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Orlando, Florida
Orlando

Home to the “happiest place on earth”, Orlando is so much more than just mickey ears and Epcot theme park. Explore a city of golf courses, emerging artists, avant-garde galleries and world-class restaurants. Whether you drop in on Disney World or not, Orlando has a lot to offer. Discover a whole new world in Orlando, Florida with the help of our travel guides.

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Places to stay

With hotels inspired by Italian, African and Polynesian architecture, living out your holiday fantasies is easy. Accommodation at Walt Disney World ranges from full-glam to Disney-themed rooms. Wrapped by a 29 hectare animal reserve that’s home to over 200 animal species, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge is as close to a safari as you can get in Florida. You’ll find a tropical oasis at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort while the Wilderness Lodge is a cosy, rustic-style retreat. For pure extravagance, you can’t go past the lavish Four Seasons Resort Orlando.

Themed resorts are also on offer at Universal Orlando with the Italian-inspired Loews Portofino Bay Hotel. For a little luxury outside of the theme parks, the upscale Waldorf Astoria Orlando is an excellent escape. Want to see more city and less theme parks? Stay in one of downtown Orlando’s boutique hotels. We suggest the Grand Bohemian Hotel Orlando. If you’d prefer to make yourself at home, get an Airbnb in the up-and-coming neighbourhood of Audubon Park. Whether you opt for Disney or downtown, there are plenty of magical places to stay in Orlando.

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With plenty of theme parks and a hipart and restaurant scene, there’s never a sleepy moment in this Florida city. If you’re looking for a magical time with the little ones, younger kids will love the well-known castles and characters of Disney’s Magic Kingdom. At Universal’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter, super fans can journey on The Hogwarts Express or visit Ollivanders, to collect their very own wand. More of a thrill seeker? Rollercoaster lovers are in for a wild ride on The Incredible Hulk at Universal’s Islands of Adventure. Put your building skills to the test by and get creative at LEGOLAND’s hands-on theme park. For an educational family outing venture to The Kennedy Space Centre for an interactive simulated space exploration.

When the theme parks aren’t occupying your time, downtown Orlando also has plenty to offer. Visit the Orlando Museum of Art for an eclectic mix of classic American art and contemporary works. Get a taste of Florida’s new food scene at East End Market, where Domu serves up delicious ramen, and Lineage Coffee Roasting keeps the city well-caffeinated. With lots of independent stores, boutiques and restaurants, strolling along the cobbled streets of the Church Street District makes for an interesting afternoon out.

If you prefer cycling over strolling, rent a bike and enjoy the scenic trail through Loch Haven Park. Worked up an appetite? Grab a burger at The Strand. A cosy space where new American dishes fuse with old school classics. End your night with some live music at Will’s Pub or see if you can score the password to get into the secret bar, Hanson’s Shoe Repair. No matter what kind of adventure you’re up for, you’re sure to find it in Orlando.

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For kids and adults alike, Christmas comes early with a visit to one of the many gift shops. Become an honorary member of The Mickey Mouse Club by picking up your own set of ears from Walt Disney World. Stop by Ollivanders Wand Shop in Diagon Alley at Universal for your very own wand. The Big Shop at LEGOLAND has more bric-a-brac than you could ever imagine.

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Set off from the city and spend the day soaking up the beautiful natural springs at Wekiwa Springs State Park. Craft distilleries and seasonally inspired restaurants can be found in St. Augustine.

Design aficionados should schedule a visit to the West Palm Beach Antique Row Art & Design District. For a day at the beach, Canaveral National Seashore is a calming retreat that’s just an hour east of the city.

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Getting around

From the airport: flights to Orlando with Qantas operate via LA or Dallas with onwards connections on our codeshare partner American Airlines. Uber, taxi, hotel transfers or the Supershuttle can transport you to your hotel.

In and around the city: if you're  staying at Walt Disney World then a complimentary network of buses, boats and monorails can transport you between the Disney Resort hotels, theme parks, water parks and shopping venues. Bus networks are not efficient or reliable if you have limited time, so it's recommended to hire a car.

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