Attractions in Orlando

Walt Disney World
One of the most visited theme parks in the world, Walt Disney World is a definite must see attractions in Orlando, and maybe in the entire United States. Disney World is not one theme park, but a collection of four with each having its own theme and feel. The main parks include: The Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney Studios and Animal Kingdom. In addition to the main theme park, Disney World also hosts two water parks, two miniature golf courses, and the Downtown Disney shopping center.

Universal Studios
Another major theme park collection with more of a Hollywood theme is Universal Studios and Universal Islands of Adventure. At Universal Studios, visitors can "Ride the Movies" and experience roller coasters, attractions and shows that are inspired from popular movies, music and television programs. At Islands of Adventure, guests can journey through 7 differently themed "islands" including Marvel Superheroes Island, Jurassic Park Island and the new Wizarding World of Harry Potter Island.

The 110 acre "Alligator Capital of the World" predated the other major theme parks and has been the home to over a thousand alligators and crocodiles since 1949. Guests can wander around Gatorland's boardwalks and enjoy the different alligator ponds, snake habitats and breeding marshes. The park features an observation tower to take in the sights of the whole park as well as the a 1,200 foot zip line that lets guest fly across the park above all the habitats at up to 25 miles per hour.

The best place to get an up-close look of the residents of the sea besides an ocean dive is SeaWorld Orlando. SeaWorld is not just a collection of fish tanks and dolphin and whale shows, it's a theme park in it's own right with several roller coasters and water rides including Kraken and Journey to Atlantis. Guests can also sign up for hands on animal encounters including "Trainer for a Day" where visitors get into wet suits, and work hands on with dolphins and other aquatic animals.

A smaller but unique experience is Wonderworks, easily spotted off the road by the upside down building. Wonderworks gets family visitors into science with a variety of entertaining and interactive exhibits. Guests can experience over 100 activities dealing with math, space and physics including an earthquake simulator, a bubble lab and virtual roller coasters. Wonderworks also features a dinner show where diners can feast on all you can eat pizza while enjoying the Wonderworks magic and comedy show.