Orlando, The Vacation Station|
Reasons why Orlando is a must place to visit, Florida tops everything in its category
for vacations and holidays. But only by visiting this truly amazing place can you
begin to understand why.
If you were asked to name 10 reasons why you vacationed in a certain place, you
would probably start slowing down as you reach 5 or 6. But with Florida the list goes
on and on. Theme parks are the obvious choice and could fill more than 10 places
without a doubt just on theme parks alone.
Starting at the top
Obviously the things I have mentioned are only a fraction of what you can see and do
at these parks, I could just go on for days listing all the fantastic things for you to see
and do. All the attractions above (apart from KSC which is around 1 ½ hrs drive) are
all within 20 minutes from each other and more importantly 20 minutes from some of
the best accommodation Orlando has to offer. Visit www.orlandovillas4u.co.uk for accommodation that will start
your dream holiday the way it was meant to be. The attractions above a just a minute
selection of what Orlando and Florida as to offer. One thing you can be sure on, to
make the most of your time in Florida, Planning is the key. To make the most of every
single minute, you should plan each day in advance and try and stick to your plan
where ever possible. This way you will get the best value from your park tickets and
your time there. I hope you have enjoyed reading this as much as I have enjoyed
- Magic Kingdom – Everyone young and old will find this just the most magical
place to visit, from the minute you park you vehicle, you can feel the
atmosphere. The staff are friendly from the minute to step from your car.
Where else can you choose how you approach the park entrance? By
Monorail, it takes you round the edge of the Lagoon, past some of Disney’s
resort hotels, depending which way the Monorail is running will depend on
which hotels you see. Or take the Ferry Boat to the park entrance, the ferry
glides across the Lagoon, giving you the opportunity to take your first shots of
Cinderella’s Castle. Space Mountain is also seen from here plus some of the
Resort Hotels. Once at the gate, you are then able to see the Characters open
the Park with Mickey Mouse being the guest of Honour. The turnstiles are
then opened and you are then allowed to wander around at your leisure
through the different lands created to make this one of the most memorable
days of your vacation. From the Tiki Rooms to the afternoon Share a Dream
Come True Parade, you will find it all too much to take in, in just one day. We
recommend you allow at least 2 days if you have not been there before. The
Parade’s are just out of this world, showing character past and present, but you
need to prepare, the best positions start to be taken 2 hours before the parade
starts. This is also a good time to visit the attractions you have missed should
you feel that the parade is not for you. You will be sorry if you miss it.
- Epcot – This is a different type of theme park all together. This is split in to
two areas. Before I begin, if you are wondering what EPCOT means, then here
you are. Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow. Future
world if you wish. The first part is all future world, how things could be in
years to come, including some of the most exhilarating rides available. TEST
TRACK is a must for any car enthusiast, where as Mission: Space is for those
budding Astronauts in the family. This is truly a fascinating place. Then
things just get better. The World Showcase is created around a beautiful lake,
surrounded by 11 countries of the world. Each themed to match the country,
some of them include restaurants, gift shops, attractions and shows. Time just
flies by as you walk from one country to the next. The sights, sounds and
smells that you experience is just fantastic.
- Animal Kingdom – A much quieter park compared to some of the others, the
pace is much slower and can also be one of the nicest days out. A good
mixture of animals and attractions will make this a winner with all family
members. Festival of the Lion King is a show not to be missed by any Lion
King Fan. Join the circle of life as you sit in the theatre, and see the
performance you will remember for years to come. Magic and Humour is all
thrown in, this is the show for you all. Kilimanjaro Safaris is next, you travel
through the savannah, passing wild animals most people will never get the
chance to see close up, Giraffes, Rhinoceros, Elephants and Hippopotamus are
just a few of the animals you will see on this jungle trip. Kali River Rapids are
sure to cool you down after returning from your jungle trip. All together
another fantastic day out
- MGM Studios – Scenes from Hollywood start your day off as you walk down
the streets of this make believe film studios. Fantastic thrill rides like the
Tower of Terror will have you screaming for more. Take a Limousine ride
with Aerosmith on one of the fastest rollercoaster’s you will encounter. Live
shows throughout the day from Beauty and the Beast will bring memories
flooding back for young and old. You can get close to the action and get a feel
of what it’s like to be in the spotlight. Playhouse Disney is a must for the
younger guests, fans of Bear in the Big Blue House, Winnie the Pooh, Rolie
Polie Olie and Stanley all appear on stage and bring the BIGGEST smiles to
those little faces you will see all day. The best end to your day at MGM
Studios is FANTASMIC. Mickey and friends perform in front of a massive
crowd, fountains, flames and music bring a fantastic end to a fantastic day.
This is one show you will be talking about for some time to come.
- Seaworld – Seals, Dolphins and Killer Whales, this is what you can expect to
await you when you visit this Aquatic Theme Park. The wild life here are just
fascinating, if you are a fan of Flipper or Free Willy, this is the place for you.
View the surrounding Orlando sky line when you ride the Sky Tower in the
centre of the park. Shows throughout the day show just how intelligent these
animals are. You even get the chance to feed the dolphins and the stingrays.
Watch Shamu and his trainers as he performs amazing stunts, in and out of the
water. Not exciting enough? Dare to go on Kraken, Seaworld’s Rollercoaster.
This is awesome, not for the faint hearted. The ride is floorless, you basically
hang from your seats as you are twisted and turned through a series of
corkscrew turns and steep drops, glued to your seat with the shear speed of the
ride. Ride it if you dare, You have been warned.
- Discovery Cove – Dolphin Lovers are in a world of their own here. Both
Swimmers and non Swimmers can enjoy a day with their favourite animal.
Interacting with these amazing creatures face to face. For a day to remember
for ever. Souvenir Photo’s are also taken for the guests to remember the time
they have had there. Although one of the more expensive days out, it is
probably by far the very best for some guests
- Island of Adventure – Thrill Ride fans are in for a treat. The Hulk must be the
FASTEST off the mark Rollercoaster in Orlando, you feel like you have been
shot from a gun when this ride starts, the adrenaline really starts pumping. The
Amazing Adventures of Spiderman is a 3D thrill ride, like nothing you will
have been on before. Dropped from a multi storey building, you are
plummeting to your doom when Spiderman comes to your rescue. Phew that
was close. Seuss Landing is a great place for preschoolers to enjoy themselves
with A Cat in the Hat, Caro-seuss-el, the merriest Merry Go Round ever made,
things just don’t stop here. The youngsters will just love it.
- Universal Studios – Lights, Camera, Action. From Shrek 4D to Twister – Ride
it out, this is a great day our for all film fans. The famous Jaws ride will have
you on the edge of your seat as you ride the waves of the shark infested
waters. Terminator 2: 3D is a must for any fan of Arnie. I could not believe
my eyes the first time I saw this live in front of my own eyes. Knickelodeon
Studios is a definite must see, especially for the teenagers and younger. You
may also be lucky enough to be there on one of the filing days and even get to
be in one of the shows. Other shows are also filmed at Universal Studios, so
keep your eyes and ears open. This could be your claim to fame.
- Old Town – Situated on the US192, this is a replica of old style USA, Ferris
Wheels, Vintage Car Cruises and Vintage Motorcycle Cruises make this a
fantastic place to spend a few hours at the end of your day. There is something
for everyone here, A shop where you can buy goods from back home in the
UK, have a refreshing beer in one of the bars, have your palm read, the relaxed
atmosphere helps you unwind and take in the sights. Unless you are feeling
very daring, ride the Skycoaster, glide from around 300ft in the air, over a
lake, at speeds of around 60mph, rather you than me.
- Kennedy Space Centre – Right, you’ve tested Mission: Space at Epcot, now its
time to see the real thing. If you plan your vacation in advance, you may even
be lucky enough to see a shuttle or rocket launch from Cape Canaveral. It is
also possible to have lunch with a trained Astronaut but this must be booked in
advance. You can actually see some of the International Space Station which
is being assembled there. The exhibitions are wonderful and it makes you
wonder how these machines actually survive the journey they make.