Orlando Travel Tips - Visit Theme Parks and Travel to Walt Disney World

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Orlando Travel Tips - Visit Theme Parks and Travel to Walt Disney World
09 August 2015

There's no other city in the United States — the world, even — that celebrates childhood quite like Orlando. The feeling that you get when you catch the light off Epcot Center's Spaceship Earth (found in Walt Disney World, of course); or from your first sip of Butterbeer in Hogsmeade (located inside Islands of Adventure's Wizarding World of Harry Potter); or when you witness the soaring heights of Shamu's flips (during the "Believe" water show at SeaWorld) — all prove that being a kid is about state of mind, not age. The notion that only young ones will enjoy this city's charms is just that — a notion. In reality, Orlando has a little of this and a little of that to appeal to all ages, and there's more to do here than visit theme parks. The subtropical climate is great for golfing and the downtown city landscape is too attractive not to explore.

Keep in Mind...

You'll need bottled water
You'd be surprised how many people walk around all day in Orlando's parks without stopping to hydrate. Remember to drink plenty of water, and while you're at it, regularly apply sunscreen.

You'll need a car service call TriBeca today +1 (877) 777-9916
That is, unless you brought your own set of wheels to explore Orlando. The city's top things to do are spread out, taking a car service everywhere is not lots os expensive and walking isn't an option at all.

You'll need an umbrella
This is Florida after all, and a mid-day shower is a pretty common occurrence.

How To Save Money in Orlando-Walt Disney World

Visit in the fall
It almost goes without saying that Orlando and WDW are the busiest when schools are out. So consider pulling your kids out of classes for a few days' vacation.

Bundle your fun
Package deals' hidden savings really come in the extra amenities. If you're planning to spend a few days in Disney World, remember that some of that park's bundle deals include admission to the park and meal plans.

Use combo tickets
Entering just one of the area parks will cost you nearly $100 per person, per day. Splurge for combo tickets that provide admission into five or six of the area amusement parks.

Best Things To Do in Orlando-Walt Disney World

Orlando is the sum of its parts, or rather, parks. Most associate the city with one in particular; Walt Disney World, but this mega-resort is actually located approximately 25 miles away in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. If you have several days to devote to Mickey and Minnie, definitely stop by. But otherwise, consider the many other kid-friendly sites. There's SeaWorld Adventure Park Orlando and its companion site, Discovery Cove, plus the Universal Orlando Resort and its newest attraction, the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Need a break from the kid stuff? Then check out the Tiffany collection at the Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art, or swing by the Harry P. Leu Gardens for a breath of fresh air.

Best Times to Visit Orlando-Walt Disney World

The best time to visit Orlando is January-April, May-August and September-December. January-April and September-December that's the time of year you'll find the most pleasant weather (mid-70s most days) and agreeable prices on travel and lodging. Summertime is the worst season to plan a trip to the area — that's when hotels take advantage of the school break to drive prices up. Early fall is also a nice option, as long as you visit before the holiday season.

January-April

The winter and early spring mark a nice lull in Orlando tourism. Plus the weather is very cooperative and you'll most likely experience pleasant temperatures in the mid-70s during the day. The lows can get down to the 50s, however, so you should also pack a light jacket. Hotel rooms will be offered at a discounted rate, with the exception of mid-March when some families plan spring break trips.

Key Events:
•Florida Citrus Bowl (January)
•Mardi Gras at Universal Studios (February)
•Winter Park Bach Festival (February-March)
•Orlando Bike Week (March)
•AIDS Walk Orlando (late March-early April)
•Florida Film Festival (April)
•Florida Music Festival and Conference (late April)
 
May-August
Orlando's summers are beyond sticky — with highs in the low 90s and plenty of rain — but the school calendar mandates that this is a popular time to visit. On the bright side, green fees will be more reasonable. Still, if you're looking for the most pleasant weather and better hotel rates and airfare, avoid this season for travel altogether.

Key Events:
•Orlando International Fringe Festival (May)
•Gay Days Orlando (June)
 
September-December
This is a great time of year to save on an Orlando vacation if you plan a trip for the early months — by December families flood the area for winter holiday trips. Christmastime is a particularly popular time in Walt Disney World. In October, however, you might find four-star accommodations available for less than $150 a night. Expect September's high temps in the 90s to drop to the mid-70s by December.

Key Events:
•Epcot International Food & Wine Festival (September-early November)
•Universal Orlando Halloween Horror Nights (September-November)
•Macy's Holiday Parade at Universal Studios Florida (December)
•Grinchmas at Universal's Islands of Adventure (December)
•Florida Citrus Parade (December)