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Orlando Theme Parks.

We have listed the best of the Orlando Theme Parks and Florida attractions... There are enough adventures to fill a decade of Florida Holidays. Click on the logos to go to the webpage of the Orlando theme park. Our villa in Orlando is a comfortable 'home from home' that provides an ideal base for your theme Park vacation to Disney, Universal or any of the many other theme parks and attractions.

Disney World Florida

 

 

Magic Kingdom

Fantasyland

There are no age or height restrictions in Fantasyland so ideal for younger members. Has been re-modelled; the new Fantasyland opened December 2012: New attractions included; Under the Sea ~ Journey of The Little Mermaid, Be Our Guest Restaurant, Enchanted Tales with Belle, Ariel's Grotto, Gaston's Tavern and Bonjour! Village Gifts. Other attractions: Cinderella’s Golden Carrousel, Dumbo the flying elephant ride recently replaced and improved!, The adventures of Whinnie the Pooh – a gentle boat ride through the 100 acre wood, Mickey’s PhilharMagic – 3D theatre show, Jessica says look out for “Donald stuck up the wall”. It’s a small world – a gentle boat ride with small people and a tune you’ll be humming for days, you have been warned! Peter Pans Flight – Pirates ship scenic adventure. Barnstormer – Goofy’s rollercoaster.

Adventureland

Jungle Cruise – worth it just for the sarcastic tour guide! The Magic carpet of Aladdin – High flying ride similar to the Dumbo ride but not as busy so a possible alternative to avoid lengthy queues. Pirates of the Caribbean – Definitely the highlight of Adventureland, dark so could be scary for younger ones! Swiss Family Tree-house – playground climbing adventure. Enchanted Tiki Room – definitely for the younger ones, adults beware it’s dark so if you try to leave halfway through it showers everyone with bright sunlight.

Frontierland

Splash Mountain – log flume with a 5 storey plunge. Big Thunder Railroad – Wild West rollercoaster; even scarier when it goes backwards!

Tomorrowland

Tomorrowland Speedway – Racing cars ideal for younger members to go on their own! Space Mountain – In the dark roller coaster definitely not for the young ones, Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin – Interactive shooting game 143,000 is my high score! Monsters Inc Laughter Floor – Interactive laughter show.

Hint

If you have young children in your group why not try a character lunch with Tiger, Pooh, Piglet and Eeyore at the Crystal Palace restaurant. You should book in advance but you can turn up at midday and there will probably be a cancellation.

Hint

There are plenty of Character signing opportunities; if you are buying a signature book buy the one that you can place the photos in; this makes a fantastic souvenir for your children to remember their time in Disney.

 

Epcot.

We love the world showcase where you can walk around miniature countries.  Each country has a restaurant serving local dishes, book early in the day if you have a preference for dinner as it can get very busy.  We had fun at the UK showcase; here you will find street theatre where audience participation is required as Mike found out!!!!

World Showcase

Mexico has a new ride a boat tide through Mexican scenery and culture. Norway – ride on a Viking longboat. China – Don’t miss the 360 theatre where you fly majestically over China’s stunning and unique landscapes. Also well worth looking out for performances of Chinese acrobats and dancers and look out for Mulan signing autographs. Germany – German market. Italy – The restaurant is wonderful but a price to match the fine dining experience; can give you priority viewing for the fireworks if you book for early evening. America – A patriotic show with very clever animatronics and a must see for American guests. Japan – Check out the times of the drum shows worth making a stop to see that. Morocco – Arabian market without the hard sell. France – Wonderful French cuisine (Although we have not tried it). United Kingdom - Check the schedule for live shows in the garden at the rear the Beatles tribute band we saw were amazing. ‘O’ Canada – The 360 theatre is stunning a must see.

Future World

Spaceship Earth – Ride into the future inside Epcot’s iconic globe. Universe of Energy – A must see for Dinosaur lovers but quite a long show so check your schedule. Mission Space – ride to Mars in a spaceship as one of the crew, I was the engineer and performed my tasks diligently for a perfect mission. Test Track - motoring adventure was closed so definitely a future visit (reopening fall 2012). The Seas with Nemo and Friends – gentle ride in a shell, to see your favourite underwater characters. When you depart the ride do not exit the display area without going to the Turtle Talk with Crush – amazing show where younger guests interact with the cartoon character. Soaring – literally soar through the sky over some of the worlds spectacular scenery. Living with the Land – is another boat ride journey describing the link between science and food production. The circle of Life – is a thought provoking theatre show about the environment around a Loin King theme. Captain EO – A nostalgic film starring Michael Jackson with pioneering early 3D work from the 1980’s, a bit old school but still brilliant to see. There are lots of interactive science-based play areas in Epcot to keep the mind occupied including: Mission Space Training Lab, Innoventions, Imagination Pavilion and Imageworks.

Hint

Soaring is definitely the main attraction in Epcot so go there first and pick up a Fastpass for each member of your group or you will be queuing for two hours.

Hint

One of the best parks for Character greeting; queue once and meet 3 or 4 of the Disney favourites in one place.

Hint

If you would like to see the firework display but do not want to hang around for several hours, then why not leave the park and go for an evening meal and return a few hours later for the show (It’s definitely worth it!) Don’t forget to have your hand stamp before you leave.

 

Hollywood Studios.

If you are movie fans like us then you will love Disney Hollywood Studios.

Shows

The Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular is great and you may even be plucked from the audience to participate so watch out. Lights motors action, extreme car stunt show – New see Lightning McQueen in the show! Beauty and the Beast, live on stage. For younger ones Disney Junior, live on stage – see Jake and the Neverland Pirates and other Disney Channel favourites. The evening Fantasmic show is a spectacular show of light, fireworks, fire and fountains all your favourite characters. Voyage of the Little Mermaid is Jessica’s favourite. Disney Rocks comes a close second with all those High School Musical dance numbers. Muppet vision and Honey I shrunk the Audience are great 3D movie shows.

Rides

Being big Star Wars fans the Star Tours ride is our favourite; it’s a simulator ride, upgraded in 2012 and now is 3D with over 50 ride combinations through different Star Wars adventures. Toy Story Mania!!!! – interactive shooting game where you can fire custard pies at Woody (I have not hit him yet). The Rocking Roller Coaster this is a must; you reach 3G when it starts so not for the faint hearted but great fun. You can fast track for this ride so no need to queue. Hollywood Tower of Terror – get a birds-eye view across the park before you plunge 13 storeys! Other rides include: Great movie ride and The Backlot tour.

Hint

Toy Story Mania!!!! Is the main attraction so go there first and pick up a Fastpass for each member of your group or you will be queuing for at least an hour.

Hint

Lights motors action, extreme car stunt show is only on twice each day choose one show that does not clash with your Toy Story Mania Fastpass and plan your day around those two.

Hint

Fantasmic is a late night show is in a seated outdoor auditorium, this does get busy so make sure you head there 60 minutes before show-time to get a seat. Also check before you go to Hollywood Studios that Fantasmic is showing as it is not shown every day.

 

 

Animal Kingdom.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom boasts an array of beautiful animals, wild shows and rides all with an animal or nature theme.

Shows

The festival of the Lion King is the mane event, sorry for the pun! But is really the best show! Ride the Kali River Rapids on a round raft, you will get wet! Finding Nemo the Musical is a 30 minute musical theatre adaption of the Finding Nemo film. It’s tough to be a Bug is a 3D theatre show the venom firing giant Tarantella is scary for those arachnophobia sufferers.

Rides

Expedition Everest – is one of the newest attractions at Animal Kingdom a high speed high flying roller coaster. Dinosaur is a wild and a little scary trek in a time machine. Primeval Whirl fast moving time machine we are yet to experience. Triceratops spin is a high flying ride for the younger members of your group.

Animal encounters

Kilimanjaro Safaris Expedition an African Safaris with a Disney twist. Flights of Wonder showcases many birds including Birds of prey and exotic rainforest birds. Maharajah Jungle Trek is a walk through trial of Asian animals. Pangani Forest Exploration Trail see the gorillas’ and other African animal including Meerkats. Discovery Island Trail has a variety of exotic animal from around the world. Also Habitat Habit, The oasis exhibit or take a train journey to the hands on pet encounter at the Affection Section and see the conservation work at the Conservation Station. You can also experience animals of the past on the Cretaceous Trail.

Hint

The gorillas’ routine is for them to move indoors in the afternoon, so make sure you visit the Africa trail in the morning to avoid disappointment.

Hint

We suggest that you try the Boma restaurant at the Animal Kingdom Lodge hotel for an evening meal, (You don’t need to visit the park) great fun and African theme cuisine is a break from the usual chicken and fries faire. Plus you can wander outside to see the safari animals and sit by the log campfire in the grounds of the hotel.



Blizzard Beach.

Beneath Mount Gushmore waits a winter wonderland of water, fun and sun. We challenge the bravest explorers to climb 120 feet to the peak of Summit Plummet and take the 60 mph plunge down the fastest, tallest water slide in the United States!

Typhoon Lagoon.

Typhoon Lagoon is Disney World's original water park, they have one of the world's largest inland surf pools. You can snorkel the reef or with real sharks. Tube along canals, slip and slide through winding caves, or relax under the shady palms as the kids splash in the waves!



Other Florida Theme Parks.

"If pixies and fairy dust are not your thing...!"

Universal Studios.

At this real working film and TV studio, an incredible array of rides, shows, movie sets and attractions put you right in your favourite scenes from your favourite movies. It's the number one movie studio theme park in the world!

Breaking news The Wizarding World of Harry Potter opens at Universal Studios Orlando 18 June 2010!! Visit Hogwarts Castle, take the dragon Challenge

Hint

Universal tickets allow you to go in both parks in one day. Islands Of Adventure is the latest thing so is more popular. Do Islands Of Adventure first then go to Universal late afternoon; there are almost no queues.

Island of Adventure.

Experience unexpected adventure and innovative thrills as you take an unforgettable journey through the five islands - Seuss Landing, The Lost Continent®, Jurassic Park®, Toon Lagoon® and Marvel Super Hero Island®!

Hint

If you are going for the roller coasters the Dueling Dragons ride does not run Mon to Thu check with the box office not to miss out!

Feeling hot? Try the Dudley Do-Right’s Ripsaw Falls. A nice cold bath will refresh you!

SeaWorld.

There is something for everyone here from thrill rides to a whole host of fantastic marine life including, stingrays, Manatee, Dolphins and of course Shamu the famous Orca whale in his spectacular show, don't sit too close to the front if you want to stay dry! My favourite part is Wild Artic where you can see a beautiful Polar Bears.

Aquatica.

News Flash!!! Orlando’s newest theme park Aquatica… a water park with a Sea World twist opened 4 April 2008. 

Be one of the first to take the Dolphin Plunge a flume ride that passes right through the dolphin aquarium. Why not catch some rays while the kids play in the crashing waves at big surf shores.

Hint

When you are looking for a lounger by the surf shore there is limited shade, so find a spot early or you may be roasting in the sun!

Discovery Cove.

Swim with dolphins, snorkel through colourful reefs, explore underwater shipwrecks, glide among stingrays, and check out the free-flight aviary.

Hint

You must make a reservation to visit Discovery Cove due to limited visitors numbers each day. We would recommend you book this before you go to Orlando. If not book on the first day of your holiday if you delay you may be disappointed.

Busch Gardens.

Busch Gardens isn't just about record-breaking thrill rides. It's not just about the Serengeti's wildest animals. And it's not just about world class entertainment. It's about all that and more. New to Busch Gardens if Jungala where you can fly through the treetops, come face to face with a white tiger or swing through the trees alongside the animals.

Wet 'n Wild.

Wet 'n Wild, the world's premier water park, features an exciting variety of signature thrill rides as well as rides for the kids.

Cypress Gardens.

Cypress Gardens has now closed due to poor attendance. But there is a silver lining, Legoland Florida is coming to Cypress Gardens fall 2011.

Wonderworks.

Experience the trembling of earthquakes, hurricane-force winds and other virtual reality experiences in this upside down building.




The Holyland Experience.

Bible adventure park, with exhibits that bring the bible storey to life.




The Titanic Experience.

This is a permanent exhibition where state of the art scenic environments help you envisage how the historic event unfolded on the Titanic's fateful maiden voyage. Contains authentic artifacts from the Titanic

 

 

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