Off to Orlando for Holiday Fun

With cooler temps, less crowds, holiday celebrations and big savings, there's no better time to come to Orlando! Read on to see what’s happening in Orlando this holiday season and plan your escape now!

Florida residents, are you ready for some well-deserved staycation fun this holiday season? Escape to a “winter wonderland” with lots of holiday excitement, over-the-top resorts and unforgettable outdoor adventures in Orlando. Just hours away from anywhere in Florida, our destination is filled with places to enjoy open-air fun, starting with our expansive theme parks and attractions, and plenty of al fresco dining options. Stay and save big with these Florida resident offers and be sure to nab discount tickets while you’re at it.

Save on discount tickets: Orlando Theme Parks, Attractions & Experiences

Orlando is going above and beyond to help protect you and your family while you’re here, including enhanced safety and cleaning measures that meet CDC and state guidelines. All of our water parks and theme parks are limiting capacity to allow for proper social distancing. (Masks are also required while in public places, but may not be worn on water rides or in wave pools.) In short, we’re committed to earning your trust from the moment you arrive and with each new adventure along the way.

Learn more: Healthy Travel & What's Open

Cinderella's Castle at Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World Resort with a Holiday theme and lights
Cinderella Castle at Magic Kingdom® Park, Part of Walt Disney World® Resort

If you’re seeking a magical wonderland guaranteed to have your family singing “fa-la-la-la” all the way home, no one does it better than Orlando’s world-famous theme parks and attractions with ample opportunities for memory-making fun. Celebrate the season at all of our theme parks with holiday fun included with your park admission.

Learn more: Orlando's Theme Parks Welcome You Back

Enjoy the magic of the season at Walt Disney World® Resort, including festive celebrations at all four theme parks. Dive into an ocean of family-friendly holiday fun at SeaWorld® Orlando’s Christmas Celebration. And stay tuned for details about holiday festivities at Universal Orlando Resort. Take advantage of big savings and fewer crowds this holiday season with limited capacity and effective social-distancing measures to help ensure safe family fun. (Please note that reservations are required for Walt Disney World Resort and SeaWorld Orlando theme parks.)

Learn more: Holly Jolly Holiday Events in Orlando


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Orlando’s Over-the-Top Resorts

You can revel in holiday decor at our hotels and resorts, too! Whether you’re seeking a well-deserved staycation in a full-service resort or a budget-minded base of operations for your Orlando getaway, you’ll be glad to know that hotels and resorts for every preference and price point are open throughout Orlando. Our accommodations are also going above and beyond to protect your family’s health and safety with enhanced cleanliness programs that adhere to CDC guidelines. Plus, Florida residents can save up to 30% now at many of our hotels and resorts to make your visit more affordable than ever.

Learn more: FL Resident Offers

To really get away during your getaway, we recommend full-service accommodations with exceptional service and enticing extras such as lush lazy rivers, full-fledged themed water playgrounds, secluded outdoor areas and more — including the popular options featured here. Check out this blog to discover even more awe-inspiring resorts in Orlando and their new safety measures, including Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World® Resort, Orlando World Center Marriott, Rosen Plaza and many others!

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Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress hotel exterior signature shot.
Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress

Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress

Situated on 1,500 acres just 1 mile from Walt Disney World Resort, the award-winning Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress pairs unforgettable outdoor adventures with newly renovated guestrooms and suites. Dive into an 800,000-gallon, half-acre, free-flowing lagoon pool, or get secluded in a private cove with rocky cliffs and a rope bridge. You can also splash around in waterfalls, swim through caves, or race down a waterslide. (There’s even a lakeside sandy beach!) You can look forward to a host of other amenities, too, including kayaking, golf, tennis, exceptional onsite dining and more.

Learn more: Hyatt’s Global Care & Cleanliness Commitment

An aerial view of the Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek pool, surrounded by palm trees.
Credit: Waldorf Astoria® Orlando

Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek and Waldorf Astoria® Orlando

Believe it or not, the 482-acre nature preserve that surrounds these adjacent Hilton properties is right in the middle of Walt Disney World Resort. As is Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek’s 3-acre lazy river pool with water slide, along with everything else that makes these two of Orlando’s best hotels. You can also look forward to Waldorf Astoria Orlando’s Rees Jones-designed golf course, as well as acclaimed dining and nightlife. Best of all, guests of either property get access to all facilities and amenities at both resorts, perfect for your resort getaway!

Learn more: Hilton CleanStay With Lysol Protection

A daytime view of the pool and palm trees with the JW Marriott Orlando Bonnet Creek hotel in the background

JW Marriott Orlando Bonnet Creek Resort & Spa

It’s true: Orlando now has two JW Marriott properties! Joining JW Marriott Orlando, Grande Lakes, the brand-new JW Marriott Orlando Bonnet Creek Resort & Spa features a resort pool with splash pad, a rooftop terrace boasting nightly views of theme park fireworks (when available), specialty hotel restaurants and of course, a Spa by JW®. And it’s just a stone’s throw from Walt Disney World Resort!

An aerial of the pools and amenities at the JW Marriott Orlando, Grande Lakes
JW Marriott Orlando, Grande Lakes

JW Marriott Orlando, Grande Lakes

Play in and on the water at JW Marriott Orlando, Grande Lakes, an exceptional resort minutes from the heart of Orlando’s International Drive tourism district. Get wild with poolside fun, kayak down the headwaters of the Florida Everglades, fish on a private lake, or relax on a meandering lazy river. For adventures on land, choose from the Greg Norman-designed signature golf course, a sand volleyball court or even a life-sized chessboard. Don’t skip on a tasting tour of their restaurants’ award-winning chefs, either!

Learn more: Marriott International’s Commitment to Clean

A nighttime view of the splash area and water slides at the Renaissance Orlando hotel pool

Renaissance Orlando At SeaWorld

Adjacent to its namesake theme park, Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld isn’t just a great place to stay — it’s also an awesome place to play thanks to its onsite water park, R Aqua Zone! For a more relaxing vibe, take advantage of the calming sanctuary of the resort’s Privai Spa, or indulge in exceptional dining at one of their six outstanding restaurants and lounges.


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Orlando’s Thrilling Water Parks

Orlando’s themed water parks offer an ocean of wonderfully wet experiences you won’t soon forget — including water slides galore, miles of lazy rivers, and some of the best wave pools in the country. Slather on the sunscreen, grab some cool sunglasses and a waterproof camera, and get ready to dive into the splashiest fun imaginable at incredible water parks throughout the destination!

A girl underwater touching a sea urchin at SeaVenture: Underwater Walking Tour in Discovery Cove.
Discovery Cove®

Discovery Cove®

That fall cruise may have been canceled, but you can still visit paradise even without a passport at Discovery Cove, where your family can get close to bottlenose dolphins, snorkel through coral reefs or lounge about in your own private cabana with all-inclusive amenities, such as meals, snacks and beverages throughout the day. Swim with thousands of tropical fish at The Grand Reef, have face-to-face encounters with playful otters and marmosets at Freshwater Oasis, and meet some new feathered friends at Explorer’s Aviary. You can also find inner peace at Serenity Bay and Wind-Away River! Reservations are required.

A couple on a water raft ride at Aquatica Orlando.
Aquatica® Orlando

Aquatica® Orlando

Part of the SeaWorld® Orlando family, Aquatica Orlando combines lush beaches and wave pools, unique animal experiences with Commerson’s dolphins and an exotic fish grotto, and a playful personality. Complement the experience with Aquatica’s adrenaline-pumping attractions, or just soak up the sun from the comfort of a private cabana or lounge chair on white, sandy beaches. Reservations are required.

LEGOLAND® Florida Water Park

If you’re visiting Orlando with little ones, you can build a day of aquatic fun — literally — at LEGOLAND Florida Resort’s onsite water park, which is available as an add-on to regular park admission. The whole family can test out the waters in the wave pool, or get drenched by a 300-gallon water bucket that will leave you wanting more! You can also make a splash on the tubular slides for varying adventure levels before bringing your aquatic LEGO® ideas to life at Build-a-Raft River.

Island H20 Live! waterpark racing mat slides.
Island H2O Live! at Margaritaville Resort Orlando

Island H2O Live!

Adjacent to Margaritaville Resort Orlando, the brand-new Island H2O Live! water park is the first of its kind in that it’s themed completely around social media. Streaming and posting your experience is all a part of the fun — simply sync up your wristband with their app and make some waves! The park offers more than 20 aquatic experiences, including exhilarating drop slides, a lazy river, a wave pool and even a children’s area to ensure fun for the whole family.

At the current time, Disney’s Blizzard Beach® and Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon® are closed at Walt Disney World® Resort. Additionally, Universal’s Volcano Bay will close at Universal Orlando Resort starting Nov. 2, with an expected reopening date in March 2021.


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Orlando’s Outdoor Adventures

Orlando also offers a ton of unforgettable eco-friendly adventures — and there’s never been a better time to immerse yourself in our greater outdoors. Gear up for a wild time and get away from it all with kayaking, zip-lines, off-road adventures and more!

Learn more: Orlando Ecotourism

A woman kayaking in a clear kayak in Orlando.
Explore Crystal-Clear Water in Orlando

Aquatic Outdoor Adventures in Orlando

Orlando offers many opportunities for kayaking and canoeing, where you can experience tranquil, enchanting adventures on Central Florida’s pristine waterways and crystal-clear springs. Discover natural springs throughout the Orlando area. Some of the best are less than an hour from downtown Orlando, including Blue Spring State Park, De Leon Springs State Park, Rock Springs at Kelly Park, and Wekiwa Springs State Park, as well as unique outdoor attractions such as King’s Landing and Wekiva Island.

Learn more: Orlando’s Natural Springs

Woman on the Screamin' Gator Zip Line at Gatorland.
Screamin’ Gator Zip Line at Gatorland

Zip Line Adventures in Orlando

For up-high excitement with incredible views, you can’t go wrong with a zip line! The Screamin’ Gator Zip Line at Gatorland will carry you over gators along 1,200 feet of high-flying adventure, at heights reaching 56 feet and speeds of nearly 30 mph. Orlando Tree Trek Adventure Park and Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Garden’s Seminole Aerial Adventures also offer zip-lining opportunities for all ages. You can even go up — way up — at Wallaby Ranch Hang Gliding Flight Park.


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More to Explore

A couple taking a selfie in front of the Wheel at ICON Park.
The Wheel at ICON Park

While you’re enjoying Orlando’s refreshing water, gorgeous accommodations and wild outdoor fun, don’t lose sight of everything else there is to do while you’re here. See more options below to make the most of your staycation.

Please note: Any public location where people are present provides an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19, and there is no guarantee that you will not be exposed during your visit. Additionally, Orange County requires the use of face masks in public places, with some exceptions. Social distancing is also strongly encouraged per CDC recommendations. Some images on the website do not reflect current versions of the experiences or updated operational or safety guidelines.


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