Local Orlando Information

Below is some important information, compiled by ALSC's 2016 Local Arrangements Committee, to help you make the most of your visit to Orlando.


TIPS FOR VISITING ORLANDO

Making the Most of Your Trip

  • Food:  Orlando, and especially International Drive (locally known simply as I-Drive) is a foodie heaven. Be prepared to have your taste buds dance! Check out Zagat's review of Orlando's finest restaurants.
  • Orlando's Best Cocktail Lounges - Travel Channel

David's Club 6001 Destination Parkway, Orlando
Spencer's for Steaks and Chops 6001 Destination Parkway, Orlando
Rocks Bar 9801 International Drive, Orlando
Cuba Libre Restaurant and Rum Bar, 9101 International Drive, Orlando
Funky Monkey Wine Company 9101 International Drive, Orlando
Icebar The largest permanent ice bar in the world with over 70 tons of carved ice! 8967 International Drive, Orlando
Fire Lounge 8967 International Drive, Orlando

Getting Around Town

  • Public Transportation:

I-RIDE Trolley is one of the most convenient and least expensive ways to explore the International Drive Resort Area. Trolley stops are convneiently located in front of the West and North/South Buildings on I-Drive. Trolley passes are available for purchase at the OCCC Guest Services Desk. For maps and fare information, visit the I-RIDE Trolley website.

LYNX: The area's public bus system - LYNX - has routes servicing the Orange County Convention Center with connections to the Orlando International Airport and Downtown Orlando. To plan your journey and obtain the latest fares, visit the LYNX website. Order online 5-7 days in advance domestically or 3-4 weeks internationally. Choose from up to 14 different passes to fit your needs.

LYMMO: LYNX also operates a special fare-free service downtown. Park once, ride LYMMO. It's a bus rapid transit service, which is a "rail like" service using rubber tired vehicles, with their own right of way for non-congested transport to major destinations.

SCOOT: SCOOT stands for the Split Cycle Offset Optimization Technique. It is a dynamic, on-line, real-time method of signal control that continuously measures traffic demand on all the approaches to minimize delay and stops. SCOT is one of the many measures in place to ensure that ALA attendees arrive to their shows on time, every time.

SunRail is Orlando's newest way to get around. Enjoy a triple decker train ride through Orlando with modern trains complete with restrooms, bike racks, wi-fi, electrical outlets and tables. All trains are wheelchair accessible. Buy one-way or round-trip tickets or reloadable SunCards for prepaid value. But tickets or SunCards at any station.

  • Shuttles: The Orange County Convention Center offers complimentary shuttle service for attendees from our off-site parking lot at Destination Parkway depending on show activity. If you are driving your own car, the Orange County Convention Center operates a number of DMS signs along International Drive, State Road 528, Universal and Westwood Boulevards and Convention Way. Programmed daily, the DMS signs direct attendees to the closest available event parking.
  • Taxis and Pedicabs: Taxis and pedicabs (also known as "rickshaws") are available for hire by attendees during show activity. Pedicab pick-up and drop-off areas will be well-marked and will vary based on show activity. For tax service, there are several on-site hailing locations.
  • Bikes: Explore. Commute. Relax. Juice Bike Share is the healthy, fun and affordable way to breeze around town. Why not try one of their TrailLinks?
  • Airport Shuttles: There are several airport shuttle services from MCO and SFB.
  • Car Rentals: Driving in Orlando can be confusing for the out-of-towner.
    LYFT: https://www.lyft.com/cities/orlando
    UBER: https://www.uber.com/cities/orlando/

If you do drive into Orlando, here are directions to the convention center and a parking map

  • Walking: Don’t forget to pack comfortable shoes. You can take all kinds of walking tours and hikes in and around Orlando.

Handling the Weather

  • Orlando summers are characteristically hot and humid, but businesses and restaurants are ice cold, so having a light sweater on hand is ideal. Bring an umbrella too, as summer storms spring up without warning, drench, and move on quickly. Here are some indispensable tips for going outside in the Florida heat! Take it seriously or you will get burned!

Staying Safe and Other Miscellaneous Information

  • Keeping Your Belongings Safe: If you're planning on experiencing the  nightlife, bring a wristlet or compact wallet that you can hide on your person so that it's big enough to have what you need to get around, but small enough to not get in the way in a crowd. Don’t forget to take off your name tag when you leave the convention center!

 


Orlando Dining Information

Whether looking for quick bites or far more sophisticated fare, some 4,500 restaurants near the theme park capital of the world are proof positive that gastronomic diversity can lead to happiness for residents and visitors alike. Orlando cuisine ranges from American to the finest of French, Continental, Italian, Spanish and Japanese. Add to that Chinese, Cuban, German, Mexican and more. Down home barbeque is easy to find, as are locations for delicatessen, pizzeria, healthy-natural foods, seafood and fresh catch from nearby waters in this Central Florida stronghold. Dinner Show - Theatre dining is especially popular in Orlando, along with opportunity to eat outside year-round. As for attitude in a town driven by tourism, the operative word is "friendly."

A sortable, downloadable spreadsheet of restaurants is available here.


Exploring Orlando Neighborhoods

Things to Do in Orlando

Guides to Orlando

BOOKSTORES

HOT SPOTS

  • Theme Parks - Explore what's new at Walt Disney World Resort, Universal Orlando Resort, Sea World Orlando, and other world famous theme parks.
  • Attractions - Fill your days with unique experiences outside of the theme parks. From rockets to acrobats, Orlando's attractions will take you to new heights.
  • Restaurants - Whether you're looking for a neighborhood café or a kid-friendly eatery, Orlando offers an eclectic mix of dining experiences at a variety of price points.
  • Nightlife and Entertainment - Orlando is just as fun after dark as it is during the day. Visit entertainment complexes, see a show at a dinner theater or crack up at a comedy club.
  • Shopping - Whether you're looking for a splurge or a steal, Orlando's collection of malls, outlers and boutiques, all within a 15-minute drive, will indulge every whim.
  • Golf - Orlando is one of the world's largest golf destinations. Beautiful courses, top-ranked instructors and luxurious resorts cater to golf enthusiasts.
  • Arts, Culture and History - Discover what inspires a city built on imagination. Live music, theater, galleries, museums and festivals are just a taste of Orlando's cultural scene.
  • Sports, Recreation and Outdoors - Get moving and experience Orlando's unexpected thrills. Whatever your passion, there's an activity for you.
  • Spas - Whether it's a quick rubdown or a head-to-toe rejuvenation, find your inner (and outer!) glow at one of Orlando's award-winning spas.
     

MUSEUMS

SHOPPING

Winter Park Village: Located on 17-92 between Lee Road and Fairbanks Avenue in Winter Park, this is the place to spend time away from the mall madness. Winter Park Village offers the market’s most powerful collection of high-end retailers, salons and restaurants, all in a beautiful, inviting, “Main Street” setting.  Enjoy a refreshing shopping experience among palm trees and oak shaded walkways, then catch a movie and a gourmet dinner. Whether shopping at a boutique for unique gifts or just looking for a place to unwind, Winter Park Village has it all!
 
Mall at Millenia: The Mall at Millenia is an upscale, contemporary, indoor shopping mall located in Orlando, Florida just off of Interstate 4 at Conroy Road near the northern end of International Drive.
 
Orlando International Premium Outlets: Orlando Premium Outlets-International Drive is an outdoor outlet mall along the northern end of International Drive.
 
Florida Mall:  a super regional enclosed shopping mall located in unincorporated Orlando, Florida, on the southeast corner of Orange Blossom Trail and Sand Lake Road; it opened in 1986.
 

SPORTS

  • ESPN Wide World of Sports - Discover Disney's ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando - the place for pro and amateur athletes, coaches and fans, featuring over 170 events.
  • Orlando Magic Basketball - The Orlando Magic is an American professional basketball team based in Orlando. The Magic compete in the National Basketball Associaiton as a member of the league's Eastern Conference Southeast Division.
  • Orlando Solar Bears - The Orlando Solar Bears are a professional ice hockey team that plays their home games at the Amway Center in Orlando. They play in the South Division of the ECHL's Eastern Conference.
  • Orlando Predators - The Orlando Predators are a professional arena football team based in Orlando. The team is part of the American Conference of the Arena Football League.
  • Orlando City Soccer Club - Orlando City SC is an American professional soccer club based in Orlando that competes in the Eastern Conference of Major League Soccer.