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01/10/2018

Orlando's Top Outdoor Activities to Enjoy During Winter Sun Holiday

Orlando Named ‘Best Value Long-Haul Break' Destination 

 

ORLANDO, Fla. - Sunny Orlando's clear blue skies and year-round sunshine invite Brits to escape the frigid weather and post-holiday blues with a winter sun getaway to the Theme Park Capital of the World®, just named "Best Value Long-Haul Break" by Post Office Travel Money's annual Best Bargains report. And, with package deals starting at £552 per person, visitors can take advantage of some of the best pre-summer prices. From splashy fun at some of Orlando's coolest pools, to open-air activities like biking and ziplining, visitors can enjoy a myriad of outdoor activities in the sunshine. For more information about these experiences, go to VisitOrlando.com/blog

 

Cool Pools

With warm temperatures throughout the winter, holidaymakers can work on their tans at one of Orlando's coolest pools. First-rate lazy rivers are offered at the retro-chic Cabana Bay Beach Resort and JW Marriott Orlando Resort, Grande Lakes. For some solitude, the tranquil adults-only swimming pools at Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort or Hilton Orlando offer some respite.

 

Outdoor Recreation

Outdoor activities around the destination - like biking along West Orange Trail in historic downtown Winter Garden, ziplining through the Florida pines at Forever Florida - Ziplines & Adventures in the Wild! and enjoying the Scenic Boat Tour in picturesque Winter Park - offer the chance to create warm family memories. High-end views aboard Orlando Balloon Rides and wild adventures through Orlando's natural beauty at Wild Florida and Boggy Creek Airboat Rides also give the chance to take in the fresh air and appreciate the favorable weather.

 

Dining Al Fresco

Countless eateries throughout Orlando offer plenty of opportunities to enjoy the nice weather. Relax Grill at Lake Eola offers picturesque views of the iconic downtown lake, with opportunities to take a post-meal stroll. Paddlefish at Disney Springs, invites diners to take a seat on deck to feast on seafood delicacies. In Lake Nona, Canvas Restaurant & Market is the place to savor dishes influenced by Florida's Southern and Latin American roots on Canvas' tranquil deck, which offers a dynamite view of beautiful Lake Nona.

 

New Attractions Worth Discovering

With some of the largest expansions in theme park history opening in the past year, now is the perfect time to enjoy all of the new attractions including:

 

  • Pandora -The World of AVATAR, new Avatar-inspired land at Disney's Animal Kingdom, features floating mountains, bioluminescent rainforests and a Banshee flying attraction, as well as new after-dark entertainment.
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  • Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon at Universal Studios Florida takes guests on a journey from the deepest subway tunnels to the tallest skyscrapers. And opening spring, Fast & Furious - Supercharged will take guests on a high-octane adventure into the world of underground racing, right alongside stars from the Fast & Furious films. New water theme park Universal's Volcano Bay offers innovative, thrilling attractions, peaceful moments of relaxation and an entirely new guest experience.
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  • Kraken Unleashed is SeaWorld Orlando's first digitally-enhanced ride experience. Transformed into a virtual reality (VR) roller coaster experience in 2017, the ride takes guests on a deep sea mission alongside sea creatures inspired by extinct and legendary animals of the past.
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  • LEGO NINJAGO World - The new immersive land is a training ground for future ninjas, including an interactive ride where guests blast fire, lightning and ice with their hands.
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  • New on I-Drive: Topgolf Orlando is a 65,000-square-foot venue with 230 high-definition flat-screen TVs, 102 climate-controlled hitting bays that can host up to six players at one time, and advanced technology to track the accuracy and distance of players' shots. Next door is Andretti Indoor Karting & Games, an indoor go-kart facility featuring electronic go-karting, zip lines, bowling, racing simulators, a ‘sky bar,' rock climbing, laser tag and restaurant.  
  • Special Events

    Annual events throughout the destination bring festive fun for visitors of all ages. Some of the most looked-forward-to Orlando festivals include:

     

  • A Celebration of Harry Potter
    Jan. 26-28
    The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal's Islands of Adventure is gearing up for a celebration of films, complete with Q&A sessions with cast members and filmmakers, a wand masterclass hosted by Warner Bros. Studio Tour London and a Harry Potter film tribute.
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  • Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival at Walt Disney World Resort
    Feb. 28 - May 28
    The 2018 festival, which takes place during the 35th anniversary of Epcot, will showcase millions of brilliant blossoms, flavor-rich cuisine from 15 Outdoor Kitchens, Disney topiary stars, interactive play gardens and live chart-topping musical acts during the Garden Rocks Concert Series.
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  • SeaWorld's Seven Seas Food Festival
    Feb. 17 - April 15
    Every Saturday, guests can sip and sample their way around the world of international coastal cuisine while enjoying craft beers, paired wines and specialty entertainment. The fun extends beyond the food with live performances each Saturday from top country, rock and Latin music artists.
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    Winter Sun Deals

    Offering exciting adventures and abundant travel deals to help escape the cold winter months, Orlando proves to be a must-visit destination this season. And with Visit Orlando's exclusive deals, daydreams about sunshine escapes turn to reality. Below are just a few of the additional savings on offer:

     

  • 16-22 Jan. 2018: Orlando holiday deal from British Airways
  • British Airways is featuring deals for flights and accommodations at Ramada Hotel Gateway for £552 per person for a seven-day stay for two adults. For bookings, visit britishairways.com.

     

  • 1-7 Feb. 2018: Orlando Holiday deal from British Airways
  • British Airways is offering a deal at Rosen Inn International for seven nights. This trip for two adults also includes flights for a price of £694 per person. For bookings, visit britishairways.com.

     

  • 14 Nights Disney's All-Star Movies Resort from Ocean Holidays
  • Ocean Holidays is offering a 14-night package including flights and accommodation at Disney's All-Star Movies Resort for £909 per person. Book by 15 January.

     

    For more information about how Visit Orlando can help banish winter woes, visit VisitOrlando.com.  

     

    The Orlando Destination

    Home to seven of the world's top theme parks, Orlando - Theme Park Capital of the World® is the No. 1 family vacation destination and most visited destination in the United States.  An unparalleled mix of unique experiences create cherished memories for visitors, including legendary theme parks from Disney, Universal and SeaWorld, an array of world-class water parks, entertainment venues, an award-winning food scene, shopping, sports and nightlife. And, with 450 hotels, Orlando offers more lodging options than nearly any other destination in the world, from expansive resorts to uniquely themed hotels. 

     

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