The best theme parks in Orlando

August 1, 2012 | Author: | Posted in Family Vacation

Situated in the centre of Florida, Orlando is famous the world over for its many theme parks. These have helped ensure that the city is one of America’s most visited. Navigating between the parks is easy – most of Orlando’s major attractions are located along International Drive.

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Getting to Orlando is itself a relatively painless affair. The numerous carriers offering flights to Orlando means that competition between airlines is stiff – a bonus for those looking for last minute deals and discount bookings. Although most of the city’s major theme parks offer accommodation on site, this is far more expensive than staying in a motel or hotel away from the parks.

Walt Disney World

The stuff of many a childhood dream, Walt Disney World is undoubtedly the world’s most famous theme park. The ‘world’ actually consists of four separate theme parks – Magic Kingdom Park, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom park; two water parks – Disney’s Blizzard Beach and Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon; and a free area known as Downtown Disney.

The Magic Kingdom Park was the first to open and encapsulates the main themes of the ‘world’, combining wandering Disney characters and iconic structures such as the Cinderella Castle. The park has 46 attractions spread across six themed ‘lands’.

Epcot Park is twice the size of the Magic Kingdom Park, and spreads across 300 acres. Disney’s Hollywood Studios celebrates Hollywood in its heyday, through a series of rides and shows. Spread over 500 acres of lush greenery, the Animal Kingdom park is dedicated to animal conservation and is home to more than 1,700 animals from 250 species.


SeaWorld is most famous for its orca whale show, originally starring Shamu –  the third orca to ever be displayed in a public exhibit. As well as the main SeaWorld park, there is an additional water park known as Aquatica. This park has a southern Pacific theme and is best known for the Dolphin Plunge attraction, which allows people on an enclose slide to pass through a pool containing a pod of Commerson’s dolphins.

The Discovery Cove park allows visitors to hand-feed exotic birds and swim with bottlenose dolphins. They can also snorkel around a coral reef, which is home to thousands of tropical fish.

Universal Orlando

Universal Orlando comprises two main theme parks: Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure. For those that like to get the adrenaline pumping, the Incredible Hulk roller coaster at Islands of Adventure is 110ft tall and reaches speeds of up to 67mph through its seven inversions. In total, Universal Orlando has six roller coasters – more than any other park in the state.

Universal Orlando also has a water park – in fact, Wet ‘n’ Wild was America’s first major water park. Set in an area of about 60 acres, attractions range from relaxing lazy river rides to high-speed body slides. For those who prefer their entertainment a little less wet, the Universal CityWalk contains a variety of culinary and visual treats – from the Universal Cineplex 20 and IMAX to a live show featuring the Blue Man Group.


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  1. let’s not forget about shopping.

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