"Holiday of a Lifetime"
Orlando has some of the best attractions in the world, here are some of the most popular...
Walt Disney World: The Walt Disney World Resort covers over 47 square miles. There are 4 major theme parks, Magic Kingdom Park, Epcot, Disney-MGM Studios and Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park. There are also 2 waterparks, Disney's Blizzard Beach and Disneys Typhoon Lagoon. Choose from 2 nightime entertainment complexes, DOWNTOWN DISNEY West Side, or Pleasure Island.
Disney's Wide World Of Sports Complex has over 200 acres of sporting facilities, or for those who need some retail therapy head towards DOWNTOWN DISNEY Marketplace for an assortment of shops and restaurants. There are also numerous Disney Resort Hotels and 5 championship golf courses.
Always get to the big theme parks as early as you can. You'll see more in the first couple of hours than you will all afternoon when the crowds reach their peak. Pick up a park map and entertainment schedule upon arrival. Operating hours vary from park to park and season to season - you can call 1 800-W-DISNEY or (407) 824 2222 for general Disney information or to be connected to any location on Disney property. For Disney Dining reservations, which we strongly recommend, call (407) WDW-DINE (407 939-3463).
Universal Studios Universal's family of theme parks, hotels, and entertainment complexes has developed into a truly first rate destination with 2 amazing theme parks, Universal Studios and Universal's Islands of Adventure. The great dining and entertainment complex CityWalk and several world class on-site hotels round out Universal Orlando ResortSM, making it a premier destination of its own.
Getting there is now a lot easier. Universal Boulevard runs right into International Drive or you can approach from either direction on I-4. You'll leave your vehicle in a MASSIVE multi story parking lot (write down where you park!). Then a series of escalators and moving walkways deliver you to the entrance of CityWalk a night-time entertainment complex featuring some excellent themed restaurants, night clubs, bars, and unique shops. Once you've strolled through CityWalk, you can either bear left to Universal's Islands of Adventure or head to the right and aim straight for Universal Studios (You can easily walk between these 2 theme parks, which is unusual for Orlando).
Operating hours vary from park to park and season to season - you can call (407) 363-8000 for information or to be connected to any location on Universal property. For Universal Dining we strongly recommend making a reservation by calling (407) 224-WALK.
Busch Gardens / Sea World Both of these great theme parks are part of the Anheuser Busch family, and as such they offer the type of quality experience that brings people back time and time again. They're also a showcase for many Anheuser Busch products and free liquid samples are on offer to the over 21's!
SeaWorld Adventure Park: Shamu the killer whale and friends star along with polar bears, birds of all shapes and sizes and some amazingly friendly dolphins. For those seeking a little more active stimulation the park has spent the last few years adding some truly incredible thrill rides. If you want the ultimate experience, try swimming with the dolphins at ‘Discovery cove’.
SeaWorld Adventure Park sister park is Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, an easy 60 minute drive from Orlando. Animals and adrenaline are in abundance as thrill ride enthusiasts from all over the world loop the loop and defy gravity high over the African plains! Busch Gardens Tampa Bay has long been a favorite with visitors of all ages. A combination of animal encounters and superb white knuckle thrill rides, the park caters to a variety of tastes and age groups.
Kennedy Space Centre Budding astronauts and their parents will thoroughly enjoy a visit to the Kennedy Space Center. It's an hour from Orlando and well worth the drive. It comprises 70 plus acres of space hardware, artifacts from four decades of space exploration, lots of excellent exhibits and some superb film and video presentations. Inside the main visitor complex your first stop should be booking one of several spectacular IMAX movies, along with a bus tour that will take you to view the Space Shuttle launch pad from the observation gantry and the gigantic Vehicle Assembly Building. The Apollo/Saturn V Center is also a scheduled stop and features the most awesome piece of hardware you'll ever get to stand underneath! The final item on the tour is an impressive close-up look at the International Space Station (a fascinating peek at your tax dollars at work!)
Old Town Don't miss Old Town in Kissimee. It is a stretch of shops and restaurants, amusement arcades, rides, fun fair, it's really worth a visit. Go at night when it's all lit up and music's playing. Some of the shops are really unusual. On Saturday nights the locals parade their customised cars around Old Town for the tourists. Also, they have one of those 200ft high rides that up to three people can jump off in a sling and feel like they're flying. Thats great to watch.