Who has not ever dreamed of visiting Mickey Mouse’s house or entering Cinderella’s castle? Many of us put Orlando on the map, thinking it was popular due to the fried tomato factory. However, Florida has become one of the most important tourist destinations in the United States and the world due to diverse reasons today. Many others will think that in Orlando, there is only the Disney castle park. However, the truth is that we can find dozens of theme parks of all kinds there too. To this end, below is a summary of the best theme parks in Orlando.
- Walt Disney World
The first on our list of the best theme parks in Orlando could not be any other than Disney World. Considering that this is the most visited leisure complex in the world, we can already understand the fun that it houses inside and, above all, of its size. Inaugurated on October 1, 1971, it was the second ‘resort’ designed by Walt Disney himself. But unfortunately, he could never get to know it since he died one year before its construction. It has four theme parks(Magic Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, Disney’s Animal Kingdom and EPCOT), two water parks (Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon and Disney’s Blizzard Beach), and the Disney Springs shopping area and more than 30 hotel complexes.
Here, you will find the famous Cinderella castle and world-famous attractions such as Space Mountain, Expedition Everest or Tower of Terror, and magical shows like Fantasmic! or Wishes Nighttime Spectacular.
- Universal Orlando
After the theme park’s success next to the real Universal Studios in Hollywood, the film company opened its first theme park in Orlando in 1990. The park dedicated to film studios called Universal Studios Florida was added years later by the Island of Adventure Park, with a higher level of theming and higher adrenaline attractions. Although it has been chosen multiple times as the funniest theme resort globally, the truth is that it became an international gem when it opened The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in 2010. And this was complemented years later with Diagon Alley, the second expansion of its areas strictly dedicated to the magician JK Rowling.
Other attractions such as The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man or The Incredible Hulk complement a spectacular leisure offer. Universal Orlando also has several themed hotels and an entertainment area called Universal City Walk.
- Sea World Orlando
Inaugurated in 1973, Sea World Orlando is a park with 81 hectares dedicated exclusively to showing how different species of marine fauna coexist. This zoo also contains mechanical attractions and substantial roller coasters such as Kraken Mako or Manta. Its theme park is also complemented by the Aquatica water park and the Discovery Cove enclosure.
- Legoland Florida
Lovers of LEGO toys are a must at this exciting theme park located south of Orlando. Millions of LEGO pieces make up sets that surprise and activate the imagination and our most childish side. It is a complete park specially designed for family tourism with several roller coasters, 4D cinemas, shows and a zone of models made with more than 3 million pieces that simulate places like San Francisco, Las Vegas or Washington DC. The resort also has a theme hotel.
- Busch Gardens, Tampa
This gigantic enclosure mixes a zoo part with African animals and some of the most spectacular roller coasters in the world. Anyone who wants a bit of relaxation can take a ride on the steam train that runs through part of the safari while seeing amazing animals such as elephants or giraffes. But those who want strong emotions cannot miss Montu, Cheetah Hunt, Cobra’s Curse or Sheikra. This roller coaster with vertical falls of 90 ° inclination leaves the bravest in its wagons with rows of 8 seats, each breathless.