Enjoy the excitement of the International Drive Resort Area, Orlando's
tourism corridor. World-famous theme parks, designer and outlet
shopping, restaurants to satisfy every taste, non-stop evening entertainment,
hotels and resorts for every budget and the convenient, fun I-Ride
Trolley Service that provides easy transportation to all the
The following information will assist in your vacation planning:
Automated Teller Machines are conveniently located throughout I-Drive
area in major hotels, grocery stores and shopping areas. There are
also ATMs inside all of the major theme parks. Most ATMs are connected
to national and international banking networks, allowing customers
from around the world to access their money. Check with your bank
to confirm the service charge applied to each transaction.
U.S. currency is available in units of dollars and cents. In this
system, 100 cents equals 1 dollar. Bank notes are available in denominations
of 1, 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100 dollars. Coins are available in 1, 5,
10 and 25 cent pieces. For information on converting your currency
into US, go to www.currencyconverter.com.
International visitors find the I-Drive area has many convenient
options for currency exchange. Upon arrival, Orlando International
Airport has an exchange on-site with four locations and a Western
Union office. Once arriving on International Drive currency exchange
is available at the Orlando Official Visitor Center at 8723 International
Drive and at most major banks. Be sure to check with your hotel
as many offer this convenience for their guests.
Attractions, restaurants and shops in the area accept most major
Travelers' Checks issued in U.S. dollars are accepted at attractions,
most shops, restaurants and area banks.
Visitors traveling from Visa Waiver Countries to the United States
holding a valid passport issued prior to Oct. 26, 2005, will not
require a visa to enter the country as long as their passport is
machine-readable. A machine-readable passport has two lines of characters
at the bottom of the photograph page. Visa Waiver Countries are:
Andorra, Austria, Australia, Belgium, Brunei, Denmark, Finland,
France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Liechtenstein,
Luxembourg, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal,
San Marino, Singapore, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United
Kingdom. (For citizens with the unrestricted right of permanent
abode in England Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, the Channel
Islands and the Isle of Man.)
Travelers who were issued a passport on and after Oct. 26, 2005,
will be required to have biometric data on their passport. If not,
they will require a visa to enter the United States.
Travelers from Non-Visa Waiver Countries (all of Latin America)
are required to have a valid visa and passport to enter the United
States. Each traveler, including children, must have a visa and
passport. For questions and information regarding Visa and Passport
travel requirements, please visit www.travel.state.gov/visa
or contact the U.S. Embassy in your country.
For up to date information on current visa information, go to http://travel.state.gov/visa/visa_1750.html.
Americans drive on the right-hand side of the road! It is the law
that everyone in the vehicle wear a seat belt and children under
three years of age must travel in secured child-safety seats. Check
with your rental car agent on where to obtain a seat. Right turns
on red are permitted after a full stop, unless otherwise posted.
Obey posted speed limits. Florida law carries a heavy penalty for
driving under the influence of alcohol or having an open container
of alcohol in the car.
Tip: To save money when phoning home, purchase an international
phone card rather than phoning from your hotel room. They are available
at most hotel gift shops.
This is confusing in any country! It is customary to provide a
15 to 20 percent tip to service personnel such as table servers
at dining venues, public transportation drivers, bartenders and
beauticians. Porters are traditionally tipped $1 per bag. At many
restaurants, the tip will already be added to the bill for groups
of six or more. Ask if the tip has already been included when the
server presents the check.
You are on holiday and we want to you to have a good time but there
are always safety tips that need to be followed, no matter where
you travel! Keep these in mind:
- Follow a good map of the area.
- Be familiar with fire exits in your hotel.
- Use the double-lock in your hotel room and identify visitors
visually before admitting them.
- Keep valuables and travel documents with you or in the hotel
- Avoid using unofficial or unmarked taxis. Arrange for taxis
through your hotel.
- Park in a well-lit area and as close to a hotel access point
- Remove all property from the car interior and place it in
- Teach your children the rules of safety such as how to ask
for help if they are separated from you.
- Avoid leaving valuables in your hotel room while youre