For full-on family entertainment Orlando is hard to beat as a holiday destination. Boredom is a word that’s banned here! The place is loaded with wonderful things to do all year round and the sunny climate just adds to the pleasure and fun.
Of course, Orlando is most famous for its amazing theme parks but it also has dinner shows, cultural venues, world-class shopping and outdoor activities such as golf and water sports.
But, when it comes to the kids, and, if we are honest, to many of the adults, it’s the theme parks that are the biggest attractions.
And the original and most famous of these is of course the Walt Disney World Resort, a vast entertainment complex with four theme parks, two water adventure parks, 32 hotels and much more. Disney Orlando tickets will provide your passport to this world of fantasy and family fun.
The quartet of theme parks which make up Walt Disney World Resort are: Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios, and Animal Kingdom. The oldest of these is the Magic Kingdom where all dreams come true and children get the chance to meet and greet their favourite Disney characters. At Epcot your Disney Orlando tickets whirl you into a high-tech environment where you can find out all sorts of incredible stuff about the world we live in and take a sneak peek into the future.
At Hollywood Studios you can enjoy a whole gamut of filmy fun. Trace the history of Hollywood from the heyday of showbiz in the 1930s and 1940s to the present day and meet a multitude of charming Disney cartoon characters at the colourful parades.
In Animal Kingdom, your Disney Orlando tickets transport you to a world of animal magic, where you can meet more than 1,700 animals in a beautiful landscape extending over 500 acres.
Disney may have been the first to set up theme parks in Orlando but they were soon followed by other entertainment giants. As an alternative to Disney, Universal Studios Resort offers masses of movie themed rides to delight kids of all ages! One of the newest and most popular these is the 20-acre Orlando Harry Potter theme park (the Wizarding World of Harry Potter), located in the Islands of Adventure part of Universal Resort.
Visiting the “The Wizarding World” is an extraordinary experience. You really feel that makes you feel that you have left the world of ‘Muggles’ behind and entered the world of J.K Rowling’s phenomenally successful books – a land of wizards, wands, quidditch, owl posts and much more. The Orlando Harry Potter theme park has two main areas: Hogwarts Castle and the village of Hogsmeade.
You can browse the quirky shops in quaint Hogsmeade: look for wands in Ollivanders Wand Shop; find novelty items such as “Sneakoscopes” in Zonkos; check out “Bertie Bott’s Every Flavour Beans” in Honeydukes; and sample some butterbeer. Then take your courage in both hands and enter formidable Hogwarts Castle, where Potter fans will find iconic locations such as Dumbledore’s office and the Defence Against the Dark Arts classroom. Here, you also find the top attraction at the Orlando Harry Potter theme park, the thrilling “Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey” coaster ride. Soar above the castle grounds on a wild adventure in which you will recognise many iconic scenes from the Potter films.