Magic Kingdom Park is what springs to mind for most
people when you mention Disney. The park does get
busy so get there early and you'll see so much more.
Stop by the home of the world's most famous mouse
in 'Mickey Toontown Fair' and have a look at where
the big cheese actually lives. Take a thrill ride
across the galaxy on' Space Mountain', explore the
ghostly happenings at the Haunted Mansion, or prepare
to get wet with Brer Rabbit and friends on 'Splash
Mountain'. Do try and catch one of the wonderful parades
featuring some of your favorite Disney characters,
and don't come home before you've seen the fireworks
high above Cinderella Castle. It's a long day but
an absolute must!
Animal Kingdom Theme Park is an adventure involving
the very real, the imaginary and the extinct! Ride
'Kilimanjaro Safaris' where the animals are almost
close enough to touch. Come face to face with a magnificent
troop of gorillas, or travel back in time on 'Dinosaur'.
Asia is the newest area of the park where you can
cool off on 'Kali River Rapids'. Animal Kingdom is
a great combination of the magic and fun of Disney
and all that mother nature has to offer. Make sure
you get there early when the animals are at their
most active and don't miss the 'Lion King Stage Show'
and the highly amusing 'It's Tough To Be A Bug'.
a journey through 'tinsel town', courtesy of the Disney
MGM Studios. Battle imperial star-fighters on Star
Tours, then it's on to the exciting Indiana Jones
Epic Stunt Spectacular, Jim Henson's Muppet 3D movie,
and superb live shows like the Hunchback Of Notre
Dame. Try and make time for the afternoon parade featuring
characters from the latest animated Disney blockbuster
- 'Mulan' is the current offering and highly recommended.
The highlight for many guests is 'Fantasmic!' as Mickey
Mouse battles the evil fantasy villains with a barrage
of fireworks, water and lasers and don't miss the
Rock N Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith.
Experimental Prototype Community Of Tomorrow is a
showcase for cutting edge technology along with an
eclectic mix of international entertainment and cuisine.
In Future World you get an enthralling look at how
our modern world has developed along the very latest
developments in science and technology, and it's all
dine in a fun and often interactive setting. Make
sure you see 'Honey I Shrunk The Audience'- Disney's
3D magic is not to be missed! World Showcase, on the
other hand, features the traditions and cultures of
people from around the world. Eat and drink your way
around the globe in a day and don't miss 'Illuminations:
Reflections of Earth' every night around the World
Showcase lagoon - it's truly a breathtaking event.
it's clubbing you're into then head over to Downtown
Disney Pleasure Island - 'Mannequins' is a dance palace
of epic proportions for over 21's, or there's jazz,
comedy, hip hop, and country and western on offer
as well The 'Adventurers Club' is a little on the
wacky side with its off the wall look at life in the
'Raj', then head outside with your family for a non-stop
street party with live shows and fireworks. Look out
for some very well known bands playing on the West
End Stage and don't forget to stay late!
Disney West Side
West Side features a huge Virgin Mega store for cheap
CD's, a 20 cinema complex to catch the latest films,
live music at the House of Blues, and numerous excellent
eateries like Wolfgang Puck Café and Bongos
Cuban Care. Disney Quest Indoor Interactive Theme
Park is a video game fanatics dream come true with
5 floors of high tech entertainment! The amazing Cirque
Du Soleil, a mix of street theater and circus artistry,
is hard to describe and it's not the cheapest ticket
in town - even though it's worth every penny.
are great fun and suitable for all ages, Makes sure
you have some good sun block and keep re-applying
it throughout the day. In the blazing heat of the
summer 3-4 hours without any shade is plenty so don't
Blizzard Beach Water Park
is a highly unusual ski resort where the snow has
melted and turned the place into a mecca for water
rides and slides - look out for the one and only 'Summit
Plummet' and hang onto that swimsuit.
Typhoon Lagoon Water Park
is home to the biggest surf wave ever to hit Florida
and is a tropical paradise full of slick flumes and
giant slides like the 'Humunga Kowabunga'. Makes sure
you take time to snorkel 'Sharks Reef'.
Quest is an Indoor Interactive Theme Park, combining
cutting-edge entertainment technologies such as virtual
reality and 3-D with Disney stories and characters
to create a one of a kind experience. Climb into a
real river raft, ride the rapids and ovoid hungry
dinosaurs in a Virtual Jungle Cruise. Design your
own roller coaster and then ride it on Cyberspace
Mountain. Explore five floor of virtual fun with over
250 attractions, rides and games.
number one is where Hollywood, movies and television
come alive in numerous excellent rides, shows and
attractions. Jaws is always good value as is the revamped
ET. 'Back To The Future Ride' is still one of the
best simulator rides ever and Terminator 2: 3-D is
definitely worth the wait. 'Twister' will definitely
put the wind up you and if you're a sucker for 'Lassie'
head over to Animal Planet Live. Men in Black Alien
Attack is the newest addition - how it ends depends
on the amount of aliens you happen to ZAP! It's a
very full day and lots of fun.
number two is an all new them park definitely designed
for the 21st Century. You'll experience some of the
world's most advanced ride and show technology on
five exciting islands. Seuss Landing is where you'll
find Cat In The Hat, hurtle around the Last Continent
on 'Dueling Dragons' and a monster of a water ride
in Jurassic Park. Toon Lagoon is full of high spirited
cartoon fun and Marvel Super Hero Island is where
you'll find Spider-Man (the best ride of it's kind
in the world) and the Incredible Hulk Coaster with
it's cheek chattering inverted turns and loops.
is Universals nighttime entertainment complex where
you might grab a top notch dinner at Emerils, a cocktail
at Jimmy Buffet's Margeritaville or dance the night
away at The Groove. There's also a 20 cinema complex
with stadium seating that serves wine and beer - who
cares if the film's not great! Look out for top name
acts at Hard Rock Live and check out the infectious
beat of the Motown Café. You have to walk through
CityWalk to exit the two main theme parks so maybe
take a break from the crowds and stop for dinner or
a drink at the end of a very enjoyable day.
Orlando favorite draws visitors back time and time
again year after year. Grab a show schedule upon arrival
and plan your assault on the park. Touch and feed
dolphin, pet some perfectly harmless sting rays or
get face to face with Shamu and family. If it a hot
day a front row seat at the whale show is a guaranteed
way to cool off, then dry your clothes in 60 seconds
flat on the all new Kraken, a roller coaster without
a floor! Journey to Atlantis is part water ride part
roller coaster and Wild Artic also features a somewhat
bumpy ride en route to some very cool encounters.
original Beach Within Reach is very conveniently located
on International Drive right in the heart of 'Tourist-ville'.
It's well known for some great multi-person rides
where the whole family or group can splash around
together. All ages are well catered for and tiny tots
have a very safe water playground where they can paddle
and slide in complete safety. 'Der Stuka' is quite
a ride as is 'The Bomb Bay' - the names say it all!
If you aren't into a daredevil descent then head over
to the aptly named Lazy River the best place in town
to get a tan. The Surge is a great place for a family
get together as is the Bubba Tub and it's a lot more
fun than riding on your own.
in Tampa and hours drive from Orlando, Busch Gardens
is a 335 acre African themed park featuring cleverly
designed animal attractions, thrilling rides and live
entertainment. Edge Of Africa is a lot of fun or take
an off-road adventure on Rhino Rally. The park is
best known for an incredible collection of roller
coasters like Montu, Kumba and the new dueling wooden
roller coaster Gwazi. The Tanganika Tidal Wave, is
as the name suggests, a good way to cool off but if
that sounds a bit strenuous the park is owned by Budweiser,
so a free sample may be in order.
home of America's space program, Kennedy Space Center
features a variety of exhibits, shows and tours which
are both interesting and informative. An hour away
from Orlando its very family friendly and whether
you're of the Apollo generation or a Shuttle space
cadet there's plenty to enjoy. Don't miss the stunning
Imax movie or the Spaceport USA bus tour which gets
you out to the observation gantry overlooking the
biggest rockets you're ever likely to see - if you're
not careful this could be the most fun you ever had
in a science lesson!
Gator Capital Of The World is home to over 5000 of
Florida's original residents. The park is very concerned
with the conservation of the Florida Alligator so
fun shows like Jumparoo and Gator Wrestling have an
educational side to them as well. A lot of the activity
centers around a beautiful breeding marsh, which is
also a haven for hundreds of birds-any amateur ornithologists
will have a great time. Jungle Crocs Of The World
features some more fearsome imports and feeding time
is not to be missed! Gatorland is a reasonably priced
and entertaining half day attraction that kids particularly
something completely different, the world famous Daytona
Beach is definitely worth the drive - literally! While
surf may be a little rough, you can actually enjoy
this beach from the comfort of your car, since it's
one of the few beaches in the world on which you can
drive and park. Take I-4 east and drive for about
60 miles. Daytona is approximately 1 ½ hours
drive from Orlando.
on Florida's Space Coast, (named after the Kennedy
Space Center). You'll find lots of amenities and a
seemingly endless stretch of sand. Cocoa Beach is
approximately 1 hour drive from Orlando. Head east
on Bee Line Expressway (Hwy 528).
of Orlando's closet beaches, New Smyrna features a
historic district, plus shops, marinas and restaurant.
New Smyrna Beach is about one hour from Orlando.
Petersburg & Clearwater
west coast beaches are where you want to be! Close
to everything, yet miles away. A beautiful peninsula
located on Florida's West coast, the area is bordered
by the Gulf of Mexico to the west and by Tampa Bay
to the east. There is 35 miles of white-sand beaches
on some 20 barrier islands. Located just 30 minutes
to Busch Gardens in Tampa and 90 minutes to Walt Disney
World Resort in Orlando.