Feb 7, 2012

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Top Ten Things To Do In Florida

If you’re heading to Florida on holiday this year and you’re looking for inspiration for things to do when you’re there, check out our must-do list…

1. Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World Resort
It only takes one look at Cinderella’s Castle to fall under Magic Kingdom’s spell. This was Florida’s first Disney park, and it’s still the most popular. Big Thunder Mountain, Splash Mountain and Space Mountain make up the big three rides, but it’s the generous dose of Disney magic that makes this place so special – Mickey, Goofy and Donald are waiting around every corner.

Magic Kingdom at Disney World

2. EPCOT, Walt Disney World Resort
The Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow – or EPCOT as it’s more commonly known – gives you a taste of what life might be like in years to come. One half of it is home to the World Showcase, a collection of eleven ‘countries’ gathered around a lagoon. The other half is known as Future World, and it’s where you’ll find all the big-name rides like Test Track and Soarin’.
3. Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World Resort
Inspired by Hollywood’s 1930s’ heyday, this place has got all the glamour of Tinsel Town, plus the added bonus of plenty of rollercoaster action. The headline act is the Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster, which rockets from 0 to 60 miles-per-hour in 2.8 seconds. And don’t miss The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror – it whizzes you 170 feet into the air before plunging you back down to earth.
4. Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World Resort
Spread over a whopping 500 acres, Animal Kingdom is a theme park and animal conservation park rolled in to one. The best way to get a feel for the place is to hop on the Kilimanjaro Safari ride – it takes you on a truck tour of the Serengeti, past herds of giraffes, elephants, zebras, hippos and all kinds of other animals.
5. Universal’s Islands of Adventures
Split into seven themed islands, this park takes you to places like Marvel Super Hero Island, the Lost Continent, and Toon Lagoon. It’s the brand new Wizarding World of Harry Potter that’s making headlines at the moment, though. Here, you can sip a glass of butterbeer at The Three Broomsticks, take a tour of Hogwarts, and ride the world’s only duelling inverted rollercoaster.

The Incredibile Hulk rollercoaster at Universal Island of Adventure

6. Universal Studios
With more than 40 rides all themed around Universal films, this place is as hi-tech and action-packed as they come. You can brave an attack from Jaws, take to the skies with ET, and even perform stunts in front of a live audience in Fear Factor Live. Don’t miss the chance to go behind the scenes of the park’s production studios, either.
7. SeaWorld® Orlando
You’ll come face-to-face with creatures from the deep at SeaWorld. Catch a performance of Shamu Rocks, a rock ‘n’ roll concert starring the park’s killer whales, and grab a front-row seat for Blue Horizons, where you’ll be wowed by acrobatic dolphins, soaring birds and amazing stunts. In terms of rides, Karken is the best – it’s the tallest, fastest and only floorless coaster in Orlando.

Catch a show at SeaWorld

8. Discovery Cove
You can swim with dolphins, paddle with stingrays, snorkel with fish and hold tropical birds at this 33-acre park. Your ticket includes lunch, equipment rental and even a pass for either SeaWorld or Busch Gardens, so it’s fantastic value for money. Best of all, only 1,000 guests a day are let through the gates here, so there’s not a crowd in sight.
9. Busch Gardens
Busch Gardens has a reputation for having the biggest, baddest rollercoasters in Florida. There’s SheiKra, which thrusts you down a 90-degree drop, and Gwazi, one of the largest and fastest double wooden rollercoasters on the planet. Make sure you check out the African-themed Jungala while you’re here – it’s a jungle village that’s home to Bengal tigers and orangutans.
10. Kennedy Space Centre
NASA’s launch headquarters in Cape Canaveral gives Florida’s theme parks a run for their money when it comes to pulling in the crowds. You can visit the Astronaut Hall of Fame, take to a simulator to experience your own shuttle launch, and catch a film at one of the IMAX theatres. But to really walk in the footsteps of an astronaut, you’ll need to book a place on the Astronaut Training Experience.

Kennedy Space Centre


From fairytale castles to comic book heroes – it’s all on the cards in Florida.

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