Orlando guide

Orlando guide

Orlando is a city full of attractions and amusement parks in the heart of Florida, nicknamed the state of the sun, thanks to the favorable climate and always kissed by the sun all year round. A city surrounded by greenery that hosts some of the most important amusement and theme parks in the world. In the area there are 6 Disney parks, 2 Universal Studios parks, the Sea World marine park, many other parks and various attractions.

What to see in Orlando

amusement parks

Disney's Magic Kingdom - theme park

Universal Studios Florida  - theme park

Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon - water park

SeaWorld - zoological and marine park

Aquatica - water park

Universal's Islands of Adventure  - theme park

Volcano bay - water park

EPCOT - theme park

Disney's Animal Kingdom - wildlife park

Disney's Hollywood Studios  - theme park

Fun Spot America - Luna Park




Old Town

Getting around in Orlando

By car

Probably 90% of everything a tourist wants to see and do in Orlando is within a 10-minute drive of the Interstate 4, or I-4 as it is called. This freeway runs diagonally from southwest to northeast and connects Walt Disney World, SeaWorld, the convention center, Universal Studios and downtown Orlando.

The I-4 is technically an east-west highway connecting the coasts of Florida, thus with westward (towards Tampa and the Gulf of Mexico) or eastward (towards Daytona Beach and the Atlantic Ocean) directions. The exits are numbered according to the marker of the miles we are at. Therefore, the exits for Disney World (62, 64, 65, and 67) are approximately 10 miles from those for Universal Studios (Exits 74 and 75), which are approximately 9 miles from downtown (83).

If you know the exit number, you can figure out the distance still to go. If you have to take secondary roads, it is a good idea to bring a map or use a smartphone or navigator. Streets can be known by different names and can be confusing.

Shuttles and buses to the parks

To reach in Universal Studios it's pretty easy. If the hotel is near you can go on foot, or it is advisable to use the buses or the Free Shuttle made available by hotels in the area.

and Disney parks there is a fleet of around 300 buses, the Disney Transportation System (DTS), that anyone can use for free. The DTS can make you avoid renting a car if you intend to visit primarily Disney attractions. The second option is the independent hotel shuttles, which are often free but often have unfavorable hours. The shuttles go to the parks, ignoring the other natural and historical attractions in the area.

A third option is the I-Ride Trolley, an excellent shuttle bus with lots of well marked stops and really useful routes. The only bad thing is that it doesn't go to the Disney parks.

Public transport

They are not the best means of getting around, they are not frequent and since the distances are also quite large, travel can take some time. The Central Florida Regional Transportation Authority operates the system LYNX urban public transport (www.golynx.com). Rates one-way is $ 2, the day pass costs $ 4.50, while the weekly pass costs $ 16. The transfer between the lines is free, as long as the validity threshold of the ticket has not been exceeded. In downtown Orlando there is the Lymmo, a service of free transport.

By Taxi

Taxis are not an optimal choice. The distances to reach the various areas of the city can be considerable and increase the cost. However, you can almost always find them, outside the gates of the main theme parks. If you spend more than $ 30 a day on a taxi then you have made the wrong choice because you could rent a car for this amount. Many companies accept major credit cards, but it is always best to inquire about car rental conditions first.

For more information visit the website: www.visitorlando.com (the official website with all the information and news about the city of Orlando).

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