Overview and Essential Travel Information
Orlando may be called the super tourism capital of the world: A great climate, more attractions than any other place, fantastic possibilities to go out at night, wonderful activities during daytime. A great place to go with your family.
Theme parks are the most common reason for visitors to come to Orlando. Disney World is great. Disney's Animal Kingdom, its newest adventure park, is filled with the natural drama of life in the wild. Epcot is a two-part educational and cultural attraction designed to challenge the mind and satisfy the senses. Disney-MGM Studios allows visitors to see Disney animators creating wonderful characters and explains movie-making on an entertaining backlot tour.
Universal Studios Florida shares the movie-making theme of Disney-MGM Studios, but attractions are presented quite differently here. At Universal, promoters say you can "ride the movies." Universal's newest park is Universal Studios Islands of Adventure.
Visitors to Orlando will want to explore natural attractions as well as fantastical ones, and SeaWorld is a wonderful place to start.
For those with not enough stamina to endure a theme park, Orlando offers more relaxing attractions. Orlando has a very nice science museum and the city's art museum is also impressive. Since NASA is not far away, a some families may want to take a break away from the bustle of the theme parks and see the rocket garden in the morning and then spend the afternoon relaxing on a nearby beach, like Coco.
Dinner attractions are very popular in the Orlando area and also center around themes, whether of an era or an ethnicity. Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament in Kissimmee allows you to cheer a knight to victory. Disney's Pleasure Island celebrates New Year's Eve every night with laser lights and dancing in the streets. Church Street Station in downtown Orlando is a nighttime smorgasbord of activities and eateries, hosting a variety of different clubs and restaurants. Last call for alcohol is 2 a.m. Universal Studios CityWalk is a colossal 30-acre entertainment mecca, where themed restaurants, nightclubs, cinemas, live entertainment, and shopping abound.
Shopping areas in Orlando have as much variety as the local attractions. Souvenirs of your adventures, for both yourself and your friends back home are easy to find. Outlet centers and factory stores abound here and offer some of the best bargains in town. Shopping areas in Orlando and Kissimmee are also popular for their fun environments, such as at Pointe*Orlando, the Church Street Station Exchange, Disney Village Market Place or Old Town in Kissimmee.
Orlando International Airport is 9 miles (14km) southeast of downtown Orlando and 22 miles (35km) northeast of Walt Disney World. A decent bus service exists between the airport and downtown Orlando's Lynx Bus Center.
There are a handful of car rental companies at the airport and many more downtown. Although driving within the city of Orlando can be complicated - most streets are one-way and ticket-happy meter maids lie in wait - the area requires a car since it can be difficult to travel outside of Orlando relying on public transport. To get to Disney World from the airport by car take Highway 417 to Highway 536 which runs right to the park. From downtown Orlando take I-4 south. If renting a car is not an option there's a bus every two hours from Orlando's Lynx Bus Center.
Orlando runs a highly efficient and inexpensive city bus system including a free downtown circuit. Pick up schedules and route maps at the Lynx Bus Center. Taxis cannot be hailed on the street; you'll have to phone to secure one.
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