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. 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.
2. 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.
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.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. 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.
The Dolphin Plunge at Sea World sends you barreling through a tube in the underwater world of Commerson's dolphins. These sprightly creatures will whiz right along with you, too.
9. 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.
10. 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.
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
Great experience to explore outside of the theme park locations to see the big friendly giants of the sea. I appreciate that the tour company waited for me when I was lost trying to find the pick up location in the morning, a very relaxing ride with our food provided leaving us to focus on the experience without having to run around organizing everything. I also appreciated the effort of the staff on the boat tour to try and find us manatees which unfortunately were not easy to find due to the unusually warm weather in February. The Homosassa Wildlife Park was a lovely experience and very easy to navigate around with an array of animals and bird life. The airboat ride was a fantastic finish as I had not been on one before and we were right up the front where the driver gave us a good spray of water! Overall great experience, thank you to all parties involved that made it a great day.
Jason was a wonderful guide. He told us about other things to do in the area. When we arrived at the space center he took us to the furthest exhibit hall, pointed out the best things to see and gave us an idea about how long each one should take so we could better budget our time. In the time the park was open, 10AM to 4PM, we were able to see approximately 80% of the park.
It delivers what it offers, not much more than that. There is an option “live guide” or “billet”. If you go for live guide, then it is a general introduction about the Space Centre at the beginning and then you are on your own. A serious deficiency is a pick up and drop off miles from downtown, leaving you without taxi options. It’s not really trip from “Orlando”.
The bus driver and guide was perfectly informed about the Kennedy Space Center and its history. He provided us with a helpful itinerary that helped us to manage our stay at the KSC in a very fun and efficient way. There is so many amazing things to see and experience. This tour was just great. Highly recommended to everyone.
Nice to have transportation and someone to talk about what we were going to see. Have to realize that the guide is not going to stay with the group while you tour the Visitors Center at the Space Station. He just gives you information and pointers on what to see first and what you can leave out if you run out of time.