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OrlandoUnited States of America

A sunny resort where you can hang out with Mickey Mouse and his friends, swim alongside dolphins, and even explore the depths of space.

A thriving city offering visitors so much to see and do, Orlando has long been a popular destination for families. With its famous theme parks, its beautiful golf courses and its space and science centres all located beneath the golden Florida sun, it’s not hard to see why.

Attracting the young and the young at heart, Orlando is of course home of the Walt Disney World Resort®, one of America’s most popular and best loved spots for holidaymakers. Spreading across an area of over of 120 million square metres, the resort encompasses four theme parks, two water parks and over 20 different hotels. Head for the Magic Kingdom® inside the resort where you can lose yourself in the wonder of Disney and even pay a visit to the park’s life-size version of Cinderella’s castle. Or you can head to Epcot® where you can discover the most cutting-edge inventions and explore what tomorrow’s world might look like.

A short drive east of Orlando, you’ll find SeaWorld and Aquatica, where you can spend some time getting really close to the sea creatures and play around in the water. Get cosy with Florida’s swamp life with a trip to the nearby Gatorland.

Another famous destination popular with visitors to the city is the Kennedy Space Center. See the site from which the first moon landing missions took off. You can even climb aboard a shuttle cabin and get a feel for what it’s like to lift off into outer space at the Space Shuttle Launch Experience.

Close to the city’s downtown district, you’ll find the Orlando Science Center, another destination popular with family visitors. From dinosaurs and local wildlife through to the technology that makes all your electrics work, you’re head with be bursting with knowledge by the time you leave.

If all that discovery and exploration gets a bit too much, pay a visit to the Harry P. Leu Gardens with its 200,000 square metres of greenery offering serene, shaded spots where you can escape the humid summer temperatures. It’s a perfect place to stop off and enjoy the spectacle of Orlando’s afternoon thunderstorms, from a safe, dry spot.

Top hotels in Orlando

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
The Grove Resort & Water Park Orlando
The Grove Resort & Water Park Orlando
4 out of 5
14501 Grove Resort Avenue, Winter Garden, FL
The price is NZ$271 per night

Located on a lake, this family-friendly resort is within 12 mi (20 km) of Orange County National Golf Club, Disney's Animal Kingdom® Theme Park and Epcot®. Disney's ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (4,850 reviews)

"Suites are huge and nice. I do think it could have been cleaned a little better. The coffee pots are small, too - only a 5 cup. I would stay here again though."…"

Reviewed on 7 Aug. 2020

The Grove Resort & Water Park Orlando
Mystic Dunes Resort & Golf Club by Diamond Resorts
Mystic Dunes Resort & Golf Club by Diamond Resorts
3.5 out of 5
7600 Mystic Dunes Lane, Kissimmee, FL
The price is NZ$91 per night

Set in Kissimmee, this family-friendly hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Disney's Hollywood Studios®, Disney's Animal Kingdom® Theme Park and Epcot®. Orlando Vineland ...

4.3/5Excellent! (3,801 reviews)

"With this being my first flight and hotel, everything was perfect for my 30th birthday for a great price. The resort was beautiful."…"

Reviewed on 4 Aug. 2020

Mystic Dunes Resort & Golf Club by Diamond Resorts
DoubleTree by Hilton at the Entrance to Universal Orlando
DoubleTree by Hilton at the Entrance to Universal Orlando
4 out of 5
5780 Major Blvd, Orlando, FL
The price is NZ$115 per night

This family-friendly Orlando hotel is located near the airport, within 1 mi (2 km) of Universal Studios Florida™, Orlando International Premium Outlets and Universal ...

4.2/5Excellent! (3,125 reviews)

"It was outstanding will stay there again on my next trip"…"

Reviewed on 5 Aug. 2020

DoubleTree by Hilton at the Entrance to Universal Orlando

Popular places to visit in Orlando

Walt Disney World® area
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Walt Disney World® area

A huge fantasy resort where you can enjoy all the thrills and spills of the theme park, stay in fun-themed hotels and enjoy world-class entertainment.

SeaWorld® Orlando
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SeaWorld® Orlando

An aquatic theme park where you can get to know dolphins, walruses and stingrays, board the family friendly rides, and learn about life in the deep.

Universal Studios Florida™
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Universal Studios Florida™

An attraction popular with visitors from around the world, where you can wander through film sets and enjoy the thrills and spills of the rides.

Top activities in Orlando

Walt Disney World® Resort Magic Your Way Ticket
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Walt Disney World® Resort Magic Your Way Ticket

NZ$634
Per adult
88% of travellers recommend
Chocolate Kingdom - Factory Adventure Tour
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Chocolate Kingdom - Factory Adventure Tour

NZ$26
Per adult
88% of travellers recommend
SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium
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SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium

NZ$40
Per adult
86% of travellers recommend
Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament
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Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament

NZ$105
Per adult
88% of travellers recommend
WonderWorks Orlando Admission Tickets
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WonderWorks Orlando Admission Tickets

NZ$56
Per adult
84% of travellers recommend
Transfer from Orlando to Miami
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Transfer from Orlando to Miami

NZ$42
Per adult

Reviews of Orlando

4.3

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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5 - Excellent 41.509433962264154%
4 - Good
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4 - Good 48.113207547169814%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 8.49056603773585%
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4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

25 Feb. 2020

The main reason to visit is to do the theme parks. Not many other attractions close by. But stay somewhere along International Drive even so. The Disney Parks are all way out of town & you need car or catch bus

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

29 Jan. 2020

Make sure tou take the time to do more than just the themeparks.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

22 Jan. 2020

Met some lovely people and some not so lovely people, the place is beautiful though

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

5 Jan. 2020

Excellent for family fun.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

4 Nov. 2019

avoid the crowds!

4/5 - Good

Arie

22 Oct. 2019

You need a car(unless your just doing theme parks the whole time. ). Vast distances between shopping and food/restaurants.

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