Imagine a destination where all of your dreams can finally come true.
You have landed in Orlando, Florida.
Traditionally associated with theme parks, Disney and childhood memories, Orlando now attracts tourists of all types including families, couples and girls weekend breaks. Only in Orlando can you spend the day on roller-coasters in the morning and swimming with dolphins in the afternoon, whilst you dance the night away in a jazz bar in the evening.
Where is Orlando?
Orlando, a city in central Florida and is home to more than a dozen theme parks. The state is the main player in the success of the Disney franchise and amongst its claims to fame is Walt Disney World. The theme park includes four parks, including Magic Kingdom and Epcot, and 2 water parks. Not to forget other major players; Universal Orlando, offering 2 parks: Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure, with the Wizarding World of Harry Potter spanning across both.
The City of Orlando is nicknamed “The City Beautiful” and its symbol is the fountain at Lake Eola. However deep down the world really knows Orlando as “The Theme Park Capital of the World” mainly because in 2014 its tourist attractions and parks drew more than an impressive 62 million visitors and in 2009 it became the most visited American city.
The theme parks
Orlando’s famous attractions form the backbone of its tourism industry: Walt Disney World Resort, located approximately 21 miles southwest of Downtown Orlando in Bay Lake, opened by the Walt Disney Company in 1971; the Universal Orlando Resort, opened in 1999 as a major expansion of Universal Studios Florida; SeaWorld; Gatorland; and Wet ‘n Wild.
Things to do in Orlando
- Obviously Disney, the theme parks and any events they put on!
- A round of golf on Orlando’s hundreds of courses
- The Orlando Eye
- Top of the Palms Spa
- ICEBAR Orlando
- The Salon at Bay Hill
- Wild Florida
- Universal CityWalk
- Winter Park Village
- Kissimmee Swamp Tours
- La Nouba by Cirque du Soleil
- Florida Tech Challenge Course
- TO NAME A FEW!
The draw of the theme parks may initially draw you in but ultimately you want to escape the hustle and bustle and there is no better way to do that than renting your own villa. The state is home to some of the most beautiful and impressive homes with private pools, Jacuzzis, golf courses and tennis courts.
You could stay at a villa like this one in the Luxury Reunion Resort which overlooks the nearby golf fairway and is close to Disney. It has 5 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, 2 large living rooms, 2 dining areas, fully equipped kitchen, large terrace, pool, spa and double garage. What more could you want!
Or if you fancy something more intimate away from the crowds, this beautiful villa is the ideal retreat in Emerald Resort. This essential seven bedroom home in Emerald Resort features a private swimming pool, fully equipped kitchen, 5.5 bathrooms, spa and open plan living space.
Orlando leaves you feeling adventurous, whilst letting your imagination run wild and touching your heart. Whether it is shopping, dancing, dining or scuba diving – you can find it all in Orlando!
I cannot wait to go back to this beautiful part of the world, so I’d better get saving!