This is the 50th season for the Orlando Opera, whose latest production was Puccini's "Turandot." You will not see "Turandot" on Pleasure Island (Disney) or at Islands of Adventure (Universal). The Orlando Philharmonic has the Verdi Requiem coming up, and that's big. Orlando Ballet dances "Sleeping Beauty" May 16-18. More theater, too, and for grownups.
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Things slow down in Orlando in summer, because most of Florida slows down in summer -- except the theme parks, which merely add hot and muggy to their attractions; and some holiday fun (Juneteenth, 4th of July) around downtown's Lake Eola.
But aside from that lull, the message is this: Orlando, being a city, isn't just another alligator-infested series of subdivisions.
Those are just up the Interstate.
Where to stay:
If the focus of the visit is Orlando's downtown and neighborhoods, then consider staying at one of the downtown hotels. There are several; two prime properties within walking distance of good things: a newish and very fine Embassy Suites Orlando-Downtown (doubles from $179 [subject to change]; 800-EMBASSY; embassy-suites.com) and the so-stylish Grand Bohemian (doubles from $209; 866-663-0024; grandbohemianhotel.com). Among other downtown lodgings: a Sheraton and a Courtyard by Marriott. If your visit is all about conventions or the Universal and Disney theme parks, most chains are represented in the International Drive zone near Universal Orlando.
Orlando/Orange County Convention & Visitors Bureau, 800-972-3304; orlandoinfo.com.