Grab your mouse ears, sunscreen and a pair of comfortable shoes, which you returned to Orlando.
Orlando is the most popular holiday destination in the world. Each year, tens of millions of people arrive by plane, car and train to reach theme parks, restaurants and many other attractions in this Florida city, again rural. With so many things to do and many ways to do it, it can be easy for you and your wallet – to be overwhelmed. But do not worry! We are here to help you.
This world-wide saving article of Disney is the perfect way to diminish the problems and to maximize the diversion. Inside, you will find excellent tips on many of the main destinations, as well as useful information about the Orlando area. From theme parks to shopping, this is your source of holiday information for the whole family.
Disclaimer: Orlando is a dynamic destination that changes constantly. Attractions, restaurants, walks and much more nearby and open all year, sometimes with little or no warning. This travel guide was accurate at the time of publication and may be subject to updates throughout the year. If you have any questions or doubts about any of the information in this guide, please do not hesitate to send us an email or call them at the theme parks.
Walt Disney World® Resort
It is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, visited by millions every year. What was once Florida's marshy terrain is now the Walt Disney World Resort (WDW), a wonderful country of vacations and entertainment with four main theme parks, two water parks, 23 hotels, seven golf courses (five championships and two mini), a racecourse, sports complex, ten marinas, more than 140 places to eat and much more.
It is easy to be overwhelmed by the many things that WDW offers. We take the resource one world at a time so that you can plan your trip.
The Magic Kingdom®
Walk through the doors and there, as the setting for opening your own fairy tale: a beautiful castle at the end of a picturesque street in the village. Welcome to Main Street USA, the beginning of your Magic Kingdom experience (MK).
Main Street USA is where everything starts, a perfect route with shops and restaurants that will take you to the five worlds beyond. Along the street, you will find charming shops with all the Disney merchandise you can handle, as well as some specialized items such as hand-blown glass ornaments (with artisans that work on hand). The services for clients are also on the Main Street; Do not forget to stop at dining reservations (always a good idea) and information about attractions that may be maintenance, parade schedules, special events and anything else you may need. This is also the place to rent cars and wheelchairs.
While Main Street USA is considered primarily the gateway to "real" attractions, there are also some great things, especially when you need a getaway between people and the heat. Here are our main options for Main Street:
Cut your hair! No, seriously, for less than $ 20, it can be said that it has been possible to cut the cut in a real and ancient barber shop. You can even include some "magic" touches, like hints.
Send a postcard! Stop at the Town Hall and send a postcard to the shippers back home. It will be stamped as coming from the magical Kingdom; send it by email to get a cheap souvenir.
Grab your ears The Le Chapeau store is the best place to get those iconic ears. Now you can customize the design and create your own hat, so that everyone has their own personal set.
Mount the rails! This is an excellent way to relax. Use the Walt Disney World Railway to take a walk in the park or take a trip to Frontierland. It is an especially excellent way to end the day, especially if you can leave it at sunset.
Main Street USA is also the place for parades. Check with the guest services times and type of parade; They can change throughout the year and for special events. Remember that the best viewing sites are coming soon, so make a specific claim and use the time to relax.
Beyond Main Street USA, five additional worlds await: Adventureland, Fantasyland, Frontierland, Liberty Square and Tomorrowland. Each world has its own attractions, restaurants and shops; Let them catch them at the same time so that you can plan your stalls.
Adventureland: pirates and adventures in the jungle are the order of the day! Explorers and swashbucklers of all ages come here to entertain exotic people, including street performers and the pirate training camp (ask a member of the cast where the next "class" will be). Here you will not have to lose what you should not miss:
Pirates of the Caribbean
The Tiki Enchanted Room
Márchas de Aladen
Frontierland – This is where you want to take your first FASTPASS tickets, send a member of your party as soon as you arrive and get your reservation for the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad or Splash Mountain. If it's time to eat, touch Peco Bill & # 39; s for reasonably priced hamburgers (for a theme park). Then select them to do these things & & # 39;
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
Jamboreu de Ojos de Campo
Freedom Square: it is one of the smallest lands, but it is also one of the most beloved ones. There are only three attractions here, and each one of them has a definite task:
Room of presidents
Liberty Square River Boat
Fantasyland: currently experiencing a massive expansion that will double its size, much Fantasyland is still open for fun and will debut over the next year. The entire site will be ready for 2014, so you will not be surprised at all the walls and scaffolds that you can see until then.
Families with younger children will be here to spend a lot of time, but older visitors can still find much. For many visitors, this land is the very essence of the Magical Kingdom; Here are some reasons why.
Mad Tea Party
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
It's a small world
Prince Charming Regal Carousel
Under the sea: Travel of the Little Mermaid
Aiel Grotto & # 39; s
Stories enchanted with Belle
Tomorrowland: it is a nostalgic look than previously we thought it would have the future, with great walks and a very fun atmosphere.
Stitch & # 39; s Great Escape!
Buzz Lightyear and # 39; s Space Ranger Spin
Throughout the WDW complex, there are many possibilities to meet and greet your favorites
Disney characters. While there are places only reserved for warranties
Meetings (such as person's meals), there are also locations around
the complex where you can be on the line to shake hands or take a picture. For example, MK has tea
You have created several specific areas for the greetings of characters, including the Barcelona City Council
The city square, the Congoasis Adventureland and the Aiel cave. s.
Personages are also known to make appearances near the associated avenues
them, as well as other places throughout the park. Check the services for clients
Find out when and where your favorites will be found and greet you.
The community of experimental prototypes of tomorrow, was the dream city of Walt, but it opened as a theme park known as EPCOT. If you want your vacation to include walks, technology, world cultures and street performers, you must reach the right place.
While MK is the paradise for the little ones, EPCOT is ideal for children and adults, especially teenagers with technology and adolescents. This park is also known to have some of the best Disney property foods, along with some of the most difficult surfing reserves, if you go for a period of great capacity for the year, plan accordingly by calling 1- 407. -WDW -DINE
EPCOT is divided into two areas: Future World and World Showcase.
Future World: it is the ideal place for most walks, interactive exhibits and technology that constantly changes. Things are nice and organized here, so it's easy to see everything in one day. But if you want to know just the essentials, we have the list for you.
Soarin & # 39;
Trip in imagination with Figment
Live with the earth
World Showcase: this is the place for culture, entertainment, food and some walks. The world cupboard is a way to see some of the world's most famous destinations without a passport.
Each country – or pavilion – includes food, goods and members of the country's own cast. Shows and movies complete the experience. The wineries of the permanent world are Mexico, Norway, China, Germany, Italy, American Adventure, Japan, Morocco, France, United Kingdom and Canada. Mexico and Norway include boat trips: Gran Fiesta Tour with Los Tres Cabelleros and Maelstrom.
Studies of Hollywood and Disney
It's the time of the magic of the movies, in the style of the mouse. Disney & # 39; s Hollywood Studios (DHS) is the tribute of WDW to "Hollywood that was never, and it will always be." This is the place for movie events, television concerts and three of the best exciting trips from anywhere. DHS is also where you will find most of the most recent Disney characters, including new and classic monster and monster monsters.
DHS is a compact and well-organized park, which facilitates its performance on a great day. However, if you find yourself in time to save yourself, be sure to see as many shows as possible; DHS is known for some of the best. and make sure you arrive late at Fantasmic! It was considered the best of night shows and it is the only regular event in the park that Disney's villains have. Take seats ahead of time, regardless of the time of the year, or enjoy dinner and a show making reservations for Fantasmic! Package at The Hollywood Brown Derby, Mama Mellrose and # 39; s Ristorante Italiano or Hollywood & Vine.
Here is the list of absolute requirements for DHS:
Twilight Torre del Terror
Roller coaster Aerosmith n
The great movie ride
Toy of mania
Indiana Jones escapes a spectacular spectacle
Muppet vision 3D
Excursions for stars
Disney Animal Kingdom Park and # 39; s
Animal Kingdom (AK) is perhaps the youngest of the WDW parks, but its popularity is there with its diversions of siblings. This "Natazu" (say aloud and you will achieve it) presents live animals, good food, great walks and some really impressive architectural touches, even according to Disney standards.
AK is divided into lands (such as MK). Some are based on world regions, with originals and origins of the region, and others are more imaginative. Here is the separation site of what & # 39;
Oasi: Many people make the mistake of running through this entry point; not be her. Take time and see minuscule deer, mandreins, guacamine, iguanas and more.
Discovery Island: The center of the park is dominated by an artistic wonder The Tree of Life. The Tree is 14 stories tall, 50 meters wide and has a carved carpet "crust" with 325 similarities of different animals. There are also paths to the fauna that surround the tree, with areas of observation of lemurs, flamingos, red kangaroos and massifs of the Galapagos turtle. Inside the tree there is a theater where you can experience Tough To Be A Bug, a creepy interactive movie show, sporadically and a # park;
Camp Minnie Mickey: make the youngest ones here to have some fun, and most of the character AK & # 39; s meet and greet. It is also home to The Festival of the Lion King, which inspired the award-winning Broadway musical.
Africa: Welcome to Harambe, a beautiful African village that is your way to Kilimanjaro Safari and stroll through the African animal territory. Once you get off the safari car, go to the Paganini forest exploration trail to take a look at gorillas on the low ground, including a magnificent 500-lb-silver male and your family. Take advantage of these routes: this is one of the few places in the world where you can observe these amazing primates. Then bring the kids to Rafiki & # 39; Planet Watch then, as a reward for your patience, will love the affectation section with a zoo.
Asia: You have discovered the kingdom of Anandapur, which means "place of delight." The imaginers did an incredible task of creating the sensation of a collapsed archaeological wonder, so make sure to keep your eyes open for complicated details. Of course, this can be difficult to do, since all your party will be ready to reach Expedition Everest: Legend of the Forbidden Mountain, Disney and # 39; the most exciting ride. FASTPASS for sure – this mountain is worth your entire visit. In a hot day, head to the Kali Rapids River, where the waters that burn guarantee a good time for everyone. You can see a closer look at the animals at Maharajah Jungle Trek, including Bengal Tigers.
Dinoland USA: It is possible that it is not the best attraction of dinosaurs in the world, but Disney is still a great fun. The Boneyard is a place where children can dig, climb and slip, while parents have a little time to sit and watch. Then the whole family brings the Dinosaur, a fun and fast race against time. Finally, grab a seat to find Nemo-The Musical. This magnificent visual and awesome re-imagination of the popular movie is considered the compulsory show of all the Walt Disney World Resort.
Our tips for WDW parks
FASTPASS: It's like making a reservation for your favorite WDW attraction. You only have to enter the admission ticket, the annual pass or the identification of the place and the machine prints a step with the time in which you will have to return to the trip. You can not choose your time and you can only have one FASTPASS active at the same time, but this is not important: on a busy day, you can save yourself hours of waiting in the lines.
A FASTPASS advice: If you miss the scheduled time, do not worry. Your FASTPASS is suitable for any time after the time of your ticket.
Have fun while other guests are busy: meals, parades, and fireworks are often far away from the main attractions. Go through while everyone else distracts and you can experience waiting time much lower.
Do not refill the pantry. WDW has water sources throughout the park. Bring your own water bottles (the park allows them) and re-fill throughout the day.
Snack to save time: Snack stands offer quick and light meal options during the sea; Remember that it is likely that a heavy meal will delay you, especially in hot weather.
Water parks of WDW
Welcome to Mount Gushmore's 66 acre ski resort! Blizzard Beach offers a white sand beach and a tropical lagoon. This is the youngest of Disney's water parks, but it is also the most popular; In fact, it is the most popular water park in the country. There are great routes for all ages, from emotions and speed to lazy and relaxing. Here are some highlights:
Cross Country Creek
Melt Away Bay
A little smaller and a bit more relaxed in the subject matter as well as in the emotions that Blizzard Beach, Typhoon Lagoon is the second water park of WDW & # 39; The villages tend to be a bit smaller here, as it is the oldest of the two parks, but you can still expect long expectations and crowded pools during the high periods of attendance of the year. The waters of Typhoon Lagoon & # 39; They are kept at a warm but still refreshing temperature of 75-80º F throughout the year, becoming a water park chosen even in winter in Orlando.
The story of Typhoon Lagoon centers around Miss Tilly, a shrimp ship that ended up stuck on Mount Mayday volcano after "the storm of storms." Half an hour, Miss Tilly still blows his whistle, since Mount Mayday tries to unleash the ship by sending a geyser of water directly through her and into the air.
The best known attraction of Typhoon Lagoon is probably the Shark Reef. Here, you can snorkel and even diving with live sharks (leopards and capes), as well as stinging and assorted tropical fish. Visitors are not brave enough to enter the water (sharks are not dangerous!) They can see the fish through the holes of a "sunken tank".
There are also nine water slides, ranging from emotions to pure laziness. Here is the list of some of the favorites:
Shred & # 39; n & # 39; Gusher
Gang Plank Falls
Sports, shopping and much more
Disney Complex from the wider sports world
This is a tribute to Disney in the sport and to people who play them as well as they like. It is a megacomplex of 220 hectares with a baseball stadium, ten basketball and softball fields, six basketball courts, 12 tennis courts (fully lit), six volleyball courts (sand, of course), a runway complex and field, a driving field for golfers, and even two indoor roller hockey rinks. The Josten multisport auxiliary center offers another six basketball courts, 12 volleyball courts plus two more roller hockey rinks.
Sports enthusiasts should know that big names often appear here too. The Atlanta Braves come to spring training every March, and the NBA, PGA, NCAA and Harlem Globetrotters host events and games here. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers also use the sports complex as a training ground in July and August.
Call 407-WDW-GAME for more information, including an event calendar and also information about tickets.
This interactive and interactive theme park is the perfect option for group or family technicians on a rainy day. It has five levels of avant-garde games, where virtual reality meets the adventure, all with a touch of that special Disney Pixie pulse. Teens will love it, but there is something for everyone. Do not miss out on virtual versions of popular MK rides, including Pirates of the Caribbean: Battle for Buccaneer Gold, Cruise Jungle Virtual, CyberSpace Mountain and Aladin & # 39; s Magic Carpets.
CyberSpace Mountain is a special place, where Bill Nye's Science Guy helps you create the mountain, and then it will allow you to assemble it and really a personalized experience. Guests must artistically consult Animation Station animation for a stellar course in Disney-style animation. Reaching to the maximum action, with fewer afternoons of waiting and evenings, here can be immensely crowded.
WDW has 99 total golf holes divided into six fields. There are also two mini-golf complexes that compete with similar places throughout Orlando. While the great golfers of your party may want to plan out big breaks with their classmates (they can be booked 60-90 days in advance), Oak Trail is the best place to get nine holes. It is a nice and quiet course of course suitable for beginners, expert connectors or even families. There are some great challenges, especially in holes 5, 6 and 7. Other courses and minigolf include:
Lake Buena Vista
Fantasy Gardens (mini)
Fantasy Fairways (mini)
Winter Summerland (two mini courses: Winter and Summer)
And remember, only golf shoes without ears! Slippers or similar athletic shoes are also allowed.
If you buy them, the dining rooms and a multiple-generation multiplex are part of your dream vacation, this is where you want to spend some time. It is divided into three areas: West Side, Pleasure Island (which will soon be Hyperion Wharf) and The Marketplace.
West Side has DisneyQuest and amazing culinary experiences, such as Bongos Cuban coffee, the Blues house, Wolfgang Puck and the Hollywood planet. There is an AMC 24-screen cinema room with all your first-line needs in an artistic setting. West Side also offers Cirque du Solei La Nouba, an exclusive Disney show of the world-renowned avant-garde group. Buy tickets early if you want to see the show: its popularity is almost unmatched. And what's new for 2013 is Splitsville, a two-story entertainment complex, 30 lanes and entertainment, which includes live music and a great kitchen.
The Isle of Pleasure was formerly the 18 year oldest center of Disney's center, with clubs and restaurants that hosts elderly people for all adults. This ended in 2008, and the area has been partially useless since then. But things change! Disney announced at the end of 2010 its plans to transform Pleasure Island into a new shopping and dining area, Hyperion Wharf. Construction is expected to take three years; some shops and restaurants will remain open during the long reform, including Raglan Road Irish Pub & Bar, Fire by Sosa Cigars, Paradiso 37 and Orlando Harley-Davidson.
Disney Marketplace also has good restaurants, especially Fulton's Crab House and # 39; s to get succulent seafood in a beautiful boat. Captain Jack & # 39; s (without connection to the character of Johnny Depp) is the ideal place for oysters and cold beer, in a casual seafront restaurant that also offers an excellent children's menu. Children will also love the Rainforest Café, where there are often live animals (mostly parrots) that are on the outside. Marketplace also hosts the world of Disney. There is no full trip without a visit here, although parents who try to abide by a budget may want to run the children once they pass through the door.
How to navigate with the mouse: transport to the Walt Disney World® complex
Monorail: the Walt Disney Monorail system has been in operation since the park was opened in 1971. Originally it was around the circumference of the seabed of the seven seas, but it was expanded in 1982 to offer monorail transport to EPCOT . If you stay at one of the hotels of the Magical Kingdom
– The contemporary, Polynesian or Great Floridian: the monorail goes directly to the hotel. Everyone picks up the monorail at Magic Kingdom, EPCOT or at the Transportation and Ticket Center, known as the TTC.
The TTC is the central point for Disney transportation. In addition to the monorails, the TTC is also where you can find Disney buses, and other hotels in the area, shuttles, water taxis and a massive parking lot for cars, taxis and buses.
Buses: Disney station buses are directed to all Disney hotels, main parks, water parks, Disney's center and the great world of sports. There are dozens of buses for each location, but the routes are not always the most direct. In addition, buses can get busy at peak times, such as opening, closing and dinner hours. Keep in mind the weather: If you are in a hurry to reach somewhere, buses may not be your best option.
Parking: Although monorails, ferries, water taxis and Disney buses are free, if you prefer to use your own car, the daily parking price is $ 14 for vehicles and motorcycles, and $ 15 for trailers and motor homes. The parking card is suitable for the whole day, regardless of the frequency of the car. Disney Resort Hotel customers and annual ticket owners do not have to pay parking at any place in the Walt Disney resort. It's always courtesy.
Fun for all ages
WDW attracts older guests, from families with young children to retirees and spring breakers. Everyone has their favorites, but if you are looking for help to plan, here are our options for the best options for the most common age groups: Children, teenagers and adults.
Keep in mind the following abbreviations for each park:
MK = Magic Kingdom® Park
EP = Epcot®
DHS = Disney & # 39; s Hollywood Studios ™
AP = Disney Animal Kingdom® Park and # 39; s
The best for younger children
Attractions: Voyage of the Little Mermaid (DHS), Monsters Inc Laugh Floor (MK), Find Nemo: the Musical (AK), Buzz Lightyear (MK)
Eat: 50 Prime Time Café (DHS), Cosmic Ray & # 39; s (MK), Coral Reef Restaurant (EP), Toy Story Pizza Planet (DHS)
The best for teens
Attractions: Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular (DHS), Philharmagic (MK), Phantasmic (DHS), Rock n Roller Coaster (DHS), Haunted Mansion (MK), Space Mountain (MK), Splash Mountain (MK), Mission: Space (EP), Expedition Everest (AK)
Restaurants: Pecos Bills (MK), Via Nápoles (EP), Dine-In Science-D Theater (DHS)
The best for adults
Attractions: Muppet Vision 3-D (DHS), Twilight Zone Tower of Terror (DHS), Test Track (EP), Soarin & # 39; (EP)
Restaurants: Victoria and Albert & # 39; s (Grand Floridian Resort), California Grill (Contemporary Resort), Narcoosees (Grand Floridian Resort), Chefs du France (EP), Jiko (AK Lodge), Rose and Crown (EP), Le Cellier (EP)
We sincerely hope you have read our guide to the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida. Have a great time!