Orlando seems to just keep growing and evolving. What seemed to have started as a Disney theme park in the middle of swampland has turned into a bustling metropolis attracting millions of people to its many attractions and its fantastic weather. LIke anywhere else, traveling to Orlando isn’t just about knowing what attractions to visit. Knowing some of the basics about the place where you’re going, especially about getting around, is vital for an enjoyable and successful visit. If you are better prepared for what to expect, then your trip will go much more smoothly and be that much more enjoyable. Here are some things you should know.
Orlando boasts some of the best temperatures in the country, with the average high being around 82 and the average low being around 62. The summers are very hot, as you would imagine, and it does not get too cold in the winter. January is the coldest month, and temperatures have been known to get down to freezing, but for any other time of the year, you would never need more than a light jacket. It is important to take precautions against the heat, especially in July and August. June to November is considered hurricane season in Florida, however, Orlando is not on the coast, so the dangers are somewhat mitigated. Disney World was closed down during Hurricane Irma in 2017.
When Is the Best Time to Visit?
This is a difficult question to answer. There is so much to see and do, and the weather is almost never prohibitive. While you can never fully avoid crowds in Orlando, holidays do tend to be the busiest times. There may also be times when you want to go for special events. The slowest times are generally in the winter, with Christmas holidays being the exception. In the late winter and early spring, when schools around the world have their spring breaks, attendance is at its highest. This is also when sports fans flock to Florida for baseball’s Spring Training season in March.
Traveling To and Getting Around Orlando
Since it is a city built around theme parks and attractions, there are many simple options for getting to and around Orlando. If you decide to fly into Orlando International Airport for a visit to Disney World, then be sure to take the handy Magical Express, which can take you right to the resort where you are staying. There are also two other international airports: Orlando Sanford and Daytona Beach International. There is a lot of public transportation around Orlando, so make sure to grab a transit map to plan out your days. If you are staying at a Disney resort, they have a convenient shuttle bus system to get you where you need to go. They also have the monorail system to get you from park to park. If you decide to drive, just make sure to leave yourself time for traffic delays, and for walking long distances through parking lots.
Where to Stay
There is no end to the options for accommodations in Orlando, with something for every budget. Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando offer several resort options that can be quite affordable and fun. They also make it convenient for visiting the parks and getting around. There are many places to stay all around the city that are geared towards families and more business accommodations, and everything in between. Depending on your reason for visiting, check out what options are closest, and you will be bound to find something to your liking and in your budget.