The ultimate Orlando travel guide

Orlando is one of those places that everyone wants to visit. But when should you go, where should you stay, and what should you do when you arrive? Get the answers with our ultimate guide to the world’s most magical destination.

There are so many tips here that we’ve broken our guide down into separate sections. Use the menu below to hop straight to the topic you’re interested in!

When to visit
Where to stay
Recommended resorts
Getting ready for your trip
Visiting the theme parks
Other activities
Eating and drinking
Getting around
Tips and inspiration


When to visit

Your whole experience of Orlando will be shaped by the time of year that you choose to visit. That said, the weather is almost always good in Florida, with plenty of opportunities for swimming and sunbathing. They don’t call it the Sunshine State for nothing…

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When is the best time to visit Florida?
A month-by-month guide to Florida’s sunny climate, with handy weather charts to help you plan your vacation.

Avoiding the crowds at Walt Disney World
Use our crowd calendar to avoid long queues and get the best out of your theme park visits.

A guide to Spring Break in Orlando
How to make the most of one of the busiest times of the year.

Celebrating Independence Day in Orlando
Where and how to celebrate the 4th of July, from the theme parks to Downtown Orlando.

Why you should spend Christmas in Orlando
How do you make a trip to Orlando even more magical? By visiting during the holidays!


Where to stay

If you’ve never visited Orlando before, it can be tricky to know where to stay. These guides will help you find the perfect resort for your trip, whether you’re planning a golfing vacation or a grand tour of the theme parks.

Orlando vacation home with private pool

A guide to Orlando’s best resorts
Wondering which resort to stay at? This simple guide explains the different options and shows which resorts are nearest to Disney.

Great vacation homes near Universal Studios
Home theaters, themed rooms, and private spas – all within easy reach of Universal Studios.

3D tours of the best Orlando vacation homes
Almost as good as being there!

Why a vacation home is better than a hotel
More space, better facilities, total privacy… need we go on?

Vacation homes with the best themed rooms
Hang out with Nemo, Harry Potter, and other famous characters

5 vacation homes with amazing home theaters
Watching a movie has never been more fun

Luxury villas for couples
Heading to the sun with your partner? This guide offers a few options suitable for your vacation.

Recommended resorts

Looking for the perfect place to stay during your Orlando vacation? Try these exclusive resorts, which are all a quick hop away from the area’s biggest tourist attractions.

Reunion Resort in Orlando

Reunion Resort
Exclusive accommodation within easy reach of Disney

The water park at Reunion
– The pools at Reunion
The spa at Reunion
Golf at Reunion
Reunion resort for kids
Keeping fit at Reunion
Weddings at Reunion
Meetings and events
Things to do nearby

Encore Resort at Reunion
Orlando’s newest and most exciting resort

– Dining at Encore
Things to do nearby
Encore’s water park and pools
Why you should stay at Encore

Formosa Gardens
Right on Disney’s doorstep

Glamorous golf resort with a water park

Windsor Hills Resort
Family friendly community near Disney


Getting ready for your trip

These useful guides will help you to hit the ground running when you arrive in Orlando.

Packing for a trip to orlando

Packing for Disney: all you need to know
What to bring with you – and what to leave at home

What to expect on arrival
Check in, kick back and start enjoying your vacation rental

Using our concierge service
Whether you need park tickets or butler service, the Top Villas team can help

How to hire a private chef
Let a professional chef prepare meals in the comfort of your vacation home

Attraction ticket guide
How and when to buy tickets for Orlando’s big attractions

A guide to the FastPass+ system
Beat the queues with Disney’s priority pass

Visiting the theme parks

There’s no shortage of family friendly attractions to enjoy in Orlando.

Disney World

Universal Studios
Find out what’s happening beyond the big rides

Busch Gardens
Animals, tree-top trails and some very wild rides

Discovery Cove
Get up close and personal with creatures great and small

How to get the most out of a trip to SeaWorld

Best rides in Orlando
Thrills, water rides or interactive experiences, this guide shows Orlando’s best

Best water parks in Orlando
High-speed water slides, beaches and waves pools, Orlando’s water parks have it all


Shopping in Orlando guide

Orlando shopping guide
The malls that let you shop ’til you drop

Boutique shopping in Orlando
Small independent stores worth checking out

Grocery shopping
There’s plenty of supermarkets and stores to stock up with groceries in Orlando

Other activities

The Holy Land Experience in Orlando, Florida

10 unusual things to do in Orlando
Escape the tourist trail with these unusual attractions and activities

51 cheap and free things to do
How to see Orlando’s best bits without breaking the bank

The best beaches in Florida
Orlando isn’t known for its beaches, but there are some great ones nearby

Orlando’s top golf courses
Take your pick from more than 200 different golf courses

Couples activities
Fun things for couples to do when visiting Orlando


Eating and drinking

With so many cafes, bars and restaurants in the theme parks, plus options downtown and in the resorts, you’re truly spoilt for choice on the dining front.

Character dining at Disney WORLD

Where to dine at the theme parks

Magic Kingdom
Animal Kingdom
Universal’s Islands of Adventure

Other tips for dining in Orlando

Cheap eats in Orlando
Top 5 fine-dining restaurants
Where to eat breakfast in Orlando
Family friendly restaurants in Orlando
Dining at Pointe Orlando


Getting around

First time driving in Orlando? Start here.

Tips for driving in Orlando

Driving in Orlando
Taxis, shuttles and other options for getting around


Tips and inspiration

See what local experts are saying about Orlando.

An insiders’ guide to Orlando
Orlando’s best Instagrammers
How to spend a weekend in Orlando
What to wear at Walt Disney World

What next?

Browse our full collection of luxury Orlando vacation homes, or contact us today and let one of our vacation home specialists help you to arrange the perfect trip.


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