Welcome to Orlando!
Ahhhhh! Orlando: The City
Beautiful. The Orlando-Kissimmee area has so much to offer that you can’t
possibly do it all while you’re in town for the Joint meeting. Many people
gravitate towards the most popular theme parks while they are here: Disney World
and the Universal Studios parks. But there’s much more available. We’ll
mention some of the others here in case there is something you’d rather do, but
might not know about.
Downtown Disney and
Universal’s “City Walk” provide various shopping, dining, and nightlife options.
For example, Cirque du Soleil has a nightly show in Downtown Disney.
International Drive and Old Town Kissimmee are streets filled with similar
entertainment options including Wonderworks and Ripley’s Believe It Or Not
Museum. Other local attractions include Sea World, Holy Land Experience, and
Gatorland. And there seems to be a Dinner Show to meet almost any diner’s genre
preference: Arabian horse shows to Pirate’s stories to Mysteries. Attractions
which are a bit further away include Kennedy Space Center and Fantasy of
And for those of you who
plan on soaking up some warmth to replenish yourself from harsh winter weather,
there are various water parks and golfing options galore. For beach enthusiasts,
Cocoa Beach (of I Dream of Genie) is approximately an hour away, while Daytona
Beach is slightly further.
Some of the attractions
events listed above require advance preparation/ticket purchase. While you are
in town, pick up a copy of the Orlando Weekly, a local entertainment and event
guide that will let you know about shows that are happening that week in many of
the above locations and at other venues in the surrounding area.
Here are some websites that
provide much more detail about the options above:
Most importantly, connect
to old friends and have lots of fun while you are in Orlando…after all, it’s
home to the “the happiest place on earth!”