Friday, 25 March 2016

10 Ideas For Ways To Spend An Evening Or Night In Orlando, Florida


How To Spend an evening or night in Orlando, Florida

When it comes to Orlando, Florida you really are spoiled for choice when it comes to how to spend your days there. Not only that but there are also some great places to visit as the sun starts to set on the Sunshine State. I've included 10 of my suggestions on how to spend an evening/night in Orlando and there should be more than a couple of ideas for a whole host of parties. So whether you're visiting with your kids, your best friends, your family or on your own, you should find something right up your street in today's Travel Tips post.

Something well worth bearing in mind, you have to be 21 to consume alcohol legally in the States. Even if being 21 is just a distant memory, be prepared to show ID anywhere that serves alcohol so bars, restaurants, clubs, etc. Basically if you're planning on drinking during your vacation make sure to have a suitable form of identification on you. I always carry my passport on my person when I'm out and about in Orlando, just in case.

How to spend an evening/night at Universal CityWalk Orlando

Universal CityWalk

Universal's Citywalk is made for those of us who love a good night out. Open until 2am there are plenty of places at CityWalk to keep you entertained. There are bars, nightclubs, live music, restaurants, mini golf, a cinema and the experience that is; Blue Man Group.

You do have to pay for parking and tickets are required to explore CityWalk so I would take that into consideration, especially if your spending money has already taken a hit during your holiday. For many a visit to CityWalk will be well worth the price of parking/admittance. Some of the must-sees have to be the world's largest Hard Rock Cafe, the incredible Cold Stone Creamery, NBC Sports Grill & Brew and Bob Marley - A Tribute To Freedom.

How to spend an evening/night at Disney Springs

Disney Springs

Downtown Disney or as it's now known, Disney Springs, is definitely well worth a visit particularly in the evening. It's really fantastic to watch the sun set over the lake and the fact that it's completely free both to visit and park at Disney Springs makes it a no-brainer when it comes to enjoying a night out in Orlando.

There are so many incredible restaurants to choose from, so much so that I would certainly recommend making more than one trip to Disney Springs during your holiday, if you can, as much like the Disney Parks one day really isn't enough to take everything in. This year I've got my sights and my empty belly set on Fulton's Crab House and House Of Blues - The Smokehouse for two of our dinners during our 21 night stay. Has anyone been to either?

There's also plenty of options to keep you and your party entertained at Disney Springs. There's a cinema, a bowling alley, an indoor theme-park (DisneyQuest) and more shops, both Disney themed and of the independent variety, than you'll ever be able to visit in one trip. There's also the opportunity to see a live show with Cirque du Soleil's La Nouba. I've written a full Travel Tips post on Disney Springs/Downtown Disney so be sure to check that out for even more details.

Where to watch the Walt Disney World fireworks from

See the fireworks

We're sticking with the Disney theme again for this nighttime recommendation. For me one of the must-see attractions when you're holidaying in Orlando, Florida has to be the Disney fireworks and there are two stunning displays to choose from. There's Wishes at Magic Kingdom and Illuminations at Epcot. And whilst I'm definitely more of a fan of Illuminations, both are certainly well worth catching during your stay. There's just something so special about witnessing these firework displays no matter what age you are.

TOP TIP: Get a great view of the fireworks without a Disney Park ticket: If you don't have a ticket for one or all of the Disney parks that doesn't mean that you need to miss out. Head to Disney Springs in the evening and enjoy a few hours there, then take a complimentary water taxi or other means of transportation from Disney Springs to one of the neighbouring Disney hotels. The transportation is completely free and you can take in the spectacular fireworks from a different perspective. Imagine observing them from the comfort of a restaurant or even one of the resort beaches!

Old Town Kissimmee Orlando Travel Tips

Old Town

Old Town is like it's own little city within Orlando, or Kissimmee to be more precise. It's well worth taking a drive down the 192. Not only is it dotted with brilliant gift shops that edge on the right side of tacky but there's also some great hidden gems to be discovered too. It's hard to miss Old Town, particularly at night when it's illuminated. We first discovered it as my Dad is a big car fan and Old Town hosts several car shows and cruises throughout the week. It's not exactly my thing, even if I do spot one or two classic cars that I could imagine myself driving if I won the lottery but it's somewhere that the whole family can go and enjoy. I also have a whole lot of respect for anyone brave/crazy enough to be pinged up into the sky by the human slingshot ride aptly named the Vomatron.

Popcorn Flicks Winter Park Tips

Popcorn Flicks Winter Park

Another place that I'd definitely recommend visiting, which is just a couple of miles away from Orlando, is Winter Park. During the day it really is nice to take a bit of time out from the traditional tourist traps (aka. the theme parks, I-Drive, etc.) and somewhere like Winter Park is great for that.

Usually held on the second Thursday of each month, Popcorn Flicks is such a lovely way to spend an evening on your vacation. So if you happen to be there on that day I would certainly make an effort to get down to Winter Park for the evening. It's completely free and starts at sunset, which is seriously dreamy. So why not catch a great film in the great outdoors whilst you're there?

TOP TIP: Double check that it will still be going ahead, particularly if the weather has been playing up: As we all know, the weather in Florida can be unpredictable, to say the least. For a full rundown of what I mean by this and how to best deal with the varied Floridian weather check out my Travel Tips post on it. As a result, this means that the outdoor screenings can be cancelled in the event of particularly bad weather. They normally try to wait until 30 minutes before the set screening time to officially cancel the event so I would recommend keeping up to date with their Facebook page.

Orlando, Florida Travel Tips Amway Center

See what's on at Amway Center

Something I've always wanted to do when visiting the US but haven't yet, is to see an American sports game. Amway Center, located in the heart of Orlando, would certainly be the place to head to to catch a game of basketball, hockey or American football and cheer on the local team. It's also well worth having a look before you head over to see if any of your favourite acts will be in town whilst you're there.

Orlando Eye At Night

Take a spin on the Orlando Eye

I've already mentioned in previous Orlando, Florida Travel Tips posts that I would love to take a spin on the Orlando Eye, especially as it didn't even exist the last time I was there. Something about seeing the sun set on the city of Orlando from a height just looks so special and like a memory that I would really treasure forever. It would also be rude not to finally try Shake Shack, which is located at the base of the Orlando Eye whilst I'm there. Nothing sounds better to me than a dinner of burgers and crinkle cut fries followed by a stunning Floridian sunset.

Dave & Buster's Orlando, Florida Night Out

Dave & Buster's

Dave & Buster's is somewhere that I've always wanted to visit on each of our trips to the Sunshine State but for some reason we've never went out of our way to check it out. It is located on International Drive so it's not exactly out of the way but up until now I've only ever caught a glimpse of it as we whizzed by on the I-4. Dave & Buster's looks like a great night out. There's hundreds of games, a winner's circle packed full of prizes and what looks like a really fun atmosphere. This year I think that we'll definitely need to take advantage of their Power Hour where you can play for 60 minutes for just $10 on weeknights between 4:30 and 7pm or we could even stop by on a Wednesday where all games are half price all day.

Best Orlando, Florida Dinner Shows

See A Dinner Show

Another thing that I haven't yet personally partaken in which might be right up some people's street is the idea of going to a dinner show. Some of the ones that immediately spring to mind are Medieval Times, Capone's, Sleuths Mystery Dinner Show and Pirate's Dinner Adventure.


Look out for seasonal events

Depending on the time of year that you're visiting, there could be a seasonal event happening that I would definitely recommend checking out. Some of the biggest and most celebrated are as follows;
Halloween (check out my dedicated Halloween Travel Tips post for all of the details), Christmas (check out my dedicated Christmas Travel Tips post for all of the details), Universal's Mardi Gras (February-April), and Epcot's Food and Wine Festival (September-November).

So there are my 10 ways to spend an evening or night in Orlando, Florida. Have you ever visited or partaken in any of my recommendations? And where would you recommend checking out at night in Orlando, Florida or even in the US more generally?


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  1. would you recommend Orlando for a honeymoon? the fiance and I are thinking of going there but dont know if it would be really that romantic :p
    Pam xo/ Pam Scalfi♥

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    1. I would love to honeymoon in Orlando Pam! There are so many romantic spots, especially at places like Disney, Celebration and a little further out of Orlando! It would definitely be a honeymoon to remember! :)

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  2. I love Orlando! I actually found the evenings there somewhat more enjoyable, cooler and less children!! I loved watching the fireworks and wandering around Downtown Disney and Universal City Walk. I'd love to go to some of the other places you've mentioned, such as Winter Park! Bookmarking this in case I ever get the chance to go back.

    Hannah xx
    www.hannahemilylane.com

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    1. Yes Hannah! I couldn't agree more! :)
      Glad to hear that!

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  3. lovely pictures! You live in such a great place with such good energy :)

    Kathy x
    www.alongcamekathy.blogspot.co.nz

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    1. Thank you very much Kathy! :)
      I wish I lived in Orlando!

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  4. Don't forget Restaurant Row! We are incredibly lucky to have AMAZING cuisines!

    Shop & Discover at Daily Opulence | www.dailyopulence.com

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    1. Very true Kara! :) You're right there!!

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  5. I miss my hometown! One of my favorite places to go on the weekend is Downtown Disney (Disney Springs) and City Walk, before they charged for parking lol. Thanks for sharing. :)

    http://shavae.blogspot.com

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    1. Orlando is your hometown Taja?! I am so insanely jealous! Hehe.
      Thanks for checking it out! :)

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  6. I'd love to visit Orlando within the next few years, especially for Disney! Lovely pictures :)
    Lucy at Lucyy Writes x

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    1. It's so worth a visit Lucy! :)
      Thank you very much!

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  7. LOVED this post! I totally agree with visiting disney springs and city walk! I love relaxing with a cocktail and watching the world go by at Disney Springs! Nothing makes me happier! Theres a lot of newbies here too, i'll be sure to refer back to when I go next year :)

    www.kayleighkmua.com

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    1. Thank you so much Kayleigh! :) I'm really glad to hear that!

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