Orlando Holidays

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 travelling as a family, with your other half, going solo or with a group of friends, you’ll never run out of things to do in Orlando and you’ll make a lifetime of memories along the way!

Orlando's main tourist areas include International Drive which brims with hotels, restaurants and shops; close by you will also find 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 Disney Springs entertainment® 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™ - Hogsmeade™, where you can now join Hagrid™ as you fly beyond.., 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, 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 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, savour the unforgettable dining and entertainment of Universal CityWalk.

There's more fun to be had at 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. Here also is the Orlando StarFlyer, the world’s tallest swing ride at 450 feet, Sea Life Orlando Aquarium, the Escape Game Orlando, iFly Orlando Indoor Skydiving and WonderWorks.

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.

Why visit Orlando?
  • Walt Disney World Resort theme parks
  • Universal Orlando Resort
  • Nearby fun at Gatorland & LegoLand
  • Wide choice of accommodation
  • Thousands of restaurants
  • Excellent shopping opportunities
  • Fun for all ages
Essential facts about Orlando
Local Time

GMT -5 hours

Currency

US Dollar

Travel information

The flying time from the UK to Orlando is around 9 hours.

Best time to go

One of Orlando’s biggest draws is the year-round sunny weather. While the temperatures do soar in summer along with the humidity, the common short sharp downpours often clear the air. Spring and autumn bring wonderfully warm temperatures and low humidity while winters are cooler, but the sun still usually shines.

Visa information

If you are eligible to enter the USA under the Visa Waiver Programme, you will need to obtain an electronic travel authorisation (ESTA) prior to travel. Please ask for details

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Unmissable Experiences in Orlando
I-RIDE Trolley (14 day unlimited ride ticket) excursion
I-RIDE Trolley (14 day unlimited ride ticket)

The I-RIDE Trolley is your hop-on-hop-off ticket to the International Drive Resort Area with over 100 stops. The Red and Green Line services operate every 20-30 minutes from 8am-10.30pm. Stops include Premium Outlets; Universal Boulevard and many, many more. Children aged 3-9 do not need a ticket and can board for just $1 per ride (payable locally).

From £15

Orlando Magic Basketball Ticket excursion
Orlando Magic Basketball Ticket

If your trip coincides with the NBA season (mid-Oct-mid-Apr), then taking in an Orlando Magic game is highly recommended. With a fabulous range of seats and a family friendly atmosphere to slam dunks and spectacular three pointers, a great evening is in prospect! Games last approximately three hours. Transfers to and from the arena are not included.

From £25

Universal Orlando 3 Park Explorer Ticket excursion
Universal Orlando 3 Park Explorer Ticket

The Universal Orlando 3 Park Explorer Ticket entitles one (1) guest admission to Universal Studios Florida, Universal’s Islands of Adventure, Universal’s Volcano Bay Water Theme Park, and select live entertainment venues of Universal CityWalk on all days during a fourteen (14) consecutive calendar day period which includes the first day any portion of the ticket is used. To receive the full fourteen (14) consecutive calendar days of admission, the ticket must be used by the first use date printed on the ticket. The ticket will expire in full on the expiration date printed on the ticket. Unused days shall be forfeited.

From £349 per adult or £339 per child (3-9 years)

WonderWorks Orlando excursion
WonderWorks Orlando

WonderWorks is an amusement park for the mind and for all ages to experience. Here, you can participate in an array of imaginative displays and exhibits, starting with the inversion tunnel to be turned upside-down! Experience includes over 100 interactive exhibits, one game of laser tag, admission to the 4-D XD Motion Theatre and Glow-in-the Dark Ropes Course. WonderWorks is in the heart of International Drive and transfers are not included.

From £35

Boggy Creek Scenic Nature Ride excursion
Boggy Creek Scenic Nature Ride

Discover Florida’s natural side during a thrilling one hour airboat ride through the beautiful Central Florida Everglades. Keep your eyes peeled for alligators, turtles and birds as you shoot between walls of tall grass and glide across the water. A Native American Experience is also included with demonstrations on cooking, toolmaking, weapons and more. A sunset expedition is available from £55 and night rides are also available from £59.

From £45

Medieval Times Orlando Dinner Show & Tournament excursion
Medieval Times Orlando Dinner Show & Tournament

This night to remember combines a delicious four-course dinner with lance-splintering action and glorious pageantry. Cheer on the ‘knights of the realm as they battle it out in a series of challenges’. Marvel at the jousting, sword fights and more.

From £49

7 or 14 Day Disney Magic Ticket excursion
7 or 14 Day Disney Magic Ticket

Disney Magic Tickets give you admission to one or more of the following Disney Parks and attractions per day of the ticket: Magic Kingdom Park, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios (including Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge), Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park, Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park, Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park, ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex (valid only on event days and extra admission charge may apply) and Disney’s Oak Trail Golf Course (green fees only). Plus one round of mini golf per day of your Disney Ticket at your choice of Disney’s Fantasia Gardens Mini-Golf Course or Disney’s Winter Summerland Mini-Golf Course (before 4pm). Adult tickets also include Disney Memory Maker. The 7 day Magic Ticket is valid for a 15-day window from the date selected, while the 14 day Magic Ticket is valid for an 18-day window from the date selected and also includes unlimited use of the Disney transportation system.

From £589 per adult or £559 per child (3-9 years); 14 Day - adult from £589 & child from £559 (3-9 years)

Kennedy Space Centre with transportation excursion
Kennedy Space Centre with transportation

On this out-of-this-world day tour NASA’s spaceport and see shuttle launch pads, stroll through the Rocket Garden, walk under the massive Saturn V rocket and even meet an astronaut from the Space Programme! If you dare, ride the Shuttle Launch Experience, a space simulator, and stand nose-to-nose with the Space Shuttle Atlantis.

From £99