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Orlando, Florida Hotels and Theme Parks

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Orlando, FL

Remember, Orlando isn’t just about theme parks; it’s also a hub for shopping, dining, and outdoor activities. Whether you’re exploring the city’s vibrant neighborhoods, relaxing by the lakes, or indulging in delicious cuisine, Orlando is also known for its thousands of lakes and beautiful parks with majestic oaks providing cooling shade and stunning vistas.

Downtown Orlando

Downtown Orlando, often overshadowed by the city’s world-renowned theme parks, offers a delightful blend of urban charm and Southern hospitality. As you wander away from the tourist crowds, you’ll discover cobblestone streets leading to trendy boutiques, art galleries, and sidewalk cafes. Historic charm meets modern sophistication here, with a mix of 19th-century buildings and contemporary office towers.

The Dr. Phillips Center hosts musicals and opera, while the nearby Amway Center features big-name concerts and is home to the Orlando Magic. Whether you’re exploring art installations, strolling around Lake Eola Park, or enjoying local cuisine, Downtown Orlando invites you to experience its vibrant energy.

Also, Downtown Orlando is the adult entertainment hub of Central Florida. Listen to the hottest bands, take in the crowds from a sidewalk table, or dance the night away in lavish style. A great place for young singles to meet up and spend a great evening.

Winter Park

Winter Park, Florida, a charming oasis just north of Orlando’s bustling theme parks, exudes Old Florida charm with a touch of European influence. Here, ancient oaks and towering cypress trees create a shady canopy, providing respite from the Florida sun. Stroll along Park Avenue, a brick promenade adorned with Mediterranean-inspired architecture, where locals gather to dine, sip, and connect. Explore lush gardens like Mead Botanical Garden, witness the sunset at Kraft Azalea Gardens, and immerse yourself in the 50-acre tropical wonder of Harry P. Leu Gardens. Winter Park’s tranquil lakes and historic homes beckon visitors to savor its unique blend of nature, culture, and sophistication.

Disney Springs at Disney Worlddisney springs

Orlando, Florida vacation deals. In addition to great hotels, at Disney Springs you will find all kinds of restaurants and shops in a beautifully landscaped venue with extensive water features. Fortunately, there is no admission charge for Disney Springs and you will enjoy the relaxing atmosphere.

Disney Springs hosts hundreds of exciting shops to browse and bring home memories of your fabulous Orlando vacation.

Disney Springs Restaurants

Featured restaurants at Disney Springs include the House of Blues for food and music plus Planet Hollywood, Paddle Fish, Rainforest Cafe, the Wolfgang Puck Grand Cafe, the Boat House, Fulton's Crab House, Jack Lindsey's Hanger Bar, Morimoto Asia, Paradiso 37, and STK Steakhouse, and more.

Additionally, there are numerous fast food, ice cream, food trucks, and snack restaurants throughout Disney Springs including Starbucks, Chicken Guy, Coca Cola Rooftop Beverage Bar, Ghirardelli Soda Fountain, and many more.

Disney World Tickets

Reserve your tickets now for all Disney theme parks, water parks and new park hopper option. Due to limited attendance allowed on each date, it is advisable to buy tickets in advance for the dates you want.

kids dresssed for halloweenMagic Kingdom at Disney World

Here is where it all started and where you can find the best family fun, especially for the younger set. You will experience a new feeling when you enter the Magic Kingdom gates, and see Cinderella's castle looming ahead. Take a horse drawn trolley down Main Street and stop for some street singers drawing a crowd. The shops, costumes, the candy smells, the music, and children's' sounds of delight emerge you in the happiest place on earth.

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party 2024 Dates Announced

This year Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party will run from August 9 - October 31 starting at 7.00pm on 38 select dates. The park closes early to regular guests at 7.00 pm but Party ticket holders are allowed to enter the park at 4.00 pm prior to the 7.00 pm start time. Tickets go on sale to the general public on May 15, 2024. Prices range from $119 to $199 depending on date selection. Tickets are $10 less for children 3 -9, and Annual Pass Holders and Vacation Club Members also receive a $10 discount. More details.

Disney World Hotel Reservations

Disney World Grand HotelStaying on the Disney World property in on of Disney's fabulous hotels is not only a special experience, but it allows early admissions to the parks.
Check out the Disney World hotel deals in all price ranges and also take a look at camping at Fort Wilderness. Wherever you go on the Disney property, you are in for a very special experience including free transportation everywhere. And you will love the food courts with a variety of choices at many of the resorts.

Animal Kingdom at Disney World

One of the most fantastic wild animal experiences outside of Africa, the Animal Kingdom offers over 300 species of animals and a home to over 2,000 individual animals. So keep your eyes peeled for even more fascinating creatures during your exploration!

Embark on an African safari within the park’s Kilimanjaro Safaris attraction. Encounter giraffes, elephants, lions, and other magnificent creatures in a sprawling savanna.

Expedition Everest: Brace yourself for a thrilling ride on Expedition Everest, a high-speed coaster that takes you through the treacherous Himalayan mountains in search of the elusive Yeti.

Pandora – The World of Avatar: Immerse yourself in the mystical world of Pandora, inspired by James Cameron’s film “Avatar.” Explore floating mountains, bioluminescent forests, and the mesmerizing Flight of Passage ride.

Dinosaur: Travel back in time to the prehistoric era on the Dinosaur ride. Dodge carnivorous dinosaurs and race against extinction to save a dinosaur from an impending asteroid impact.

Rivers of Light: As night falls, witness the enchanting Rivers of Light show—a captivating blend of water, light, and music that celebrates the harmony of nature.

Tree of Life: The iconic Tree of Life, a massive artificial tree adorned with intricate animal carvings. It serves as the centerpiece of the park.

Epcot at Disney World

Epcot World Showcase is Disney's answer to the World's Fair and you can find seasonal features such as The Epcot International Food and Wine Festival each Fall. You will not want to miss the Epcot International Festival of the Holidays, Winters Epcot International Festival of the Arts and Spring's Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival.

Disney's Hollywood Studios at Disney World

Disney's Hollywood Studios at Disney World, featuring Star Wars Galaxy's Edge. Experts say the experience is more immersive than anyone anticipated so be prepared to get your socks knocked off. This blockbuster attraction for will be thrilling millions for many years to come and is a must for serious Star Wars fans. Toy Story land is already a visitor favorite and features the very popular Slinky Dog ride.

Be sure to check out the new Mickey and Minnie's Runaway Railway ride.

Disney Cruise Line with the new Disney Wish Cruise Ship

Disney Cruises including the spectacular new Disney Wish cruise ship are now being booked for 2024 - 2025. Disney Cruises sail from Port Canaveral (Orlando)and from several other ports depending on the time of year. Book your 2024 - 2025 Disney cruise now.

Reservations for Hotels Near Port Canaveral

Universal Studios Orlando

Universal Studios is home to the original Universal Theme Park in Orlando and features themes around movies and tv shows. Universal Studios also features City Walk that touts Jimmy Buffet's Margaretville, The Hard Rock Cafe and Emeril's Restaurant Orlando. Nightclubs like the Red Coconut Club, Velvet Bar and Jake's American bar keep things hopping well into the early morning. Parking is free after 6.00 pm.

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Halloween Horror Nights Select nights Aug. 30 - Nov. 3, 2024

picture of scary Halloween pumpkinsDon't miss out this year, Halloween Horror Nights is better than ever. You never feel more alive than when you're scared to death at Universal Orlando Halloween Horror Nights, The World's Premier Halloween Event. Face 10 terrifying haunted houses, 5 sinister scare zones, outrageous live entertainment and some of Universal Studios' most exhilarating attractions.

Universal's Islands of Adventure

Here is some real adventure waiting for you including Jurassic Park including River Adventure, and Hogsmeade with Hagrid's Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure. Many say that this coaster is the best in Orlando. And don't miss the train to Hogwarts.

Sea World

This fantastic attraction keeps adding killer roller coasters to supplement the more calming effect of thousands of ocean creatures including sea lions, rambunctious rays, and lots of fast swimming sharks.

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Discovery Cove

This fantastic adventure lets you swim with the dolphins (marine mammals, not football players.) Totally, emerge in a once in a lifetime experience for all ages and its a great way to stay cool. Think of the great photo memories you will create.

LELEGOLAND Discount Tickets

LEGOLAND Florida is a 150 acre, full day family theme park located in Winter Haven, Florida. Located just 45 minutes southwest of Orlando and 45 minutes from downtown Tampa. Not suprisingly, LEGOLAND Florida is designed specifically for families with children ages 2 to 12. The largest LEGOLAND Park in the world, it features more than 55 family rides, and shows. Finally, it also features attractions, water park play, restaurants, shopping, and beautiful botanical gardens.

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The Wheel at Icon Park

A super observation wheel located at ICON Park that towers over Orlando at 400 feet in the air. Each rotation takes about 22 minutes in one of 30 climate-controlled capsules, giving you plenty of time to absorb Central Florida's most spectacular views.

Concerts in Orlando

Orlando is a main stop on the concert circuit featuring big name shows at the Amway Center and House of Blues. Concert schedule and tickets here.

Sports in Orlando

The Orlando Magic professional basketball team makes its home at the Amway Center in Downtown Orlando during the basketball season. Exciting players and a team that is always in playoff contention make this a must do event during your Orlando stay. Orlando Magic Discount Tickets

The Orlando City SC is a professional soccer team playing high quality soccer at Exploria Stadium in Orlando. Orlando City Soccer Discount Tickets

Kissimmee Area

Kissimmee, FL is located just a little east of Disney's main gate and hosts many of the Orlando area's modestly priced hotels and vacation rentals. Save money on your lodging while enjoying the convenience of easy access to Disney World. .

Rodeos

Kissimmee is also the home of the Silver Spurs Rodeo, always fun and fast moving. Real cowboys and cowgirls compete in thrilling barrel races and traditional rodeo events.

Best Hotel Deals in Kissimmee Near Disney World's Main Gate

Silver Spurs Rodeo in Kissimmee, FL (near Orlando)

The Silver Spurs Rodeo is one of Florida's premier rodeos and its proximity to Orlando makes it a favorite of visitors and residents alike. The Silver Spurs Rodeo is the largest rodeo east of the Mississippi. And, it is annually ranked among the top 50 events sanctioned by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA).

Silver Spurs Rodeo Parade in St. Cloud, FL February 8, 2025, near Orlando. Our rodeo performances take place during the 2nd and 3rd weekend of February, and the first weekend of June each year and the first Saturday of October. When tickets go on sale, they can be bought online. For questions about the tickets please call 407-67-RODEO (7-6336). We recommend purchasing tickets early to guarantee admission.

Tickets 153rd Silver Spurs Rodeo Friday, May 31, 2024 at 7:30 P.M. Saturday, June 1, 2024 at 7:30 P.M

Watch the sport of rodeo's seven traditional events: bull riding, bareback riding, saddle bronc riding, tie-down roping, team roping, steer wrestling, and women's barrel racing.

Kennedy Space Center

A visit to the Kennedy Space Center is a must during your time in Central Florida. Since 1968, it has been the epicenter of American spaceflight, research, and technology. KSC orchestrated launches for Apollo, Skylab, and the Space Shuttle programs from Launch Complex 39. Adjacent to Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, KSC collaborates closely with its neighbor. Beyond launches, KSC manages robotic missions, commercial crew endeavors, and explores food production for off-Earth exploration. Its 144,000-acre expanse houses iconic structures like the Vehicle Assembly Building and the Launch Control Center.

Located about 50 miles east of Orlando on Florida's famous Space Coast, you will also find 70 miles of pristine beaches, cruise ships, and gorgous oceanfront hotels.

Round trip bus transportation from Orlando to the Kennedy Space Center and advance admission tickets are available. There are launches every week from this site, the world's most active launch facility.

Hotels near Kennedy Space Center

Horseback Riding in Orlando

Horseback riding in Orlando is available in and around Central Florida. Rent a horse by the hour of enjoy a guided trail ride through some of the finest trails in the eastern United States.


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