The quick travel guide to a holiday in Orlando Florida
If you’re thinking of travelling to Florida for a holiday then Orlando should definitely be on your list of places to go. Orlando has become synonymous with images of theme parks, adventure and a big happy mouse ever since Walt Disney World Resort was built across hundreds of acres of land in south-west Orlando. There is probably nowhere else on earth where you’ll find so much family fun packed into every square mile.
Many travel to this part of Florida for the theme parks, with heart stopping roller coasters and huge Broadway style shows – it’s somewhere that the whole family will never forget. One week’s stay is never enough as an entire family could spend the whole holiday within the Walt Disney World Resort and never see it all. However, it is easy to get around and the Disney team have plenty of advice and guidance about what to prioritise. So what are you waiting for? Start booking now!
Walt Disney World Resort really does steal the show when it comes to entertainment. If you want to make the most of the resort it’s advisable to spend at least two days in each of the six parks; the Magic Kingdom Park, Epcot, Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Blizzard Beach Water Park and Typhoon Lagoon Water Park.
Then there is Disney’s Wide World of Sport Complex and 42 square miles of Floridian wilderness which boasts horse riding, a plethora of golf courses and beauty spas. In the evening there are downtown style hangouts with a variety of restaurants and theatres. If that’s not enough, there are also 20 theme-built hotel resorts scattered around the various parks from African style lodges, to extravagant Victorian opulence. Disney even provides villa options for those who want a home away from home.
If you can tear yourself away from the magical world of Disney, then staff will help you book Orlando tickets for everything else the city has to offer.
Beyond the theme parks are some very interesting options like Downtown Orlando in the centre of town. There are a number of interesting bars, museums and streets to walk. Lake Eola Park is a favourite for locals and tourists alike with its famed fountain and amphitheatre, restaurants, farmers markets and hipster hangouts.
Winter Park is not a park like that of the Disney variety, it is an upmarket neighbourhood made popular for its high-end restaurants, chic boutique shopping and Friday night happy hour drinking holes. Outside of the city there are a number of very special East Coast beaches and none more so than Cape Canaveral.
Another popular attraction that attracts visitors is the Kennedy Space Centre: time it right and you might even get to see a launch take place. If not, a tour around NASA headquarters is always a favourite with both adults and kids. There is also the world famous Coco Beach known as the home to the world’s best surfer, Kelly Slater.
The climate in Florida is basically sub-tropical with temperatures rarely falling below 20 degrees centigrade in winter and soaring to the mid-30s in summer. The sun is powerful here so remember to bring a hat and some sun screen, and reap the benefits of cooling off in crystal clear waters.