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Orlando is the ultimate playground for kids and anyone who is a kid at heart. Wish upon a star at the Magic Kingdom, then head to the heart-pumping rides at a water park. To top it all off, travel to the stars at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral.

Walt Disney World Resort

This mothership of entertainment landed in Florida in 1971 and has been luring the masses ever since. There are four theme parks, including the Magic Kingdom, and two water parks.

Magic Kingdom

It's the world's most visited theme park, welcoming over 19 million visitors a year to its six individual "lands." Liberty Square reflects small-town Colonial America in 1776.

Epcot

Spaceship Earth, the iconic symbol of the park, is a virtual time machine that whisks visitors on a journey of human communication, spanning millennia in just 15 minutes.

Disney's Animal Kingdom

It's one of the world's largest animal theme parks. The Kilimanjaro Safari takes visitors in a vehicle through the open spaces, where elephants, antelope and others roam freely.

Disney's Hollywood Studios

The park features eight themed sections of Tinsletown, complete with a Hollywood Blvd. "The Great Movie Ride" at the Chinese Theater honors classic films, like the Wizard of Oz.

Islands of Adventure

This is the place to explore the "Wizarding World of Harry Potter" and "Hogsmeade." Discover the magic of Hogwarts and get a thrill from other wizarding moments.

Wet 'n Wild

Take it easy on the Lazy River, or experience a rush while plummeting six stories down a vertical slide. The park certainly lives up to its name with hair-raising rides.

Aquatica

The Dolphin Plunge at Sea World sends you barreling through a tube in the underwater world of Commerson's dolphins. These sprightly creatures will whiz right along with you, too.

Discovery Cove

The park offers the ultimate experience to swim with dolphins in a tranquil lagoon. Swimmers can also get up-close to frisky, freshwater otters and explore marine life in a reef.

Kennedy Space Center

What a place to learn about the US space program! A replica of the external tank and two rocket boosters towers 184 feet over the entrance to the Space Shuttle Atlantis exhibition.

Planning Your Orlando Visit

Walt Disney World Resort opening hours and tickets

Admission only to the Magic Kingdom costs $105, and $97 to either EPCOT, Disney's Animal Kingdom Park or Disney's Hollywood Studios. There are also multi-day passes, and it's possible to add a Park Hopper Option ($64) for same-day entry to all four theme parks.
The Magic Kingdom is open from 9:00AM-12:00AM; EPCOT from 9:00AM-9:00PM; Disney's Hollywood Studios from 8:00AM-10:00PM; Disney's Animal Kingdom from 9:00AM-6:00PM.

Universal Orlando tickets and opening hours

A day-pass for single park admission for either Islands of Adventure or Universal Studios costs $102 (adult) and $97 (child). A one-day pass for both parks is $147 (adult) and $142 (child). A single ticket for Wet 'n Wild is $47, but it's also possible to add this park to a multi-day pass to combine all three ($242 adult) or two of the three ($197 adult).
The park is open daily from 9:00AM, but evening closing times vary according to the season.

Discovery Cove and Aquatica tickets and opening hours

"The day resort price costs $249 and $399 for the dolphin experience. The price includes entry to Sea World and Aquatica and Sea World's Waterpark. You can book the day and package in advance online.
Discovery Park is open daily from 8:00AM-5:30PM.
A day-pass at Aquatica is $47 when you book in advance online and receive the 10% discount. The park opens at 9:00AM, but evening closing times vary according to the season."

Kennedy Space Center tickets and opening hours

"The KSC is open daily from 9:00AM-6:00PM. Admission costs $50 for adults and $40 for children. You can book your tickets in advance online and select the date and entry time.
Location: Cape Canaveral is about an hour away by car from Orlando."

Good to know

  • Language
    English
  • Currency
    USD ($)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (-05:00)
  • Country Code
    +1
  • Best time to visit
    Summers are hot and humid, so if you can, delay your trip until October, when the weather is warm and the summer crowds are gone.

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What people are saying about Orlando

We are seniors, should get discounts tickets,but we paid full price.

I ask ticked clerk about discount refund but she answered nothing she can do. The tour are excellent I refer to friends should enjoy this tour

Kennedy Space Center Admission Ticket Reviewed by Tai, 10/11/2018

Absolutely a must do activity when in Florida!

A jaw dropping experience! Seeing the rockets and shuttles on TV or in the newspaper is nothing compared to seeing them in person. Take the bus tour, very enlightening! Watch the movies! Do everything on your visit. It is truly amazing!

Kennedy Space Center Admission Ticket Reviewed by Nancy, 25/10/2018

Wonderful full day of achievements and future projects

Absolutely brilliant day throughout our visit. The programme of event were wonderful with particular reference to the bus trip around the launch pads etc. This filled over 2 hours with splendid verbal details given by our driver. Thereafter we continued our day at all of the events on offer plus of course refreshment areas. The courtesy, professional manner and expertise of all your team made our visit very special indeed. It has been nigh on 40 years since we last visited with our children, after which so many wonderful and successful projects and flights have been carried out resulting in a new "space centre" for which you (USA) should be very proud. Future projects to Mars etc will no doubt ensure we visit again in the next few years but at that time with our 6 grandchildren so that they too can appreciate what has been achieved by your good selves over what has been a very short period. Sincere thanks from 2 Scottish grandparents for the experience Harry & Margaret Kelly

Kennedy Space Center Admission Ticket Reviewed by Henry, 17/10/2018

Rewarding experience, aided because of very knowledgeable guide (Matt)

I planned a surprise trip with my wife, and after the experience she could not have been happier. The kayaking was enjoyable in and of itself, but the true pleasure was the interactions that the guide provided us with the animals. Matt was very knowledgeable and offered us opportunities to experience things that we would have been unable to do so on our own. Seeing the manatees were worth the entire trip. This is something we would love to do in the future with our kids, and we will thoroughly encourage others to do so as well. There was a misunderstanding originally with our purchase due to a third party being involved with the transaction, but Matt quickly went out of his way to make things right. I am generally skeptical about how things unknown may go, but I could not be happier about how this went, and feel comfortable that it would go well again even if the circumstances for that day were to be different based on Matt's ability to adjust. Overall, it was a rewarding time

Orlando: 3-Hour Manatee Encounter by Kayak Reviewed by Anthony, 03/09/2018

Lovely educational experience with good service and a nice atmosphere.

I was pleased with the experience, and the time spent there exceeded my expectations for the center. Quality experience.

Kennedy Space Center Admission Ticket Reviewed by Signian, 28/08/2018