Located in the state of of Florida, the United States of America. Nicknamed “The Theme Park Capital of the World”, Orlando is famed for having various world-class theme parks and resorts. It welcomes more than 60 million tourists yearly, and is among the most visited and most livable cities in the country. It is also home to plenty of international conferences, exhibitions and conventions.
The currency accepted in Orlando in the US Dollar (USD). 1 USD is equal to 7.75 HKD.
Some famous tourist destinations in Orlando are:
Walt Disney World Resort:This is the most visited holiday resort in the world, and the biggest of all the Walt Disney resorts. Welcoming more than 50 million visitors yearly, the resort stretches over an area of more than 27000 acres, offering more than 30 hotels, 4 theme parks, 2 water parks and plenty of other entertainment areas.
Universal Studios Flora: Only second in size to Walt Disney World Resort, this is another popular holiday destination in the city. The resort offers 2 theme parks, various hotels and a nighttime entertainment area.
Downtown Orlando:As the heart of the beautiful Orlando, many of the city’s tallest buildings stand here, such as the SunTrust Center and The Vue at Lake Eola.
Lake Eola Park:This is located just next to Downtown area and is the most popular park in Orlando. Lake Eola is the major landmark in the park, and its fountain is an icon of the city. There are also the Walt Disney Amphitheater, a venue of various public events and performances. There are many events held in the park all year round, such as the Fireworks Over the Fountain (on July 4th yearly) and Fiesta in the Park.
The main international airport serving the city is the Orlando International Airport (MCO), which is located 6 miles from Downtown Orlando. An average taxi ride from the airport to the city center should cost about 172 HKD. There are a few of airlines that offer flights from Hong Kong to Orlando; including ANA, Cathay Pacific, Emirates, Japan Airlines, Qatar and United.
Hong Kong citizens who wish to enter the United States for vacation purposes need to apply for non-immigrant visa B-1 or B-2, which requires that their passport needs to have a minimum validity of 6 months.
Orlando’s climate is strongly influenced by the Gulf Stream and its location on the peninsula of Florida. It is characterised by high level of humidity. There are 2 distinct seasons in a year. Spanning from May to September is the hot and rainy season (summer), where temperatures average around 32 – 36 °C. Strong heat and thunderstorms are experienced often in this season. Spanning throughout the rest of the year is the cool and dry season (winter), where temperatures average around 16 °C. It is rare that temperatures reach below freezing point in Orlando. We recommend that you visit the city in winter season to avoid the high level of humidity and heat.
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*All information and prices are valid as at December 2015.
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