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Traveler's Reviews & Photos

8
Very Good
We have been to orlando for 20 years love it but it's getting to built up and the traffic it getting to much everything moves a bit to fast for us,we will fly into sarasota instead of orlando it's a shame ,I know things have to move on its maybe time for us to as well good luck
Paula
United Kingdom
February 19, 2017
10
Exceptional
We went mostly to escape the cold of New England so we only went to one theme park. I'm not sure how much it costs, but the fast pass seemed to be a necessity if you have kids that want to go on rides.
Virginia
United States of America
February 19, 2017
8
Very Good
Orlando has a lot of entertainment with a diverse culture and a lot of bargains to be had. I liked the great variety of restaurants. Many different foods from different cultures.
Frank
United States of America
February 19, 2017
8
Very Good
Gator world was cool. You have to go there. A little pricey. Lots of traffic and the traffic lights are brutal.
Marek
Canada
February 19, 2017
6
Review score
Cheap flights. Mostly families going to Disney, Universal Studios, and Sea World. Tons of kids. Rented a car and went to Daytona Beach for the week.
Norman
United States of America
February 19, 2017

Accommodations and Hotels in Orlando

Floridays Resort Orlando

8.6 Excellent

Score from 4,030 reviews

$161

Average price per night
  • “great pool area”
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  • “very clean”
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  • “wonderful staff”
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Universal's Hard Rock Hotel

9.1 Wonderful

Score from 1,538 reviews

$414

Average price per night
  • “good connection to airport”
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  • “great pool area”
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Sheraton Vistana Villages Resort Villas

8.9 Excellent

Score from 2,820 reviews

$135

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  • “great pool area”
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  • “very clean”
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  • “wonderful staff”
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Sheraton Vistana Resort Villas

8.9 Excellent

Score from 1,969 reviews

$159

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  • “great pool area”
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  • “very clean”
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  • “location was great”
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WorldQuest Orlando Resort

8.2 Very Good

Score from 1,203 reviews

$152

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  • “great pool area”
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  • “very clean”
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  • “location was great”
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Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort

8.9 Excellent

Score from 4,931 reviews

$194

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  • “great pool area”
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  • “good connection to airport”
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  • “beautiful building”
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Caribe Royale Orlando

8.5 Very Good

Score from 2,484 reviews

$109

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  • “great pool area”
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  • “very clean”
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Radisson Resort Orlando Celebration

7.7 Good

Score from 1,995 reviews

$69

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  • “great pool area”
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  • “good connection to airport”
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Hilton Grand Vacations at Tuscany Village

9 Wonderful

Score from 725 reviews

$125

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  • “wonderful staff”
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Discover Orlando

Popular Neighborhoods in Orlando

Celebration

1119 properties

“Stepford Wives”, eat your heart out. White picket fences, lush green lawns, picture-perfect homes … it’s suburbia as you’ve never seen it before – Disney style. Fake snow in the warm Florida winter puts the icing on the cake. Sample the Town Tavern’s Celebration Breakfast – fried eggs, bacon, sausage patties and a side of fries, naturally.

International Drive

69 properties

I-Drive is a tourist delight. This sprawling strip gratifies your every whim as you hop back and forth from Orlando's theme parks and stop off at its trio of entertainment complexes. Luxury resorts and restaurants provide plenty of R & R between theme park outings. Try dim sum at Ming Court, or cool off with ice cream sundaes at the Ben and Jerry’s Café.

Universal Studios Orlando Area

67 properties

Movie buffs – here’s your chance to star in an epic Terminator battle or shake in an earthquake simulator that’ll carry you off the Richter scale. Harry Potter’s Hogwarts and Hogsmeade conjure up magical moments. Seek out your two “fauxs” - “New York” and “San Fran” – these two mini areas are designed after the real cities.

Lake Buena Vista

56 properties

Address fan mail to: Mickey Mouse, Lake Buena Vista. This is Disney HQ. Treat yourself to a massage at the resort spa, then take a stroll and check out the boardwalk performers. Hit the fairway and tee off on the championship golf course. When it's time to eat, head to Johnny Rockets diner to slurp down a thick shake with your bacon cheese fries.

Downtown Orlando

12 properties

“Forget all your troubles, forget all your cares and …” catch a film at the Plaza Cinema Café 12. Then hit Hanson’s Shoe Repair – a modern-day speakeasy serving prohibition-inspired cocktails. Grab a beer and watch the local scene sail by at Latitudes rooftop bar. Knock back shots at Don Jefe’s Tequila parlour and take a breather from the crowds.

Winter Park

2 properties

Winter Park outshines its seasonal name; 70+ gardens filled with everything from poppies to pine trees. Take in some culture at the Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art or the Harry P. Leu Gardens, where outdoor movies make the most of the sunshine state. Sip wine and tuck into a cheese board at the Wine Room for a sensory overload.

Local Tips for Orlando

Winter Park City Centre
Anthony by Anthony

A nerd at heart, Anthony enjoys exploring educational facilities like museums and science centres.

The Winter Park and the Park Avenue areas offer some of Orlando’s best kept suburban secrets, away from the bustle of the theme parks. There you’ll find four museums, including Cornell Fine Arts Museum at Rollins College, as well as numerous lakes perfect for boat tours and water sports.

Mills 50
Marilyn by Marilyn

A Kissimmee area native, Marilyn relishes Orlando's eclectic food scene, speakeasies, and arcades.

Visit ViMi Vietnamese neighbourhood for its colourful murals and the best banh mi (Vietnamese sandwich) and pho soup in Orlando. Stop by Lil' Indies for handcrafted cocktails with herbal garnishes, or appreciate local art while enjoying craft beer and playing retro arcade games at Bart.

Lake Eola
Amanda by Amanda

Amanda loves Orlando’s year-round vacation vibe, spectacular fireworks shows, theme parks and outlet malls.

Lake Eola hosts a farmers’ market on Sundays and seasonal events like a pumpkin patch in autumn and “snow” during Christmas. The unique little boutiques that line main street are also a plus. Get a coffee and walk around various winding trails surrounding the lake.

Wild Florida
Jarrod by Jarrod

Jarrod enjoys watching America’s biggest population of nesting Bald Eagles that call Florida home.

If you want to see the real Florida, you should venture outside of the city to Wild Florida Park. You can ride airboats and get up close to alligators and other Florida wildlife like birds, turtles and even a Bald Eagle. Afterwards there is an alligator show and a zoo on the premises.

Disney Springs
Mark by Mark

A Been-there-done-that Orlando dweller, Mark feels that Florida has something for everyone.

If you plan on visiting Disney Springs a good tip would be to make dinner reservations in advance. Disney Springs is busy every night, and having a reservation can save you hours worth of waiting. You’ll thank me later! Check out T-Rex Café for fanciful Stone Age and underwater décor.

Pointe Orlando
Heather by Heather

A fun day for Heather includes park-hopping at Disney then ending the night with a glass of wine and movie.

Pointe Orlando is ideal for low-key shopping and nightlife. BB Kings blues club and Orlando Improv comedy club are worth a visit. The area also has mid-to-upscale restaurants that include Greek food, a traditional American steakhouse, English pub fare, and modern Cuban cuisine.

  • 9101 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32819
  • www.pointeorlando.com
  • Open Monday–Saturday 12:00–22:00, Sunday 12:00–20:00. Changes seasonally. Check website for details.
Maitland Farmer's Market at Lake Lily
Stephanie by Stephanie

Having lived in the outskirts of Orlando for 2 years, Stephanie delights in the charm of small town life.

At the Maitland Farmers’ Market you can take in lovely views of Lake Lily and its adorable duck inhabitants while shopping for homemade soaps, flowers, fresh produce and popcorn made in a kettle right before you.

St. Johns River
Shawn by Shawn

When not in a theme park, 19-year Orlando veteran Shawn likes driving to Atlantic Coast beaches.

Rent a pontoon boat in Sanford and witness fish, alligators and native birds as you float along the St. Johns River, Florida’s longest river. Take along family and friends and see who can spot the widest variety of native birds or the most alligators!

Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens
Jennifer by Jennifer

Family-friendly fun is what’s kept Jenny happily living in Orlando for 9 years.

Put on a safety harness and fly through the treetops over rivers and swamps on a zipline! Aside from fast-paced ziplining, you can also walk along high rope bridges or between wooden platforms. See if you can scout out exotic animals relaxing in their natural habitat.

As well as doing the parks we also got out of Orlando and travelled around. I highly recommend westgate River ranch which is only 1 hour and 20 minutes south of Orlando for an authentic Dude Ranch Experience. Daytona Beach is great if you want some time by the ocean. And for goodness sake get yourself to Kennedy Space Center, if you are even slightly interested in science and space. It is absolutely awe inspiring. Meeting an Astronaut and actually talking to an engineer who built the shuttles who let me hold one of the tiles from the Atlantis shuttle were two of my childhood fantasies. Standing on the floor of Launch control room 4 was pretty special too.

Stay at the Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista. As well as the usual perks of a Disney Park Hotel, there's a laundrette on site, which will save you money compared to using the hotel laundry service. Avoid visiting in the summer to avoid the heat and crowds. If you have to visit in the summer, visit late Aug when US kids have gone back to school. The Frozen fireworks at Disney Hollywood are amazing. If you think you will use a stroller for at least 2 or more days, think about bringing one over or buying one from wallmart as may work out cheaper than renting (the disney ones cost ~$31 per day, although offer a discount for additional days use).

If you are here for a vacation it is fantastic, 3 major theme parks within an hour and a half. If you are here because you have a child who needs care one of the best children's hospitals in the world is near the airport and they go out of their way to welcome the family as a part of the healing process

We went to Universal Studios. Everyone in our family was entertained and kept busy for a full day of rides, shows and viewing the sets.

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Transportation

Orlando Transportation

Air – Orlando International Airport

Orlando International Airport is the city’s main airport. It’s 21 km from the city centre and about 27 km (a 20-minute drive) from the Disney and Universal Resorts. Lynx public buses (Terminal A), taxis (Terminals A and B), and scheduled shuttles (Terminals A and B) can be found on the Ground Transportation Level. There is also a bus link to the Sand Lake Road SunRail commuter train station. Check beforehand for free shuttle services offered through certain hotels.

Air – Orlando Sanford International Airport

Located 43.5 km (a 45-minute drive) from Orlando city centre, Orlando Sanford International Airport is the city’s secondary airport. Walt Disney World Resort and Universal Orlando Resort are about 60 km away. Taxis, shuttles and a wide variety of contracted transport companies are available here, as well as on-site car hire companies. Sometimes an airline can occupy both Terminals A and B so be aware of this for checking in.

Train

The SunRail commuter train has several stations located throughout the Orlando area, with a central stop at the Historic Church Street Station in the city centre. For popular areas like International Drive, though, the SunRail won't be able to get you close enough for an easy journey. You can catch the bus service from Orlando International Airport to Sand Lake Road SunRail station. National Amtrak routes also connect easily for any trips going north or south.

Bus

Lynx public bus system operates from Lynx Central Station and a single journey costs USD 2. Buses aren’t recommended for tourists, as there aren't many well-placed stops. If you’re staying along International Drive, make use of the I-Ride Trolley, which costs USD 2 per ride and you need to pay with exact change. Some of Disney’s “Good Neighbor” hotels also offer transport to and from the parks.

Car

Orlando is connected by toll-free Interstate 4, which runs through the middle of Central Florida, and toll roads including the 528 (to the Orlando International Airport and the Atlantic Coast) and the 408 which traverses Orlando city centre. Toll roads have Sunpass prepaid transponder lanes, but out-of-state visitors should use the 'cash only' lanes. Rush hour (weekdays 7:00-10:00 & 16:00-19:00) is hectic, but public parking and major car hire venues are plentiful.

Food in Orlando

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Pom Pom's Teahouse & Sandwiches
  • 67 N Bumby Ave, Orlando, FL 32803
  • Open Monday—Wednesday 11:00—22:00, Thursday 11:00—05:00, Friday—Saturday 11:00—02:00, Sunday 11:00—18:00.
  • pompomsteahouse.com
  • 001 407 894 0865
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Chan's Chinese Cuisine
  • 1901 E Colonial Dr, Orlando, FL 32803
  • Open Monday–Friday 11:00–21:30, Saturday–Sunday 10:00–21:30.
  • 001 407 896 0093
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K Restaurant
  • 1710 Edgewater Dr, Orlando, FL 32804
  • Open Tuesday–Friday 11:30–14:00, Monday–Tuesday 18:00–21:00, Wednesday–Saturday 18:00–22:00.
  • krestaurant.net
  • 001 407 872 2332
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Pig Floyd’s Urban Barbakoa
  • 1326 North Mills Avenue, Orlando, FL 32803
  • Open Monday–Thursday 11:00–22:00. Friday–Saturday 11:00–00:00. Sunday 11:00–20:00.
  • www.pigfloyds.com
  • 001 407 203 0866
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Txokos Basque Kitchen
  • 3201 Corrine Dr Suite 100, Orlando, FL 32803
  • Open Tuesday–Thursday 17:00–22:00, Friday 17:00–23:00, Saturday 13:00–23:00, Sunday 11:00–15:00 and 17:00–20:00.
  • txokoskitchen.com
  • 001 32001 972 8852
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The Ravenous Pig
  • 1234 N Orange AveWinter Park, FL 32789
  • Open Tuesday–Thursday 11:30–14:00 and 16:30–21:30, Friday 11:30–14:00 and 16:30–21:30, Saturday 11:30–14:00 and 17:30–21:30.
  • www.theravenouspig.com
  • 001 407 628 2333
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Cask & Larder
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Scratch
  • 223 W Fairbanks Ave, Winter Park, FL 32789
  • Open Tuesday–Friday 17:30–02:00, Saturday–Sunday 11:30–15:00 and 17:30–02:00
  • scratchtapas.com
  • 001 407 325 5165
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Chez Vincent
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