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A Round-up of the Best Orlando Attractions

The magical experience for all ages at Orlando’s Disney World and the many other Orlando attractions are undoubtedly the reasons Orlando sees over 70 million visitors every year. The many thrill ride seekers and Disney fans who return every year will always be impressed with the new and expanding attractions to experience year after year. Here’s a list of the best Orlando attractions in Universal Studios, Disney World and beyond to visit on your next trip to Orlando.

Orlando Attractions and Theme Parks

Orlando, Florida is a family vacation mecca and home to over a dozen theme parks and other Orlando attractions. With new rides and attractions opening every year in Disney’s Animal Kingdom and Magic Kingdom, it’s always an exciting destination to explore!

Walt Disney World: The Animal and Magic Kingdom

Located in Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Pandora – The World of Avatar is the largest attraction expansion in Walt Disney World’s history. Opened in 2017, the highlight has to be Avatar: Flight of Passage, where this 3D experience takes you on a ride flying on the back of a mountain banshee, as seen in the original film by James Cameron. The family-friendly boat ride, Na’vi River Journey will take you through Pandora’s bioluminescent forest and into another world.

Other Disney Orlando attractions include the Happily Ever After fireworks spectacular show at the Magic Kingdom and Rivers of Light, a nighttime show in the Animal Kingdom that combines special effects, music and animal folklore.

Shrink down to toy-size at Toy Story Land and travel into Andy’s backyard for adventures with the Toy Story characters with two all-new attractions— Slinky Dog Dash, a new coaster inspired by the classic toy, and Alien Swirling Saucers, a galactic adventure led by the film’s famous little green aliens.

Be sure to end of your trip to Disney by visiting one of the many Star Wars attractions at Launch Bay.

Universal Orlando Resort

A recent addition to Universal Orlando, Volcano Bay is a tropical water park. At Volcano Bay, the “Tapu Tapu” band is wearable technology for visitors that allows you to reserve a time for slides to reduce wait times and can be used to purchase items onsite.

As if that weren’t enough of great Orlando attractions, Universal Studios recently opened a new 3D/4D thrill ride that takes you through the streets of New York. It’s called Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon. 

Join the “Fast family” on a thrilling journey on Fast & Furious – Supercharged which puts you right in the middle of a new story. Plus, speed past the line thanks to the fact that this ride is the latest to feature a virtual line system – where guests can select a ride time in advance within the Official Universal Orlando Resort Mobile App or at kiosks located near the attraction.

End your day at Universal’s Islands of Adventure at The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts™ Castle, a celebration in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter where you can watch in awe from Hogsmeade™ village as a dazzling light spectacle projected on the castle.

LEGOLAND Florida Resort

Immerse yourself in the new NINJAGO World at the LEGOLAND Florida Resort. Guests can master their building skills by assembling a monastery or test their patience and endurance at Cole’s rock climb. It wouldn’t be NINJAGO if you didn’t meet Kai and Nya! Luckily, the two can be seen showing off their skills around the resort.

The resort has also opened the first virtual reality roller coaster experience designed for a kid. The Great LEGO Race takes you through an imaginary world made entirely of LEGO bricks and is one of the great family-friendly Orlando attractions.

Wild Florida Airboats & Gator Park

Only 45 minutes from Disney, Wild Florida Airboats & Gator Park offer beautiful day tours and exciting night adventures for guests of all ages. A must-see on your list of Orlando attractions.

Travel deep into the protected swamps, marshes and rivers of the Florida Everglades aboard our state-of-the-art airboats with US Coast Guard approved captains. On your journey, get an in depth look at gators, birds, eagles, cows, trees and plants as you glide through 100,000 acres of federally protected wetlands.

In summer 2019, a drive-through safari park will where you can travel by personal car along gravel paths or on a guided swamp buggy tour. The adventure park will add a high-flying zipline through the safari that spans across untouched cypress swamp, animal exhibits, and scenic landscapes.

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Entertainment

There are many other Orlando attractions that are worth checking out aside from the theme parks. Be sure to rent a car if you’re looking to explore them all!

iFly Orlando Indoor Skydiving

Thrill seekers should head for the iFly Orlando Indoor Skydiving facility, which features two wind tunnels. Even if you don’t want to dive, you can still check out the action as you drive by since the new tunnels are all-glass.

WonderWorks

With six locations all across the U.S., WonderWorks is best known for being Orlando’s only upside-down attraction featuring more than 100 hands-on interactive exhibits for families and kids. Activities range from fun interactive exhibits on natural disasters to an indoor ropes course.

Andretti Indoor Karting & Games

Located in Kissimmee, the Andretti Indoor Karting & Games brings the arcade experience to the next level. You can race Go Karts that go up to the speed of 35 MPH, watch movies in high def on one of the 100 TV screens, have a game of multi-level laser tag, and so much more. There’s also great food and free WiFI on-site.

I-Drive360

I-Drive 360 is a large entertainment complex centred around the 120-metre observation wheel, Coca-Cola Orlando Eye, that offers amazing views of Central Florida. For families looking for things to do in Orlando there are two museums within I-Drive 360 that great for all ages including the SKELETONS: Museum of Osteology and SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium.

Kennedy Space Center

Air and space enthusiasts should head to Orlando attraction of the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. Here, you can learn about the challenges early space pioneers faced and experience their journey through special effects at their Heroes and Legends exhibit at the Astronaut Hall of Fame.

Where to Watch Sports in Orlando

Sports fans will also have some attractions in Orlando to look forward to. Orlando is home to the NFL Pro Bowl, the USTA National Campus, the Orlando Magic and Orlando City Soccer.

From October to April, the Amway Center hosts to 44 home games for the city’s NBA team, the Orlando Magic with tickets starting as low as $10 USD. Visit the Multipurpose Soccer Stadium located in downtown Orlando is the home to the Orlando City Lions soccer team. In addition, the United States Tennis Association (USTA) has opened a campus that has more than 100 courts. For families, the Main Event Entertainment is a dining and entertainment complex with interactive games that are sure to keep everyone busy.

Where to Dine in Orlando

Orlando is a hot destination for foodies. Here’s a look at some of the newest culinary destinations in Orlando.

Pointe Orlando

Pointe Orlando, an outdoor dining and entertainment complex on International Drive. With over forty delicious restaurants, Point Orlando recently welcomed two new restaurants; The Hampton Social, themed after the New York coastal resort region, and Lotus Asia House, serving Pan-Asian cuisine inspired by street food vendors.

Disney Springs

Disney Springs (formerly Downtown Disney) is an entertainment complex with some awesome restaurants. The Planet Hollywood Observatory combines architecture with Celebrity Chef Guy Fieri’s classic menu of American classics or for something more upscale visit STK.

Uncle Julio’s Fine Mexican

Looking to get your fix of Mexican food? Texas-based restaurant, Uncle Julio’s Fine Mexican has opened a location right by the Coca-Cola Orlando Eye. The Tex-Mex menu features classics such as enchiladas, fish tacos, and fajitas.

Ace Cafe Orlando

The Ace Cafe in Orlando is the first US outpost of the iconic London, England-based motor-dine. Both American and British comfort foods are served, but many come to see the cars that the diner attracts.

Where to Stay in Orlando

With a record number of visitors in Orlando every year, more hotels have been built to accommodate the crowds. Here’s a guide to the best hotels for your Disney vacation.

The Grove Resort & Spa Orlando

Located just five minutes from Walt Disney World, the Grove Resort & Spa is one of Orlando’s most exciting luxury resorts. The hotel features two and three-bedroom suites with full kitchens and laundry — perfect for families!

Disney’s Wilderness Lodge

After many upgrades, the Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge have been re-branded as the Boulder Ridge Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge. You won’t be disappointed with the amenities here. The Copper Creek Springs Pool heated pool has a 67-foot water slide and the Boulder Ridge Cove Pool is a mini oasis.

The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes

The Ritz-Carlton Orlando is an oasis from the crowds. The hotel offers access to the neighbouring JW Marriott property, spa treatments, Greg Norman Signature Golf course, on-site restaurants and eco-tours along Shingle Creek. The on-site Ritz Kids program is focused on providing education about environmental responsibility and entertainment through scavenger hunts and other activities.

Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate

If you’re into golf, you’ll want to check out the Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate. This Four Diamond resort is surrounded by 36 holes of championship Orlando golf and features 18-hole miniature golf and lighted 9-hole par 3 options on-site. The formal pool has private cabanas while the family pool has a 125-foot corkscrew water slide.