Charles Laurent

Charles “Master Baker With Abs” Laurent on Orlando Must-Dos

His suggestions really take the cake.

Prince Charming is real and his name is Charles Laurent. Like many a fairytale protagonist, however, Laurent’s story began with struggle: He was a child ostracized for being gay while growing up among the timber-framed villages and grand chateaus that populate the French countryside.

But as soon as Laurent reached adulthood, he set off to a faraway to learn how to become a master baker. Though Laurent now lives and works in New York City, he spent a stint honing his skills at—you guessed it—the most magical place on Earth: the Walt Disney World Resort.

Laurent proves good looks, a chiseled body, and a penchant for pastries aren’t stuff of make-believe. And so, who better to revel in all the enchantment Orlando has to offer?

Charles Laurent

What is the best thing about Orlando?

The weather, of course, but Orlando is best known for Walt Disney World, which is a magical place!

What is your favorite tourist attraction?

Disney World! I’m still a kid at heart. I really love the beauty of Magic Kingdom, which is impressive. I also love the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios.

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And the most overrated?

I would have to say Epcot.

What one thing should every LGBTQ tourist make a point to experience in Orlando?

One Magical Weekend and Gay Days are my two favorite events every year. You get to relive your childhood with all your friends and then dance the night away.

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Where is the best place to meet sexy locals?

You can meet all the sexy locals working at Disney World, and I know that because I worked there for two years.

Where is the best place to grab brunch?

Hamburger Mary’s is such a fun place! Great cocktails, yummy food, a fun vibe, and the best drag shows.

Charles Laurent

Where your favorite spot for a cocktail or coffee?

Savoy Orlando is the best spot to grab a good drink and enjoy the free entertainment.

How about a pastry or dessert?

The Dessert Lady—they have the best carrot cake I’ve ever had! Big slices and super moist.

And the best neighborhood to spend an afternoon?

I love Thornton Park—Orlando’s trendiest little area. Funky shops, fun places to eat, great place for people watching.

Who or what is everyone in Orlando talking about right now?

A lot of my friends in Orlando are planning to escape the humidity this summer and book trips to Fire Island and Provincetown.

Bryan van Gorder usually writes about the places he's been or the famous people forced to talk to him.