Disney, Florida, USA
Disney has so much to offer everyone of all ages. There are numerous hotels to choose from, ranging from the basic right through to deluxe accommodation. Whether it's an action packed holiday you are looking for or complete relaxation, the right holiday for you can be found at Disney.
The four amazing theme parks are all well worth a visit as are the 2 fantastic water parks and not forgetting Disney Springs which is dedicated to shopping, dining and entertainment. The fun never ends at Disney, a must see for all the family. With so much on offer and convenient transport around Disney, you can quite easily spend the duration of your holiday without having to leave Disney property.
Orlando International Airport is approx 34km and Sanford Airport is approx 74km.
There are no real beaches in Disney but if it's just a bit of sand you want for the kids to make a sandcastle or for you to chill for a while then there are a few hotels with sandy beach type areas. If it's a real beach you want then there are plenty within an hour or so drive.
Things to do
Disney Springs is home to many shops, restaurants, bars, clubs and a cinema. La Nouba Cirque du Soleil is also situated in Disney Springs. Guests of all ages will be mesmerised by the amazing performances by the various artists.
Enjoy exploring the different lands and creatures of Disney's Animal Kingdom. This is the largest of the Disney theme parks and covers more than 500 acres so you can just imagine how much fun you can have here. There are over 1700 animals here and a great variety of shows and adventures for all to enjoy.
Take a trip behind the scenes at Disney's Hollywood Studios and watch the movies come to life. If you dare, ride on the Hollywood Tower of Terror or the Rock 'n' Roller Coaster or if you prefer you can enjoy one of the many shows such as Indiana Jones or Muppet Vision. After dinner at one of the many restaurants you can watch the fantastic light show which is just the perfect way to end your night.
Disney's Magic Kingdom is just full of magical attractions to suit the whole family. There is so much to see and do for little princes and princesses of all ages. From character greetings to beautiful princess makeovers, there is no end of fun and it is impossible to pack it into just one day.
Disney's Epcot combines the imagination and excitement of Future World with the various cultures in the countries that can be found round the World Showcase. World Showcase gives you a little taste of what it may be like in other countries and gives you the chance to try different foods and learn a little about different cultures.
The two Disney waterparks, Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon are great fun and an ideal way to cool down. There are height restrictions on some of the water rides but there is still plenty for everyone to enjoy. These parks can get really busy so it is advisable to visit early on before it gets too busy and indeed too hot.
Disney has some great 18 hole golf courses such as Lake Buena Vista Golf Course and Magnolia Golf Course and If you do fancy a game of golf, it is always best to book ahead to avoid disappointment and if you are staying at one of the Disney Hotels, you may be entitled to a discount.
A fun alternative to an 18 hole game of golf is crazy golf. There are a couple of Disney courses, Disney's Winter Summerland Mini Golf and Fantasia Gardens Mini Golf and they can be great fun for all.
Disney is also home to ESPN Wide World of Sports where many teams train and compete in a variety of sports. There is also a restaurant and shop here so it is worth checking out what competitions may be on whilst you are in the area.
Out and About
Each of the Disney theme parks are full of a variety of shops where you can get a whole host of souvenirs, clothes, hand crafted goods and jewellery, a lot of it is Disney themed but you will find non Disney items too. Disney Springs also has lots of shops, many of which are American high street shops such as Fit2Run, Basin, Build-a-Dino and the Lego Store.
Many of the bars and restaurants in Disney are open late but if you have any energy left and want to party a little more then head over to the Boardwalk, where you can dance the night away at the Atlantic Dance Hall or visit the piano bar, Jellyrolls. The theme parks can be open quite late in summer so you may not always have the time or the energy for late night dancing.
There are many events and festivals that take place in Disney, such as the Disney Marathon Weekend in January, Epcot's International Flower and Garden Show which takes place in March to May and later in the year Epcot host their Food and Wine Festival. There are also extra events at Halloween and Christmas and of course extra special fireworks to celebrate Independence Day on 4th July.
If you want a change from Disney, why not visit the two Universal Theme Parks which are approx 16km from the Lake Buena Vista area. Both parks provide plenty of thrills and excitement for all the family and there is also Citywalk which is full of restaurants, clubs and entertainment venues.
Seaworld is also close by and as well as the many animal exhibits, there are many rides for all the family and plenty of shows and other attractions.
For something a bit different, get up close to the alligators for a taste of the real Florida. As well as the various shows and attractions, Gatorland is home to one of the best zip lines in the USA. Soaring through the sky at a great height will give you some fantastic birds eye views.
Florida's Legoland is the largest Legoland park in the world and is approx 55km away. There are restaurants, shops and over 50 rides, shows and attractions. There is also a botanical gardens and a waterpark too.
NASA's launch headquarters, Kennedy Space Centre is just over an hour away and gives you the opportunity to tour launch areas, see giant rockets, train in spaceflight simulators, meet a veteran astronaut and if you are lucky enough, view a launch.
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