Orlando Is A Kid’s Paradise
If you are looking for the perfect holiday destination that will delight your kids, Orlando is the ideal choice. Whether your little ones want to rub elbows with Mickey Mouse, bounce on an enormous trampoline, wander the familiar halls of Hogwarts, or feed a dolphin, Orlando offers something for everyone. And, not once, will you hear those horrifying words–I’m bored.
Here are a few Orlando attractions that will keep your children–and your inner child–smiling.
1. Get Disney-fied
When you think of Orlando, the first thing that likely springs to mind is Walt Disney World–and rightly so. This, after all, is the “most magical place on earth”–home to the planet’s most beloved children’s characters. With something to tickle every fancy, Walt Disney World can keep your family entertained for days.
Here is just a sampling of what’s on offer once you cross the Disney World threshold.
Magic Kingdom-Fashioned after the original Disney theme park, Disneyland, the Magic Kingdom promises to tantalize your tots. Whether they wish to ride Alice’s tea pots, soar through the air on Aladdin’s carpet, explore Pooh Bear’s Hundred Acre Woods, zoom through the galaxy at Space Mountain, or watch the fireworks over Cinderella’s castle–this is a must-see destination.
Epcot-Famous for its highly recognizable “Spaceship Earth,” Epcot boasts two main attractions–Future World and the World Showcase. This Disney park offers a plethora of activities including a nightly fireworks and laser show, becoming a secret agent with Perry the Platypus, riding a rocket to Mars, or experiencing the cultures of far off lands.
Disney’s Hollywood Studios-Inspired by the movies, this theme park allows you and yours to experience film adventures firsthand. Whether you opt to ride an ant in the Honey, I Shrunk the Kids exhibit, meet the Toy Story‘s Mr. Potato Head, become a member of Captain Jack Sparrow’s crew, or take a tram through Tinseltown’s most famous flicks, Disney’s Hollywood Studios is sure to entertain.
Disney’s Animal Kingdom-This educational Disney park has something for the whole family. Unearth a woolly mammoth as a young paleontologist, join Flik and become an honorary bug, explore jungles with Up!‘s Dug the Dog, visit gorillas, check out the Komodo dragons, and more.
2. Feel the splash of SeaWorld
Once you’ve got Disney out of your system, you are sure to enjoy the beauty and marine life on offer at SeaWorld, home of the world-renowned Shamu. Here you can be see the splendor of Antarctica through a penguin’s eyes, meet a beluga up close, take a plunge into Atlantis, enjoy a close encounter with sharks, join Sesame Street stars for a treasure hunt, or go on a high seas adventure with a pair of seals. The fun never ends.
3. Leap onto a trampoline
Orlando’s AirHeads Trampoline Arena is a great place for kids to burn up some extra energy–and have a lot of fun doing it. Leap and frolick on a gigantic wall-to-wall trampoline. Fly through the air and jump off the walls. Try your hand at Trampoline Dodgeball, Basketball, or Volleyball. And have a high-flying good time.
4. Make it Universal
No visit to Orlando would be complete without checking out Universal’s Islands of Adventure. Walk the halls of Hogwarts or embark on the Dragon Challenge in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Scale skyscrapers and save the stolen Statue of Liberty with Spiderman in The Amazing Adventures of Spiderman. And ride a comfy couch through the pages of your favorite Dr. Seuss story in The Cat in the Hat. Whether you’re watching a baby velociraptor emerge from its shell, scaling the deck of Popeye’s barge, or being transformed into the Incredible Hulk, this adventure will never grow tired.
Orlando is a prime destination for kids of all ages. But if you’re still stuck, RoamRight’s Non-Disney Guide to Orlando has some more things to do. Whether you’re seeking to entertain a family of five or you simply wish to revisit your own days of yore, nothing beats this kids’ utopia smack dab in the middle of Florida.
What are your favorite kid-friendly Orlando attractions?
About Author: Kimberley Laws is a freelance writer and avid blogger who enjoys writing about fascinating places. If you are traveling to Orlando and require a baggage handler or private chauffeur, she is up for the job and can be reached at The Embiggens Project.