Top 5 Disney Parks in Orlando
Orlando is known for its amazing beaches, excellent shopping, thrilling shows and sporting events, but perhaps most famously – the incredible Walt Disney parks. The city is adored by Disney fans around the world, and is the ultimate destination for any Mickey Mouse enthusiast and Donald Duck devotee. There are so many spots to choose from that piecing together the holiday itinerary can be a little overwhelming, so we’ve chosen the top 5 spots for you to visit:
The classic, iconic spot for Disney lovers, the Magic Kingdom is recognisable from the fairytale-esque castle that we all know and love. From mesmerising parades, to autograph sessions with favourite characters, to attractions and rides, this really is the place where dreams come true. With seasonal events, delicious dining options and musical magic, a visit to the Magic Kingdom is sure to leave you happily ever after. A two-day ticket currently starts at £214 per adult, and the park is open Monday – Sunday, from 9am – 10pm.
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Epcot is the perfect location for a curious mind, with fascinating attractions that will amaze and astonish. Top attractions include Guardians of the Galaxy, the Disney and Pixar Short Film Festival, Frozen Ever After and Mission Space. For the culturally inquisitive, there are a host of activities that will immerse the senses such as Reflections of China, a Mexican Folk Art Gallery and O! Canada. The park is open from 9am – 9pm.
Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Disney’s Hollywood Studios is one of the top things to do in Orlando for film lovers! Step into your favourite films and rub shoulders with the characters within the rides and attractions at this fun-filled destination. Petrol heads will love Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy and Toy Story fans can enjoy a meal at Woody’s Lunch Box. There are immersive experiences such as Star Wars Jedi Training (Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge has just opened), as well as a number of live shows such as Beauty and the Beast and an Indiana Jones stunt spectacular. The park is open from 9am – 9pm.
Disney’s Animal Kingdom
Those who are wild for wildlife will love the animal kingdom, home to safaris, expeditions and even a jungle trek. From seeing flamingos to lions, butterflies to elephants, this is an experience not to be missed. There is also the Conservation Station, great for educating little ones with an in-depth look at animal habitats around the globe and the chance to see the expert veterinary care Disney’s animals receive. Take a trip into the past with Fossil Fun Games, or on the DINOSAUR ride. The park is open Monday – Sunday, from 9am – 10pm.
Blizzard Beach Water Park
For those seeking some splashing fun, Blizzard Beach Water Park is a must-do during your visit to Orlando, Florida. Enjoy water rides and slides that will excite thrill seekers, such as the Toboggan Racers, the Runoff Rapids or the Summit Plummit. Alternatively, take a leisurely float down the Cross Country Creek or a relaxing ride to the summit of Mount Gushmore on colourful wooden chairlifts. Cool down from the fun at Frostbite Freddy’s Frozen Freshments, or tuck into a meal at Avalunch. The park is open from 10am – 8pm.
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