Vacation Like a Pro During Pro Bowl Week in Orlando
The 2019 National Football League (NFL) Pro Bowl is bringing a full week of family-friendly football fun to Orlando from Jan. 23-27 — including many free activities — but the action doesn't stop there! Throw in our theme parks, attractions, acclaimed restaurants, top resorts and outdoor adventures, and it all adds up to the ultimate Pro Bowl vacation week packed with unforgettable experiences.
Learn more: 2019 NFL Pro Bowl in Orlando
Read on for details, and don't forget that Visit Orlando can help you save on Pro Bowl tickets and everything else you want to do in the Theme Park Capital of the World. Just enter promo code "VISIT" to save up to $10 on tickets when purchased online, and head to Tickets.VisitOrlando.com for exclusive discounts on theme parks, attractions and more. It's game time in Orlando!
See and Meet the Pros During Pro Bowl Week in Orlando
Pro Bowl Practice Field at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex
From Jan. 23-27, Orlando is the place to see and meet current NFL players and legends. First, players will be available for autographs during daily Pro Bowl Player Practices, which are free and open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World® Resort from Jan. 23-25.
On Jan. 23, the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex will also host the Pro Bowl Skills Challenge, which pits 2019 Pro Bowl players, retired greats and even Hall of Famers against each other in a series of unique competitions. Then, prior to the big game on Jan. 27, players will strut their stuff for the first-ever Pro Bowl Red Carpet — and ticketholders will be able to vote for their favorite ensembles!
Pro Bowl Experience at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex
On a related note, the Pro Bowl Experience will be available at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex from Jan. 23-26. This free, interactive fan zone will have a wide range of fun activities, including the Family Football Skills Zone, an obstacle course and much more for you to enjoy.
Adventure Like a Pro at the World's Greatest Theme Parks and Attractions
Have Pro Adventures at Orlando's World-Famous Theme Parks, Including Disney's Epcot (Pictured)
In case you haven't heard, Orlando boasts the world's best theme parks and water parks thanks to Walt Disney World Resort, Universal Orlando® Resort, SeaWorld® Orlando and LEGOLAND® Florida Resort. Their parks include:
Walt Disney World Resort
- Magic Kingdom®
- Disney's Hollywood Studios®
- Disney's Animal Kingdom®
- Disney's Blizzard Beach®
- Disney's Typhoon Lagoon®
Universal Orlando Resort
LEGOLAND Florida Resort
- LEGOLAND Florida's main theme park
- LEGOLAND Water Park (available as upgrade to regular park admission)
Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando Resort also have all-in-one dining, shopping and entertainment districts at Disney SpringsTM and Universal CityWalkTM, respectively. And SeaWorld has an incredible day resort, Discovery CoveTM, where you can swim with dolphins among other aquatic adventures.
Don't forget about our attractions beyond the theme parks, either. You'll find hundreds of unique, fun experiences throughout the area, including many that that cost $20 or less per person and others that are completely free.
Eat Like a Pro at Orlando Restaurants
Enjoy Dinner and a Show at Mango's Tropical Café in Orlando
With more than 5,000 restaurants in Orlando, there's no chance you'll be able to eat your way through all of our dining options in a week. But between celebrity chefs, homegrown culinary heroes and lots of farm-to-table freshness, you'll eat like a pro at these dining hotspots:
This location has Orlando's largest collection of celebrity chefs, including Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto's Morimoto Asia, Art Smith's Homecomin' Florida Kitchen, Tony Mantuano's Terralina Crafted Italian, Guy Fieri's Chicken Guy! and menu items at Planet Hollywood, plus others, as well as imaginative themed eateries like The Edison.
Head here to enjoy themed restaurants like Hard Rock Cafe, Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. and Bob Marley — A Tribute to Freedom, to name a few. Universal CityWalk also provides immediate access to Universal Orlando Resort's theme parks.
Taste authentic world flavors on and around Orlando's main tourism strip, including Mexican at Uncle Julio's, Caribbean at Mango's Tropical Café, Indian at Tabla Restaurant, Asian at Hanamizuki Japanese Restaurant, and just about anything else you can imagine.
Some of Orlando's most exceptional restaurants can be found in this dining district close to International Drive, including Roy Yamaguchi's Roy's Restaurant, Eddie V's Prime Seafood, Seasons 52, Rocco's Tacos and Tequila Bar, and others.
Downtown Orlando & Adjacent Neighborhoods
Acclaimed eateries like The Rusty Spoon (headed by James Beard-nominated Chef Kathleen Blake), DoveCote Brasserie, Artisan's Table, Soco Restaurant and K Restaurant will have you dining like a local and loving it when you visit the downtown Orlando area.
Just 20 minutes from downtown Orlando, Central Florida's most refined city is home to numerous culinary winners, including The Ravenous Pig, Prato, Luma on Park, blu on the avenue and other standouts. What's more, James and Julie Petrakis of The Ravenous Pig are James Beard nominees, as is Brandon McGlamery of Prato and Luma on Park.
Beat the Winter Blues Like a Pro at Orlando Resorts
Falls Pools Oasis at Orlando World Center Marriott
If you're coming to Orlando from colder climes, you'll be glad to know that our hotels and resorts have amazing pools — and most with heated water in case the weather's chilly during Pro Bowl Week. Many have plenty of extras, too, such as waterslides, underwater sound systems, lazy rivers and sandy beaches, and some even have their own onsite water parks!
If you'd prefer a home away from home, opt for a vacation rental or ownership, or go with a campground if your family likes to get back to nature. You can find accommodations for every budget on Visit Orlando's website.
Play Like a Pro With Sports and Outdoor Adventures in Orlando
Nemours Family Zone at USTA National Campus in Orlando
Football is king in Orlando during Pro Bowl Week, but there are many ways to get your game on while you're here. For starters, Orlando is the Home of American Tennis thanks to the United States Tennis Association (USTA) National Campus in Lake Nona, about 15 minutes from Orlando International Airport. Featuring 100 courts — including many that are free to play — the campus is open to the public and provides playing, training and learning experiences for athletes of all skill levels and ages.
If you prefer basketball or hockey, catch an Orlando Magic or Orlando Solar Bears game at the Amway Center. And if golf is your bag, you can tee off on more than 150 golf courses, including several designed by top pros like Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Greg Norman.
You can also challenge yourself with numerous outdoor activities and ecotourism opportunities, including off-roading, jet-skiing, zip lines, airboat tours, kayaking, horseback riding and more. Better still, cooler months like January are the best time to enjoy Orlando's outdoor experiences.
Become an Orlando Pro at Our Official Visitor Center
Orlando's Official Visitor Center, Located on International Drive
Need some help figuring out how to make the most of your time in Orlando? After you've arrived, head to Visit Orlando's Official Visitor Center for personalized planning assistance, answers to questions and even a free gift bag (while supplies last). Located on International Drive close to Universal Orlando Resort and SeaWorld, it's open 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. every day of the week, including holidays.
You can also speak with a Visit Orlando representative at the concierge desk at The Mall at Millenia. And if you have questions before you arrive in Orlando, our online Live Chat representatives are available from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. ET, all year long. Or, call us toll-free at 800-972-3304.
You can also use our free planning tools to build the perfect trip, check our blog for more tips about Orlando, and refer to VisitOrlando.com/ProBowl for a complete list of Pro Bowl Week events. See you at the big game!
Written by Nate Shelton, consumer content writer at Visit Orlando. He's an experienced journalist and native Floridian who enjoys the entertainment, cultural and culinary aspects of Orlando and Orange County.
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