Orlando does have some excellent theme parks, with all the usual rollercoasters and rides for a fun day out with the kids – and normally at half the price!
Below, we give you a rundown of the best theme parks and attractions to visit in Orlando and across the surrounding Central Florida area:
Universal Studios Orlando and Universal’s Islands of Adventure
Experience the epic adventure for your next family getaway. Wake up where the action is with amazing attractions where both theme parks to visit in Orlando feature award-winning rides. Revenge of the Mummy has won the Golden Ticket award for Best Indoor Roller Coaster every year since 2008. For the past two years, Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey has won the Best Dark Ride Golden Ticket. Other rides include the Hogwarts Express, Ripsaw Falls, Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man, Storm Force Acceleration, Fish Resort, The Cat in the Hat, Pteranodon Flyers, Revenge of the Mummy, and many more.
Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Disney is the epitome of what a theme park should be. Be amazed and have fun with iconic attractions, blockbuster entertainment, character experiences, thrill rides, laser light spectacles & TV and movie-based shows. The grounds are extremely well kept considering the volume of people and the staff are wildly helpful. If you stop for a moment looking confused one of the staff from an actor to a grounds keeper will stop to give directions. The park not only has rides but mini shows such as storm troopers from Star Wars patrolling the streets or army men from Toy Story marching past. Even the staff in theme areas do not break character so prepare your movie knowledge to have fun conversations. The rides are amazing for kids and still very enjoyably for adults. It got vast parking spaces and shuttles frequently picks you and drops you to and from the parking area.
A fun place to be immersed with marine life shows, thrill rides, aquariums & up-close encounters with dolphins, penguins, orcas, and more attractions to visit in Orlando. Seeing these beautiful creatures up close is a once in a lifetime experience, and their few rehabilitation efforts are great. The park is clean and well maintained, with friendly and helpful staff everywhere and lots of educational things to see and experience. It is something very different from other parks in Orlando with its unique sceneries and cool shows. We suggest to bring your comfortable shoes because there will be a lot of strolling to do around.
Legoland Florida Resort boasts more than 50 rides, attractions and shows, plus life-size Lego displays and interactive entertainment for all ages inspired by Lego brands and characters, plus Legoland Water Park, the 5-Gazillion star Lego Hotel and the place where summer never ends Legoland Beach Retreat. It is completely kid-friendly and the staff are very cool looking and interactive with the kids. They hand out candy snacks by the handful and many children love it! The water park is amazing, something for all ages and the lifeguards on duty are in all areas as well. Legoland really does take the effort to go above and beyond, and you can bring in your own food and drinks which is a BIG selling point for this park.
Get ready for down-home family fun at Gatorland — a beautiful wildlife park, amusement park, and petting zoo. There isn’t a better place to see alligators and crocodiles of all sizes, from babies, also known as grunts, to the 14-foot monsters. They even have the largest collection of extremely rare white leucistic alligators. Gatorland is more than just a gator park. They also boast of free-flight aviary, petting zoo, one-of-a-kind animal shows, thrilling Screamin’ Gator Zip Line and new Stompin’ Gator Off-Road Adventure that will ensure your day will be chock-full of fun, smiles, and special memories. It’s a great place for the whole family and food is available at reasonable prices. The staff are super friendly too.
No destination on earth has more or more iconic theme parks than Orlando. From water parks to thrilling rides and exciting new offerings, the best theme parks in Orlando guarantee endless fun for children and adults. Depending on your preferences, Orlando has everything to offer. Come and join your next Orlando vacation getaway.