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A century ago, oranges were the main attraction in Orlando. Now, Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, and SeaWorld Orlando draw millions of visitors each year. Even the most jaded adult can find something wondrous in this eye-popping land of marvels—with or without kids. And if amusement parks aren’t your thing, there are actually things to do in Orlando other than Disney—see the IgoUgo journals Less Obvious Orlando and Not Just Amusement Parks for ideas. Plus, Orlando’s nightlife is alive and well despite the kid-focused parks, especially at the clubs of Paradise Island and in downtown Orlando, where the locals play.

Picking a restaurant in Orlando is difficult only because there are so many to choose from. ... Read More
A century ago, oranges were the main attraction in Orlando. Now, Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, and SeaWorld Orlando draw millions of visitors each year. Even the most jaded adult can find something wondrous in this eye-popping land of marvels—with or without kids. And if amusement parks aren’t your thing, there are actually things to do in Orlando other than Disney—see the IgoUgo journals Less Obvious Orlando and Not Just Amusement Parks for ideas. Plus, Orlando’s nightlife is alive and well despite the kid-focused parks, especially at the clubs of Paradise Island and in downtown Orlando, where the locals play.

Picking a restaurant in Orlando is difficult only because there are so many to choose from. Chef Mickey’s, Crystal Palace, and Wolfgang Puck Café are very popular, but if you want to get out of the parks, try Boston Lobster Feast for seafood and Golden Corral for breakfast. Places to stay in Orlando are plentiful, too, especially if you’re looking for kid-friendly hotels or hotels with pools.

Whether you’re headed to the parks or not, browsing our travelers’ photos of Orlando is a great way to check out what the city has to offer before you go. Then find a flight and say hi to Mickey for us.    Close

Stories and Tips Orlando

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Celebration

Written by Meggysmum on 02 Nov, 2009

A vacation in Orlando is full of exciting days at theme-parks, long journeys to the beach or frantic visits to shopping malls to bag a bargain. Sometimes there is a need for a couple of hours peace and quiet to enable you to recharge…Read More


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Disney Pin-Trading

Written by Meggysmum on 29 Oct, 2009

Disney Pin Trading started about 10 years ago and is now a popular pastime for many people. Disney Pins are made in many styles, featuring parks, characters and occasions.Pin Trading is the action of swapping a pin you already own for a pin from…Read More


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Discover Hidden Mickeys

Written by Meggysmum on 08 Oct, 2009

Visiting Disney is always an exciting experience but after the first visit it is easier to start to absorb the environment and pay more attention to the subtleties of the designs around you. This is the time that you may notice your first "Hidden…Read More


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Hints for Brits Driving in Orlando

Written by Meggysmum on 01 Oct, 2009

Driving in America is a whole new experience to a Brit. I am the map-reader in the family so the driving always falls to my husband, after four trips to Orlando we feel that we are starting to get to grips with it and…Read More


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Concierge Service at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa

Written by C.Kowalczik on 14 May, 2007

When we first made our weekend trip reservations they were for a Lagoon View at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and SPA and we were plenty excited about that. However, that excitement continued to build and escalate right up to the time we got off the…Read More


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Kennedy Space Center – NASA on Florida’s Space Coast

Written by MilwVon on 24 Feb, 2007

During our May 2005 Orlando vacation, we spent a full day over at the Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral, Florida. The morning started out a bit dreary with some light rain, but by mid-afternoon it was sunny, warm, and humid! About an hour’s drive…Read More


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Daytona USA *IS* An Experience

Written by MilwVon on 02 Feb, 2007

While I’m not a rabid NASCAR or motor sports fan, I am a jock and enjoy all sports. When I mentioned to David that I wanted to go to Daytona USA to see the NASCAR exhibits, he was willing to indulge my vacation whim. Besides,…Read More


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Road Trip to Daytona Beach, Florida

Written by MilwVon on 02 Feb, 2007

During our most recent trip to Orlando, we ventured over to the Atlantic Ocean coastal city of Daytona Beach. Known as Race City USA, this was our first trip to the home of the most famous NASCAR event in the United States, the Daytona 500.…Read More


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Universal Studios—Same Ole Same Ole

Written by MilwVon on 01 Feb, 2007

Having been annual pass holders at Universal for the last 3 or 4 years, we have always enjoyed our return visit to Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure. These two separate parks are distinctly different and enjoyable on their own individual merit. Because we have…Read More


Extreme Close-Up: The Lost Continent

Written by IsabelleTravels on 01 Feb, 2007

ROLLER COASTER!!! When looking at the map, the first thing that pops out on The Lost Continent is THE ROLLER COASTER!! And as exciting and fun as it is, I will have to describe everything else before we get to the roller coaster. You see,…Read More


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