Extended Holiday to Orlando
The city of Orlando has so much to offer its visitors. From the sunny Florida weather to Walt Disney World, there is so much that beckons visitors to Orlando. The city is especially popular during one of Orlando's local festivals or for the United States' Independence Day celebration when tourists can get a taste of the local culture and customs.
Best Time to Travel to Orlando
Orlando is a beautiful city to visit all year round. The Florida sunshine can be enjoyed almost all year round. The best time to travel to Orlando is probably between November and April when the weather is dry with cool temperatures lower than 30°C. May till September is the rainy season with temperatures rising above 30°C. The hurricane season also runs from June to October.
Visit Orlando in February to take in the Mount Dora Arts Festival. More than 300 artists, music and theatre make this Orlando's largest festival. Enjoy the Orlando Carnival during the last week in May, complete with a Mardi Gras parade. Spend the Fourth of July in Orlando to celebrate America's Independence Day with parades, concerts and fireworks. The Epcot International Food & Wine Festival runs from the end of September until mid-November in the Walt Disney World Resort.
Important tips for before you travel
Before heading to Orlando, check to see if you are eligible for the US Visa Waiver Programme (VWP). This programme allows visits for as long as 90 days. All passports should be valid for the entire duration of your stay. The cost of living in Orlando is as a whole cheaper than in London, this includes food and alcohol out in restaurants and bars. Orlando is in the Eastern Time Zone and five hours behind London (UCT/GMT -4).
Important local information
When travelling from the airport to the city centre, take bus number 11 or 51. Single bus tickets cost around $2, while taxis run at approximately $40. The city of Orlando offers cheap public transportation with several "Lynx" bus routes; single tickets are about $2, one-day travelcards cost approximately $4.50 and seven-day travel cards cost roughly $16. Taxis are typically cheaper in Orlando than in London.
When looking for a place to stay during your holiday in Orlando, you may find that three-star hotels can cost around $50 per night per person.