Orlando Florida Trip Planner

Orlando and the whole of Florida has so much to offer, much more than just Theme Parks. When you combine all of the things together it is almost impossible to see everything in One or Two weeks. These planners will be more useful for the first time visitors.

This trip planner will help you plan out your visit to try and get as much as you can in without needing another vacation when you get home!

There are several different type planners, depending on the make up of the travelers. Plus some "off the peg" ones compiled by us.

First let's look at what is available and whether or not they warrant a full day, or even more. If you click on the attraction name another page will open with more details about the park. Attractions marked like so (FP) advise you get a fast pass as soon as you arrive at the park. (FP) Means that you may have to get a fast pass. Disney Fast Passes are free, Universal's you have to pay for.

The Magic Kingdom

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If you have small children this park will require one full day at least. Older children, teens and adults will enjoy the park but would only need one day. The must sees here are: The Parade 3:00pm, Spectromagic nightime parade and "Wishes" the Firework show. Major attractions are Splash Mountain (FP), Space Mountain (FP)and Big Thunder Mountain (FP), Pirates of the Caribbean and The Haunted Mansion. There are areas for small children with many rides and attractions Fantasyland is one and Micky's Toon Town is another. Shows include Mickey's Philharmagic and Monsters inc Laugh Floor.

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EPCOT can be a little boring to small children. Older children and adults will find it interesting. There are shops and restaurants in the different countries around World Showcase Lagoon. Many educational exhibits too. Must sees here: Illuminations, the nightly Firework and laser show. 9:00pm, World Showcase, Test Track (FP) & Soarin' (FP). Mission Space (FP) This park can be 1 day or less with a return for the fireworks.
MGM Studios

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Guests of all ages will enjoy this theme park. Though you may be able to do this in half a day if you wished. There are not that many attractions here but they are all must sees. Two thrill rides are Hollywood Tower of Terror (FP), and Rock 'n' Roller Coaster (FP) starring Aerosmith. If the park is busy you will need to get a fast pass as soon as you arrive for these rides.

Other attractions are Lights, Motors, Action a stunt spectacular (FP). Star Tours a star wars simulator ride, Studio Backlot Tour featuring Catastrophe Canyon. For the smaller children we recommend Muppet Vision 3-D, and Honey I shrunk the kids movie set adventure.

The shows include Indiana Jones, Lights, Motors, Action stunt spectacular and The voyage of the Little mermaid.
Animal Kingdom

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Again this park is good for all ages and also can be done in half a day if you so wish. Some people are not too keen on viewing animals in captivity so it can be a less popular park. Must sees here are Expedition Everest (FP), Kilimanjaro Safaris (FP), Kali River Rapids, It's tough to be a bug, Festival of the Lion King & Mickey's Jammin' Jungle Parade. Some other shows are Finding Nemo - the musical, Flights of Wonder and Pocahontas and her Forest Friends.
Universal Studios

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Universal Studios is suitable for all age groups with something for everyone. This park is easily a full day but could be split with Islands of Adventure if you intend to get the 2 park ticket. As they are only a short walk away from each other, as is City Walk. This park is all about the movies and the rides that reflect some well known ones. Must sees are: Terminator 2® 3-D, Revenge of the Mummy, Jaws, Twister, The Simpson's Ride, Shrek 4-D & ET Adventure. Other attractions include Men in Black, Woody Woodpecker's Kid Zone, Disaster, Beetlejuice's Graveyard revue™, Fear factor live.
Islands Of Adventure

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Islands of Adventure is a theme park suitable for all of the family, though a lot of the rides here are more intense for younger visitors. There is however, one "Island" the is dedicated to the works of Dr Seuss. Ideal for the smaller children. This park can easily require a full day if you are into the thrill rides.
As I have mentioned, Islands make up the different areas of the park.

There are 7 in total. Marvel Superhero Island, Toon Lagoon, Jurassic Park, The Lost Continent, Seuss Landing and Port or Entry
Sea World

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Sea World is a very relaxing park with a lot less hustle and bustle that can be experienced in the other parks. It is ideal for all the family and many use this park as the first to visit after arriving in Orlando. It need not be a park to spend the whole day in but to see all the shows then you may need to. The parks only has 2 intense thrill rides, Kraken, a roller coaster and Journey to Atlantis, a log flume. There is one other ride "Wild Arctic" that uses a simulator of a helicopter trip to a Polar Bear station in the Arctic.

The Shamu show is one of the most popular shows here, they mostly have 3 shows daily but sometimes only 2 depending on the time of year that you are visiting.
Discovery Cove
Discovery Cove differs from other parks in as much as that you have to book if you want to visit. They restrict it to 1000 people per day. Some people opt for the Dolphin Swim, others don't, which is the cheaper option. If you want to go to the park, it is best to either book before you visit Orlando or do it as soon as you arrive.

There are 2 snorkeling areas one is the reef which has warm water, many fish and even some huge rays. The other is like a lazy river which encircles the park. You can get out on the way round and visit such things as the aviary.

The entrance fee includes a meal, the use of a wet suit, goggles and a snorkel that you get to keep.
Busch Gardens
Tampa Bay

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This theme park is about an hour's drive from Orlando so would need the whole day. It is a park for all the family. Although, there are plenty of intense rides here there is also a lot for smaller children too. One word of advice, it is best to visit this park on a week day as at weekends a lot of locals visit too.

A visit here could be combined with a beach trip to Clearwater, with an overnight stay and visit the park the next day before returning to Orlando.
Kennedy Space Center This attraction will not appeal to everyone. It is about an hour from Orlando on the Atlantic Coast. Younger children may find it boring. They have an IMAX theater, a guided tour where you can see the launch pads. With different stops on the way round, you get off the tour bus and have a look at the facility then wait for the next bus before moving onto the next stop.
Blizzard Beach

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This Disney Water Park is for the more energetic visitor. There are many slides here for all ages and sizes. A lot of the slides require a lot of climing steps to get to the top and can be a bit hard going for some people.

Blizzard Beach opens at 10:00 am. If you plan on visiting after Sept but before Christmas you may find that the water park is closed for refurbishment. Admission to the park is included on multi park tickets from Disney
Typhoon Lagoon

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This water park is a more laid back water park with plenty of nice, quite areas to relax if you wish to. There are a few slides but nothing on the level of Blizzard Beach. It does however, contain an emormous wave pool, where every 90 seconds a wave is generated and sent along the length of the pool. It can be quite powerful even in the shallow end so look out for your small children to make sure they don't get knocked off their feet.

Opening time is the same as Blizzard Beach, 10am, they do open the gates about 9:45 and you line up at the various bridges into the water areas and the lift the ropes at 10:00. A great park to spend the day in. Admission included on the mulit park passes from disney.


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