TOP THINGS TO DO IN ORLANDO
Holidays in Orlando serve up unbeatable entertainment and adventure, from its bold, bright theme parks and gorgeous golf courses to its sweeping beaches and city-sized malls. If you're planning a fun-loving holiday with the kids, we've rounded up the top things to do in Orlando for families so you can make your trip one to remember. Whizz across the park on rollercoasters at Universal Orlando and Walt Disney World, feel the magic at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, spend a splash-tastic day at Sea World or hit the beautiful beaches – you'll be spoilt for choice!
TRIPS TO ORLANDO UNIVERSAL STUDIOS
Hop across to Universal Studios for thrilling Spiderman and Doctor Doom rides, meet Hulk at Marvel Island and walk down the enchanting cobbled streets of Diagon Valley. There’s also the star-spangled Superstar Parade, where you'll find your favourite characters from Nickelodeon, the night show at Universal's cinematic spectacular -100 Years of Movie Memories, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and of course the unforgettable multi-dimensional rides at Islands of Adventure. Grab a pizza at Mythos Restaurant or dine at the Three Broomsticks tavern in Hogsmeade, where you can also sip some Butterbeer at Hog’s Head pub - delicious!
HIT THE BEACHES
If you're looking for a splash-tastic day out in the sun, SeaWorld Orlando should be just the ticket. Feed sea lions at Pacific Point Reserve, prepare to be showered by Shamu the whale and potter around to Penguin Encounter. Whether you want to uncover the mysteries of the ocean or brave spectacular rides like Manta and Kraken - you're in for an unforgettable day trip. For waterslide thrills, go across to the Aquatica waterpark (inspired by the South Seas) complete with sandy beaches and watersports. Or spend the day at Discovery Cove, where you can laze on soft white sands, snorkel, swim with dolphins and feed tropical birds.
BUSCH GARDENS THEME PARK
If you're an adrenaline junkie looking to brave the biggest rollercoasters in Orlando, Busch Gardens, Tampa Bay, is your best bet. Plunge down 200ft on SheiKra , prepare to prowl over towering highs on the Cheetah Hunt or enjoy a merry ride on the milder Jungala. Kids will love Sesame Street Safari of Fun, where they can head for the rides, climb Elmo's Tree House and splash about in Bert and Ernie's watering hole. The park's ice show Iceploration (starring animals and large puppets) offers entertainment for all with world-class skaters, music and a show to remember. On the Serengeti Safari Tour and Sunset Safari, you can see hundreds of animals up close, with zebras and antelopes roaming free.
HAVE FUN AT GATORLAND
It may not match the scale of Disney and Universal Park, but it takes a daredevil to zipline over a marsh inhabited by over a hundred alligators at Gatorland, south of Orlando. Enter the theme park and wildlife preserve through a huge alligator mouth replica and prepare for unique gator wrestling in the sands, Gator Night Shine Tours where you can watch the mighty animals in the water and the screamin' gator zip line - sure to put you to the test! If you want to get a little closer to these amazing animals, there’s an aviary and a petting zoo to enjoy, too.
ORLANDO TICKET DEALS
When it comes to buying tickets to theme parks in Orlando, the golden rule is to buy in advance and secure great savings! Look out for flex tickets and multi-day passes and get yourself the free Magicard for discounts on restaurants, attractions, shops and hotels!