No prizes for guessing what the best things to do at Disney World are… the answer is theme parks, of course, with enough located inside the sprawling resort to last a whole week’s vacation (don’t worry, multiple day-pass are available!)
The big names at Walt Disney World Florida are Magic Kingdom, Hollywood Studios and Epcot – which all safely make our top 10 list. There are also a couple of Disney-themed water parks, which are great for cooling off during a day in the hot Florida sun, as well as a few alternative attractions for when you’ve had enough of the seemingly never-ending line-up of rollercoasters, simulators and rides.
Find our top 10 best things to do at Disney World Florida below – and don’t forget you can click through to see each attraction up in more detail in our full page reviews.
- Gatorland Admission
- Sleuths Mystery Dinner Show
- Eat and Play Card – 1 Card for 4 Travelers
- Crayola Experience Admission
- Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition
- Boggy Creek Airboat Ride
- Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament
- Blue Man Group
- Walt Disney World® Resort Magic Your Way Ticket
- Universal Orlando™ Theme Park Tickets
The original theme park at Walt Disney World Florida, Magic Kingdom still remains the most popular, welcoming millions of tourists every year. The iconic Cinderella Castle stands proud as the park's centerpiece, along with an impressive lineup of Disney-inspired simulators, rollercoasters, and shows dotted around the huge 107-acre site. This No.1 attraction at Disney World is split up into six different ‘lands’, which include Adventureland, Fantasyland, Frontierland, Tomorrowland, Main Street, and Liberty Square. Individual day-passes to Magic Kingdom start at $105, although ‘park-hopper’ and multi-day options are also available to book either online or buy on the door. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 09:00 – 19:00 daily (certain attractions stay open later)
- Location: 1180 Seven Seas Dr, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830, United States
- Tel: +1 407-939-5277
Epcot makes it to No.2 spot on our list of things to do at Disney World thanks to its originality and dedication to cutting-edge science and technology. This is a theme park with a difference; less emphasis is placed on the rollercoasters and cartoon characters, instead shifted more towards providing an educational, eye-opening experience for visitors of all ages. ‘Future World’ showcases some of civilization's greatest endeavours and innovations through history, while over at the ‘World Showcase’ you’re transported around a giant man-made lake to learn about 11 different countries around the world. Just like all of the main amusement parks at Disney, separate day-passes are available for Epcot starting at just over $100, with park-hopper and multi-day options available too. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 09:00 – 21:00
- Location: 200 Epcot Center Dr, Orlando, FL 32821, United States
- Tel: +1 407-824-4321
One more for the kids – and all those Disney movie buffs out there – Hollywood Studios proves year-on-year to be one of the most popular attractions at Disney World, if not the whole of Orlando. The 10 million visitors who flock here every year come to see the wide variety of shows, exhibitions and performances, as well as experience plenty of Hollywood blockbuster-themed rides and simulators. Just some of the highlights include ‘The Great Movie Ride’, themed around some of the classics such as Alien, Casablanca and the Wizard of Oz, the hugely popular ‘Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular!’, a live-action ride that takes you on your very own adventure through Spielberg’s movie Raiders of the Lost Ark and also ‘Animation Courtyard’, the best place to bring the kids for some fun meet-and-greets with some of the famous Disney characters. Day-passes start at $105 for Hollywood Studios. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 09:00-22:00 daily
- Location: 351 S Studio Dr, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
- Tel: +1 407-939-5277
The first water park to make our list of best attractions at Disney World Florida is the cool and slightly crazy Typhoon Lagoon. As well as plenty of fun slides, flumes and rides for the kids, this amusement park also has an educational side to it, with opportunities to get up close to a variety of sea life and learn more about their habitats. You can even jump into the ‘Shark Reef’, a 363,000-gallon tank of saltwater with an array of marine species – all of which are safe to swim with… without getting bitten! The rapids and signature wave pool are both good fun too. Tickets start at $58 for the day. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 10:00-17:00 daily
- Location: 1145 East Buena Vista Boulevard, Orlando, FL 32830
- Tel: +1 407-560-4120
Animal Kingdom Disney Theme Park is one of the largest animal parks in the world, with real-life animals and exciting rides and experiences to choose from. The fourth of four theme parks that make up Walt Disney World Resort, Animal Kingdom has real-life African elephants, gorillas and lions presented for a genuine safari experience. There is also a wide selection of interactive attractions, including Animal Encounters, safaris, and fun jungle treks and exploration trails. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 09:00 – 18:30 daily
- Location: 2901 Osceola Pkwy, Orlando
- Tel: + 1 (407) 939-5277
The concept at this park is rather wacky, but undeniably fun; ‘Blizzard Beach’ was supposedly once a ski-resort which ‘melted into a watery wonderland’. The result is a mishmash of snow-capped mountains that you can slide your way down next white-sanded beaches for relaxing by the unusually warm ‘artic’ waters. One highlight is ‘Mount Gushmore’ – home to one of the world’s tallest and fastest waterslides, and there're plenty of other less hair-raising slides and attractions to keep the whole family occupied for the day. Tickets are $58 – the same price as Disney World’s other water park called ‘Typhoon Lagoon’ (park-hopper passes are available). Read More...
- Opening Hours: 09:00-20:00 daily
- Location: Walt Disney World Resort, 1534 Blizzard Beach Drive, Orlando, FL 32830
- Tel: +1 407-560-3400
Aside from the theme parks, one of the most popular activities in Orlando is golfing… and guess what? Disney World Resort has four courses of their very own! Aside from the Mickey Mouse-shaped bunkers and branded flags, these are the real deal; perhaps the pick of the bunch can be found at Lake Buena Vista, an 18-hole course spread over some particularly lush and well-maintained surroundings. A single round generally starts at the $50 mark per person, and don’t worry if you didn’t bring your own clubs as equipment is available for hire (for a small extra charge). There’s also a chance to enjoy Lake Buena Vista’s extensive facilities, which include an onsite clubhouse, changing rooms, restaurant and bar. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 08:00-20:00
- Location: 2200 Golf Dr, Orlando, FL 32830, United States
- Tel: +1 407-939-4653
One of the top things to do at night in Orlando which is good for the whole family is to catch one of the world-class live theatre shows. One of the most popular – not just in Orlando but the wider Central Florida region – has to be the famous Cirque du Soleil show, which runs twice every night (18:00 and 21:00) at Downtown Disney. The 90-minute show follows the story of how two opposing worlds (the colorful ‘circus artists’ and rival ‘urbanites’ dressed all in black) come together in the most mesmerizing of ways. The whole Downtown Disney area is free to explore on foot, although tickets for the Cirque du Soleil show will set you back onwards of $50 a head. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 18:00-19:30 & 21:00-22:30
- Location: Downtown Disney, Walt Disney World, Orlando
Kid’s favorite Finding Nemo show runs every day in a spacious theatre near Disney’s Animal Kingdom. An adapted musical version of Pixar’s blockbuster movie ‘Finding Nemo’, the show is condensed into 45 minutes of captivating songs, clever puppetry and cool dances. If you have a busy day ahead, the good news is that the show runs five times daily, with the first in the morning at 11:00 and the last just before the park closes at 16:00. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 11:00-11:45; 12:00-12:45; 13:00-13:45; 15:00-15:45; 16:00-16:45
- Location: Dinoland U.S.A, Disney’s Amimal Kingdom, Walt Disney World Resort Florida, Orlando
Your kids’ trip of a lifetime to see Mickey and Co at Disney World simply isn’t complete without witnessing the spectacular that is Wishes Nighttime, the iconic firework show that illuminates Cinderella’s Castle at The Magic Kingdom every night. The first firework is sent up into the night sky at 22:00 sharp, with the show lasting 12 minutes in total. Ticket holders who have spent the day at Disney can get up close for the best vantage points at the end of Main Street, although the firework display can also be enjoyed from outside the park – as long as you have a good view of the main castle, you’ll be able to enjoy the display for free! Read More...
- Opening Hours: 20:00 or 22:00 (depending on the day)
- Location: Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando Florida