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
Overall trip was amazing! All the staff were very helpful answered every question we had. Their was an issue with our photos they offered to fix them no questions asked. We had a blast! We would absolutely go again! The only thing I didn't like was sometimes the tour did get congested in a couple rooms and people kept bumping into to get pictures and read signs. But my husband just stepped back and let the crowed clear and it was perfect. Allow yourself about 3 to 3.5 hours took at all the artifacts and read everything they have. If you're a history nut and love the Titanic story, I promise you, you won't be disappointed. Such a beautiful place with an amazing staff. Absolutely worth the price and drive. The Lane's from Lee County, Fl
First time visiting SeaWorld. My plans were to Epcot Center but even with a ticket bought in advance we were not able to get in because needs a park reservation and nobody told us that. We tried the SeaWorld website and in few minutes had our tickets and were in our way to one of our best days in Orlando. From buying tickets to the food, I surely recommend everything about SeaWorld.
It was fun to do. The lines however are very long. Also, if you buy the tickets there you get a better deal for $10 more with 8 attractions instead of 3. If you do book on here you have to go to a help desk to get actual tickets printed. So don’t just go with your QR code. You’ll be wasting valuable time.
It was a fun experience for myself & my family. The only complaint I have is that the tickets were considered “stand by” and we had to wait in an extremely long line for the aquarium (almost an hour), while others had a much shorter line in the “timed” tickets line.
Great experience, makes you proud to be an American and what our nation can accomplish when our smartest minds, and our bravest people lead the way.