Central Florida is home to some of the World’s most popular theme parks, including Walt Disney World, which is made up of a combination of 4 main theme parks and 2 water parks:
Perhaps the most iconic of them all, Magic Kingdom captures the enchantment of fairy tales with exciting entertainment, classic attractions, backstage tours and beloved Disney Characters. Designed like a wheel with the hub in front of Cinderella Castle, pathways spoke out across the 107 acres of Magic Kingdom theme park and lead to these 6 whimsical lands – Main Street U.S.A, Adventureland, Frontierland, Liberty Square, Fantasyland and Tomorrowland.
Travel through these lands and see how fantasy becomes reality when you learn how to be a pirate, match wits with funny monsters and conquer mountains. Get swept up in the spectacle of splendid parades and fireworks shows at Magic Kingdom theme park. It is here that dreams come true for children of all ages.
Epcot theme park is spread across 300 acres (twice the size of Magic Kingdom ) . It is a multicultural journey with inspiring entertainment and shows, all of which focus on technological advancements, innovation, and wonder. The Epcot theme park icon, Spaceship Earth, looking like a giant golf ball rising high above the horizon, welcomes you as you walk through the Park’s main entrance.
Epcot is divided into two main themed areas: Future World and World Showcase. The World Showcase usually opens two hours after park opening and remains open later than the Future World section of the park. Most major attractions in Future World remain open until the park’s closing time.
Beyond Future World, if entering from the main gate at Epcot theme park, is the World Showcase area. World Showcase is a collective of Pavilions that wrap around the World Showcase Lagoon. Inside the Pavilions, find shops, attractions and restaurants that represent the culture and cuisine of 11 countries including Canada, United Kingdom, France, Morocco, United States, Mexico, Italy, Germany, Norway, Japan & China.
At Epcot, creativity is encouraged, imagination is celebrated, and countries are united. Be amazed, inspired, enlightened, and entertained!
Disney’s Hollywood Studios offers behind-the-scenes glimpses of Hollywood-style action with live shows, thrilling attractions, backstage tours and special events that only happen in this Disney Park dedicated to entertainment.
The glitz and glamour of the Hollywood Heydays from the 1930s and 1940s are captured by the neon, chrome, art deco and modern architecture throughout Disney’s Hollywood Studios theme park.
The Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular is not to be missed! This live show re-enacts stunt scenes from the popular Indiana Jones series.
Toy Story Land is sure to be a hit with the younger children. Ride on the slinky dog family-friendly roller coaster and zip through an exhilarating 4D shooting game on Toy Story Mania. And keep an out for Woody and Buzz!
Are you brave enough to experience the famous Tower of Terror? Also known as the Twilight Zone. This elevator style lift plunges you down several floors, then launches you unexpectedly back upwards. Not for the faint hearted.
Star Wars – Galaxy’s Edge: The park’s newest area inspired by the Star Wars films. Fly the Millennium Falcon and accept a mission from The Resistance who are gathering recruits for a secret mission. A must for all Star Wars enthusiasts.
Disney’s Hollywood Studios really does have it all!
Disney’s Animal Kingdom is a zoological theme park full of attractions, adventures and entertainment that reflect Walt Disney’s dedication to nature and conservation, and in doing so, the Park leads the way in animal care, education, and research. Home to more than 1,700 animals from 250 species and sprawling across 500 acres of stunning landscape, Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park is the largest animal-themed park in the world!
Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park is divided into 7 areas which include Oasis, Discovery Island, Africa, Rafiki’s Planet Watch, Asia, Dinoland U.S.A and Pandora: The World of Avatar. Within each area, encounter real and fantastic animals. Get up close & personal in the petting zoo or ask for their autograph!
One of the most sought after attractions has to be Avatar: Flight Of Passage (FOP). A breath-taking 3D flight over Pandoras landscape, flying on the back of a banshee. Be aware queue times for this are high, so get your fast pass booked early.
The parks icon is the tree life, a 145ft tall Baobab tree. A must have picture spot for all!
Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon opened in 1989, and is home to one of the world’s largest outdoor wave pools and is the second most visited water park in the world. Some attractions here include:
- Humunga Kowabunga: Three enclosed “speed slide” flumes that send riders downward five stories in seconds reaching speeds of 39 mph (Height Restriction: 48” or taller).
- Storm Slides: Three body slides send riders from a height of three stories down twisting, winding channels to a splash pool at the bottom.
- Gang Plank Falls: Family raft ride featuring large four-person inner tubes.
- Mayday Falls: Tube slide flume with winding “rough rapids” feel.
- Keelhaul Falls: Tube slide flume with smoother ride, spiralling down through a water fall and cave.
- Forgotten Grotto: A cave walkway through Mt. Mayday
- Overlook Pass: A walkway across the slope of Mt. Mayday, with small waterfalls.
There is also a huge wave pool where giant waves of up to 6ft are catapulted out to excited swimmers ready to ride the waves. There is also a continuous lazy river that circulates the entire park and you can hop on and off as you please. Perfect for getting to other rides quickly without walking.
Disney’s Blizzard Beach is well worth a visit. There is great mix of rides for both young and old. If you are feeling brave, then why not try the infamous Summit Plummet. At 120 feet (36.6 m) tall, and speeds 60 miles per hour, it is the third tallest and fastest free fall slide in the world. The minimum height requirement is 122 cm. There are plenty of water slopes, flumes, toboggan racers rapids and a couple of water play areas for the younger children. Be sure to arrive early to grab ‘a spot’ for the day. Life jackets are available complimentary throughout the park.
Discovery Cove is owned by Sea World and is an open-air animal park with the minimum of cages. Here you can swim with dolphins, snorkel with tropical fish and relax on the stunning beaches. Experience the Dolphin Lagoon, Explorers Aviary, Freshwater Oasis and The Grand Reef.
The park restricts attendance so its able to provide a more intimate experience. An all-inclusive experience, with unlimited food and beverages throughout the day. For those extra special occasions you can hire various cabanas for the day.
Sea World offers plenty of animal experiences, rollercoasters, and live shows for the whole family. Watch the killer whales, and supporting cast of dolphins, seals, sharks and sting rays to make up the world’s largest marine life park. Another full day’s entertainment… Don’t miss Kraken, Journey to Atlantis and Manta!!!
Universal Orlando consists of 3 main parks. Universal Studios, Islands of Adventure and Volcano Bay Water park.
A real working film and TV studio, featuring many rides, shows and attractions. Harry Potter fans will be in their element at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Don’t miss the E.T Adventure for some nostalgia.
Islands of Adventure
Journey through the islands and experience some of the world’s best attractions! Featuring some iconic rides such as The Incredible Hulk which launches you out at 0-40mph in just 2 seconds. The Amazing Adventures of Spiderman, which is a breath-taking 3-D animation and the Jurassic Park River Adventure .
Volcano Bay only opened in 2017 and replaced Wet ‘n’ Wild as Universal Resort’s water park. Enjoy rides such as Krakatau Aqua Coaster, Honu of the Honu ika Moana or take a more relaxed approach on the winding river.
Complete with a wave pool, winding river, drop slides, aqua coaster and a 200ft volcano.
Lego-Land Florida includes an interactive, 150-acre theme park with more than 50 rides, shows and attractions, a water park, and a world-famous botanical garden. It is aimed at children aged 2-12. It’s a Lego fan’s heaven!
Busch Gardens in Tampa is a 335 acre African themed theme park, owned by SeaWorld.
It is the perfect combination of roller coasters and animals all in one place.
Ride the Serengeti Express Train, where you can observe the free roaming African animals and the unmissable Serengeti Safari Tour where you can get up close and personal with some of the animals.
Another park owned by Sea World that is filled with plenty of water slides, pools including ‘The Dolphin Plunge’ where you are plunged into darkness before blasting out to an underwater world where you can see dolphins!
‘Ihu Breakaway Falls’ challenges riders to enter one of 3 ‘Breakaway Boxes’ along with other riders, neither knowing who will drop first. The floor will drop beneath you as you plunge into one of the 4 slides.
‘Walkabout Waters’ offers a 15,000 sq ft water play area for the younger members of your family.