Orlando, Florida is the most popular family destination on Earth! It all began with a man and a mouse, and now some 50 million visitors a year flood the city’s adrenaline-pinching theme parks and endless attractions in pursuit of childhood fantasies and endless adventure. While the vast majority orbit the big-ticket amusement parks—Walt Disney World® Resort, Universal Orlando® Resort and SeaWorld® Orlando —more discerning and adventurous travelers seek Orlando’s tropical retreats and more sophisticated, lesser-known treasures. Smack dab in the heart of Central Florida, Orlando is the social centerpiece for fun and excitement in and out of the big-thrill parks. Travelers of all types and ages flock to Orlando for its 100-plus attractions, year-round warm, sunny weather, flourishing palm trees and nearby beautiful beaches that offer that “far-far-away” exotic appeal. It's also chock-full of intense water sports, beautiful natural springs, outdoor adventures and eco-safaris, dramatic arts, Broadway-style shows and big-name concerts, major-league spring training and Orlando Magic basketball games, championship golf—with 196 pro-designed golf courses and celebrity tournaments—an explosive international culinary scene and chic shopping at numerous malls and boutiques.
When it comes to attractions, Orlando’s “Big Three” have made it a world-class, world-famous destination that attracts visitors of all ages from all over the world.
Magic Kingdom® Park – With Cinderella’s castle as the epicenter, this is where all the Disney magic and its characters come to life. Along with its inspiring Character-filled parades and an enchanting nighttime fireworks display with Tinker Bell flying through the sky, this fairytale park features 6 whimsical lands for you to explore – Fantasyland, Adventureland, Frontierland, Tomorrowland, Main Street, U.S.A. and Liberty Square. Theme Park Attractions: Space Mountain®, Stitches Great Escape, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad®, Splash Mountain®, Dumbo the Flying Elephant®, Haunted Mansion®, Pirates of the Caribbean®, Mad Tea Party, the famous “It’s a Small World”® and many more!
Epcot® – Epcot has 2 amazing realms for you to explore: Future World, which focuses on technology and innovation, and World Showcase which displays the culture and cuisine of 11 countries: Mexico, Norway, China, Germany, Italy, the United States, Japan, Morocco, France, United Kingdom and Canada. Drink, eat and be merry while enjoying a few must-do rides like Test Track®, Mission: Space®, Soarin’® and Spaceship Earth – a subdued technological evolution ride through the park’s giant signature geosphere.
Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park – Let your imagination run wild, with everything from live animals throughout the park and a can’t-miss African safari to dinosaurs and thrill rides like Expedition Everest – Legend of the Forbidden Mountain®, Kali River Rapids® and the carnival-style Primeval Whirl®, as well as chill rides and foreign marketplace strolls even grandma would approve of.
Disney’s Hollywood Studios™ – Hollywood comes alive with live stage shows, interactive movie-based experiences, back-lot tours, great dining and shopping, plus thrill rides like The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror™, Muppet Vision 3D and Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster®.
Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park and Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park – Disney’s two polar opposite water parks. The first, a frosty ski village, and the other, a laid- back tropical paradise, but both hold water with attractions, thrill and chill rides, and plenty of stuff for the little squirts.
Universal’s Islands of Adventure®—The high-tech theme park and home to “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™.” Each “island” highlights adventure with technologically advanced rides such as The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man® and The Incredible Hulk Coaster®, and more child-friendly rides like The High in the Sky Seuss Trolley Train Ride!
Universal Studios Florida®—The Silver Screen comes alive with simulators, 3-D shows into the TV and movie productions, shopping, dining, movie-based thrill rides like Despicable Me, Minion Mayhem, Men in Black™ Alien Attack, Terminator 2® 3D, The Simpsons Ride™ and Revenge of the Mummy®, as well as the Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit® - where you pick your music, strap in, scream 17 stories over Universal at 65 mph and then turn your adventure into a take-home music video.
Wet ’n Wild® Water Park—This is Orlando’s premiere water park! Wet ‘n Wild’s chutes, slides, wave pool, lazy river and thrill rides have been thrilling guests ever since it opened in 1977.
SeaWorld® Orlando – Home to Shamu, the famous marine adventure park features attractions, educational exhibits and shows spotlighting whales, dolphins, otters, seals and other marine life. Dine and shop the waterfront, explore the huge aquarium full of tropical fish and sharks, or scream your head of on Kraken® and Manta® while the children enjoy the giggles of Shamu’s Happy Harbor® and Turtle Trek.
Discovery Cove® Orlando – An all-inclusive twist on the dolphin encounter. Includes a freshwater lazy river, free-flight aviary, stingray-petting lagoon, a snorkeling lagoon with tropical fish and reef-dwelling stingrays, a 30-minute dolphin encounter with hugs, kisses and a fin tow, plus a free park admission ticket to SeaWorld or Busch Gardens—plus all-you-can eat and drink, including select adult beverages. Don’t miss the SeaVenture dive experience with some 8,000 species of marine life.
Aquatica® Water Park – SeaWorld’s South Seas-style water park blends water play with marine-life interaction and education. Its signature ride, Dolphin Plunge, shoots you passed a pool of Commerson's dolphins, which you can also catch through a window while on the lazy river, Loggerhead Lane. Don’t miss Roa's Rapids—a long, fast-action river—as well as an interactive play station, family raft rides and the side-by-side Taumata Racers.
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