As soon as you get off the aeroplane after a flight to Orlando you will forget the discomfort of the ride immediately. Orlando holidays is a good choice for ‘fun in the sun’, with more top rated attractions than in any other region of the USA. There is never a bad time to take an Orlando villa, as the climate is almost perfect all year round and then endless magic of Orlando never wanes.
Many visitors flock to Orlando villas purely to throw themselves into the magic world of huge theme parks and the universal symbol of Orlando; Disney World. The Disney park, first opened in Orlando in 1971, and has now expanded to include the Orlando Sea World, Orlando Universal Studios and, of course, the Magic Kingdom. Regardless of your age, taking one of the Disney villas for rent in Orlando will certainly leave you with an unrivalled sense of excitement, long before you even arrive in your Orlando villa! Staying outside of the parks is a magnificent way to ensure you see more than simply the inside of Mickey Mouse's empire, including the attractions of Downtown Orlando, International Drive and the beautiful Pacific coast.
If you manage to drag yourself and/or your family away from the adventures of Walt Disney World, Sea World, Universal Studios, Wet n’ Wild and the Orlando Odditorium (and odd looking collections of the some of the worlds most weird and wonderful exhibits, known as Ripley’s ‘Believe it or not collection’), the draw of Orlando’s International Drive is never far away. International Drive (“I-Drive”) is an unbelievable road, filled to bursting point with attractions, shops, restaurants, and hotels. There are no end of celebrity restaurants, fashion boutiques and luxury department stores along International Drive, as well as some excellent theatres.
If you are lucky enough to be staying in an Orlando holiday rental during May, the ten day Orlando Fringe Festival will certainly be of interest. With over 500 performances, concerts, parades and productions occurring in almost every space throughout the city, the Fringe Festival turns Orlando into a riot of colour, sound and activity. There is also a ‘Kid’s Fringe Festival’ for children which occurs at the same time. The Epcot International Food and Wine Festival in September and the Rajuncajun Crawfish Festival in April are also exceptional events to visit during your Orlando holidays.
If you venture outside of Orlando and International Drive, you are confronted with some serious decisions. Do you head towards the unbelievable white sand beaches of the Floridian Coast, well within an hour’s drive, the golf courses of the Kissimmee region, just a few minutes away or the amazing natural areas of the Gulf Coast, an hour to the east? Which ever direction you end up taking, you are going to be amazed by the beauty, quality and accessibility of this stunning part of the world.
Orlando is bathed in glorious sunshine for the huge majority of the time, and if your Orlando villa has a pool, temperatures are hot enough for a dip 365 days of the year. In the middle of summer (July and August), temperatures average 33°C, with the warm weather lasting long into the evening. In winter, temperatures still average 21°C, with temperatures of under 10°C almost unheard of.
You may be surprised how quickly you can be relaxing in your Orlando holidays after leaving home. Flights to Orlando International Airport (MCO) arrive direct from London, provided by both British Airways and Virgin Atlantic. Flights to Orlando arrive 11km outside of the city centre, but there are plenty of transfer options from the airport if you do not wish to rent a hire car.