Orlando Holidays

Your Orlando holiday

If you want to plan a vacation that will entertain the entire family, holidays in Orlando are exactly what you are looking for. With a high concentration of the country’s best amusement parks (including the massive Walt Disney World Resort), cutting-edge restaurants, and world-class golf courses, this central Florida city appeals to the young and old alike.

So make sure to reserve a flight to Orlando today, and you will experience the best entertainment the U.S. has to offer.

Before U.S. settlers began arriving to central Florida in the early 19th century, Native Americans from the Seminole tribe inhabited the area that surrounds present-day Orlando. The U.S. army built Fort Gatlin to the south to protect American settlers in 1838, and a permanent settlement grew from there.

Originally known as Jernigan, the city was renamed Orlando in 1857, in honour of a soldier who died in the Second Seminole War.

Orlando’s early economy thrived on cattle ranches, which unfolded across central Florida to meet the demand for beef in nearby Cuba. Farming of cotton and citrus produce (oranges, etc.) became major industries as well.

However, the brutally humid Florida heat made Orlando an unattractive destination for settlers before the invention of air conditioning. The city’s population remained low until the 1971 opening of the Magic Kingdom spurred the development of a massive entertainment business in the region. The Magic Kingdom eventually grew into Walt Disney World Resort, which covers 40 square miles and includes four theme parks, two water parks, dozens of hotels, and an onsite campground. With the addition of SeaWorld in 1973, and Universal Studios in 1990, tourism became Orlando’s chief industry.

While the population of Orlando proper stands at just over 230,000 people, the number of people residing in the city’s sprawling metropolitan area tops two million.

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Hilton Grand Vacations Suites at SeaWorld

Unique seaside style plus a free shuttle to SeaWorldThe Hilton Grand Vacations Suites at SeaWorld is a distinctive hotel in central Orlando. Close to area attractions, the hotel also provides exemplary recreational activities such as exotic swimming pools, whirlpools, tennis courts, a fitness room and jogging track. The ultimate in convenience, the Hilton Grand Vacations Club offers amenities such as a concierge desk, complimentary printing center and free transportation to SeaWorld. 3 Reasons To Stay Official SeaWorld Hotel partner, offering free transportation and theme park benefits Fantastic recreation for all ages, including swimming pools, whirlpools and sun deck Supervised recreation program, basketball, fitness room, playground, running track and pool table Hilton Grand Vacations Suites at SeaWorld RoomsDesigned in the style of a provincial Bermudian seaside village, the studios and suites at the Hilton Grand Vacations Suites at SeaWorld showcase pastel colors and bright, open spaces, ideal for a relaxing stay. Screened balconies (some of which are furnished) feature stunning views of the lush swimming pools, water features and tropical Bermuda-inspired gardens. All rooms offer fully-equipped kitchenettes/kitchens, wireless Internet access and DVD players. Some rooms offer whirlpool baths, ideal for relaxation after a long day exploring Orlando attractions, and sampling some of the Hilton Grand Vacations Suites at SeaWorld comprehensive amenities. Things To Do SeaWorld (0.1 mi/0.2 km) Discovery Cove (0.1 mi/0.2 km) Orange County Convention Center (1 mi/1.6 km) Walt Disney World Resort (2 mi/3.4 km) Pointe Orlando (2 mi/3.4 km) Universal Studios (6 mi/9.6 km) Mall at Millenia (7 mi/11.3 km)
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Caribe Royale All-Suite Hotel & Convention Center

A lush all-suite hotel oasis near Walt Disney WorldThis all-suite Caribe Royale Orlando hotel inhabits 53 well-manicured acres just minutes from Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, Epcot and SeaWorld. Its striking palms, lakeside villas and sparkling pool with water slide create the feeling of a tropical isle. Numerous amenities -- from miles of convention space to numerous restaurants -- appeal to both families and executive travelers. Free scheduled shuttle service reduces travel time to Walt Disney World and Downtown Disney. Pets are not allowed. Highlights Free scheduled shuttle service to Walt Disney World theme parks and evening shuttle to Downtown Disney. Free scheduled transportation to Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores and Orlando Premium Outlets - Vineland AvenueConvention center, which includes two ballroomsPrivate pool for villa guestsMultiple restaurantsSuites and lakefront villasSpa services available at the Island Spa, our new boutique spa. Fitness Center, tennis and basket ball courts.Free self parking. RoomsHotel has enhanced each of the luxury of 1,218 suites of the Caribe Royale Orlando with oversized flat screen TVs, plush bedding, work desks and electronic safes. Stylish accents, like tropical prints and wood furniture, capture sophistication. Suites have a separate living room and dining room, plus microwave, mini-refrigerator and coffeemaker. For luxe living, reserve the two-bedroom lakefront villa, which includes full kitchen. Features Besides the trade-show sized convention center, the true showpiece of the hotel is the 250,000 gallon free-form pool, a refuge of cascading waterfalls, rock features, poolside cabanas and neighboring bar for sipping on pina coladas. Families also flock to the children's wading pool, which boasts interactive water toys and a play area with a slide and climbing equipment. Guests book an alfresco massage, head to the tennis or basketball courts, or grab a meal or cocktails at one of the seven on-site restaurants and bars. Transportation Orlando International Airport (20 minutes)Orange County Convention Center (12 minutes) Attractions Walt Disney World (5 mi./8 km)Wet N' Wild (7.3 mi./11.7 km)Universal's Islands of Adventure (8.2  mi./13.2 km)The Wizarding World of Harry Potter (8.2 mi./13.2 km)SeaWorld Adventure Park (3.9 mi./6.2 km)Epcot (3.4 mi./5.6 km)Animal Kingdom (6.7 mi./10.8 km)Downtown Disney (2  mi./3.2 km) Business More than 150,000 square feet of meeting space24-hour business centerCateringAudio/visual equipmentWi-Fi by the pool and in the convention center, lobby and villas (fees apply)Internet access throughout the property,including the suites, villas, lobby, and convention center (fees apply)
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The Point Orlando Suite Resort

Transportation Orlando International Airport (20 minutes)Orange County Convention Center (6 minutes) Free shuttle to theme parks plus kid- and business-friendly amenities The Point Universal Orlando Resort is a Universal Orlando Partner hotel on International Drive that departs from the theme park aesthetic common at other properties. With 214 studios and suites, the accommodations look like sophisticated apartments with full kitchens, handsome furniture and separate showers and tubs. But business travelers are not the only ones who call this place home during a stay in Orlando. Families appreciate the free scheduled shuttle to Disney theme parks, SeaWorld and Universal Orlando, and the on-site restaurant. Highlights Free scheduled shuttle to major attractionsPaid shuttle to International Drive attractions Full kitchens, washers/dryers and high-speed InternetOutdoor pool, Jacuzzi and fitness centerBusiness centerPoint Café for all-day dining Rooms Rooms at the Point Universal Orlando Resort merge classic clean décor -- think dark wood furniture and leather sofas -- with modern amenities. Every room has a flat-screen TV, free high-speed Internet access, full kitchen, granite countertops, stove, oven, dishwasher, washer/dryer and separate tub and shower. Some rooms have balconies or patios. Features The Point Universal Orlando Resort boasts an enviable location close to theme parks, Prime Outlet Mall and Wet N' Wild, which is within walking distance. To smooth the commute for guests, the hotel provides free scheduled shuttle service to the four main Disney theme parks, SeaWorld and Universal Orlando, along with paid shuttle service to shops and restaurants on International Drive.   The expansive, heated pool and Jacuzzi add to the luxury of the hotel. Attractions Walt Disney World (8.5 mi/13.7 km)SeaWorld Adventure Park (3.4 mi/5.4 km)Universal's Islands of Adventure (0.1 mi/.2 km)Wet N' Wild (0.9 mi/1.4 km)Prime Outlet Mall (1.4 mi/2.2 km)Florida Mall (3.8 mi/6.1 km)The Wizarding World of Harry Potter (1.3 mi/2 km)Downtown Disney (6.9 mi/11.1 km)Epcot (7.7 mi/12.3 km)Animal Kingdom (11 mi/17.8 km) Business 1,700 square feet of meeting space for up to 50 peopleWi-Fi in lobby, wired Internet in roomsAudio/visual equipmentBusiness center with workstations, printers, fax and copy servicesCatering servicesConference rooms with panoramic views of Orlando skyline Policies and feesThe hotel charges a daily resort fee of $11 plus tax that covers hotel-wide high-speed Internet access, scheduled shuttle service to theme parks, self-parking, a USA Today in the lobby during weekdays, incoming and outgoing faxes at the front desk, in-suite coffee, pool towels and access to the fitness center.
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Universal's Hard Rock Hotel

4 stars
4.3 / 5 56 reviews
Live Like A Rock ‘n’ Roll Superstar at Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando Resort. Its the perfect mix of funk and just plain fun. It’s classy, yet totally casual. Lively, yet laid back. It’s the coolest hotel in town, and you’ll feel like you just stepped off the stage, surrounded with the music, style, and irreverent attitude of the rock n’ roll lifestyle. This AAA Four Diamond Award winning hotel is located within easy walking distance of both Universal Studios and Universal’s Islands of Adventure theme parks. On-site hotel guests enjoy exclusive theme park benefits, including: FREE Universal Express Unlimited ride access to SKIP THE REGULAR LINES in both Universal Orlando theme parks - a benefit worth up to $89 per person, per day (valid theme park admission required). Guests will also enjoy Complimentary resort-wide transportation, including water taxis connecting the hotels and theme parks, priority seating at select restaurants throughout the resort, complimentary package delivery to guest rooms and resort-wide charging privileges with your hotel room key card. Hotel rooms can accommodate up to five people per room - roll away required for the 5th person (fees apply). Pet Friendly rooms are available. Restrictions Apply.
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Waldorf Astoria Orlando

5 stars
4.6 / 5 40 reviews
Superior luxury in the center of Walt Disney World resort  The Waldorf Astoria Orlando offers the ultimate in convenience, comfort and luxury. This Orlando gem is ideally located within Bonnet Creek, surrounded by Walt Disney World Resort, and central to Orlando's attractions. Guests benefit from a Rees Jones-designed championship golf course, the soothing Guerlain spa, private cabana pool and zero entry pool, as well as a kids club with numerous activities. 3 Reasons To Stay  Located on 482 peaceful acres of private land in the middle of Walt Disney World resort Waldorf Astoria Golf club, a championship golf course designed by Rees Jones Indulge the senses at the Waldorf Astoria Spa by Guerlain Waldorf Astoria Orlando Rooms  The Waldorf Astoria Orlando offers luxury amenities and stunning views. Thoughtfully-designed rooms feature soothing colors, open spaces, chic fabrics and lavish furnishings, including Egyptian cotton linens and Italian marble bath counters with dual sinks. Convenience is paramount: Enjoy secure wired and wireless Internet, 42-inch televisions, spacious work desks, and twice-daily room service. The Waldorf Astoria Orlando also offers plush cotton bathrobes and slippers, ideal after a long day of business meetings, exploring the area, or playing golf. Some suites boast furnished terraces, limited service kitchens, separate sitting areas, and dining/conference tables. Rooms offer spectacular views of Bonnet Creek, some, impressively, from the comfort of the soaking tub. Things to Do  Disney's Hollywood studios (1.4 mi/2.3 km) Epcot Center (1.8 mi/2.9 km) SeaWorld (5.9 mi/9.5 km) Aquatica (6.4 mi/10.3 km) Orange County Convention Center (6.4 mi/10.3 km) Disney's Animal Kingdom (7.3 mi/11.8 km) Ripley's Believe It or Not! (7.6 mi/12.2 km) Universal Studios (9.2 mi/14.8 km) Discovery Cove (9.2 mi/14.8 km) Orlando Museum of Art (18.3 mi/29.5 km) Policies and Fees  Smoke-free policy
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Avanti International Resort

After a total renovation, the Avanti International Resort is a shining beacon in the heart of activity and dining options on International Drive. This resort features 652 renovated, comfortable, and contemporary-style guest rooms and suites. The oversized pool features a kids water play area. Enjoy casual dining and beverage options at our pool bar & grill, Barista, or Caf. The resort also features a fitness center, interactive game room, and resort-wide WiFi. Avanti International Resort is located within walking distance of a variety of dining and shopping, and only a short ride on our shuttle away from major theme park attractions. Close to Theme Parks, Water Parks and many shopping, entertainment and dining options, including Pointe Orlando. Walt Disney World: 10.3 miles; Universal: 3.5 miles; SeaWorld: 2.5 miles; Wet 'n Wild: 1.8 miles; Orlando Convention Center: 1/2 mile; Pointe Orlando: 1/2 mile. 24-hour Front Desk in Lobby,Concierge, Scheduled Theme Park Shuttles, Large pool with kid's "Playscape" area, surrounded by sandy beach, with zero-entry and ADA-compliant. The hotel resort fee includes WIFI throughout the property, Scheduled theme park shuttles, self-parking, acess to the fitness center. Guests will be charged $8.00, plus tax, per room, per night, not included in the room rate. Note: guests staying with us for 1-4 nights will have the guest credit card authorized for $50.00. If a guest is staying 5 nights or more the guest credit card will only be authorized $100.00 for the entire stay
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Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek

4 stars
4.4 / 5 59 reviews
Beautiful resort setting surrounded by Walt Disney attractions  Offering unlimited amenities in a central, natural setting, Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek boasts an 18-hole championship golf course designed by Rees Jones. Find an exotic lagoon-style pool with water slide, spa, and complimentary fitness center, and exemplary cuisine in 12 restaurants and bars. Not only is the hotel an ideal base for exploring nearby attractions, it offers flexible business facilities including eight outdoor function areas and 42 meeting rooms, effortlessly accommodating groups of up to several thousand. 3 Reasons To Stay  Complimentary transport to and from the Disney parks On site 18-hole championship golf course designed by Rees Jones Surrounded by World Disney World resort and nature preserves Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek Rooms  Providing guests with the ultimate in comfort, Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek rooms feature Hilton Signature Serenity Beds and fantastic amenities to make life easier, including alarm clocks with MP3 sockets and 37-inch LCD televisions. The premium workspaces are ideal for business guests and include work desks, high-speed Internet connections, and lockable safes for valuables including laptops. All rooms are finished to an exemplary quality – think marble bathrooms featuring Peter Thomas Roth bath suites, soothing color choices and soft hues. Some rooms offer a wet bars and superbly spacious and luxurious seating areas. Take in the breathtaking views of the Disney resort, golf course, and nature preserves both in daylight and after dark. The 1,001 guestrooms and suites at the Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek resorts are ideal for relaxation after long days visiting the unlimited nearby attractions that Orlando has to offer, spending a day on the golf course, or following a business conference. Things to do  Hollywood Studios (1.2 mi/1.9 km) Epcot Centre (1.6 mi/2.6 km) Disney's Blizzard Beach (2.4 mi/3.9 km) Disney's Animal Kingdom (3.4 mi/5.5 km) Disney's Magic Kingdom (5 mi/8 km) Orange County Convention Center (6.2 mi/10 km) Aquatica (6.3 mi/10.1 km) Universal Studios Orlando (9.2 mi/14.8 km) SeaWorld (10.9 mi/17.5 km) Prime Outlets International (15 mi/24.2 km)
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Sheraton Vistana Resort Villas, Lake Buena Vista/Orlando

Villa accommodations and recreational activities in tropical setting The Sheraton Vistana Resort is in a lush, park-like setting dotted with palm trees, fountains and pools that attracts leisure travelers to this Lake Buena Vista resort. Guests hole up in one- or two-bedroom villas equipped with kitchens for extended stays or take advantage of the many leisure options onsite, like hard and clay tennis courts and bicycle rentals. On days off from theme parks, kids enjoy ballroom dance sessions, scuba classes and other fun and games. A grocery store at the property also saves parents from having to dine out. Highlights Fully furnished villas with one or two bedrooms plus full kitchen7 pools and 13 tennis courtsPlanned children's activitiesWi-Fi in all rooms9 outdoor JacuzzisFree shuttle service to four main Disney theme parks Grocery store onsite or the option of villas with pre-stocked groceries  Massage services Rooms Available with one or two bedrooms, villas pop with tropical and primary colors and come fully stocked with pots, pans and utensils for entertaining or dining in. Full kitchens also sport a blender, microwave, stove and cookware. Layouts vary, but guests can count on standards like Wi-Fi access, separate living and dining areas and a washer/dryer in every villa. Features The Sheraton Vistana Resort serves the extended stay traveler who favors a mix of recreational and leisure activities while on vacation. Guests can practice their serve at one of the nine tennis courts, rent bicycles to explore the trails or challenge each other to a pickup game at the basketball court.   For pampering, book a Swedish, deep tissue, sports, aromatherapy and reflexology massage, available in 30-, 60- and 90-minute intervals. After the day is over, head to the Marketplace for groceries or arrange to have items stocked in the villa. BusinessBanquet room seats up to 100 peopleFed Ex/Kinko located across the street from the property Transportation Orlando International Airport (20 minutes)Orange County Convention Center (12 minutes) Attractions Walt Disney World (3.9 mi/6.4 km)Downtown Disney (0.9 mi/1.5 km)Epcot (2.4 mi/3.9 km)Aquatica (4.4 mi/7 km)Animal Kingdom (5.9 mi/9.5 km)SeaWorld Adventure Park (6 mi/3.7 km)Universal's Islands of Adventure (6.2 mi/9.9 km)The Wizarding World of Harry Potter (6.2 mi/9.9 km)Wet N' Wild (6.8 mi/11 km)Florida Mall (8.5 mi/13.7 km) Policies and feesZimmie's Restaurant and Sports Bar is closed for renovation from 17 August to 23 November 2013. During this time, Cascades Bar and Grill, Snack Shack, Tacky Tiki Bard and the Marketplace will remain open.The hotel charges $5 for any Roll-away bedding requests.
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Lake Buena Vista Resort Village and Spa, a Sky Hotel and Resort

A family resort and spa with access to theme parks, outlet stores For shoppers and theme park visitors, the Lake Buena Vista Resort Village and Spa is in the ideal location. The luxury hotel is next to the Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores, an outlet emporium with more than 50 well-known brands. Free scheduled shuttles transport guests to major theme parks. Accommodations offer plenty of space for leisure or business travelers. A pirate-themed pool and full-service spa set the mood for bliss. Highlights Condos with full kitchensFree scheduled shuttle to major theme parksLake Buena Vista Factory Stores next doorFull-service spaThemed pool and poolside barPlanned activities for kids Features The Pirates Plunge zero-entry pool -- with waterfalls and water cannons -- captures the theme park feel of the area, but that's not the only feature that will hold the attention of kids. The Sky Kids Club hosts movie nights, arts and crafts sessions and poolside activities, while a fully equipped arcade teases with billiards and video games.   Parents have multiple leisure options, from couple's massages at Reflections Spa & Salon to hearty pub grub at Frankie Farrell's Irish Pub & Grille. For trips to Disney World, SeaWorld and Universal Studios, reserve a spot on the scheduled shuttles at least 24 hours in advance. Transportation Orlando International Airport (23 miles)Orange County Convention Center (14 minutes) Attractions Walt Disney World (4.5 mi./7.2 km)SeaWorld Adventure Park (2.6 mi./4.2 km)Universal's Islands of Adventure (6.2 mi./9.9 km)Downtown Disney (1.9 mi./3 km)Aquatica (3 mi./4.8 km)Epcot (3.1 mi./5 km)Wet N' Wild (5.3 mi./8.5 km)The Wizarding World of Harry Potter (6.2 mi./9.9 km)Animal Kingdom (6.8 mi./10.9 km)Florida Mall (7.2 mi./11.7 km) Business 1,700 square feet of meeting space for up to 75 guests Policies and fees The hotel charges $9.50 per night for local calls, Wi-Fi, access to the fitness center, an in-room safe and scheduled shuttle service to Disney, SeaWorld and Universal Studios. The fee will be collected at check in.
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Floridays Orlando Resort

Two- and three-bedroom luxury condos near Orlando attractions Tropical elegance characterizes the Floridays Orlando Resort, which is a free shuttle ride away from Walt Disney World, Universal Studios and SeaWorld. With two pools and children's water-jet feature, the whole family can unwind in between trips to the parks and nearby outlets. Bright, palm-tree lined buildings house two- and three-bedroom suites designed with extended-stay travelers in mind, and an on-site restaurant affords the convenience of not having to leave the property for food. Highlights Free scheduled shuttle service to Walt Disney World, Universal Studios and SeaWorldCondominium-style resort in retail and restaurant hub location  Two- and three-bedroom suites have full kitchens and washer/dryerFree Wi-FiFitness center, electronic game room and children's activity centerTwo poolsThe Pool Bar & Palm Cafe and Marketplace for light fare Rooms Contemporary furnishings and modern conveniences like Wi-Fi and flat screen TVs can be found at the Floridays Orlando Resort. Rich wood furniture complements plush colorful bedding, while a full kitchen -- complete with Whirlpool stove, dishwasher and washer/dryer combo -- cater to extended-stay travelers. Place settings for six encourage guests to entertain at their vacation condo.  Features Situated on tourist-friendly International Drive, Orlando's main dining, entertainment and retail hub, the resort itself maintains peace and privacy in a tropical setting. A 12,000-square-foot reception center tends to the necessities, from concierge services to a business center for communicating with clients. An electronic game center and children's activity center keep kids entertained when they're not at the pool or theme parks Transportation Orlando International Airport (19 minutes)Orange County Convention Center (10 minutes) Attractions Walt Disney World (5.4 mi./8.8 km)Universal's Islands of Adventure (6 mi./9.6 km)SeaWorld Adventure Park (1.7 mi./2.8 km)Downtown Disney (2.7 mi./4.3km)Epcot (4 mi./6.5 kmWet N' Wild (5 mi./8.1 km)ESPN Wide World of Sports (5.6 mi./9 km)The Wizarding World of Harry Potter (6 mi./9.6 km)Animal Kingdom (7.7 mi./12.4 km) Business 1,800 square feet of flexible meeting spaceProjectors, screens, DVD players and dry-erase boardsCatering services Free high-speed Internet Policies and fees The hotel allows pets under 75 pounds that would classify as a non-aggressive breed. A $100 non-refundable one-time cleaning fee per suite would apply. A valid credit card or debit card is required at check in. If guests present a debit card, a hold will be placed upon that account for the full anticipated amount to be owed, including a $50 per day hold to cover incidental charges.
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Hilton Grand Vacations Suites at SeaWorld

Unique seaside style plus a free shuttle to SeaWorldThe Hilton Grand Vacations Suites at SeaWorld is a distinctive hotel in central Orlando. Close to area attractions, the hotel also provides exemplary recreational activities such as exotic swimming pools, whirlpools, tennis courts, a fitness room and jogging track. The ultimate in convenience, the Hilton Grand Vacations Club offers amenities such as a concierge desk, complimentary printing center and free transportation to SeaWorld. 3 Reasons To Stay Official SeaWorld Hotel partner, offering free transportation and theme park benefits Fantastic recreation for all ages, including swimming pools, whirlpools and sun deck Supervised recreation program, basketball, fitness room, playground, running track and pool table Hilton Grand Vacations Suites at SeaWorld RoomsDesigned in the style of a provincial Bermudian seaside village, the studios and suites at the Hilton Grand Vacations Suites at SeaWorld showcase pastel colors and bright, open spaces, ideal for a relaxing stay. Screened balconies (some of which are furnished) feature stunning views of the lush swimming pools, water features and tropical Bermuda-inspired gardens. All rooms offer fully-equipped kitchenettes/kitchens, wireless Internet access and DVD players. Some rooms offer whirlpool baths, ideal for relaxation after a long day exploring Orlando attractions, and sampling some of the Hilton Grand Vacations Suites at SeaWorld comprehensive amenities. Things To Do SeaWorld (0.1 mi/0.2 km) Discovery Cove (0.1 mi/0.2 km) Orange County Convention Center (1 mi/1.6 km) Walt Disney World Resort (2 mi/3.4 km) Pointe Orlando (2 mi/3.4 km) Universal Studios (6 mi/9.6 km) Mall at Millenia (7 mi/11.3 km)
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Caribe Royale All-Suite Hotel & Convention Center

A lush all-suite hotel oasis near Walt Disney WorldThis all-suite Caribe Royale Orlando hotel inhabits 53 well-manicured acres just minutes from Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, Epcot and SeaWorld. Its striking palms, lakeside villas and sparkling pool with water slide create the feeling of a tropical isle. Numerous amenities -- from miles of convention space to numerous restaurants -- appeal to both families and executive travelers. Free scheduled shuttle service reduces travel time to Walt Disney World and Downtown Disney. Pets are not allowed. Highlights Free scheduled shuttle service to Walt Disney World theme parks and evening shuttle to Downtown Disney. Free scheduled transportation to Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores and Orlando Premium Outlets - Vineland AvenueConvention center, which includes two ballroomsPrivate pool for villa guestsMultiple restaurantsSuites and lakefront villasSpa services available at the Island Spa, our new boutique spa. Fitness Center, tennis and basket ball courts.Free self parking. RoomsHotel has enhanced each of the luxury of 1,218 suites of the Caribe Royale Orlando with oversized flat screen TVs, plush bedding, work desks and electronic safes. Stylish accents, like tropical prints and wood furniture, capture sophistication. Suites have a separate living room and dining room, plus microwave, mini-refrigerator and coffeemaker. For luxe living, reserve the two-bedroom lakefront villa, which includes full kitchen. Features Besides the trade-show sized convention center, the true showpiece of the hotel is the 250,000 gallon free-form pool, a refuge of cascading waterfalls, rock features, poolside cabanas and neighboring bar for sipping on pina coladas. Families also flock to the children's wading pool, which boasts interactive water toys and a play area with a slide and climbing equipment. Guests book an alfresco massage, head to the tennis or basketball courts, or grab a meal or cocktails at one of the seven on-site restaurants and bars. Transportation Orlando International Airport (20 minutes)Orange County Convention Center (12 minutes) Attractions Walt Disney World (5 mi./8 km)Wet N' Wild (7.3 mi./11.7 km)Universal's Islands of Adventure (8.2  mi./13.2 km)The Wizarding World of Harry Potter (8.2 mi./13.2 km)SeaWorld Adventure Park (3.9 mi./6.2 km)Epcot (3.4 mi./5.6 km)Animal Kingdom (6.7 mi./10.8 km)Downtown Disney (2  mi./3.2 km) Business More than 150,000 square feet of meeting space24-hour business centerCateringAudio/visual equipmentWi-Fi by the pool and in the convention center, lobby and villas (fees apply)Internet access throughout the property,including the suites, villas, lobby, and convention center (fees apply)
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The Point Orlando Suite Resort

Transportation Orlando International Airport (20 minutes)Orange County Convention Center (6 minutes) Free shuttle to theme parks plus kid- and business-friendly amenities The Point Universal Orlando Resort is a Universal Orlando Partner hotel on International Drive that departs from the theme park aesthetic common at other properties. With 214 studios and suites, the accommodations look like sophisticated apartments with full kitchens, handsome furniture and separate showers and tubs. But business travelers are not the only ones who call this place home during a stay in Orlando. Families appreciate the free scheduled shuttle to Disney theme parks, SeaWorld and Universal Orlando, and the on-site restaurant. Highlights Free scheduled shuttle to major attractionsPaid shuttle to International Drive attractions Full kitchens, washers/dryers and high-speed InternetOutdoor pool, Jacuzzi and fitness centerBusiness centerPoint Café for all-day dining Rooms Rooms at the Point Universal Orlando Resort merge classic clean décor -- think dark wood furniture and leather sofas -- with modern amenities. Every room has a flat-screen TV, free high-speed Internet access, full kitchen, granite countertops, stove, oven, dishwasher, washer/dryer and separate tub and shower. Some rooms have balconies or patios. Features The Point Universal Orlando Resort boasts an enviable location close to theme parks, Prime Outlet Mall and Wet N' Wild, which is within walking distance. To smooth the commute for guests, the hotel provides free scheduled shuttle service to the four main Disney theme parks, SeaWorld and Universal Orlando, along with paid shuttle service to shops and restaurants on International Drive.   The expansive, heated pool and Jacuzzi add to the luxury of the hotel. Attractions Walt Disney World (8.5 mi/13.7 km)SeaWorld Adventure Park (3.4 mi/5.4 km)Universal's Islands of Adventure (0.1 mi/.2 km)Wet N' Wild (0.9 mi/1.4 km)Prime Outlet Mall (1.4 mi/2.2 km)Florida Mall (3.8 mi/6.1 km)The Wizarding World of Harry Potter (1.3 mi/2 km)Downtown Disney (6.9 mi/11.1 km)Epcot (7.7 mi/12.3 km)Animal Kingdom (11 mi/17.8 km) Business 1,700 square feet of meeting space for up to 50 peopleWi-Fi in lobby, wired Internet in roomsAudio/visual equipmentBusiness center with workstations, printers, fax and copy servicesCatering servicesConference rooms with panoramic views of Orlando skyline Policies and feesThe hotel charges a daily resort fee of $11 plus tax that covers hotel-wide high-speed Internet access, scheduled shuttle service to theme parks, self-parking, a USA Today in the lobby during weekdays, incoming and outgoing faxes at the front desk, in-suite coffee, pool towels and access to the fitness center.
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Universal's Hard Rock Hotel

4 stars
4.3 / 5 56 reviews
Live Like A Rock ‘n’ Roll Superstar at Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando Resort. Its the perfect mix of funk and just plain fun. It’s classy, yet totally casual. Lively, yet laid back. It’s the coolest hotel in town, and you’ll feel like you just stepped off the stage, surrounded with the music, style, and irreverent attitude of the rock n’ roll lifestyle. This AAA Four Diamond Award winning hotel is located within easy walking distance of both Universal Studios and Universal’s Islands of Adventure theme parks. On-site hotel guests enjoy exclusive theme park benefits, including: FREE Universal Express Unlimited ride access to SKIP THE REGULAR LINES in both Universal Orlando theme parks - a benefit worth up to $89 per person, per day (valid theme park admission required). Guests will also enjoy Complimentary resort-wide transportation, including water taxis connecting the hotels and theme parks, priority seating at select restaurants throughout the resort, complimentary package delivery to guest rooms and resort-wide charging privileges with your hotel room key card. Hotel rooms can accommodate up to five people per room - roll away required for the 5th person (fees apply). Pet Friendly rooms are available. Restrictions Apply.
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Waldorf Astoria Orlando

5 stars
4.6 / 5 40 reviews
Superior luxury in the center of Walt Disney World resort  The Waldorf Astoria Orlando offers the ultimate in convenience, comfort and luxury. This Orlando gem is ideally located within Bonnet Creek, surrounded by Walt Disney World Resort, and central to Orlando's attractions. Guests benefit from a Rees Jones-designed championship golf course, the soothing Guerlain spa, private cabana pool and zero entry pool, as well as a kids club with numerous activities. 3 Reasons To Stay  Located on 482 peaceful acres of private land in the middle of Walt Disney World resort Waldorf Astoria Golf club, a championship golf course designed by Rees Jones Indulge the senses at the Waldorf Astoria Spa by Guerlain Waldorf Astoria Orlando Rooms  The Waldorf Astoria Orlando offers luxury amenities and stunning views. Thoughtfully-designed rooms feature soothing colors, open spaces, chic fabrics and lavish furnishings, including Egyptian cotton linens and Italian marble bath counters with dual sinks. Convenience is paramount: Enjoy secure wired and wireless Internet, 42-inch televisions, spacious work desks, and twice-daily room service. The Waldorf Astoria Orlando also offers plush cotton bathrobes and slippers, ideal after a long day of business meetings, exploring the area, or playing golf. Some suites boast furnished terraces, limited service kitchens, separate sitting areas, and dining/conference tables. Rooms offer spectacular views of Bonnet Creek, some, impressively, from the comfort of the soaking tub. Things to Do  Disney's Hollywood studios (1.4 mi/2.3 km) Epcot Center (1.8 mi/2.9 km) SeaWorld (5.9 mi/9.5 km) Aquatica (6.4 mi/10.3 km) Orange County Convention Center (6.4 mi/10.3 km) Disney's Animal Kingdom (7.3 mi/11.8 km) Ripley's Believe It or Not! (7.6 mi/12.2 km) Universal Studios (9.2 mi/14.8 km) Discovery Cove (9.2 mi/14.8 km) Orlando Museum of Art (18.3 mi/29.5 km) Policies and Fees  Smoke-free policy
Value Best of Waldorf - Includes hotel credit
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Flights

Flights to Orlando

Departure Arrival Travel dates Round-trip fares
London Orlando Tue, 29 Apr - Tue, 13 May £519
Manchester Orlando Tue, 29 Apr - Thu, 8 May £496
Glasgow Orlando Wed, 30 Apr - Thu, 22 May £571
Edinburgh Orlando Wed, 11 Jun - Tue, 17 Jun £547
Birmingham Orlando Tue, 6 May - Tue, 13 May £523
Dublin Orlando Tue, 3 Jun - Thu, 3 Jul £385
Bristol Orlando Tue, 3 Jun - Tue, 10 Jun £543
Aberdeen Orlando Wed, 7 May - Wed, 21 May £608
Newcastle Upon Tyne Orlando Tue, 13 May - Tue, 27 May £582
New York Orlando Wed, 11 Jun - Mon, 16 Jun £146
Washington DC Orlando Wed, 14 May - Thu, 29 May £140
Teesside Orlando Mon, 12 May - Wed, 4 Jun £637
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Orlando highlights

  • Visit The Magic Kingdom

    Open since 1971, the Magic Kingdom is the crown jewel in the sprawling Walt Disney World Resort, and is presently the most visited amusement park in the world.

    Interact with characters from Disney movies—Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Snow White, and Princess Jasmine—and check out famous theme rides like “Pirates of the Caribbean” and “It’s A Small World”.

    For a bit of Americana, head to “Main Street, U.S.A.”, designed to replicate the main drag of an early 20th century small town in America.

    Thrill seekers can ride the park’s hardcore roller coasters like “Space Mountain” and “Splash Mountain”.

    Pet Dolphins at SeaWorld

    Located just outside of Orlando, this enormous aquatic zoo features sea life, live entertainment, water rides, and roller coasters.

    The park’s most famous attraction is Shamu Stadium, where killer whales (orcas) and their trainers put on a live performance every day.

    Interact with bottlenose dolphins at the park’s famous Dolphin Cove, or touch giant manta rays at Stingray Lagoon.

    At Penguin Encounter, check out the park’s multiple species of penguin in recreations of their natural habitat.

    If you prefer to be entertained by human beings, you can see A’lure, a live acrobatics show at The Nautilus Theater.

    Ride The Movies at Universal Studios Florida

    This entertainment park features rides based on movies like Shrek, Revenge of the Mummy, and Men in Black. The ever-popular attraction “Twister…Ride It Out” employs special effects to recreate the feeling of being in a tornado!

    You can also interact with dressed up characters like Jimmy Neutron, Homer Simpson, and Betty Boop.

    For live music, check out “The Blues Brothers Live” and “Beetlejuice’s Rock and Roll Graveyard Revue”.

    Play a Round of Golf

    Orlando is home to 90+ championship golf courses. Dust off the ol’ nine-iron at the exclusive Bay Hill Club and Lodge, host of the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

    A more low-key option is a public course, like the Orange County National Golf Center and Lodge.

Top Orlando attractions

  • Big Tree Park

    Located in Longwood—about 15 miles from downtown Orlando—Big Tree Park boasts one of the country’s oldest trees. Scientists estimate that ‘the Senator,’ as the massive tree is nicknamed, is about 3,500 years old.

    Entrance is free to the park, and while there, you can check out the area’s natural marshlands. And don’t forget to pack a lunch: Big Tree Park has picnic areas open to visitors.

    Tupperware Tower

    Located in downtown Orlando, this 100-foot monument to the Tupperware Company’s plastic food storage containers is constructed entirely of Tupperware bowls. Viewing is free.

    Lake Eola Park

    Rent a paddleboat, take a gondola tour, or admire the splendid swans in this downtown Orlando Park. Check out what is playing at the Disney Amphitheater, or meander through the 43 acres of natural Florida beauty.

    Disney’s Animal Kingdom

    This giant zoo and entertainment park features exotic animals from different world regions, including Komodo dragons. The park has a number of rollercoaster rides through exotic locales: Expedition Everest takes you up into the Himalayan Mountains and Primeval Whirl through the land of the dinosaurs.

    Universal CityWalk

    This lively boulevard in the Universal Orlando Resort features an exciting variety of shopping options, plus shows, restaurants, and nightlife.

    Designed to be like Hollywood Boulevard in California, Universal CityWalk is packed to the brim with tourists at all hours of the day.

    The Epcot Pavilions

    Walt Disney himself originally designed Epcot—or Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow—as a utopian, futuristic community, to start with 20,000 houses and expand from there. But the dream died with Walt Disney, and Epcot eventually opened as an educational theme park built with cultural edification in mind.

    The park’s two sections, World Showcase and Future World, educate guests on international cultures and space and technology, respectively. Check out the 11 pavilions that feature architecture from countries like Japan, Italy, and Morocco.

Orlando holiday travel tips

  • Car Hire

    Because of the city’s sprawling design, Orlando car hire is likely to be an attractive option for many travellers. Driving in the city will give you the freedom to go between parks as you please, instead of having to rely on hotel shuttles and taxis.

    It will also allow you to check out nearby golf courses and parks at your pleasure.

    You can choose from a number of major companies—Budget, Hertz, and Alamo—that will have your car ready for you at Orlando International Airport when you arrive. Just be certain to book in advance to get the make and model you want.

    Taxi

    Orlando has a number of reputable 24-hour taxi services that you can hire by calling directly or arranging through your hotel. Rates vary between companies, but expect an average of $3 to begin, and $2.50 for each additional mile.

    Flat rates are available to and from the airport and to some major theme parks, and larger groups can hire limousines and luxurious town cars.

    Public Transportation

    The city’s I Ride trolley system was designed for tourist use, with two convenient lines travelling through Orlando’s hotel and shopping hubs and certain theme parks.

    Adult fare is $1.25, with kids age 12 and under riding free and seniors over 65 paying $.25. Exact change is required. Two dollars buys a fare on the Bus Lynx #50 between SeaWorld and Downtown Disney.

    Hotel Shuttles

    Many Orlando hotels offer free shuttle services to the region’s major theme parks and destinations.

Where to stay in Orlando

  • Hotels in Orlando are a dime a dozen, with everything from campgrounds and budget motels to luxurious resorts catering to tourists of all stripes.

    The recently opened hotel Parc Soleil Suites by Hilton Grand Vacations Club is a Mediterranean-style resort, perfect for families, business associates, and young couples alike. You can swim up to the poolside bar and restaurant, relax in a luxury suite, or check out one of the many nearby championship golf courses.

    Lake Buena Vista Resort hotel offers shuttle services to the nearby Walt Disney World Resort theme parks, including the Magic Kingdom and Epcot. Spend down time in the hotel pool, or organise a celebration or business function in its exquisite banquet hall.

    For those who like to spread out a bit, the hotel Residence Inn by Marriot is a good bet. Choose between one- and two-bed suites, or upgrade to the two-floor penthouse suites. Those on a budget will enjoy their room’s full kitchen and free Internet access. Pets are allowed.

    The Doubletree Resort hotel sits on 28 acres of regional palms and native grasses, and provides free shuttle service to Walt Disney World and Universal theme parks, as well as SeaWorld. It is also located advantageously for business travellers who need easy access to the Orange County Convention Center.

Orlando restaurants

  • As an international tourist destination, Orlando is home to a wide variety of restaurants to accommodate every taste. Whether you are looking for haute cuisine or a place to grab a quick bite between roller coasters, you will never be out of options.

    Located on downtown Orlando’s main drag, Citrus (821 North Orange) serves fine American cuisine in an elegant ambience. Sample the Duck Tostados or the Blue Crab Cakes as an appetizer while sipping on a signature cocktail. Make sure to save room for one of the restaurant’s famed seafood platters, like Florida Shrimp & Grits or Pomegranate Grazed Salmon.

    Watch skilled Teppanyaki chefs prepare your meal at Shogun Japanese Steakhouse (6327 International Drive). Dine on beef and seafood options, or come early for the all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet.

    At the White Wolf Café (1829 North Orange), diners can munch on healthy, Mediterranean and American-style dishes while admiring the vintage antiques that the restaurant has for sale. Located in the Bohemian district at the end of Orange Avenue, you can check out the more than 30 nearby boutiques after polishing off a Red Chile Salmon Burger or a Zesty Cool Shrimp & Avocado Salad. Vegetarians will be pleased with the meat-free options on the menu.

    Conveniently situated in the “Downtown Disney” area, Wolfgang Puck Express is a counter-service restaurant that features delicious pizzas and sandwiches from the international gourmet chain. Outdoor seating and a children’s menu are available.

Health & Safety

  • Vaccinations and Hygiene

    There are no compulsory vaccinations to visit the United States in general, but boosters for standard vaccinations are recommended for general health and safety. For people planning to stay for extended periods, a Hepatitis B vaccination is recommended as well.

    The tap water is fine to drink in Orlando.

    Safety

    Assaults are infrequent in Orlando, but visitors should follow common sense precautions. Do not wander around alone at night, in poorly lit areas, or in neighbourhoods with which you are not familiar. Do not wear flashy jewellery or objects that may draw attention to you, such as MP3 devices or cell phones. Beware of offers from strangers who want to buy you food or a drink.

    Another tip is to make a photocopy of all travel identification documents to keep with you in case you lose the originals or they are stolen. You can ask the concierge at your hotel about the potential of storing valuable items in a safe in your room or in the hotel itself.

    When driving, make sure to obey the speed limit, as enforcement in the United States is stringent and fines for speeding can be steep.

    Natural Risks

    While the state of Florida experiences frequent hurricanes, Orlando’s location in the central part of the state protects it from the most severe damage. Still, if a hurricane does occur, contact your family or the British Consulate as soon as possible.

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