Where Fantasies Meet Thrills – Florida Theme Parks

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From such classics as Space Mountain, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad and Pirates of the Caribbean to the afternoon parades and evening fireworks illuminating the 187-foot Cinderella’s Castle, Magic Kingdom has been delighting young and old for more than 40 years. Speaking of Cinderella, if you have a little princess at home, make plans to visit with Cinderella at Princess Fairytale Hall. Or pop into Town Square Theater to see Mickey Mouse in person.

Epcot Center rolls two parks into one: Future World and The World Showcase. At the latter, there are 11 countries to investi­gate as you trot around the world to see how people in other lands live through spectac­ular rides and shows. Ever wanted to visit Norway? Take the country’s family-friendly boat voyage and celebrate a “Summer Snow Day” with Queen Elsa, Princess Anna, Kristoff, Olaf, Marshmallow and trolls.

Future World provides interactive displays and learning centers that only Disney can make fun. At the Seas with Nemo and Friends, climb into a giant clam and dive deep under the sea to find Nemo and his sea pals playing among brightly colored coral reefs. Afterward, explore live sea creatures in the 5.7-million-gallon saltwater aquarium. Next, visit the Circle of Life where Simba teaches Timon and Pumbaa (and you) an important lesson about the environment. The presentation is brought to life on 70 mm footage shot in more than 30 countries.

Hollywood Studios is the land for Star Wars everything. Visit the Launch Bay and be immersed in the movie and all its history, meet Chewbacca and play Disney Infinity3.0. Blast off into the Star Wars galaxy aboard a Starspeeder 1000 at Star Wars The Adventure Continues and come face-to-face with Darth Vader. Back on earth, the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror dares you to ride the elevator to the top of the Hollywood Tower Hotel then drops you a terrifying 13 floors.

Visit Animal Kingdom to experience animals living free on a savanna, just like they would in Africa. Stay in the Animal Kingdom Lodge and watch giraffes walk by your window nibbling on trees. Take a safari in an open-air truck and watch hippos cooling by the water or baboons swinging from the trees, or speed through the Himalayan Mountains on a runaway train at Expedition Everest Legend of the Forbidden Mountain. Watch out for the Abominable Snowman!

INTERNATIONAL DRIVE

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Make time to visit Orlando’s International Drive area, home to smaller, yet no less exciting attractions. At I-Drive 360, board the 400-foot Orlando Eye, an observation wheel with breathtaking views of Central Florida. Also at this complex of fun visit Madame Tussauds wax museum and the SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium.

Nearby, FunSpot America offers rollercoasters,including a 250-foot Skycoaster, multi-level go-kart tracks and 100 arcade games. Ripley’s Believe it or Not is the center for all things odd and quirky, while Titantic – The Artifact Exhibition takes you on that fateful cruise among full scale re-creations of the doomed ship.

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