If you haven’t heard about Pokémon Go, the new app that is sweeping the world, you probably haven’t been watching the news or have teens and/or young adults in your household. Pokémon Go is an incredibly popular app in which users track down and capture Pokémon creatures and battle them against each other for points and rewards. Orlando’s tourism corridor is packed with points of interest and Pokémon “gyms” and some of the biggest concentrations are at Disney’s Magic Kingdom and on International Drive. Vista Cay Resort even has a point of interest right at our fountain!
At Magic Kingdom, you can encounter a Pokéstop right as you exit your vehicle in the Jafar parking lot but be careful of the highly evolved Snorlax guarding the first gym as you enter the park. Being one of the most photographed places in the country, you will find tons of Pokestops and Gyms at the Magic Kingdom as the app creates points of interest based on the geotags found in pictures people post on social media.
Closer to Vista Cay, you’ll find a plethora of Pokéstops and Gyms up and down International Drive, including a point of interest right here at the resort fountain. Points of interest allow you to grab some extra Pokéballs before heading out to our two top recommendations. The first stop we recommend is Pointe Orlando, which is about a mile from Vista Cay and home to some great bars, restaurants, and an IMAX movie theater. Catch some Pikachu’s or Clefairy’s while listening to the live music at Adobe Gila’s or Lafayette’s plus there are tons of Pokéstops to pick up some more Pokéballs. After hanging out for a while, walk to I-Drive 360 and hatch some of your eggs on the walk to The Orlando Eye complex. After the 20 minute walk you can stop in at Yard House or Tin Roof for a drink and then checkout all the Pokéstops around the complex. You can even catch them all 400 feet up at the top of The Orlando Eye!
Read more from the Orlando Sentinel’s Pokémon adventure HERE