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Orlando is the ultimate playground for kids and anyone who is a kid at heart. Wish upon a star at the Magic Kingdom, then head to the heart-pumping rides at a water park. To top it all off, travel to the stars at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral.

Walt Disney World Resort

This mothership of entertainment landed in Florida in 1971 and has been luring the masses ever since. There are four theme parks, including the Magic Kingdom, and two water parks.

Magic Kingdom

It's the world's most visited theme park, welcoming over 19 million visitors a year to its six individual "lands." Liberty Square reflects small-town Colonial America in 1776.

Epcot

Spaceship Earth, the iconic symbol of the park, is a virtual time machine that whisks visitors on a journey of human communication, spanning millennia in just 15 minutes.

Disney's Animal Kingdom

It's one of the world's largest animal theme parks. The Kilimanjaro Safari takes visitors in a vehicle through the open spaces, where elephants, antelope and others roam freely.

Disney's Hollywood Studios

The park features eight themed sections of Tinsletown, complete with a Hollywood Blvd. "The Great Movie Ride" at the Chinese Theater honors classic films, like the Wizard of Oz.

Islands of Adventure

This is the place to explore the "Wizarding World of Harry Potter" and "Hogsmeade." Discover the magic of Hogwarts and get a thrill from other wizarding moments.

Wet 'n Wild

Take it easy on the Lazy River, or experience a rush while plummeting six stories down a vertical slide. The park certainly lives up to its name with hair-raising rides.

Aquatica

The Dolphin Plunge at Sea World sends you barreling through a tube in the underwater world of Commerson's dolphins. These sprightly creatures will whiz right along with you, too.

Discovery Cove

The park offers the ultimate experience to swim with dolphins in a tranquil lagoon. Swimmers can also get up-close to frisky, freshwater otters and explore marine life in a reef.

Kennedy Space Center

What a place to learn about the US space program! A replica of the external tank and two rocket boosters towers 184 feet over the entrance to the Space Shuttle Atlantis exhibition.

Planning Your Orlando Visit

Walt Disney World Resort opening hours and tickets

Admission only to the Magic Kingdom costs $105, and $97 to either EPCOT, Disney's Animal Kingdom Park or Disney's Hollywood Studios. There are also multi-day passes, and it's possible to add a Park Hopper Option ($64) for same-day entry to all four theme parks.
The Magic Kingdom is open from 9:00AM-12:00AM; EPCOT from 9:00AM-9:00PM; Disney's Hollywood Studios from 8:00AM-10:00PM; Disney's Animal Kingdom from 9:00AM-6:00PM.

Universal Orlando tickets and opening hours

A day-pass for single park admission for either Islands of Adventure or Universal Studios costs $102 (adult) and $97 (child). A one-day pass for both parks is $147 (adult) and $142 (child). A single ticket for Wet 'n Wild is $47, but it's also possible to add this park to a multi-day pass to combine all three ($242 adult) or two of the three ($197 adult).
The park is open daily from 9:00AM, but evening closing times vary according to the season.

Discovery Cove and Aquatica tickets and opening hours

"The day resort price costs $249 and $399 for the dolphin experience. The price includes entry to Sea World and Aquatica and Sea World's Waterpark. You can book the day and package in advance online.
Discovery Park is open daily from 8:00AM-5:30PM.
A day-pass at Aquatica is $47 when you book in advance online and receive the 10% discount. The park opens at 9:00AM, but evening closing times vary according to the season."

Kennedy Space Center tickets and opening hours

"The KSC is open daily from 9:00AM-6:00PM. Admission costs $50 for adults and $40 for children. You can book your tickets in advance online and select the date and entry time.
Location: Cape Canaveral is about an hour away by car from Orlando."

Good to know

  • Language
    English
  • Currency
    USD ($)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (-05:00)
  • Country Code
    +1
  • Best time to visit
    Summers are hot and humid, so if you can, delay your trip until October, when the weather is warm and the summer crowds are gone.

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We went on the Blue Spring Manatee Kayaking Tour. Tour guide was an experienced kayaking instructor. Very knowledgeable about the area, landscape and manatees. She also photographed our tour and shares photos. Would use the guide again.

Orlando: 3-Hour Manatee Encounter by Kayak Reviewed by Colleen, 10/30/2020

Make sure yougove yourself time to do everything. Biggest disappointment was we couldn't ride the busses to the launch site otherwise was extremely enjoyable.

Kennedy Space Center: Admission Skip the Ticket Line Reviewed by Anonymous, 10/14/2020

Our group had an amazing and informative kayak trip. While we only saw one manatee, it was a beautiful fun and relaxing day on the water!

Orlando: 3-Hour Manatee Encounter by Kayak Reviewed by Tiffany, 10/10/2020

Very nice, something out of this world to see the real shutters that went into space and seeing them with my very own eyes unbelievable.

Kennedy Space Center: Admission Skip the Ticket Line Reviewed by Wilfredo, 10/30/2020

Fun ride in an air boat! Saw lots of birds, and gators. Very informative and enjoyable. Great guide who answered all our questions!

Orlando: 90-Minute Airboat Everglades Adventure Tour Reviewed by Anonymous, 11/30/2020