Orlando may be the theme park capital of the United States with half a dozen major parks and dozens of smaller attractions within them. Deciding how to spend your time in Orlando can be confusing—here’s what you should know.
Walt Disney World
This powerhouse park features an array of individual sites, and you can make the most of your time by purchasing a 4-day Magic Ticket, which includes a visit to one theme park each day.
- Meet your favorite Disney characters and enjoy classic attractions at the Magic Kingdom Park.
- Take a trip around the world to enjoy the culture and cuisine of 11 countries at Epcot.
- Head into the wild at the Animal Kingdom Park.
- Go behind the scenes of a Hollywood TV or movie set at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
- Hit the waterslides and thrill rides at the Blizzard Beach or Typhoon Lagoon water parks.
Universal Orlando Resort
Universal Orlando encompasses three parks. Jump into the action of your favorite TV shows and movies at Universal Studios; encounter super heroes, dinosaurs and magical creatures at Islands of Adventure; and enjoy thrilling water rides at Volcano Bay. Don’t miss the Harry Potter–themed experiences at both Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure, and consider buying a multi-park pass to see as much as possible.
As a marine zoological park, SeaWorld Orlando allows travelers to immerse themselves in nearly a dozen different “sea worlds,” including the Antarctica: Empire of the Penguins habitat, the Wild Arctic habitat, Pacific Point Preserve, and the Jewel of the Sea Aquarium, where you can get a good look at marine life like dolphins, stingrays, sharks, sea lions, seals, and manatees. Sign up to swim with dolphins (extra fee) at Discovery Cove and enjoy the thrilling water rides of Aquatica.
Everyone’s favorite building block comes to life at this interactive theme park perfect for families with kids ages 2 to 12. The park features more than 50 rides, mini-Lego cities, huge LEGO play areas, and a water park with a river where you can build your own raft out of Legos.
Fun Spot America
With locations in both Orlando and Kissimmee, Fun Spot America has all the traditional amusement park favorites: roller coasters, go-kart tracks, thrill rides, a midway, and an arcade with both classics and the latest games like Balloon Bust, Hot Shot, and Water Gun Fun. Your pass is redeemable at either location.