Top attractions in Orlando
Top ten things to do in Orlando
Orlando is the ultimate playground for kids and anyone who is a kid at heart. Wish upon a star at the Magic Kingdom, then head to the heart-pumping rides at a water park. To top it all off, travel to the stars at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral.
1. Universal Studios Orlando
One of the most popular theme parks in the United States, Universal Studios Orlando gives visitors a chance to feel like they're a part of the movies they grew up watching, from E.T. and Shrek to the Fast and the Furious.
2. Walt Disney World Resort
This mothership of entertainment landed in Florida in 1971 and has been luring the masses ever since. There are four theme parks, including the Magic Kingdom, and two water parks.
3. Magic Kingdom
It's the world's most visited theme park, welcoming over 19 million visitors a year to its six individual "lands." Liberty Square reflects small-town Colonial America in 1776.
4. Universal's Islands of Adventure
This is the place to explore the "Wizarding World of Harry Potter" and "Hogsmeade." Discover the magic of Hogwarts and get a thrill from other wizarding moments.
Spaceship Earth, the iconic symbol of the park, is a virtual time machine that whisks visitors on a journey of human communication, spanning millennia in just 15 minutes.
6. Kennedy Space Center
What a place to learn about the US space program! A replica of the external tank and two rocket boosters towers 184 feet over the entrance to the Space Shuttle Atlantis exhibition.
7. Disney's Hollywood Studios
The park features eight themed sections of Tinsletown, complete with a Hollywood Blvd. "The Great Movie Ride" at the Chinese Theater honors classic films, like the Wizard of Oz.
8. Wet 'n Wild
Take it easy on the Lazy River, or experience a rush while plummeting six stories down a vertical slide. The park certainly lives up to its name with hair-raising rides.
9. Disney's Animal Kingdom
It's one of the world's largest animal theme parks. The Kilimanjaro Safari takes visitors in a vehicle through the open spaces, where elephants, antelope and others roam freely.
10. Discovery Cove
The park offers the ultimate experience to swim with dolphins in a tranquil lagoon. Swimmers can also get up-close to frisky, freshwater otters and explore marine life in a reef.
Planning Your Visit
Walt Disney World Resort opening hours and tickets
Admission only to the Magic Kingdom costs $105, and $97 to either EPCOT, Disney's Animal Kingdom Park or Disney's Hollywood Studios. There are also multi-day passes, and it's possible to add a Park Hopper Option ($64) for same-day entry to all four theme parks.
The Magic Kingdom is open from 9:00AM-12:00AM; EPCOT from 9:00AM-9:00PM; Disney's Hollywood Studios from 8:00AM-10:00PM; Disney's Animal Kingdom from 9:00AM-6:00PM.
Universal Orlando tickets and opening hours
A day-pass for single park admission for either Islands of Adventure or Universal Studios costs $102 (adult) and $97 (child). A one-day pass for both parks is $147 (adult) and $142 (child). A single ticket for Wet 'n Wild is $47, but it's also possible to add this park to a multi-day pass to combine all three ($242 adult) or two of the three ($197 adult).
The park is open daily from 9:00AM, but evening closing times vary according to the season.
Discovery Cove and Aquatica tickets and opening hours
"The day resort price costs $249 and $399 for the dolphin experience. The price includes entry to Sea World and Aquatica and Sea World's Waterpark. You can book the day and package in advance online.
Discovery Park is open daily from 8:00AM-5:30PM.
A day-pass at Aquatica is $47 when you book in advance online and receive the 10% discount. The park opens at 9:00AM, but evening closing times vary according to the season."
Kennedy Space Center tickets and opening hours
"The KSC is open daily from 9:00AM-6:00PM. Admission costs $50 for adults and $40 for children. You can book your tickets in advance online and select the date and entry time.
Location: Cape Canaveral is about an hour away by car from Orlando."
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- Best time to visit
- Summers are hot and humid, so if you can, delay your trip until October, when the weather is warm and the summer crowds are gone.
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What people are saying about Orlando
This trip was absolutely outstanding. Gino our guide and driver went above and beyond to keep us informed and knew so much history about each location as we went through the towns. It was a day well spent and away from the hustle and bustle of Disney atmosphere. The scenic boat ride was so relaxing. Highly recommend.
We loved the airboat ride. We saw several alligators and lots of birds. The wildlife park was much better than I thought it would be and I wish I had planned more time to go through it and see the shows.
Most everyone bought there tickets online. Parking lot gate opens at 930. we got there at 930 and there was a long line to get in the parking lot. I would recommend 9am.
I loved our air boat ride! We saw three gators and our guide was very knowledgable! I would do it again.
Our guide was SUPER! We were late. But he was patient and kind. So much better for his kindness