Take younger kids to Walt Disney World Resort – with four themeparks and two waterparks, this is the obvious starting point for those visiting Florida with pre-schoolers. Its Magic Kingdom is a guaranteed hit with tots, offering dozens of rides, carnivals and daily parades and the chance to see Mickey up close. Disney's Hollywood Studios is all about the magic of the movies, with High School Musical and Toy Story attractions as well as the famous Aerosmith Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster. Teenagers and adults enjoy the futuristic rides on offer at Epcot, while Disney’s Animal Kingdom gives you the chance to take the kids on safari even in Florida. Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon complete the Disney parks in Orlando, with plenty of waterpark fun.
Go behind the scenes of your favourite movies, books and comics at Universal Orlando Resort – more compact than Disney but packed with heart-thumping action. The Simpsons Ride and Shrek 4-D are the top Studio attractions, while Universal’s Islands of Adventure brings The Cat in the Hat and Spiderman to life, as well as being home to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, which gives fans the chance to visit Hogwarts, stroll through the streets of Hogsmead, sneak a peek behind the door of Professor Dumbledore’s office, and thrill to the Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts ride in Diagonal Alley. Like Disney, Universal can also be topped off with a waterpark, Volcano Bay.
Ride Orlando’s fastest, longest and tallest rollercoaster, Mako, at SeaWorld Orlando, another popular theme park choice that also houses a variety of marine exhibits.
Make for the I-Drive 360 entertainment complex to ride the Orlando Eye observation wheel (for great views over central Florida) and visit Madame Tussauds Orlando and Sea Life Orlando, as well as take advantage of its array of shops and restaurants. Other things worth checking out are Escapology Orlando, a team-building escape game, and the hands-on Crayola Experience at the Florida Mall.
Head to Winter Haven 45 minutes south of Orlando, to treat kids aged 2–12 to a day or two at Legoland Florida Resort, combining a theme park, waterpark and hotel.
Combine Orlando with a stop elsewhere in the gorgeous state of Florida, perhaps Miami or the Florida Keys, or with a break in New York City or in the Caribbean.