Whether you're a certified thrill-seeker or just looking for a simple way to entertain a few discerning kids, Orlando is the classic holiday destination. Home to some of the world?s most recognisable and best-loved theme parks, brand new attractions rub shoulders with old favourites in resorts as big as towns. The sheer size and attention to detail found in these parks, alongside a host of themed restaurants, must-see attractions and daily performances, draw millions each year to Orlando and the Sunshine State.
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The world-famous resort is actually an extensive collection of interconnected theme parks, hotels and attractions, based on Disney's timeless cartoon characters and stars from film, television and music. Magic Kingdom, with its iconic Cinderella Castle, is dedicated to fairy tales and Disney characters; Epcot focuses on the human spirit for discovery; Animal Kingdom explores the conservation of animals; Hollywood Studios celebrates show business and the golden age of cinema.
NEW FOR 2014: A new daytime procession called 'Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade' - featuring the characters and stories of Brave, Sleeping Beauty, Dumbo, Pinocchio, Peter Pan, Tangled and The Little Mermaid - will debut at Magic Kingdom Park next spring.
Celebrating the blockbuster and iconic scenes from cinema history, Universal Studios Florida is not just for film buffs. Pop culture abounds: immerse yourself in the colourful, unseen home-world of E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial then save the world from Skynet in Terminator 2®: 3-D. Universal's Islands of Adventure resort boasts modern franchises including The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ and The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man®.
NEW FOR 2014: Harry Potter's Diagon Alley is undergoing an expansion for a 2014 re-opening and is already sounding tremendous - visitors will be able to explore a replica of Gringotts bank, eat at a themed restaurant and browse a number of shops, all inspired by J.K. Rowling's bestselling books.
At its heart, SeaWorld is a classic Floridian theme park. However, it's also an extensive marine zoo with all kinds of outlandish creatures on show, from penguins to Bottlenose dolphins, sharks and killer whales. Striving to bring humans and animals closer together, visitors can feed stingrays, observe manatees, dolphins, penguins and sharks interacting with each other, and get thoroughly drenched during the One Ocean® orca show.
NEW FOR 2014: SeaWorld's 50th Celebration begins next March, with new shows, interactive experiences and daily entertainment. Impromptu meet-and-greet appearances from Magellanic penguins, lemurs and even a parade of pink flamingos are also planned.
Orlando is a city of surprise, excitement and delight. Where will you go?
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