DriveShare Orlando: Travel Guide

Make a grand escape from the grind to one of the most visited cities in the United States. Orlando is known worldwide as the theme park mecca, home to 19 different theme parks that capture the awe and imagination of visitors of all ages. With so many immersive experiences, planning an Orlando adventure can be overwhelming. To help, we have curated a list of Orlando’s best to help elevate your great escape!

Adventures

Discovery Cove

Discovery Bay Orlando 
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Photo by Michael Lowin

Beat the Florida heat and embark on an all-inclusive aquatic adventure! Discover exotic white sand beaches and swim through tropical lagoons. Spend your day snorkeling with Manta Rays or get up close and personal with dolphins. Travel light! This paradise park offers unlimited food & drinks, sunscreen, towels, and access to wet suits and snorkel gear. Upgrades are available to elevate your adventure, from private cabana rentals to guided underwater walking tours. The Discovery Cove is open for adventure from 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM daily.

Disney’s Magic Kingdom

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Visit the park that put Orlando on the map. Since 1972, folks from all over the world have ventured here to make an enchanting escape from reality. Make your family’s Disney dreams come true and meet your favorite characters as you peruse the park. Embark on classic adventures from exploring The Haunted Mansion to catching a high-speed thrill ride through Space Mountain. Hours vary by season, cruise here for more details.

Kennedy Space Center

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Explore a museum that is out of this world! Come in and catch a rare glimpse of space rockets and artifacts from the moon. Visitors can also get the inside scoop about astronaut life and even try their hand at a space flight simulator. Additionally, the Launchpad at Kennedy Space Center is still active, and you might even get to see a space launch unfold before your very eyes! The Kennedy Space Center is about an hour’s drive from Orlando and is open daily from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

Universal Studios

Universal Studios, Orlando
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If your family prefers the Hogwarts Castle over Cinderella’s Castle, Universal Studios is your destination. See your favorite characters from the silver screen from the classic franchises of The Mummy, Transformers, Jurassic Park, and more! Hours vary by season cruise here for more details.  

Legoland Florida

LegoLand Orlando Florida
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Visit a park themed around one of the most painful things to step on, Legos! We kid, of course, and if you have kids ages 2 to 12, this park is a great place to build family memories. Outside of the thrill rides, you will be amazed by the brick-built decorations throughout the park. Legoland is about a 45-minute drive from Orlando and its hours vary by season, cruise here for more details.

Cruise Orlando in a cool car

196 Pontiac Lemans available for rent on DriveShare

Life is better in a classic! Renting a classic car with us is a great way to elevate your dream vacation and bond with the family. We recommend cruising through Orlando’s Old Town. This district is home to many shops and local eateries and is considered the local hangout spot for car lovers. Immerse yourself in the local car scene, listen to live local bands and get a bite to eat.

Good Eats

Vito’s Chop House

Orlando steakhouse
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On your date night, escape from the crowds and venture to Vito’s where you and your special someone can indulge in delicious cuts carved tableside. If pasta is your preference, there is also a wide selection of Italian dishes. Vito’s has a vast wine and cocktail list to ensure the perfect pairing. Vito’s Chop House is open from Sunday through Thursday from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM and Friday through Saturday from 5:00 PM to 9:30 PM.

Fun Town Pizza & Pasta Buffet

Stop in for the best deal in dining at Legoland! Dine until you drop on a variety of fresh pasta, pizza, and salad. Fun Town Pizza & Pasta is open daily from 11:00 AM through 9:00 PM.

HighBall & Harvest

This local favorite gets its name from Florida’s rich history in railroad transportation and agriculture. Splurge on savory southern farm-to-table favorites such as Red Snapper with fried Okra on the side and more! Highball & Harvest is in the Ritz Carlton Hotel and is open daily for breakfast from 7:00 AM to 11:00 AM, lunch from 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM and dinner from 5:30 PM to 10:00 PM.

Cinderella’s Royal Table

Catch a rare glimpse of the inside of Cinderella’s Castle! Take a seat at the royal table and have a hearty meal fit for a Princess [or Prince].  Cinderella’s Royal Table is open from Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 7:45 PM and Saturday through Sunday from 8:00 AM to 10:00 PM.  Pre-paid reservation and park admission are required to dine. Cruise here for details.

The Hot Dog Hall of Fame

If you find yourself in need of a quick bite at Universal Studios City Walk, the Hot Dog Hall of fame will knock your hunger out of the park! Try a home run menu filled with famous franks, all named after cities across the fruited plain. The Hot Dog Hall of Fame is open daily from 11:00 AM to 11:00 PM. 


Places to stay

Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort, Photo by Benjamin E., Wikipedia Commons

Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort

Retreat from the crowds and get back to nature! Don’t let the rustic look of these quaint cabins fool you, as they are full of standard suite amenities such as a full kitchen and bath, complimentary Wi-Fi and air conditioning. Guests can also rent spaces for tent camping, travel trailers and motorcoaches. This resort is also bustling with family-friendly recreational activities. Campers big and small can embark on trail rides, try their hand at archery, tour the resort in a horse-drawn carriage and more!

Eõ Inn

Enjoy downtown convenience at a fraction of the price of the big hotels. All rooms boast romantic views of the city, and your room is a short walk away from over 30 bars and restaurants. Shuttle service is available to the theme parks and parking is free of charge to guests.

Loews Royal Pacific Resort

After a long day of cruising Universal Studios, retreat to an oasis of fun. Get swept away amongst palm trees and a large refreshing pool. Refuel in-room or at one of four unique eateries and lounges. Turn in and turn down for the night in swank island-style rooms great for business travel and pleasure. Universal ticket holders have access to exclusive theme-park benefits! Paid self-parking and valet services are available.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge

Discover a deluxe resort situated amongst lush African savannahs bustling with wildlife. Check-in and check-out beautiful rooms accented with authentic African artwork. Explorers of all ages recommend spending a little extra for a savannah view room as giraffes and other wildlife can be seen right from your balcony! After you get settled in your room, set out on a safari for an even closer encounter with the resort’s wildlife. Paid parking is available, cruise here for details.

Legoland Hotel

Stay and play just steps away from Legoland theme park. Builders of all ages will love the fun-filled Lego-themed rooms, boasting two TVs and separate sleeping areas for the kids. Amenities included in your stay: daily breakfast buffet, self-parking, access to a heated pool and more!


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