We would like to give you just a brief overview of the parks, as such a huge amount of information is available on them.

Magic Kingdom

Magic Kingdom was the first of the four Disney theme parks to open. Officially opened in 1971, Magic Kingdom is referred to as ‘The Most Magical Place On Earth’, and will be enjoyed by all, both young and old. You must see the nighttime firework display, ‘Wishes’ set above the backdrop of Cindrellas Castle, it is quite simply amazing.

Epcot

EPCOT is an acronym of Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow, and was the second Disney park to open in 1982. The park is dedicated to the celebration of human achievement, namely international culture and technological innovation. Highlights of the park are ‘Soarin’, ‘Test Track’ and ‘The World Showcase’. The park also has a fantastic Fireworks display, ‘IllumiNations’.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Disneys Hollywood Studios was the third park to open in 1989. Its theme is show business, drawing inspiration from the heyday of Hollywood in the 1930s and 1940s. Highlights of the park include ‘The Tower of Terror’, ‘The Rock n Roller Coaster’ and ‘LMA! Extreme Stunt Show’. The park is represented by The Sorcerer’s Hat, a stylized version of the magical hat from Fantasia

Animal Kingdom

Animal Kingdom was the fourth Disney park to open in 1998. it is the largest single Disney theme park in the world, covering more than 500 acres and is themed entirely around animal conservation. Highlights of the park are ‘Everest’, ‘The Maharajah Jungle Trek’ and ‘Kali River Rapids’.

Typhoon Lagoon

Typhoon Lagoon was the first of the two Disney water parks to open in 1989, and is home to the world’s largest outdoor wave pool. The theme of the park is the “Disney legend” of a typhoon that wreaked havoc upon a formerly pristine tropical paradise. Ships, fishing gear and surfboards are strewn about where the storm flung them. At the centre of the park is ‘Miss Tilly’, a shrimp boat impaled on Mount Mayday, a mountain that erupts a 50-foot geyser of water every half hour!

Blizard Beach

Blizard Beach is the second of Disneys water parks and opend in 1995. The park takes it’s theme from a freak snowstorm, leading to the construction of Florida’s first ski resort. The snow didn’t last long, leaving behind a snow-less, waterlogged resort due for closing when an alligator was seen sliding down a flume and splashing into a pool of water! The “ski resort” was reborn as a water park, with the alligator, ’Ice Gator’ as it’s mascot. Look out for ‘Summit Plummet’, ‘Team Boat Springs’ and ‘Slusher Gusher’!

Universal Studios

Universal Studios is the first of the two Universal Parks that are connected by Universal’s ‘City Walks’, a collection of shops and restaurants. Opened in 1990, the park is themed on the entertainment industry. Highlights of the park include ‘Hollywood Rip Ride Rocket’, ‘Jaws’, ‘Revenge of the Mummy’, ‘The Simpson’s’ and ‘Twister.

Islands of Adventure

Islands of Adventure is the second of the two Universal Parks and opened in 1994. It is home to rides such as ‘The Hulk’, ‘Doctor Dooms’, ‘Jurrasic Park River Adventure’ and ‘The Amazing Adventures of Spider man’ amongst the parks highlights. In 2010, the ‘Wizarding World of Harry Potter’ opened and became an instant hit, attracting tens of thousands of visitors. The ‘Wizarding World’ is home to ‘Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey’, ‘Dragon Challenge’, ‘Flight of the Hippogriff’ children’s roller coaster ‘Ollivanders’ interactive experience and wand shop.

Sea World

Sea World Orlando opened in 1973. The park is a marine mammal park and its popular attractions include ‘Manta’, ‘Kraken’, ‘Journey to Atlantis’ and ‘Blue Horizons’, a stunning Dolphin show.

Discovery Cove

Discovery Cove is a theme park where guests can interact with a collection of Marine animals, including ‘Bottlenose Dolphins’. It is situated next to it’s sister parks ‘Sea World’ and ‘Aquatica’. The park has been rated #2 on trip advisors ‘Things to do in Orlando’ list, and while quite expensive, provides it’s guests with a once in a lifetime experience.

Aquatica

Aquatica water park is sister park to Sea World and opened in 2008. The park is themed on the ‘Southern Pacific’ and its signature slide, ‘Dolphin Plunge’, is where two enclosed tube slides pass through a pool containing a pod of Commerson’s dolphins!

Busch Gardens

Situated near Tampa, Bush Gardens is about 45 minutes to an hour away from our villa. It is a lot quieter than the Orlando parks and boasts a number of rides such as ‘Stanley Falls’, ‘River Rapids’, ‘Kwazi’ and ‘Cheetah Hunt’. The parks signature ride is ‘SheiKra’, a 200-foot, floorless dive roller coaster with a 90-degree vertical drop. SheiKra was Florida’s first floorless Vertical Dive Coaster!