Introducing the city

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Beer £2.78 | $3.53

Main Course £11.50 | $14.64

About Orlando

Situated in central Florida, Orlando is the ultimate playground and the king of theme parks, home to giants Walt Disney World and Universal Studios.

Forget roundabouts and seesaws - Orlando is the only playground you'll ever need. Whether you're young or young at heart, it really doesn't matter here where tens of millions of visitors come every year to predominantly enjoy the state-of-the-art theme parks, water parks and family-fun attractions.

Yet when you look beyond the pulsating rides and entertainment at places like the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Magic Kingdom and SeaWorld, this city presents a variety of other things too like top class golf courses, restaurants, shopping malls and nightlife. Of course Orlando is first and foremost a tourist magnet, where an international money-making make-over has overshadowed a once authentic city. But if you look hard enough there's still tree-lined neighbourhoods, a performing arts scene and a more relaxed way of life on the outskirts.

But ultimately we all know what really draws people here and you can count on Orlando taking you on a ride you'll never forget.

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When Should You Visit?

Visit outside of school holidays to avoid crowds. The months either side of June - September are best when temperatures are more bearable and showers less frequent.

Orlando has year-round sunny weather. It experiences a hot season in summer where temperatures reach an average high of 33 degrees Celsius in July and August and even winter can see temperatures reach just above 20, although evenings can be chilly and may require a jacket. Late spring and early autumn still get very warm weather. Most rainfall also comes between June and September, although thunderstorms or heavy showers usually come in the afternoon and pass quickly.

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Travioor top tips

Where to Stay?
Getting Around
Park Savings

Insider Info

  • Purely heading to Orlando for the theme parks? Consider staying at one of your chosen park's on-site hotels which offer complimentary shuttle transfers. However, these can be expensive. Alternatively if you are travelling in a group or with family, a villa with your own pool is a popular choice considering how many Orlando has on offer to visiting tourists.
  • The theme parks and attractions are all situated a fair distance away from each other and you'll need to find a means of transport to reach most attractions. Many people opt to rent their own car with many rental companies providing value for money deals. However, if you are staying in International Drive, there's also the I-Ride Trolley which runs up and down the main tourist strip (get a 1, 3, 5, 7 or 14 day pass to save money).
  • Always buy your theme park tickets in advance to save money, plus you'll avoid queues as opposed to just turning up on the day. You can also save by purchasing combo tickets which gain entry to various parks. Also, take lunch (snacks) into the parks with you and store your bag in a locker to avoid purchasing an expensive park lunch if you're on a budget.

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Food and drink

Main Course £11.50 | $14.64

3-Course Meal £39.67 | $50.49

Cappuccino £3.29 | $4.19

Beer £2.78 | $3.53

The Scene

Orlando's tourist industry means this city is jam-packed with international restaurants, particularly in areas like International Drive and in and around the theme parks. As such you'll find a wide variety of cuisine here to add to the American favourites. While most opt for the flurry of chain restaurants located around Orlando's main attractions, try and head for local hotspots for the best flavours of authentic Orlando. Perhaps surprisingly to some, Orlando is particularly good for Vietnamese cuisine so be sure to give it a try if you pass by a Vietnamese restaurant. Also, Character Dining Experiences at the parks are extremely popular and get booked up months in advance.

You will find a variety of nightlife in Orlando, from hangouts with family-friendly entertainment to lively nightclubs and bars, all from which you can enjoy a number of international beverages.

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History

Orlando’s Story

Before the year 1837 which saw the area's first European settlers, what is now known as Orlando was inhabited by the Seminole tribe of Native Americans. In fact, it wasn't given the name Orlando until as late as 1857 and at this time, cattle breeding and cotton were the two main industries in the city; although the growth of the citrus market helped the the city to prosper in the late 19th century, which triggered a boom in development. After a a small blip due to a three-day freeze which destroyed the majority of citrus trees in 1894, by the 1920's Orlando was again on the rise with a number of significant buildings erected. And this was again the case following WWII with shopping centres, suburbs and more roads built in the city.

However, nobody could have ever imagined what was to follow after Walt Disney World came to Orlando in 1971 which prompted an even larger development boom. Theme parks, water parks, apartments, villas, hotels and various attractions were all to come in the decades to follow given the continuous increase in tourism. By the 90's, in such a short space of time, Orlando had become a world-class holiday destination complete with the some of the globe's most appealing attractions and today it still carries the same reputation.

Language

English

English is the official language in Orlando and this is the only language you'll need to know. If you want to 'be down' with the locals, perhaps you can touch up on your American phrases or Floridian slang. Here are some examples below:

  • A snowbird/sunbird: People who live in Florida during winter but go north for summer.
  • Gypsy: An illegal cab.
  • Guests: Used to describe the Disney visitors or tourists in the parks and shops.

Need to know

+1 Dialling Code
911 Emergency Services

Get The Low-Down

  • Orlando has an international airport.
  • Your own car is the best option to get around.
  • A 15-20% tip is usually given in restaurants.
  • Cocoa Beach is around 90 minutes away.
     

VISA INFORMATION

Find out about the visa requirements for the US here.

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Travioor Recommends

1. Walt Disney World

Some would call it the most magical place on the planet; Walt Disney World is home to four outstanding theme parks and two incredible waterparks.

2. Universal Studios

Experience the rides and attractions at Universal Studios' two theme parks and enjoy the entertainment complex known as City Walk.

3. SeaWorld

Watch dolphin and whale shows, tackle the exhilarating rides and explore the aquariums at one of the world's largest marine parks.

4. Discovery Cove

Swim with dolphins and get up-close-and-personal with an array of other sea creatures for an unforgettable experience at Discovery Cove.

5. Science Centre

Enjoy four floors of interactive science exhibits at the spectacular Orlando Science Centre.


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