For those of who you actually have the energy after a day at the parks and simply can't call it quits, Orlando has plenty of after-dark venues suitable for a night out on the town. That said, even if you're Orlando veterans and not first-timers (the ones most likely to overdo it), if you try to go-go-go from morning until night, you will be completely exhausted after only a few days and will end up needing a vacation after your vacation.
The success of Universal's CityWalk, a district filled with a variety of clubs, shops, and themed restaurants, shows that many visitors have the pizzazz to withstand life after a day of schlepping around the House of Mouse. But don't think Downtown Disney West Side, Pleasure Island (soon to be Hyperion Wharf), and the Marketplace (each filled with its own unique lineup of shops, themed restaurants, and attractions) are hurting for business. The clubs may have closed (a re-imagined Pleasure Island filled with upscale shops and trendy eateries is beginning to emerge, its appeal widened with every unique addition), but the shops and restaurants found throughout Downtown Disney are typically filled to capacity.
Check the "Calendar" section of Friday's Orlando Sentinel for up-to-the-minute details on local clubs, visiting performers, concerts, and events. Many of its listings are also online at www.orlandosentinel.com. The Orlando Weekly, published every Thursday, is a free magazine found in red boxes throughout Central Florida. It highlights more offbeat performances. You can see it online at www.orlandoweekly.com. Another good source on the Internet is www.visitorlando.com, operated by the Orlando/Orange County Convention & Visitors Bureau.
Free Ride -- A free public transportation system called Lymmo (tel. 407/841-2279; www.golynx.com) runs in a designated lane through the downtown area. But because Lymmo stops running at 10pm (midnight Fri-Sat), it may stop moving before you do. Stash enough cash for a taxi if you're going to party late into the night.
Orlando has a number of movie multiplexes in the mainstream tourist areas. Most offer discounted tickets for children under 12 and discounted matinees; some also offer discounts to students and seniors (bring ID).
Some of the top draws include AMC 24, at Pleasure Island (tel. 407/298-4488), with the first EXT theater in the country (think floor-to-ceiling screen with 3-D technology); Cinemark 20 Festival Bay, on North International Drive (tel. 407/352-1042; www.cinemark.com); Muvico Pointe 21 Theatres, at Pointe Orlando on International Drive (tel. 407/926-6850; www.muvico.com), which also sports an IMAX screen; and AMC Universal Cineplex 20, at CityWalk (tel. 407/354-5998; www.amctheatres.com).