Orlando the theme park capital of the world is a destination that’s loved by all who visit. Packed with so much to enjoy, see and do, it’s easy to see why. And, if you’re thinking of visiting for the first time, we encourage you to do so as it’s a holiday destination, that’s unlike anywhere else!
So whether you’re travelling with your family, your other half or a group of friends, we hope this post inspires you. Here are 10 reasons you need to visit Orlando!
1. WORLD CLASS THEME PARKS
Orlando holds the title of theme park capital of the world for good reason! Home to world class theme parks including Universal Orlando, Islands of Adventure, Volcano Bay, Walt Disney World and SeaWorld to name but a few, Orlando screams perfect holiday fun!
Whether you’re a roller-coaster fanatic, a fan of thrilling simulators, a lover of entertaining parades or you dream of seeing a magical fireworks display, the theme parks of Orlando will wow you. It’s what keeps holidaymakers returning year after year.
2. FANTASTIC SHOPPING
Orlando shopping is incredible and a must on your visit. Home to two fantastic outlet shopping malls, and several shopping centres, Orlando will leave you spoilt for choice. Orlando Premium Outlets International Drive and the Premium Outlets at Vine-land are both worth a visit as is the high street favourite, the Florida Mall and the up-market Mall of Millennia.
3. EXCITING NEW ATTRACTIONS
One of the key things that keeps people returning to Orlando year in and year out is that the destination and its theme parks are always announcing new attractions. Over recent years there has been many new developments including the expansion of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, the opening of the Orlando Eye, the opening of the brand new Water Theme Park Volcano Bay and Orlando’s first virtual roller-coaster was announced at SeaWorld, Kracken Unleashed. Walt Disney World have also announced many new attractions coming soon including a Star Wars themed land and a Toy Story themed land.
If you’ve been to Orlando before and are thinking of going back, we have no doubt that there will be something new and exciting for you to enjoy on your visit.
4. HUNDREDS OF DINING OPTIONS
Orlando is home to hundreds of amazing restaurants to suit everyone’s budget and taste. International Drive, where many choose to stay when in Orlando has restaurants all along it offering everything from steakhouses and Italian, to American cuisine and Asian. CityWalk at Universal Orlando Resort is another fantastic spot to enjoy some great food, as is Disney Springs at Walt Disney World.
5. FUN FAMILY ACTIVITIES
For those days away from the theme parks, Orlando has so much for the whole family to enjoy. From soaring high in the Orlando Eye and enjoying some crazy golf, to learning about all things wacky at Ripley’s Believe it Not, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to family activities in Orlando. What’s also great about these activities is that many of them are indoors (eg Madame Tussaud’s and SeaLife), so they’re perfect for those rainy days.
6. LIVELY NIGHTLIFE
Orlando offers a fantastic nightlife scene for anyone who still has some energy after a day in the parks! CityWalk at Universal Orlando Resort is a fantastic spot with many bars throughout. Disney Springs is another great area with lots of nightlife options. And if you’re staying on International Drive, you will find some lively bars within the area also.
7. WILD NATURE EXPERIENCES
Florida is home to some of the most incredible wildlife in the USA and while in Orlando, we encourage you to experience it! Air boat rides around the local swamps is something we really recommend. They’re thrilling, fun, educating and who know’s, you may even see some local Florida residents (alligators!) along the way!
8. ORLANDO IS GREAT FOR GROUP HOLIDAYS
If you’re thinking of a group holiday with lots to do, Orlando is perfect. With multiple accommodation options including hotels, apartments, private homes etc, buckets of fun in the theme parks and so much more, it’s always a hit with groups. So whether it’s a large family holiday or a girly getaway with friends, consider Orlando because you won’t be disappointed.
9. ORLANDO IS A BASE TO DISCOVER THE REST OF FLORIDA
For those wanting to see more of Florida, Orlando is the perfect base to do so. Whether you want a day by the beach on the Gulf Coast, a road trip to Miami, or maybe you want to experience Kennedy Space Centre on the East Coast or Busch Gardens in Tampa Bay, Orlando is the perfect centre base to see and do so much throughout the state of Florida.
10. ORLANDO IS AMAZING VALUE
One of the reasons Orlando is so popular with Irish holiday makers is that it’s amazing value to get there. Virgin Atlantic are always a favourite with Irish clients as they offer a fantastic flying experience. And, as part of a Tour America package, their incredible flights are always great value.