Orlando Special Events & Attractions
Most people come to
Anheuser-Busch operates SeaWorld and the more exclusive Discovery Cove, where you can swim with the dolphins. Just up the road are Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure, and sandwiched between is City Walk with its nightclubs, themed restaurants, shops, and theaters. All of these parks stage several annual events such as Universal's Halloween Horror Nights and Epcot's International Flower and Garden Festival.
Insider's Guide: The Best of Special Events & Attractions in Orlando
Remember that planning is important if you want to get the most out of your visit. Download maps of the different attractions and decide what you want to see and then how best to do it. At SeaWorld Orlando (
At Epcot, most tourists visit Future World first because it's just inside the entrance, and then they make their way to World Showcase with its national pavilions. Visit the pavilions first and there will be fewer crowds both there and when you get to Future World later.
Plan to go to Disney's Animal Kingdom early because the animals sleep or take shelter from the sun during the hottest parts of the day, so there's less to see. This theme park has more than 1,000 animals roaming on a 500-acre complex and offers shows and Expedition Everest, its latest thrill ride.
The best theme park for families with young children is Disney's
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Epcot is a lot tamer with few white-knuckle rides but lots of great attractions that offer glimpses into the future world of technology. Its national pavilions provide interesting information on the culture, cuisine, and characters of 11 countries.
If you're a roller coaster freak, however, you should go to the Islands of Adventure (1000 Universal Studios Plaza), which features innovative thrill rides galore, such as the Dueling Dragons, the world's first inverted, dueling roller-coasters that pass within inches of each other. The most popular rides include Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man, Storm Force Acceleration, Incredible Hulk Coaster, and Jurassic Park River Adventure.
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The Holy Land Experience (
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In addition to biblical re-enactments, The Holy Land Experience offers
replicas of historic buildings in Jerusalem and musical presentations.
If you want to get a look at some extraordinary items, make sure to stop at Ripley's Believe It or Not!
Ever see an upside-down building? You can explore one at Wonderworks (
If go-carts and arcades are more your speed, you should visit the
If you have any interest in space exploration, you should drive over to the
Apart from being great fun, a day at a major attraction can be pretty grueling with so much to see and do, especially if you have young children. It's best to plan to visit an attraction one day followed by a more relaxing day, perhaps visiting a museum in the morning, and shopping in the afternoon before returning for a swim before dinner.
While most visitors come for the major attractions we noted in this section, there are many other things to enjoy in Orlando, such as the city's arts and culture