Florida is a state of many interesting and diverse destinations, but Orlando’s really just about one thing - theme parks. This sprawling high-energy city is home to many of the world’s most visited parks, with rides and attractions to suit almost any visitor.
While the parks dominate, there are some interesting local neighbourhoods to explore if you need a brief diversion before hopping back on to the next roller coaster.
What to See
When the Walt Disney World Resort opened on a former bit of Florida farmland back in 1971, few could have predicted just how vast and lucrative a holiday destination Orlando would become. These days World Disney World is home to four distinct theme parks, The Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom, and two water parks, Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach.
But it’s important to remember that Disney is not the only act in town, with Universal Studios and sister park, Universal Island’s of Adventure, also providing a big draw. The original Universal pitches itself as “world’s premier movie and TV based theme park” with impressive attractions such as The Wizarding world of Harry Potter and Despicable Me Minion Mayhem. Island’s of Adventure is home to some of the more thrilling rides, such as The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man, as well as some magical child-friendly zones.
For something different try Gatorland, a family-run theme park and nature reserve that’s been open since 1949 where you can see hundreds of alligators in a breeding marsh, as well as some brilliantly special effect free shows.
If you need a break from the constant ambush of attractions, you can take a trip back in time to Old Town Kissimmee, home to Americana themed shops and restaurants and the All American Muscle Car Cruise, or check out Celebration, the Disney created celebration of small-town America that’s so perfect it’s almost eerie.
Flights to Orlando
Air Tickets provides flights and airline from any American airport to Orlando International Airport with a variety of different operators, leaving from all of the country’s major airports.