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Orlando Holidays

Florida's beating heart and action-packed holiday hub, there's no denying Orlando ticks all the good-time boxes. Boasting more theme parks than days of the week, Walt Disney World Resort isn't the only one working its magic. From those first steps in Magic Kingdom's Mainstreet, U.S.A to wand-wielding at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter™, a whirlwind of thrills and spills await on your Orlando holiday.

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Holidays in Orlando – Florida

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A city dedicated to fantasy lands and fun by the bucket (list) load, Orlando has long earnt its stripes as the world's leading destination for family fun. Teeming with unforgettable attractions and catering to all ages at once, no stone is left unturned when it comes to keeping the troops entertained. Fireworks, pyrotechnics, water effects and animation illuminations are out in full force to 'wow' park guests, not to mention showstopping parades and character meet-and-greets. Sure, you'll come for the 'coasters, but the immersive worlds are sure to lift you higher than the heart-racing rides ever will.

For the days you want to give the Mickey Mouse ears a break, Orlando proves its skills aren't limited to thrills and spills. Discover the UNESCO-approved Everglades National Park, shop 'til you drop in the supersized fashion outlets or take things back to basics with a day at the beach. Add a side order of year-round sun to the non-stop sparkle and you'll soon realise this really is the happiest place on earth.

Weather

Sunshine State by name, Sunshine State by nature – clue's in the name with this one! Much like the rest of Florida, Orlando enjoys gorgeous climes across the seasons. October to April are the driest months, while May to September is hot and humid. Summer highs skyrocket well into the 30°Cs, so don't forget to factor in a few pool days to cool off. January welcomes the New Year with wonderfully warm temperatures of 20°C, perfect if you're keen to explore a little further afield. One thing's for sure, Orlando's doors are always open…

Things to do in Orlando

Lopping, green tracks of The Incredible Hulk Coaster® at Universal Studios™ The Incredible Hulk Coaster® at Universal Studios™

Walt Disney World Resort

There's not much that beats the feeling of reliving beloved childhood memories or creating new ones with your own offspring. It's no surprise then that most holidaymakers beeline for the source of the magic – Walt Disney World Resort. Proving that adventure comes in all shapes and sizes, the magical mogul boasts four fantasy-fuelled theme parks, two splashtastic water parks and an all-singing-all-dancing flurry of lake side entertainment in the form of Disney Springs. Whether you're on safari in Disney's Animal Kingdom, globetrotting in Epcot, discovering a galaxy far, far away at Dinsey's Hollywood Studios or exploring lands of endless enchantment at Magic Kingdom, escapism never felt so good.

Walt Disney World might be the headline act, but truth be told Universal Orlando Resort™ isn't far behind when it comes to iconic castles and beloved characters! Follow in Harry Potter's footsteps at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter™, where you can ride the infamous Hogwarts Express™ and even dine at the Leaky Cauldron™. Adrenaline junkies are in for a treat with some of Florida's most hair-raising rides, including The Incredible Hulk Coaster® at Universal Studios™. Fans of the Marvel film franchise will have a field day as they hurtle at speeds of almost 70mph and zoom through zero-gravity rolls. Your friends back home will be green with envy…

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Once-in-a-lifetime

Theme parks might be your first port of call, but Orlando's charms don't stop there. With plenty of tricks up its sleeves, the once-in-a-lifetime holiday destination has more in store than journeys of imagination. From family go-kart races to mini-golf tournaments, there's plenty of ways to have some little light-hearted fun on a lazy afternoon. If you're planning a day away from the parks, Kennedy Space Centre offers a behind-the-scenes look at real-life rockets and ongoing missions. Lucky visitors might even meet an astronaut or two!

The great outdoors has no shortage of natural wonders, from zip-lining courses to boat tours through the iconic Everglades – get up close and personal with Florida's resident 'gators. As inventive as the theme parks themselves, exploration is limitless. Saddle up for a wildlife horseback safari, hire a helicopter, rent a paddleboard, jump on a jet ski or reach for the sky and head off on an unforgettable hot air balloon ride! It's safe to say holidays to Orlando score on every count.

Family Holidays to Orlando

A young tween wearing Mickey Mouse ears at Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World Resort, Orlando

Orlando is an all-round crowd pleaser, but it's no secret the family favourite holds a soft spot for bringing the brood together. Bright-eyed and bushy-tailed little ones beam with excitement as they walk towards Cinderella's Castle, while equally-as-excited parents are secretly as smitten. These magical moments are easily Florida's biggest claim to fame. After all, there's not much that beats the feeling of mingling with Mickey Mouse.

Orlando's one-stop-shop of family-first facilities brings the American dream to life. World-class restaurants, open-air cinemas, waterparks, golf courses… the list goes on! All easily accessible and a stone's throw from your villa's front door, convenience is Orlando's secret ingredient. Whether you're making the most of the energetic atmosphere or winding down and relaxing by the beach, the Sunshine State makes a doting host.

On the days you need a break from bright lights and late nights, your holiday home from home is the perfect escape. Handpicked for comfort and location, savour some quality time as a family and enjoy a lazy afternoon by your private pool. With some villas even boasting cinema rooms, indoor basketball courts and ten-pin bowling alleys, entertainment is never far away.

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Eating in Orlando

Serving up a storm, Orlando knows a thing or two about filling hungry tummies. An almost unbelievable amount of dining options are available, from themed restaurants to counter-service options – and that's just the theme parks! Sweet snacks come in the shape of your favourite characters, and are fast becoming an instagrammers best friend. If bucket list eats are a thing, no one does it better than the chefs at Walt Disney World. From ice cream, cupcakes, candy apples, waffles and Rice Krispie treats, the novelty foods are almost too good to eat – almost.

Dinsey Springs and Universal City Walk™ will get tongues wagging with their sit-down culinary creations. As over the top as the parks themselves, dinner is often accompanied with extraordinary entertainment and comes in button-popping portion sizes.

International Drive needs little introduction. Beloved by holidaymakers, no less than 150 bars and eateries line the iconic strip. Tantalise your tastebuds with juicy burgers, fiery hot buffalo wings, Italian delights and sensational seafood, all at pocket-friendly prices perfect for those times you want a break from the kitchen. Fussy feasters and experimental eaters will have no trouble finding a delicious dish to sink their teeth into. Well, what did you expect from a city that houses a district called 'Restaurant Row'?

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Shopping in Orlando

If bargain-buys are a holiday must, then you're in luck! Orlando's outlet stores stock some of the biggest names in fashion and electronics, rolling out huge discounts on premium brands including Adidas, Ralph Lauren and Levi's. The biggest of the bunch is found on International Drive, where the savings are so substantial it's not unusual for Americans to drive over from nearby states!

As you might imagine, shopping malls are a major player on Orlando's shopping scene. Spacious walkways, millions of square feet and bright atriums eliminate any feeling of overcrowding, plus every fast-food joint you've ever heard of is to hand – just in case you need to recharge those retail therapy batteries. Aside from the admittedly-awesome array of shops and customisable products available at Disney Springs, Orlando still holds firmly onto pockets of local charm and shopping experiences. Markets that existed long before the magical mouse are still going strong, as is the cute collection of boutiques and stalls at Winter Park Avenue.

Driving in Orlando

Driving in Orlando is as easy as (key-lime) pie thanks to well-signposted highways and wide, straight roads. Hiring a car means you can come and go as you please, giving you the freedom to see and do as much or as little as you like. Ideally placed for longer day trips, nowhere is off limits! Choose between the blissful beaches of the Gulf Coast or the famous sands of Daytona, take a leisurely drive to the iconic city of Miami or simply take advantage of the spacious boot on shopping sprees!

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