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Fun for all Ages in Orlando
Ever Since Walt Disney World opened in 1971 Theme Parks have been the main attraction in Orlando, Florida. Even if you came to Orlando in the early days you will be amazed at the many changes now.
When we made our first trip there were only two Disney Parks that was Magic Kingdom and Epcot. Imagine our surprise of a subsequent visit to see this giant shipwreck as we drove along, this was the start of the Water Parks.
There are now four Disney Theme Parks:
Magic Kingdom – this is great for the little ones although it still has the magic for me and no trip is complete without a visit here.
Epcot – there really is lots to do for all ages here especially in Future World for the young ones. Older children and families love to explore World Showcase and if you are lucky enough to be in Orlando whilst the Food and Wine festival is on it really is worth a visit.
Hollywood Studios (formerly known as MGM Studios) - is popular with the children who are beginning to outgrow Magic Kingdom. Be sure to ride on Toy Mania one of their newer rides but get a Fastpass as the queues can be very long.
Animal Kingdom - can be lovely and relaxing for everyone, try to go early in the day when the animals are livelier.
Disney has two Water Parks, Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon. They really do make for a good rest away from the Theme Parks, at both you can have water rides or just relax and read whatever you wish.
Visitors of all ages can enjoy Downtown Disney with its shops, restaurants and attractions.
Seaworld is one of my favourite Parks and now with their growing number of scary rides you can put in a very long day here.
Aquatica is Seaworlds Water Park with plenty to do. However it is not too big so can get quite crowded at times.
As our girls have got older they are enjoying Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure more and more. I really do think you need a 2 Park pass to do justice to these Parks.
For those looking for night life CityWalk alongside Universal and Islands of Adventure is a good place to go to visit its restaurants and clubs. There is also a great cinema between the two Parks.
Orlando is also becoming a very popular venue for Weddings and apparently Disney now plans these to their usual high standards.
Golfers will be in heaven with the huge choice of golfing options. Even visitors looking for Mini Golf will be spoilt for choice!
Finally Orlando is the home of “Shop until you Drop”. The Outlet malls to visit are Premium Outlets, Prime Outlets and Lake Buena Vista whilst you will also enjoy shopping at the Mall at Millennia or the Florida Mall.
So much to do you can always sleep when you get home!
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