106 Feet Above Sea Level
93.5 Square Miles
Located in the central part of Florida, Orlando
sits at the intersection of I-4 and the Florida Turnpike. It is located 84
miles east of Tampa, 229 Miles northwest of Miami and 142 miles southwest of
Orlando is located in the Eastern Time Zone (when
itâ€™s noon in Orlando, itâ€™s 11:00am in Chicago and 9:00am in Los Angeles).
Orlando observes Daylight Savings Time
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Orlando enjoys a year round warm climate. The
winter is popular with many tourists as the temperatures average in the low-mid
60â€™s F, making it the perfect time to enjoy the numerous sites and attractions
which make up this number 1 tourist destination in the world. In the spring,
fall and winter, it is usually less crowded with the exception of spring break
and when large convention groups are in town. Summer is the season for Orlando
as a result of children being off from school. This includes not only visitors
from the United States but worldwide as well. Summer can also be very warm and
humid, so be sure to dress accordingly. Shorts are acceptable wear at all
of the major attractions and most restaurants. It is also the perfect time to
enjoy one of the numerous water theme parks in the area. Jump in and cool off,
the waters fine!
How to Get There:
Orlando International Airport
Offers direct or nonstop service from 60 U.S.
cities and two dozen international destinations, serving more than 30 million
passengers on the average annually. All major car-rental companies are located
at or near the airport.
Orlando Sanford International Airport
much smaller than the main airport, but it has grown a bit in recent years. The
airport has most of the major car rental desks on site. Mears Transportation
shuttles also serve it.
Orlando International is 25 miles east of Walt
Disney World and 20 miles south of downtown. At rush hour (7-9am and 4-6pm), the
drive can be a torturous hour or more; at other times, it's about 30 to 40
Driving to Walt Disney World
To get from the airport to the attractions, take
the North exit out of the airport to Highway 528 West. Follow signs to I-4; it
takes about 30 to 40 minutes to get to Walt Disney World if the traffic isn't
too heavy (double or worse in rush hour or when there's an accident). When you
get to I-4, follow the signs west toward the attractions.
Heavy traffic and numerous crisscrossing highways
make driving in the Orlando area challenging. Be sure to arm yourself with a
good map and avoid traveling during rush hoursâ€”7-9 am and 4-6 pmâ€”particularly on
I-4 north from downtown. The area's most traveled highway, I-4 runs southwest to
Tampa and northeast to Daytona Beach. (Official signs say "West" or "East.") I-4
provides access to almost any part of the city and its suburbs.
Greyhound Bus Terminal
555 John Young Parkway, Orlando
1400 Sligh Blvd. (about a mile from downtown), Orlando.
Most of the area's east-west highways are toll
roads: The Bee Line Expressway skirts the airport on the north, and the
East-West Expressway (or Highway 408) passes south of downtown. The Bee Line is
the best bet for traveling to Port Canaveral, Kennedy Space Center or Cocoa
Between the airport and attractions, use I-4 and
its connection with the Bee Line Expressway to save time and money. The Greenway
(Highway 417) also connects the airport with Disney Worldâ€”though it may be less
congested during busy times, it's a bit longer and far more expensive.
Cars play a big role in most Florida vacations:
Those who don't drive to the state usually rent a vehicle on arrival. If you
confine your stay to Walt Disney World, you can get by without a car, but if you
plan to hop between parks or to see other area attractions, you'll want wheels.
Familiarize yourself with the area highways so
you can figure out the best way to get where you're going. International Drive
in Orlando continues to be difficult and time-consuming to navigate because
hotels and attractions are so close together. Some hotel