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 creates 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. One of the best times for family travel,
- At the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival (thru Nov. 23), guests will savor exciting and unexpected flavors from around the globe as they circle the iconic World Showcase. This year’s new additions include make-your-own candy sushi workshops, wine and cheese pairing classes, international specialty dining experiences and more.
- Food and Wine Weekends at Waldorf Astoria Orlando and Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek (thru Nov. 24) is a celebration of fine wine and the culinary arts. Throughout the event weekends, guests can enjoy complimentary cocktail creation classes as well as a gourmet popsicle bar, traditional Royal Tea and the Bar du Chocolat with champagne. Tasting dinners at the hotels’ signature restaurants – Bull & Bear, La Luce and Zeta Asia – give both aspiring foodies and serious epicureans a chance to experience authentic dishes inspired by American, Italian and Asian cuisine.
- The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic (Nov. 8 – 9) is celebrating its 10th year for this event. Guests are treated to a street party festival with unlimited food tastings at dozens of stations, featuring culinary selections from the hotel’s award-winning restaurants and wine from around the world amidst a festive backdrop of live entertainment. Numerous themed areas include a beer garden and hands-on seminars with the hotel’s chefs and certified beverage experts.
Of course, it’s hard to think about visiting Orlando without the whole family. However, there should always be time allotted for a special getaway for the adults to relax after a full day at a theme park. If relaxation is the main requirement, make an appointment at The Spa Orlando on Edgewater Drive for a massage. There are Swedish Couples massages, couples spa pedicures, Aroma massages, and even 60-minute dermalogica facials. >MORE
HALLOWEEN THRILLS IN ORLANDO
The Halloween Vacation CapitalSM is preparing an especially spooky Halloween season, with brand new immersive experiences from September through November. Hauntingly delightful festivities and ghoulish fun come together to truly scare visitors into having the times of their lives. Those looking for a milder thrill can also find plenty of mellow Halloween fun in Orlando, the only destination that truly offers something for everyone.
- At Universal Orlando® Resort’s Halloween Horror Nights (select nights Sept. 6 – Nov. 2) 80s and 80s-themed cult classics return in the 10 haunted houses, five scare zones and live entertainment. Returning in 2019 are the fan favorites “Stranger Things” house and original concept “Nightingales: Blood Pit” house. Debuting this year is “Depths of Fear,” where deep-sea nightmares prepare for your watery grave.
- During Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party (select nights Aug. 16 – Nov. 1), Magic Kingdom Park comes alive with jack-o-lanterns, not-so-scary characters and family friendly entertainment. Visitors can trick-or-treat, masquerade with costumed characters and enjoy new ghostly surprises throughout the park. Follow Mickey, Minnie and friends as they trick-or-treat in a mysterious haunted house and encounter Disney villains in a new fireworks spectacular. Also debuting is a “101 Dalmatians”-themed experience featuring popular villain Cruella de Ville.
- SeaWorld Orlando’s Halloween Spooktacular (weekends Sept. 21 – Oct. 27) returns for family friendly trick-or-treating, not-so-spooky live shows, whimsical sea creatures, playtime fun with favorite Sesame Street friends and more. This year’s events include the Pet’s Ahoy Halloween show, a Halloween Dance Party with under-the-sea friends and the opportunity to meet mermaids in their colorful grotto.
- LEGOLAND Florida Resort’s Brick or Treat (select nights Oct. 5-27) frightens things up with larger-than-life LEGO Halloween character models, a scavenger hunt, trick-or-treating, a pirate-themed fireworks show and more.
- New on the Halloween circuit is Cocktails & Screams, Orlando’s first and only Halloween-themed bar. Set to open in the upcoming months, this bar’s wicked décor, creepy music and an all-around spooky atmosphere will chill even the most sinister spirits. Signature cocktails will include Frogs Breath and Jack & Sally straight from “The Nightmare Before Christmas.”
For more information about how to enjoy the perfect spring break trip to Orlando, visit VisitOrlando.com.