7 Reasons You Have to Visit Orlando in 2017

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The “Theme Park Capital of the World” is so much more than that. Of course, paying visits to Orlando’s Walt Disney World® Resort and Universal Orlando Resort™ are on many visitors’ travel itineraries, but there are far more than two things to do on a visit to the fourth-largest city in Florida.

Orlando is a destination for travelers of all ages, interests, and budgets. Whether you’re interested in dining at world-renowned restaurants, getting your adrenaline pumping on thrilling theme park attractions, sipping frozen drinks by the pool, or spending your travel money at the city’s alluring shopping centers, you’re guaranteed to find what you’re seeking and more in Orlando.

The new year has brought entirely new attractions, eateries, resorts, and sporting events to the city. The combination of all-new entertainment options and unbeatable flight, accommodation and ticket deals is making 2017 one of the best years to visit the Central Florida city yet.  The following are seven reasons why you should start booking your Orlando vacation today.

1. New Attractions Are Everywhere

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Orlando is an ever-changing city, and every visit is drastically different from the last. This May, Universal Orlando Resort™is unveiling its new Universal’s Volcano Bay™ Water Theme Park, inspired by the world’s most scenic tropical islands and complete with the entirely new TapuTapu™wearable technology, allowing guests to wait in line virtually while they’re enjoying other activities.

Walt Disney World® Resort is unveiling the largest expansion in the history of Animal Kingdom, Pandora – The World of Avatar, and a new family-style raft ride, Miss Fortune Falls, will open at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon this spring. With new attractions being unveiled throughout the year at Universal, Disney, SeaWorld, LEGOLAND, and other locations across the city, you may have to visit more than once to experience them all.

2. Your Accommodation Options Have Been Upgraded

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Photo credit: Lexi Scott

Orlando is home to some of the top resorts, boutique hotels, and vacation rental options in the country, and you can be one of the first to stay at some of the latest and greatest accommodation options. Stay in the heart of the happening downtown SoDo district at the new, 54-room Delaney Hotel, or set your sights on the ultra-modern, 16-story Aventura Hotel (coming next year), towering above Universal Orlando Resort™with a chic rooftop grill and more than a dozen kid-friendly suites. Even more, The Grove Resort and Spa and Margaritaville Resort Orlando are two impressive, brand-new properties that will be accepting their first visitors in 2017.

3. Attractions Are More Affordable

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Every new year means new deals in Orlando, and this year you’re guaranteed to save big. Visit Orlando is offering a huge selection of discounts on everything from the city’s most popular theme parks, to golf courses, spas, shopping centers and so much more. Visit Orlando tickets, coupons and deals can be found at numerous sales locations throughout the city, including The Mall at Millenia, the Visitor Center on International Drive and Turnpike Plazas along the Florida Turnpike.

4. And Many Are Free

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Photo credit: Jeff Turner

Orlando is an affordable getaway destination, whether you’re planning a romantic weekend away or the ultimate family vacation. In fact, a number of the city’s attractions are free or extremely inexpensive. The Zora Neale Hurston National Museum of Fine Arts, the CityArts Factory, Black Hammock Adventures, The Coca Cola Orlando Eye, Kings Bowl Orlando, and Lake Eola Park are just a few of the countless activities that can be enjoyed for less than $25 or absolutely free. You don’t need to have deep pockets to have the time of your life in Orlando. 

5. Major League Soccer Will Be Better Than Ever

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Soccer fans of all ages will want to catch an Orlando City Soccer Club game during the 2017 Major League Soccer season. The city’s new, state-of-the-art multipurpose soccer stadium will be opening in the heart of downtown Orlando prior to the start of the season. With 25,500 seats, the stadium is guaranteed to turn every visitor into an Orlando City Soccer Club fan.

6. You’ll Travel The World With Your Tastebuds

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Photo credit: Visit Orlando

Orlando is known as the home of some of the top pubs, cafes and full-service restaurants in the country, and a long list of must-visit watering holes and eateries will be opening their doors early in 2017. Hop aboard the former Fulton’s Crab House vessel to dine on fresh-out-of-the-water seafood at Paddlefish or snack on wood-fired barbecue dishes while sipping Cask & Larder beer at the Polite Pig.

Chef Brandon McGlamery recently opened Luke’s Kitchen and Bar, serving some of the top soups, sandwiches and oysters in the city. And you won’t want to miss a visit to Guy Fieri’s collaboration with the new Planet Hollywood Observatory, combining the star chef’s signature dishes with family-friendly fun. Or you may want to hire a babysitter and enjoy an unforgettable night on the town at one of Orlando’s favorite hotspots, Mango’s Tropical Cafe Orlando. Your tastebuds will never be dissatisfied in this foodie-friendly city.

7. You Can Save Big By Booking Early

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Photo credit: Visit Orlando

You won’t be disappointed by your choice to make Orlando the destination for your 2017 escape. And you can save big on your entire vacation, and keep more money in your wallet for shopping, dining, and hair-raising thrill rides, by booking and buying early. May and September are known as the biggest bargain months for the central Florida city, but you can enjoy affordable accommodations and flight tickets any time of year by purchasing as soon as you know your travel dates. Buy your tickets to your favorite theme parks and attractions before leaving home, and you’ll be rewarded with huge discounts for shopping online too.

About the Author: Courtney McCaffrey

Courtney McCaffrey is a travel writer and editor based in Wilmington, N.C. In addition to writing, she lives for travel - seeing new places, experiencing new cultures and surfing new waves.

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