Destination guide: Orlando

Visiting Orlando for the first time? 

No destination on earth is more iconic for theme parks than Orlando. With so many amazing theme parks and attractions for people of all ages to enjoy, it’s difficult to narrow it down. Walt Disney World, where you can delight in the sight of Cinderella Castle or come face-to-face with your favourite characters such as Mickey and Minnie, is a must-visit if you’re visiting as a family. If you’re after adrenalin-pumping rides, try Magic Kingdom Park home to Space Mountain and the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train.

Shopping options in Orlando are endless. Two popular malls are The Florida Mall and the Mall at Millenia. The Florida Mall has all the main brands, a food court, and various department stores. The Mall at Millenia is slightly more high-end, offering jewellery and electronic stores. Many Orlando hotels include free transport to these shopping malls and outlets so it’s worth checking with them before you make your travel arrangements.

The Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex is a must-visit if you’re interested in the life of an astronaut. Check out the Space Shuttle Atlantis Exhibit and the Shuttle Launch Experience.

 

Average temperature in Orlando

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Minimum 9°C 9°C 12°C 15°C 18°C 22°C 23°C 23°C 22°C 18°C 14°C 10°C

Looking for something different? 

Florida has fun and unique towns that offer their own forms of entertainment and atmosphere, including Winter Park, known for its beautiful outdoor space and Sanford which has charming 19th-century buildings, unique shops and eateries.  

Not far from Orlando is Kelly Park, a park which is covered in lush green flora. Float down the crystal-clear water in tubes, and try and spot the little fishes, birds and turtles.  

 

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Airlines that fly to Orlando from Birmingham Airport

If you want to experience the fun of Orlando, fly from Birmingham Airport direct to Orlando with TUI or use Aer Lingus with a short stop-off in Ireland’s capital, Dublin.   

Want to go further?

Jacksonville, best known as a major business hub, but an underrated hotspot for travellers. Beaches and the arts maybe two of Jacksonville's most prominent attractions. Try the Riverside Arts Market where you can buy art, jewellery and other items. This popular market attracts thousands of visitors every Saturday so it must be worth a quick visit.

Miami is so much more than year-round sun, sea and sand. Located along Miami’s waterfront, Bayside Marketplace hosts over 150 shops, restaurants and cafes. It’s a great atmosphere, with live music and a fun atmosphere.

 

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Want to know a secret?

Talk to the Goblin at the Money Exchange and have a conversation with the goblin handling the transaction! Ask him a question and he will respond — gruffly, as goblins do.

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