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Orlando, Florida
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The city of Orlando is synonymous with Disney World, although the theme park is located about 20 miles southwest of the city in Lake Buena Vista.  Walt Disney began purchasing land here as early as 1963.  The Disney World Resort openend in 1971 with the Magic Kingdom and now covers more real estate area than the city of Boston.  Universal Studios and Sea World have followed suit and joined in the tourist bonanza.  Over 50 million people visit each year and the Orlando airport is among the busiest in the United States.

Weather:

Climate is a major contributor to the success of theme park development around Orlando.  The weather is influenced by the Gulf Stream.  It's hot and humid in the summer with regular, almost daily thunderstorms.  In the summer months the average highs are 90 F (32 C) and lows average 74 F (24 C).  It is cooler and drier in the winter.  Average highs in winter are just over 70 F (22 C) and lows average 50 F (10 C).   Early spring and late fall are likely the best times to visit, however this is a year round tourist destination.

   

Transportation:

Mears Transportation: from Orlando International Airport to most hotels.

Magical Dream Tours - roundtrip transportation from Disney World to Universal Studios, including admission to Universal.

Things to see and do in Orlando:

Disney's Hollywood Studios, Orlando, Florida

Disney's Hollywood Studios

Things to see and do near Orlando:

Orlando Tours:

Hotels in Orlando:

Take That Vacation Recommendations for Orlando:
Our first choice is the Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista.  This 4 Star Hilton Hotel is actually on the Disney World Resort grounds beside Downtown Disney.  The resort fee includes transportation to all Disney theme parks, extended theme park hours privileges, plus Starbucks coffees.  The hotel offers the perfect way to stay on the Disney property in a quality hotel at a reasonable price.

Holiday Inn Resort Orlando - Lake Buena Vista

Best Western Lake Buena Vista - Disney Springs Resort Area

Waldorf Astoria Orlando

JW Marriott Orlando Grande Lakes

Orlando International Airport - (MCO) - includes list of hotels with a shuttle.

Disney World Resort - the list of Disney's official accommodation goes on and on.


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