Orlando, Your Theme Park Destination
When it comes to great family vacation options, few can argue against the famed central Florida theme parks! As the theme park capital of the world, the area reigns with Walt Disney World Resort leading the way. Wherever you go, we'll ensure the fun is included!
Disney World features four outstanding theme parks, including Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney’s Animal Kingdom and Disney’s Hollywood Studios. These parks each offer their own unique characteristics, charm and adventure. Yet Disney is much more than that. There are also two exciting water parks – Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon and other attractions such as Disney’s BoardWalk. Another Disney favorite is Disney Springs (formerly Downtown Disney), a huge shopping, dining and entertainment complex that offers a perfect ending spot after a day at the Orlando theme parks.
A visit to the Disney area features entertainment for the entire family, regardless of age. Be sure to snap photos in front of Cinderella Castle. Enjoy the rides in lands like Fantasyland, Frontierland, Adventureland and more. Meet Mickey and Minnie Mouse. Visit the World Showcase at Epcot where you'll find a world of themed adventures. Check out the action and events at ESPN Wide World of Sports complex. You can even visit one of the many Disney resort properties. When you're ready for some Disney magic, the Disney parks are just waiting to be explored.
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Universal Orlando Resort also offers a shopping, dining and entertainment complex - CityWalk. Located between the two main theme parks, CityWalk is home to myriad shops, family-friendly, themed restaurants, and nightclubs, as well as the Blue Man Group theater.
Disney Springs is also loaded with a wide range of Disney themed shops, specialty stores and boutiques, attractions, themed restaurants, as well as live entertainment.
Meanwhile, the entire area is filled with an international array of shopping options including huge malls and factory outlets. Don't miss your chance to shop for everything you need!
Top 10 Theme Parks
When it comes to worldwide favorites, it comes as no surprise that Walt Disney World near Kissimmee in Lake Buena Vista tops the list. With 4 main parks: Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios; and two water parks: Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon, there is something for everyone and all ages in Disney World! See more and do more with a multi-day or park-to-park ticket.
If you are looking for an adrenaline packed vacation, then you are going to love the 3-park adventure consisting of Universal Studios Florida, Universal's Islands of Adventure and the new Volcano Bay Water Theme Park. The Universal Orlando parks include some of the best 3D attractions and roller coasters in the area plus The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and rides like The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man!
The world's greatest marine adventure park, SeaWorld lets you experience an up-close look at some of the most amazing sea animals and their habitats including Shamu, the iconic bottlenose dolphins, penguins from Antarctica, sharks, manatees and more! Not only that, SeaWorld has been adding some incredible world-class roller coasters to their park, making it ideal for adventure seekers. SeaWorld features two sister parks – Aquatica Orlando, a fun-filled water and adventure park, and Discovery Cove, a boutique style park featuring personalized dolphin swims. Whether you prefer family fun, live shows and parades or pulse-pounding thrill rides and roller coasters, you'll find a amazing array of entertainment for everyone.
LEGOLAND is a fun-filled place that is ideal for families with younger children - aged 2-12! Made up of the main area, plus a water park, Legoland Florida includes many kid-friendly attractions and rides that not only the little ones will enjoy, but the whole family, as well.
Kennedy Space Center is one of the top National Space Centers! In this place not only will you get to experience a space mission, get up close to rockets and space shuttles, but also learn about the Universe. It is truly a must tour for any central Florida trip. You might even meet a real astronaut.
Learn everything there is to know about Florida's famed alligators at Gatorland in Orlando, FL. And if you dare, get the best view of the park when you ride on the Screamin’ Gator Zip Line where you'll soar past the gators below.
Located an hour away from Orlando, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay promises to give you and your family a fun and unforgettable experience with all their animal attractions, shows, and roller coasters.
A Christian adventure, Holy Land Experience brings some of the Bible sights to life through interactive, inspirational and historical hands-on adventures and re-creations.
If you are looking for thrilling rides, then look no further than Fun Spot America. Not only does it include multi-level Go-kart tracks, it also has extreme rides like the Space Invader and SkyCoaster.
Due to seasonality (peak and value seasons) and park expansions, some theme park tickets have started to sky rocket their prices. For instance, you can end up paying over $400 just on a 1-Day Disney park admission for a family of four. Luckily, there are ways to budget and save on your Orlando vacation. We recommend booking vacation packages that include discounted theme park tickets along with your resort stay to save hundreds on your theme park tickets. Our Westgate Resort packages include villas big enough to fit a family of up to 12 people and can be customized to include as many tickets as needed.
All theme parks in central Florida include attractions for guests of all ages. If you are a foodie and would love to have a great culinary experience, then Disney’s Epcot is the theme park for you. Now, if want an adrenaline packed experience, then opt for theme parks like Universal Studios, Islands of Adventure and Busch Gardens Tampa Bay. You'll also find some other exciting high speed-adventures such as go-karting or the towering Orlando Eye, a giant ferris wheel featuring air-conditioned gondolas, located along the famed I-Drive corridor.
If you want your children to experience a one-of-a-kind vacation and meet some of their favorite characters then Walt Disney World is the place to go. The majority of the rides, attractions, and shows in Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Animal Kingdom, and Hollywood Studios are created with kids in mind and will be enjoyed by the whole family. Another excellent option is Legoland Florida! This fun park has rides where your kids will be able to go to boating or driving school, meet their favorite Ninjango characters and so much more.
Parking fees can vary from $10 all the way to $40. It all depends on the type of vehicle and any upgrades, like preferred parking, that you might choose. A way to avoid paying these fees is by using the complimentary shuttle transportation that many hotels and resorts offer.
To have a fun-filled and affordable Orlando getaway, look no further than Westgate Resorts. We offer vacation packages that include a suite/villa with a fully-equipped kitchen and all the comforts of home, an extensive list of amenities and on-property dining options, complimentary shuttle transportation to the attractions and discounted tickets. Expect your family to have the time of their lives in a 5-star resort!
All our Orlando properties are located near Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando, and SeaWorld Orlando. You will find that no matter which Westgate Resort you choose, you will only a few miles away from your favorite park or famed International Drive.
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