Orlando’s Theme Parks

Shamu putting on a show at Seaworld, one of Orlando's theme parks!

If you are planning on taking your children to Orlando for the family trip of a lifetime, then the chances are that theme parks will play a large part in your itinerary. That is because the destination in Florida is renowned across the globe as having some of the best attractions found anywhere in the world, let alone the Southeastern United States.

Your kids will no doubt have their own ideas about which of Orlando’s theme parks that they wish to hit first and what they want to see, but as parents it is a good idea to know what is on offer. Read on for an overview of some of the big players so that you are clued up on what to expect.

Magic Kingdom

This theme park is the one that often comes to mind when people think of Orlando, Florida as it is incredibly iconic with its fairytale Disney castle right in the middle, surrounded by themed areas.The are: Main Street, USA; Adventureland; Frontierland; Liberty Square; Fantasyland; and Tomorrowland.

Young children find it particularly special, but you may be surprised that kids of all ages tend to enjoy it too. After all, most of them grew up watching Disney characters and the chance to meet them in person can tap into the nostalgic part of even the most sullen teenagers.

Make use of the Walt Disney World Railroad that circumnavigates the park, which allows you to hop on and off wherever you like. This is a top tip for successful family holidays as it stops little people from getting overtired.


Another park that cannot be skipped on a holiday to Orlando is SeaWorld, as it is always a hit with visitors of all ages. There are a number of fun rides and rollercoasters to check out, but the main attractions are the animal shows.

These represent a great opportunity for your kids to see the majesty of marine wildlife, such as killer whales, dolphins and sea lions. There is a packed schedule each day, so plan your visit in advance to ensure you make the most of it.

Universal Studios

Stepping onto a movie set never fails to spark the imagination and all elements of how films are made can be explored at Universal Studios. Which bits you decide to visit will depend on your family’s interests, but the opportunities are endless.

Your teenagers will probably be keen to see how the stunts in huge blockbusters are created and impressive high octane shows are put on every day. Just like the Magic Kingdom, there is also the chance to experience childhood dreams at Universal Studios as it is home to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

Wet ‘n Wild

If it gets to that point in the holiday when you want your kids to let off a bit of steam then Wet ‘n Wild is the place to head for. The beauty of this theme park is that you can locate yourself in the Lazy River relaxing while your kids go off on their own knowing exactly where to find you.

They will either be dropping 76 feet in the Bomb Bay or spinning around until they are dizzy in the Storm, while you get a well earned break. Then you might like to go and join them on the Bubba Tub, Brain Wash or Disco H2O. The multi-person rides are a great way to get some good competition going between family members.

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