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Kids of all ages will lap up the attractions that Orlando has to offer. The theme park capital of the world is the perfect place for families to holiday with the sun on their backs, thrilling rides underneath their white knuckles and magical wonders in front of their eyes.

Why go?

From magical theme parks to the Kennedy Space Centre, you are spoilt for choice in Orlando...

Once you've settled into your accommodation, calmed the kids down a little and unpacked your sunshine wardrobe, what next? Well, there's Universal Studios and the Harry Potter theme park, Walt Disney World Resort, Wet 'n Wild, Sea World, Discovery Cove... don't expect the little ones to remain calm for long.

If the grown-ups get a say on the holiday itinerary, outlet shopping is fantastic in Orlando, and nearby Kennedy Space Center is the ultimate experience in big boys' toys. 

Kissimee is a popular alternative to staying in Orlando, as it's a little quieter.

Car hire is the most popular option, as four wheels are essential if you want to make the most of your time in Orlando or the coastal areas to the east and west, such as Daytona Beach and Tampa Bay.

How to get there

Orlando is well-serviced with flights from all over the UK and at competitive prices when you use our comparison tool ...

Flights to Orlando arrive at two major airports. Passengers on scheduled flights will land at Orlando International (MCO), while those on charter flights from the UK will alight at Orlando Sanford (SFB). Flight time is around nine hours.

However you choose to take your cocktail of fun in Orlando, flights should be booked as soon as possible to guarantee the best prices and availability.

The cheapest flights will be found out of the school holidays. Use the TravelSupermarket price-comparison tool to find the best deals and get your whole family excited as your dream holiday to Orlando becomes a step nearer.

Virgin Atlantic flies into Orlando International from London Gatwick and Manchester year round and also operates a number of flights during the summer months from Glasgow. BA has daily flights from Gatwick.

Additionally you can reach Orlando on one stop flights from all over the UK with United, American Airlines, Delta, US Airways, KLM, Air France and Lufthansa.

Charters are operated by Thomson, Thomas Cook and Monarch into Sanford.

Getting to and from the airport

Orlando's transport system is modern and round-the-clock...

Getting to your hotel or self-catering villa in the Orlando area is easy from both airports - whether you are staying in the main tourist location of International Drive or the perhaps shoppers' favourite Colonial Drive.

There are plenty of taxis and airport shuttle buses available too. Try to book ahead to get discounts and avoid queues.

Where to stay?

Orlando offers great options for families and couples, with exciting locations and places to stay...

The vast majority of British holidaymakers who head to Orlando have Disney World at the top of their must-visit list. Most opt to stay as near to the famous theme park as possible and luckily there are some excellent options.

The well-known chain hotels are actually a very good bet as the rooms are large and often have cooking facilities, which is handy for those on a budget or those who enjoy the flexibility of cooking their own meals.

If luxury is an option, Orlando is home to several five-star hotels and resorts - look at resort options near Orange or Wyndham Lakes or the Universal Orlando resort itself.

If you are on a budget, stay a little further out from the theme parks and famous resorts and opt for an inn or motel. In the USA, and Orlando in particular, these are very family friendly and many have swimming pools to keep you cool in that Florida sunshine.

Campsites, or campgrounds as they say in the USA, are also increasingly popular - especially if you love the outdoors. Orlando's tourist board recommends these for those who want to explore. The growing trend for camping gives visitors a chance to discover why Orlando's nickname is The City Beautiful. Facilities are very modern and offer close proximity to popular outdoor activities including hiking, fishing, boating, bike paths and equestrian trails.

And don't forget Orlando's sunny climate: Central Florida's cool autumn and spring months are a perfect time to get back to nature and sleep under the stars.