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Orlando

Orlando

Even though most visitors who come to Orlando do so for the theme parks such as Universal Orlando® Resort, WALT DISNEY WORLD Resort, SeaWorld® Orlando and LEGOLAND® Florida however beyond the theme parks there is a whole other holiday to experience. World-class shows and themed dining, restaurants which cater for all budgets and diets, unique gift shops, designer outlets and malls offering famous named labels at discounted prices, some upto 75%.

A holiday to Orlando is never the same, whether it be a new ride at one of the theme parks, a restaurant where you have always wanted to dine or hotel where you have longed to stay, no two visits will be the same. Orlando is a one of a kind, amazing holiday destination for children young and old.
 

 

Where to Stay

Holidays to Orlando are based on 5 areas with each having its own benefits. You can stay on site at the WALT DISNEY WORLD Resort in one of the Disney hotels, with benefits including, extra hours in the parks, dining options and transportation. On Disney’s doorstep is Lake Buena Vista, where we have a full selection of hotels, restaurants and entertainment. Then we have Kissimmee, which is an ideal location for those travelling on a budget but with all the facilities other areas have close to hand. International Drive is the centre of the action, with bars, restaurants and Wet 'n Wild Orlando all within walking distance of many of the hotels. Universal Orlando Resort is perfect for movie fans and thrill seekers with some of the most state-of-the-art rides and shows in Orlando, plus a complete dining entertainment complex on site. For those looking for more independence there are many private houses in the Orlando area, offering spacious living with all modern facilities including pools. Wherever you decide to stay, the many attractions of Orlando will bring constant amusement for the family of all ages, day and night. It’s a wonderful place and everyone is guaranteed to have a great time! There is one problem with an Orlando holiday and that is finding enough time to visit all the attractions. When you arrive back home, you will want to visit again and again to see more of what Orlando has to offer We recommend research and planning before you ,and put together an itinerary to make the most of your holiday.

Theme Parks

Theme parks are the centrepiece of a holiday to Orlando, and no trip to the sunshine state is complete without visiting the Walt Disney World Resort. Made up,of 4 main parks, Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom, 2 water parks Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach and Downtown Disney which offers dining, shopping and entertainment. Next of the big parks is Universal Orlando® Resort which has 2 amazing them parks: Universal Studios® where you can ride your favourite movies and Universal's Islands of Adventure® which includes the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. SeaWorld® Orlando is the place to go to get up close and personal with manta rays, dolphins and Shamu, Orlando’s resident killer whale. Florida’s newest theme park LEGOLAND® Florida is a short drive from Orlando but is well worth the trip with over 50 rides and attractions, plus Legoland Water Park with the Joker Soaker and Duplo Splash Safari to help you cool down. And if water parks are your speciality head over to Aquatica®, to experience Dolphin Plunge or Wet ‘n Wild® with its brand new Blastaway Beach area based around a 60 foot sandcastle and includes over 160 interactive toys and 15 slides.

Recent Additions!

Where do we begin!! No matter where you go in Orlando you are sure to find something NEW! Here is a few of the wonderful things we can look forward to in 2015/2016 and beyond:
 
  • I-Drive 360 Shopping, dining & entertainment area - opened May 2015.
  • Orlando Eye, Madam Tussauds Orlando & Sealife Orlando - opened May 2015.
  • Crayola Experience - opening June 2015 at the Florida Mall.
  • Disney Springs (formerly Downtown Disney) - 2015/2016
  • Skyscraper at Skyplex (worlds tallest rollercoaster) located on International Drive - Spring/Summer 2016.
  • Skull Island; Reign of Kong at Universals Islands of Adventure - Summer 2016.
  • Avatar Land at Disney's Animal Kingdom - 2016/2017.
 
2013/14 saw some amazing new attractions and rides in Orlando especially at Walt Disney World which has expanded its famous Fantasyland and now New Fantasyland has doubled in size and adds two new themed areas, Enchanted Forest and Storybook Circus and is the largest expansion in the history of the Magic Kingdom. New additions include: 
  • Under the Sea - Journey of the Little Mermaid
  • Be Our Guest Restaurant
  • Enchanted Tales with Belle
  • Casey Jr Splash and Soak Station
  • Seven Dwarfs Mine Ride 
Not to be out done, over at Universal Orlando they have there own brand new treats for visitors which include:
  • Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem
  • Transformers: The Ride 3D
  • Superstar Character Breakfasts, dine with Minions, Dora the Explorer and Spongebob Squarepants
  • Springfield Expansion featuring Krusty Burgers, Lard Lad Donuts and the Duff Beer Factory
  • Cabana Bay Beach Resort 
  • The Wizarding World of Harry Potter Expansion including Kings Cross Station, Diagon Alley and Gringotts Bank 
At SeaWorld® Orlando, follow a young penguin’s adventure through an icy landscape on the new ride Antartica: Empire of the Penguin. 
 
Located on  International Drive Fun Spot America has had a $40million makeover and has unveiled 2 brand new thrill rides, White Lightening Roller Coaster and a suspended family coaster called Vekoma. 
 
Not to be out done by the theme parks, Chocoholics will be in heaven at the brand new World of Chocolate Museum and Cafe. Opened in June 2013, World of Chocolate invites guests to enjoy world-renown pastries, breads and cakes in a European-style café; as well as, experience cacao surroundings while in our rainforest environment, learn the history of chocolate, marvel at hand-crafted sculptures of solid chocolate, enjoy tastings and creative workshops (times and presenters subject to change). 
 

 

Dining Out

Eating out in Orlando is as part of your holiday as a trip to one of the theme parks. There is a restaurant for every type of cuisine and budget. For the more budget conscious try one of the many all-you-can-eat buffets at Ponderosa or Golden Corral. Famous fast food favourites like McDonalds and Burger King. International Drive is Orlando’s main thoroughfare and home to Italian restaurants, Chinese, steak houses and, of course, Ben & Jerry’s. Bubba Gump’s Shrimp Co pays homage to Oscar-winning film, Forrest Gump – watch the film before going, because you’re sure to be quizzed about it! For country cookin’, head to Cracker Barrel or dine on favourites such as the ‘Grand Slam’ and ‘Moon Over My Hammy’ at Denny’s, a great place for breakfast. Joe’s Crab Shack serves snow crabs in a bucket whilst at Johnny Rocket’s, hamburgers, malt shakes and apple pie are all the rage. T.G.I Friday’s is America’s most iconic bar and grill whilst the uber-cool Hard Rock Cafe at Universal Studios® Orlando is the largest in the world! If you have fussy eaters in the party, pre book a Kids eat Free card before you fly, valid at over 100 restaurants throughout Orlando.

Evening entertainment

As the sun sets and stars come out, Orlando springs to life with Universal Citywalk, a popular evening venue with nightclubs, restaurants, concert venues, cinemas and street performers. Enjoy Mardis Gras every night at Pat O’Briens and sing along with the duelling Piano’s, have a pit stop at Nascar Sports Grill and then head across to witness the spectacle that is the Blue Man Group, with its unique comedy and incredible music score. Downtown Disney is due to undergo an amazing refurbishment called Disney Springs, but you can still enjoy Downtown Disney Westside, including Cirque du Soleil La Nouba. DisneyQuest, a fabulous indoor interactive theme park which offers great fun for all the family. Downtown Disney Marketplace is home to the worlds largest Disney Store, World of Disney, and inside your little princesses can be transformed into Rapunzel, Snow White and many more at the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique. Also recommended for a night out is the recently opened Splitsville, one of the best bowling alleys in America or Pointe Orlando on International Drive with award-winning restaurants, live music at B.B. King’s Blues Club and a 20-screen movie theatre with IMAX.

Shopping

In Orlando you can shop ‘til you drop. There are plenty of malls to choose from, all air-conditioned and featuring well known brands often at huge discount prices. Orlando Premium Outlets now has 2 locations at Vineyard Avenue as well as International Drive. Orlando’s largest shopping destination is The Florida Mall, where you’ll find Macy’s, Sears and Gap, plus a whole dining experience including Buca Di Beppo, Taco Bell and Ruby Tuesday. The Mall at Millennia is award-winning and a runway of pure fashion. Tiffany’s & Co resides here along with Abercrombie & Fitch and Victoria’s Secret. For the softest cowboy boots, headover to Shepler’s Western Wear in Festival Bay Mall or spend your dollars on discount Disney items at Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores. Downtown Disney Marketplace is sure to be a hit with the kids who will simply adore Once Upon a Toy, the LEGO Imagination Centre and the World of Disney which is the largest Disney Store in the world.

Getting Around

Orlando is a massive 67sq miles, so planning how you get around is a must.  Walt Disney World Resort alone is 40sq miles which is the size of Greater Manchester, but don't worry, as there are plenty of options to help you get around.

Driving  is the easiest and most independent  way to get around Orlando. We have a fantastic range of car hire available to suit all different party sizes. If you choose not to drive, the majority of the hotels offer transportation to most, if not all of the theme parks either free or for a small charge. If you choose to stay on International Drive then you will find the I-RIDE Trolley handy,  which operates a regular service around the area and stopping at the many attractions that International Drive has to offer, with children under 12 years free when travelling with an adult.
 

Golf Courses

With 176 golf courses, over 20 golf academies and some of the world's most prestigious tournaments, Orlando is a true golfer's paradise. Take it from the professionals: In addition to being home to more pro golfers than any other city in the world, Orlando was voted the "North American Golf Destination of the Year" by the International Association of Golf Tour Operators in 2010. And with a multitude of stunning courses designed by the likes of Nicklaus, Dye, and Fazio, Orlando offers visitors an exclusive golfing experience not found anywhere else.

Getting to Orlando

Flight details:
Direct and In-Direct flights available from all major airports to Orlando international airport, please visit our flights section of our webite for further information.
Flight time:
Approx 9 hours 
Time difference:
GMT -5 hours
Distance:
Approx 14 miles from Orlando International Airport. 
Driving times:
Approx 20-min drive from airport. 
 

 

Events Calender

Jan     -    Walt Disney World Marathon. 
Mar     -    Arnold Palmer Invitational Presented by MasterCard at Bay Hill.
Jul      -    Independence Day celebrations, parties, fireworks and more! 
Sept   -    Epcot International Food and Wine Festival
Oct     -    Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando and Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party at Walt Disney World resort (special tickets and pre-booking may be required)  
Nov    -    Thanksgiving Holiday - parks and hotels can get very busy amid the festivities.
Dec    -    Macy’s Parade and Grinchmas at Universal Orlando and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Walt Disney World resort (special tickets and pre-booking may be required)
 
Please note: All events listed are for helpful information only and many are subject to entrance fees and/or prior reservation, and may be cancelled at any time. Please check with the relevant tourist office if you need further information on these or any of the other events in Orlando.
 

 

Events Calender