Visiting Orlando in the Spring – What You Should Know

17.15 million people visited Orlando in the Spring of 2017. We are expecting to see more in the Spring of 2018, and for good reason: this is the time of the year when our city is bursting with life and energy. The flowers are blooming, and the birds are chirping.

And more important than everything else, the tourists come flocking back. Our city has a dash of magic and a heaping dose of hospitality, so we welcome you with open arms. If you are looking for Orlando limousine reservations, come to us. If you are on the hunt for an insider look at Orlando, read on.

Stay Off the I-4

Spring is a time of hope for many people. Once you get onto the I-4 during peak traffic hours, many of your hopes will be dashed in long traffic jams. Orange-vested construction workers appear from the woodwork come April, making an already clogged road even more congested.

One of the easiest ways you can take the stress out of your trip is by renting a limo. We are locals, and we know all of the streets like the backs of our hands. You can trust us to get you to where you are going with the least amount of frustration.

Know the Weather

The closer we get to the Summer, the hotter it gets. While that seems rational, people often underestimate just how warm it can be. Average highs are a pleasant 78 in March, but can eclipse 88 degrees in May. This means that you will want to grab a pair of shorts and a few water bottles before you head out.

Also, it is important to keep in mind that we get sudden rains. It may prove wise to take a rain jacket with you. If you are worried that the rain will put a damper on your trip, it will be ok. Orlando has plenty to offer indoors.

So Many Parties

After Winter, we all want to pull an Elsa and let it go. Seriously, though, there is a lot going on in Orlando. Epcot has the International Flower and Garden Festival. Disney World has the Galactic Nights. The Magic Kingdom has Disney After Hours. A lot of the theme parks pull out all of the stops when the weather starts getting warm.

We haven’t even gotten to the biggest party of all: Spring Break. Every single year, thousands of college kids from all across the country come to Orlando. If there isn’t already a party, chances are they are going to make one.

When you need a guide to the top Orlando bars and clubs, we have you covered. There is a lot to do in Orlando. Sometimes it is worth just to get out and explore.

Commune with Nature

Orlando is known for its big theme parks and the excitement of roller coasters thundering through the air. Our town does have a lot to offer outside of that. There are the Everglades, Lake Eola Park, and our personal favorite, scenic Winter Park Boat Tours. Orlando has a natural side to it as well.

If you have any questions about how to make the most out of your Orlando trip, call us today. We can be your resource on all things Orlando. Limo Car Orlando will be happy to take your limousine reservations.

What to Do on Valentine’s Day in Orlando

Our city is magic throughout the year, but Orlando truly turns on the charm when February 14th rolls around. The Theme Park Capital of the World has a lot to offer for you and your beau. As natives to Orlando, we know this town like the back of our hands. Read our guide for what to do on Valentine’s Day.

Dinner
It’s a given that you are going to take your lady out to a nice dinner The only question is where. Orlando is teeming with options, and we want to help break them down for you.

Cuba Libre is one of the most exciting spots in the whole city. The restaurant is as much a party as it is a great spot to grab a bite. If you hit this place at the right time, the dancefloor will be shaking and grooving. Cuba Libre can provide one of the liveliest Valentine’s dates you have ever had. When you are looking for a little bit más, this is an excellent choice.

STK Orlando is one of the nicest steakhouses in the city. Located in Disney Springs, you can find more traditional fare. Don’t let all the tourists scare you off, because the steak here is absolutely divine.

Fleming’s is a little bit more upscale, but taking your date here is worth every penny. Come dressed to impress. If you have some wine knowledge, you can really flex it here. They have two locations in Orlando, and either spot is perfect for Valentine’s.

Things to Do
If you go to Fleming’s in Winter Park, you have the perfect opportunity to walk around the neighborhood. This part of the city features a wide range of cute buildings and quirky shops. You can pop in to Rocket Fizz to get your date something sweet, or Apple Blossom Florist for flowers that she will remember. You can also take a scenic boat tour, and see the Kraft Azalea Garden and the Isle of Sicily from on the water.

If your date is looking for something a little more highbrow, you should consider the Orlando Museum of Art. It is closed on major holidays, but it is open on Saturdays and Sundays between 12-4PM. Valentine’s Day falls on a Wednesday this year, which means that you may have to go on the Saturday before Valentine’s. And if you are going out that night, you need something to do during the day. So why not look at some rare and unique paintings?

Last but certainly not least, you could always visit a theme park. There is no better way to make your loved one happy than the Happiest Place on Earth. There is wine tasting at the France Pavilion in Epcot, carriage rides at Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground, and fireworks to round off your evening.

One of the best things you can do to impress your date is to rent a limo. If you are looking for Orlando limo car rental, we can help. One of our professional chauffeurs can take the stress out of your evening by driving you around. Valentine’s Day is a day for you and your significant other. Don’t worry about traffic or driving. We will take care of it all.

The 411 On Disney’s New Attraction: The World of Avatar

Pandora, also known as the World of Avatar, just made a grand entrance. This new and exciting attraction was directly inspired by the record-breaking movie, Avatar, which takes place on the alien world of Pandora.

Located in Disney’s Animal Kingdom, guests are invited to roam the stimulating world of Pandora, where Sci-Fis fantasies become reality. Guests can experience everything from virtual reality rides to making their very own Avatar at this new hot spot.

Disney’s Imagineer Designers chose to create the valley of Mo’ara, the main setting of the film, where animated strips of jungles, flowing streams, and caves all come together.

Below you will discover all the main attractions you can find in the new World of Avatar:

Na’vi River Journey
This exciting ride lets you journey into deep forests in search of the Na’vi Shaman of Songs. This attraction is family-friendly and suitable for children of all ages. This ride offers FastPass accessibility, so you no longer have to wait in line!

Avatar Flight of Passage
This thrilling tour will have you talking for days! The World of Avatar now offers the opportunity to fly on the back of a mountain banshee in hopes of catching some cool sights. You may be interested in checking this one out if you’re a huge fan of sunsets, or simply like nature.

Flight of Passage actually imitates a scene from the film. The main character, Jake Sully, flies on a rather interesting creature known as an Ikran, or banshee. Jake builds a strong connection with this creature, and finally gets to see “big picture” while flying over the skies of Pandora. Now, you will too!

This ride is appropriate for all ages, and may be particularly relevant for kids, and teens.

Valley of Mo’ara
You won’t regret walking through the valley of Mo’ara. Be prepared to catch exotic plants coming to life, find cultural items throughout the land, and go on fascinating expeditions!

At the valley, you will also spot large floating mountains, where you can capture the beauty of Avatar’s creatures and wildlife. You may even be lucky enough to come across tour guides like Alpha Centauri Expeditions (ACE) and experts from the Pandora Conservation Initiative.

So what are you waiting for? Start the year off right, and book your transportation to this magical experience now!

Top 5 Spots to Spend New Year’s Eve in Orlando

Orlando was recently recognized in a WalletHub article as the 2nd best place for New Year’s Celebrations. While it’s pretty obvious what was #1—hint hint it involves Timesquare—it is still quite an achievement. The criteria for these cities is based upon a total score that combines rankings for entertainment and food, costs, as well as safety and accessibility. Orlando would up beating out Atlanta, Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, Chicago, Miami, D.C., and Las Vegas as a premier destination to ring in 2018.

So if you’re looking to kick off next year in this amazing city, here are a few options for you to check out.

Walt Disney World
Of course, this is the big ticket and most looked to location. This is the place to be for the grandest possible time to have with your family.

Disney has much to offer in each of the major parks. Magic Kingdom has an incredible “Fantasy in the Sky” firework spectacular at 11:50 p.m. Go the night before for a special preview, or go on New Year’s Eve and receive party hats and noisemakers to make the party even better. Epcot’s World Showcase is also most certainly a can’t-miss occasion, there’s also two showings of the firework show IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth,” at 6 and 11:40 PM respectively.

For those who love the force Hollywood Studios has a special presentation of “Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular” with a party that will run until 1 AM.

Universal Studios
Not to be outdone, Universal Studios is another ideal location to ring in a new set of 365 days. The Music Plaza Courtyard features live music as well as various popular characters. Also the celebration is included with general admission to Universal Studios. Citywalk has the Rock ‘Til The Drop New Year’s Eve Party at the Hard Rock Cafe and Live Orlando.

International Drive
You have many options alongside the main street of Orlando. You may want to check out Pointe Orlando which has several celebration areas for the new year. Blue Martini, Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar, Funky Monkey Bistro & Bar, and Tapa Toro each have a special event of their own featuring live music and dancing.

Further Downtown
If you’re venturing deep into the city, you want to check out the bars on Church Street where there will be a major New Year’s Party with music, lights, and festivities at Chillers, Cahoots, and Latitudes. There’s a “Big Orange” that will drop once the clock hits midnight. Another cool place to check out is the Wall St. Plaza with a huge dance party of its own.

Hotel Parties
Some of the nicest hotels certainly have something going on as well. The Alfond Inn has their New Year’s Eve Gala with a premium open bar and Champagne Toast as well as a live performance by The Buzzcatz. The part will later extend to the New England Ballroom for an after-hours event. The Ritz Carlton has a party of their own with cocktails, hors-d’oeuvres and live entertainment as well as an after party. You may also try the Waldorf Astoria’s New Year’s Party with a special private fireworks display and dance party.

There are other places to check out, Orlando is vast and festive all around. With special events and nightlife venues, the city knows just how to make itself even more unforgettable. If you’re looking to celebrate in style, Limo Car Orlando has everything you need to get you to and from wherever you want to go. Especially with the crowds and confusion on the streets of Orlando, we can help you get around that to ensure you enjoy the night the most. Contact us today to discuss your plans for New Years.

5 Fall Events in Orlando

The fall season has officially arrived in the magical city of Orlando. As temperature cools and the large crowds from the summer begin to fade away, there is no better time to visit the city. Check out the top 5 fall events in Orlando this year:

Epcot International Food and Wine Festival
For all the foodies out there, this event is not to be missed. The Epcot Food and Wine festival features some of the best food and drinks from around the world. From France to India, there is something for every taste and preference.

This year, there will be new chefs revealing their top cooking secrets. There will also be culinary demonstrations, musical performances, and meet and greets with your favorite chefs. The Epcot Food and Wine Festival will run until November 13th.

Mickey’s-Not-So-Scary Halloween Party
As Halloween approaches, it is important to plan out an exciting yet safe experience for the kids. Check out Mickey’s-Not-So-Scary Halloween Party where kids will get the chance to go trick-or-treating around Disney’s Magic Kingdom on select days.

The little ones will be trick-or-treating in an underwater “fantasia” filled with sea witches, octopuses, and fish. This event is great for children of all ages and kids under 14 can wear their Halloween costume to the event.

Halloween Horror Nights
If you are ready to face your biggest fears in the country’s most renowned Halloween event, do not miss the 27th year anniversary of Halloween Horror Nights on select nights at Universal Studios Orlando. This year there will be new scare zones and haunted houses that will send chills down your spine.

The most anticipated haunted houses this year include The Shining, Saw, and American Horror Story. There are also live shows throughout the night including Academy of Villains: Afterlife and Bill & Ted’s Excellent Halloween Adventure. Your night will not be complete until you hop aboard the parks’ most exhilarating rides. This Halloween, check out the Revenge of the Mummy, Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit, and Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts.

Brick or Treat
Legoland brings you Brick or Treat on select days throughout the month of October. This event is fun for kids of all ages. Activities for the little ones include trick-or-treating and Lego building. Kids will also get to experience exclusive meet and greets with LEGO Vampyre, Mummy and other spooky characters. Stay for the evening to witness themed fireworks before the park closes.

Wild Art & Wine Spooky Edition
For those adults, 21 and older, check out Central Florida Zoo’s Wild Art & Wine Spooky Edition, Wednesday October 25th. At this event, enjoy wine and hors d’oeuvres while painting animal portraits.

Art instructors will help you create your masterpiece after meeting with live animals up close. You may dress up for this event and you do not need to worry about bringing your own art supplies as they will be provided for you. Tickets to the event can be found here.

At LimoCar Orlando we want to help you and your family ride in style to your favorite fall events in the city. If you are visiting from out of town, our friendly, professional chauffeurs can pick you up from the airport. When you need a limo rental for Disney, contact us.

Orlando Halloween Celebration Guide

For the residents of Orlando, Halloween is basically Christmas. We do not experience the Winter Wonderland that our friends to the north get to enjoy. So we go all out in the Fall, and have a spook-tacular time. Read on for our guide to Halloween in Orlando.

Halloween Horror Nights
If this were a rock show, Halloween Horror Nights would be the headliner. It is not just one of the best events in Orlando, this is one of the scariest, most exciting, and most buzzworthy events in the entire country. Head on down to Universal Studios between September 15th and November 4th for one of the creepiest times you will ever have.

Not only is this horrifying, this is recognizable horror. All of your favorite films come to life, and all of the bad guys are headed straight at you. Among this year’s villains are Jigsaw from the Saw franchise, the horrors of the Overlook Hotel from The Shining, and some of the worst purveyors of evil from American Horror Story. Some of the antagonists from Evil Dead, the Purge, and Insidious will also be on hand to scare you out of your wits.

Universal Studios has been known to go all out for these few weeks. There are live actors wandering around the park in terrifying makeup, and there is no shortage of scares. Diagon Alley will remain open throughout this event.

You may have already guessed this, but this is not for the little ones. Children under the age of 13 are strongly advised to stay away from the Halloween Horror Nights. Tickets will run you $59.99 for a single night, and there are packages as well. No masks or costumes are allowed.

Mickey’s-Not-So-Scary Halloween Party
This one is a little bit more family friendly. There are events which celebrate the villains of Disney, and shows which explore magic and dark acts. A parade rolls through the grounds, including stars of the Haunted Mansion.

You can come dressed to this event, and trick or treat around the park. The night ends with a spectacular fireworks show. This is only happening on a few select nights, and tickets will cost $74 dollars each.

A Petrified Forest
If you are only seeing one haunted house this year, this one is the way to go. There are two trail rides this year, and they are bigger and better than ever. This has consistently been rated as one of the scariest and best Halloween events in Central Florida. You cannot miss this one.

This one has been rated PG-13. While children under the age of 12 can visit, they will need an adult with them. Opening night is October 6th, and it runs for a few weeks. You can check out their site for more information. Going toe to toe with maniacs, zombies, and ghouls of all sorts can be daunting, so only the very brave should attend this one.

Trick or Treating
There are many areas of the city to go trick or treating. Our personal favorite is Baldwin Park. When you are looking for good old-fashioned trick or treating, that is the place to go. Hundreds of parents and kids will be swarming the area. It will be safe, and very family friendly.

Halloween Bar Crawl
Get ready to party and join the 3rd Annual Halloween Bar Crawl around Downtown Orlando. Purchase a $24 ticket and gain free cover at every venue, exclusive drink specials and a Halloween t-shirt. Do not forget your costume, as there will be a contest with prizes. The event date is Friday, October 20.

If you have any questions about Halloween events in Orlando, contact us. We have our roots in the Orlando area, and will gladly help you with your transportation needs. Call us today. Limo Car Orlando can help you ride in style. A ride in a limo can make your Halloween night truly special.

Top Orlando Restaurants for Brazilian Tourists

Bem-vindo ao Orlando! Orlando is one of the most popular destination for Brazilian tourists. In fact, about 35% of tourists that travel to the U.S head to Orlando. For two consecutive years in 2014 and 2015, Orlando received more visitors from Brazil than any other country in the world. These tourists visit Orlando to go to the world-famous theme parks and enjoy a fun-filled vacation with their loved ones. If you are a Brazilian tourist in Orlando and are craving a popular dish from your home country, check out our list of the top Brazilian restaurants in the city.

Giraffas
Giraffas Brazilian Grill is a popular Brazilian restaurant that serves grill-to-order, all-natural meals. This restaurant is perfect if you are tired of eating junk food on the go. Giraffas offers tasty lunch and dinner dishes for guests. You can order picanha steak, contra filet or pork picanha, accompanied by rice and beans. If you are in the mood for a refreshing drink, try the Caipiraffa, Giraffa’s version of the classic Brazilian caipirinha drink.

Pao Gostoso
One must-go-to restaurant in Orlando before heading to the parks is Pao Gostoso. Pao Gostoso is a great place to enjoy an authentic Brazilian breakfast. This bakery specializes in baked goods and savory pastries. Pao Gostoso makes everything from scratch, meaning all pastries are fresh and preserve their unique taste. Savor delicious sweets, traditional Brazilian cheese bread and mouthwatering coconut cakes accompanied by a hot cup of coffee. The bakery also offers Free Wifi which the tourists love to connect and share their Orlando travels.

Camila’s Restaurant
If you worked up an appetite after the parks, check out Camila’s Restaurant for a wide variety of food in an affordable self-serve style buffet. Camila’s has been in Orlando since 1994 and won Trip Advisor’s Certificate of Excellence in 2014. They have a wide selection of meats including churrasco, picanha, and chicken. Accompany your choice of meat with a range of pasta selections, or appetizing rice and beans.

Gilson’s Brazilian Restaurant
This Brazilian restaurant is an all-you-can-eat buffet where you can choose from all types of tasty Brazilian food and desserts. Meat selections include chicken, beef, and fish. They also have soup, salads, and rice and beans. For dessert, choose from fresh fruit, caramel pudding and much more! With friendly staff that speaks Portuguese, a trip to this restaurant is definitely worth a visit.

Café Mineiro Restaurant
We know running around the park and going on rides is bound to make you very hungry. For the ultimate family-friendly dining experience, check out Café Mineiro at the heart of all the city’s main attractions. This restaurant is a buffet where you can enjoy eating up to 12 different cuts of meats for lunch or dinner. They also offer gourmet salads, pasta, and rice. Don’t forget to try their famous “Feijao” made on the house. Café Mineiro offers quality food at a great price.

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