It’s known as the theme park capital of the world, and for good reason. Orlando is packed with the most popular parks for families and adults, outdoor adventures and thrilling roller coaster rides. Get all the adrenaline you can from Seaworld, Universal Studios, Islands of Adventure, Disney World and more.
The Best Theme Parks in Orlando
- Universal Studios
- Islands of Adventure
- Magic Kingdom
- Animal Kingdom
- Hollywood Studios
- Busch Gardens
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One of the best theme parks in Orlando for adults especially, Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure house the most thrilling rides and adventures for guests. When planning a trip to these parks, it’s best to make sure you have a park-hopping ticket to experience everything.
With a one-of-a-kind people mover like the Hogwarts Express that transports visitors between parks, all while taking them on a unique adventure like Harry Potter, you won’t want to miss both Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley.
The most popular roller coasters for ultimate thrill-seekers at Universal and IOA include Rip Ride Rockit, the Incredible Hulk Coaster and Doctor Doom’s Fearfall. Each complete with drops, corkscrews, loops and speed! Tone it down a little (and only a little) at Revenge of the Mummy, Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts, Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, Hargrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure, or Fast & Furious Supercharged. Although these don’t include upside down craziness, they are just as stomach-dropping and exciting.
Visiting with the kiddies? There are plenty of rides and attractions for them too! Flight of the Hippogriff is a slower, kid-friendly roller coaster with subtle drops. They’ll also love the Pteranodon Flyers that swings through Jurassic Park!
Universal Announces New Park
The fun doesn’t stop there. Universal recently announced a major expansion to their theme parks in Orlando, Epic Universe, which promises to change theme park entertainment forever. Taking over more than 750 acres, Epic Universe is going to double the size of the company across Orlando. Roller coaster enthusiasts can also expect two new roller coasters here as well. Timeshare owners don’t need to worry about planning their vacations around the new addition, since they can come back year after year!
Overview of Walt Disney World Orlando
When most people think of Orlando, the magic of Disney World immediately comes to mind. It’s the ultimate, all-encompassing, family-friendly stretch of theme parks in the world. With several properties featuring all sorts of fantastical themes, adults and kids love their visits to Disney World. Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, Epcot and Hollywood Studios each have a different kind of adventure, from beloved magical characters to wild animals.
Housing Cinderella’s Castle, Fantasy Land and all of the magic that is Disney, Magic Kingdom is any child’s dream. Head to the world-famous “it’s a small world,” Haunted Mansion Ride, Pirate of the Caribbean or Peter Pan’s Flight for some fun, slow rides. If you’re looking to pick up the pace, try Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Space Mountain or Splash Mountain.
Although the name of this Disney park suggests it’s all about animals, Animal Kingdom includes so much more. Brand-new to the park is Pandora, including the Na’vi River Journey ride and Avatar Flight of Passage. Expedition Everest - Legend of the Forbidden Mountain is also a must at this park, but beware of big drops and the yeti!
Perhaps the most grown-up friendly park in all of Walt Disney World, Epcot is well-known for having amazing cuisines from a variety of restaurants “across the world” and delicious drinks. While it’s low-key for most kids, there are still plenty of activities and even rides. Thrill-seekers will love Mission: SPACE, but Epcot is most famous for Soarin’ Around the World, which immerses riders in all of the scents, sights, feelings and sounds of the world.
30 years of excitement doesn’t even come close to the celebrations and advancements that Hollywood has seen recently. Toy Story Land and Galaxy’s Edge are just two of the additions that will keep you busy all day long. Don’t miss out on Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith, as this is one of the only super-fast rides with upside-down loops and corkscrews in all of Magic Kingdom!
Your kids obsessed with their LEGO toys will find LEGOLand is made up of all their dreams. Every ride, attraction and building is made strictly out of LEGO blocks and gadgets. Build-A-Boat, get a glimpse of world-famous monuments and see the shows put on by favorite LEGO characters. Thrilling rides include The Great LEGO Race, accompanied with virtual reality, or Flying School, a suspended roller coaster that is for children 14 and older.
A massive aquarium and thrilling adventure all-in-one is ideal for guests that love exciting rides, shows and seeing exotic animals up-close. Kids adore the dolphin experiences and shows, as well as stingray petting tank. Take the Sky Tower for sweeping views of Orlando and beyond too. Adults or children 54” and up can experience some of the wildest roller coaster rides in Orlando at SeaWorld. Check out Mako, the newest addition, Manta, Journey to Atlantis or the classic Kraken for loops, corkscrews and super-fast turns.
Although Busch Gardens isn’t technically in Orlando, it is considered a world-famous Orlando theme park. Jam-packed with more thrill rides and roller coasters than any other theme park in Orlando, Busch Gardens is just for enthusiasts. Tigris, Florida’s tallest launch coaster, Cobra’s Curse, a family spin roller coaster, Sheikra, which includes a 90 degree straight down drop and the upcoming 2020 Hybrid Coaster are just a few. If you’re just along for the trip and not necessarily a thrill-seeker, Busch Gardens has over 200 species of wild animals and tours daily.
How many theme parks are there in Orlando Florida?
There are nine main theme parks in Orlando, not including the amazing water parks that also dot the city. Universal Orlando includes Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure. Walt Disney World owns four theme parks--Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, Epcot and Hollywood Studios. There is also SeaWorld, LEGOLand and Busch Gardens, however Busch Gardens is closer to Tampa.
What are the 4 Disney parks in Orlando?
There are four Disney parks in Orlando. Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, Epcot and Hollywood Studios each have their own magical themes and attractions.
What is the best Orlando theme park?
The best theme park in Orlando entirely depends on personal preference. For more family-friendly fun, Walt Disney World is without a doubt the go-to. It’s more subtle rides and attractions, incredible dining experiences in the parks and incredible shows keep the grown-ups and kids completely enthralled.
For more thrill-seeking adventures, Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure are more up-to-speed. Some of the best roller coasters in the country are housed in the Universal parks, making it more adult-friendly. However, children will be just as satisfied with Seussland, Jurassic Park, the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and America’s favorite superheroes.
SeaWorld and Busch Gardens don’t get quite the same attention, but are still favorites for exotic animal-lovers. Catch some waves with stunning dolphin shows at SeaWorld, or visit Busch Gardens for extreme roller coaster rides that only adrenaline junkies can handle.
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