orlando theme park guide

Guide to Orlando’s Theme Parks

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There’s no end to the magic at Orlando’s theme parks. Discover the adventures that await you with this multiple-park guide.

From the Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ to Disney’s EPCOT, there’s so much to see and do at Orlando’s theme parks that you might need the help of a good guide. Discover your next Orlando thrills with our handy theme park guide.

Disney World Magic Kingdom

Experiencing Disney Magic is unforgettable. It has remained the most visited theme park in North America for 18 years, and the world for 12. People are loyal because of Disney’s dedication to its characters and stories.

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Disneyworld’s Magic Kingdom, Trover Photo by Lance Cuffle

The difference between Disney World Magic Kingdom and Disneyland in Anaheim, California, is that Magic Kingdom is huge—43 square miles—and Cinderella Castle, which was inspired by the 1950 film, is its centerpiece. Disneyland covers less than 1 square mile, and its icon is Sleeping Beauty Castle.

EPCOT

Walt Disney World’s EPCOT Orlando was the world’s fourth most visited park last year. With a focus on international cultures, innovation, and technological advancements, this park celebrates human achievement.

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Disneyworld’s Epcot, Trover Photo by Gary Burke

EPCOT Orlando is like a permanent world’s fair because of its World Showcase. Visit 11 countries within a few hours and taste each one’s culture—oh, the food! At EPCOT, you can create a dream car at Test Track, discover the natural world with Disney Animals, or fly a virtual hang glider at Soarin’.

Disney World Hollywood Studios

Dive into an imagined world of film, television, music, and theater from the Golden Age of Hollywood in a setting just like Hollywood, California. From Star Wars to Toy Story, you’ll love the rides, theatrical performances, and attractions featuring your favorite movies.

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Disneyworld’s Hollywood Studios, Trover Photo by Tmaria74

Want a scare at Hollywood Studios? Take the plunge at the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror. Love a good arcade game? Shoot ’em up at Toy Story Mania. Just don’t leave Disney World Hollywood Studios without getting your Jedi training.

Disney World Animal Kingdom

The largest theme park in the world is Disney World Animal Kingdom, with over 580 acres dedicated entirely to the natural environment and animal conservation. It’s accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and is environmentally friendly. Use biodegradable utensils but not plastic straws, lids, or balloons here.

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Disneyworld’s Animal Kingdom, Trover Photo by Florida Traveler

What will you do at the world’s third most visited park? Take Kilimanjaro Safaris to see exotic animals up close, get wet on Kali River Rapids, and take a runaway train through the Himalayas.

Universal Studios Florida™

Ever wanted to be an actor? You can at Universal Studios Florida™, a theme park and production studio dedicated to movies and television. Defeat evil villains, fight dragons, and save the earth—you’re the star! Live out your favorite movie and TV fantasies at all the rides, attractions, and live shows.

While you’re here, don’t forget to celebrate Mardi Gras, help Harry Potter escape Gringotts™ bank, race Jimmy Fallon through New York, and jump on the Hogwarts Express™ at King’s Cross Station.

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™

You are definitely a Muggle if you miss Harry Potter World Orlando™. Experience magic at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter™, a park dedicated to all things Harry Potter, located in both Universal Studios Florida™ and Universal’s Islands of Adventure™.

In Harry Potter’s World, you can let a wand choose you at Ollivanders™ Wand Shop, blow your mind on a thrilling ride into the depths of Gringott’s Bank™, soar above Hogwarts™ with Harry Potter, and fly past Hagrid’s hut on a Hippogriff™.

SeaWorld Orlando

If you love sea life, you’ll be amazed by SeaWorld Orlando. You’ll learn tons at this marine zoological park, and you’ll have a blast at all the rides, attractions, and live animal shows.

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Seaworld Orlando

What fun can you have at SeaWorld Orlando? You can hit Class IV rapids in a family raft, get your thrills on high-speed roller coasters Mako and Kraken®, take a simulated jet-helicopter on the Wild Arctic® ride, enjoy live animals shows, and see animals up close.

Make your year unforgettable with a visit to one of Orlando’s theme parks, and make your stay amazing by planning your trip and accommodations with the help of Expedia.

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