Mickey Mouse’s hometown, Orlando really is the place where Florida fairytales come true. A city guaranteed to
bring out the child in even the grumpiest grown up, in Orlando, entertainment is a way of life, from morning until night.
Whether you’re a first time visitor to Orlando, or a returning holiday-maker, there is always something new to explore. Here’s our run down of the city’s top theme parks...
Dubbed the place where dreams come true, Magic Kingdom was the first of the Walt Disney World Resort parks to open. With the breathtaking Cinderella Castle at its heart, six whimsical lands stretch across 107 acres. As you travel through Main Street, U.S.A, Adventureland, Frontierland, Liberty Square, New Fantasyland and Tomorrowland, you’ll be met by familiar, long-loved characters at every corner.
At more than twice the size of Magic Kingdom, Epcot is a place where the world and the “out of this world” exist side by side. Spaceship Earth, Epcot’s epic polyhedral (or the golf ball, to you and I) invites you to the first of two zones, Future World. Here, technological advancements and innovation, on Earth and beyond, are creatively explored and made accessible for all.
World Showcase, Epcot’s second zone, takes you on a global adventure through the international cities dotted around World Showcase Lagoon.
Ever dreamt of stepping out on the red carpet or taking to the screen as an action hero? Disney’s Hollywood Studios takes you behind the scenes to live out some of your favourite films with live shows, backstage tours and themed showbiz attractions.
The largest of Walt Disney World Resort’s four parks, Animal Kingdom is a reflection of its creator’s dedication to nature and conservation. A centre for animal care, education and research, it allows visitors the opportunity to get up close and personal with more than 1,700 animals.
A theme park and marine-life based zoo in one, SeaWorld Orlando brings the underwater world to life. Spend the day feeding Bottlenose dolphins and then get set for a real splash as you meet the park’s killer whale mascot, Shamu.
Quite unlike any of its rival parks across Orlando, Discovery Cove has no turnstiles and limits entry to 1,300 visitors a day. Visitors can swim with dolphins, snorkel amongst tropical fish and hand-feed tropical birds in a free-flight aviary.
Wet ‘n Wild
A real family-pleaser, Wet ‘n Wild offers more multi-person rides than any other local waterpark. Hold on tight for some serious, slippery fun as you splash through high-speed slides and rides.
Aquatica SeaWorld Waterpark
Get interactive with some SeaWorld favourites, as you take a tube slide through an underwater playground for black and white Commerson’s Dolphins or float amongst tropical fish before relaxing on a pristine sandy beach.
Islands of Adventure
Epic adventures and thrilling rides await as some of your favourite children’s tales and comic book heroes are brought to life. Battle evil on the streets of Marvel Super Hero Island or whizz through the corridors of Hogwarts at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
A chilling ski resort bathed in Florida sunshine, Blizzard Beach got its name after a freak snow storm blanketed the state in snow. The park has the world’s tallest and fastest free-falling waterslide and even boasts its own chair lift.
Catering for young and old alike, Typhoon Lagoon boasts immense waterslides alongside a children’s area with pint-sized raft rides. Ride a 6-foot wave in the Surf Pool or snorkel with real sharks at Shark Reef.
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