Orlando is an exciting destination, and with its diverse range of entertainment, this is a place which is ideal for every type of traveler; not only families but young singles, baby boomers, foodies, outdoor adventurous types, luxury shoppers and international visitors too.
The city is home to more than a dozen theme parks, that’s true; you’ll find the likes of Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando among the funnest things to do. But once you come down from the coasters there’s also an incredible mix of cultural events (performing arts and museums), fantastic gardens and nature preserves, high-end outlet shopping centers, and fabulous cuisine.
It’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of a trip to Orlando, so we’ve put together some quick tips on things you should consider, just in case the adrenaline-pumped fantasy has distracted you!
Orlando Tips and Tricks for First Time Visitors: Have You Considered This?
How Central is Your Hotel?
Orlando is quite a large city, so it’s important to choose a hotel that’s central to the locations you’ve got in your itinerary. Find hotels & Airbnbs on this map close to your location:
Have You Considered a Car Rental?
Our top Orlando tip is to remember to pack your drivers license – usually this is your best form of ID, though when traveling with your passport many people think they can leave their driver’s license at home.
But car rental is one of the most viable options for getting around Orlando, and those wanting to explore a number of different parks should seriously consider booking a car. Tour companies will come at you offering tours, though this is a destination where it pays to travel at your own pace.
Car rentals in the States are relatively cheap; the cost of a one day car rental may be comparable to the cost of your airport taxi meter! You can find pricing through rental car agencies such as Viajemos.com.
Have You Considered Food?
Orlando has a wonderful mix of world class restaurants, and you can find almost every type of cuisine. Though if you’re traveling on a budget, select an Orlando Hotel with breakfast included, and you’ll only have to worry about lunch and dinner.
First time visitors should think about the timing of your meals, especially if you’re visiting the theme parks. You can avoid huge crowds and long waits if you avoid the meal time rush. Eating can be incredibly time consuming, the lines for food often doubling the lines for rides.
Consider eating an easy breakfast in your hotel room and combining a late lunch with an early dinner. Or eat breakfast around 10am or later, and lunch around 2.30pm. Always remember to carry a bag with water and snacks so you can stay hydrated and happy throughout the day.
Have You Considered Your Camera?
You want to remember the memories you create in Orlando, so a camera will likely be the first thing on your list. However it’s a great idea to also throw in an inexpensive underwater camera if you’re planning on hitting up the water parks.
Versatile cameras like GoPro come with underwater casings, so it could be worth investing in the optional extras and mounts which allow for use in water.
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Have You Considered the Weather?
Orlando is great at any time of year, though weatherwise, winter and spring (especially March to May) are particularly pleasant times. Note that summer in Florida brings extraordinary humidity (in short, it’s unbearable).
It’s a very good idea to travel with an umbrella, especially during summer, which sees afternoon showers almost every day, and we highly recommend you prioritize your sunscreen, as the UV rays are intense.
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Photo credits: Universal studios by Travel Ling.