The city of Orlando, Florida, is immediately associated with theme parks. But the city is much more than the Magic Kingdom of Walt Disney.

Living in Orlando can be much more stimulating than you think. The quality of life is great, the city quiet, with everything found in other major centers in the United States.

Lake Eola is beautiful, surrounded by rows of oaks and interesting neighborhoods such as Lake Eola Heights and Thornton Park, which guard houses typical of Old Orlando, the historic center that is nearby, reveals a little of Orlando's past, before the arrival of the parks.

The Beautiful City, one of the nicknames of the north city of Miami, is also an important financial center, a shopping paradise, both for those looking for high luxury brands and for those who like an outlet (and who doesn't?). Its restaurants are starred, as are the hotels inside and outside the parks.

Orlando has other predicates in addition for being the World Capital of Theme Parks. Florida Hospital is a reference; Central Florida Research Park, the nation's seventh largest research park, is located here; as well as Patrick Air Force Base, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station and Kennedy Space Center.

And, if you think that cinema is only made in Los Angeles, you were wrong: Movies, series, animation, and even electronic games are produced by Universal Studios, Disney's Hollywood Studios and Tiburon Entertainment Electronic Arts. And taught at Full Sail University, UCF College of Arts and Humanities and Florida Interactive Entertainment Academy.



Orlando is the city of theme parks, and more. It is 290 kilometers from Miami by car. Orlando's International Airport opened in the 1970s, at the time of the Disney World Center inauguration. Walt Disney chose to build his magic kingdom on the east coast, in Orlando, because he was not on the hurricane route. The seasons are well marked: hot and rainy, between April and September; cold and with little rain, from October to March. The best neighborhoods are Dr. Philips, well located, safe, infrastructure, restaurants, shops, in addition to large and very comfortable houses. Windermere is a relatively new and sought-after neighborhood.

  • Walt Disney World (with Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney's Hollywood Studios, Disney's Animal Kingdom, Typhoon Lagoon, Blizzard Beach, and Disney Springs, among others) and four individual parks (Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Hollywood Studios, and Animal Kingdom);
  • Universal Orlando Resort (Universal Studios Florida, Islands of Adventure, Volcano Bay, Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Universal CityWalk), among others;
  • SeaWorld Orlando;
  • Legoland, Fun Spot America; the Mako, Manta and Kraken roller coasters; Aquatica; Discovery Cove.
  • I-Drive 360, at International Drive;
  • The Wheel, at ICON Park Orlando;
  • Madame Tussauds;
  • Sealife Aquarium.
  • Theaters: Central Florida Ballet, Orlando Ballet, Orlando Shakespeare Theater, Orlando Repertory Theater, Mad Cow Theater, and IceHouse Theater, Bob Carr Theater, Orlando Shakespeare Theater, and Orlando Repertory Theater.
  • Museums: Orange County Regional History Center; Morse Museum in Winter Park, which holds one of the largest collections of Louis Comfort Tiffany's work.
  • Schools and universities: Celebration, Metrowest, Hunters Creek and Windmere are home to the best elementary schools and Stetson University, University of Central Florida and Rollins College.
  • Hotels: Orlando has 100,000 rooms, apartments, suites in its hotel chain
  • Inside the Parks: Hotel Four Seasons Resort Orlando is part of the Walt Disney World Resort complex; Victorian-style Disneys Grand Floridian Resort & Spa in Orlando is the most luxurious within the park;
  • In Orlando: Hotel Waldorf Astoria in Orlando, which is located within a park of almost 200 hectares; the differential of the Hyatt Regency Hotel (Peabody) in Orlando is the tennis court at the top of the building in the Great Lakes area.
  • Cinemas: there are several, mainly in malls. And more: Universal Cinemark at CityWalk and XD and 22.
  • Pharmacies: the best and most complete are Walgreens and CVS.
  • Markets: Walmart, Target, Publix, Whole Foods (organic products) and Trader Joe's.
  • Museums and galleries:
  • Orlando Art Museum, with one of the largest art collections from the pre-Columbian and African period.
  • Loch Haven Park is home to The Mennello Museum of American Art, Orlando Fire Museum, Orlando Science Center, Madame Tussauds Museum. FAVO Faith Arts Village Orlando is at Colonial Dr, Snap! Space Orlando is on Church St. and CityArts Factory Magnolia Ave.


Orlando has 17 restaurants with renowned chefs and about 40 ethnic cuisines, in addition to being considered one of the good vegetarian / vegan destinations. Some tips:

  • Victoria & Alberts is one of the best restaurants in Disney Orlando, part of the AAA Five Diamond list, with emphasis on Colorado bison meat with smoked apples and couscous;
  • California Grill is on the 15th floor of the Contemporary Resort, from where the Magic Kingdom fireworks display can be seen;
  • Normans, mixing Latin, Caribbean and Asian ingredients in dishes created by chef Norman Van Aken;
  • Monsier Paul, is Paul Bocuse's restaurant at Epcot;
  • Emeril Tchoup Chop is one of the restaurants of renowned chef Emeril Lagasse, specialist in creolecuisine;
  • Good places for a breakfast:
  • Kekes Breakfast Café and its great waffles;
  • Mimis Café serves breakfast at any time of the day.


You can do everything in Orlando, non-stop.

  • How about playing golf? There are many golf courses in Orlando, the most famous of which is the Bay Hill Club and Lodge, which houses the Arnold Palmer Invitational;
  • Attending the Florida Film Festival, one of the most respected in the country, attended by young filmmakers, is a must;
  • Stroll through the 20 hectares of Harry P. Leu Gardens;
  • Rent a bike and cycle through downtown Orlando;
  • Check, every Sunday, the Farmers Market (Orlando Producers' Fair) on Lake Eola;
  • Paddle in a transparent kayak in the waters of Rock Springs;
  • Watch a Blue Man Group concert or concert at the Hard Rock Café on Universal CityWalk.


Outlets, high-standards designer stores and other little things are spread across Orlando and theme parks. For example?

  • There are two Premium Outlets in Orlando plus Lake Buena Vista Factory.
  • The Florida Mall is the main shopping center in the city, while the Shopping Mall at Millenia is the most modern and has 150 stores with the most famous brands.
  • In Lake Buena Vista, Superdry has a young and cool fashion with a Japanese footprint and boho-chic style at Free People;
  • At Best Buy you will find the best electronics;
  • Natural products, teas, seeds, spices sold in bulk, you can find at The Spice & Tea Exchange;
  • Nerds and geeks will be delighted at BoxLunch, a store full of collectibles and other items;
  • Everything for the kitchen is in the Kitchen Collection in the Premium Outlet;
  • If organization is your thing, be sure to check out the Container Store, even the messiest ones will love it.

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