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    More than Walt Disney

    In 1963, Walt Disney flew over the Orlando area in Florida, which with its good infrastructure and sunny weather looked like an ideal location for his new park. Nearly a decade later, Walt Disney World opened to much fanfare. Today, it’s one of the main reasons why Orlando attracts around 50 million visitors.

    But there is more to Orlando than Disney, believe it or not. Apart from rival sites like Universal Studios and SeaWorld, there’s a curious downtown area, plus great restaurants, hidden bars and a ton of boutiques. With the pretty Winter Park nearby and some excellent museums, you might find yourself asking: ‘Disney who?’.

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    Walt Disney World Resort

    FL 32830 Lake Buena Vista
    Tel: 407 939 5277
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    Opening times:
    Various; see website for details

    Disney’s world-famous fantasy land includes the castles and characters of the Magic Kingdom as well as Hollywood Studios, and more rides and ‘experiences’ than you could imagine.

    Universal Studios

    6000 Universal Boulevard
    FL 32819 Orlando
    Tel: 407 363 8000
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    Opening times:
    Various; see website for details

    Since opening in 1990, Universal’s immersive film-set rides are as big an attraction as any in Orlando. The studio’s latest hit theme park is dedicated to Harry Potter.


    7007 Sea World Drive
    FL 32821 Orlando
    Tel: 888 800 5447
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    Opening times:
    Sun-Thurs 0900-1900
    Fri 0900-2000
    Sat 0900-2200

    With the chance to meet whales, sea lions and penguins up close and personal, SeaWorld is one of Orlando’s must-sees.

    Orlando Museum of Art (OMA)

    2416 North Mills Avenue
    FL 32803 Orlando
    Tel: 407 896 4231
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    Opening times:
    Tue-Fri 1000-1600
    Sat-Sun 1200-1600

    An impressively expansive museum dating back to 1924, the Orlando Museum of Art features contemporary graphics, important national works and a fine collection of African art.

    Winter Park

    401 South Park Avenue
    FL 32789 Winter Park
    Tel: 407 599 3399
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    It’s worth visiting the leafy nearby city of Winter Park, which boasts numerous green spaces, festivals and museums.

    Orlando boat tour

    312 East Morse Boulevard
    FL 32789 Winter Park
    Tel: 407 644 4056
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    Opening times:
    Daily 1000-1600

    Started In 1938 and operating daily from Winter Park, Scenic Boat Tour operates a daily hour-long boat ride showing visitors Orlando’s three lakes.

    Morse Museum of American Art

    445 North Park Avenue
    FL 32789 Winter Park
    Tel: 407 645 5311
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    Opening times:
    Tue-Sat 0930-1600
    Sun 1300-1600 (May-Oct)
    Tue-Thurs and Sat 0930-1600
    Fri 0930-2000
    Sun 1300-1600 (Nov-Apr)

    Bringing together US decorative art from mid-19th and 20th centuries, this museum is dominated by the artist Louis Comfort Tiffany, particularly his extraordinary Tiffany chapel.

    CityArts Factory

    29 South Orange Avenue
    FL 32801 Orlando
    Tel: 407 648 7060
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    Opening times:
    Tue-Sat 1100-1800

    This collective of art galleries celebrates local and international art, including visual and performing arts in the so-called Downtown Arts District.

    Wekiwa Springs State Park

    1800 Wekiwa Circle
    FL 32712 Apopka
    Tel: 407 884 2008
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    Opening times:
    Daily 0800 until sunset

    Get away from all the magical and fantastical beings by hiking in this beautiful park and see some real animals – there are raccoons, alligators, turtles and more.

    Bok Tower Gardens

    1151 Tower Boulevard
    FL 32853 Lake Wales
    Tel: 863 676 1408
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    Opening times:
    Daily 0800-1800

    The wondrous Bok Tower sits in a beautiful haven of flora and fauna arranged by Frederick Law Olmsted Junior, the son of the mastermind behind Central Park in New York.

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    Country overview

    From its vast plains, snow-covered mountains, deep forests and strange rock formations, to soaring skyscrapers and a thunderous cultural scene, the USA is a collage of extremes. Nothing can prepare you for your first glimpse of Manhattan’s unforgettable skyline, your first ride in a yellow cab, the ubiquitous hamburger joints, yawning expanses of prairie, the sweet strains of New Orleans jazz, or the neon-lit excesses of Las Vegas.

    Marvel at the thunderous spectacle of 12,000-year-old Niagara Falls in northern New York, or seek an antidote to urban chaos amidst the flat farmland of the Midwest. Then there are the black hills of South Dakota, the dramatic mountain and ocean landscape of California’s Pacific Coast Highway and the world-famous Grand Canyon.


    Covering a large part of the North American continent, the USA shares borders with Canada to the north and Mexico to the south. The country has coasts on the Atlantic, Pacific and Arctic oceans, the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico. The State of Alaska, in the northwest corner of the US, is not part of the continental US; it is separated from the rest of the USA by Canada. Similarly, Hawaii is not part of the “lower 48” states; it lies in the central Pacific Ocean.

    The country’s dependent territories are offshore and have distinct geographies of their own; the majority are islands.

    The third-largest country in the world (after the Russian Federation and Canada), the USA has an enormous diversity of geographical features, including mountains, plains, and coastal zones. Though there are many cities that are densely populated with more manmade features than natural ones, there are also vast rural areas that are far more sparsely populated. The climate ranges from subtropical to arctic, with a corresponding breadth of flora and fauna.

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    Population: 317297725

    Population Density (per sq km): 32

    Capital: Washington, DC.


    English, with significant Spanish-speaking minorties (10.7%).


    US Dollar (USD; symbol $) = 100 cents. Notes are in denominations of $100, 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1, though the $2 bill is rare and is not in high circulation. Coins are in denominations of $1, and 50, 25, 10, 5 and 1 cents.


    120 volts AC, 60Hz. Plugs have two flat pins with or without a third round grounding pin.

    General business opening hours

    Business hours are officially Mon-Fri 0900-1730, although an extended working day is very common in certain sectors and it is not unusual for people to be working well into the night or over the weekend.

    Public holidays

    Below are Public Holidays for the January 2015-December 2015 period.

    New Year’s Day: 01. January 2015
    Martin Luther King, Jr. Day: 19. January 2015
    Presidents’ Day: 16. February 2015
    Memorial Day: 25. May 2015

    Independence Day: 04. July 2015
    Labour Day: 07. September 2015
    Columbus Day: 12. October 2015
    Veterans’ Day: 11. November 2015
    Thanksgiving Day: 26. November 2015
    Christmas Day: 25. December 2015


    Nightlife in Orlando


    Orlando boasts a surprisingly vibrant and active night-time bar and club scene, with three main venues, Downtown Disney’s Pleasure Island,

    Universal’s CityWalk and Downtown Orlando, where there is an ever-changing line-up of nightclubs.

    Brick House Tavern

    8440 International Drive
    FL 32819 Orlando
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    This classic sports bar is the place to go for beer lovers, with a range of unique imports and American premiums.

    Howl at the Moon

    8815 International Drive
    FL 32819 Orlando
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    Famed for its duelling piano shows and rocking performances, Howl at the Moon is a favourite for birthday parties, or those keen on a big knees-up.

    Bar Louie

    7335 West Sand Lake Road, Suite 101
    FL 32819 Orlando
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    Much loved for its distinctive martinis, cocktails and wide range of beers, Bar Louie is a great urban bar.

    King Bowl

    8255 South International Drive, Suite 120
    FL 32819 Orlando
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    With 22 lanes, pool tables and two bars serving great cocktails, get ready to be bowled over by this fun spot.

    Stardust Video and Coffee

    1842 East Winter Park Road
    FL 32803 Orlando
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    A cool hipster hangout with tables made from reclaimed wood, Stardust is a café during the day and a gig venue at night serving craft beers.


    Restaurants in Orlando


    You don’t have to spend your whole time in Orlando munching down fast food. There are a number of quality restaurants,

    many with an emphasis on local ingredients. Expect American classics and a wide range of international options.

    Luma on Park

    290 South Park Avenue
    FL 32789 Winter Park
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    Price: Expensive

    One of the finest restaurants in Orlando, Luma on Park pivots around local produce, innovative takes on American favourites and a superb wine cellar.


    9801 International Drive
    FL 32819 Orlando
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    Price: Expensive

    Bringing some of North California’s finest bottles of wine to Florida, Napa has a sustainable menu with delightful ‘farm-to-fork’ choices including the favourite ‘Cioppino’ dish.

    The Ravenous Pig

    1234 North Orange Avenue
    FL 32789 Winter Park
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    Price: Moderate

    Billed as a gastropub, the excellent food at this husband-and-wife restaurant changes daily, with plenty of fish.

    Christner’s Prime Steak and Lobster

    729 Lee Road
    FL 32810 Orlando
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    Price: Moderate

    An unfussy steakhouse with rib eye cuts and filet mignon, the seafood is just as good, if not better. Choose from lobster, prawns and salmon.

    Nascar Sports Grille

    6000 Universal Blvd #743
    Orlando, FL
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    Price: Cheap

    You don’t need a park entrance ticket to visit this novel Nascar-themed restaurant inside Universal Studios, which serves up glorious burgers.


    Calendar of events

    Silver Spurs Rodeo

    1 February 2015

    Venue: Osceola Heritage Park, Kissimmee.

    This popular rodeo in Orlando’s Silver Spurs Arena attracts rodeo stars from across America who come to compete in traditional rodeo events such as bareback bronco, bull riding, steer wrestling and barrel running. An absolute must for would-be cowboys and cowgirls everywhere, the annual Silver Spurs Rodeo is one of the biggest rodeos on the east of the continent.

    Great Outdoor Festival

    7 – 8 February 2015

    Venue: Lakefront Park, Kissimmee

    The Kissimmee area celebrates its tradition of fishing with a two-day lakeside pageant.

    Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival

    20 – 22 March 2015

    Venue: Winter Park

    The annual Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival attracts over 350,000 visitors each year and is one of the biggest and most prestigious outdoor art festivals in the country. Over 1,600 artists from all over the world apply to attend the famous show and a panel of judges selects between 250 and 300 to exhibit. Visitors can view the various works on display and there are numerous entertainment acts and children’s events planned for the three-day festival.

    Star Wars Weekends

    18 May – 10 June 2015

    Venue: Disney World

    An absolute must for all fans of the Star Wars movies, these fun weekends at the Disney-MGM Studios theme park are devoted to the much-loved sci-fi film franchise. Activities include celebrity guest appearances, prize giveaways, a Jedi training academy, a behind the scenes look at how the films were made, hyperspace hoopla, autograph signings and whole range of other Star Wars-related events and entertainments. So grab your lightsabre and may the force be with you.

    Gay Days

    2 – 8 June 2015

    Venue: Walt Disney World Resort

    One of the most colourful times of the year – and that’s saying something in this city. This is when Disney World welcomes gay and lesbian travellers for a week of theme park celebrations. Over 150,000 attendees arrive to enjoy the parks and attractions. The influx is accompanied by a whole host of events, from expos to seminars and concerts.

    Independence Day

    4 July 2015

    Venue: Lake Eola, Downtown.

    Like everywhere else in America, 4 July marks huge celebrations, with fireworks and other entertainment. Expect a glut of patriotic events and parades in all the theme parks. Even if you’re not a huge fan of the stars and stripes, it’s hard not to enter into the spirit of things.

    All information subject to change. Please check the dates on the relevant event organizer’s website.


    Hotels in Orlando


    There are few places in the world with as many hotel options as Orlando. Those coming purely for one of the theme parks

    might consider the palatial resort hotels on site, but there are numerous other options from lodges to city accommodation.

    Ritz-Carlton Grande Lakes

    4012 Central Florida Parkway
    FL 32837 Orlando
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    Category: Expensive

    Quite possibly Orlando’s most luxurious hotel, the Ritz-Carlton boasts an 18-hole golf course, 40-room spa and rooms with balconies and marble baths.

    Waldorf Astoria

    14200 Bonnet Creek Resort Lane
    FL 32821 Orlando
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    Category: Moderate

    The second Waldorf after the New York legend, this one echoes the original with its huge clock in the lobby, plush rooms and elegant furnishings.

    Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress Resort

    1 Grand Cypress Boulevard
    FL 32836 Orlando
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    Category: Moderate

    This enormous hotel right next to Disney World boasts more than a thousand palm trees, its own lake and three golf courses.

    Nickelodeon Suites Resort

    14500 Continental Gateway Drive
    FL 32821 Orlando
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    Category: Moderate

    One vast playground with water parks, daily slime fests and plenty of Nickelodeon paraphernalia, this resort also has bars and restaurants for the adults.

    Residence Inn at SeaWorld

    11000 Westwood Boulevard
    FL 32821 Orlando
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    Category: Cheap

    Family-friendly and right next to the SeaWorld action, Residence Inn offers free breakfast, shuttles and use of a vast recreation area.

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    The United States has varied weather conditions, and the best time to visit depends both upon the location and the season. Spring (March, April, May) and autumn (September and October) are generally cooler, more comfortable times to visit. Summer months – June, July, and August – are generally hot regardless of the region, but winter temperatures (November-February) can vary substantially depending upon the part of the US you are visiting. The southern part of the country tends to be warmer in the winter than the north. The general climate of the continental US is temperate, but keep in mind that Hawaii is tropical and Alaska is arctic. Many of the country’s dependent territories, such as Guam, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands, are also tropical.

    Summer is considered the peak tourist season throughout the country; other popular travel times are major American holidays, especially Thanksgiving and Christmas, as well as Easter Week and the school holiday known as Spring Break. Certain destinations, such as New York, are perennial favourites and are busy year-round; even when the weather may not be pleasant, these destinations have particular attractions or experiences that always draw travellers. In some parts of the country, travel services may be limited during the low or off-season, largely due to weather conditions.


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    Telephone/Mobile Telephone

    Dialing Code: +1


    For emergency police, fire or medical services in major cities, dial 911. The following codes denote toll-free (freephone) numbers: 800, 855, 866, 877 and 888.

    Mobile Telephone

    Foreign mobile telephones only work if they are tri-band or quad-band; charges are high. Visitors can also hire a mobile telephone. Pre-pay cell phones can be purchased from a variety of retail outlets, including drug stores.


    There are internet cafés in most urban areas, and an increasing number of Wi-Fi hotspots. Many coffee shops offer free Wi-Fi. Many of the international airports offer internet access too.


    Shopping in Orlando

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    Key Areas

    Apart from all the theme parks and resorts, Orlando is a big shopping destination. The major thoroughfare of International Drive boasts some 500 designer stores, while antique-lovers must head to North Orange Avenue, where there are a dozen or so shops.


    Flea World, which lies between Orlando and nearby Sanford, is said to be the world’s biggest flea market. It’s open Fridays and Saturdays.

    Shopping Centres

    Head north of Universal Studios for Orlando’s high-end Mall at Millenia (4200 Conroy Road). Inside this shopping emporium you’ll find the likes of Hugo Boss, Chanel and Gucci, as well as an Apple store and Bloomingdale’s.

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    Social Conventions

    Americans are renowned for their openness and friendliness to visitors. The wide variety of national origins and the USA’s relatively short history has resulted in numerous cultural and traditional customs living alongside each other. In large cities, people of the same ethnic background often live within defined communities.

    Shaking hands is the usual form of greeting. A relaxed and informal atmosphere is usually the norm. As long as the fundamental rules of courtesy are observed, there need be no fear of offending anyone of any background.

    Gifts are appreciated if one is invited to a private home.

    As a rule, dress is casual. High-end restaurants, hotels and clubs may require more formal attire.

    Smoking is increasingly unpopular in the US; it is essential to ask permission before lighting up. Smoking is not allowed on city transport and restricted or forbidden in public buildings in most states. There will be a posted notice where no smoking is requested. An increasing number of states (including California and New York) have banned smoking altogether in bars, restaurants and many public places.

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    Main emergency number: 911

    Food & Drink

    Food in the US is safe to eat, and the conditions under which food is prepared and served are regulated by city, state, and federal health and hygiene agencies. In many jurisdictions, it is mandatory for restaurants to have a certificate of health or hygiene, as well as the current grade they have been assigned, posted visibly.

    Although America is famous for its fast food and obesity rates, the local and fresh food movement is very popular in many areas, especially cities, making it easy to eat healthy. A variety of options also makes it easy for people with special dietary needs to find food that suits them, whether their needs are due to health reasons or to religious requirements.

    Tap water is considered safe to drink in the US and is often offered in restaurants before bottled water. Bottled water is available throughout the country, however, both in restaurants and shops, for those who prefer not to drink tap water.

    Other Risks

    The US is generally considered a safe destination for world visitors. Occasional outbreaks of disease, such as West Nile Virus (a mosquito-borne illness) and H1N1 have occurred in recent years, however. Frequent hand-washing and general practices of good hygiene are encouraged to protect oneself against all types of illness.

    Another concern with regard to safety is the possibility of terrorist attacks such as the one that occurred on September 11, 2001. City, state, and federal agencies have stringent anti-terrorism practices in place, however, and direct threats are infrequent.

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