Considering that Orlando welcomes nearly 45 million visitors each year, it should come as no surprise that hundreds of websites are devoted to vacationing here. These include information on just about everything, from the history of Walt Disney World to getting around town.
There are several sites written by Disney fans, employees, and self-proclaimed experts. MouseSavers.com (www.mousesavers.com) collects the codes and details of hard-to-find discounts and package deals. AllEars.net (www.allearsnet.com) is the best around, loaded with great tips and information on everything Disney, from the parks and resorts to the restaurants, nightlife, and much more. It now includes information on Universal Orlando as well. The independently run PartyThroughTheParks.com rates drinking and nightlife and DisneyFoodBlog.com keeps track of meals.
Definitely take a look at Disney's official site, www.disneyworld.com, if you're planning a pilgrimage to the House of Mouse. The website recently got a top-to-bottom overhaul, making it easier to navigate and much more informative. It's loaded with photos and 360-degree views of Disney's resorts, rooms, parks, and more. My Magic +, available on the Disney site, allows you to plan your entire Disney vacation from start to finish—you can even create your very own customized theme-park maps to mirror the itinerary you've planned out online.
If a trip to one of Universal Orlando's theme parks or CityWalk is on your dance card, then stop at www.universalorlando.com. You can order tickets (including exclusive Internet-only deals), make resort reservations, and find out about special events, among other things. Fish fans can get in the know about SeaWorld at www.seaworld.com and Discovery Cove at www.discoverycove.com.
For general information about the city, accommodations, dining, nightlife, or special events, head to the Orlando/Orange County Convention & Visitors Bureau site at www.visitorlando.com. The Orlando Weekly (www.orlandoweekly.com) offers reviews and recommendations for arts, movies, music, restaurants, and more. The Orlando Sentinel (www.orlandosentinel.com) features a searchable events section loaded with information on the area's dining, attractions, shopping, and more.