Other areas to stay in Orlando
The central business district of Orlando is its historical centre and is also referred to as ‘Downtown’ or simply ‘DT’ and is the perfect place to stay if you want to enjoy the amusement parks for a few days but will them need a change of tempo! Having said that, there is still plenty to do in the cosmopolitan neighbourhood of Downtown. The focus for the area is Lake Eola which has numerous swans, swan-shaped boats to hire and a famous light show! For younger visitors, there is a fun play park and the Walt Disney amphitheatre regularly holds different events. The amphitheatre is the best venue in DT for watching the 4th July fireworks.
Other attractions include the weekly farmers’ market with stalls selling everything from home made cheese to jewellery. There is the snazzy Dr Phillips Centre which is well known for its musical and operatic productions and the Amway Centre which attracts ‘A’ lister performers and hosts some great basketball games.
There is a great sprinkling of good pubs and international restaurants in this district and the chance to take a walk and enjoy the local wildlife or learn all about it in the Orlando Science Center. It is fun to explore the Leu House Museum and Gardens. This is a beautifully restored 19th-century home in 50 acres of landscaped grounds, with woodlands and a lake. If you want to relax, why not practise your swing on the local golf course?
Hotels in Downtown Orlando
For a memorable action-packed family holiday, Kissimmee is the No 1 choice! This city is situated in the heart of sunny Florida and is just so close to all the awesome amusement parks including the mega Walt Disney World Resort Complex. The big difference is that in Kissimmee there is a great choice of cheaper hotels and more self-catering options than you will find on International Drive. Getting around without a car is slightly easier in International Drive as it is more compact. Kissimmee is more spread out but has a lovely rural feel as properties as many homes and villas have private pools.
If you fancy being away from the bustling parks, Kissimmee is a great choice as it sits on the north-western shores of Lake Tohopekaliga (aka ‘Lake Toho’). Right on your doorstep, there is a waterfront park with forest trails, playgrounds and good fishing, plus the chance to zip through the treetops or glide in a hot air balloon. Downtown, there is good retail shopping and a selection of restaurants.
Hotels in Kissimmee
Celebration is a Walt Disney Company made town, which is just a few miles out from Disney Land and offers an ideal area to stay in. Being so close to the major tourist attraction as well as being a safe neighbourhood, having excellent public transportation links and is easily reached by the airport, make this place particularly appealing. The town itself was planned as a pre-40’s style of town and has evidence of this from the architecture that was built.
The place is so compact that everything is within walking distance with most of the locals just walking, cycling or on the off chance, be seen using their electric vehicles to get around the town. The town centre is where you will find the most amount of restaurants with cuisines offering American, European and further afield and shops that sell a range of products from clothing to various types of technology. The town is also home to golf courses, cinemas, theatres, playing fields, parks and a lake with many different festivals going on throughout the year. You can also rent out electric cars, bikes, paddle boats and even remote controlled sail boats.
Hotels in Celebration
Lake Buena Vista
The community feel about staying in Celebration is incredibly unique, however if you have had so much fun during the day and can’t bear to leave Disney Land, then you can stay at Lake Buena Vista, which is part of the site and is owned by the company. This vastly safe area has brilliant connections to the entrance of the park as well as other theme parks and also Orland itself.
The majority of the hotels are found along Hotel Plaza Boulevard and Palm Parkway, which are mostly high-priced due to how close you are to Disney Land but you do get amazing views of the park as well as the various lakes that surround you. There are numerous restaurants offering all kinds of food from Chinese, American, Italian, Spanish, Japanese, Mexican and many other cuisines and there are a decent amount of pubs and bars that usually have some form of live entertainment including magical shows, comedians, music and more.
Disney Land itself is the most popular theme park in the world and has a great mixture of rides, roller coasters and modelled areas that imitate parts of the world, which is sure to bring out the magic, fantasy and wonder in you, whatever your size and age. There are also water parks, a zoo, and a shopping and entertainment district, which provide a great deal of shops, restaurants, bars, and even hotels. Furthermore, there are many leisure activities that you can do like tennis, go karting, boating, spas and health clubs.
Hotels in Lake Buena Vista