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There are a number of different bowling alleys in and around Orlando, but Cypress Lanes is just a short drive from our villa. The lanes do fill up quickly, so it is best to book ahead if you want to go. There is bowling, an arcade, food and drink on offer which makes it the perfect night out for those with families and those who are on vacation with friends – no matter what your age, a bowling night is fun for all.
There are plenty of bars and clubs to discover in Orlando, but they are not the only place that you can enjoy spending an evening out at. Restaurants can be found on our Where to Eat page, and below are a variety of ways that you can spend the darker hours of the day and still enjoy yourself, whether you are travelling with family or friends.
Escape rooms are not only a family friendly way to pass and evening; they are great fun as well. Orlando is home to a number of different escape rooms, so if you’re addicted to puzzle solving you could easily spend every night of your stay doing a different room. These include The Escape Game Orlando, Escapology, MindQuest Escape Games, The Escpe Effect, America’s Escape Game, Lockbusters Escape Game, The Great Escape Room Orlando, The Escape Company, American Escape Rooms, Breakout Escape Rooms, Get Out! Escape Room Orlando, Escape Goat, Escape Key, Dare 2 Escape and Doldrick’s Escape Room.
No matter which park you are visiting and what time of year it is, Disney has a number of different light and fireworks displays that will delight both young and old. The Magic Kingdom offers the Once Upon a Time light show which sees Cinderella’s Castle covered in projections of Disney stories and Characters. If this wasn’t enough for Magic Kingdom visitor, it is followed by the Happily Ever After firework display to end your day at Disney. If you are visiting Epcot, then you can enjoy the IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth firework display that celebrates the spirit of humanity and lights up the sky over the lake. If you are visiting Disney’s Hollywood Studios then you have the Fantasmic musical where you can watch the forces of good and evil battling it out in Mickey’s dream. This is followed by Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular where you can witness a light show that brings you the finest moments from a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away. Disney’s Animal Kingdom also as two light shows to delight visitors – Rivers of Light and the Tree of Life Awakenings. In the Rivers of Light display you can see animal folklore brought to life in a pageant of music, colour and light. The Tree of Life is the centre piece of Disney’s Animal Kingdom (as well as Rafiki’s home in the Lion King) and at night it becomes a mesmerizing display of colour and light. Finally there is the Electrical Water Pageant that takes place on the Disney Lagoon and can be seen from all around the water. Disney also has a number of seasonal displays that include the 4th of July fireworks, Halloween celebrations and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party.
Universal City Walk is a free access area of Universal Studios. Like Disney Springs, even if you haven’t visited the theme parks, you can still visit the City Walk. With free parking after 6pm (except for Halloween Horror Nights), you can explore the many bars, restaurants, cinemas and other elements that only the Universal City Walk has to offer. These include the Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savoury Feast Kitchen and the Blue Man Group.
The House of Blues can be found at Disney Springs, but it is worthy of a mention all its own. Though it is a place where you can enjoy some great BBQ, it is more well-known for being a musical venue that offers some of the best live performances around as well as folk art that make it a unique experience, no matter where you have come from.
If stand-up comedy is what you enjoy, then an evening out at the Orlando Improv Comedy Club could be just what you are looking for. Up and coming comics take to the stage, and have done for the last 40 years, it is open on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 6pm to 8:30pm, Friday from 6pm to 11pm, Saturday from 12pm to 10:15pm and Sunday from 3pm to 7:30pm. They offer food and drink to accompany the comedy and tickets for the club are advised to be purchased ahead of time for special events.
Disney Springs is not only a destination that keeps you entertained during the day, it is also one of the best places to visit at night. Not only can the House of Blues be found there, but there are places like The Edison (a steampunk style bar and restaurant), Enzo’s Hideaway Tunnel Bar (a Prohibition style speakeasy) and Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar (a bar inspired by the Indiana Jones movies).
Cirque du Soleil is something that can never truly be described - just experienced. And with the Big Top in Orlando, you can spend an evening out being wowed by acrobatics and showmanship that have delighted audiences for years now.
If you’re looking for a more low key and relaxed way to spend an evening, then Celebration might be just what you are looking for. With bars and restaurants, a cinema and late night shopping around the picturesque lake, Celebration is a place where it feels like you have stepped back into the 1950s and even when it is busy, there is still a sense of peace about the place. Parking can be difficult, so make sure that you get there early.
There are a number of different clubs that you can drink and dance the night away at in Orlando. From up-scale, like Eve Orlando and 3NINE at the Plaza, to gay bars, like Parliament House. From the established and respected, like Latitudes, to something with a country flair, like Cowboys Orlando. From the chilled and inexpensive, like Independent Bar, to low key, like the Blue Martini Lounge there is plenty to keep everyone happy and entertained when hitting the clubs.