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'Must See'in the Theme Parks
Things not to be missed at the theme parksThe fireworks at Epcot.
Illuminations: Reflections of Earth is a fireworks and laser light show at Epcot and can be seen from all around the lagoon in the World Showcase but canny experts set up camp at cafes such as the Mexico Cantina or the English Pub garden or the English Fish and Chip shop. These are the three best places to get a seat (unless you want to really splash out and book a table for dinner upstairs in the French restaurant where you can watch from their balcony). You will need to be there by about 7. 30pm. The fireworks start at 9pm but you can use the time to rest and have something to eat and drink. You can of course just arrive at the lagoon at 9pm, but you will have to stand and the little ones may have trouble seeing. Fantasmic.
At Disneys Hollywood Studios is another must. A laser and light show featuring Micky Mouse atop a mountain conducting the music to Fantasia whilst the characters pass by on floats below in a moat round the mountain. This has seating so you do not need to arrive quite so early for the show but it is spectacular. If you are in Orlando over Christmas – November until New Year - the Osborne lights are wonderful. They have over 1 million lights covering all the buildings and it snows on the main street. The atmosphere is just magical. Blue Horizons at Sea world.
This is an amazing and slightly more worth seeing show than Shamu although I wouldn’t miss that either. The Blue Horizons features acrobats and divers interacting with birds in a magnificent show and telling a story. Some of the stunts will take your breath away. Shamu of course needs no explaining, just a warning: don’t sit in the splash zone at the front unless you want to get really
wet through. Disney’s electric parade.
In the Magic Kingdom – the children will be spellbound (as are most adults). The parade is held at dusk each night and is the same as the day time one but all the floats and the characters are covered in lights. After the parade Tinkerbell flies from the top of Cinderella’s castle and disappears behind the trees which heralds the start of the fireworks. Cinderella’s castle lights up and changes colours so it is a wonderful photo opportunity. It’s also worth photographing your children’s faces as they watch!
All of these you may think are not very memorable, but they are and they will make your Disneyworld and Florida experience.
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