The worldwide epicentre of fun, Orlando conjures up visions of rollicking rollercoasters, magical moments, and enchanting experiences.

Orlando was a quiet Floridian town surrounded by swampland until a certain Mr Disney came knocking in the 1960s. Now dominated by two enormous resorts, Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando Resort (both deserve your time), Orlando is the uncontested Theme Park Capital of the World.

But there’s more to Orlando than rides, fireworks, and parades of dancing characters: this is your chance to chill on a lazy river, shop till you drop in high-end malls, or play golf on immaculate courses under sunny Floridian skies. Then there are lovely neighbourhoods that reveal a more down-to-earth side to a city that is all about illusion and make-believe, including Winter Park and Celebration.

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Orlando - Perfect for

  • Creating lifelong memories

    You can take a thousand photos, but moments together in Orlando will be etched in your mind, with or without the proof.

  • Golfers and shoppers

    There are world-class golf courses in Orlando, including four incredible options within the boundaries of Walt Disney World.

  • Movie-making magic

    Kids and movie buffs alike find joy by the spadesful here. Go behind the scenes to see exactly how the magic is made, or just get swept up in the sheer fantasy of it all.

  • Pure escapism

    Whirlwind days in immersive worlds make everyday life feel far, far away, whether you find yourself as part of the Star Wars resistance or floating gently down a lazy river.

Orlando Hotels

Our recommendations for the best places to stay in Orlando

Hyatt Regency Orlando

The upscale Hyatt Regency Orlando is a centrally located on I-Drive, putting you within easy reac...

Hyatt Place Orlando/Lake Buena Vista

Small (by Orlando standards, at least) and straightforward, the Hyatt Place’s location is key: it...

Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress

It’s a stone’s throw from the Walt Disney World boundary, but the space and scale of this mega-re...

Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate

This deluxe hotel is the perfect place if you’re looking to balance time in Orlando’s theme parks...

Conrad Orlando

Within the luxury Evermore Orlando Resort, which shares a border with Walt Disney World, the Conr...

Embassy Suites by Hilton Orlando Sunset Walk

New for 2024, these modern suites give you ample space and your own kitchen. Plus, you’re within...

Margaritaville Resort & Cottages Orlando

When an oversized, glittery red flip-flop greets you in the lobby, you know you’re staying somewh...

Encore Resort at Reunion

Get all the perks of a big family home with the pools, restaurants, and facilities you’d find in...

Rosen Plaza Hotel

Rosen Plaza Hotel is centrally located on International Drive, the main thoroughfare running thro...

Rosen Shingle Creek

It’s choices galore at this luxury resort. And it’s just ten minutes from Universal Orlando Resor...

Bear's Den

Ideal for big families, multi-generational trips, or getting groups of friends together for a hol...

Evermore

This is a magnificent resort of epic proportions, not least because it features a massive swimmab...

Orlando Area Villas

From townhouses for small families to mega-homes that sleep 20 or more, you’ll find a huge choice...

Themed Villas

Let the fun continue once you’ve left the parks with villas featuring themed bedrooms for childre...

Universal's Aventura Hotel

If you know you’ll be spending more time out of the hotel than in but still want your room to be...

Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort

A throwback to the colourful Floridian beach resorts of the 50s and 60s, this great value, family...

Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando

Loews Portofino Bay Hotel is a serene refuge from the hullaballoo of theme parks. Awash with café...

Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando

The VIP treatment isn’t only for superstars at this music-themed hotel. Guests can revel in iconi...

Disney's Yacht Club Resort

After fun-filled days in the parks, retreat to this oversized New England beach house for a stay...

Disney's Port Orleans Resort - Riverside

Taking architecture and design cues from rural Louisiana, this resort hotel features white-column...

Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

If you want to stay as close as possible to Magic Kingdom, where you can see the fireworks burst...

Walt Disney World Swan Reserve

This modern resort is in a prime location in Walt Disney World, within walking distance of Disney...

Walt Disney World Swan

Take a leisurely stroll to Disney’s Hollywood Studios and EPCOT from this exceedingly well-positi...

Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort

You’ll arrive at Old Port Royale to check in, a lively yet laid-back hub of the resort, perfectly...

Disney's Beach Club Resort

This stylish hotel, modelled on an oversized New England beach house, is perfect if you want to b...

Disney's Coronado Springs Resort

The scale of this vibrant resort will strike you from the moment you step into the airy lobby tha...

Loews Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando

Shimmering waterfalls, swaying palm trees, and colourful orchids make this hotel the perfect anti...

Holidays in Orlando

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The upscale Hyatt Regency Orlando is a centrally located on I-Drive, putting you within easy reach of many Orlando attractions.

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Small (by Orlando standards, at least) and straightforward, the Hyatt Place’s location is key: it’s just a mile from the magic of Walt Disney World.

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It’s a stone’s throw from the Walt Disney World boundary, but the space and scale of this mega-resort will make you feel away from it all when you’re craving downtime between your Orlando adventures.

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  • 4.5 Star

This deluxe hotel is the perfect place if you’re looking to balance time in Orlando’s theme parks with relaxing days away from the action in a large resort.

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Within the luxury Evermore Orlando Resort, which shares a border with Walt Disney World, the Conrad Orlando brings lashings of style and a dazzling choice of things to do that elevate an Orlando holiday into something decadent.

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New for 2024, these modern suites give you ample space and your own kitchen. Plus, you’re within walking distance of an awesome waterpark, Island H20.

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When an oversized, glittery red flip-flop greets you in the lobby, you know you’re staying somewhere that doesn’t take itself too seriously. This effervescent place brings beach vibes to the centre of Orlando.

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Get all the perks of a big family home with the pools, restaurants, and facilities you’d find in a resort hotel.

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Rosen Plaza Hotel is centrally located on International Drive, the main thoroughfare running through Orlando.

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It’s choices galore at this luxury resort. And it’s just ten minutes from Universal Orlando Resort.

From bells-and-whistles resorts that lay on the luxe to simple self-catering apartments and villas galore, the array of places to stay in Orlando is impressive, to say the least.

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7-Day Magic Ticket

Seven days of access to Disney’s theme parks across 15 days. Parks include Magic Kingdom Park, EPCOT, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Disney’s Animal Kingdom, and Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon or Disney’s Blizzard Beach (whichever of the two water parks is open). A Disney Magic Ticket is also a Park Hopper ticket, which allows you to visit multiple theme parks and water parks on the same day. Children under three don’t need a ticket.

Magic Tickets include entry to Disney’s Oak Trail Golf Course and one round of mini golf at Disney’s Winter Summerland or Disney’s Fantasia Gardens daily.

An extra benefit of the Magic Ticket is Memory Maker, where you can download and keep digital copies of all your attraction photos and photographs taken by Disney PhotoPass photographers throughout the parks – perfect for getting professional family photos with everyone in them!

You won’t receive a paper ticket. Instead, your tickets and Walt Disney World arrangements are stored on your My Disney Experience account, which you’ll need to set up. Download the app where you can link and store your tickets. In addition, when you arrive, you can buy an optional MagicBand that you wear on your wrist that links to your My Disney Experience account so you can use it to scan into the parks and your Disney resort room, redeem your Disney Dining Plan (if selected), and make purchases in the parks.

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14-Day Magic Ticket

The 14-Day Magic Ticket provides access to all Disney theme parks, including Magic Kingdom Park, EPCOT, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Disney’s Animal Kingdom, and Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon or Disney’s Blizzard Beach (depending on which is open), for 14 days across 18 days. This Park Hopper ticket also allows you to visit multiple theme parks and water parks on the same day. Children under three do not require a ticket.

In addition to the parks, the Magic Ticket includes access to Disney’s Oak Trail Golf Course and one round of mini golf at Disney’s Winter Summerland or Disney’s Fantasia Gardens daily. A great perk of the Magic Ticket is the Memory Maker. This feature lets you download and keep digital copies of all your attraction photos and photographs taken by Disney PhotoPass photographers throughout the parks.

Instead of receiving a paper ticket, your tickets and all your arrangements for Walt Disney World will be stored on your My Disney Experience account. You must set up an account and download the My Disney Experience app to link and store your tickets. You can purchase an optional MagicBand, which you wear on your wrist when you arrive at Walt Disney World. Your MagicBand will link to your My Disney Experience account, allowing you to scan into the parks and your Disney resort room, redeem your Disney Dining Plan (if you’ve selected one), and make purchases in the parks.

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Disney Quick-Service Dining Plan

For each night of your stay in a Disney Resort hotel, each person will receive credits for two quick-service meals, one non-alcoholic drink (or alcoholic drink for guests over 21) per meal, one selected snack or drink, and a refillable drink mug, which you can top up at any Disney Resort hotel.

Available at over 100 quick-service dining locations across Walt Disney World, including the parks, Disney Boardwalk, Disney Springs, and Resort hotels. Dining reservations aren’t required at Disney’s quick-service restaurants, so this is a great option if you don’t want to make lots of dining plans ahead of time.

Meals and snacks are loaded onto your Magicband. To redeem your dining plan, present your MagicBand when you pay for the meal, snack, or drink. Meals and snacks can be redeemed anytime during your stay, so you don’t have to use the allocation the same way each day. Unused meals and snacks will roll over day to day and expire at midnight on your checkout date.

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Disney Dining Plan

During your stay at a Disney Resort hotel, each person will receive credits for one quick-service meal and one table-service meal each night, with the total allocation of credits available when you arrive. A non-alcoholic drink (or alcoholic drink for guests over 21) is included with each meal, one selected snack or drink per day, and a refillable drink mug. You can top up the mug at any Disney Resort hotel.

A quick service table credit includes one main course and one drink. A table service meal credit includes one main course, dessert, and drink. Restaurants considered fine or signature dining, dinner shows, and some character dining experiences require two table service meals per person.

The Disney Dining Plan is available at over 200 dining locations across Walt Disney World, including the parks, Disney Boardwalk, Disney Springs, and Resort hotels. Dining reservations aren’t required at Disney’s quick-service restaurants, but to use your table-service credits, reservations are strongly encouraged and available to make 60 days before arrival. Gratuities are not included, and an 18% gratuity will be automatically added to the bill of parties of six or more.

Meals and snacks are loaded onto your Magicband. To redeem your dining plan, present your MagicBand when you pay for the meal, snack, or drink. Meals and snacks can be redeemed anytime during your stay, so you don’t have to use the allocation the same way each day. Unused meals and snacks will roll over day to day and expire at midnight on your checkout date.

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Universal Orlando 3 Park Explorer Ticket

Experience all three Universal Orlando theme parks (Universal Studios Florida, Universal’s Islands of Adventure, and Universal’s Volcano Bay) with unlimited park-to-park access for up to 14 consecutive days. Enjoy the flexibility of visiting as often as you like and hopping between multiple Universal Orlando parks on the same day. You can even ride the Hogwarts Express between the two lands of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

You’ll get a digital ticket, which is available to download to your smartphone, or you can print it. No park reservation is required, subject to park capacity.

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Universal Orlando 2 Park Explorer Ticket

You get unlimited park-to-park access to Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure for up to 14 consecutive days. This means you can visit the parks as often as you like during this time and hop between both parks on the same day. Don't miss the chance to ride the Hogwarts Express between the two lands of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

You can download a digital ticket to your smartphone or print it. No park reservation is required, subject to park capacity. This ticket doesn’t include Universal’s Volcano Bay.

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Universal Express Pass

Consider adding a Universal Express pass with your theme park admission to skip the regular queues at Universal Studios Florida's popular rides and attractions. The Universal Express pass will give you one-time priority access to select rides and attractions.

It is a digital pass you can download to your smartphone or print. Present the pass at the participating attractions to bypass the regular queue. The Express ride access is a separate line with a shorter wait time at each valid attraction. Universal Express is available for Universal Studios Florida, Islands of Adventure, or both parks.

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Universal Express Unlimited Pass

Add a Universal Express Unlimited pass to your theme park admission to skip the regular queues at Universal Orlando’s most popular attractions as many times as you want.

Present the pass at participating attractions at the attraction to bypass the regular queue. Express ride access is a separate line with a shorter wait time at each valid attraction.

Bookings will be fulfilled with a Universal Express Unlimited Will Call voucher that you’ll exchange at a Will Call Kiosk at the entrance to Universal Studios for an Express Unlimited Pass. Universal Express Unlimited pass is available for Universal Studios Florida, Islands of Adventure, or both parks.

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Kennedy Space Centre

From the Orlando, travel eastwards to Port Canaveral which is home to NASA's John F. Kennedy Space Center. This is an immersive, interactive and informative wonderland which takes you on a metaphorical journey into the universe, learning about past, present and future of space exploration. Highlights include (but are definitely not limited to) a Peanuts themed theatre show, the Apollo Treasures Gallery and the Space Shuttle Atlantis.

Enhance your experience by booking the Explore Tour, a behind-the-scenes adventure that takes you to various points of the spaceport, such as the Vehicle Assembly Building and the NASA Press Site, for once-in-a-lifetime photo opportunities. The tour route depends on the operational programme of the centre.

• Full day experience
• Operates year-round

Good to know
Bookable with or without transfers; transfers run from various meeting points in International Drive, Kissimmee, Universal Orlando Resort, Lake Buena Vista and Walt Disney World.

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Get to know Orlando and those important practicalities when planning your perfect holiday.

TIME DIFFERENCE

GMT -5 hours

CURRENCY

US Dollar

FLYING TIME TO DESTINATION

Approximately 10 hours

RELIGION

Christianity

LANGUAGE

English

Restaurants
There’s something to eat around every corner in the parks, from on-the-go snacks to sit-down restaurants. Outside the gates, there are even more choices – try Universal CityWalk and Disney Springs for a fabulous selection (it helps to book if you can get yourself organised). Then, there are more options along International Drive and in the holidaymakers’ neighbourhoods of Celebration and Championsgate.

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Shopping
You’ll find all your favourite American brands in places like the Florida Mall and the Mall at Millenia. Or see if you can pick up a few bargains at Orlando International Premium Outlets, where you’ll find the likes of Nike, Tommy Hilfiger, and Polo Ralph Lauren.

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Waterparks
Although Disney has two waterparks and Universal has the epic Volcano Bay, there’s more splashy fun to be had beneath the hot Florida sun. Try Island H20 in the Sunset Walk neighbourhood or look out for resorts such as Disney’s Yacht Club Resort, Omni Orlando Resort at Championsgate, or Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando Resort, which all have more than your average hotel swimming pool!

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International Drive
The long I-Drive carves a north-south route through Orlando. Stretching over ten miles, it’s lined with motels, hotels, great value chain restaurants, and yet more attractions like ICON Park. It’s also where you’ll find some epic adventure golf courses, like Pirate’s Cove Adventure Golf and Putting Edge Glow-in-the-Dark Mini Golf.

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Walt Disney World
Walt Disney World is a vast city in its own right. It has four theme parks and two water parks. But that’s not all. Within the Disney boundaries, there are over 30 hotels, 400 restaurants, and four golf courses. And at Disney Springs (for which you don’t need a park admission ticket), you’ll find shops, restaurants, and attractions like shows, live music, bowling, and tethered balloon rides.

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Universal Orlando Resort
Step into the worlds of Jurassic Park, Minions, the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and more across Universal Orlando Resort’s two theme parks, soon to be joined by a third park, Epic Universe, in 2025. There’s also the Volcano Bay waterpark here, where you can plunge down the side of a volcano and splash down into turquoise water.

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Parks beyond the parks
While Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando get the lion’s share of the theme park attention, there are other parks to have on your radar, including LEGOLAND Florida Resort in Winter Haven and Busch Gardens in Tampa. On International Drive, you’ll find Dezerland Park, Pointe Orlando, and ICON Park, where The Wheel rotates and offers fabulous views across Orlando.

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Celebration
This sweet little town with pastel-coloured buildings, boutique shopping, and restaurants was masterminded by Disney in the 1990s. It’s outside of Walt Disney World but still has the tell-tale hallmarks of Disney-style attention to detail. It's a great spot to visit when you’re looking for life beyond the whimsical.

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Orlando Weather

Mar - Jun, Oct - Dec

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55 mm
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June
157 mm
July
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August
170 mm
September
142 mm
October
69 mm
November
36 mm
December
51 mm

Orlando Weather by Month

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