In this edition of the Orlando Media Newsletter, learn why Orlando ranked among the most disability friendly cities in the U.S., find some of the best rooms with a view throughout the destination and read about the latest Orlando openings, including a new value hotel with free breakfast, transportation to the parks and happy hour.
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Orlando ranked among the most disability-friendly cities in the U.S. by The Valuable 500, a collective of CEOs dedicated to disability inclusion. And with Autism Awareness Month approaching, Orlando remains committed to its inclusive initiatives across its countless attractions and resorts.
- Orlando’s major theme parks – Universal Orlando, Walt Disney World, SeaWorld Orlando, and LEGOLAND – have comprehensive park and resort guides for guests with disabilities and special needs that align with the American Disability Association’s (ADA) guidelines.
The Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens, Gatorland, Lake Eola Park, the Serenity Garden at Wekiwa Springs State Park and Harry P. Leu Gardens are all family and outdoor attractions that present guests with nature-filled fun. All are handicap accessible and offer educational opportunities for visitors.
Kennedy Space Center Visitors Complex offers interactive elements for guests with cognitive disabilities to interact with and several accommodations such as quiet areas and wheelchair rentals.
- The Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts and The Orlando Repertory Theatre offer quiet rooms, resource guides, noise-cancelling earmuffs, adjusted lighting and effects during shows.
Attractions like iFLY Orlando, Putting Edge and WonderWorks feature immersive experiences including assisted indoor skydiving, a wheelchair accessible indoor mini-golf course and educational amusement park with hands-on exhibits for visitors to explore their imagination.
Orlando resorts boast some of the most unforgettable views, from volcano eruptions to fireworks to the African savanna.
- For volcano views with a sky-high twist, guests can head to Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort or Universal’s Aventura Hotel. Visitors can relax in their rooms while enjoying the tropical view of waterfalls during the day and the amazing display of the Krakatau volcano at Universal’s Volcano Bay erupting with fiery “lava” at night.
- Visitors can enjoy fireworks views from the comfort of their resort at Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort, JW Marriott Orlando Bonnet Creek Orlando Resort & Spa, Waldorf Astoria Orlando, Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort, Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort and Disney’s Polynesian Villa & Bungalows.
Guests can spot zebras, giraffe, wildebeest and more exotic animals grazing in the lush savanna at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge – home to over 30 species of African wildlife.
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What’s New and Upcoming Around Orlando
The Drury Plaza Hotel Orlando within the Disney Springs area is officially open for guests this spring. The property features a variety of amenities including full complimentary breakfast, Drury’s signature 5:30 Kickback® with evening snacks and cold beverages, free shuttle service to all four Walt Disney World theme parks and early entry to each of them and no resort fees.
Smoke & Donuts opened in Orlando’s Milk District and features a chef-created menu with fan favorites like the Bar-B-Cuban sandwich, Cucumber and Cabbage Slaw and delicious Mac & Cheese.
Travelers visiting Disney’s Hollywood Studios’ Toy Story Land will be able to savor delicious eats at Roundup Rodeo BBQ when it opens March 23.
MEGACON Orlando – the Southeast’s largest comics, sci-fi, horror, anime and gaming event – returns March 30 – April 2 at the Orange County Convention Center. The four-day event will feature family friendly attractions, celebrity autograph and photo opportunities, how-to workshops, themed shopping and more.
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Did You Know?
Orlando was named the largest U.S. travel and tourism city destination for 2022 by the World Travel & Tourism Council, earning $31 billion from tourism.