For many of us, a holiday in Orlando is all about the theme parks. The most iconic is of course Walt Disney World (which is technically located in Lake Buena Vista, just outside the city of Orlando). There's also the Universal Orlando resort, and you can admire dolphins, killer whales and a host of other majestic animals at SeaWorld. Of course, there's more to Orlando than theme parks - there are more than 170 golf courses, and Downtown Orlando brims with restaurants and nightspots. Be sure to see Lake Eola, whose fountain is the symbol of Orlando.
Frequent direct flights to Orlando are available from London Gatwick, Glasgow International and Manchester on carriers including British Airways and Virgin Atlantic. The average journey time is just over nine hours. Indirect flights are also available from a wider range of airports, including Manchester, Belfast International and Edinburgh.
The gateway to your Orlando holiday will be Orlando International Airport, from which most hotels offer a shuttle service. Local buses and taxis are of course readily available, but most visitors will want to hire a car in Orlando. In fact, Orlando is the biggest single market for car rentals in the world, and all the major companies are present in the airport. This of course means there's no shortage of cars available, but you'd still be well advised to book ahead of time to ensure you get a good deal and that there's no chance of disappointment during the busy Summer season. A car is almost essential during a holiday in Orlando, since many of the most popular destinations are far removed from each other, and the freedom to roam between them will make all the difference.
There are more hotels in Orlando than you can shake a stick at, so finding cheap accommodation won't be a problemparticularly if you shop around online and book as far in advance as possible.
Orlando is one of the world's most popular tourist destinations and as such there are tourist traps everywhere charging big prices for food and drink. If you can, avoid the more obvious places and explore the area for more out of the way restaurants and bars, which could offer real value for money. There are all-you-can-eat buffets galore, so you really don't need to spend your cash on overpriced eateries in places like Disney World. If you want to do a spot of shopping, malls like Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores offer big discounts on designer names ranging from Armani to Lacoste.
Updated 15th May 2013
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posted by czoucksIt's all too easy to overlook the cultural history of this area of the world because the theme parks are so overbearing, but take some time and you'll be richly rewarded. This is a fantastic museum about the emergence of the African American Community from segregation in Florida.