Orlando, Florida Attractions and Theme Parks
Walt Disney World and the Magic Kingdom Resort
It's massive, it's magnificent! The Walt Disney World® Resort covers over 47 square miles, hosts thousands of visitors each day and we're about to give you a crash course in finding your way around.
There are 4 major theme parks, Magic Kingdom® Park, Epcot®, Disney-MGM Studios and Disney's Animal Kingdom® Theme Park. There are also 2 waterparks, Disney's Blizzard Beach and Disney's Typhoon Lagoon. Choose from 2 nightime entertainment complexes, DOWNTOWN DISNEY West Side, or Pleasure Island.
Disney's Wide World Of Sports Complex is 200 acres of sporting action, while shoppers should head for DOWNTOWN DISNEY Marketplace. There are also numerous Disney Resort Hotels and 5 championship golf courses.
SeaWorld and Busch Gardens, Orlando, Florida
Both of these great theme parks are part of the Anheuser Busch family, and as such they offer the type of quality experience that brings people back time and time again. They're also a showcase for many Anheuser Busch products and free liquid samples are on offer to the over 21's!
With a wide variety of activities, SeaWorld® Adventure Park is a great idea for the first full day of your holiday - stadium style shows means there's tons to see without having to line up in the searing heat! Make sure you pick up a show schedule and take 10 minutes to plan your day proceeding clockwise (or counter clockwise for you lefties) around the park - running from one side to the other will get old fast!
Universal Orlando Resort
Universal's family of theme parks, hotels, and entertainment complexes has developed into a truly first rate destination with 2 amazing theme parks, Universal Studios® and Universal's Islands of Adventure. The great dining and entertainment complex CityWalk® and several world class on-site hotels round out Universal Orlando Resort, making it a premier destination of its own.
Kennedy Space Center, Orlando, Floridahttp://www.kennedyspacecenter.com
Your Orlando vacation is not complete without a trip to Kennedy Space Center. Just 45 minutes from popular Orlando attractions and theme parks is NASA’s launch headquarters the only place on Earth where you can tour launch areas, meet an Astronaut, see giant rockets, train in spaceflight simulators, and even view a launch.
Disney-MGM Studios, Orlando, FloridaHooray for Hollywood - it's another full Disney day of movie classics, movie rides, and movie stars. Your big screen debut should start early as this working production studio has lots to offer. When they shout 'ACTION!', head quickly over to Sunset Boulevard and get re-acquainted with your breakfast on The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror. No matter how many times we ride this it still catches us (and our stomachs) off guard with its multiple drop sequence!
The latest blockbuster is the very exciting Rock 'n' Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith. It's a deafeningly good indoor, inverted rollercoaster that offers Disney's FAST PASSSM option. Jim Henson's Muppet Vision 3D will be a 'pig' hit with the whole family as will the Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular. Check show times for the latter and prepare to be impressed. Don't miss the live version of the Disney classic, Beauty and the Beast. Star Tours with hosts C-3PO and R2-D2 is light years ahead of many simulator rides while Catastrophe Canyon is an unscheduled stop on the Disney-MGM Studios Backlot Tour you won't forget in a hurry!
Wet 'N Wild Waterpark
Located in the International Drive Resort Area, Orlando's original waterpark is a great day out for all ages with it's emphasis on multi person rides that groups can enjoy together. After lathering up with sunscreen (waterproof SPF 30 is recommended) load the family onto the phenomenal Flyer, a four passenger 'bobsled' run. On the four passenger Surge or Bubba Tub everyone can climb aboard for a good soaking! All 3 are full of drops, twists, banked curves and have a big wet finish! Smaller kids have their own very safe miniature playground to swish around in with mini versions of the parks big thrill rides. Lifeguards are constantly watchful and soft rubberized surfaces protect little bottoms from scrapes and bumps.
Downtown Disney and Pleasure Island
It's New Year's Eve every night at Pleasure Island with fireworks, confetti cannons, live dancers and giant video screens. Your admission tickets get you onto the 'island' then you're free to enjoy the various clubs and entertainment venues with no additional cover charges. Check listings to find out which band is being featured on the West End Stage - typically big names from the past who have still got what it takes! Enjoy the highly amusing Comedy Warehouse which takes an irreverent dig at the whole Disney experience. Across the street is the equally entertaining Adventurers Club with it's eccentric residents and talking masks which engage you in conversation!
Disney's Blizzard Beach Water Park
Only Disney could take a somewhat bizarre concept and make it work this well. Blizzard Beach is billed as a rapidly melting ski resort where chair lifts and ski jumps have been put to unusual use. Guests now surf the slopes and shred the peaks on rides like Toboggan Racer, where they fly headfirst down the side of Mount Gushmore. You can ride a chairlift back to the top where you'll also find Summit Plummet, one of the world's highest free fall slides - that lump in your throat is actually your swimsuit!