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.
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.
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.
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!!!!
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.
One of the best parks for Character greeting; queue once and meet 3 or 4 of the Disney favourites in one place.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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!
"If pixies and fairy dust are not your thing...!"
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
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.
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®!
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!
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.
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!
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.
Cypress Gardens has now closed due to poor attendance. But there is a silver lining, Legoland Florida is coming to Cypress Gardens fall 2011.
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