Top 10 things to do in Orlando
1 - Walt Disney World
Magic Kingdom - Believe in Make-Believe
Wonder, fantasy and plenty of pixie dust are everywhere at the Magic Kingdom
Park. From flying through Never Land to yo-hoing with a band of pirates, seven
enchanted lands – with over 40 magical attractions – make exciting adventures and
timeless fairy tale classics just a smile away. It’s the one – and only – place
where once upon a time is now, and make-believe is as real as today.
Epcot - Discover endless possibilities
At Epcot, high tech fun and Disney imagination are combined with the wonder
of diverse cultures in two distinct worlds, Future World and World Showcase.
Both are bursting with thrills and excitement. Epcot. Two big worlds of
discovery. One incredible experience unlike any other on earth.
Disney MGM Studios - Where showbiz is
Lights... camera... and the stage is set for plenty of action! The glitz and glamour
of showbiz take centre stage at the Disney-MGM Studios. But the star is
you! With so much to see and do, you just may need an encore. Go ahead and raise
the curtain at Disney-MGM Studios. It’s where showbiz is!
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park - Create a
The fun gets wild at Disney’s Animal Kingdom ThemePark. Explore the realm
of creatures who inhabit our world... and our imagination... and create your own
adventure for an experience that roars with excitement. It’s a wildly playful adventure
like no other. And it’s yours to live. Come and explore Disney’s Animal Kingdom
2 - Water Parks
Looking for some fun in the Florida sun? Then kick off your shoes and dive in or
soak up the rays at one of Disney’s popular Water Parks, where even splashing and
fluming have their own special magic. From the snowy slopes of Mt Gushmore
at Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park to the storm-struck beaches of Disney’s
Typhoon Lagoon Water Park, Disney’s Water Parks offer guests a uniquely-themed
experience filled with gallons of Disney magic.
Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park
Picture a 90-foot ‘snow-capped’ mountain in the midst of a Florida-style ski resort.
Sound like a cool idea? Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park features 22 water slides
and ‘icy’ bobsled runs that stay comfortably warm and thrillingly fast. According
to legend Disney’s largest Water Park was a winter ski resort that created the most
exhilarating water rides ever after a rapid melt-down in the Florida sun. At the
centre of it all is Mt Gushmore, where you can take the chairlift to the
top. From here, it’s downhill all the way with a choice of white water rafting,
flumes, tube runs and water slides. For those who prefer the most direct route down
– there's Summit Plummet. At 120 feet high and 60 mph, it's one of the
world's tallest, fastest free-fall speed slides. And when you need to conserve your
energy, there’s also plenty of space to relax in the sun, with various food outlets
and shops to while away your time; or you can even enjoy a relaxing dip in the gently
bobbing wave pool Melt Away Bay.
Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park
Twisting tides, roaring rapids, wonderful waterways and relaxing rivers are waiting
at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park – this is the one exotic paradise
which promises to be the most wonderful water adventure known to man… or fish. Dive
into this exotic tropical paradise, which as well as being a great place to catch
the rays, is also the perfect spot for riding the waves! If body surfing in the
country’s largest wave pool is too tame, what about a swim with the sharks? The
thrills and spills continue with a choice of water slides and white water rafting.
Looking for a quieter life? Grab a tube, lie back and just go with the flow on a
relaxing float down Castaway Creek. Paradise indeed! Plus slip and slide
on the thrilling watercoaster – it’s Crush ‘n’ Gusher by name and nature!
Whether an ice-cool extravaganza, or a tropical taste of paradise, get ready splash
into oceans of fun at the Disney Water Parks!
3. - Universal Orlando Resort
Jump right into the action of your favourite movies at Universal Studios®. At this
real working motion-picture studio you’ll go behind the scenes and beyond the screen
as you experience an incredible array of rides, shows, movie sets and attractions.
Plunge into total darkness on a psychological thrill ride 3,000 years in the making
– Revenge of the MummySM The Ride. See, hear and feel the action through the miracle
of OgreVision in Shrek 4-D™. Rocket through the worlds of your favourite Nicktoons®
on Jimmy Neutron’s Nicktoon Blast™. Zap aliens on MEN IN BLACK™ Alien Attack™, an
amazing interactive ride based on the hit movies. It’s never the same ride twice!
Soar through time and space on Back to the Future the Ride®. Save the future of
humanity in the action-packed TERMINATOR 2: 3-D™. Hold on tight as you’re blown
away by TWISTER… Ride It Out®. And have a ball in Woody Woodpecker’s KidZone®, where
you’ll find the delightful stage show Animal Planet Live!™. It’s all at Universal
Studios®, the number 1 movie and TV-based Theme Park in the world!
Universal Island of Adventure
Feel the rush of adrenaline as you experience the innovative thrills and unexpected
adventures of Universal's Islands of Adventure® theme park. At Islands of Adventure
you'll take a journey through five uniquely-themed islands – Seuss Landing™, The
Lost Continent®, Jurassic Park®, Toon Lagoon® and Marvel Super Hero Island® -- where
the world's most cutting edge rides and attractions challenge all your senses. Here
timeless myths, legends, children's stories, cartoons and comic books come to life
right before your eyes. You'll battle villains in 3-D on the first-of-its-kind thrill
ride, The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man®. Then defy gravity as the Incredible
Hulk Coaster® takes you on a high-speed roller coaster rampage. Escape the jaws
of a hungry T-Rex on the Jurassic Park River Adventure®. Brave white-water rapids
on Popeye & Bluto's Bilge-Rat Barges®. Take a spin through the mischievous world
of The Cat in the Hat™. And face Dueling Dragons®, the world's first inverted dueling
Universal CityWalk® is the soul-stirring entertainment core of Orlando. This expansive
30-acre centre features an eclectic mix of live entertainment spots, fun and fine-dining
establishments, electrifying speciality shops and state-of-the-art cinemas. Inspired
by popular culture’s legendary innovators and originators, it’s entertainment… with
a distinct attitude!
4 - Sea World
Where else can you touch and feed dolphins, count the teeth on a shark and come
face-to-face with a polar bear?
Enjoy the grace and agility of Shamu® in a whole new way with "Believe". The new
Shamu extravaganza will feature SeaWorlds majestic killer whales with awe-inspiring
choreography, an elaborate 3-storey set, original musical score and state-of-the-art
multimedia. Be dazzled by the all-new dolphin spectacular, Blue Horizons. SeaWorld’s
new show blends the sea and the sky with amazing special effects and fantastic animal
experiences. Challenge Kraken®, the only floorless coaster in Orlando. Don’t miss
Journey To Atlantis®, a super-charged water coaster of mythic proportions. Plunge
into the frozen north on a virtual jetcopter ride to the Wild Arctic®. At SeaWorld®
Orlando, it doesn’t get any closer than this!
5 - Busch Gardens
Look right into the eyes of Africa’s most amazing animals. Challenge the incredible
heights and speeds of world-class coasters such as Gwazi®, Kumba® and Montu® and
don’t miss SheiKra®. North America’s 1st dive coaster sends riders up 200ft, then
90 degrees straight down at 70 miles per hour and that’s just the beginning!
When your feet are firmly back on the ground relax and enjoy the spectacular entertainment
of highly acclaimed shows including KaTonga®, which brings you a theatre extravaganza
of true Broadway calibre. Experience the new Pirates 4-D show, which combines state-of-the-art
3-D visual effects with multi-sensory surprises. Situated just over an hour’s drive
from Orlando, this African-themed adventure park is well worth a visit – or 2!
6 - Discovery Cove
After being personally checked in, you walk through a nature trail where you may
encounter some unique animals. There is a lush rainforest, and tropical birds flutter
overhead in a towering, free-flight aviary. It's peaceful and relaxed; there are
never any crowds as attendance is limited to 1,000 people per day. That's why it's
a very good idea to pre-book! It's a place where you can swim under waterfalls,
snorkel through water full of tropical fish, and safely come eye-to-eye with sharks
and barracuda. And best of all, it's the place where you can swim with dolphins.
7 - Kennedy Space Centre
Explore outer space here on earth at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex situated
less than 50 miles from Orlando! No where else can you explore like an astronaut
and experience first-hand the awe-inspiring NASA story!
Pass through restricted areas and enjoy panoramic views of the Center and launch
pads. Relive the historic launch of Apollo 7, see Saturn V, the most powerful rocket
ever built. Take in the IMAX movies - where you truly will feel like part of the
Step into a full-size orbiter replica and see what it's really like to live and
work in outer space. Not forgetting the real life Astronaut Encounter.
PLUS a visit to the Astronaut Hall of Fame
Enjoy all the benefits of the Max Access Badge plus the option of either NASA Up
Close or Cape Canaveral: Then and Now plus you get to dine and talk with a real
NEW!! Astronaut Training Experience
A truly out of this world experience!! Enjoy a day in the life of an Astronaut.
Prepare your shuttle for lift-off, experience the G-Force and Zero Gravity of space,
after your flight training simulator session - obviously... A truly awesome day
out which includes lunch with an astronaut, souvenir polo shirt and commemorative
(Persons aged 14 years and over)
8 - Fireworks Displays
If you think breathtaking fireworks displays are reserved for Independence Day and
New Year’s Eve, then you haven’t enjoyed many magical evenings in Orlando. Our world
famous theme parks show that every night is a cause for celebration when it’s spent
When you visit the Walt Disney World Resort you will find that the magical experiences
of the day are enhanced by enchanting nighttime spectaculars at three of the resort’s
theme parks. Cinderella’s Castle is the perfect backdrop for “Wishes” the nightly
fireworks show at the Magic Kingdom. Narrated by Jiminy Cricket, “Wishes” tells
an emotional story about making a wish come true, using classic Disney songs and
character voices including Cinderella, Ariel, Aladdin and Peter Pan. The 12-minute
show features 683 individual pieces of pyrotechnics – and even a flight by Tinkerbell
- to create an unforgettable experience.
The World Showcase lagoon is the setting for “IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth”
Epcot’s nightly finale that features dancing flames, cascading fountains and colorful
fireworks. The 13-minute show centers on the spinning Earth Globe, a 28-foot diameter
sphere that becomes a three-story video screen projecting vivid pictures of some
of Earth’s most amazing people and places. A dramatic musical score and more than
2,800 firework shells add to the show’s celebration of planet Earth, humanity and
our potential for peace and unity.
Disney’s beloved characters – both classic and new – take center stage in “Fantasmic!”
at Disney-MGM Studios. Get there early to get a seat in the 6,900-seat amphitheater
– it fills up fast. The 25-minute show takes us into the dreams of Mickey Mouse
where his magic creates breathtaking spectacles from dancing waters to swirling
stars. But, when classic Disney villains turn those dreams into nightmares, Mickey
must use his power to triumph over evil. Scenes from your favorite Disney movies
are shown on giant water screens as fireworks light the night sky and Disney characters
sail by on themed barges. It’s the perfect end to a day spent exploring the magic
of Walt Disney World.
While the Walt Disney World Resort offers fireworks every night of the year, summertime
brings magic to the skies over some of Orlando’s other theme parks. After a day
spent with Shamu and friends at SeaWorld Orlando, be sure to stick around for “Mistify,”
the park’s nighttime spectacular. It brings to life the majesty of the sea by immersing
guests in a vivid underwater adventure, seen through the eyes of a young child.
The park’s center lake is the setting for the show which features 60-foot mist projection
screens, 100-foot fountains, flames on water and fireworks.
Orlando’s theme parks offer a full day of fun. From early morning to sunset, you
will find one magical experience after another awaiting you in Orlando.
Spectacular that is uniquely Disney. Join Jiminy Cricket as he guides Pinocchio,
Cinderella, Ariel, Peter Pan and other beloved Disney characters through this fantastic
story told amongst the stars. Wishes™ features a dazzling array of never-before-seen
fireworks and pyrotechnic effects created specifically for this amazing show. Discover
that wishes do come true when you experience this story so big only the sky can
Make a wish upon a star and then marvel as the nighttime sky comes to life in a
musical firework spectacular that is uniquely Disney. Join Jiminy Cricket as he
guides Pinocchio, Cinderella, Ariel, Peter Pan and other beloved Disney characters
through this fantastic story told amongst the stars. Wishes™ features a dazzling
array of never-before-seen fireworks and pyrotechnic effects created specifically
for this amazing show. Discover that wishes do come true when you experience this
story so big only the sky can hold it.
9 - Dining Out
There are many dining options available in Orlando that will make eating out an
unforgettable experience. You will find places for every taste or budget, ranging
from 5-star restaurants, themed restaurants to fast food outlets. On International
drive you will find the greatest selection but the Church Street area downtown also
has a wide choice. Choose from a long, relaxed, romantic meal, a dish prepared by
celebrity chefs or take in a dinner show for one of the most exciting dinner experiences
in town. All the major attractions have a host of restaurants where you could be
lucky enough to dine with your favourite characters.
10 - Retail Therapy
There are many great shopping malls in Orlando the largest of which is the centrally
located Florida Mall. Bargain hunters should head for the Belz Factory Outlet and
Premium Factory Outlet’s. If boutiques and exclusive shops are your thing then look
no further than The Pointe or Mercado Centre on International Drive.
The shops in Orlando generally open between 9am and 10am and close between 8pm and
9pm. The majority of shops also open on a Sunday between 11am and 6pm.
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