1. Test your bravery on Orlando’s scariest rides
A trip to Orlando wouldn’t be complete without visiting the incredible theme parks. You might think the parks are just for kids, but once you see the enormous rollercoasters and white-knuckle rides, we think you might just change your mind! At Walt Disney World, thrill seekers will love The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror which takes places inside the elevator of a haunted hotel, and Aerosmith’s Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster which sends you racing through total darkness at 60mph.
If you want to experience the most exhilarating rides Orlando has to offer, the Universal Orlando Resort is definitely worth a visit. Our top picks are the Incredible Hulk Coaster which reaches speeds of 67mph and features a zero-gravity roll, the Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey ride that sends you racing through Hogwarts, and the new Skull Island: Reign of Kong that brings you face to face with the enormous legend.
2. Indulge in some retail therapy
If you love a bit of shopping, Disney Springs is the place to go. Home to over 100 shops, you’ll be able to find everything from big brands to Disney souvenirs. Look out for clothing, footwear, cosmetics and jewellery shops, including Lacoste, Kate Spade, Levi’s, Havaianas, Pandora, Mac, Sephora and Ugg. There are also plenty of great restaurants and bars where you can get delicious food and unwind in the evening. Try the Rainforest Café or the authentic Raglan Road Irish Pub (the pub was actually built in Ireland!) for something a bit different, or for a bit of a treat splash out on succulent steak at STK Restaurant.
3. Play a round of golf
If you’re a golf fan you better get your clubs ready! Orlando has over 170 golf courses to choose from, as well as 20 golf academies. The Walt Disney World Resort has 4 different courses (one 9-hole course and three 18-hole courses), and with several water hazards and bunkers along the way each course is pretty challenging. If you’re not a pro, and are looking for something a bit easier (but equally competitive!) try a game of crazy golf. Fantasia Gardens and Fairways Miniature Golf is an 18-hole course themed on Disney’s animated classic Fantasia, while Winter Summerland Miniature Golf offers two themed courses- one snowy and one sandy!
4. Tick something off your ‘bucket list’
A hot air balloon flight is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience and is without a doubt ‘bucket list’ worthy. Take to the skies in an unforgettable 60-minute flight over Orlando and admire beautiful panoramic views as the sun rises. Fly high above the forests, lakes and theme parks, and see what you can spot. Once your feet are firmly back on the ground, you’ll be awarded a special first flight certificate, before enjoying a celebratory glass of champagne- a hot air balloon tradition.
5. Experience the magic of Cirque Du Soleil
Cirque Du Soleil La Nouba is a jaw dropping show that invites you into a world of make-believe and “transforms the ordinary into the extraordinary”. Filled with daring acrobatics, stunning aerial ballet routines and lively music the show will captivate you from start to finish. The trampoline act is simply outstanding, with a total of 395 flips and 62 twists in 7.5 minutes! This one-of-a-kind show is something you really won’t want to miss.
6. Get ready to see a slam dunk
The NBA basketball season runs from October through to April, so if you’re visiting Orlando during this time, you might want to think about watching the Orlando Magic team live in action. There’s nothing quite like the incredible atmosphere of a full stadium of fans cheering on their team, and with tickets starting from as little as €15 you can be a part of the action too. Matches are held at the famous Amway Center, and provide a great night out at an affordable price.
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