When you fly to Orlando in Florida, you will be greeted with bright, sunny days. This makes it easy for you to step out to the numerous theme-parks which dot the city. It is a fabulous family destination which you can spend days exploring. Universal Orlando is a top attraction. This theme-park resort hosts ‘The Wizarding World of Harry Potter’ with rides and shows. Take a walk in the magical Hogsmeade village and Diagon Alley. The stores here sell Harry Potter merchandise like wands and cloaks! The Islands of Adventure and the Wet ‘n Wild Waterpark also attract visitors. The Magic Kingdom in the Walt Disney World Resort has firework shows and parades with Disney characters, apart from spectacular roller-coasters. It has seven themed areas inside. Visit the SeaWorld Orlando. It is a marine zoological park to visit for thrill rides and close-up encounters with dolphins. The Epcot Theme Park has height-drops and spectacular rides for adrenaline-junkies.
Where to Shop
Orlando is a shopper’s destination like no other. To shop at Orlando, head to The Mall at Millenia. You will find the top designer brands here. At The Florida Mall, there are many departmental stores to explore. The International Drive, Vineland Avenue and Lake Buena Vista are outlet stores- suited to all budgets. Retail therapy is never far from reach in Orlando. Disney products are widely available. To pick up a few Disney souvenirs head to the Disney Springs in Downtown Orlando. The Artegon Market is an indoor artisan market where you will find handicrafts, fresh produce, home decor and art works. For a local shopping experience, you can visit the Winter Park Avenue. The quaint, cobbled streets here are lined with stores. It is best discovered on foot. The East-End Market is a market-cum-arcade which offers fresh produce and cooked food.
What to Eat
The food scene at Orlando is alive and buzzing. From the popular American dishes like burgers and steaks, to fares carrying the regional Mexican influence like guacamoles ( made from avocados ) and tacos ( Mexican tortilla made from corn or wheat ) - you will find it all here. Try the barbeques at the family-run joints like Harry and Larry’s Bar-B-Que at the Winter Garden. The Key Lime Pie is a must-have if you like it sweet. Scallops and oysters are popular seafood items. The Bubba Shrimp Co. is a chain of seafood outlets and a must-visit.
The Local Language
Everyone in Florida speaks and understands English. You will have no communication problems in Orlando. Here are a few local phrases from around town.
– A Cuban shot, for the perfect wake-up call in the morning
– Footwear for all occasions
Emergency contact numbers
• Emergency Services: 911
• 24-hour Chemist : 4072480315
• Fire: 911
• Police: 911
• Ambulance: 911
For cheap air tickets from London to Orlando, download the Yatra app. It will help you find discounted airfares. Hotel bookings made on Yatra make for happy holidays. Yatra offers the web check-in
facility. Use it to avoid long airport queues. Log onto Yatra.com. On it, you can study itineraries before you embark upon your Journey. Happy travels to you!