Orlando Holidays

The Theme Park Capital of the World

Whether you’re 9 or 99, Orlando holidays will send your imagination into overdrive. A unique combination of spectacular sights, world class theme parks, unparalleled shopping opportunities and a funky fresh nightlife make Orlando a holiday destination that truly does have something for everyone!

It’s not very hard to see why this city in the centre of Florida has been dubbed “the world’s biggest playground”. Children and adults alike cannot help but get caught up in the thrill and spectacle of some of the world’s greatest theme parks. Orlando’s theme parks are as varied as Orlando itself, with everything from movie-themed extravaganzas with white-knuckle rides to wet and wild water parks to visit.

“The last time I had this much fun, I was 12 years old.” And that’s the beauty of Orlando. Whether you’re 9 or 99, you can’t help but get the tummy ticklers when you’re in the biggest playground in the world.

Orlando Theme Parks

As the undisputed theme park capital of the world, the city has a mesmeric appeal for those in search of the high-octane variety of fun. Thrill seekers, young and old, come back time and again to experience the biggest and the best adrenaline fuelled rides and attractions at Walt Disney World Resort , Universal Orlando Resort, and many more. A family holiday to Orlando has more to offer than just theme parks. If you’re on the lookout for something more sophisticated than mouse ears, there are lots of other things to do in Orlando. The city is a fashionista’s dream with its upscale malls and outlet villages. Need a little respite from the rides? No problem, the city is home to some of the most stunning golf courses and luxurious spas in the world. Factor in the delicious cuisine, the sunshine, glorious beaches and the chance to get up close and personal with some amazing wildlife, and you pretty much have the quintessential American holiday destination.

Orlando holidays are not just all Theme Parks

Orlando Water Parks

Florida is known as the Sunshine State with good reason, and Orlando is no exception in this regard, with summer temperatures exceeding 33 degrees Celsius during the month of July. With that in mind, you’ll no doubt want to find an enjoyable way to cool off – and there’s only so much ice cream you can eat and soda you can drink! Orlando, Florida is home to some of the most exciting water parks in the world. The biggest news for water parks is Universal’s Volcano Bay water theme park. With a mix of relaxation and thrills this has something for everyone with a lazy river, cabanas to rent or 19 unique attractions to choose from. Plus, the TapuTapu wearable allows your hold your place in the parks Virtual Line experience so you can enjoy the rest of the park while you wait. Finally, be sure to check out Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon and its famous Lazy River and world famous man-made tides.

Orlando’s Wildlife

Florida’s Everglades stretch through Orlando, providing ample opportunity to see some of America’s most majestic wildlife. Among the most famous residents of this unspoiled habitat are the American alligator and its close (but much rarer) cousin, the American crocodile. If you’re lucky, you might even see a bald eagle – they frequently nest in the Everglades. You can see these animals while taking a relaxing boat tour or a more high octane air-boat trip.

Another great way to see some amazing animals in Orlando is visiting the area’s top wildlife park, Gatorland Zoo, where you can marvel at the world famous ‘gator Jumparoo show or even partake in some amateur ‘gator wresslin’ yourself! As well as the native American alligators, Gatorland Zoo is home to the Jungle Crocs exhibition, which showcases spectacular reptiles from around the world.

Shopping and Dining in Orlando

When you need a break from all of the hustle and bustle of exploring Orlando’s many great theme parks and attractions, you can treat yourself to some Grade-A retail therapy in the area’s many strip malls, factory outlet stores and mini-malls.

When it comes to eating things, International Drive is the place to be. Whether you need something cheap and cheerful or are in the mood for some fine dining, there is something to suit every taste imaginable. Stock up at an affordable all you can eat breakfast buffet at Sizzler or Ponderosa to fuel your day and have yourself a great meal at one of America’s renowned restaurant chains like Bennigan’s, TGI Friday’s or one of the area’s Triple-A steakhouses.

Universal CityWalk at Universal Orlando Resort – This is where it all comes together. This is where unforgettable family fun meets restaurants that don’t just make you say “Yum,” but “Wow”. The one place where the dining tastes of every member of the family and entertainment everyone can enjoy all intersect. It’s everything you’re looking for. And anything but ordinary. Universal CityWalk, The Epicentre of Awesome.

Orlando Holiday Deals

A family holiday to Orlando is an unforgettable experience. Be sure to check out our exciting range of holiday deals to Orlando and treat yourself to a memorable vacation!

The two biggest theme park resorts in Orlando, Florida are Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando Resort. Once upon a time, both of these titans of entertainment had only one theme park each, but their increasing popularity has caused them both to branch out into multiple locations across the world, each offering an entirely different breed of fun and excitement!

Walt Disney World
Disney World’s premiere theme park is The Magic Kingdom. There you will meet all of your favourite Disney characters including Micky and Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy. You can even go on a tour of Cinderella’s Castle or visit Gaston’s Tavern for a quick drink and bite to eat – both of these iconic locales have been painstakingly crafted to look exactly like their on screen counterparts. In terms of rides, The Magic Kingdom has everything from the adrenaline-fuelled Thunder Mountain and Space Mountain to more relaxed classics like the iconic Mad Hatter’s Tea Cup Ride and the Small World After All tour.

Universal Orlando Resort
Take your holiday to the next level at Universal Orlando Resort. Immerse yourself in the next generation of blockbuster entertainment at Universal Studios Florida. Journey through legendary worlds of incredible heroes at Universal’s Islands of Adventure. Enjoy the thrills and relaxation of a tropical paradise like no other at Universal’s Volcano Bay water theme park. With three amazing theme parks, spectacular hotels offering a range of accommodations, and the dining and entertainment of Universal CityWalk, it’s days and nights of endless fun for every member of the family. Holiday beyond anything you’ve experienced before, at Universal Orlando Resort.



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