Orlando

Orlando is a city in Orange County, Florida, famous for its nearby theme parks such as Disney World, Universal Studios, Sea World, Legoland and many others. But the city has many other attractions to offer, such as museums, gardens and parks: with over 60m tourists, it is among the US’s most visited cities. Orlando is very safe for travelers, although some districts can be somewhat dangerous and are unadvised for tourists. SafeAround has compiled information from numerous sources make sure you have a safe trip while in Orlando, and be aware of all potential dangers.

SAFETY INDEX

Warnings & Dangers

Mid Priority-96 OVERALL RISK : LOW

Orlando is a very safe city, with a few downtown neighborhoods to avoid. With a rating of c.70% the US, is ranked 51th out of 162 on the ranking of the safest and most dangerous countries.

Mid Priority-96 PICKPOCKETS RISK : MEDIUM

There is some pickpocket-related risk in the touristic parts of Orlando and in the theme parks. There are some reports of pickpocketing at Disney World and other parks, and reports of breaking in hotel rooms or rental cars. A few simple precautions will minimize your chances of being pickpocketed.

Mid Priority-96 MUGGING RISK : MEDIUM

Orlando is a safe city regarding mugging risks, although some areas are best to be avoided at night.

Mid Priority-96 SCAMS RISK : LOW

As in any touristic place, there may be people trying to scam you in Orlando. Be aware of “gold ring” tricks, fake petitions, groups of teenagers acting strangely or trying to distract you; and people offering help with your luggage.

Mid Priority-96 TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : LOW

Transports and taxis are generally very safe in Orlando.

Mid Priority-96 NATURAL DISASTERS RISK : MEDIUM

There are some occasional hurricanes in Florida (63 hurricanes have affected Florida between 2000-2013).

Mid Priority-96 TERRORISM RISK : LOW

Orlando has been targeted by a terrorist attack recently.

Mid Priority-96 WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK : LOW

Orlando is generally very safe for women travelers.

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Useful Information

The US has one of the harshest entry policy, sometimes asking for an interview even for a tourist visa. Prepare to pay fees up to USD 160 for your application. Some countries like the ones from the EU or Australia have a visa waiver program (ESTA) which can be filled online. See https://travel.state.gov/content/visas/en.html for more information. Strong custom regulations also apply (see the CPB website for more details), and the Travel Safety Administration can open your luggage without your presence. www.doyouneedvisa.com is a useful website that can help you know if you need a visa or not based on your nationality and the country you’re visiting.
The currency in the United States is the US Dollar. Credit and debit cards are widely accepted countrywide, and ATMs are found nearly in every city. The costs can vary widely between the states, but it is fair to assume a $100 budget per day on average, $150 if you rent a car and around $300 for top end accomodation. A 10% service tipping is customary in many sectors such as airport and hotel bag porters, bartenders , hotel maids, restaurant servers and taxi drivers.
The weather in the US varies greatly between the states : from the mediterranean weather of California to the Glaciers of Alaska or the subtropical Florida, each region has its best time to visit; although major cities can be visited all year round. This graph can be useful for finding the best time to travel.
The main international airports are in Atlanta, Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, Dallas, Denver and San Francisco. If you’re looking fore cheap flight deals, you can find some on JetRadar
As in any country, we advise travelers to get a travel insurance that covers not only medical problems but also theft and loss of personal items. Learn more on our travel insurance page