Imagine a place where three of the most popular theme parks in the world are located within a 20-minute drive of one another.
The I-4 corridor, which runs through Orlando, Florida, is such a spot. It's the home of Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando and SeaWorld.
Walt Disney World: Favorite Characters Come to Life
Mickey Mouse. Donald Duck. Goofy. "it's a small world." Star Wars. Pirates of the Caribbean. Tomorrowland. The list of iconic characters and attractions at Walt Disney World is seemingly endless. Cinderella's Castle illuminates with a dazzling glow that sparkles with pixie dust. Roar past streaking orbs of light and wayward comets on Space Mountain. Take a musical voyage to Arendelle on Frozen Ever After.
Walt Disney World's four theme parks – Magic Kingdom Park, EPCOT, Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park – offer so much to do that you will have to choose carefully, based on the ages and interests of your group.
At Magic Kingdom Park, wonder and fantasy are everywhere. Six enchanted lands with masses of magical attractions make exciting adventures and timeless fairy tale classics just a smile away. It’s the place where Disney fantasies and characters come to life!
Join the action at Disney’s Hollywood Studios with exhilarating new adventures, lands and attractions that engage every one of your senses. Get set for an immersive experience where you’re not merely watching the story but actually living it.
EPCOT has always been an amazing place to celebrate the world and become immersed in the wonder of attractions and festivals that excite the senses. As the park transforms, you are invited to enjoy a new journey dedicated to inspiring everyone with the magic of possibility.
Explore the magic of nature at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park where you’ll discover rare animals, authentic adventures and energetic entertainment transporting you to the heart of nature – alive with magic.
Carousel ride at Walt Disney World
Universal Orlando Resort: It's All About the Thrills
While Disney seeps with nostalgia, Universal Orlando Resort prides itself on the thrill factor at its two parks – Universal Studios Florida and Universal's Islands of Adventure. Join Gru, his daughters and the mischievous Minions for their latest scheme on the Despicable Me Minion Mayhem 3-D ride or brave the dangers of a mysterious land in a close encounter with King Kong at Skull Island: The Reign of Kong. Revenge of the Mummy and the Incredible Hulk Coaster are just as exciting.
Meanwhile, Diagon Alley, the multidimensional thrill ride Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts and other attractions at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter makes one feel as if he or she literally stepped into a movie. Finally, two experiences that were part of the park's original lineup – Jurassic Park River Adventure and E.T. Adventure – retain their appeal.
Diagon Alley at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort
SeaWorld: Get Close to Animals
At SeaWorld, you can focus on animal escapades instead of television and movie characters. Live shows predominate with animal interactions ranking near the top of the priority list. Begin with Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin – featuring a state-of-the-art, motion-based, trackless dark-ride system. Move on to SeaWorld's impressive roller coasters, including Manta and Kraken, before long lines form.
Fitting in shows like Blue Horizons (dolphins), One Ocean (killer whales) and Pets Ahoy (dogs, cats and ducks) throughout the rest of your stay will send you back home feeling more than satisfied with your Orlando visit.
The dolphin show at SeaWorld Orlando