Vacation Like a Pro in 2018 During Pro Bowl Week in Orlando
You're in for the vacation of a lifetime when you come to Orlando for the 2018 NFL Pro Bowl. In addition to the big game on Jan. 28, a slate of football activities from Jan. 24–27 are in store for you. Spotlighting our theme parks, attractions, acclaimed eateries, top resorts and outdoor adventures, here's your guide to planning the best Pro Bowl vacation week in Orlando.
Come Face-to-Face With Top NFL Pros
From Jan. 24–27, you'll have numerous opportunities to see and meet NFL stars. Players will be available for autographs at the daily Pro Bowl Player Practices, which are free and open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. This venue will also host the Pro Bowl Skills Challenge, which pits Pro Bowl players against each other in a series of unique competitions.
Also during Pro Bowl week at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, the Pro Bowl Experience is a free, interactive fan zone the whole family can enjoy. Features include the Family Tailgate Photo Op presented by Ford, the Family Football Skills Zone, an obstacle course and other fun activities.
Play Like a Pro at the World's Greatest Theme Parks and Attractions
In case you haven't heard, Orlando boasts the best theme parks and water parks in the world. Better still, you can get discount tickets to all of them at Tickets.VisitOrlando.com. They include:
- Walt Disney World Resort: Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney's Hollywood Studios, Disney's Animal Kingdom, Disney's Blizzard Beach Water Park and Disney's Typhoon Lagoon Water Park
- Universal Orlando Resort: Universal Studios Florida, Universal's Islands of Adventure and Universal's Volcano Bay
Additionally, Disney and Universal have all-in-one dining, shopping and entertainment districts at Disney Springs and Universal CityWalk, respectively. And SeaWorld has an incredible day resort, Discovery Cove, where you can swim with dolphins among other aquatic adventures.
Don't forget about our attractions either. You'll find hundreds of unique, fun experiences throughout the area, including many attractions that cost less than $20 per person.
Eat Like a Pro in Orlando at Acclaimed Restaurants
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. But between top celebrity chefs and acclaimed local eateries, you'll definitely dine like a pro in these dining districts:
- Disney Springs: This location has the area's highest concentration of celebrity chefs, including Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto's Morimoto Asia and Art Smith's Homecomin', plus Guy Fieri creations at Planet Hollywood Observatory.
- Universal CityWalk: Head here to enjoy themed restaurants like Hard Rock Cafe & Live Orlando and Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.
- International Drive Area: Find authentic world flavors, including Mexican (Uncle Julio's), Indian (Tabla Restaurant), Caribbean (Mango's Tropical Cafe) and many others.
- Restaurant Row: Some of Orlando's most delicious dining can be found here, including Roy Yamaguchi's Roy's Restaurant, Eddie V's Prime Seafood, Seasons 52 and others.
- Downtown Orlando Area: Acclaimed restaurants like The Rusty Spoon, DoveCote Brasserie, Artisan's Table, , Soco Restaurant and K Restaurant will have you eating like a local.
- Winter Park: The destination's most refined suburb is home to culinary winners, including The Ravenous Pig, Prato, Luma on Park, blu on the avenue and other standouts.
'Wintermission' Like a Pro at Orlando's Resorts
If you're coming to Orlando from colder climes, you'll be glad to know our hotels and resorts have thousands of 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.
If you'd prefer a home away from home, opt for a vacation home, or go with a campground if your family prefers to get back to nature. You can find a complete listing of accommodations for every budget at our website.
Face Pro Challenges With Sports and Outdoor Adventures
Football is king in Orlando during Pro Bowl Week, but you can get your game on in numerous ways while you're in town. For starters, Orlando is the Home of American Tennis thanks to the United States Tennis Association (USTA) National Campus. With 100 courts spread over 64 acres, the campus is open to the public and provides playing, training and educational experiences for players 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 game, you'll find more than 170 golf courses in the area, including several designed by top pros like Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Greg Norman and others. As if that wasn't enough, you can challenge yourself with numerous outdoor activities, including off-roading, jet-skiing, zip lines, airboat tours, kayaking and horse-back riding, to name a few.
Become an Orlando Pro With Our Official Visitor Center
Need some help figuring out how to maximize your time in Orlando? You can get personalized planning assistance, answers to questions and even a free gift bag when you stop by Visit Orlando's Official Visitor Center. Located on International Drive, less than 15 minutes from Universal and SeaWorld, it's open 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. every day of the week, including holidays.
Visit Orlando also has a presence 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. EST, all year long. Or, call us toll-free at 800-972-3304.
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