The Theme Park Capital of the World
The Theme Park Capital of the World
“The last time I had this much fun, I was 12 years old.” And that’s the beauty of Orlando. Whether you’re 9 or 99, you can’t help but get the tummy ticklers when you’re in the biggest playground in the world.
As the undisputed theme park capital of the world, the city has a mesmeric appeal for those in search of the high-octane variety of fun. Thrill seekers, young and old, come back time and again to experience the biggest and the best adrenaline fuelled rides and attractions at Walt Disney World Resort, Universal Orlando Resort™, SeaWorld, Gatorland and many more. Families rave about it, but Orlando does have more to offer than just theme parks. If you’re on the lookout for something more sophisticated than mouse ears, Orlando is a fashionista’s dream with its upscale malls and outlet villages. Need a little respite from the rides? No problem, the city is home to some of the most stunning golf courses and luxurious spas in the world. Factor in the delicious cuisine, the sunshine, glorious beaches and the chance to get up close and personal with some amazing wildlife, and you pretty much have the quintessential American holiday destination.
It’s not just all Theme Parks
Orlando Water Parks
Florida is known as the Sunshine State with good reason, and Orlando is no exception in this regard, with summer temperatures exceeding 33 degrees Celsius during the month of July. With that in mind, you’ll no doubt want to find an enjoyable way to cool off – and there’s only so much ice cream you can eat and soda you can drink! Orlando, Florida is home to some of the most exciting water parks in the world. The biggest news for water parks is Universal’s Volcano Bay™ water theme park. With a mix of relaxation and thrills this has something for everyone with a lazy river, cabanas to rent or 18 unique attractions to choose from. Finally, be sure to check out Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon and its famous Lazy River and world famous man-made tides. You can even go snorkeling with all sorts of exotic fish, including sharks!
Florida’s Everglades stretch through Orlando, providing ample opportunity to see some of America’s most majestic wildlife. Among the most famous residents of this unspoiled habitat are the American alligator and its close (but much rarer) cousin, the American crocodile. If you’re lucky, you might even see a bald eagle – they frequently nest in the Everglades. You can see these animals while taking a relaxing boat tour or a more high octane air-boat trip.
Another great way to see some amazing animals in Orlando is visiting the area’s top wildlife park, Gatorland Zoo, where you can marvel at the world famous ‘gator Jumparoo show or even partake in some amateur ‘gator wresslin’ yourself! As well as the native American alligators, Gatorland Zoo is home to the Jungle Crocs exhibition, which showcases spectacular reptiles from around the world.
For an alternative wildlife experience, be sure to visit Orlando’s Sea Life Aquarium. Located just off International Drive, you can see all sorts of weird and wonderful sea creatures, including exotic fish, amazing octopuses, majestic sea turtles and many kinds of sharks
Shopping and Dining in Orlando
When you need a break from all of the hustle and bustle of exploring Orlando’s many great theme parks, you can treat yourself to some Grade-A retail therapy in the area’s many strip malls, factory outlet stores and mini-malls.
When it comes to eating things, International Drive is the place to be. Whether you need something cheap and cheerful or are in the mood for some fine dining, there is something to suit every taste imaginable. Stock up at an affordable all you can eat breakfast buffet at Sizzler or Ponderosa to fuel your day and have yourself a great meal at one of America’s renowned restaurant chains like Bennigan’s, TGI Friday’s or one of the area’s Triple-A steakhouses.
With a ton of grab & go snack options, to a choice of 12 full-service restaurants offering foods from around the world; Universal CityWalk™ has something for everyone – be sure to check out some of their fantastically themed restaurants.
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The two biggest theme park resorts in Orlando, Florida are Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando Resort™. Once upon a time, both of these titans of entertainment had only one theme park each, but their increasing popularity has caused them both to branch out into multiple locations across the world, each offering an entirely different breed of fun and excitement!
Disney World’s premiere theme park is The Magic Kingdom. There you will meet all of your favourite Disney characters including Micky and Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy. You can even go on a tour of Cinderella’s Castle or visit Gaston’s Tavern for a quick drink and bite to eat – both of these iconic locales have been painstakingly crafted to look exactly like their on screen counterparts. In terms of rides, The Magic Kingdom has everything from the adrenaline-fuelled Thunder Mountain and Space Mountain to more relaxed classics like the iconic Mad Hatter’s Tea Cup Ride and the Small World After All tour.
Take your holiday to the next level at Universal Orlando Resort™. Immerse yourself in the next generation of blockbuster entertainment at Universal Studios Florida™. Journey through legendary worlds of incredible heroes at Universal’s Islands of Adventure™. Enjoy the thrills and relaxation of a tropical paradise like no other at Universal’s Volcano Bay™ water theme park, Now Open! With three amazing theme parks, six spectacular on-site hotels offering a range of accommodations, and the dining and entertainment of Universal CityWalk™, it’s days and nights of endless fun for every member of the family. Holiday beyond anything you’ve experienced before, at Universal Orlando Resort™.