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10 Best Theme Parks in Orlando

Orlando Theme Parks

The best theme parks in Orlando, predictably, are dominated by Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando. The reason is simple: these aren’t just 2 separate parks, but actually whole worlds of family-friendly fun, with around a dozen different parks between them, as well as numerous shows, performances, dining and nightlife hubs. Ticket options here are flexible and often a bit confusing, but generally you can purchase single-day, multi-day, and ‘park-hopper’ passes.

Away from the Mickey Mouse and Co., Orlando does have some excellent other theme parks, with all the usual rollercoasters and rides for a fun day out with the kids – and normally at half the price! Below, we give you a rundown of the best theme parks in Orlando and across the surrounding Central Florida area.

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    Magic Kingdom retains its place as the premier amusement park for young children who want to be dazzled by their favourite characters come to life, and experience that unmistakable, extraordinary Disney charm. Founded in 1971, it's the first ever attraction to open at Orlando’s sprawling Walt Disney World. Disney's Magic Kingdom is spilt into 6 different ‘lands’ across an enormous 107-acre site – Adventureland, Fantasyland, Frontierland, Tomorrowland, Main Street, and Liberty Square.  Read More...

    • Opening Hours: Daily from 9am to 10pm (Fridays and Saturdays until 11pm)
    • Address: 1180 Seven Seas Dr, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830, USA
    • Tel: +1 407-939-5277
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    Universal’s Islands of Adventure® has received international awards for its extensive range of roller coasters and attractions. It features 8 different zones, including The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™-Hogsmeade™, Marvel Super Hero Island®, The Lost Continent®, Port of Entry®, Toon Lagoon®, Jurassic Park®, Skull Island™, and Seuss Landing™. The list of family-friendly attractions at this huge park is long enough to last a few days (thankfully multi-day passes are also available where you save more for each extra day you buy). Read More...

    • Address: 6000 Universal Blvd, Orlando, FL 32819, USA
    • Tel: +1 407-363-8000
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    One-half of the wider Universal Orlando complex, Universal Studios draws in the bumper crowds with its long lineup of Hollywood-inspired rides and attractions. Get up close with those naughty yellow minions from Despicable Me, fly across Springfield with The Simpsons, ward-off alien attacks in the MEN IN BLACK simulator or get lost in a world of magic at Harry Potter’s Escape from Gringotts ride. The action here is more focused on delivering an immersive movie experience with state-of-the-art technology used throughout the range of simulators. Read More...

    • Opening Hours: Daily from 9am to 9pm
    • Address: 6000 Universal Blvd, Orlando, FL 32819, USA
    • Tel: +1 407-363-8000
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    Disney’s Hollywood Studio is where movie magic comes alive, with  6 main areas dedicated to different Disney-related themes. Each zone features thrilling rides, attractions, entertaining shows, shops and restaurants. Rides like Tower of Terror and the Rock ‘n’ Roll Coaster provide some more heartbeat raising excitement alongside live action rides and immersive simulators.  Read More...

    • Opening Hours: Daily from 9am to 8.30pm
    • Address: 351 S Studio Dr, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830, USA
    • Tel: +1 407-939-5277
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    Seaworld Orlando

    SeaWorld has long been a firm fixture on Orlando’s list of big-name attractions, with plenty of shows, aquatic themed-rides and hands-on animal experiences to keep the family occupied for the day. Star attractions here include the Shark Encounter tunnel – allowing you to walk through an underwater world – as well as Dolphin Cove and Stingray Lagoon, both of which offer a ‘hands-on’ experience with the animals. Read More...

    • Opening Hours: Sunday–Thursday from 9am to 8pm, Friday–Saturday from 9am to 9pm
    • Address: 7007 Sea World Dr, Orlando, FL 32821, USA
    • Tel: +1 407-545-5550
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    Legoland Florida is a 150-acre theme park based on the iconic Danish-invented construction toys. It features over 50 rides, shows, attractions, shops and restaurants, making it one of the biggest theme parks in Orlando. Legoland Florida also has a separate waterpark, with its own selection of rides and attractions, including a wave pool, lazy river and slides. Read More...

    • Opening Hours: Daily from 10am to 6pm
    • Address: 1 Legoland Way, Winter Haven, FL 33884, USA
    • Tel: +1 888-690-5346
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    Discovery Coe's top-rated activity is easily their Dolphin Lagoon, which lays on 30-minute small-group sessions with the dolphins in the water, allowing you to swim, hug and even kiss the dolphins (if that’s your thing). The Freshwater Oasis zone offers much of the same thing, just with different animals like otters and marmosets, while The Grand Reef is the place to check out some exotic fish with a snorkel set provided. ‘Wind-Away River’ is a slow flowing river that passes through landscaped jungles, caves and waterfalls. Almost all the attractions here involve getting in the water – so don’t forget your swimming costumes! Read More...

    • Opening Hours: Daily from 8am to 5.30pm
    • Address: 6000 Discovery Cove Way, Orlando, FL 32821, USA
    • Tel: +1 407-513-4600
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    Epcot Center

    Epcot’s huge spherical design is one of the most instantly recognizable images of Disney World. This science-themed attraction has 2 areas: Future World, demonstrating human endeavour and innovation, along with World Showcase, a permanent world’s fair with 11 nations represented around a giant manmade lake.The fun of Epcot is really found in just strolling around and soaking up the incredibly realistic sights. Read More...

    • Opening Hours: Daily from 9am to 9.30pm
    • Address: 200 Epcot Center Dr, Orlando, FL 32821, USA
    • Tel: +1 407-824-4321
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    Gatorland Orlando

    For a theme park with a difference, Orlando’s highly-rated Gatorland provides a little extra ‘bite’ – since it's home to dozens of live alligators and crocodiles. The timetable of live shows and demonstrations here provide a great way of learning more about Orlando’s most famous reptiles, but what will really leave a lasting memory is the park’s much-talked-about zip line ride over the gator-infested swamps – easily beating any other rollercoaster in the city to the title of Orlando’s Scariest Attraction!  Read More...

    • Opening Hours: Daily from 10am to 5pm
    • Address: 14501 S Orange Blossom Trail, Orlando, FL 32837, USA
    • Tel: +1 407-855-5496
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    Aquatica Park

    Aquatica is located next to the larger SeaWorld complex, south of Downtown Orlando. Alongside all the water park essentials like head-to-head slides, rapids, and high-speed flumes, Aquatica also delivers a few unique attractions. The Dolphin Plunge lets you slide through a water shoot with actual dolphins swimming around you (they’ll even try to race you as you zip along… if you’re lucky). Another popular water ride at Aquatica is the oblivion-style drop at Ihu’s breakaway Falls. Read More...

    • Opening Hours: Daily from 10am to 5pm
    • Address: 5800 Water Play Way, Orlando, FL 32821, USA
    • Tel: +1 407-545-5550
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