Florida is an unimaginable state to discover; there are such a lot of issues to do throughout the Sunshine State, particularly relating to its larger-than-life theme parks. With resorts like Disney, Common and Busch Gardens, it’s the sort of state that’ll have you ever laughing, gorging and steeped in enjoyable throughout your complete journey. In actual fact, you’ll be spoilt for alternative with all the most effective theme parks in Florida to go to
Now, one factor we’ve discovered from our journeys to Florida is that there’s by no means fairly sufficient time to see and do all the things you need. This is the reason it’s completely necessary to prioritise which theme parks you wish to go to, alongside the opposite plans you may have on your journey. In spite of everything, most of us will wish to pack in a lot of superb Floridian experiences while within the state.
This implies (in the event you love a superb theme park as a lot as us) it’s a good suggestion to pre-book your entry tickets earlier than arriving in Florida. This then lets you plan the remainder of your vacation round these blocked-out theme park days; particularly if you wish to go to a number of the greatest seashores in Florida, the unimaginable nationwide parks or the Florida Keys, too!
No matter manner you resolve to plan your journey to Florida, simply be sure it’s crammed with a lot of enjoyable!
With that in thoughts and with our numerous journeys to Florida (and its epic theme parks), I wished to share our lowdown on the most effective theme parks in Florida to go to whenever you arrive.
Simply remember to plan, plan, plan! It’s one of many largest classes we’ve discovered from visiting Florida’s theme parks!
1.) Walt Disney’s Magic Kingdom
Let’s begin with one of the iconic theme parks in Florida… heck, probably the world! Disney’s, Magic Kingdom.
First up, don’t be fooled into pondering that is only for children… we massive children can actually benefit from the Magic Kingdom, too! In actual fact, I believe I even appreciated it much more!
Opened again in 1971, it’s the sort of theme park that’s continually altering, rising and (yeah, it sounds tacky) however is completely magical. It’s received rides, exhibits and occasions for all ages, making it the proper place to go to with a household or your folks.
In fact, you’ve gotta take a look at the long-lasting Cinderalla Fort; however don’t overlook about Area Mountain, the Haunted Mansion and the Seven Dwarfs Mine Trine.
Now, one factor to look out for is pricing! Belief me, you possibly can skink a shed load of money on these in the event you’re not too cautious. To avoid wasting cash (particularly in the event you’re visiting different Disney parks) then purchase an allotted interval of days for entry. As an illustration, you should buy one or two weeks “Magic Tickets“. This lets you hop between all of the Disney theme parks, usually at a reduced value. Oh yeah, they usually embody entry into Disney’s water parks, too!
To see probably the most of Magic Kingdom, be sure to see which rides are hottest whenever you arrive. Usually, a number of the longer queuing rides are value visiting as quickly because the park opens or when the parade is on. That is when a lot of different guests both haven’t arrived or are watching the parade; which all means fewer queue instances for you!
For those who’re not eager on that stage of planning, go for Disney’s Genie+, this lets you enter the Lightning Lane entrance and plan your journey round explicit timed entries. Although, this could bump up tickets prices in the event you’re travelling with a bigger household.
Oh, and don’t overlook, in the event you’re staying at a Disney Resort lodge, you’ll have 30-minutes early entry to any of the 4 main parks, too.
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2.) Common’s Islands of Journey
For my part, Common’s Islands of Journey is among the greatest theme parks in Florida to go to for thrills! Once more, excellent for the entire household (most theme parks in Florida are), it’s a very expansive park that’ll preserve you busy for days!
One of many issues I like about Islands of Journey is the totally different rides they’ve regarding motion pictures and TV! Truthfully, that is the place the place the Wizarding World of Harry Potter first turned a actuality, so count on to see lots of people right here waving their wands and butterbeer across the park. Oh, and you may trip a brush and head to Hogwarts on Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey or you possibly can take some butterbeer whereas strolling by way of Hogsmeade village. You may as well trip the Hogwarts Specific in the event you’d like, too!
One of many newer rides, the Jurassic World VelociCoaster is unimaginable and properly up there as one among Orlando’s greatest coasters! Saying that, if rollercoasters are your factor, then head on the Unimaginable Hulk Coaster, which can shoot you proper up the observe and over the park! Simply be ready to scream.
Once more, similar to Disney, it can save you cash by shopping for multi-park passes (to incorporate Common Studios) and rising the variety of days. Oh, and naturally, you possibly can choose to pay just a little additional for Common Specific packages that’ll restrict queue instances on a lot of the fashionable rides within the park.
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3.) Busch Gardens, Tampa Bay
Round a 90-minute drive from Disney World or 30-minutes from Tampa Airport, Busch Gardens is among the greatest theme parks in Florida to go to when heading additional east from Orlando.
Not solely will you get to discover the unimaginable gardens with over 300 particular that decision this space residence, you’ll additionally get to trip a number of the rollercoasters which are completely epic. Sheikra is a vertical drop coaster that can take your breath away! Oh and don’t overlook about Kumba – the velocity on that is insane.
Simply be sure to take a look at their web site and ebook tickets earlier than you get to the gates. This manner, you’ll preserve prices decrease!
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4.) Kennedy Area Heart, Cape Canaveral
Okay, okay! Yeah, the Kennedy Area Heart isn’t a Theme Park, I do know! However truthfully, you possibly can’t point out it when pondering of the superb points of interest to go to in Florida. You see, it’s the spot the place NASA launches so a lot of its rockets that head as much as area.
Round 60-minutes from Orlando, it’s very easy to go to for a day journey and the proper place to see Atlantis (With a shuttle launch expertise), discover a number of the extraterrestrial worlds in area and be taught a lot extra about area!
Higher nonetheless, you would possibly be capable to plan your go to to coincide with a launch! It’s unimaginable to see.
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5.) Common Studios
My second favorite and among the best theme parks in Florida to go to is Common Studios! Similar to Disney’s Magic Kingdom, it’s iconic!
With its Hollywood-inspired points of interest, Common Studios is one other must-see whenever you’re in Florida; particularly in the event you’re already take a look at Common’s Islands of Journey that’s proper subsequent door.
As soon as right here, head over to the Simpsons’ trip to glide throughout Springfield, hop on board the bike and soar to the skies with ET or scream all day on the Hollywood Rip Experience Rockit rollercoaster that’s completely enjoyable.
You possibly can simply spend an entire day in Common Studios, so plan you’re journey properly prematurely! Oh, and keep for the fireworks, too.
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One of many bigger parks of Disney, Epcot is among the greatest theme parks in Florida to discover the world, scientific discovery and, after all, Spaceship Earth.
Nice for households, Epcot has a number of principal neighbourhoods to discover. You’ll get to discover “World Celebration”, together with Spaceship Earth (the large spherical “golf ball”). Then pop over to “World Discovery” with the unimaginable Mission Area and Take a look at Observe the place you possibly can dart round in a automobile! Afterwards, head to World Nature and uncover all of the unimaginable pure magnificence that our world has to supply – Dwelling with the Land is an unimaginable boat trip you could expertise.
Lastly, don’t overlook to discover “World Showcase”. It is a large truthful having 11 nations represented round a colossal lake. You possibly can actually journey the world in a day; stopping by the UK for fish and chips, macaroons in France or tagines in Morocco. It’s unimaginable and completely huge.
You’ll have probably the most superb time.
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7.) Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Beforehand generally known as MGM Studios, Disney’s Hollywood Studios is a world crammed with all the things TV, movie and Hollywood. Right here, you’ll get to hop on enjoyable rides just like the Rock ‘n’ Curler Coaster Starring Aerosmith and The Twilight Zone: Tower of Terror! It’s a free fall raise that had me screaming a lot!
Oh, and remember to go to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge! It’s an epic new “land” that’s unimaginable to go to in the event you love Star Wars.
Once more, in the event you’re deciding to go to Hollywood Studios, remember to accomplice this up with the park passes that embody the opposite theme parks on totally different days.
Roughly midway between Orlando and Tampa, Legoland is among the greatest theme parks in Florida to go to when exploring with youthful kids.
Right here, everybody will be capable to discover Lego Kingdoms, the beautiful botanical gardens, Lego Metropolis and Pirates’ Cove. It’s so pretty. Oh, and don’t overlook concerning the Legoland Water Park that’s excellent on a scorching and sunny day! The Twin Chasers slides are a lot enjoyable.
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9.) Disney’s Animal Kingdom
There aren’t any clues wanted to guess what Disney’s Animal Kingdom is all about, is there? It’s among the best theme parks in Florida that homes its very personal safari tour with tigers, elephants and gorillas – all inside Kilimanjaro Safari. It’s unimaginable to go to and completely stunning to see the animals roaming across the park.
If thrills are extra your issues, hop on Expedition Everest, it may not be as chilly as up within the mountains but it surely’ll actually have you ever shaking!
Oh, and don’t overlook the Avatar-based Pandora space, the place you get an opportunity to expertise the movie in actual life. Although, be warned, queues could be lengthy so a queue bounce ticketing system would possibly work greatest for you. You possibly can simply spend an entire day or longer within the park; so plan this alongside the opposite Disney parks you wish to go to.
10.) Different Florida Theme parks
So, let’s not overlook that the most effective theme parks in Florida don’t should be the billion-dollar parks that decision this state residence. There’s additionally a heap of smaller, however no much less important parks which are properly value a gander in the event you’re within the space.
As an illustration, FastTrax (in Fort Myres) is extra of an indoor leisure centre than an amusement park that’s completely kitsch and enjoyable for a number of hours journey. You’ll see go-karts right here and have the prospect to trip them! If go-karts aren’t your factor, you possibly can attempt duckpin bowling, visiting their large sport room or heading to the pub.
Plus, don’t overlook about Enjoyable Spot America (each in Orlando and Kissimmee). Greatest recognized for Mine Blower and White Lightning (wood coasters), Enjoyable Spot America are comparatively small amusement parks which are excellent for shorter visits. Plus, don’t overlook about their annual firework shows each July third after using their nice rides like Sky Hawk, Freedom Flyer, Hurricane, Splash Pad and Galaxy Spin.
Lastly, Icon Park is one other little gem that’s completely value just a little journey in the event you’ve received time. The principle attraction on the park is the 400-foot The Wheel. Fifteen passengers can trip every of the 30 capsules for 20 minutes. Earlier than boarding The Wheel, guests can see a 5-minute presentation at a 4D theatre.
Positioned on the vacationer hall of I-Drive, and you will discover different thrilling rides and points of interest right here like Orlando StarFlyer, Madame Tussauds Orlando a 7D Darkish Experience Journey and a big arcade amongst different issues all shut by.
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