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Florida has always been one of Britain’s top family destinations for many years now due to its sunny climate, warm hospitality and never ending attractions. Now that the low season is approaching, you might be considering taking a trip during half term or Christmas break. Take advantage of our useful infographic showing you the top 10 visited attractions as well as helpful information, which will help you plan your holiday accordingly.
Disney’s Magic Kingdom
The first Disney Park ever built and is now the most visited theme park in the world. It’s the home of Cinderella’s Castle and is a favourite amongst younger kids, as you can take photographs with all your favourite Disney characters, including the infamous Mickey and Minnie mouse. The Park is within a 30 minute driving distance from the centre of Orlando and has an all day parking fee of just $14. Top attractions: Space Mountain and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.
Known as the theme park where you can ‘ride the movies’, Universal Studios offers an experience like no other attraction. Re-live some of your favourite films such as The Terminator, The Mummy, Spiderman, Shrek and the all new Simpsons ride. The park is accessible within 20 minutes by car from the centre of Orlando and only costs $15 for all day parking. Top attractions: Revenge of the Mummy and Jaws.
Seaworld is one of Florida’s top three major attractions, unlike other theme parks it doesn’t focus purely on rides but more so on animal interaction. Get up close and personal with Whales, Dolphins, Stingrays and other ocean creatures. Driving distance is approximately 30 minutes from central Orlando and cost $10 for all day parking. Top attractions: Journey to Atlantis and Kraken.
An hour and a half’s drive away from Orlando will bring you to Busch Gardens, located in Tampa Bay. The African themed park boasts a total of 24 rides and the infamous Serengeti Plain where animals are free to roam around. The park has nine individually themed areas; Morocco, Bird Gardens, Stanleyville, Congo, Jungala, Timbuktu, Nairobi, Crown Colony Plaza and Egypt. Top attractions: Montu and Rhino Rally.
Disney's Animal Kingdom
The first Disney theme park built entirely around animals and wildlife. It’s the largest Disney Park in the world and has seven individual themed areas. The infamous ‘Tree of Life’ is the park’s visual icon depicting carved images of different species of wildlife. Driving distance is approximately 30 minutes from central Orlando and costs $14 to park all day. Top attractions: The Mountains of Expedition: Everest and Festival of the Lion King.
Epcot is the second Disney Park built at the resort and is now the six most visited park in the world. It’s a 30 minute drive from central Orlando and is easily reachable from other locations as well. The park itself is very educational as its dedicated to international culture and technological innovation. It’s divided into two sections: Future World and World Showcase. Future World consists of pavilions which explore technology, whilst World Showcase contains pavilions which represent eleven separate countries showcasing local culture and cuisines. Top attractions: Illuminations: Reflection of Earth and Mission: SPACE.
Disney’s Hollywood Studios
The third theme park to be built at the resort and is themed around the peak of Hollywood in the 1930/1940s. It’s iconic symbol is the sourcer’s hat, featured in the film ‘Fantasia’. It is now the eighth most visited theme park in the world. The Park is divided into six themed areas; Echo Lake, Hollywood Boulevard, Streets of America, Animation Courtyard, Pixar Place and Sunset Boulevard. It’s only a 30 minute drive from central Orlando and has a parking fee of $14 per day. Top attractions: The Hollywood Tower of Terror and Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Show Spectacular.
Blizzard beach is the third water park to be built at Disney. It’s themed around a ski resort and features real snow. The parks main feature is an artificial hill named ‘Mount Rushmore’, which is divided into three sections; Green slope, Red slope and Purple slope. There’s a variety of attractions for everyone including, racing slides, fee-fall slides, toboggan racers, rapids and leisure pools. If you love water, this is an attraction not to be missed. Take a 30 minute drive from Central Orlando, straight to Blizzard beach. Top attractions: Summit Plummit and Teamboat Springs.
Kennedy Space Centre
The visitor complex at the Kennedy Space Centre is a unique attraction miles apart from the ordinary theme parks in Florida. It features historic spacecrafts, memorabilia, bus tours of the spaceport and two IMAX theatres. As well as a separate Apollo Centre and a United States Astronauts Hall of Fame, which honours American astronauts. There is also a Rocket Garden within the complex, which features mock-up rocket capsules for visitors to browse. It’s one of the furthest attractions from Orlando; roughly an hour’s drive away and offers free parking, therefore car hire is essential. Top Attractions: Shuttle Launch Experience and Space Mirror Memorial.
Islands of Adventure
A 20 minute drive from Central Orlando leads you to Islands of Adventure, a theme park based on a journey of exploration. It features seven islands, each with its own unique theme; Port of Entry, Toon Lagoon, Jurassic Park, The Lost Continent, Seuss Landing, Marvel Super Hero Island and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. It’s definitely an attraction for hardcore thrill seekers as the park accommodates some of the largest, tallest and fasted rides in Florida. Top Attractions: Incredible Hulk Coaster and Jurassic Park River Adventure.