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Florida - Orlando Travel Information

Florida, Americas southernmost State is one great holiday playground packed with exciting attractions for people of all ages.

Think of glorious sunshine: think of Florida, the Sunshine State is all set for year-round enjoyment. Imagine hundreds of miles of beaches, all your favourite watersports and wonderful golf courses.

Florida

Citrus groves and lakes surround the magical expericeces of Walt Disney World where kids of all ages relive childhood fantasies in the Magic Kingdom.

Leave the rockets of Tomorrowland to see a real-life launch-pad at nearby Kennedy Space Centre.

White, sandy, beautifully groomed beaches of the Gulf of Mexico offer a relaxed and sophisticated lifestyle.

Browse elegant boutiques in Sarasota and Naples. Golf and tennis lovers are spoiled for choice on the islands of Sanibel and Captiva.

Skim the Everglades on an airboat or sail through the Florida Keys. Feast on southern specialities like grouper and key lime pie. After dark, enjoy dazzling entertainment in elegant resort hotels, or the exotic rhythms of Cuban nightclubs in Miami's South Beach.

Miami Beach
Miami Beach

From Daytona Beach to Key West, Florida is yours to discover!

Florida - Orlando Travel Information

Orlando is an essential part of any Florida holiday, simple as that. The only problem you'll have is organising your time because, no matter how long you stay, we guarantee you won't manage to visit every attraction you want to. A bit of prior planning goes a long way, so get some kind of rough itinerary together, after all, the anticipation is all part of the excitement!

Within Orlando there are five broad areas to stay. You can stay within the Walt Disney World Resort area in one of the Disney hotels. The other areas are Kissimmee, International Drive, Universal Orlando Resort and Lake Buena Vista where there is a full selection of hotels and suites to stay.

Wherever you decide to stay in Orlando, it's the multiple state-of-the-art attractions of this amazing place that will bring constant amusement to the whole family, day and night.

Orlando is the perfect holiday destination for people aged between 2 to 92! It boasts the largest collection of theme parks in the world - with something to suit all tastes.

Orlando Attractions
Plenty to see and do!

Thrill rides, characters galore, water parks and rides themed to your favourite movies means there is never a dull moment.

Where to Stay

There are four main areas that make up Orlando -

Walt Disney World Resort
Includes some of the most sophisticated, convenient and fun places to stay with resort hotels sprinkled around all the main attractions. All Walt Disney World Resort hotels offer free transportation to all the Disney attractions as well as offering their guests special perks. If you'd rather be closer to Disney attractions, then these hotels will take some beating. Remember, Disney entrance tickets for the duration of your stay are automatically included in the price you pay when staying at official Disney hotels.

Lake Buena Vista
This area is also handy for the Disney parks with excellent shopping and leisure facilities and with most hotels offering free transportation. Its proximity to interstate 4 makes it also convenient for the whole of Orlando.

International Drive
Lies midway between downtown Orlando and Walt Disney World therefore its in a very central location. Its a well developed tourist area with great shopping, restaurants and entertainment. The area represents generally good value for money and you can actually walk quite a distance along the pavement, a rarity in America. For those who prefer not to, a shuttle bus service runs up and down International Drive.

Kissimmee
Where you'll find a 12 mile strip of hotels, restaurants and shops, probably represents best value for those on a budget. Its also handy or access to Walt Disney World Resorts and attractions. But you'll certainly need a car.

There are now no less than eight major theme parks, all of which take at least a day to do, and some even two. So your talking at least 11 days of adventure if this is your first time! Add a host of night time attractions and you start to get an idea of the awesome scale of entertainment on offer. Comfortable walking shoes are highly recommended!

Main Attractions

Walt Disney World

Where it all started in 1971 with the opening of -
The Magic Kingdom. Now consisting of four distinct theme parks, 20 speciality hotels, three water fun parks, a sports complex, five 18 hole golf courses plus a huge Downtown Disney shopping and entertainment complex, the whole area covers 47 square miles, almost 31'000 acres.

Walt Disney World
Magic Kingdom

The Magic Kingdom is essential Disney including the fantasy of its animated films, adventures of the Wild West and African Jungles, plus the excitement of thrilling rides like Space Mountain.

Epcot is Disney's idea of the future combined with a journey around our planet in World Showcase. Its both educational and adventurous, possessing some memorable rides.

In Disney MGM Studios you can ride the movies and have some close encounters with Indiana Jones, Star Wars, Tower of Terror and see how films are really made.

Star Wars
Go on the Star Wars ride

The Animal Kingdom park is a 100 acre safari savannah that contrasts realistic animal habitats, captivating shows and thrilling rides.

Typhoon Lagoon has to be the world's largest man-made lagoon where you can spend a lazy day splashing down water slides and learning to surf.

The Blizzard Water Park is the big brother of water parks with a massive spread of rides and slides in a 'snowy' environment.

Watch world class tennis, baseball, athletics and more at Disney's Wide World of Sports.

Downtown Disney includes Pleasure Island, Marketplace and the new West Side where you can enjoy themed restaurants, a cinema complex and a choice of eight night clubs.

Universal Orlando

Universal Orlando is the newest resort development that rivals Disney with a choice of two theme parks, an entertainment district, water park and series of stunning speciality hotels.

Universal Studios
Universal Studios

Universal Studios Florida features state of the art simulator ride Back to the Future, mind-boggling Terminator 2, Jaws, Kongfrontation, the Twister experience, Earthquake, Woody Woodpecker's Kid Zone and the Men in Black ride.

Universal's Islands of Adventure is a superb blend of family attractions and thrilling rides, using some of the most technically advanced hardware in the world.

More information - Universal Orlando Resort

SeaWorld

SeaWorld is not just another dolphin show. See the creatures of the deep close up, with killer whales being the main attraction plus serious thrill rides like Journey to Atlantis and Kraken.

SeaWorld
SeaWorld

SeaWolds sister park, Discovery Cove offers the chance to swim with the dolphins.

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