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Nightlife: Downtown Disney & City Walk

Half the fun of the Orlando area is exploring; you can keep coming back for years and discover something new every time. But two places that need to be visited in the evenings are Downtown Disney and Universal Studios’ City Walk. When the sun goes down these entertainment villages take on the buzz of the parks and are a great place to spend an evening, with nightclubs, multiplex cinemas, shops, bars and restaurants providing a reason to stay out as late as you can stay up.

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Kennedy Space Centre

At Cape Canaveral you can visit the space centre from which NASA has launched all its space missions, from the sixties right up to the present day. There are guided tours throughout the day over the whole site, and a chance to stand beneath a colossal Apollo rocket (used to launch all the moon landings) and touch a piece of moon rock. Launches occur every few weeks, and space is set aside to watch this awe-inspiring sight.

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Water Parks

During the summer there are a number of Water Parks open in the local area. Disney have two, Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach, although there are plenty more. They are all big enough to keep you busy for a day in the sun and are full of water slides, from the relaxing to the frightening, as well as having plenty of space to just enjoy the sun.

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SeaWorld is more than just an aquarium – like the Disney and Universal parks it has plenty of rides and shows which are always being updated. One of the main attractions of SeaWorld is Shamu, a killer whale with daily acrobatic showings.

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When you’re not soaking up the sun and the views by the poolside, there are countless things to do in the Orlando/Kissimmee area for all the family. Within a forty-five minute drive from our villa, you could be at any one of seven major theme parks and three waterparks, not to mention countless fine restaurants, shops (including the largest shopping mall in Florida), golf courses and nightlife attractions.

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Universal Studios

The two Universal parks – Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure – are every bit as good as the Disney Parks. The entrance to each park is within walking distance from the other, connected by Universal’s City Walk (see nightlife attractions), a great spot to experience after your day in one of the parks.

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Walt Disney World

As a part of the Walt Disney World resort are four main theme parks: Magic Kingdom, Epcot Centre, MGM Studios and Animal Kingdom. Each is big enough to keep you busy for at least one full day of rides, rollercoasters and live shows. They are also connected to the Disney World monorail system which allows you to move for free between the parks and to walk round the Disney hotels.