How to Pick an Orlando Theme Park

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Full of thrills, Orlando is known around the world for its many theme parks. Whether you’re looking for the excitement of the coasters or to experience attractions at a more relaxing pace, Orlando has the perfect theme park for you. Read on for our favorites.

For the classic Disney experience: Disney’s Magic Kingdom

Perfect for: families with younger children who will be enthralled with everything from the castle to the characters that roam about.

But not so perfect for: kids looking for less magic and more heart-pounding thrills offered by bigger rides. 

Don’t miss: Splash Mountain — the log-flume ride that’s the ultimate option for cooling down on a hot summer day.

For adventure seekers: Universal’s Islands of Adventure

Perfect for: kids who are big fans of franchises such as Jurassic Park, Harry Potter, and the Marvel superheroes. And rides that are big enough for the adults to enjoy, too.

But not so perfect for: younger kids who aren’t ready for bigger rides and roller coasters.

Don’t miss: Fun takeover events throughout the year, such as Halloween Horror Nights — an annual transformation of the park into islands of fright and excitement.

For movie lovers: Universal Studios Florida

Perfect for: kids who want to “ride the movies,” from evading a Men in Black “alien attack” to escaping Gringotts Bank from the Harry Potter universe and going on a classic adventure with E.T.

But not so perfect for: younger kids who aren’t yet familiar with movies and their characters.

Don’t miss: flying with Hagrid of Harry Potter fame through the Forbidden Forest — a new addition that’s been in high demand. 

For lego fanatics: LEGOLAND Florida Resort

Perfect for: families with kids between the ages of 2-12 who love building and tinkering with legos — the famous brand of interlocking toy bricks.

But not so perfect for: older kids who have moved on from their love of the colorful, plastic toys.

Don’t miss: the chance to stroll along the streets of major cities like New York, Las Vegas, and Washington, D.C. — made entirely from legos, of course.

For travel lovers: Epcot

Perfect for: families with older kids or young adults looking for a fun getaway with friends. Adults will enjoy specialty drinks, such as craft beers, wines, and spirits, that are reflective of cultures around the world.

But not so perfect for: those less interested in technological innovations and international culture, which feature prominently throughout the attractions at Epcot.

Don’t miss: the World Showcase, where you can travel around a lagoon to 11 pavilions celebrating the culture of the United States, Japan, Morocco, France, United Kingdom, Canada, Mexico, Norway, China, Germany, and Italy.

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