Vacations, Travel, Hotels, Attractions, and Theme Parks
Orlando, a city in central Florida, is home to more than a dozen theme parks. Chief among its claims to fame is Walt Disney World, comprised of parks like the Magic Kingdom and Epcot, as well as water parks. Another major destination, Universal Orlando, offers Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure, with the Wizarding World of Harry Potter straddling both.
SeaWorld is a marine park with animals including whales, dolphins and penguins. Other popular spots include the Legoland theme park, Gatorland's wildlife preserve, and Holy Land Experience, a Christian-themed park. The bigger parks have accompanying hotels, spas and restaurants. Accommodations are diverse away from the parks, and the area also offers golfing, lake fishing and boating tours through swamps to see wildlife like alligators and bald eagles. Fifty miles away, on the Atlantic Coast, the Kennedy Space Center features rocket launches, artifacts and an IMAX theater.
When to visit
Orlando is busy year-round due to its theme parks and consistently warm, sunny weather. Peak season is during U.S. spring break weeks (Mar–Apr). Other especially popular times are Jun–Aug and Nov–Dec. Summers can be quite hot and humid. Along with the Florida Film Festival (Apr), Epcot's annual flower festival (Mar–May) and food festival (Sep–Nov) attract visitors.