Located in central Florida is the ideal destination for all those who love theme parks: Orlando. The city is synonymous with entertainment and a lot of adrenaline. Among the best-known parks are Walt Disney World Resort, Universal Orlando Resort, and Legoland, each with a variety of attractions for young and old. Here we present the best of each one:
Walt Disney World Resort
This Disney complex is the largest in the world and is divided into theme parks (Magic Kingdom Park, Epcot, Disney's Hollywood Studios, Disney's Animal Kingdom) and water parks (Disney's Typhoon Lagoon and Disney's Blizzard Beach).
- Magic kingdom park
Magic Kingdom is the most famous Disney park of all and also the most visited, reaching a record of 20.5 million visitors in 2015. Since its inauguration in 1971, this park has been called "the most magical place in the world. planet ”and today it is divided into 6 thematic areas:
Main Street USA is the reproduction of a small North American town of the 55th century, which commemorates the childhood of Walt Disney. Here you can find restaurants such as Tony's Town Square Restaurant, Plaza Restaurant and Casey's Corner, candy shops such as The Main Street Confectionary, for souvenirs. Also, here is the Cinderella Castle about XNUMX meters high, located in front of "Partners Statue", the renowned monument of Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse, surrounded by other famous characters.
Adventureland is the area based on the exploration of unknown lands. It has areas that represent remote jungles from the different continents of the world and that are accompanied by music and surround sound of animals. Here you can find famous attractions such as Pirates of the Caribbean and Jungle Cruise Riverboat.
Frontierland is the area that represents the old wild west where brave cowboys and ferocious Indians lived and exploration in the mysterious rivers of America. Here you will find Tom Sawyer Island, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, and Country Bear Jamboree.
Liberty Square is the smallest area of the park and is based on America's colonial era during the Revolutionary War. Here is the renowned attraction called Hall of Presidents, a show that presents the presidents of the United States.
Fantasyland is the area “dedicated to the young at heart and those who believe that when they dream of a star, dreams come true”, in Walt Disney's own words, and has the atmosphere of a medieval kingdom of knights and maidens. It is the area that concentrates the largest number of attractions of unforgettable classics such as Cinderella, Peter Pan, Mickey Mouse, Winnie the Pooh, Snow White and the seven dwarfs, Beauty and the Beast, the Little Mermaid, Dumbo, among many others.
Tomorrowland is the scientific area of the park, as it is set in a futuristic spaceport, surrounded by huge metal constructions, huge rocky monoliths, spaceships, robots, among others.
Epcot is a park that was built for the purpose of bringing together entertainment and education.
Spaceship Earth is not only the park's spherical symbolic structure, but it is also an 18-story must-see attraction that offers a historical tour of how human communication has enabled the evolution of man. This tour, which spans from prehistory to the 13st century, lasts approximately XNUMX minutes.
Mission: Space is a simulator that emulates the training and sensations astronauts go through during a space mission.
Test Track is the most popular attraction among motorsport enthusiasts. Not only will you know what are the evaluations that the prototypes follow for the construction of a car, but you will also experience a ride at maximum speed in one of them.
World Showcase brings together pavilions dedicated to 11 countries: France, China, Japan, Germany, Canada, the United Kingdom, the United States, Italy, Mexico, Norway and Morocco. These pavilions are located around an artificial lagoon and bring together architecture, shows, monuments, shops and restaurants from each country.
Living with the Land is one of the attractions found in this park since its inauguration. This attraction has a more adult audience, as it shows the history of agriculture and the tour of the park's experimental greenhouse.
- Hollywood studios
This park is renewed every year to bring the best of the seventh art.
Among one of its greatest attractions is Star Wars Galaxy's Edge, inaugurated in May 2019. Here you can find life-size ships of the much-acclaimed saga and enjoy different tours inside them. Do not hesitate to enter Rise of the Resistance, the most futuristic and experiential tour of Star Wars, with a duration of 30 minutes.
In Toy Story Land, Andy's dolls come to life to bring us fun shows and colorful games. Ride Slinky Dog, the sausage dog, and enjoy the roller coaster built from Andy's drawings, or take a ride with the aliens from Pizza Planet in Alien Swirling Saucers.
For those who love adventure and action, this is the Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular !, an interactive show based on the first Indiana Jones movie.
Among the most visited attractions is Walt Disney: One Man's Dream. Inside you can enjoy the samples, belongings, curiosities and the short that is continuously projected on the life and work of the renowned Walt Disney.
- Animal Kingdom
This park was built in order to conserve animals and nature. Unlike zoos, in Animal Kingdom you will find more than 2000 animals living in their natural habitats.
In Kilimanjaro Safaris, you can take a jeep and meet different species native to Africa through the Harambe Reserve, among which you can find elephants, crocodiles, giraffes, hippos, among others.
In Dinosaur, through dark forests, you will enter the age of dinosaurs, who will dazzle you with their surprising appearances and their overwhelming roars.
On the Pangani Forest Exploration Trail, you will travel through tropical forests to observe species in their natural habitat, such as zebras, gorillas, exotic birds, among others.
Pandora: World of Avatar is the largest platform in Animal Kingdom and is inspired by the movie Avatar, which showed how humans tried to conquer Pandora, a natural paradise on the moon protected by the Na'vi tribe. Thanks to its immense constructions and flashing colors, you will feel transported to another planet.
You cannot leave without first visiting the Animal Kingdom symbol, the Tree of Life, an artificial tree 14 stories high and 15 meters wide, with more than 300 carved animals. Inside you can observe these animals in detail and you can enjoy a 3D projection of the animal kingdom.
- Typhoon Lagoon
The theme of the park revolves around the story of a typhoon that destroyed Lake Buena Vista in Florida, which caused surfboards, boats, among other things, to fly through different parts of the park. It was inaugurated in 2017 and, among its tropical landscapes, today it houses the largest swimming pool in North America. One of the biggest attractions is Miss Tilly, which, according to the history of the park, was a shrimp boat that after the typhoon got stuck at the top of Mount Mayday, which erupts every 30 minutes and can be seen from anywhere in the world. Park.
Castaway Creek is a lazy artificial river that runs through the entire park through mist, waterfalls, forests. It is the most relaxing way to get to know the whole park.
Gangplank Falls is perfect if you are traveling in a group. This attraction offers you a dynamic and fast tour for 4 people.
Mayday Falls sits atop Mount Mayday and is the tallest and longest slide in the park. These fast tours are for one person only.
Ketchakiddee Creek is the perfect place if you are traveling with children. In this attraction dedicated exclusively to the little ones in the house you will find small slides, small pools and a sandy beach.
Humunga Kowabunga is made up of three parallel slides with a 60 degree incline and is the most daring attraction in the park. These slides located inside Mount Mayday have a height of approximately 75 meters and their descent can reach 50 km / hour.
- Blizzard Beach
The theme of the park revolves around an inconceivable snowstorm produced in Central Florida, which was later melted when temperatures rose to such a degree that Ice Gator appeared, who would be the guardian of the park and Mount Gushmore. Unlike Typhoon Lagoon, Blizzard Beach offers much wilder, more competitive and extreme experiences.
Cross Country Creek is a lazy man-made river that runs through the park. It is one of the most relaxing ways to get to know the whole park.
Tike's Peak is dedicated to the little ones in the house. Here you will find small slides that, next to the snow castle, make up a magical atmosphere.
Teamboat Springs is a fun meandering ride perfect if you're traveling as a family. This small tire can fit from 4 to 6 people.
Toboggan Racers is the ideal place for group tours. It is a very fun race that puts 8 people in competition through a water slide.
Snow Stormers is another competitive attraction for three people where participants will slide through sliding mats until they reach the finish line.
Summit Plummet is one of the fastest slides in the United States, since its descent can reach up to 60 km / hour.
Slush Gusher, located at the top of Mount Gushmore, is a waterslide approximately 30 meters high, from where you can enjoy a spectacular view of the park.
Universal Orlando Resort
Since its inauguration in 1990, this resort has had a very clear objective: to be the best theme park dedicated to cinema. It is currently divided into four parks: Universal Studios Florida, Universal's Islands of Adventure, Universal's Volcano Bay and Universal City Walk.
- Universal Studios Florida:
This was the first park built and is the most visited of the four. It is subdivided into eight areas: Production Central, New York, San Francisco, The Wizarding of Harry Potter, World Expo, Springfield, Woody Woodpecker's Kidzone, and Hollywood.
In Production Central you can enjoy incredible adventures with Minions and Gru, or Shrek and Donkey, thanks to fascinating 4D simulators. You can also enjoy lots of action and shooting on the Transformers roller coaster.
In New York you will find creepy and fast roller coasters like the one set like the movie The Mummy, or more fun and entertaining like that of Jimmy Fallon, renowned show host. If you like music and movies, you can enjoy an entertaining show based on the movie Blues Brothers Show.
In San Francisco you will find the best for car lovers. In particular, the 4D simulator dedicated to the Fast and Furious franchise is one of the best.
In The Wizarding World of Harry Potter (also known as Diagon Alley) you will find the best of this renowned saga: the famous Knight Bus, a 3-decker bus that leads to a world of magic; the stories of Beetle The Bard and the show of Celestina Warbeck and The Banshees, the magic wands that you can buy in Ollivanders, among others. One of the most attractive and best-set rides is Harry Potter and the Escape from the Gringotts, the famous bank of this magical universe, where you can interact with goblins. Not only is this park set like the magical world of Harry Potter, but also Universal's Islands of Adventure, which you can get to by taking the Hogwarts Express.
At World Expo you will find the roller coaster dedicated to the Men in Black universe, where you will have to shoot a variety of aliens during the tour, and an adrenaline-filled show dedicated to the renowned television program Fear Factor.
In Springfield, the city of the Simpsons, you can walk and meet funny characters, try Duff beer at Moe's Bar, a favorite of Homer and his friends, or even try Krusty Burgers. Everything is designed to perfection so that you feel like just another character.
In Woody Woodpecker's Kidzone you will find the best for the little ones in the house: from small play areas, slides, and roller coasters, to shows with animals, characters like Barney and his friends, or even the adorable ET
In Hollywood you will find the best of the seventh art, especially if you like science fiction and horror, since you will be able to see and learn what the world of makeup is like.
- Universal's Islands of Adventure:
This park is also subdivided into eight areas: Port of Entry, Marvel Super Hero Island, Toon Lagoon, Skull Island Reign of Kong, Jurassic Park, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, The Lost Continent and Seuss Landing.
- In Port of Entry you will find a variety of restaurants for all tastes and palate. It is the area that is at the entrance of the park.
In Marvel Super Hero Island you will find roller coasters of well-known Marvel superheroes such as Hulk, Doctor Doom, or the Incredible Spider-Man. Here you will also find a fun attraction dedicated to Alice in Wonderland.
In Toon Lagoon you will find activities wrapped in the world of Popeye the sailor. There is an area of recreational activities such as slides, bridges, seesaws, among others, perfect for jumping and running. You can also get on a raft and be a part of Popeye's adventures.
In Skull Island Reign of Kong you will immerse yourself in the tropical forests and discover the world of King Kong.
In Jurassic Park you will enter the Jurassic world through thematic areas, games, displays, roller coasters dedicated to the incredible creatures that once walked the earth. Don't miss the chance to fly a majestic pterodactyl around the park in Pteranodon Flyers.
At The Wizarding World of Harry Potter you will find the ideal complement to the attractions of Universal Orlando Resort. Here you will find roller coasters for young and old, and dance shows.
In The Lost Continent you will find attractions such as a live show about the movie Sinbad, a fun fountain of wishes, and an attraction dedicated to the god of the seas, Poseidon.
In Seuss Landing you will meet funny and eccentric characters from the Dr. Seuss universe, such as the cat in the hat, thing 1 and thing 2, the grinch, among many others. You can ride through the park on the fun colorful fish, listen to the story The Cat in the Hat or ride the roller coaster that offers the best views of the park, The High in the Sky Seuss Trolley Train Ride.
- Universal's Volcano Bay
This water park is one of the most popular and interactive. It is subdivided into 4 areas: The Volcano, Rainforest Village, River Village and Wave Village.
- Universal city walk
This park is the area dedicated to restaurants and souvenir shops.
Legoland is the ideal place for lovers of blocks and construction. Although it is dedicated to the little ones of the house, since its inauguration in 2011, this park offers incredible adventures and activities for the whole family. Throughout the park you will find sculptures, cars, fauna and flora, and well-known characters made only with Lego blocks. Legoland is divided into 2 parks and 2 hotels: Legoland Florida Park, Legoland Florida Water Park, Legoland Florida Hotel and Legoland Florida Beach Hotel.
- Legoland Florida Park:
This park offers various environments and themes such as ancient Egypt, safaris, gardens, among others, which can be enjoyed by both the little ones in the house and their companions.
In Safari Trek you can get into a jeep and walk among various animatronic animals built only with Lego blocks.
In Lego Ninjago you will enjoy a simulator where you will have to challenge enemies using the powers of ninjago.
At Ford Driving School, young motorsport enthusiasts will be able to obtain their Legoland driver's license.
In The Great Lego Race you will enjoy one of the most exciting rides in the park where you will compete against Lego minifigures through a journey full of adrenaline.
In The Lego Movie World you can enjoy the universe of this movie and meet your favorite characters.
In Miniland USA you will be able to visit different cities in the United States on a small scale, such as Los Angeles, California, Las Vegas, Washington DC, among others, thanks to constructions made with more than 32 million Lego blocks.
In Lego Mindstorms, children will be able to create robots with Lego blocks.
In this park the botanical gardens of Cypress Gardens are located, on which Legoland was built. Today they are well preserved and it is one of the most relaxing places in the park.
Here you will also find a 4D cinema where 4D movies are shown, such as Lego City 4D: Officer in Pursuit and The Lego Movie 4D.
- Legoland Florida Water Park:
This refreshing park offers multiple slides, incredible pools and water games for the whole family.
The little ones in the house can bring out their competitive side in Build-A-Boat and Build-A-Raft, where they will have to design their boats and rafts with Lego blocks.
In Joker Soaker the little ones in the house can jump, play and splash in fun interactive games and swimming pools.
- Legoland Florida Hotel:
Not only will you find sculptures and statues built with Lego blocks on the hotel premises, but its rooms will be decorated thematically and you will have Lego blocks at your disposal. In the evenings, children can enjoy various activities such as Lego Building Competitions, a pajama party. Here you can enjoy 2 restaurants: Bricks Family Restaurant, which offers buffet breakfast at no additional cost, and Skyline Lounge, which offers you a view of skyscrapers built with Lego blocks.
- Legoland Beach Retreat:
Decorated for beach lovers, this hotel offers fun and colorful themed bungalows that revolve around Lego minifigures. Here you can enjoy playgrounds for children, and swimming pools for the whole family.