Orlando, in Florida the sunshine state, is the ideal place for a family holiday. It is the gateway to Disney World, Universal Studios and Sea World and so you would be hard pushed not to have fun. You can visit pretty much all year round thanks to its enviable climate and flight prices into Orlando International Airport have been decreasing considerably in the last few years.
America really knows how to build a theme park and the parks in Orlando are best example of this. The best place to start is Walt Disney World’s The Magic Kingdom. Opened in 1971 this park is now one of four Disney parks that are spread over more than 28,000 acres. In the Magic Kingdom you will see Cinderella’s castle, cruise around the park on the Liberty Square Riverboat, get big trills from Space Mountain and get spooked on the Pirates of the Caribbean boat ride.
Disney’s Hollywood Studios has even more for the thrill seeker in us. The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror will drop you a massive 13 stories not once, but twice, so don’t eat right before you get on this one. The Star Tours simulator will send you right into the path of the Death Star and Jim Henson’s Muppet 3D vision is hilarious.
Epcot, another of the Disney parks is where you can see the world in one day, with themed areas from many parts of the globe offering food, attractions and performances. This park is great for little children as they can have fun on things like the Seas with Nemo and Friends and Honey I Shrunk the Audience.
The fourth Disney theme park is a little different. At Disney’s Animal Kingdom you can see real life animals, go on safaris, ride rapids as well as enjoy a good selection of rides and shows.
Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure, ‘where blockbusters come to life’ has some very famous movie-themed rides, from the Jaws ride in Amity to the Terminator 2 3D movie. You will re-live your favorite movie moments and have a complete blast doing so.
The newer Islands of Adventure section has scarier rides spread out over five distinct islands, and is the most technically advanced theme park in the world. Popular attractions are the Jurassic Park River Adventure, The Dr Seuss roller coaster, Spiderman 3D movie and the Incredible Hulk roller coaster.
Whether it’s a friendly dolphin or a powerful killer whale, Sea World and Discovery Cove let you get up close and personal with their residents. You’ll have the opportunity to swim with dolphins, interact with killer whales and admire the ferocious power of sharks. You can also watch your new friends show off their tricks at the myriad live shows, and then check out the water roller coaster or relax on a sun-kissed beach. A day here often isn’t enough.