Orlando

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A compact and busy city that’s perfect for indulging your inner child, Orlando offers adventure and fun for all the family – and all with a gorgeous tropical climate.

Best known for its world class theme parks, magnificent golf courses and awe-inspiring Kennedy Space Centre, Orlando is rightfully considered one of America’s most popular tourist destinations.

Orlando is known throughout the world as the home of theme parks. The biggest and most famous of them all is – of course – the Walt Disney World® Resort. It is no exaggeration to say that children all over the world dream of visiting this resort – spread over an incredible 25,000 acres, the resort includes no less than four exhilarating theme parks, two thrilling water parks and more than 20 hotels to suit every type of guest and budget.

Perhaps the most famous of all the resort’s parks is the Magic Kingdom, towered over by a life-size replica of Cinderella’s iconic castle but Disney World is much more than just traditional Disney fun. The highly interactive Epcot is the second park at the resort dedicated to technology and invention, whilst Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom take the Disney experience in new and exciting directions. Then second big hitter in the area is the world famous Universal Studios Orlando with rides based on some of the biggest film franchises out there, such as Harry Potter and Jurassic Park.

If Disney and theme parks isn’t for you, there’s still plenty to enjoy in Orlando. Located just 20 minutes East is SeaWorld, the perfect place to spend a day learning about some of the world’s most exciting sea creatures – but don’t forget your bathing suit, as there’s plenty of water rides to thrill you too. Whilst out east, don’t forget to stop in at Gatorland to find out more about Florida’s fascinating native swamp-dwellers! If you really like the water, maybe meet dolphins, swim with tropical fish or just chill out by the water and enjoy the all-you-can-eat snacks and drinks at Discovery Cove.

A trip to Orlando would not be complete without visiting the Kennedy Space Centre. Home to some of mankind’s most extraordinary achievements, visiting the centre is an incredible opportunity to tour the launch areas and discover where the moon landings began – or simply to feel if for yourself at the Space Shuttle Launch Experience, not for the faint of heart. For more science fun, the Orlando Science Centre in Downtown offers plenty of interactive family fun considering such subjects as dinosaurs and electricity.

Speaking of electricity, Orlando is also famous for its incredible afternoon thunderstorms – why not head to Harry P. Leu Gardens and enjoy the natural light show amongst 50 acres of magnificent sculpted lawns and oak trees?

Spend a week or two in this family-friendly city to enjoy Florida’s warm sunshine. Visit a different theme park every day.

Since the first theme parks in Orlando opened over 60 years ago, the region has grown to have over 20 amusement parks appealing to varying interests. Enjoy attractions built around entertainment giants, water parks, educational sites and even a spiritual center.

Quarterback Phil Simms first proclaimed, “I’m going to Disney World!” after winning the 1987 Super Bowl. This expression has become a vacation theme for millions of Americans. Visit Disney’s popular Magic Kingdom® Park, with favorite rides for kids and adults, see the world at Epcot®, explore Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park and Disney'sHollywood Studios® or splash in Disney's Blizzard BeachWater Park and Disney'sTyphoon LagoonWater Park.

Universal Orlando Resort features The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ and other Islands of Adventure®, along with Volcano Bay™ water park. Watch films being made at Universal Studios Florida®.

Water creatures are central to SeaWorld® Orlando Resort. Observe dolphins, penguins, whales, manatees, sharks and turtles. Take an Up-Close Tour for a hands-on experience, swim with dolphins at Discovery Cove® and have some excitement at Aquatica water park.

Ride a zip line or wrestle alligators at Gatorland®, an Orlando favorite since 1949. Marvel at huge models at Legoland® Florida and enjoy rides past giant Lego dinosaurs. Fun Spot America Theme Park, with locations in Orlando and Kissimmee, has a wooden roller coaster and multi-level go-kart tracks.

Make learning fun at the Kennedy Space CenterSMVisitor Complex, where you can talk with astronauts and see rockets that have flown in space. Be inspired at the Holy Land Experience, a living biblical museum.

Spend time appreciating Orlando’s attractions away from busy theme parks. Paddle across Lake Eola, shop at outlet malls, play golf, smell the roses at Harry P. Leu Gardens, enjoy visual arts at the Orlando Museum of Art and experience hands-on exhibits at the Orlando Science Center.

Check the websites of Orlando’s theme parks for special multi-day rates and accommodations packages. Some resorts offer free transportation from Orlando International Airport if you stay at the resorts.

The Grand Orlando Resort at Celebration
The Grand Orlando Resort at Celebration
3.5 out of 5
2900 Parkway Blvd, Kissimmee, FL, 34747
The price is £102 per night from 21 Jul to 22 Jul
Stay at this 3.5-star family-friendly hotel in Kissimmee. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 outdoor pools and 2 restaurants. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff ...
2.9/5 (4,391 reviews)
"Great stay with the family. Everything was perfect"

Reviewed on 25 Jun 2022

The Grand Orlando Resort at Celebration
Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort
Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort
3.5 out of 5
6550 Adventure Way, Orlando, FL, 32819
The price is £214 per night from 27 Jun to 28 Jun
Stay at this 3.5-star family-friendly resort in Orlando. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 outdoor pools and 2 restaurants. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (3,931 reviews)
"Overall nice. The kids had fun. Lots of things to do on/around hotel. My only 2 complaints are that the lights in our room were wired funny and the closet and kitchen were tied together somehow so if I wanted to turn on the closet light I had to first turn in the kitchen light and keep it on…. Also ..."

Reviewed on 24 Jun 2022

Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort
Holiday Inn Resort Orlando Suites - Waterpark, an IHG Hotel
Holiday Inn Resort Orlando Suites - Waterpark, an IHG Hotel
3.5 out of 5
14500 Continental Gateway, Orlando, FL, 32821
The price is £140 per night from 27 Jun to 28 Jun
Stay at this 3.5-star family-friendly resort in Orlando. Enjoy 2 outdoor pools, 3 hot tubs and a water park. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff ...
3.4/5 Good! (2,371 reviews)
"I really like how they are remodeling the rooms. Beds were super comfy. We stayed in a two bedroom and the children each had their own twin bed. Loved all the pools and waterpark. The pool at the other end of the the water park felt heated and was great to be in after the sun went down. Pizza was ..."

Reviewed on 25 Jun 2022

Holiday Inn Resort Orlando Suites - Waterpark, an IHG Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
DoubleTree by Hilton at the Entrance to Universal Orlando
DoubleTree by Hilton at the Entrance to Universal Orlando
4 out of 5
5780 Major Blvd, Orlando, FL, 32819
The price is £94 per night from 17 Jul to 18 Jul
Stay at this 4-star family-friendly hotel in Orlando. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 restaurants and 2 bars/lounges. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (5,497 reviews)
"The team was welcoming from tehe young me. At the door who help me get my cab rides to the Room attendants i came accross the property."

Reviewed on 25 Jun 2022

DoubleTree by Hilton at the Entrance to Universal Orlando
Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort
Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort
3.5 out of 5
6550 Adventure Way, Orlando, FL, 32819
The price is £214 per night from 27 Jun to 28 Jun
Stay at this 3.5-star family-friendly resort in Orlando. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 outdoor pools and 2 restaurants. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (3,931 reviews)
"Overall nice. The kids had fun. Lots of things to do on/around hotel. My only 2 complaints are that the lights in our room were wired funny and the closet and kitchen were tied together somehow so if I wanted to turn on the closet light I had to first turn in the kitchen light and keep it on…. Also ..."

Reviewed on 24 Jun 2022

Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort
Holiday Inn Resort Orlando Suites - Waterpark, an IHG Hotel
Holiday Inn Resort Orlando Suites - Waterpark, an IHG Hotel
3.5 out of 5
14500 Continental Gateway, Orlando, FL, 32821
The price is £140 per night from 27 Jun to 28 Jun
Stay at this 3.5-star family-friendly resort in Orlando. Enjoy 2 outdoor pools, 3 hot tubs and a water park. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff ...
3.4/5 Good! (2,371 reviews)
"I really like how they are remodeling the rooms. Beds were super comfy. We stayed in a two bedroom and the children each had their own twin bed. Loved all the pools and waterpark. The pool at the other end of the the water park felt heated and was great to be in after the sun went down. Pizza was ..."

Reviewed on 25 Jun 2022

Holiday Inn Resort Orlando Suites - Waterpark, an IHG Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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