Orlando City Review

Orlando City Review
Orlando, Florida was incorporated on July 31st, 1875 as a town, then a city in 1885. Orlando was formerly known as Jernigan, prior to the first permanent settler, a cattleman named Aaron Jernigan.

Orlando was named after the popular actor, Orlando Bloom, just kidding, it was named after a soldier, Orlando Reeves. Reeves was killed while protecting other soldiers in Fort Gatlin against a group of Seminole Indians. The city’s early years from 1875 to 1895 are called “Orlando Golden Era,” because the city was the hub of Florida’s citrus Industry.

Weather Conditions:
People’s moods are sometimes determined by daily weather conditions. Some like it sunny so they can play outside and socialize, while others prefer the rain so they can stay inside and socialize through FaceBook. However, everyone hates it when the weather condition is not normal and too hot or too cold.

Orlando has a humid subtropical climate, their two major seasons are hot and rainy. The rainy season lasts from May until late September, while the hot season starts in late October up to April. Having a subtropical climate, high temperature reaches 90s °F (32-36 °C) during the summer season with frequent rainfall. Looks like it’s mostly sunny in O-town.

Activities & Outdoor Adventures:
Here are some kinds of places to look for:

Orlando was ranked 1st favorite destination on Traveleye.com, one reason for that is probably the city is considered to be the “Theme Park Capital of the World.” Orlando is home to Seaworld, Universal’s Islands of Adventure and of course the amazing Walt Disney World.

Disney World Orlando
Walt Disney World provides Villas and Hotels so that visitors don’t need to go far for shelter. Villas and hotels have different price rates according to class, every single one has their own feature like modern architecture and pieces of artworks. They also provide campgrounds for people who want to sleep under the stars and enjoy the outdoors.

Visitors can avail for different kinds of tickets including theme park tickets, water park tickets and special event tickets. Visitors can also avail for an annual pass for a whole year of access. Florida residents are also given discounts wherein they can buy a 3-4 day ticket for the amount of one day.

Map of Disney World Orlando:Inside the Park:Hours of Operation:
Disney-World-MapMagic Kingdom® Park
Epcot - Future World
Epcot - World Showcase
Disney's Hollywood Studios®
Disney's Animal Kingdom®
Disney's Typhoon Lagoon
Disney's Blizzard Beach
ESPN Wide World of Sports
Downtown Disney® Area
9AM – 9PM
9AM– 9PM
11AM –9PM
9AM – 7:30PM
9AM – 5PM
8AM – 9AM
10AM –5PM
10AM -5PM
10AM-12AM

You can visit the official Disney World Website here  

Seaworld Parks Orlando:
Seaworld Orlando has many hotel partners to help visitors find a place to stay and relax after or before the fun. Customers can buy one day tickets or multi-day tickets to indulge in the different shows in Seaworld Orlando. There are many promos for ticket purchase, one example is the weekday purchase wherein customers can save $27 per ticket or their 2 in 1 promo, visitors can enjoy 2 parks for the amount of 1 park.

Everyone can upgrade for extra services like front-on-the-line seat, all day dining, dolphin encounter, dine with Shamu and more.

Map of Seaworld Orlando
Inside the Park:Hours of Operation:
Seaworld Orlando Map
Seaworld Orlando Map
Seaworld Orlando
Aquatica
Discovery Cove
10AM-5PM
10AM – 5PM
9AM – 5:30PM

Visit their website by clicking here.

Universal’s Islands of Adventure
In order to provide safe shelter and convenience to their visitors, there are several hotels and resorts near Universal’s Islands including:

  • Loews Portolino Bay Hotel
  • Hard Rock Hotel
  • Loews Royal Pacific Resort
  • Loews Sapphire Falls Resort
  • Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort

Other than theme park tickets and Wet ‘n Wild water park tickets, visitors can avail for annual passes to cover them up the whole year. Florida residents are given discounts for their frequent visits. Visitors can also buy tickets to see the blue man group perform live. To avail for extra services, visitors can apply for the VIP experience, customers who avail for this deal gets to receive and do the following:

  • Priority Front line access
  • Behind the scenes tours
  • Complimentary valet parking
  • Continental breakfast
  • Reserved seating at shows
  • Exclusive viewing areas

The theme park has 25 amazing rides from exciting water slides to adrenaline pumping roller coasters. Some of their rides feature the World of Transformers, Harry Potter and Minions so you can ride with your favorite movie character.

Map of Universal’s Islands of AdventureInside the Park:Hours of Operation:
Universal’s Islands of Adventure  Map
Universal’s Islands of Adventure Map
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter Hogsmeade
Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey
The Cat in the Hat
Poseidon's Fury
Jurassic Park
Discovery Center
Incredible Hulk Coaster
9AM – 7PM

To visit their official website click here.

Golf Courses
Orlando is also one of the biggest Golf destinations with over 170 golf courses and 20 golf academies. In 2010, Orlando was voted as the “North American Golf Destination of the Year” by the International Association of Golf Tour Operators.

Arnold Palmer’s Bay Hill Club & Lodge
Other than golf academy, Arnold Palmer’s Bay Hill Club & Lodge features different activities like tennis, fitness and bass fishing. People can also indulge in leisure activities like spa, fine dining and shopping. Arnold Palmer wanted to provide a memorable experience for each visitor and he did. For reservations call Angela German on this number 407-876-2429.

MetroWest Golf Club
Voted as the best golf course in Orlando, MetroWest features amazing mature native and spring-fed lakes with expansive rolling fairways. The Orlando golf club nurtures and challenges each individual to pull out the best in them and give them a great experience with the sport.

The club also caters to weddings and special events because the entire facility has a pleasant and beautiful aura. Their phone and email support is operational 24/7 for reservations and questions.

Phone number: 407-299-1099 Email: info@metrowestgolf.com

Tourist Attractions:

Being the top destination in the world, Orlando has so much to offer for tourists and travelers.

Orlando Eye
To see the beauty of Orlando from above, visitors ride the “Orlando Eye.” This 400ft ferris wheel offers a view of the magnificent vista of the City.

Outta Control Magic Comedy Dinner Show
Another attraction is the “Outta Control Magic Comedy Dinner Show,” nothing to be confused about, the show is self-explanatory with the name. Only 125 seats are available per show so travelers and visitors are eager to get in and enjoy the show. For more information click here.

Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary, Queen of Universe
One famous landmark is the Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary, Queen of Universe in Vineland Avenue. Online reviews described the shrine to be a “beautiful building and modern basilica” for people to practice and show their faith. The Basilica is voted number 1 for the “Sights and Landmarks of Orlando” by TripAdvisor.

There are so much more destinations to visit in Orlando and a wide selection of activities to do. For more information visit their website by clicking here.

Festival

Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival
One of their most notable festivals is the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival held early March to May. The festival was inaugurated in 1994 by EPCOT to bring joy, amusement and inspiration to millions of people. A view of many topiaries in the image of disney characters accompanied by beautiful and astonishing flowers all over the place. Other than wonderful aura of bloom and happiness brought by the flowers, visitors get to indulge on a wide selection of seasonal foods like Pulled duck confit, strawberry marshmallow macaron and more. The festival aims to ignite the joy within people’s hearts and was able to fulfill just that.

For more information about the festival click here.

Restaurants
Orlando’s very own Victoria & Albert’s restaurant had attracted thousands of people from all over the country and the world with their Modern American cuisine accompanied by exquisite products from different nations. Victoria & Albert’s is considered as the ultimate fine dining experience in Walt Disney World Resort. The restaurant started in 2000 serving an amazing set of meals up to now. Most of the recent reviews say that the service of the restaurant is “impeccable” and the food is “excellent.” The restaurant received a lot of positive reviews from their customers over the years.

Tourist/ Traveler information
For the sake of future travelers who wish to visit the City of Orlando, here is the contact information of their travel planning website.

  • City Website URL: http://www.visitorlando.com/
  • Contact number: (407) 363-5872  or (800) 972-3304 (Monday to Friday, 8am to 5:30pm EST and Saturday and sunday, 9am to 3pm EST)

The website provides email support for feedback and a FAQs page to find the information you need about the city.

Conclusion
Everyone should find time to visit the city of Orlando to embrace the idea of pure joy with family and friends. The city really lives up to its nickname as “City of Beautiful” because it really promotes and expresses a deeper and clearer meaning of beauty with everything it has to offer. Hope you find this Orlando City Review fun and informative, feel free to leave you comments below.

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  1. I think Orlando doesn’t deserve the 1st spot in the ranking, maybe 5th or 6th spot is more acceptable. Their main attraction is disneyworld, unlike other destination like Paris or Maldives.

     
  2. I think Orlando should receive credits because of their restaurant offers. They have Mike’s italian ice, Sweet by Good Golly Miss Holly, and more. Their not all about disney world.

     

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