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Orlando is known for its world-class theme parks, pristine golf courses, and as a prime location for exploring nearby beaches. Or in other words, O-town is where you find all the holiday worth having.
Expect to see something exciting around every corner in this subtropical paradise, whether travelling as a large group or a family get-away.
So, get ready to dream bigger and travel better, as we begin to plan the perfect planning Orlando trip together.
Celebrating human achievement, futuristic innovation, and international culture, Epcot offers a unique and enriching experience. Travel through time in the park’s flagship attraction Spaceship Earth or strap yourself in for a rocket ride to Mars on the thrilling simulator Mission: SPACE. And don’t miss the World Showcase, where you can explore 11 countries in a day, including Japan, Mexico, and Morocco. Plus, keep your eyes peeled for the eagerly anticipated Journey of Water, inspired by Moana.
Magic Kingdom is where Disney dreams come true. Cinderella Castle stands as the focal point amidst a whole host of wonders. Feel the heart pounding on rides such as TRON Lightcycle/Run and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad then dine in style at impeccably themed restaurants like Be Our Guest and Liberty Tree Tavern. And for the perfect way to end your fairytale days, the Happily Ever After fireworks extravaganza is sure to please.
Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Transport yourself to the glitz and glamour of Hollywood with a visit to Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Discover how your favourite action movie moments come to life in Indiana Jones: Epic Stunt Spectacular. Or embark on an adventure to a galaxy far far away with Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run. Maybe you just want to belt out Let It Go at the top of your lungs instead? For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration has you covered.
Disney’s Animal Kingdom
Take a walk on the wild side and explore the wonders of nature at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Journey through six incredible lands featuring thrilling rides, fantastic shows, and up-close encounters. Everything from Avatar’s World of Pandora to wildlife safari adventures await you here. Start your day admiring the park icon, Tree of Life, featuring over 300 animal carvings and end it with a feast in the tropics at the famous Rainforest Café.
Home to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Minion Land, and character encounters galore, plus a plethora of fabulous dining options, Universal Studios is one of Florida’s must-see destinations. It is also where you’ll find the most famous family on TV – The Simpsons. With a whole Simpsons land on offer, you can sample Homer’s favourite tipple, Duff Beer, at Moe’s, feast out in Krusty Burger, or join the famous five on a ride through Krustyland in The Simpsons Ride.
Universal’s Islands of Adventure
Embark on a magical ride with Hagrid as you soar through the Forbidden Forest in Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure, face off with a T-Rex in the Jurassic Park ride and fight alongside some of your favourite superheroes in Marvel Super Hero Island. And for the little ones, Dr. Suess Character Zone provides plenty of opportunity for their own storybook adventure, including meet and greets with the likes of Sam I Am and The Grinch only at Universal's Islands of Adventure.
Enjoy the spectacular wonders of the sea at Orlando’s top aquatic attraction, SeaWorld. Come face to face with killer whales, dolphins, and sea turtles, get drenched in thrilling water rides, prepare to be dazzled by live shows, and learn all about SeaWorld’s conservation and rehabilitation efforts. But it’s not just stars of the sea you’ll find here. Since 2019, Sesame Street Land has been part of SeaWorld too. So, make sure to say hello to Elmo and friends while you’re there.
Hop aboard Daddy Pig’s Roller Coaster then meet Peppa and her friends at the Fun Fair, before exploring Grandpa Pig’s Greenhouse. And that’s just a taste of the oinktastic options you will find at Peppa Pig Theme Park. End the day by grabbing a beanbag and relaxing with your favourite episodes of Peppa Pig on the big screen at the indoor cinema. The park is also a Certified Autism Centre, where trained staff and tailored experiences make it fully inclusive for everyone.
The Mall at Millenia
Conveniently located just minutes from Orlando’s top attractions, this premier shopping destination has it all. With two floors dedicated to the finest in fashion, including designer brands such as Gucci and Louis Vuitton, as well as Central Florida’s first Macy’s store, there are plenty of options to update your wardrobe. You will also find a wealth of great eateries here, from upscale restaurants and rockin’ diners to on-the-go sweet treats and ice cream. The Mall at Millenia is a must visit for any shopping enthusiast.
The Florida Mall
Boasting over 250 retail, dining, and entertainment options, you are guaranteed to be satisfied here. Whether you’re after the latest Apple product, want to stock up on sporting goods, or just wish to add a few new additions to the wardrobe, no shopping needs go unmet at The Florida Mall. But while there are countless options to shop and dine, The Florida Mall is also home to the fabulous Crayola Experience. Here, you can discover the magic of colour with dozens of hands-on, creative activities.
If you’re looking to add to your Disney collection, you will find a variety of stores to do just that, including the world’s largest Disney Store, World of Disney. But aside from a superb collection of animated goodies, Disney Springs also holds plenty of other opportunities to splash some cash. You can let your sweet tooth run wild in the M&M’s and Coca-Cola Store or build some bricks in the Lego Store. And all lefties rejoice! There is also a full store dedicated to left-handed merchandise, so you won’t be the odd one out here.
For authentic Orlando shopping, you may want to head downtown. Neighbourhoods such as Thornton Park, Mills 50, and Winter Park offer a range of specialty boutiques and one-of-a-kind items. Whether you’re after a bargain or have more expensive tastes, you are likely to find what you’re looking for just a short venture outside of the main tourist district. Plus, if you’re in the market for something vintage, Antiques Row in Ivanhoe Village has everything from vintage clothing to old vinyl records.
Orlando International Premium Outlets
Situated in one of Orlando’s top visited destinations, International Drive, this place is every shopaholic’s dream. Being Florida’s largest outlet destination, you are sure to find what you need here. It’s home to more than 180 brand name and designer outlet stores offering savings of 25% to 65% every day. There really is no better place to grab a discount on some of the best labelled pieces, from the likes of Marc Jacobs to Ralph Lauren.
Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores
Located close to Walt Disney World Resort, Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores has a wide variety of choice. Take home your own piece of Orlando sporting merch from the Team Outlet Store, set the little ones loose in the Toy Company, and shop the latest fashion at Old Navy. Then, when you’re all shopped out, why not grab a much-needed caffeine hit from The World of Coffee. And as if that’s not enough, Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores also offers a free shopping shuttle to and from selected hotels.
There is always a buzz at this Universal Studios Resort shopping destination. The Universal Studios Store is your one-stop-shop for souvenirs from Universal movies and attractions, while many of the restaurants offer their own unique brand of souvenirs too. You’ll find all the sweet treats your mind can conjure up at Toothsome Chocolate Emporium’s shop, Candy Smith, while Hard Rock merch, such as rockin’ t-shirts and hats can be purchased at the Rock Shop in the Hard Rock Café.
Combine shopping and entertainment at Pointe Orlando. This open-air complex has everything from brand name shops to restaurants, bars, and even a 20-screen cinema. Plus, it’s located within the famous International Drive district, meaning that the shopping options keep on going. Pointe Orlando caters to both tourists and locals alike, making it a vibrant area to shop till you drop.
Space 220, Epcot
For an out of this world view (quite literally) you will definitely want to secure a spot at Space 220. Featuring a celestial panorama of Earth from your very own space station, it is the ultimate dining adventure. And the food’s pretty spectacular too. Choose from either a two-course lunchtime meal or a three-course dinner meal, consisting of a variety of tasty options from Galactic Miso Salmon to Space Pad “Thai”.
Three Broomsticks, Universal’s Islands of Adventure
Immerse yourself in the magical ambience of the Three Broomsticks, straight from the pages of Harry Potter. Tuck into a taste of home with shepherd’s pie and fish and chips or select The Great Feast – a platter for four consisting of smoked chicken and ribs. And wash it all down with the wizarding world favourite, Butter Beer. This cosy, snow-capped inn is the perfect choice for all witches and wizards. But don’t worry, muggles are welcome too.
The Cowfish, Universal’s CityWalk
Where Japan meets the US and burgers meet sushi, The Cowfish is a unique culinary delight. Sample their famous Burgushi for the best of both worlds or pick from their equally delicious burger or sushi menus. Think burgers sandwiched with jalapeno bacon, sake-marinated Asian pear, and black truffle cheese, while the sushi comes with spicy salmon, tempura coconut shrimp, shitake mushrooms and much more. And for dessert, sink your teeth into the Lucky Yuzu Cheesecake, which blends silky vanilla cheesecake with fortune cookie crust for another specialty fusion.
Prato, Winter Park
For a slice of Italy in the Sunshine State, head on over to Prato. With a menu consisting of authentic pasta, pizzas, and more, you’ll be transported to Mediterranean culinary heaven. Located in Orlando’s small-town suburb, Winter Park, this cosy space incorporates both modern and rustic design. It also includes a long bar and year-round patio seating for a vibrant, communal atmosphere.
Senor Frog’s, International Drive
Entertainment is only a hop, skip, and a jump away at Senor Frog’s. Here, you can tuck into authentic Mexican grub amid a party atmosphere of live music, fun games, and interactive performances. This colourful cantina is the perfect choice for any celebratory meal. What’s more, we recommend grabbing yourself one of their iconic yard glass cocktails. Cheers to a night you’ll never forget!
The Outta Control Magic Comedy Dinner Show, International Drive
Feast upon unlimited pizza, salad, and desserts as the funniest dinner show in town has you in fits of giggles. Watch magic unfold before your eyes, listen to side-splitting improvisational comedy, and witness the most mysterious mind reading perfomance. Plus, by booking your Florida holiday with Ocean Florida, you don’t even have to pay for this one. Yes, that’s right, with our Ocean Explorer package, your free tickets to The Outta Control Magic Comedy Dinner Show are just one of the many perks.
The Boathouse, Disney Springs
Sometimes it’s all about the setting. And The Boathouse certainly got that memo. Surrounded by gorgeous waterfront views, this surf and turf establishment is the perfect spot to unwind from the thrills of the theme parks. Delve into a menu of seafood, steaks, burgers, and sandwiches while admiring their stellar showcase of retro boats from the ‘30s, ‘40s, and ‘50s. You can even take to the water with a splash aboard the unique amphicar for a 20-minute guided tour.
Taverna Opa, Pointe Orlando
Taverna Opa invites you to have an unforgettable dining experience with authentic Greek cuisine and entertainment. Delight your tastebuds with their famed lamb chops and moussaka while Mediterranean music transports you to Greece and nightly belly dancers get the party started. This family-friendly atmosphere, located just minutes from Orlando’s top attractions, is the perfect choice for your evening meal and it even has a family menu for added value for money.
With more than 50 attractions to its name, come nightfall, ICON Park is the place to be. Here, you can hop aboard The Wheel for jaw dropping after dark views of Orlando or browse the many bars and restaurants. For a little live music, make sure to stop in at the popular Tin Roof or head to Blake Shelton’s Ole Red for the hottest country acts in town. And don’t miss out on a visit to the Yard House, where hearty burgers meet an extensive collection of the finest draft beers.
Drawn to Life Presented by Cirque du Soleil
Drawn to Life is truly a mesmerizing partnership between Cirque du Soleil and Disney. Prepare to be dazzled by acrobatic performances, impeccable costuming, and stunning choreography across an incredible animated table stage. This is one for all the family to enjoy and will transport guests into the world of Disney animation, bringing timeless stories to life in a truly unforgettable way. Located at Disney Springs, it is the ideal way to end your day with even more fun-filled entertainment.
ICEBAR Orlando uses over 70 tons of hand-carved ice to create everything from the seating to sculptures and even the glasses. Choose from one of their specialty cocktails as Ice Princesses greet you with thermal coats and gloves. The whole family can enjoy this one-of-a-kind bar with kids ages eight and up welcome from 5pm to 9pm daily. For a little refreshment and some ‘cool’ family photos, the ICEBAR is the place to be.
Hollywood Drive-In Golf
Gather the family for a little holiday competition as you tee off at Hollywood Drive-In Golf. Open until 12am Monday through Thursday and 1am at the weekends, it’s never too late to call it a night here – and you wouldn’t want to. This one-of-a-kind golfing experience is inspired by 1950’s cinema and offers either the Single Feature (18 holes) or Double Feature (36 holes). Putt your way through elaborate vintage horror and science fiction scenes to discover who is the real star of the family.
Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament
Combine your evening meal with your evening entertainment at Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament. Immerse yourself in Medieval Spain as you watch in awe of gallant knights whilst tucking into a four-course feast. They also provide special military discounts for any members of the armed forces and their families. And, with their Castle Birthdays option, you can commemorate someone’s special day with a Knighting Ceremony, cheering banners, and a cake.
NBC Sports Grill & Brew
Grab a beer, sink your teeth into some mouth-watering ribs and watch your favourite sports at NBC Sports Grill & Brew. With nearly 100 HD screens offering everything from basketball to baseball and American football to Motor Sports, you can catch up on all the latest action. Then it’s orders at the bar, choosing from over 100 options, from local favourites to unique imports. Located in Universal Studios Resort, it’s the perfect way to end your day at the park.
Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar
Step straight into a scene from Raiders of the Lost Ark at this family-friendly bar located at Disney Springs. Inspired by Indiana Jones’ skilled pilot, Jock Lindsey, you can let loose for the night surrounded by artefacts, vintage travel posters, and other items related to Jock's escapades. Quench your thirst with a variety of creative cocktails, including the bourbon, lime, and ginger beer based, Air Pirate’s Mule or the non-alcoholic Antidote – a mixture of Sprite and cherry juice. And if you get peckish, there’s also a selection of appetisers to choose from.
CityWalk’s Rising Star
Become a singing sensation at CityWalk’s Rising Star. But this isn’t your typical karaoke bar. You are accompanied by a live band, backup singers and lighting effects, creating your very own concert experience. This isn’t just fifteen minutes of fame, every second here is iconic. And if you really want the A-list treatment, upgrading to the VIP service includes an exclusive seating area with table service, a dedicated server, and express entry to the venue.
Everglades National Park
Everglades National Park is the Walt Disney World of nature in Florida. This famed natural wonder spans 1.5 million acres and consists of swamps, forests, wetlands, and mangroves. There are many ways to make the most of your day here, from hiking and biking trails to kayaking and canoeing. And watch out for wildlife along the way. The Everglades is teeming with crocodiles, alligators, manatees, and birds, so get your camera at the ready for those enviable shots.
Wild Florida Airboats & Gator Park
Just 45 minutes from Orlando’s major theme parks you can discover Wild Florida Airboats & Gator Park. Explore pristine marshland on a U.S. Coast Guard-certified airboat while keeping your eyes peeled for eagles, turkeys, wild boar, and of course, the star of Florida wildlife – the alligator. And if you want even more alligator snaps (photos, that is) make sure to take a stroll through the Alligator Park, where you can also see lemurs, zebras, and sloths to name a few.
Blue Springs State Park
Fancy a dip during those hot Florida days? The waters at Blue Springs State Park are a refreshing 72 degrees making it the ideal spot for a swim. But it’s not only tourists who like to take advantage of this natural wonder. It is also the winter home for many manatees looking for warmer temperatures. You can observe these gentle giants and much more wildlife, including ospreys and eagles, on the Spring Run hiking path and Pine Island Trail.
Wekiwa Springs State Park
Just minutes from Downtown Orlando, Wekiwa Springs State Park is a tranquil haven. The azure waters of the Wekiwa Springs, which feed into the Wekiwa River, have been attracting visitors year on year. But it’s certainly not the only draw. Explore miles of trails either on foot, horseback or cycling, pack a picnic and dine in one of the many serene settings, or take advantage of the vast birdwatching opportunities on offer.
Kelly Park and Rock Springs
Rent a tube and float down this free-flowing natural spring in style. Or if you’d rather swim, the springs are a cooling 68 degrees year-round, making it a great spot to escape the Floridian heat. Just be sure to arrive early as the park closes once it reaches capacity. Another popular highlight of this natural wonder is the scenic camping. So, if you fancy a night under the stars, there’s no better place to be.
Leave everyday worries for 50 acres of botanical bliss at Leu Gardens. Explore the beauty and diversity of Central Florida’s expansive plant collection, from the stunning rose garden, home to an array of roses in different forms and colours, to the impressive camellias. The gardens also offer educational programs for both adults and children where you can learn all about plant care and gardening. It also plays host to seasonal events throughout the year, such as workshops and themed festivals.
Lake Eola Park
Lake Eola Park is a peaceful oasis in the heart of Downtown Orlando. You’ll find morning joggers, sunbathers, and even swans taking advantage of these beautiful surroundings. Hop on one of the iconic swan boats for a charming ride on the lake. Back on dry land, there are playgrounds, picnic areas, and art displays to take your fancy. Lake Eola is also home to the Walt Disney Amphitheater, which hosts concerts and cultural events throughout the year.
West Orange Trail
Outdoor enthusiasts will be in their element at West Orange Trail. At approximately 22 miles long, this multi-use trail is popular with walkers, runners, cyclists, and skaters. Keep fit while enjoying the diversity of the scenery, passing through a mix of urban and natural landscapes. This scenic, recreational trail connects several communities, from the towns of Killarney and Oakland to the historical and charming Winter Garden. Personally, we love the Butterfly Garden at Tildenville Outpost.
Ocean Florida’s Top Tips for an Orlando Holiday
Ocean Florida’s Top Tips for an Orlando Holiday
Ocean Florida’s Top Tips for an Orlando Holiday
Apply for an ESTA
Applying for your ESTA should be a top priority once you have secured that dream Orlando holiday. Whether submitting for a group or individually, this quick online form allows the entire party to enter anywhere in the US for up to 90 days. To avoid any unnecessary stress, you will want to make sure to do this at least three days prior to travel. But the good news is that once it’s done, your ESTA is valid for two years.
Buy theme park tickets in advance
No one wants to miss out on Orlando’s crowning jewels – the theme parks. So, to make sure you’re not on the wrong side of the gates, buying tickets in advance is definitely recommended. Pre-bought tickets not only guarantee that you will secure a spot, but it is also considerably cheaper to do so. Plus, it means you can also start booking your FastPass+ reservations, allowing you to queue jump your favourite rides.
Book theme park restaurants
If you don’t want to miss your chance to dine in Cinderella Castle or be their guest at the Beauty and the Beast themed restaurant, then booking in advance is a must. Bookings can be made as early as 180 days in advance either online, by phone, or through the app and will provide that extra security that you’ll be seated at some of the most popular dining spots in the parks.
Pack comfortable clothing
Comfortable shoes are a must for any Orlando holiday as you’ll be racking up a fair amount of steps just on the theme parks alone. This also means you will need a lot of lightweight clothing to make sure you don’t get too hot. And even though it’s called the Sunshine State, you will most likely be in for a downpour or two. So, to save money on hiked up prices, you’re best to bring your own waterproofs as well.
There is so much to see and do on holidays to Orlando that pacing yourself is essential to make the most of your time. We advise you to plan your park days wisely, creating a rough itinerary of which attractions and activities you’re most interested in. Make use of Disney’s FastPass and reservations to limit waiting times and remember to always stay hydrated and eat well. After all, you’ll need as much energy as possible when it comes to the theme parks. Avoid overpacking your schedule and always make room for a little downtime along the way.
Explore more than theme parks
While it’s tempting to get carried away in the thrills and spills of the theme parks, there is so much more of Orlando to be uncovered. Soak up nature in one of the many parks or head to GatorWorld for a face-to-face encounter with Florida’s snappiest star – the alligator. There are also plenty of museums to brush up on a few facts, while the Orlando Science Center is sure to be a hit with both kids and adults alike.
Stock up on insect repellent
Florida’s warm and humid climate isn’t only inviting to us sun-starved Brits, it’s also inviting to several pesky insects, including the peskiest of them all – the mosquito. To stave them off, you will need a good amount of insect repellent on hand, particularly near bodies of water. It’s recommended to apply in the early mornings and the evenings in the hotter months.
Download the My Disney Experience app
One of our biggest tips for your holiday to Orlando is to download the My Disney Experience app. Downloading this app will make managing your plans inside the parks a lot easier. With it, you can make dining reservations, book ‘fast passes’ and check opening hours and showtimes. Another great benefit to the app is that you can also see current wait times and for some attractions even book your spot in the queue so you can enjoy other experiences while you wait.
Being flexible on an Orlando holiday is a must. No one likes a change of plan but sometimes it simply has to happen. Weather, crowds, and unexpected circumstances may disrupt your day. Staying flexible with your itinerary means no change of plan needs to spell disaster and you can still make the most of any circumstance you may face. After all, Orlando has so much to choose from, so you will always find another option.
Bring your own snacks and water
A trip to the theme parks can get expensive, especially when you take a look at the food and drink prices. But did you know Walt Disney World Resort allows you to bring your own food and drinks (non-alcoholic) into the parks? This can be especially useful for any dietary restrictions or to keep the little ones satisfied throughout the day. We also recommend bringing a refillable water bottle to stay hydrated while you’re stuck in those long lines.
Keep some extra luggage space
From extravagant malls to novelty theme park shops, there are far too many options in Orlando to get out your credit card. Plus, with our $20 voucher per person for The Mall at Millenia, a little holiday shopping will be a must. So, to save you from having to spend even more money on another suitcase, we recommend keeping some extra luggage space free.
If you’re chasing the sun, May to August is the ideal time frame for a holiday to Orlando. However, for quieter park times and more comfortable temperatures, mid-November to December is your best bet. If going in Spring, the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival is always a highlight. But the good news is that there really is no bad time to visit Orlando. With year-round good weather and a calendar of events such as rodeos, art exhibits, and festivals, any time in Orlando is sure to be a joy.
Renting a car is advisable if you want to explore more of Orlando than just the theme parks (and there is definitely much more to see). Having a car also gives you the convenience of holidaying without having to stick to public transport timetables. And with our Fly Drive packages, it can be even easier. With comprehensive insurance, 24-hour roadside assistance, as well as state of the art satnavs at just £6 a day, all that’s left to do is put your pins on the map and hit the open road.
Choosing between an Orlando villa or hotel is no easy task. Villas offer privacy and home comforts at an affordable price while hotels offer convenience and amenities galore, with many situated in the theme parks themselves. Ultimately the choice comes down to your preferred location, budget, and size of group. Whichever option you choose, we can ensure the right accommodation for you with our superb selection of hotels and villas to suit all tastes.
The time difference in Orlando varies due to daylight saving time changes. However, Orlando is typically four to five hours behind the UK. This means once you land in the Sunshine State you can take advantage of that extra bit of time you’ve been given.
Orlando has two main airports for international flights – Orlando International Airport and Orlando Sanford International Airport. Orlando International Airport is generally the preferred choice due to its proximity to the centre and extensive flight options. But while Orlando Sanford International Airport is a little further out, it does offer more budget airline choices which may suit those looking to save a little extra.
Yes, there is plenty of choice when it comes to vegetarian and vegan dining in Orlando. Most menus in the Orlando restaurant scene will have a selection of vegetarian and vegan choices. Even Disney is getting in on the action with their iconic Dole Whip offered in several vegan varieties, including refreshing pineapple flavour. And if you’re on the hunt for full vegan restaurants, we highly recommend Loving Hut and Ethos Vegan Kitchen.
When it comes to theme parks in Orlando, we know it can be costly. But the good news is that there are ways to save money. Firstly, booking well in advance is always advised. You should also consider multi-day passes for better value and look for any special promotions or discounts on offer. Getting a Kids Eat Free card is also a fabulous saving. Any child 11 or younger can get a free meal in more than 125 theme park restaurants by purchasing at least one adult meal at the same time.
Yes, Orlando has many cultural attractions to see. Check out some of the best ballet, opera, and symphony concerts at the state-of-the-art Dr Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. Explore a diverse collection of art and exhibitions at the Orlando Museum of Art. Or soak up some history at one of the many museums in the city. Favourites include Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition, offering recreations of the ill-fated ship and guided tours, and Wells’ Built Museum of African American History & Culture, which tells the story of Orlando’s African American community.
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