Orlando Vacation Packages
Orlando is a busy, compact city with plenty of adventure. Its tropical climate makes it perfect for year-round family fun. The city is known for its world-class theme parks, pristine golf courses, and the out-of-this-world space and science centers.
Orlando enjoys a reputation as the theme park capital of the world. The Walt Disney World® Resort is one of the most popular holiday spots in the U.S., spreading over 25,000 acres (10,000 hectares) and including four theme parks, two water parks and more than 20 hotels. Inside the resort, Magic Kingdom® has a life-size version of Cinderella castle. Another highlight is Epcot®, which explores the technology of tomorrow with exhibits and games dedicated to the world’s newest inventions.
Drive 20 minutes east to SeaWorld® Orlando and Aquatica. Spend the day observing marine animals and cooling off on the thrilling water rides. Don’t miss nearby Gatorland® where you’ll learn about Florida's local swamp-dwelling reptiles.
Orlando is a center for engineering and technology, due in part to its proximity to the Kennedy Space Center. Tour the launch areas where the first moon landing missions in U.S. history began. At the Space Shuttle Launch Experience, climb inside a shuttle cabin for a ride as close as you’ll get to actual lift-off into outer space.
The Orlando Science Center, located near the downtown area, offers fascinating family fun. Exhibits here cover everything from dinosaurs to Florida’s plant and animal life, and the science behind light and electricity.
During the long, humid summer, pick a shady spot in the Harry P. Leu Gardens, a 50-acre (20-hectare) expanse of green lawns and old oak trees. From here you can admire one of Orlando’s great natural attractions, the afternoon thunderstorms. When these roll in, prepare for dramatic lightning shows and a quick burst of rain.
For more details on interesting local attractions and activities, check out our things to do in Orlando page.
Best time to visit Orlando
Orlando is America’s family theme-park paradise, and is busiest during school vacations (late May to just past Labor Day), long holiday weekends, the winter holidays (mid-December to early January), and spring break (late March to April). To avoid large crowds, the best times to visit are the week after Labor Day, the week before Thanksgiving and the week after Thanksgiving through mid-December, or the weeks before and after school spring vacations.
Peak Season: The December holidays, spring break (March), and the summer months (mid June–August) are the busiest times here, as both out-of-state visitors and locals take advantage of school breaks. Crowds are larger and the weather is hot, but the busy periods bring longer hours at some theme parks, plus added entertainment and parades that you won't see in quieter seasons.
Value Season: To take advantage of lower hotel rates and fewer crowds, travel during the off-season (September–mid-December and May–June); however, peak-season rates can go into effect during large conventions and special events.
Accommodation in Orlando
Orlando is well-loved by vacationers, and boasts a nice range of accommodations. Expedia's hotels in Orlando page makes booking easy.
A few examples of top-range lodgings in Orlando are the Disney's Animal Kingdom Villas - Kidani Village, 3701 Osceola Parkway, and the Disney's Beach Club Villas, 1800 Epcot Resort Blvd. If you find that those two don't fit with your budget and style, the Bay Lake Tower at Disney's Contemporary Resort or the Boulder Ridge Villas at Disney's Wilderness Lodge are two more economical spots that may be what you're looking for.
Orlando is home to the renowned Universal Studios Orlando, and another option is to stay close this iconic site. The Las Palmeras by Hilton Grand Vacations is just 3 miles (5 kilometers) away. Equally popular is the Residence Inn by Marriott Orlando Convention Center, just 3 miles (4 kilometers) away.