- The home of Disney World, hollywood studios and multiple theme parks
- Orlando is the 5th largest city in Florida with a population of 285,000
- Driving is on the right and cars are left hand drive
- The speed limit is 55 MPH unless otherwise posted, residential areas are 30 MPH and school zones are 20 MPH
- Driving too slowly is also an offence, for example where the speed limit is 70 MPH on certain freeways, the minimum is 50 MPH
- The summers are extremely hot, in June to September often exceeding 30 degrees C, but the climate is also extremely humid. The winters are still warm through the day, generally in the low 20’s C and 10-15 at night.
Car Hire at Orlando Airport
Orlando Airport (MCO) had over 47 million visitors in 2018 making it the busiest airport in Florida and number 10 in the USA.
Car hire companies include Dollar, Thrifty, Sixt, Alamo and Enterprise, prices start at around $20 per day for an economy car hire or $28 a day for an intermediate such as a Toyota Corolla or similar. Cars is the USA tend to have air conditioning as standard and are generally automatic transmission.
The airport is 20 miles from downtown Orlando and 20-30 minutes drive depending on the traffic.
Orlando Airport address: 1 Jeff Fuqua Blvd, Orlando, FL 32827, United States.
Guide to Orlando
Orlando is a medium sized city in the state of Florida, USA and home to just under 300,000 people, however the Orlando metro area has a population of above 2.5 million. The climate is warm to hot and humid, with temperatures regularly reaching the mid-30's C during summer, and rarely dropping below 20 in the winter daytime.
The town of Orlando was incorporated in 1875 and William Jackson Brack was the first mayor. In 1878 the first news paper launched, the Orange County Reporter. In 1889, Church Street was built - today this is a popular bustling downtown attraction with bars, restaurants, theatres and night clubs.
Into the 20th century
The City Hall was built in 1905 and in 1910 the population was recorded as 3,894 people. Throughout the 1920's, theatres, hotels and the Orange County courthouse was built, and in 1928 the Orlando Municiple Airport was opened. The population was above 27,000 by 1930.
In 1949, Gatorland opened and the population had reached 52,000 by 1950. Throuhgout the 60's and 70's, the population continued to rapidly grow and more important buildings and attractions were built including the Florida Technology University and Disney World.
For restaurants, cafés, bars, the place to start is Church Street. This is in the centre of historic Orlando, with a train station that was built in 1889.
East End market is a 2-storey market building and arcade offering a variety of mixed market stalls selling food, crafts, art and brick-a-brack.
A 'Party City' by night
There are a range of night clubs and the city is an 24 hour music and clubbing. Lasers, dance music, beats and an vibrant LGBT scene are on offer.
Things to do in Orlando
Orlando is scattered with all sorts of different theme parks. From Walt Disney to Hollywood studios and Volcano Bay to Florida Legoland.
The capital of theme parks
Famous for Disneyworld, visitors will bring their families and children from all over the world to the ultimate, fantasy family holiday and experience. Walt Disney World Florida was first opened in 1971 and has 74,000 employees. It is made up of the Magic Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, Disney’s Animal Kingdom and the Epcot Centre, as well as 2 water parks – Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach. There are numerous hotels and literally hundreds of places to eat within the boundaries and complex. The iconic Cinderalla’s castle is the central feature of the Magic Kingdom.
Within the Disney complex there are also a number of golf courses, sporting activities and camp sites too.
The numerous hotels and resorts include;
Deluxe hotels; Disney’s animal Kingdom Lodge, Beach Club resort, BoardWalk Inn, Disney Contemporary Resort, Wilderness Lodge and Yacht Club Resort.
More moderate resorts comprise;
Caribbean Beach Resort, Coronado Springs Resort and Port Orleans Resort.
There are also a number of Budget places to stay;
Disney’s All Star Movies resort, All-Star Music resort & All-Star Sports.
There is a range of on-site non-Disney hotels too such as Best Western Lake Buena Vista and DoubleTree Guest Suite.
In 2018, Disney’s combined theme parks ranked in the world’s top 8 visited, with over 54 million visits.
Other theme parks in Orlando include Gatorland, with thousands of alligators and crocodiles to see, a ‘gator zip line’ and Gator Gully Splash Park. The Kennedy Space Centre Visitor park is “one small step from Orlando” showcasing the history and wonders of space travel.
FAQ's about Orlando car hire
How much is a hire car in Orlando?
Prices start ar around $20 per day for an economy Fiat 500 or similar
How much is a family rental car in Orlando?
Prices for Chevrolet Cruze or similar start from around $30 per day
What is the speed limit on the freeway in Orlando?
The speed limit is 55 MPH unless otherwise stated
How far is it from MCO airport to downtown?
It is 21 miles from Orlando airport to downtown Orlando, you should be able to drive it in 20 minutes or so.
Which airlines fly into Orlando airport?
Orlando airport is a huge international airport, you'll find that most of the major international airlines fly there including BA, Air France, KLM, Delta, Cathay, United, American, Southwest, Qantas and more.
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