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Florida has to be one of the most exciting holiday destinations in the world. Orlando itself has an abundance of fantastic attractions, with Disneyland, Universal Studios and SeaWorld all within easy reach and served by regular and well organised excursions. These attractions lead the world and are certainly fun-packed with the highest quality entertainment. One stay is never enough to see it all. 

The Americans are very friendly and, in a country where service is paramount, will prove very helpful with any mobility needs.

Wheelchair accessible rental cars are available and the theme parks are well adapted to the needs of the less mobile.

Florida also boasts the Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral, as well as the famous Everglades. But holidaymakers also flock to Florida for its beautiful beaches, gently swaying palms and glorious sunshine. So you can make your holiday as active or as relaxing as you like. The beaches are clean, have good access and have excellent facilities. 

When it comes to food, you'll be spoiled for choice with everything from fine dining to fast food and just about every type of international cuisine in between! Food is also reasonably priced so you can dine on a budget or enjoy the freshest seafood caught in the Gulf.

There's never a shortage of things to do and evenings can be spent enjoying a BBQ feast, choosing from a huge array of friendly bars, or visiting the entertainment centres and music halls with their excellent concerts and live performances. 


Currency US Dollar

Time Difference (from UK) -5 hours

Flight Time (from UK) 9 hours 

Voltage 110/120V AC 60Hz

Shop Opening Times 0930-1800 Mon-Sat, 1200-1800 Sun, 0930-2100 (shopping centres)

Bank Opening Times 9am - 5pm (Mon - Fri), 9am - 12pm (Sat-Sun)


General Description:

A metropolitan area on a huge scale (15 by 30 miles), Orlando comprises 3 counties – Orange, Seminole and Osceola – and ranks as one of the fastest-growing urban centres in the USA. It developed as a tourist destination only slowly till the opening of Disney World in 1971, after which things really took off. Today, over 100 attractions make Orlando America's number-one tourist destination. There are several distinct areas in this conurbation: Walt Disney World Area, located in the southwest; Kissimmee in the extreme south; International Drive in the central area; Florida Mall between the airport and downtown; Downtown and Colonial Drive in the northeast; and the Altamonte Springs/Winter Park area in the far north. During the morning and evening rush hours and at weekends, the major thoroughfares are gridlocked, so allow extra time for getting from A to B. Also give this fact serious consideration when deciding where to stay; it is a choice between cheaper hotels involving longer journey times against more expensive properties that are right on top of things. 


In the south-eastern United States, in the centre of Florida state. 60 miles southwest of Daytona Beach (Atlantic Ocean, east coast). 95 miles northeast of Tampa (Gulf of Mexico, west coast). 135 miles south of Jacksonville. 240 miles northwest of Miami. Orlando international airport is 6 miles east of International Drive.


An enormous choice, the following only touching the surface. Prime Outlets is the largest mall with major brand name stores; The Mercado Center and Pointe Orlando on International Drive have over 60 shops and 5 restaurants respectively; Florida Mall has 200 shops and a busy food court; Church Street Station Exchange is a multilevel retail centre in a historic train station. Flea World is one of America's largest markets under one roof (104 acres). Park Avenue is a downtown shopping area full of exclusive boutiques, designer stores, restaurants and tourist outlets. 

Eating Out:

Over 5,200 restaurants: you name it, they've got it – the full range, from fast food to fine dining. Many smaller hotels and motels serve only a basic breakfast. 

For the less mobile traveller: Orlando is excellent as not only does it offer wide flat walkways and plenty of drop kerbs but its theme parks are fully accessible also. Many of the public buses are wheelchair accessible and all the transport within the Disney parks are adapted too. 

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