Love heart-pounding adventure? Rather curl up with a great book? Either way, there’s a theme park for you in Orlando! We’ve partnered with travel blogger Tiffany Martel from Daily Leisure to help you find which one suits your personality.
Orlando is like Grand Central Station when it comes to theme parks. There are six different Disney Parks, Universal, Islands of Adventure, Discovery Cove, Sea World, Aquatica, and Busch Gardens. Each theme park caters to a different crowd and there is something for everyone. Do you like getting wet? There are parks for you! Are you an adrenaline junkie? There are parks for you, too! Curious to see which Orlando theme park best matches your personality? Read more below to see which park you should visit next.
Do you love animals? Do you enjoy being able to learn about them? We have a couple of parks that allow you to not only explore their habits, but also get up close and personal. Disney’s Animal Kingdom is all about animals. The entire park is like a giant zoo. There is even a safari ride where you can see all kinds of animals from zebras, to hippos, to lions. The animals sometimes walk right up to your caravan. Want to try something other than Disney? We also have Sea World and Discovery Cove. Sea World, as the name implies, has all kinds of sea life. My personal favorite is the sea lion show. Discovery Cove gives you the rare opportunity to swim with dolphins. It’s a once in a lifetime experience and I personally think everyone should go at least once in their life!
Do you enjoy getting your blood pumping, your heart racing, and screaming your lungs out? If so, then you may be an adrenaline junkie. Orlando has a few parks that will satisfy your need for speed! Universal’s Islands of Adventure is chock-full of great roller coaster rides. You’ll spin in loops, go upside down, and even go through a couple of tunnels. My personal favorite ride is The Incredible Hulk. Just outside of Orlando is Busch Gardens, which is home to one of the oldest wooden roller coasters. Busch Gardens is my go-to to get my adrenaline rush.
Let’s face it, Florida is HOT! If you’d prefer to hang around a water park and soak your feet, then we’ve got a few parks that are sure to peek your interest. Disney has two water parks; Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach. If you love water rides, Typhoon Lagoon is the place to be. There are so many fun rides, you’ll never run out of something to do. If you prefer a more laid back feeling with a few rides, than you’ll love Blizzard Beach. You can ride the water slides or you can just lay back on the “beach” and soak up some rays. Right down the road from the two Disney water parks is Sea World’s Aquatica. It’s a cheaper option, and it has more of a variety for all different age groups.
Do you enjoy reading? Have you always wondered what it would be like to walk through a book? Universal Orlando Resort has just what you need! They offer the Harry Potter World where you can submerge yourself in the books by J.K. Rowling. You can ride the Hogwarts Express, drink butterbeer, and have a great time. If you have little ones, you’ll love the Dr. Seuss Land. You can take a ride through the Cat and the Hat book, which is always a favorite. Everyone exiting the ride is full of laughter and smiles.
Are you a fan of Disney and Marvel movies? We’ve got two parks where you can get your fix! Disney’s Hollywood Studios offers rides and shows geared towards Disney movies. There is a section for Star Wars, Toy Story, The Muppets, Cars, and so many more. If you’re more of a superhero fan, you’ll love Universal’s Islands of Adventure. They’ve got tons of superhero-themed rides, such as my personal favorite, The Incredible Hulk.
Do you have young children? Enjoy traveling with them? Disney’s Magic Kingdom is the best theme park in Orlando, in my opinion, for the younger crowd. It’s full of life and color. The moment you walk in the main gate, your eyes scan all over the place and you can’t help but smile. There is the Cinderella Castle, A Small World Ride, a wonderful parade, and so much more. There are many places for families to sit and rest their tired feet. Down Main Street you can shop or eat some of the best lunch you’ll find around town.
Do you love being scared? Every October, Universal Orlando Resorts, and Busch Gardens offer a great Halloween event. At Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights, the whole park is set up into different scare zones, and there are quite a few different haunted houses to walk through. Every year the theme changes, and so do the houses. Busch Garden’s Howl-o-Scream is one of the more scarier Halloween events in my opinion. You’re guaranteed to scream until your voice is gone.
If you enjoy traveling, experiencing new cultures, and trying out new foods, Disney’s Epcot is the place for you. You can “walk around the world” and explore many different countries and cultures all in one place. Each “zone” is a different country and in that “zone” you can taste the local cuisine, drink the local drinks, explore, and learn all about their different cultures.
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