Orlando has grown up: Experience Orlando as an adult like you never have before
When you hear Orlando, you likely immediately think of theme parks overrun with children. Hardly a great getaway for a group of adults, right? In fact, did you know that half of the groups that travel to Orlando are actually child-free? Maybe it’s time to start rethinking your next getaway from the cold, Canadian winter (that we know and love, but can’t take 4 months – or more – of in a row).
Orlando has grown up. You can still enjoy a great theme park experience and the amazing warm weather, but you can do it with a themed cocktail in hand. There really isn’t anywhere quite like Orlando, and if you do it right, you can really plan your travel budget to create an unforgettable experience. Focus on the experiences and take advantage of things like the complimentary breakfast at many Hilton hotels around Orlando and rates that are a steal considering your proximity to all of the action.
From theme parks to unique experiences, here’s what’s new and exciting in Orlando.
Step into this new, immersive Disney experience. If you feel like you’re too old for Mickey Mouse and the Disney Princesses, try your hand at flying the Millennium Falcon on a smuggling mission, jumping into hyperspace towards the unknown, or joining the Resistance against the First Order. You can also build your own custom lightsaber or droid and try some of the delicious food fit for any fan – including some of the beverages featured in your favourite Star Wars movies.
If you’re used to all of that space in the Millennium Falcon, check out the Embassy Suites by Hilton International Drive I Drive 360 where all of the rooms are two-room suites! After a made-to-order complimentary breakfast, take the hotel’s complimentary shuttle to Disney, SeaWorld Orlando, and Universa Orlando Resortl where the next day’s adventure awaits.
Five of Hilton’s properties hold official Walt Disney World hotel status, including Hilton Orlando Buena Vista Palace – Disney Springs Area, Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista – Disney Springs Area, Waldorf Astoria Orlando, Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek and DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Orlando – Disney Springs Area. Guests staying at these hotels can take advantage of magical benefits, including Extra Magic Hours.
If you prefer your rollercoasters with a twist, Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure takes you through the Forbidden Forest and beyond Hogwarts Castle – all while sitting like you’re on a motorcycle. Think all of the things that you love about Harry Potter as an adult in one place. And when you’re done, you can retreat back to the comfort of your hotel room at the Hilton Home2 Suites Near Universal away from the theme park so you can rest up before you embark on the activities of the next day – even if it’s just relaxing at the hotel’s outdoor saline pool after you take in some free breakfast.
Aquatica Orlando isn’t just one of the best waterparks in Orlando, it’s one of the best in the USA! And they have added a new slide that makes you feel like you are weightlessly riding a wave as you climb a vertical water wall. KareKare Curl is both refreshing and an adrenaline rush – an unforgettable experience.
From stats, to a draft day and championship experience, the NBA Experience at Disney Springs is a full behind the scenes, immersive look at the NBA. You can test your basketball skills and see what it feels like to hear the crowd cheer just for you. Even if you don’t have the skills, you’re sure to get a couple of Instagram-worthy shots to make even the most hardcore NBA fan jealous. You can retire to your room at the nearby DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Orlando – Disney Springs™ Area feeling like an NBA champ. As the only all-suites hotel inside Walt Disney World Resort, make it a guys trip to the NBA Experience and stretch out to relax with all of the extra space. Take advantage of Hilton’s complimentary Extra Magic Hours and FastPass+ Disney passes and the shuttles to all of the parks for a full on Orlando experience.
Non-theme park experiences
If you really don’t want to have anything to do with theme parks in Orlando, there are still plenty of things to do. And the Homewood Suites by Hilton Orlando – International Drive/Convention Center is the perfect retreat out of the hustle and bustle of the theme parks. Start your day off with free breakfast at the hotel, take in some of the incredible attractions Orland has to offer, and then head back to the hotel for the complimentary evening socials after grabbing a bite in the in-suite kitchenette.
Check out these three unique Orlando experiences:
- Catch a show at Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts: From Broadway shows, to concerts, to speaker series, there is something for everyone. (https://www.drphillipscenter.org/)
- Go to Buena Vista Watersports for the ultimate watersports experience: Centrally located among the hustle and bustle of Orlando, try your hand at wakeboarding and waterski lessons, tubing, standup paddleboarding, kayaking and more. (https://www.bvwatersports.com/)
- Take a Manatee Snorkel & Swim Adventure Tour: Swim with the Manatees (Florida’s sea cows), take a boat ride up Crystal River, and go snorkeling. Regardless, this is a relaxing way to take in the beauty of nature in Orlando.