Welcome to Theme Park Paradise: Orlando's Most Famous Attractions Offer Something for Everyone
If you're going to drop your hard-earned cash at a theme park, being an informed consumer is imperative. The Disney complex alone, including the childhood fantasy land of the Magic Kingdom, exotic nations (not to mention fascinating live residents) of Animal Kingdom, sparkling liquid allure of Typhoon Lagoon, big-screen excitement of Hollywood Studios and the futuristic, multicultural playground of EPCOT, houses more parks than you can count on one hand. Add in Universal, SeaWorld and the myriad independently operated attractions vying for your leisure dollars and you've got some big decisions to make. Are you after the... Read more »
Local Expert Tip: "Though tops all around, if your time and/or money budget allows for only one Universal park to delight the preschool set, you might opt for No. 2 on the list. "
Local Expert Tip: "Score more cool points with your kids. At Universal's Superstar Character Breakfast they can get their grub on with bona fide celebs from Nickelodeon to the silver screen."
Local Expert Tip: "Star-quality performances and truly stunning puppets make the 30-minute "Finding Nemo: The Musical" a must-see. "
Local Expert Tip: "Need a break from the heat? Check out "A'lure, The Call of the Ocean" and "Pets Ahoy," and enjoy two great shows in air-conditioned comfort. "
Local Expert Tip: "Search for Hidden Mickeys. Subtle representations of the Disney icon are hidden throughout all the Disney parks and properties in the architecture, decor - just about anywhere! Bonus: it's a good anti-boredom strategy while waiting in line. "
Local Expert Tip: "From February through July, bird-watchers and wildlife photographers can enter the park at 7:30 am (Friday- Sunday) by way of a Birder's Pass and enjoy one of the largest, most accessible wading bird rookeries in Florida. "
Local Expert Tip: "Relaxing and cool, Loggerhead Lane's lazy river floats past colorful aquariums, beneath shady bridges and waterfalls and offers a fish-eye view of the Commerson's dolphins. Don't miss it."
- Type: Theme Parks
- Neighborhood: Epcot ®
Local Expert Tip: "Fall brings a foodie's delight to EPCOT with its annual Food & Wine Festival, a favorite of locals who eat and drink their way around the world while enjoying celebrity chef demos. "
Local Expert Tip: "FastPasses, particularly for Star Wars Star Tours and the Rock 'n' Roller Coaster, are recommended."
Local Expert Tip: "Refrain from sporting swimwear with rivets, buckles or exposed metal; these are not allowed on the slides."
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