|Orlando - Kissimmee -
Lake Buena Vista: Tourism information
What most visitors think of as Orlando actually
includes Kissimmee and Lake
Buena Vista as well. Walt Disney World's theme parks are
mandatory magic for Central Florida visitors.
The spires of Cinderella's
castle are familiar around the world as the symbol of The Magic
Kingdom, Disney's original park in Lake Buena Vista. The castle
is a fantastic
backdrop for playful rides and roaming characters such as international
celebrity, Mickey Mouse.
Disney's Animal Kingdom, its newest
adventure park, is filled with the natural drama of life in the
have thrilling encounters with animals from real life, the
distant past, and imagination. The latest addition to Disney's
Kingdom is Asia, which showcases the exotic wildlife and lush
of the continent's southern region. Guests embark on many fascinating
journeys, encountering natural mysteries at every turn.
Epcot is a two-part educational and cultural
attraction designed to challenge the mind and satisfy the senses.
Here, you can sample a warm croissant at a bakery in France, tap
your foot to an authentic oom-pah band in Germany, learn about the
age of dinosaurs, and take an exhilarating trip through the human
body all in one day!
Disney-MGM Studios allows visitors to see Disney
animators creating wonderful characters and explains movie-making
on an entertaining backlot tour.
Universal Studios Florida shares the movie-making
theme of Disney-MGM Studios, but attractions are presented quite
At Universal, promoters say you can "ride
the movies." Some rides provide an entertaining look at famous
movies of the past, such as "Kongfrontation," where guests
meet King Kong on the New York subway.
Jaws, Earthquake, Terminator
2: 3-D Battle Across Time and the works of Hitchcock are among
the park's other movie attractions.
Twister, a technological
marvel, invites guests to experience the awesome live spectacle
nature of an actual tornado, a mere 20 feet away.
Universal's newest park is Universal Studios Islands of Adventure.
islands, each with a distinct personality, offer something for
Experience the bustling marketplace of Port of Entry,
between good and evil on Marvel Super Hero Island, slapstick
ruckuses at Toon Lagoon, prehistoric megalosaurs in Jurassic
sorcerers on the Lost Continent, and fanciful revelry at Seuss Landing.
Visitors to Central Florida will want to explore natural attractions
as well as fantastical ones, and SeaWorld is a wonderful place
Now guests can be Trainer for a Day, working alongside
SeaWorld animal trainers to learn training techniques, feeding,
and show preparation.
Attractions include the "Pacific Point Preserve," a
sea lion and seal habitat which mimics the rocky, northern Pacific
coastline; and "Manatees: The Last Generation?" an up-close
look at the endangered sea cow.
SeaWorld's newest attraction is
Wild Arctic, which takes visitors on a chilling adventure to experience
the natural beauty of the arctic. Visitors come face to face with
real polar bears, walruses, harbor seals and beluga whales.
|The highlight of a visit to SeaWorld is the "Shamu:
New Visions" show during which killer whales interact with trainers,
defy gravity in breathtaking leaps; and make a big splash (and a
wet audience!) with a flick of the tail and 52-degree water.
Dinner attractions are very popular in the Orlando
area and also center around themes, whether of an era or an ethnicity.
Times Dinner and Tournament in Kissimmee allows you to cheer
a knight to victory.
Disney's Pleasure Island celebrates New Year's
night with laser lights and dancing in the streets.
Studios CityWalk is a colossal 30-acre entertainment mecca,
restaurants, nightclubs, cinemas, live entertainment, and
Shopping areas in Orlando have as much variety
as the local attractions. Souvenirs of your adventures, for both
yourself and your friends
back home are easy to find. Outlet centers and factory stores abound
here and offer some of the best bargains in town.
in Orlando and Kissimmee are also popular for their fun environments,
such as at Pointe*Orlando, Disney Village Market Place or Old Town
Water fun is everywhere in Central Florida,
though it's not a beach destination.
Wet 'n Wild, Watermania, Disney's
Blizzard Beach are water parks where visitors can beat the Florida
heat and have a slipping, sliding, good time of it!
Disney's Blizzard Beach combines water with "snow" from
Florida snowstorm," creating snowy slopes.