A destination like no other, Orlando is home to some of the most famous theme parks in the world. Take your holiday to the next level at Universal Orlando Resort™. With three amazing theme parks – Universal Studios Florida™, Universal’s Islands of Adventure™, and Universal’s Volcano Bay™ water theme park, spectacular on-site hotels and more, it’s days and nights of endless fun for every member of the family. Experience white-knuckle rides, fairy tale fantasies, awe-inspiring shows and incredible shopping malls all in one fun-filled holiday to Orlando. If you want to stay in the heart of the action, opt for a Walt Disney World Resort hotel. Bustling International Drive is known for its bars, shops and restaurants, while scenic Kissimmee is the place to kick back after a busy day at the parks.
30 °C Average temperatures in the early 30s (°C).
8-9 hours flights from the UK to the main airport near Orlando is Orlando International Airport (MCO) which is 19km south-east of Orlando. Sanford Airport (SFB) is 43km north-east of Orlando.
Kids will want to head straight for Disney’s Magic Kingdom® where they can meet their favourite characters and watch one of the brightly coloured parades. Enjoy a buffet breakfast with Mickey and the gang at Chef Mickey’s in Disney’s Contemporary Resort. Fancy travelling the world? At Disney’s Epcot, pick up a World Showcase Passport and get a stamp at each of the 11 international pavilions. Epcot’s Le Cellier Steakhouse is renowned for its delicious food. Try the rich and creamy cheddar cheese and bacon soup followed by a succulent steak. There’s something for all ages at Universal Orlando Resort™. Immerse yourself in the next generation of blockbuster entertainment at Universal Studios Florida™. Journey through legendary worlds of incredible heroes at Universal’s Islands of Adventure™. And enjoy the thrills and relaxation of a tropical paradise like no other at Universal’s Volcano Bay™ water theme park.
Walt Disney World Resort
Still the most visited attraction in the world, Walt Disney World Resort is a magical experience for the young and the young at heart. Magic Kingdom® is the original theme park and one of the best things for kids to do in Orlando. Here you’ll see the iconic Cinderella Castle sitting at the heart of six enchanted lands. At Epcot, go on a trip around the world as you visit 11 international pavilions. Disney’s Hollywood Studios® celebrates the Golden Age of cinema with movie-themed rides and backstage tours. Experience life on the Serengeti plains at Animal Kingdom®, which is home to over 1,700 exotic animals.
Universal Orlando Resort™
Take your holiday to the next level at Universal Orlando Resort™. Three amazing theme parks let you 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, crash through Krustyland with The Simpsons™, and join forces with the TRANSFORMERS as you find yourself right in the middle of the action. Next door at Universal’s Islands of Adventure™, you’ll explore The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ - Hogsmeade™, come face to face with King Kong, battle villains alongside Spider-Man, go on a high-speed rampage with The Incredible Hulk, and flee hungry raptors in Jurassic Park™. At the all-new Universal’s Volcano Bay™ water theme park, which is now open, you’ll find an oasis of excitement along with laid back luxuries creating an entirely new holiday experience. You can unwind at your choice of five spectacular on-site hotels featuring a range of accommodations, amenities, recreation, and special theme park benefits; and savour the unforgettable dining and entertainment of Universal CityWalk™, home of the world-renowned Blue Man Group. It’s days and nights of endless fun for every member of the family. Holiday beyond anything you’ve experienced before, at Universal Orlando Resort™.
One of the best places to visit in Orlando is the elegant Mall at Millennia, with its wide selection of high street shops and stylish department stores. It’s just a ten-minute drive from Universal Orlando Resort™, so you can fit in a spot of shopping after an afternoon of fun at the theme park. Orlando Premium Outlets® on International Drive is the place to hunt for designer label bargains. If you’re after great souvenirs, head to Disney Springs®. Pick up a limited edition print at The Art of Disney and visit the year-round Christmas shop for festive ornaments and gifts.
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HOLIDAYS IN ORLANDO
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ORLANDO IS BEST FOR...
Families: See the kids’ faces light up as they meet their favourite Disney characters at Walt Disney World Resort.
Movie fans: Be a part of your favourite films and TV shows at Universal Orlando™.
Shoppers: Pick up a bargain at Orlando Premium Outlets® and pick up souvenirs at Downtown Disney®.
Language: The language spoken in Orlando is English.
Currency: The currency used in Orlando is the American Dollar ($).
Local time: Orlando is 5 hours behind GMT/UK time.
Fly to: Orlando International Airport. The transfer time to Orlando is 1 hour.
Flight time from UK: The flight time to Orlando is 9 hours.
Tourist information:Further Orlando tourist information can be found at http://www.visitorlando.com/EN-GL/UK/
Visa and health: Before you travel, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/usa for recommendations and advice on visas and health for your holiday to Orlando.
WEATHER AND CLIMATE
Temperature: Average temperatures in the early 30s (°C).
Best time to visit Orlando: Spring or autumn when you get all that lovely Florida sunshine but without the intense heat.
Orlando weather is hot and humid during the summer. At this time, try to avoid the theme parks in the middle of the day when the sun is at its hottest. Winters are mild, but remember to bring a light jacket if you’re planning to venture out in the evenings.
By hire car: The best way to get around Orlando is by hire car. Be aware that you’ll come across a number of toll booths during your holiday, and finding a parking space outside major tourist hotspots can be a challenge.
By trolley bus: If you’re staying near International Drive, you’ll be able to use the convenient and reliable I-Drive trolley bus service which serves the surrounding area.
By bus: Walt Disney World Resort runs bus services between their hotels and theme parks.
Halloween: There’s a real buzz in the theme parks during the run up to Halloween. Step right into some of the most pulse-pounding moments in horror history at Universal Orlando Resort's Halloween Horror Nights™, America’s premier annual Halloween event. Walt Disney World Resort holds kid-friendly Halloween parties. Dress up as your favourite Disney character and munch on sticky toffee apples as you watch the fireworks display.
Christmas: Disney’s Magic Kingdom® turns into a winter wonderland at Christmas time. Crisp white snowflakes descend on the park as Santa joins Mickey Mouse in a festive parade.