and music come to life through character experiences, thrill rides and blockbuster entertainment. There are two fun-filled water parks, Disney's Blizzard Beach and Disney's Typhoon Lagoon, while also not to be forgotten is Downtown Disney® area, where world-class restaurants, dazzling entertainment and unique shops can be found.
At Universal Orlando Resort you will find three amazing theme parks where you can 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, and take on Fast & Furious – Supercharged. Next door, at Universal's Islands of Adventure, you'll explore The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Hogsmeade where, now you can join Hagrid™ as you fly beyond the grounds of Hogwarts™ castle and soar into the Forbidden Forest to discover rare magical creatures on an all-new thrilling roller coaster. Come face to face with King Kong, battle villains alongside Spider-Man, and flee hungry raptors in Jurassic Park.
At Universal's Volcano Bay water theme park you'll find an oasis of excitement along with laid-back luxuries that create an entirely new holiday experience. You can unwind at your choice of spectacular hotels and enjoy special theme park benefits such as Early Park Admission* (Valid ticket required. Select attractions); plus, savor the unforgettable dining and entertainment of Universal CityWalk.
At SeaWorld Orlando, experience unforgettable marine animal encounters and breathtaking rides like Kraken, Manta or the newly-opened Mako, the tallest, fastest and longest coaster in Orlando, while young children will discover more things to ride, climb, slide and play on than any little imagination could dream of. Aquatica by SeaWorld is a huge waterpark where you can spend a day spinning and soaking on heart-stopping rides and slides, wallow in tranquil pools, relax on sandy beaches and race through rapid rivers. At the reservation only Discovery Cove dive in and swim with bottlenose dolphins, feed tropical birds, snorkel through a saltwater reef, play with stingrays and come face to face with sharks. Between adventures, guests at Discovery Cove enjoy unlimited access to a fantastic selection of food and drinks all day long.
There's more fun to be had at Gatorland, which showcases thousands of alligators, crocodiles and much, much more; or LegoLand Orlando which is in Winter Haven about 45 minutes away and offers 50 rides, shows and attractions suitable for families with children aged between 2-12 years. In the heart of International Drive is the Orlando Eye, a 400-foot tall observation wheel offering breathtaking views of downtown Orlando's skyline, theme parks, lakes and, on a clear day, views of Cape Canaveral on the east coast.
Aside from theme parks, Orlando is a shopper's paradise, with something for wallets of every size. The Orlando Premium Outlets have locations on International Drive and Vineland Avenue, and are filled with a combined 360 high-end stores offering impressive daily savings. Central Florida's most expansive shopping centre, the Florida Mall, features over 250 retail, dining and entertainment choices. There's also The Mall at Millenia, a local and international favourite for popular fashion and upscale dining, while in downtown Orlando there's an array of unique boutiques.
With all these great attractions, and much more besides, Orlando tops the bill.
- Walt Disney World Resort theme parks
- Universal Orlando Resort
- SeaWorld, Aquatica & Discovery Cove
- Nearby fun at Gatorland & LegoLand
- Wide choice of accommodation
- Thousands of restaurants
- Excellent shopping opportunities
- Fun for all ages
Why visit Orlando?
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*Requires theme park admission. Early Park Admission begins one (1) hour prior to regularly scheduled park opening to either Universal Studios Florida or Universal's Islands of Adventure as determined by Universal Orlando, and at Universal's Volcano Bay. Valid at select attractions at each park. Attractions are subject to substitutions without notice. Additional restrictions may apply.
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