Family Holiday Fun in Florida
Disney®, Epcot®, and Animal Kingdom®
When planning your trip to Florida, one of the first things that probably comes to mind is the incredible offering of amusement parks. Walt Disney World® in Orlando has something for all ages, with thrilling roller coasters and relaxing, happy rides for the smaller members of the family. There are four fantastic parks your family can enjoy at Walt Disney World®.
Magic Kingdom® Park offers up adventures with all the classic Disney® characters your family knows and loves. If you want to immerse your crew in the excitement of different nations and cultures, Epcot® is the destination for you.
If your family has a taste for movie magic, visit Disney’s Hollywood Studios®, or you can take a walk on the wild side at Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park, which also features the brand-new Pandora – The World of Avatar attraction. Visit any one of these great parks or all of them with Park Hopper® tickets.
Universal Orlando Resort™
Universal Orlando Resort™ is another great park to consider on your family trip to Florida. This park has several roller coasters, so make sure your team is up for the excitement. If you have any aspiring wizards or witches in the family, Universal Orlando Resort™ is a must-visit for its Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ Park, which features incredible coasters like the new Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure™.
Universal Orlando Resort™ also has a MARVEL™ superheroes zone within Universal’s Island of Adventures™ section of the park, where you and the kids can interact with your favorite heroes like Spider-Man™ and the Hulk™. Volcano Bay™ can keep you and the rest of the family cool during a day of fun in the sun with an assortment of incredible slides and pools, so don’t forget to bring your swimsuit!
For the builders of the bunch, LEGOLAND® Florida in Winterhaven, 45 minutes south of Orlando, is another must-visit destination. With roller coasters that are not too scary for children under 12, LEGOLAND® will be a great time for the whole family.
Your kids will also be thrilled by the unrivaled selection of LEGO® sets available at the park store, as well as the exclusive Minifigure exchange available at the park. Water attractions are also available at LEGOLAND® Florida, so check out select tickets to get access to these zones as well. If you have one or more LEGO® lovers in the family, do not miss out on LEGOLAND® Florida during your Florida holiday.
Sea Creature Attractions
SeaWorld® Orlando is another fantastic park destination that will wow you and the rest of your family with incredible attractions like the orca show One Ocean®. SeaWorld® Orlando also offers Orlando’s tallest, fastest, and longest roller coaster, the absolutely electrifying MAKO®, as well as an assortment of other jaw-dropping coasters. For close up encounters with incredible aquatic animals, you can’t beat SeaWorld® Orlando.
You and your family will even have the opportunity to dine with killer whales and get an up-close look at the relationship between the orcas and their trainers. Of course, SeaWorld® Orlando also offers up splashing fun at their water park Aquatica. The park includes two wave pools, an assortment of awesome slides, and play areas for the smaller members of the family.
If you’re ready to take a break from the parks, downtown Orlando and other fun venues are a great place to spend more quality time with the family and build memories that last.
The Orlando Science Museum is a great outing option if you run into any inclement weather. This indoor museum provides fascinating dives into the world of science and features tons of interactive exhibits and stations, as well as an area specifically tailored to kids.
If you or another member of the family is a history buff, or maybe you just like celebrities, consider checking out Madame Tussaud’s Orlando Wax Museum. Figures featured in the indoor exhibits include notable characters like the Justice League™ superheroes, super-spy James Bond, and your favorite actors and musical artists.
If SeaWorld® doesn’t quite do it for your animal fix, SEA LIFE® Orlando Aquarium offers even more up-close looks at beautiful aquatic creatures in a non-park setting. Other options to enjoy all nature has to offer is the Botanical Gardens and the Central Florida Zoo, which is an approximately a 35-minute drive from Orlando.
Want to interact with the most famous (and oldest) Florida residents? Visit Gatorland™ to experience the reptile kingdom, as well as other creatures native to the wilds of Florida.
If you feel like dinner and a show, a drive south to Kissimmee will take you to the Medieval Times dinner show. Here, knights, bandits, princesses, and other fantastical characters star in the show. It’s fun for all ages, and you will be encouraged to participate in this interactive event.
Hotel and Transportation
Booking hotels in Orlando can sometimes be an expensive affair, but with the right strategy, you can save big. Knowing what amenities you and your family want access to is important. For example, if you’re spending most of your time at the parks, you can probably skip out on a pool. If you want to show up to the parks early to beat the lines, booking a hotel in the southwest area of the city is smart because that’s where most of the major attractions are.
While saving money on public transportation can be a good strategy, setting aside some extra cash for vehicle rental can save you and your family a lot of stress. Hotel shuttle buses can add up to more waiting time and are not always ideal when traveling with smaller kids.
Plan out your trip ahead of time, and you can make the best choices for saving money and time during your visit to Orlando.
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