Orlando is Walt Disney Town, the home of Mickey Mouse with the biggest theme park area in the world attracting over 50 million visitors every year. The area houses Disney’s Magic Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, Animal Kingdom Epcot, SeaWorld and numerous water parks. Additionally, there’s also Universal Studios where visitors can see and experience the movies like nowhere else on earth.
Most people flock to the area to experience the magic of Disney, however it is still a busy corporate city and there’s lots to do without stepping foot in the parks. Just out of town, there are exceptional outlet shopping malls, ideal for the savvy shopper or visit Winter Park Avenue which is home to the local boutiques. For the cultural side of Orlando, don’t miss out on the East End Market which is buzzing with art, food and fresh produce.
The many hotels in Orlando boast fabulous pools to stretch out and relax after a busy day around the parks or following a business meeting. For the ultimate in luxury, visit The Four Seasons which is typical of many quality American hotels.
Evening entertainment is mainly centered around the Disney Parks, don’t miss out on the fireworks at Epcot (check times as they may vary) or head into Magic Kingdom for the world-famous Electrical Parade, a spectacular nightly pageant featuring all the Disney characters, singing, dancing, bright, colorful lights and of course, fireworks over the princess castle.
As well as the parks there are other attractions for all ages, from botanical gardens, water sports, eco-tours, boat rides, museums and horseback riding. For car lovers, don’t miss Kissimmee Old Town for the Saturday Night Car Cruise which features a parade of cars at 8.30pm. International Drive has a Ripley’s Believe It Or Not Museum and plenty of places to eat great food.
To see Orlando from above, climb on board the Orlando Eye which opened in 2015 or take a private hire helicopter from Bolt Jets which delivers outstanding views of the area, especially at sunset.