Riders screaming and laughing while seating on the Manta Ray rollercoaster at Seaworld Orlando

Beat the Winter Blues by Escaping to Orlando

Come to the Theme Park Capital of the World for blue skies, blue water and true blue wonder this winter and spring.

Tired of shoveling the driveway? Ready to put the cold on hold? Sounds like you have the winter blues … but you can trade them for sunny blue skies and sparkling blue waters with an escape to Orlando! 

From January through May, Orlando boasts average daytime highs of 78 degrees with sunny blue skies daily. Throw in warm waters at our epic water parks and lush resort pools, and wild new experiences at our theme parks and attractions, and no one will blame you if you forget how cold it is back home.

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Dive Into Blue Water in Orlando

Shed your frigid winter gear and make a splash in vibrant, relaxing blue waters throughout Orlando.

Water Parks in Orlando

Orlando’s theme parks get most of the attention, but our water parks are marvels in their own right. Dive into out-of-this-world adventures at Walt Disney World® Resort, Universal Orlando® Resort, SeaWorld® Orlando, LEGOLAND® Florida Resort and other water parks throughout the area.

Learn more: Orlando Water Parks

teens gazing into Reef Leisure Pool

Universal Orlando Resort is home to Orlando’s newest water park, Universal’s Volcano Bay™, which is easy to spot thanks to its mighty, 200-foot-tall Krakatau™ volcano. Infused with a South Pacific theme, Universal’s Volcano Bay offers the ultimate in aquatic thrills and beachside relaxation — the latter of which was recently enhanced with the introduction of private cabanas. And with the park’s innovative TapuTapu™ wearable technology, you won’t have to worry about lines during your visit!

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Empty pool at Disney's Typhoon Lagoon

Walt Disney World Resort features two stellar water parks in the magical Disney tradition. First, explore a storm-tossed tropical paradise at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon®, where the newly added Miss Adventure Falls provides one of the longest ride experiences at any Disney Park. Then, check out Disney’s Blizzard Beach® offering fun in the sun at Florida’s only ski resort. (Don’t worry, it only looks cold here!)

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Father and daughter running in the beach are of Aquatica waterpark

Aquatica, SeaWorld’s Waterpark has something new for you, too: Ray Rush, which invites you to soar, splash and slide through a wild ride modeled after a giant manta ray. Complement the experience with Aquatica’s other adrenaline-pumping attractions, or just soak up the sun from the comfort of a private cabana or lounge chair on white, sandy beaches.

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Two boys having fun at the water park in LEGOLAND® Florida Resort

If you’re visiting Orlando with children, 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. Here, the whole family can slide and swim together while kids work on their LEGO skills at Build-a-Raft River and the Build-a-Boat attraction.

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Family of three in a lazy river Surfari Water Park

Another unique way to enjoy Orlando’s blue water is Orlando Watersports Complex, which offers waterskiing, wakeboarding and more for children and adults, just minutes from Orlando International Airport. And depending on where you choose to stay in Orlando, wet and wild fun could literally be right outside your door. Numerous area resorts boast their own onsite water parks, including The Grove Resort & Spa, Holiday Inn Resort Orlando Suites, and Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld.

Play Under Blue Skies in Orlando

You won’t have much need for a jacket while exploring Orlando this winter and spring — but don’t forget the shorts and sunblock!

Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse at a parade in Walt Disney World

New Experiences and Festivals at Orlando Theme Parks & Attractions

Thanks to cooler temperatures, winter and spring are the perfect time to explore Orlando’s world-famous theme parks. And needless to say, they all have new experiences for you to enjoy.

Learn more: What’s New in Orlando

Toy Story roller coaster at Disney

At Walt Disney World Resort, there’s more to see, do, taste and experience than ever before. Soar through Pandora—the World of Avatar, party with some of your Pixar pals and play big in the all-new Toy Story Land, taste your way across the festivals of Epcot®, and enjoy a brand-new celebration with Mickey and Minnie.

At Universal Orlando Resort, put the pedal to the metal at Universal Studios Florida™’s Fast & Furious — Supercharged, and witness that park’s new nighttime spectacle, Universal Orlando’s Cinematic Celebration. If you’re a fan of the Boy Who Lived, get ready to explore The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ to your heart’s content ahead of the 2019 debut of an eagerly anticipated Harry Potter ride at Universal’s Islands of Adventure™.

Family on Infinity Falls raft ride at SeaWorld Orlando

In addition to Ray Rush at Aquatica, 2018 saw the premiere of SeaWorld’s most intense raft ride yet, Infinity Falls, which will take you on an epic journey down a lost jungle river. And at LEGOLAND Florida, get ready for the first virtual-reality roller coaster designed just for kids at The Great LEGO Race.

Late winter and spring is also prime festival time at Orlando’s theme parks. These include Universal Orlando Resort’s Mardi Gras (Feb. 9 – Apr. 4), Disney’s 2019 Epcot International Festival of the Arts (Jan. 18 – Feb. 25) and 2019 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival (Mar. 6 – June. 3), and SeaWorld’s Seven Seas Food Festival(Feb. 9 – May 5), which are complemented by other fun happenings all over town.

People cheering in the Universal Studios Florida Mardi Gras parade as a float goes by

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