Orlando holidays are all about fun, excitement and making dreams come true.
Famed for being the theme park capital of the world, Orlando boasts a plethora of thrilling attractions, as well as offering an array of shopping, dining and entertainment venues.
This makes Orlando an ideal choice for families looking to experience the magic of Walt Disney Resort, the fun of Universal Orlando, a world of creativity at Legoland Florida and a whole lot more.
Orlando is also a superb destination for couples, solo travellers and friends, with golf courses and spa facilities aplenty, as well as a fantastic variety of natural attractions to explore.
When it comes to weather, Orlando is located in the heart of the ‘The Sunshine State’ of Florida and is warm all year round. This means you can visit whenever you please.
Destination2 offers a variety of incredible Orlando hotels and resorts. Why not take a look and start planning your 2024/2025 Orlando holiday today?
Holidays to Orlando don’t have to be all about theme parks.
With the Atlantic coast just over an hour’s drive away, this fabulous destination offers visitors the option of enjoying a sun-drenched day at one of Florida’s spectacular beaches.
Among the closest is Cocoa Beach. A great place for surfing, this long stretch of soft white sand also offers some excellent spots for families, with free parking provided in certain areas.
Another option is the vibrant Daytona Beach. As well as soaking up the sun, visitors can enjoy free concerts in the summer, along with plenty of entertainment along the boardwalk.
For a quieter beach experience, you may wish to seek out the shores of St Pete Beach, Clearwater Beach or Tarpon Springs, which are a little further away, on Florida’s west coast.
When it comes to eating out, Orlando serves up plenty of food for thought with a whole host of culinary options to choose from.
Whether you’re seeking a big breakfast, light lunch or relaxed dinner, you’ll find a restaurant for every meal, with dishes to suit absolutely every palate.
As well the fast food favourites the states are famous for, you’ll also find a variety of superb restaurants offering fine fare from all around the globe.
An array of dining venues can be found along International Drive, while an area known as Restaurant Row, on West Sand Lake Road, nearby, offers a host of superb eateries.
Orlando’s culinary scene also has its fair share of celebrity-inspired dining outlets. Among them are Planet Hollywood and Chicken Guy!, featuring dishes from Food Network’s Guy Fieri, and Wolfgang Puck Bar and Grill, where you can enjoy a taste of California in Florida, with meals created by Austrian-American chef Wolfgang Puck.
With so many tantalising dining venues to discover, you definitely won’t go hungry during your holiday of a lifetime in Orlando.
Held annually on Independence Day, the Fireworks at the Fountain event, at Lake Eola Park, celebrates the Declaration of Independence of the United States, on July 4, 1776. As well as a spectacular fireworks display, the festivities also include children’s activities, live music, food and drink.
The south east of America’s largest comic, sci fi, horror, anime and gaming extravaganza takes place annually at different times of the year. The four-day event features a host of attractions and exhibits, with celebrity guests in attendance to meet the thousands of fans, many of who turn up in costumes of the favourite characters.
The Orlando Carnival Downtown takes places annually in May, with three days of colourful festivities, as well as live music, arts, crafts, cuisine and much, much more.
Taking place on around Veterans Day (November 11), the annual parade honours the men and women who have served in the US armed forces. The event features marching bands, serving military personnel, veterans and decorative floats.
What is the time difference between the UK and Orlando?
Orlando is 4 hours behind GMT.
When is the best time to go to Orlando?
The best time to visit Orlando is between March to May to avoid the crowds but still enjoy warm temperatures and low rainfall.
What is the weather like in Orlando?
Orlando enjoys hot temperatures and high humidity throughout the year. The summer months of May to September are especially hot, reaching average temperatures of 33°C, but rainfall is also higher at this time. Winter in Orlando is from November to February, when temperatures are cooler but still pleasant, with minimal rainfall.
Can you fly direct to Orlando?
You can fly direct from the UK to Orlando from London Heathrow, London Gatwick, Manchester Airport and Edinburgh Airport.
How long does it take to fly to Orlando?
A direct flight from London to Orlando takes approximately 9 to 10 hours.
Do I need a visa for Orlando?
UK passport holders don’t need a visa to enter the USA, but they do need an Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA) visa waiver. This costs approximately £17 and entitles you to stay for up to 90 days.
What age can you drink alcohol in Orlando?
The drinking age in Orlando is 21 years old.
Does Orlando have a beach?
Orlando is located in Central Florida, and it is not directly on the coast. However, there are several beaches that are within a reasonable driving distance from Orlando. Some of the closest beaches to Orlando include Cocoa Beach, Daytona Beach, and New Smyrna Beach, which are all located on the Atlantic coast and are approximately a one-hour drive from Orlando.
Where to stay in Orlando for Disney?
If you're planning a trip to Walt Disney World Resort, there are several great options for places to stay. Here are some popular areas to consider:
How do I get from Orlando airport to Disney World?
There are several transportation options available to get from Orlando International Airport (MCO) to Walt Disney World Resort. Ask your Destination2 Travel Specialist for advice on choosing the best options for you. Some choices include:
Regardless of the transportation option you choose, it's always a good idea to make arrangements in advance to ensure a smooth and hassle-free arrival at Walt Disney World Resort.
Does Orlando get hurricanes?
Orlando is located in an area of Florida that is susceptible to hurricanes during the Atlantic hurricane season, which runs from approximately June 1st to November 30th each year. While Orlando is not directly on the coast, it can still be affected by hurricanes and tropical storms that make landfall on the east or west coast of Florida.
How early should I get to Orlando airport?
It is generally recommended that you arrive at Orlando International Airport (MCO) at least two hours before a domestic US flight and three hours before your international flight.
Which Orlando water park is best?
Orlando is home to several excellent water parks, here are some of the most popular water parks in Orlando:
Overall, each of these water parks offers something unique and exciting, so the best one for you will depend on your interests, preferences, and travel plans. It's a good idea to research each park and read reviews from other visitors before making a decision.
Which airport is closest to Orlando Florida?
The closest airport to Orlando, Florida is Orlando International Airport (MCO).
How long should you stay in Orlando?
We recommend staying in Orlando for approximately two weeks, in order to explore all of the theme parks, water parks and other attractions.
Is Orlando expensive for a holiday?
While Orlando offers a luxury experience, depending on the type of holiday you are after, you can spend as little or as much as you like.