Known across the planet for the happiest place in the world, Walt Disney World, the Orlando area is a wildly popular destination for vacationers and holiday makers. But there's an whole city that many visitors miss out on entirely. While SeaWorld Orlando and Universal Orlando Resort are within the city limits, Walt Disney World -- Epcot Center, the ... Read more
Magic Kingdom and many of the Disney resorts and hotels -- are actually southwest, in adjacent Lake Buena Vista. For those with a more mature appetite, check out the world's largest collection of Tiffany glass at the Morse Museum in Winter Park. But when you're ready to let your imagination soar again, visit The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. When night falls, Orlando has whatever kind of hotel you want -- luxurious city high-rises or kid-friendly themed resorts.

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Peak season in Walt Disney World, and, therefore, anywhere in the Orlando area, is anytime that the kiddos have a break from school. If spending most of your day waiting for rides, for restaurants, in traffic, ... Read more
or to take a picture with Goofy is not on your travel itinerary, it’s best to avoid Spring Break (a couple of weeks before and after Easter), summer vacation, Thanksgiving and Christmas. But Orlando is warm year-round, and if you go outside of school vacations, you'll have fewer crowds, off-season prices, and a happier wallet.

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Webster, New York State, USA

So much to do!! Great for families & always a blast. You can find lodging and activities very easily and you will never be bored in this city.

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It was not so improving it was like the same way as the time when I went there in 2003.

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I went here with my family in the summer. While we did mostly family activities like Disney World and the aquarium, I still had a lot of fun even though I am older. The city was surprisingly quiet and the house we rented was inexpen

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Chicago, Illinois, USA

Orlando is a great, upbeat city with a high influx of tourism! This family friendly city offers some of the best theme parks around the world. With this in mind it also has a lively downtown area that offers a great night life scene.

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Houston, Texas, USA

There's a lot more to Orlando than just Disney World. Leave the park for a day and explore great eats and interesting museums.

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Coram, New York State, USA

This is a great place to bring the family. It has lots of outdoor activities places to eat, history, sports arenas and concert venues and possibly a place to relocate if you are looking for warmer climates. Well worth a visit to see for yourself whatvthere is to offer.

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Local from Kissimmee, Florida

Love Orlando! Always something to do & explore. A place for everyone really.

New City, New York State, USA

Even though you're growing up... you should never stop having fun...

summertime & the livin's easy...

There's a lot of ghetto areas...There's nice areas too...but sometimes you may have to go thru a ghetto area....It's warm...but fairly high priced....There's lots of really bad drivers....its not a huge city...but offers a wide variety of things to do....

good airport to get you anywhere you need....Lots of family friendly theme parks in Orlando...Reasonable prices on most things...especially housing these days...Downside:Hurricanes/humidity in Summer/Fall....Orlando is always raining as well...which kinda sucks....I actually have never been in Orlando during the winter which i cant wait to try one day! Pretty much has something for everyone...all ages!

Brooklyn, New York State, USA

Fun place with plenty to do for the whole family, loved getting on the rides but not the long lines

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Santo Andre

Its a nice city to visit. There is a lot of things to do, but doesn't look like the rest of US

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