Orlando Area Attractions
There is so much to see and do in the Orlando are, you’ll want to come back year after year!
Here are just a few of the attractions to keep you busy during your Florida holiday stay at our Luxury Villa…..
Disney’s Magic Kingdom:
“Explore Lands of Endless Enchantment, Where Your Fantasy Becomes a Reality”
“Wonder, fantasy and plenty of pixie dust are everywhere at the Magic Kingdom Park. From flying through Neverland to “yo-hoing” with a band of pirates, seven enchanted lands – with over 40 magical attractions – bring exciting adventures and timeless fairy tales.
The Magic Kingdom is divided into six distinct areas all meeting at the top of Main Street U.S.A. right in front of the enchanting Cinderella Castle. The six lands consist of Main Street USA, Tomorrowland, Fantasyland, Frontierland, Liberty Square and Adventureland, and each has a range of rides, attractions and dining.”
For a video tour, see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B4NOSwz-66I
Disney’s Hollywood Studios:
“Take Center Stage in the Worlds of Movies, Television, Music and Theater”
“Disney’s Hollywood Studios offers a behind-the-scenes look at Hollywood-style action with live shows, thrilling attractions, backstage tours and star-studded special events.
Movie magic comes to life at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Step into the action with attractions based on blockbuster movies and top TV shows and delight in exciting entertainment that puts you center stage.
The Force will be unleashed as younglings can join in Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple to master their Lightsaber skills and combat the dark side.”
For a video tour, see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VLyUMmQPILo
Disney’s Animal Kingdom
“The Magic of Nature With Rare Animals and Wolrd-Class Entertainment”
“Where the fun gets wild! Explore the realm of creatures that inhabit our world…and our imagination…and create your own adventure for an experience that roars with excitement.
Explore over 100 acres of African Savannah and become surrounded by free-roaming wildlife in their natural habitat. Journey to Dinoland U.S.A. where there’s a rescue mission that goes back 65 million years on DINOSAUR, and the only thing between you and extinction is a seat belt! Trek over to Asia and be prepared to get wet on a wild, water-rafting journey through Kali River Rapids, and be prepared for the mystical forest and ancient ruins of Maharajah Jungle Trek, home to tigers, giant fruit bats and komodo dragons.”
For a video tour, see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hkTx8CF-8LM
“Travel Around the World, Under the Sea, into Outer Space…and Beyond!”
“Discover endless possibilities at Epcot, high tech fun and Disney imagination are combined with the wonder of diverse cultures in two distinct worlds, Future World and World Showcase.
Come have a ball inside the incredible icon of Epcot – Spaceship Earth. This classic attraction will take you from living in the past to picturing yourself in the future. And the excitement doesn’t stop when your Time Machine does, because that’s when you get to experience “Project Tomorrow” – a brand-new interactive playground area where you can build, play, create, compete and explore.”
For a video tour, see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PRUePKh3WOU
Universal Studios Orlando
“At Universal Studios you can experience the magic and excitement of “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter”, join the battle on “TRANSFORMER: The Ride-3D”, be transformed into a minion on the 3D ride “Despicable Me Minion Mayhem”, and crash through Krustyland on The Simpsons Ride.
Don’t miss Universal’s Superstar Parade, featuring characters from Nickelodeon, the hit comedy Hop, and Despicable Me. In the evening, head to the lagoon for the new nighttime show, Universal’s Cinematic Spectacular-100 Years of Movie Memories.
Fly your bicycle across the stars to E.T.’s home world on the heartwarming E.T. Adventure. Join the world’s most lovable super-villain, Gru, and his Minions in an unforgettable 3-D ride based on the hit film Despicable Me.”
For a video tour, see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nq16BIaytt0
Universal’s Island of Adventure
“Take an unforgettable journey as the world’s most cutting edge rides, shows and interactive attractions bring your favourite stories, myths, cartoons, comic books and children’s tales to life.
Universal’s Islands of Adventure features some of the most innovative rides and attractions ever made on seven spectacularly themed islands: The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Marvel Super Hero Island, Toon Lagoon, Jurassic Park, The Lost Continent, Seuss Landing and Port of Entry.”
For a video tour, see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ht-5AGD7xLc
“Immerse yourself in wonder at SeaWorld Orlando, where the aquatic world comes alive like no place else. Climb aboard and ride the mighty Manta. Experience the power and grace of killer whales in the awe-inspiring Shamu show “One Ocean”. Share an epic voyage with sea turtles on the 3D, 360-degree “TurtleTrek”. See the world through the eyes of a penguin in the thrilling, chilling adventure of “Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin.”
The ocean’s fastest, fiercest predator is also taking up new hunting grounds – in the skies above SeaWorld. Sink your teeth into the amazing new ride, Mako, a 200-foot thriller that is Orlando’s tallest, longest and fastest hyper coaster.”
For a video tour, see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TLb4kvQuYmQ
“Discovery Cove is an all-inclusive day resort where you and your family will experience exciting animal encounters in a breathtaking tropical atmosphere. Swim with bottlenose dolphins, feed tropical birds, snorkel through a saltwater reef and play inches from a family of otters – all in one day.
Discovery Cove is a paradise of rocky lagoons surrounded by lush landscaping, tropical reefs, winding rivers, a resort-style pool complete with waterfalls, and pristine white-sand beaches. With this all-inclusive experience, your family can unwind, explore, learn, and create memories that will last a lifetime.”
For a video tour, see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FtoRAeN-1b0
Universal’s Volcano Bay – Water Park
“Volcano Bay is an all-new park where thrills and relaxation flow in perfect harmony – a tropical paradise just steps away from everything else that Universal Orlando Resort has to offer.
Orlando’s sunshine makes it the perfect place to splash around at Volcano Bay, whether you’re a lazy river fan, pool addict or water park thrill seeker. From thrilling water rides to relaxing white sand beaches, this volcanic tropical oasis has something for everyone!”
For a video tour, see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c3Ro3bYOraI
Aquatica – Water Park
“From high-speed water slides and exhilarating wave pools to tranquil beaches and the remarkable animal habitats that are the hallmark of SeaWorld, Aquatica delights all ages and interests. This waterpark is home to some of the world’s most thrilling water rides, featuring 42 slides, rivers and lagoons and 84,000 square feet of sparkling white, sandy beaches. Aquatica offers exclusive attractions that promise unlimited fun, sending guests on amazing undersea adventures and through breathtaking animal exhibits.”
For a video tour, see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J24cF1IDgXU
Blizzard Beach – Water Park
“Discover frosty fun for the whole family at Disney’s Blizzard Beach water park, a one-time ski resort that has melted into a watery wonderland. Zip down the slushy slopes of Mount Gushmore on one of the world’s tallest and fastest waterslides. Float down the tranquil river and sunbathe on the white-sand beach.”
For a video tour, see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=szAvoii8cCc
Typhoon Lagoon – Water Park
“Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon features attractions for the whole family, from fast waterslides to a children’s area with pint-sized raft rides. Catch 6-foot waves in the Surf Pool and snorkel Shark Reef – swimming alongside real sharks! You can also escape to a tropical paradise where you’ll discover lots more fun in the sun. In addition to great waterslides, you’ll love the lazy river, wave pool and children’s play area.”
For a video tour, see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hMxOIrI-YPA
And now for something completely different! You can’t visit Florida without meeting one of the states fabled “’Gators”! Gatorland is a 110-acre theme park and wildlife preserve located to the south of Orlando.
“Founded over 60 years ago by Owen Godwin on former cattle land, it has been privately owned by his family since then. Billed as the “Alligator Capital of the World,” Gatorland features thousands of alligators and crocodiles, a breeding marsh with boardwalk and observation tower, reptile shows, petting zoo, swamp walk, and educational programs. The park is known for buying and rescuing nuisance alligators. The Breeding Marsh area of the park was used in the filming of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.”
For a video tour, see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bKPAnJE5p2M
Also, there are wonderful attractions a little further afield, but well
within a couple of hours drive from Orlando. These include:
Legoland Florida and Legoland Water Park
“The largest LEGOLAND Park in the world, it features more than 50 family rides, shows and interactive attractions, restaurants, shopping and beautiful botanical gardens. Just 45 minutes west of Orlando and a 45-minute drive east from Tampa, LEGOLAND Florida Resort rests along the shores of Lake Eloise in the city of Winter Haven. At the water park you can enjoy a lazy river, water slides and interactive water play structures – your kids will soak up tons of fun!”
For a video tour, see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M7rKISu-9hM
Tampa – Busch Gardens
“Busch Gardens Tampa is the ultimate family adventure, offering 300 acres of fascinating attractions based on exotic explorations around the world. A unique blend of thrilling rides, one of the country’s premier zoos with more than 12,000 animals, live shows, restaurants, shops and games, Busch Gardens Tampa provides unrivaled excitement for guests of every age.”
For a video tour, see: https://www.youtube.com/user/buschgardensflorida
Kennedy Space Center/Cape Canaveral
“Welcome to the Greatest Space Adventure on Earth! The Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex is the only place in the world where you can see the real space shuttle Atlantis, touch a moon rock, meet a veteran NASA astronaut, tour a NASA spaceflight facility and get an up-close view of a real Saturn V moon rocket all in the same day! Arrive early for this full-day experience to make the most of your visit.”
Depending upon your visit, and the launch schedule, you may even be lucky enough to be able to witness the launch of a NASA rocket
For a video tour, see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e5VGBsAouzg