About Orlando

by SmarterTravel Staff

To generations of families, Orlando is the city that imagination built. The city's 48 million visitors a year can choose from among a dozen major theme parks, plus hundreds of other Orlando attractions and restaurants.

The number and variety of Orlando theme parks keeps the visitors coming year-round. The parks of Walt Disney World include Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney's Blizzard Beach, Disney's Animal Kingdom Park, Disney's Typhoon Lagoon, and Disney's Hollywood Studios. The Worlds of Discovery parks are SeaWorld Orlando and Discovery Cove. And Universal has two parks Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure. But the fun doesn't stop at the park gates. Other things to do in Orlando include golf, shopping, museums, and dining.

Theme park admissions are pricey, so spending wisely is the key to creating an affordable Orlando vacation. When you're researching accommodations, look for Orlando hotel sales, but also consider Orlando vacation rentals. Renting a house, especially with a family or group, can offer better per-person, per-night rates, plus additional benefits such as a kitchen and living areas.


Service from low-cost carriers has grown considerably and created competition, so it's possible to find cheap airfare to Orlando. Airlines serving Orlando International Airport include AirTran, Alaska Airlines, American, Continental, Delta, Frontier, JetBlue, Midwest, Southwest, Spirit, United, and US Airways. In addition to flights, many airlines also sell Orlando vacation packages that include hotel or car rental.

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