By David Sibila
True to our long history of creativity and family fun, Orlando has become a thrilling haven for Pokémon Go players who want to experience the hit game in the theme park capital of the world. From our walkable entertainment districts to our world-famous theme parks, players can find countless numbers of PokéStops and Gyms across the destination.
Hotspots like SeaWorld and Fun Spot America have already held meetups with dozens of lure modules activated around their parks, and our walkable entertainment complexes are jackpots for players who want to get the Orlando experience without the cost of a theme park ticket.
We've compiled a list of locations to get you started as you play around Orlando. And more updates are coming. So check back with us often.
Free Areas to Play
I-Drive 360 -- Near restaurants, bars and affordable attractions, I-Drive gives you a 360 view of Orlando. With 4 Pokéstops clustered together, you can hang out in the middle for maximum advantage, and maybe even become the next gym leader of the area.
Disney Springs -- There are over 30 PokéStops inside Walt Disney World's entertainment district, in addition to new shops and delicious restaurants.
Artegon Marketplace -- With 1.1 million-square-feet of air conditioned space, Artegon is Pokémon Go paradise, offering 2 gyms, 14 Pokéstops and plenty of refreshments.
The Mall at Millenia -- Also indoors, you can hit the mall for new clothes, shoes and pick up a few Pikachu's.
Fun Spot America -- This International Drive attraction has 8 Pokéstops as well as a gym and 14 acres of park to walk around. A great place to hatch those eggs! And is free to walk around.
Universal CityWalk -- Keep your app open as soon as you arrive. There are a few PokéStops waiting once you walk out of the parking garage.
Lake Eola in Downtown Orlando -- Spend some time at the lake with more than 20 Pokéstops and nearly a mile of paved walking area. The PokéStops frequently have lures to summon more Pokémon, and there's even a rumor that a Pokémon is located at the center of Lake Eola, only accessible by swan paddle boat to the center.
Theme Park Hot Spots
SeaWorld -- There are tons of water type Pokémon and you can hit over 20 different Pokéstops while spending a day here.
LEGOLAND Florida -- The Pokémon craze has hit LEGOLAND with plenty of chances to play throughout the park but officials ask that you be safe and not play while riding attractions.
Epcot -- The World Showcase is the ultimate destination to catch Pokémon all around the world. Take some screenshots as well - maybe you'll see a Charmander on top Spaceship Earth.
Magic Kingdom -- PokéStops and Pokémon are everywhere. We suggest you bring along your phone charger and sunscreen!
Disney's Animal Kingdom -- From the front moment you walk up to the park entrance, you'll find Pokémon around almost every tree and ride in this animal theme park.
Universal Orlando -- The two theme parks at Universal Orlando Resort are also a great place to play and discover Pokémon around the parks.
Written by David Sibila, Senior Manager of Content and Social Media for Visit Orlando. He's a TV producer turned content and social media strategist, hands-on dad and a casualty of four rescued pets.