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“What parks should I visit on my trip to Orlando?” is one of the first questions every traveler asks himself. In fact, it’s done and it’s done for us too. I would say that a lot of the feedback we’ve received since we created the Oh Trips is related to this question.

First of all, I can assure you that there is no question more difficult to answer than this one. After all, everyone knows the saying “taste is not disputed”.

And if taste is undisputed, then how can I tell a family that is spending thousands of dollars to travel to Orlando where to go? I can not. Unmissable parks for me can be hyper boring for you and vice versa.

But calm down, we won’t leave you unanswered either. 😛

That’s why here at Oh Trips we try to give as much information as possible about the parks and other attractions in Orlando, so that everyone can decide what suits you and your group the most.

Many people come to us offering money for us to make a personalized itinerary.

However, I always recommend that you make your own scripts for one reason: no one will know your group as well as you do to put together the perfect schedule. In other words, I think that in these custom itineraries you spend more and have a less special schedule than if you decided what to do yourself.

So, except for those who don’t want a perfect itinerary and prefer the practicality and convenience of a personalized itinerary, I don’t think it’s worth the investment. To make a perfect script you need two things:

  • Knowledge of parks/attractions
  • Knowledge of the profile of the travel group.

The first element (knowledge of the parks) we here at the Oh Trips guarantee you by giving all the necessary information, as they are gathered here on the blog. From then on, all you have to do is enter your knowledge of your group and that’s it! So you will be prepared to set up your schedule.

“But Carlos, I don’t know Orlando, I don’t know what I like, how can I make a good choice?”. My answer is simple: exploring the resources we put here on the blog. Come on, I’ll explain.

How to choose parks when traveling to Orlando?

First of all, you need to understand Orlando’s attractions. Here at Oh Trips we publish the itineraries we made for each of the city’s parks, with comments on each attraction and what we think is the coolest in each one of them.

So, if you want to get to know the parks well to decide which ones to visit, my recommendation is that you read each of the tours. But for those who have less time or already want a more summarized preview of the proposal for each of the parks, I highlighted here the main points of each of them. With this information, you will have the necessary basis to define which parks best suit your group.

There’s nothing better to know what to expect and what will or won’t interest your group.

All this without wasting a lot of time and while you already see all the tips to enjoy each park more. Here’s the first part of the Magic Kingdom video script to get an idea. 😉

And for those who want to get a quick and direct idea of ​​each of Orlando’s parks, just look at the summary below. Basically, there are 3 big different park complexes: Disney, Universal and Sea World:

Disney parks

In the Disney complex there are 4 theme parks and 2 water parks:

1) Magic Kingdom

The Magic Kingdom is the symbol of Disney and Orlando.

This was the city’s first park, centered on Cinderella’s castle and bringing in every corner of its territory everything we know as the magic created by Disney.

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central-plaza-partners-cinderella-castle-zoom-background

In my opinion, it is a must-have park for everyone who visits the city, without exception.

The best known characters, the most traditional attractions, the most famous foods, the most unmissable parades and fireworks shows in the world are all gathered there.

The roller coasters (there are 5 in total) welcome visitors of all ages, especially children, so don’t expect extreme curves in all of them. If on the one hand some may think that the attractions lack adrenaline, on the other hand there is certainly plenty of emotion, after all, there is no park more exciting and emotional than this one. Who doesn’t have hundreds of Disney memories from childhood?

It is at Magic Kingdom where children can meet and take pictures with the princesses. Plus, that’s where you can go from a western to a futuristic area, passing through Fantasyland, all in the same day.

  • Minimum days to enjoy the park: between 1 and 2 days.
  • Can you share the day with another park: no.
  • Who won’t like it: nobody.
  • Time of year: any.

2) Epcot

Despite being considered by many as a park for adults, I think everyone enjoys Epcot in a different way, including children. Re herself already said that this was her favorite park as a child.

There you will find Future World technology, in addition to the World Showcase experience, where you can “visit” the culture of 11 countries without having to fly between them.

It is currently the scene of Disney’s biggest renovations, which will redesign and bring new experiences to the park over the next few years, as we tell you here.

It’s a special park for those who like to eat well and try different things, but still entertain the more extreme with some iconic attractions, such as Soarin’ (which simulates a hang gliding flight), the Mission Space (a simulator space that gives you the feeling of zero gravity) and Spaceship Earth (a tour through the history of the world inside the giant ball that is the symbol of the park).

But children also find their way to attractions like Finding Nemo, Imagination, and Frozen. Finally, the fireworks show is one of the must-see things in Orlando.

  • Minimum days to enjoy the park: 1 day.
  • Can you share the day with another park: maybe in times of more empty parks and if the other is a park with fewer attractions, such as Animal Kingdom or Sea World. In that case, start at the other park in the morning and spend the afternoon and evening at Epcot.
  • Who won’t like it: those who only like attractions that make your stomach flutter.
  • Time of year: any.

3) Hollywood Studios

Disney’s smallest park draws adrenaline buffs with two of the most extreme attractions in all of Disney: the plummeting tower and Aerosmith’s roller coaster. But those who think that only radicals have a chance at Hollywood Studios are wrong.

As the name implies, the fun of the park is to talk creatively about cinema and theater, with unmissable shows, such as the traditional musical by Bela ea Fera.

In addition, children also enjoy the Studios a lot: there is the Disney Junior attraction, the Little Mermaid show, the Car show and the Toy Story theme area.

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beauty-and-the-beast-live-on-stage-hollywood-studios

At the same time, the park is home to one of the biggest expansion projects in recent times: the Star Wars area, a must stop for fans and the curious.

Among other unmissable things are the park’s two closing shows: Fantamic! (which while not all fireworks, is equally exciting and unmissable), and the Star Wars fireworks show.

  • Minimum days to enjoy the park: 1 day.
  • Can you share the day with another park: maybe, if you don’t want to go to all the attractions and shows (which have fixed times), besides going on a day when the park closes late, after 8 pm. In this case it would also be necessary to share with smaller parks such as Animal Kingdom or SeaWorld. Start at these parks in the morning and spend the afternoon and evening at Hollywood Studios.
  • Who won’t like it: nobody.
  • Time of year: any.

4) Animal Kingdom

Although it’s a park that some people tend to leave out of the script, Animal Kingdom has been surprising more and more in recent years. First of all, he has one of Orlando’s best roller coasters, Expedition Everest.

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kilimanjaro-safaris-Animal-kingdom

Besides, it allows you to meet real animals on a really cool and well done safari. It still has unmissable shows such as the King Lion and Nemo’s musical.

Finally, the Animal Kingdom is where Pandora is located, the area dedicated to the movie Avatar, and today it has one of the best attractions in all of Disney.

  • Minimum days to enjoy the park: 1 day.
  • Can you share the day with another park: perhaps, as long as it is the first park of the day, as it usually closes earlier than other parks.
  • Who won’t like it: nobody.
  • Time of year: any.

5) Blizzard Beach

The smaller of Disney’s two water parks, Blizzard is also the cozier, more family-friendly. It has, like the others, attractions for all styles, from the radical to the quiet ones to rest.

Children enjoy the coolest playgrounds in the world, which unfortunately, adults cannot enter if they are not taking care of a child. hehe

Cross Country Creek - Disney´s Blizzard Beach
Cross Country Creek – Disney´s Blizzard Beach

The park imitates a deactivated ski resort, so it’s really fun to go there in the summer and see the place full of fake snow-covered mountains.

In fact, it is on Blizzard Beach that one of the biggest water slides exists. If you’re going in a month of heat, it’s a great option to cool off.

  • Minimum days to enjoy the park: 1 day.
  • Can you share the day with another park: maybe, as long as it’s the first park of the day, as it always closes early.
  • Who won’t like it: who doesn’t like the water park.
  • Time of year: In the hot months, between May and September, maybe in April and October depending on the weather that year.

6) Typhoon Lagoon

Typhoon is Disney’s big and popular water park. I would say it’s the Magic Kingdom for bathers going to Orlando.

The wave pool is huge and from time to time it releases a very fun tsunami that drags everyone to the beach.

In addition, it has several attractions where you can take the toboggan run with the whole family, and a kind of water roller coaster.

  • Minimum days to enjoy the park: 1 day.
  • Can you share the day with another park: maybe, as long as it’s the first park of the day, as it always closes early.
  • Who won’t like it: who doesn’t like the water park.
  • Time of year: In the hot months, between May and September, maybe in April and October depending on the weather that year.

Universal Parks

In the Universal complex, there are 2 theme parks and 1 water park:

1) Universal Studios

Another traditional Orlando movie-themed park. Universal Studios once again became one of the most popular in the city after Diagon Alley (from the Harry Potter saga) was inaugurated as one of its themed areas.

The park, which has always had short lines, has since been more crowded, but its traditional attractions go far beyond the famous wizard.

There you will find the classic ET movie attraction, two roller coasters, and the fun shooting competition in the Men in Black attraction, Simpsons simulator, among other things.

Universal Studios Orlando Parks
Universal Studios Orlando Parks

In addition, the kids also really enjoy the attractions of My Evil Favorite and Shrek. As you can see, there are excellent options for all ages.

  • Minimum days to enjoy the park: 1 day only for this park or 2 days if you want to go together on Islands of Adventure to do all the Harry Potter attractions, which have longer queues.
  • Can you share the day with another park: yes, with Islands of Adventure in emptier times. That said, so that you can enjoy everything, the ideal is to set aside two days for these two parks.
  • Who won’t like it: nobody.
  • Time of year: any.

2) Islands of Adventure

The second park in the Universal complex has many attractions for fans of extreme attractions: there are some rollercoasters like the extreme Hulk, and super cool simulators like the classic Spider-Man. But children have a turn too, with an entire themed area with attractions for them.

islands of adventure hogwarts
islands of adventure hogwarts

In addition, it is in Islands of Adventure that the second Harry Potter theme area is located. There you find the village of Hogsmeade, Hogwarts Castle and Hagrid’s new roller coaster.

  • Minimum days to enjoy the park: 1 day only for this park or 2 days if you go to Universal Studios together and want to go to the Harry Potter attractions, which have longer queues.
  • Can you share the day with another park: yes, with Universal Studios, in emptier times. That said, so that you can enjoy everything, the ideal is to set aside two days for these two parks.
  • Who won’t like it: Those who don’t like extreme attractions may find the park a little boring.
  • Time of year: any.

3) Volcano Bay

The newest park in Universal’s complex is also the first water park, and it brought to Orlando another option to take a break from the theme park and shopping schedule. In addition to many extreme attractions, this park also brings the facility to use a virtual queue for attractions.

The park is full of details, has as its theme the Pacific Islands and a large volcano that is like a central landmark of the place. For those looking for more extreme water attractions than Disney parks, then it’s a great choice.

  • Minimum days to enjoy the park: 1 day
  • Can you share the day with another park: you can, preferably with another one in the Universal Studios complex.
  • Who won’t like it: who doesn’t like extreme attractions and/or a water park.
  • Time of year: In the hot months, between May and September, maybe in April and October depending on the weather that year.

SeaWorld Parks

The SeaWorld park complex brings together 2 theme parks and 2 water parks:

1) SeaWorld

As a result of being very controversial and criticized by a large number of tourists for exploitation and mistreatment of animals, SeaWorld has been reinventing itself. In recent years, they have announced that they will no longer breed new whales and will gradually change the experience offered with these animals.

Turtle-Trek-SeaWorld-Orlando
Turtle-Trek-SeaWorld-Orlando

In addition, SeaWorld has created attractions that go beyond marine life. This is the case with some of Orlando’s most extreme rollercoasters, Kraken, Manta and Mako.

The famous whale and dolphin shows continue there, attracting hundreds of thousands of tourists every year, as well as animal exhibits such as dolphins, turtles and stingrays.

For children, an entire area dedicated to Sesame Street is often popular with the little ones.

  • Minimum days to enjoy the park: 1 day.
  • Can you share the day with another park: maybe, as long as it’s the first park of the day, as it always closes early.
  • Who won’t like it: who doesn’t feel comfortable with the way they treat animals.
  • Time of year: any.


2) Busch Gardens

Although most people don’t know it, SeaWorld owns Busch Gardens.

This park is located in Tampa, just over an hour from Orlando, and is filled with very radical attractions.

busch gardens tampa florida
busch gardens tampa florida

With 5 roller coasters, Busch Gardens is the most adrenaline park in the region. Despite this, he also tries to please children, with lighter attractions, walks with the animals, shows, and even meeting Sesame Street characters.

Is it worth going just for the kids? I think not. But that doesn’t mean they won’t enjoy it if they keep up with the more radicals.

  • Minimum days to enjoy the park: 1 day.
  • Can you share the day with another park: no, because the time it takes to get to and from Tampa means that nothing can be enjoyed at any of the parks.
  • Who won’t like it: Those who don’t like extreme attractions may find the park a little boring.
  • Time of year: any.

3) Discovery Cove

Another park that is debatable from an environmental point of view, Discovery Cove is famous for allowing its visitors to swim and play with the dolphins created by the park. Discovery Cove’s dynamic is quite different from other Orlando parks, as you won’t find a series of attractions, queues and things to do there.

That’s why it’s a park to spend the day, rest, swim, dive, sunbathe and play a little with the dolphins.

  • Minimum days to enjoy the park: 1 day.
  • Can you share the day with another park: maybe, as long as it’s the first park of the day, as it always closes early.
  • Who won’t like it: those who don’t like the water park and those who don’t like marine animals.
  • Time of year: In the hot months, between May and September, maybe in April and October depending on the weather that year.

4) Aquatica

The simplest of Orlando’s water parks, it brings everything you’d expect from this type of place: wave pool, buoys, lounge chairs, water slides and a flowing river.

Discovery Cove SeaWorld
Discovery Cove SeaWorld

But what I don’t like about Aquatica is, in the first place, the park’s lack of conservation.

Second is the fact that they sell the idea that water slides pass through aquariums full of fish, whales and dolphins.

  • Minimum days to enjoy the park: 1 day.
  • Can you share the day with another park: maybe, as long as it’s the first park of the day, as it always closes early.
  • Who won’t like it: who doesn’t like the water park.
  • Time of year: In the hot months, between May and September, maybe in April and October depending on the weather that year.

Other Parks

Legoland

Located 40 minutes from Orlando, Legoland is perhaps the only park that does not appeal to tourists of all ages. This is because the focus of the park is clearly children ages 2-10.

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legoland-orlando-florida

Maybe even 12, but not beyond that. Adults don’t really have anything to enjoy in the park, precisely because it was created for children, so every bit of it is perfectly made for them.

When we went to visit, I was wondering how much fun I would be having if I was 7 years old. So here’s the tip: if you’re not going to Orlando with kids, don’t worry about visiting Legoland.

  • Minimum days to enjoy the park: 1 day.
  • Can you share the day with another park: no, because the time it takes to get to and from Winter Haven means that you don’t enjoy anything at any of the parks.
  • Who won’t like it: most people over 12 years old.
  • Time of year: any. For the Legoland water park, we recommend the warm months between May and September, maybe April and October depending on the weather that year.

Kennedy Space Center

Despite being called a park, the Kennedy Space Center looks much more like an interactive museum than a theme park.

Built around one of NASA’s research, training and rocket launching centers, the US Special Agency, the Kennedy Space Center is a playground for space lovers.

Kennedy-Space-Center Orlando
Kennedy-Space-Center Orlando

There, visitors can watch 3D movies on the subject, meet real rockets, tour the space mission control centers and even talk and have lunch with an astronaut.

  • Minimum days to enjoy the park: 1 day.
  • Can you share the day with another park: no, because the time it takes to get to and from Cape Canaveral means that nothing can be enjoyed in any of the parks.
  • Who won’t like it: Anyone looking to fix radicals or who doesn’t like space science may find the park a bit boring.
  • Time of year: any.

Number of days for each park

First, it’s important to size the parks on the days you have to travel.

This means that if you’re going to be in Orlando for a short time, then it’s better to choose fewer parks to go to than squishing 2 or more parks in one day and ending up enjoying little of each.

On the other hand, if you’re going to stay in the city for a long time (for example, more than 10 days), you can easily do each park you liked and repeat the coolest ones at the end of the trip.

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More Tips for Your Trip to Orlando

As we talked about above, be sure to check out our youtube channel where we give several travel tips to Orlando.

In addition we show you lots of cool things to do there, do you want a better way to plan a trip than already living a little bit of what you will see there?

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