Fast Facts About Orlando
A trip to Orlando is always special, and we know you’ll want to make the most of it. Here’s how.
REAL ID Requirements
Beginning Oct. 1, 2020, domestic U.S. travelers who wish to fly on commercial aircraft will be required to possess a REAL ID-compliant card issued by their state’s driver’s-licensing agency, or an acceptable alternative such as a U.S. passport. All U.S. states are required to issue REAL ID-compliant cards by the same date.
Domestic travelers who do not have REAL ID-compliant cards or an acceptable alternative will not be permitted to access federal facilities, which include TSA airport security checkpoints. Children under 18 will be exempt from REAL ID requirements when traveling with an adult companion with acceptable identification. (Travelers from other countries can read about U.S. entry requirements here.)
If you are planning a domestic trip to Orlando on or after Oct. 1, 2020, please ensure that you have REAL ID-compliant identification or an acceptable alternative before arriving at your airport. The upper top portion of REAL ID-compliant cards will have one of five markings: a gold star, a black star, a gold circle with white star, a black circle with white star, or a gold bear with white star.
To obtain a REAL ID-compliant card, visit your state’s driver’s-licensing agency website to learn what your state requires to obtain a REAL ID. At a minimum, you will need to provide documentation for your full legal name, date of birth, Social Security number, two proofs of principal residence, and lawful U.S. status.
As of Sept. 5, 2019, 50 U.S. states and territories are fully compliant with REAL ID requirements, and all states will begin issuing REAL ID-compliant licenses and IDs by Oct. 1, 2020. Additionally, Enhanced Driver’s Licenses (EDLs) issued by Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Vermont and Washington are considered acceptable alternatives to REAL ID-compliant cards.
See visual examples of REAL ID-compliant markings and cards, and read more about the REAL ID Act.
Getting Around Orlando
- Taxis, shuttle vans, private car pick-ups and ride-share services such as Uber and Lyft are available just outside the door on the baggage claim level at both Orlando International Airport (MCO) and Orlando Sanford International Airport (SFB).
- Many Orlando hotels and resorts offer complimentary airport shuttles. Check to see if yours does before leaving home.
- Guests staying at select hotels at Walt Disney World® Resort and Universal Orlando Resort can take advantage of complimentary, roundtrip service from and to Orlando International Airport.
- Drivers using Orlando-area toll roads should note the “Exact Change Only” and “Change and Receipts” toll lanes, as well as those marked for use only by vehicles with SunPass and E-Pass transponders. Tollbooths do not accept credit cards, and transponder-only lanes will not accept cash.
- These downloadable maps of Orlando will help you easily plan your trip around the destination.
Learn More: Orlando Transportation
Orlando Sales and Resort Tax
- In Central Florida, taxes on purchases range from 6 to 7 percent on all merchandise except “necessary” grocery items and medicine.
- In Orlando and Orange County, a 6-percent resort tax is imposed on all hotel rooms in addition to 6.5-percent sales tax.
Learn More: Places to Stay in Orlando
Tipping at Orlando Restaurants
- At full-service restaurants in Orlando and throughout the United States, tipping is customary at 15 to 20 percent.
- Additionally, many Orlando restaurants assess an automatic tip of 15 to 18 percent for larger parties.
Learn More: Orlando Restaurants
- Sunshine and warm temperatures are hallmarks of an Orlando vacation, but keep in mind that afternoon rain is common during summer months.
- Expect daytime highs around 69° F (21° F) from December through February, with June through September temperatures rising to 89° F (32° C).
Learn More: Orlando Weather
- Orlando hosts a wealth of annual events, including seasonal and holiday celebrations.
- Visit Orlando’s full listing of events and free things to do in Orlando will help you easily plan your trip.
Learn More: Events in Orlando
Orlando Phone Numbers
- Orlando and its surrounding areas primarily use two area codes: (407) and (321).
- Here are important phone numbers to keep handy during your visit to Orlando:
- Emergencies (Police/Fire/Ambulance): 911
- Directory Assistance: 411
- Orlando's Official Visitor Center: (407) 363-5872
Need More Information About Orlando?
- Refer to this guide for first-time visitor tips.
- Orlando’s Official Visitor Center on International Drive sells discounted theme park and attraction tickets, and provides currency-exchange services. Additionally, our friendly, multilingual Vacation Guides can answer questions and assist you with planning in person or via telephone at (407) 363-5872.
- If you are a meeting planner wanting to find out more information about doing business in Orlando, please visit our Meetings & Conventions website.
- If you are interested in sponsorship or membership opportunities with Visit Orlando, please visit our Members website.
- If you are a travel agent or tour operator seeking information on promoting Orlando as a destination, please visit our Travel & Trade website.