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Orlando must do recommendations
You don’t need to be a travel professional to know that Orlando’s number-one draw is its theme parks. After all, from Disney to Universal, these amusement parks promise far more than just roller coasters and costumed characters. Instead, they’re all inclusive experiences where visitors can shop, dine, and snooze – thanks to a number of onsite hotels – in style. But while they’re an essential first stop, there’s plenty more to do around town. Here are the must do recommendations for your Orlando holiday – both in the parks and beyond.
There are a few reasons that Orlando draws millions of international visitors every year – and most of them are its colossal, thrilling theme parks. From Walt Disney World (which technically comprises four different parks, and is the most-visited holiday resort on Earth) to Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure, these one-of-a-kind parks offer up a bounty of entertainments designed to appeal to visitors of all ages.
Down here in the tropics, the opportunity to cool off is always welcome – and when you combine a refreshing dip with theme park adventuring, then all the better. Disney’s water parks and water rides offer up spills and chills for daredevils, from the soaring summit of Splash Mountain to the whirling currents of Kali River Rapids.
Theme park hotels
Planning to spend your Orlando holiday exploring the city’s many amusement parks? If so, make things even simpler and book yourself in at a theme park hotel. Walt Disney World alone offers 18 different hotels, and depending on where you stay, you can look forward to everything from private, waterfront cottages to soothing spas and gourmet dinners.
Once known as Downtown Disney, the redubbed Disney Springs captures a different side of Orlando’s themed offerings. A destination for shopping, dining, and entertainment – and open to all Orlando visitors, not just those who’ve already purchased park admission tickets – it tempts visitors and locals alike with its array of attractions spread across four different “neighbourhoods.”
Daytona international speedway
Just a little over an hour from Downtown Orlando, Daytona Beach isn’t just an appealing stretch of sand: it’s also home to one of the best-known racetracks in the country, the Daytona International Speedway. You can come here to see a race… but why sit in the grandstand when you can get behind the wheel yourself? With the Richard Petty Driving Experience, you can zoom around the track in a real NASCAR racecar.