Long before “It’s a Small World” echoed through the palmetto scrub, Central Florida was already known as a popular family destination. But when Walt Disney World® opened in Orlando on October 1, 1971, and was immediately successful, the Central Florida theme-park scene became big business.
And today, the story of Orlando doesn’t end with Disney. SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment is home to even more world-famous theme parks loved by visitors of all ages. Made up of four distinct properties, SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment delights and entertains with unforgettable animal encounters, world-class shows and fun-filled rides.
Another major attraction that can’t be missed is Universal Orlando® Resort , where you’ll find an entire universe of action, thrills and excitement for the whole family with two amazing theme parks, non-stop nightlife and three world-class on-site hotels. Fiction and fantasy become reality as the world’s greatest motion pictures and today’s hottest entertainment come to life to enthrall visitors of all ages. Jump into the action of the movies at Universal Studios Florida® and feel the rush of adrenaline at Universal’s Islands of Adventure®.
Three dining, shopping, and entertainment centers stand out: Universal CityWalk® at Universal Orlando® Resort, Downtown Disney® area at Walt Disney World Resort and Pointe Orlando on International Drive. At Universal CityWalk, sports bars and establishments with musical themes — such as Jimmy Buffet and Motown — lend lots of dining fun to its eateries. And Pointe Orlando is your one-stop shop for restaurants offering everything from casual fare to haute cuisine, a diverse collection of specialty shops, and nightlife that’s pulsing with energy, music and live entertainment.
Shop and dine amid locals in the Thornton Park neighborhood. Boat past Winter Park’s mansions and gardens, then stroll and shop its ritzy Park Avenue.
Train like a Jedi, go on safari and scale Everest across Walt Disney World Resort’s four theme parks. Within SeaWorld® Orlando’s three parks, you can swim with dolphins, ride a stingray-themed roller coaster and zoom down water slides. Tour Hogwarts Castle inside The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal’s Islands of Adventure®.
By day, circle downtown Orlando’s Lake Eola; by night, round its nightlife circuit. For one-stop dining, shopping and entertainment, try Universal CityWalk or Downtown Disney.
Lakes and brisk springs define natural Orlando. Snorkel, zipline or board an airboat. You can even surf at nearby Cocoa Beach.
Hit International Drive for quirky souvenirs and activities including miniature golf. Fill your shopping bags at the luxurious Mall at Millenia or several outlet centers.