When someone mentions Orlando, you probably already have Mickey and Minnie Mouse wandering through your head, and an undulating rollercoaster shooting in one ear and out the other. This sunny corner of Florida has certainly become something of a theme park Mecca, a fact that’s made it one of the most happy-go-lucky, family friendly destinations on earth.
From Harry Potter World at Universal Islands of Adventure to the impressive SeaWorld, Busch Gardens in nearby Tampa, and of course Disney World (which is technically, in Lake Buena Vista), you could spend weeks exploring Orlando area's theme parks, most of which are pricey and tacky, but a memorable experience nonetheless. Where else do you get to transport yourself into an underwater world, or become the star of your favorite film?
When you’re done being a kid again, though (and let’s be honest, in this kind of environment that could take quite some time), there’s plenty of other attractions to get stuck into, too. The spa scene here, for example, is almost untouchable in its luxury, offering every kind of relaxing and rejuvenating treatment you’re ever likely to come across. For the guys, the golf’s pretty impressive, too.
You’ll find an inspiring selection of more traditional culture, like at the glass exhibit, City Arts factory (the perfect place to escape all the mayhem and relax in classy surroundings with a coffee) or in watching the vivid colors of the multi-style entertainers the Blue Man Group. Then there’s ballet, the philharmonic, and even jesters to keep you busy, as well as the national parks, and even ‘Gatorland’ (strictly for those without any hint of a nervous disposition).
You might have a preconceived image of Orlando as a bit… well… plastic, and you’re not entirely wrong, but it’s not something you can’t escape from. A relief if you’re thinking of the family, no doubt, and enough to make Orlando a worthwhile destination even for those without rollercoaster lust or a Disney fixation. Besides, it would be a waste not to enjoy all that sun…
Lake Buena Vista is the city where Walt Disney World Resort is actually located. Not Orlando or Kissimmee. It is currently being run by the Walt Disney Company.
When going around the Disne…
The largest recreational resort in the entire world, and the most visited as well, Walt Disney World Resort is located near Orlando, Florida, and is generally known simply as Disney World. In…
Kissimmee is a rural community located to the southwest of downtown Orlando.
Until recently, Kissimmee was a rather residential community that bordered on St. Cloud, another rural central …