Written by Sylvia Longmire, SpinTheGlobe, January 19, 2020
I know it’s a crazy concept, but there is actually more to Orlando, Florida than just Walt Disney World. Technically, Disney isn’t even located in Orlando proper, but in Kissimmee and Lake Buena Vista, which are at least a 30-minute drive away. Visiting Disney is also extremely expensive, especially for larger families. Orlando and its surrounding suburbs are filled with tons of wheelchair accessible (and budget-friendly) hidden treasures that all visitors should try to explore to get their vacation’s fill of culture, art, and the outdoors.
1. Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. Since opening the arts center in 2014, the stunning Dr. Phillips Center has been named one of Travel + Leisure magazine’s “25 New Tourist Attractions Worth Adding to Your Bucket List” and one of Southern Living magazine’s “50 Best Places in the South Now.” From ballet to Broadway, comedy acts to kids’ shows and educational programs to outdoor festivals, you’re always in for an amazing experience at the arts center. The Center provides a venue for touring shows, such as Broadway musicals, as well as popular headliners, comedy specials, lectures, musicians, local and emerging artists and much more.
You’ll often find Orlando Ballet, Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, Opera Orlando and other favorites performing here. Wheelchair accessibility is fantastic, with ample wheelchair spaces in both theaters, electric lifts to reach them, and comfortable accessible bathroom stalls. Individual tickets may be purchased by calling the Dr. Phillips Center Box Office at 844.513.2014 or by visiting the Box Office. Tickets are also available online at drphillipscenter.org.