Once you have landed in Florida the state has a lot to offer. Below
are some of the attractions that will appeal to all ages both young
The Magic Kingdom Park
Is what springs to mind for most people when you mention Disney. The
park does get busy so get there early and you'll see so much more.
Stop by the home of the world's most famous mouse in 'Mickey Toontown
Fair' and have a look at where the big cheese actually lives. Take a
thrill ride across the galaxy on' Space Mountain', explore the
ghostly happenings at the Haunted Mansion, or prepare to get wet with
Brer Rabbit and friends on 'Splash Mountain'. Do try and catch one of
the wonderful parades featuring some of your favorite Disney
characters, and don't come home before you've seen the fireworks high
above Cinderella Castle. It's a long day but an absolute must!
Disney's Animal Kingdom
Theme Park is an adventure involving the very real, the imaginary and
the extinct! Ride 'Kilimanjaro safari's where the animals are almost
close enough to touch. Come face to face with a magnificent troop of
gorillas, or travel back in time on 'Dinosaur'. Asia is the newest
area of the park where you can cool off on 'Kali River Rapids'.
Animal Kingdom is a great combination of the magic and fun of Disney
and all that mother nature has to offer. Make sure you get there
early when the animals are at their most active and don't miss
the 'Lion King Stage Show' and the highly amusing 'It's Tough To Be A
Disney MGM Studios
Take a journey through 'tinsel town', courtesy of the Disney MGM
Studios. Battle imperial star-fighters on Star Tours, then it's on to
the exciting Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular, Jim Henson's
Muppet 3D movie, and superb live shows like the Hunchback Of Notre
Dame. Try and make time for the afternoon parade featuring characters
from the latest animated Disney blockbuster - 'Mulan' is the current
offering and highly recommended. The highlight for many guests
is 'Fantasmic!' as Mickey Mouse battles the evil fantasy villains
with a barrage of fireworks, water and lasers and don't miss the Rock
N Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith.
The Experimental Prototype Community Of Tomorrow is a showcase for
cutting edge technology along with an eclectic mix of international
entertainment and cuisine. In Future World you get an enthralling
look at how our modern world has developed along the very latest
developments in science and technology, and it's all dine in a fun
and often interactive setting. Make sure you see 'Honey I Shrunk The
Audience'- Disney's 3D magic is not to be missed! World Showcase, on
the other hand, features the traditions and cultures of people from
around the world. Eat and drink your way around the globe in a day
and don't miss 'Illuminations: Reflections of Earth' every night
around the World Showcase lagoon - it's truly a breathtaking event.
If it's clubbing you're into then head over to Downtown Disney
Pleasure Island - 'Mannequins' is a dance palace of epic proportions
for over 21's, or there's jazz, comedy, hip hop, and country and
western on offer as well The 'Adventurers Club' is a little on the
wacky side with its off the wall look at life in the 'Raj', then head
outside with your family for a non-stop street party with live shows
and fireworks. Look out for some very well known bands playing on the
West End Stage and don't forget to stay late!
Downtown Disney West Side
The West Side features a huge Virgin Mega store for cheap CD's, a 20
cinema complex to catch the latest films, live music at the House of
Blues, and numerous excellent eateries like Wolfgang Puck Café and
Bongos Cuban Care. Disney Quest Indoor Interactive Theme Park is a
video game fanatics dream come true with 5 floors of high tech
entertainment! The amazing Cirque Du Soleil, a mix of street theater
and circus artistry, is hard to describe and it's not the cheapest
ticket in town - even though it's worth every penny.
Disney Water Parks
Disney water parks are great fun and suitable for all ages, Makes
sure you have some good sun block and keep re-applying it throughout
the day. In the blazing heat of the summer 3-4 hours without any
shade is plenty so don't overdo it.
Disney's Blizzard Beach Water Parkis a highly unusual ski resort
where the snow has melted and turned the place into a mecca for water
rides and slides - look out for the one and only 'Summit Plummet' and
hang onto that swimsuit.
Disney's Typhoon Lagoon Water Parkis home to the biggest surf wave
ever to hit Florida and is a tropical paradise full of slick flumes
and giant slides like the 'Humunga Kowabunga'. Makes sure you take
time to snorkel 'Sharks Reef'.
Disney Quest is an Indoor Interactive Theme Park, combining cutting-
edge entertainment technologies such as virtual reality and 3-D with
Disney stories and characters to create a one of a kind experience.
Climb into a real river raft, ride the rapids and ovoid hungry
dinosaurs in a Virtual Jungle Cruise. Design your own roller coaster
and then ride it on Cyberspace Mountain. Explore five floor of
virtual fun with over 250 attractions, rides and games.
Park number one is where Hollywood, movies and television come alive
in numerous excellent rides, shows and attractions. Jaws is always
good value as is the revamped ET. 'Back To The Future Ride' is still
one of the best simulator rides ever and Terminator 2: 3-D is
definitely worth the wait. 'Twister' will definitely put the wind up
you and if you're a sucker for 'Lassie' head over to Animal Planet
Live. Men in Black Alien Attack is the newest addition - how it ends
depends on the amount of aliens you happen to ZAP! It's a very full
day and lots of fun.
Islands Of Adventure
Park number two is an all new them park definitely designed for the
21st Century. You'll experience some of the world's most advanced
ride and show technology on five exciting islands. Seuss Landing is
where you'll find Cat In The Hat, hurtle around the Last Continent
on 'Dueling Dragons' and a monster of a water ride in Jurassic Park.
Toon Lagoon is full of high spirited cartoon fun and Marvel Super
Hero Island is where you'll find Spider-Man (the best ride of it's
kind in the world) and the Incredible Hulk Coaster with it's cheek
chattering inverted turns and loops.
This is Universals nighttime entertainment complex where you might
grab a top notch dinner at Emerils, a cocktail at Jimmy Buffet's
Margeritaville or dance the night away at The Groove. There's also a
20 cinema complex with stadium seating that serves wine and beer -
who cares if the film's not great! Look out for top name acts at Hard
Rock Live and check out the infectious beat of the Motown Café. You
have to walk through CityWalk to exit the two main theme parks so
maybe take a break from the crowds and stop for dinner or a drink at
the end of a very enjoyable day.
This Orlando favorite draws visitors back time and time again year
after year. Grab a show schedule upon arrival and plan your assault
on the park. Touch and feed dolphin, pet some perfectly harmless
sting rays or get face to face with Shamu and family. If it a hot day
a front row seat at the whale show is a guaranteed way to cool off,
then dry your clothes in 60 seconds flat on the all new Kraken, a
roller coaster without a floor! Journey to Atlantis is part water
ride part roller coaster and Wild Artic also features a somewhat
bumpy ride en route to some very cool encounters.
Orlando's original Beach Within Reach is very conveniently located on
International Drive right in the heart of 'Tourist-ville'. It's well
known for some great multi-person rides where the whole family or
group can splash around together. All ages are well catered for and
tiny tots have a very safe water playground where they can paddle and
slide in complete safety. 'Der Stuka' is quite a ride as is 'The Bomb
Bay' - the names say it all! If you aren't into a daredevil descent
then head over to the aptly named Lazy River the best place in town
to get a tan. The Surge is a great place for a family get together as
is the Bubba Tub and it's a lot more fun than riding on your own.
Located in Tampa and hours drive from Orlando, Busch Gardens is a 335
acre African themed park featuring cleverly designed animal
attractions, thrilling rides and live entertainment. Edge Of Africa
is a lot of fun or take an off-road adventure on Rhino Rally. The
park is best known for an incredible collection of roller coasters
like Montu, Kumba and the new dueling wooden roller coaster Gwazi.
The Tanganika Tidal Wave, is as the name suggests, a good way to cool
off but if that sounds a bit strenuous the park is owned by
Budweiser, so a free sample may be in order.
Kennedy Space Center
The home of America's space program, Kennedy Space Center features a
variety of exhibits, shows and tours which are both interesting and
informative. An hour away from Orlando its very family friendly and
whether you're of the Apollo generation or a Shuttle space cadet
there's plenty to enjoy. Don't miss the stunning Imax movie or the
Spaceport USA bus tour which gets you out to the observation gantry
overlooking the biggest rockets you're ever likely to see - if you're
not careful this could be the most fun you ever had in a science
The Gator Capital Of The World is home to over 5000 of Florida's
original residents. The park is very concerned with the conservation
of the Florida Alligator so fun shows like Jumparoo and Gator
Wrestling have an educational side to them as well. A lot of the
activity centers around a beautiful breeding marsh, which is also a
haven for hundreds of birds-any amateur ornithologists will have a
great time. Jungle Crocs Of The World features some more fearsome
imports and feeding time is not to be missed! Gatorland is a
reasonably priced and entertaining half day attraction that kids
particularly will enjoy.
For something completely different, the world famous Daytona Beach is
definitely worth the drive - literally! While surf may be a little
rough, you can actually enjoy this beach from the comfort of your
car, since it's one of the few beaches in the world on which you can
drive and park. Take I-4 east and drive for about 60 miles. Daytona
is approximately 1 ½ hours drive from Orlando.
Located on Florida's Space Coast, (named after the Kennedy Space
Center). You'll find lots of amenities and a seemingly endless
stretch of sand. Cocoa Beach is approximately 1 hour drive from
Orlando. Head east on Bee Line Expressway (Hwy 528).
New Smyrna Beach
One of Orlando's closet beaches, New Smyrna features a historic
district, plus shops, marinas and restaurant. New Smyrna Beach is
about one hour from Orlando.
St. Petersburg & Clearwater
Florida's west coast beaches are where you want to be! Close to
everything, yet miles away. A beautiful peninsula located on
Florida's West coast, the area is bordered by the Gulf of Mexico to
the west and by Tampa Bay to the east. There is 35 miles of white-
sand beaches on some 20 barrier islands. Located just 30 minutes to
Busch Gardens in Tampa and 90 minutes to Walt Disney World Resort in