Orlando Theme Parks
Orlando theme parks are the biggest attraction in Florida and many of the main operators such as Disney and Universal Studios have branched out into other theme parks so the numbers just keep on growing! All this is good news for visitors looking to visit Orlando theme parks and have a fun vacation.
There are theme parks in Orlando for all ages, interests and tastes from white-knuckle thriller rides and water theme parks to animals and cartoon/movie characters. Here’s a run-down of the main Orlando theme parks to help you choose which to visit first!
Walt Disney World and the Magic Kingdom
Walt Disney’s theme park that started it all! WDW has six lands, 40 unforgettable rides and a host of shopping, dining and character experiences. There’s Main Street, Adventureland, Liberty Square, Frontierland, Fantasyland with “It’s a Small World” and Tomorrowland with amazing rides, not to mention Cinderella Castle and the magical parade of characters.
A science-themed Disney attraction including World Showcase Pavilions and Future World.
Rides, shows and entertainment based on Disney’s best-known movies including Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge attraction.
Go on safari just for a day. Explore the wild, meet rare animals, ride through a natural bio-luminescent rainforest and enjoy some high-speed rides.
More wet slides, rides and fun for youngsters.
Another water theme park including one of the largest wave pools in the world along with flumes, slides, rafts and waterfalls.
Universal has grown from the original concept of Universal Studios, based on its movie productions, to a whole raft of different Hollywood-themed rides, shows and thrilling experiences. CityWalk is an adjoining shopping and entertainment district with nightclubs, restaurants, theater, Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville and the Blue Man Show. Still under construction, Universal’s Epic Universe will double the present theme park area and attractions have still to be announced.
As well as the original Universal Studios you can also visit:
Universal Islands of Adventure – roller coaster rides and different themed zones including Hogwarts and Raptor Encounter straight from the pages of Jurassic Park.
Universal’s Volcano Bay is a themed waterpark that replaced the original Wet‘n’Wild.
One of the original and best loved Orlando theme parks, SeaWorld is all about marine life, conservation and our natural world. It is branching out from animal enclosures and fantastic shows into thrilling rides but with the same emphasis on wildlife and family fun.
SeaWorld also owns and operates two sister parks:
Discovery Cove a resort pool and river where you can snorkel, swim and interact with dolphins and animals, and
Aquatica, Orlando’s biggest water park.
Located further afield in Winter Haven, Legoland Florida Resort is aimed at the under 12s with 50 rides, shows, hands-on building activities, shops and a waterpark all showcasing the iconic brightly colored bricks. Look out for Miniland, lifesize Star Wars characters, Legoland Water Park and roller coaster rides.
These are just some of the main Orlando theme parks that are waiting to thrill and entertain you on your next Florida vacation!