Anyone whose summer holiday clashes with the football (or ‘soccer’ as it’s known in the States) will be well catered for in Orlando this summer. All World Cup games will be shown live in selected venues around Orlando, perfect for some thrilling afternoon entertainment after a morning of white-knuckle rollercoasters. Here are the best places in Orlando to watch the action unfold between visits to the world’s most famous theme parks.
British Pubs in Orlando
Even those that like to escape any reminders of home on their summer holiday might just be tempted by some British Pubs for the England games. Any of the following pubs are sure to be packed to the rafters with English holidaymakers cheering on the team, and maybe even a few Scots cheering on the opposition.
Our favourite is The Orlando George and Dragon which has a beer garden; a varied menu; pool tables; quiz machines; and most importantly, a giant screen TV showing all matches.
The atmospheric Fox and Hounds Pub in Kissimmee will be serving staple favourites like fish and chips and showing all games on their wide screen TV.
The Cricketers Arms Pub – just off International Drive - has a wide selection of lagers and ales, and will be showing all games plus other entertainment.
Hotels in Orlando
With matches on in the afternoon and early evening in the US, the best option might be to kick back and relax at your hotel after a busy day at the theme parks with various resorts across Orlando showing the games live for their guests. See our full list of Orlando holidays here.
Buena Vista Palace Hotel & Spa will be showing all matches at one80 Sportgrill and Bar. If the game’s a bit dull, there are plenty of other amusements including: dartboards, arcade games and Wii consoles.
The Crowne Plaza Orlando Universal will feature all games in their Elements Bar & Grille restaurant and will be putting on special buffets inspired by each of the competing teams. Cue the restaurant’s chefs frantically researching Bosnian cuisine!
Guests at the International Palms Resort will be able to soak up the Floridian sunshine by the pool while they watch all the matches on a large projector screen - nation-themed drinks are also promised.
Games will also be shown live on ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC so those in self-catering accommodation will be able to keep up to date with the action.
Restaurants in Orlando
|Universal Studios' CityWalk is a great place to catch a game|
Footy-mad holidaymakers can combine an early evening meal with live football at various restaurants around Orlando.
Dewey's Indoor Golf and Sports Grill features an incredible 25 foot theatre screen with surround sound, perfect for feeling the big game atmosphere. With over 70 HDTVs at this sprawling state-of-the-art facility, there will be no straining to catch a glimpse of the screen here.
Universal CityWalk’s Hard Rock Café will be dedicating a room to the World Cup. Games will be shown in the venue’s Art Bar which hosts a variety of music memorabilia.
Just around the corner from the Hard Rock Café is the NASCAR Sports Grille – home to a whopping 37 foot media wall and a bevy of plasma TVs that will be showing all World Cup matches.
Where will you be watching the 2014 World Cup? Let us know in the comments section below.