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No trip would be complete without a visit to the world-famous Walt Disney World Resort, consisting of four different theme parks. Magic Kingdom Park is where you can experience firework displays, pirate encounters, meet your favourite Disney characters or tour Cinderella's palace. There's also the new Fantasyland section of Magic Kingdom Park, which nearly doubles its size. Fantasyland includes a storybook circus, inspired by Disney's Dumbo, where visitors can see astonishing stunts, majestic animals and spectacular entertainment in the big top tents. There's also the Enchanted Forest.
Epcot is another part of the resort. Its nightly sound and light show depicts the history of the earth and its people and there are countless amazing theme park rides. Then there's Disney's Hollywood studios, where visitors can enjoy high-speed rides, meet celebrities, get autographs and enjoy live performances. Disney's Animal Kingdom is the final and largest of the four theme parks, where embarking on an African trek and encountering crocodiles, hippos and other exotic animals is just one of the activities on offer. There are also two water parks in the resort - Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon.
Orlando isn't known as the world's theme-park capital for nothing. As well as the Walt Disney World Resort, there is also the Universal Studios resort. This includes two different theme parks and a water park, including the Universal Islands of Adventure, which features the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Here visitors can enjoy high-speed roller coasters with characters from the books, sample some authentic Harry Potter delicacies such as butter beer and purchase their very own broomsticks.
Then there's the Universal Studios theme park. It's a real working film and TV production facility where you can enjoy an array of rides, shows, movie sets and attractions. To cool down after all the excitement of the theme parks, there's the Wet and Wild water park, where some of the most famous rides are the Disco H20, Brain Wash and the Bubba Tub.
To get the most out of your trip, the best time to visit the Universal Studios resort is when one of the many events is taking place. In the summer there are several open-air concerts featuring some of the biggest names in music, as well as Florida's biggest Christian music festival. In the spring is Mardi Gras, with concerts, a parade and authentic Cajun food. Autumn sees visitors enjoying Halloween horror nights, while Christmas includes the Macy's holiday parade and a wintry wonderland complete with the Grinch.
For those with slightly younger families, LEGOLAND is a great day out. With eleven different sections, including Pirate's Cove and Lego City, you're sure to have an action-packed day. Cool off later on in the LEGOLAND water park, where there is a variety of rides, a surf shop and the beach-n-brick grill.
SeaWorld is also one of Orlando's famous theme parks, with underwater rides, shows and exhibits. There are also seasonal events at Halloween, Christmas and New Year.
International Drive is a great base for those wanting to visit SeaWorld, as it's very close by. It's also ideal for those who want to visit Florida's many shopping malls and outlets, Kennedy Space Centre or other areas of Florida such as Miami and the Keys.