There are a lot of things to do in Orlando. Once you arrive and get checked into your hotel you will have a multitude of options. Hopefully you will have planned your itinerary in advance as this will allow you to make the best use of your time during your stay in Orlando. In this post we will give you a high level look at the various attractions and things to do. In following posts we will delve into the details of the larger attractions in the Orlando area.

Orlando Theme Parks

Disney World is THE primary attraction in Orlando, Florida. When most people say Disney World they really mean all the Disney related parks. These are the 4 big parks under the Disney umbrella:

Magic Kingdom - This is the oldest park and the park that most people think of when you say "Disney World". It is the one with Cinderella's Castle, Space Mountain, and of course Mickey Mouse.

Epcot Center - This park was built after the Magic Kingdom and it is an interesting park and one of my favorites. It contains Spaceship Earth. This the most notable visible icon of Epcot. It looks like a giant silver golf ball. This park contains a lot of information about technology and has World Showcase which allows you to "visit" several different countries around the world.

Animal Kingdom - The Tree of Life is the focal point of Animal Kingdom. There are lots of opportunities to see animals, especially on the Safari. In addition they have recently added a new ride attraction called "Expedition Everst".

Disney Hollywood - This park is about entertainment in the form of movies and television. There are live stunt shows and high speed rides. Don't miss the Tower of Terror and Honey I Shrunk the Kids.

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Universal Studios is one of my favorite parks if not my favorite. There are really two parks here. Universal Studios where you will visit movie sets and see live action shows, stunt shows, and adventure rides. After you finish up at Universal go next door (literally) to Islands of Adventure. This is for the thrill lovers and the folks that like rides. Multiple roller coasters like Hulk and Dueling Dragons and thrill rides like Spiderman (the BEST) and Jurassic Park (very good).

Seaworld is an old standby that is always good entertainment. Especially if you like animals. Some of the shows are very entertaining. Don't miss Shamu! Seaworld has worked on upgrading their park with some thrill rides. Journey to Atlantis is a very good ride.

In addition to the Theme Parks there are go-cart parks, water parks, and a Ripley's Believe It or Not. There are shows like the Blue Man Group and the Arabian Knights Dinner Attraction.

If your schedule permits and you are up for it drive over one day to the Kennedy Space Center. Not only is it educational it is very fun for the entire family. Who knows, if you are lucky you may be able to catch a rocket launch or even better a Space Shuttle launch.

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