Local Attractions

The Magic Kingdom

magic-kingdomMagic Kingdom theme park, one of 4 Theme Parks in Walt Disney World Resort, 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 7 whimsical lands.

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Epcot

epcotEpcot theme park, the 2nd of the 4 Theme Parks at Walt Disney World Resort, sprawls across 300 acres – twice the size of Magic Kingdom theme park – and is divided into Future World and World Showcase.

Future World
Future World is full of sensational attractions—including one of the fastest attractions in all Disney Parks—as well as inspiring entertainment and shows, all of which focus on technological advancements, innovation and wonder. In Future World, ideas become reality.
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.

World Showcase
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.

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Disney’s Hollywood Studios

disney-hollywood-studiosDisney’s Hollywood Studios theme park, 3rd of 4 Theme Parks in Walt Disney World Resort, 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 streets and sections of the 4 areas of the Park blend together like a large, bustling movie set.

Step into the action with new attractions—like the American Idol Experience – that might put you center stage and under the spotlight. Feel like a star, or come face-to-face with one! Collect autographs and pose for photos at special events or at Character greeting locations.

Live out your desire for stardom by participating in parades, being part of a rock ‘n’ roll fantasy and experiencing spectacular attractions based on blockbuster movies and top TV shows—all at Disney’s Hollywood Studios theme park where movie magic comes to life!

Disney’s Animal Kingdom

disneys-animal-kingdomDisney’s Animal Kingdom theme park, one of 4 Theme Parks at Walt Disney World Resort, is 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 lush 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:

Oasis
Discovery Island® area
Camp Minnie-Mickey
Africa
Rafiki’s Planet Watch® area
Asia
Dinoland, U.S.A.® area

Universal Studios

universal-studiosWith more than 40 incredible rides, shows, movie sets and attractions, The No. 1 Movie Studio and Theme Park in the World is the only place on earth where you can Live The Movies! Universal Studios CityWalk is an unparalleled entertainment, dining and shopping complex featuring famous name restaurants and nightclubs. Universal Studios Islands of Adventure, with state-of-the-art rides and attractions, will carry us into the next millennium and beyond.

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

harrypotter– Now Open at Universal Orlando
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter forms part of Universal Parks and Resorts’ Islands of Adventure theme park in Orlando, Florida. It is one of seven themed areas within the park. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter was officially opened to the public on June 18, 2010.

The area’s flagship attraction is Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey which exists within a re-creation of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. It takes riders on a journey through Harry Potter’s wizarding world. Other attractions include Dragon Challenge, a pair of dueling roller coasters, and Flight of the Hippogriff, a family roller coaster. The area also features a re-creation of Hogsmeade which includes many gift shops and restaurants from the series of Harry Potter books including Dervish and Banges, Honeydukes, Ollivanders, Zonko’s Joke Shop, The Three Broomsticks and The Hog’s Head.

Universal’s Islands of Adventure

islands-of-adventureTake an unforgettable journey as the world’s most cutting edge rides, shows and interactive attractions bring your favorite stories, myths, cartoons, comic books and children’s tales to life.

Around every bend is another epic adventure. Around ever corner waits another once-in-a-lifetime thrill. Take an unforgettable journey through the uniquely themed islands of Universal’s Islands of Adventure, where the world’s most cutting edge rides, shows and interactive attractions bring your favorite stories, myths, cartoons, comic book heroes and children’s tales to life.

Blizzard Beach

blizzard-beachDisney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park, one of 2 Water Parks in Walt Disney World Resort, features one of the world’s tallest and fastest free-falling waterslides, as well as slides and rides for the whole family—like a kid-sized, snow-castle fountain play area with scaled-down versions of the more thrilling attractions.

The story behind Disney’s Blizzard Beach begins with a freak snow storm that blanketed Florida. Within the blink of a snowflake-tipped eye, a ski resort sprang up with slalom courses, toboggan slides and iceberg walkways. Then, just as quickly, the weather shifted back to hot. The whole resort started to melt. What to do?

An enterprising alligator saw an opportunity! Clad in a scarf and hat, this Ice Gator slid down the snow-less ski jump, shouting ‘Yahoooo!’ all the way. With a big splash he landed in a pool of melted snow below the mountain. It was at this moment the slushy, slippery slopes became an exhilarating Water Park with a ski theme.

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Wet ‘n Wild

wet-n-wildWet ‘n Wild – Orlando, voted by Amusement Business magazine as America’s number – one water park, features a full-day of fun for the entire family. Honored by Aquatic’s International as the first true water park, Wet ‘n Wild’s world-class signature thrill rides and quality service offer something for fun-lovers of all ages, with over 30 action-packed acres of slides and flumes, surf and sun !

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Aquatica by SeaWorld

aquaticaAquatica is a whimsical, one-of-a-kind waterpark unlike any you’ve ever experienced—one only SeaWorld could create. Inspired by the flavor and feeling of the South Seas, it’s easy to find yourself on “island time” in no time.

Float through an undersea world of exotic fish. Thunder through rolling rapids. Kick up your feet and relax on long stretches of soft, sandy beaches. Or take a tube slide through an underwater world where black-and-white Commerson’s Dolphins play and race alongside you.

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Adventure Island

adventure-islandRight across the street from Busch Gardens in Tampa Bay, Adventure Island’s 30 acres provide water-soaked excitement for guests of all ages. Escape to the soothing Key West atmosphere where corkscrew slides, waterfalls, a wave pool, and other family attractions create a tranquil atmosphere and hours of sun-drenched fun.

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Busch Gardens

busch-gardensBusch Gardens is a thrilling African safari and a sun-soaked Florida vacation all rolled into one. Experience up-close encounters with wild animals, and explore fascinating attractions based on cultures and legends of far away lands.

A unique blend of thrilling rides, one of the country’s premier zoos featuring nearly 3,000 animals, live shows, restaurants, shops and games, Busch Gardens provides unrivaled excitement for guests of every age.

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Sea World

seaworldAt SeaWorld you can experience the awe-inspiring power and beauty of the sea and marine life. Get up-close to all of its mesmerizing creatures – gentle manatees, graceful dolphins, playful penguins, fascinating sharks and so much more. From the tiniest starfish to the ocean’s biggest star, Shamu, SeaWorld is alive with the ocean’s wonders. Connect with the sea underwater and connect with the air on coaster adventures where you’ll brave watery beasts and feel like a flying ray. . . The sea is a stage, where dolphins dance on water, whales swim in the sky, and spectacle and color are around every turn. Here, borders are erased and the possibilities are boundless.

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Discovery Cove

discovery-coveEnter an all-inclusive island retreat at Discovery Cove, and you’ll find yourself at the start of a day you’ll never forget. Snorkel through stunning coral reefs colored by exotic fish, or glide alongside a school of graceful rays. Wade into the dolphin habitat and come nose-to-bottlenose with one of these playful, intelligent animals- then hold on to their dorsal fin and get ready for the ride of a lifetime.

Limited to just 1,000 guests per day, this popular, reservations-only retreat often books months in advance, so be sure to make yours early.

Discovery Cove is truly a one-of-a-kind experience.

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Wonder Works

wonder-worksCentral Florida’s only upside down attraction. An amusement park for the mind, featuring over 100 interactive exhibits for the entire family to experience.

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Gatorland

gatorlandGatorland® is a one-of-a-kind, protected habitat for man and beast where adventures lurk around every corner! Internationally known as the Alligator Capital of the World, Gatorlands 110-acre theme park and nature conservatory is located in Central Florida at the head of the Florida Everglades. Once you have experienced Gatorland, it will be hard to believe that it began in 1949 as a roadside attraction !

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Kennedy Space Center

kennedy-space-centerOrlando vacations aren’t complete without a trip to Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. Just east of the most popular Orlando attractions and theme parks, NASA’s launch headquarters is the only place on Earth where you can tour launch areas, meet a veteran astronaut, see giant rockets, train in spaceflight simulators, and even view a launch.

Experience more on your Orlando, Florida vacation with a daytrip to Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, where the sky isn’t the limit – it’s just the beginning.

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