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Planning a Trip to Disney World in Orlando, FL

By Edited Dec 20, 2013 0 0

Disney World in Orlando, Fl is a great place to visit and consists of several theme parks and two water parks. 

Magic Kingdom

The Magic Kingdom features Disney characters and fairy tale enchantment.  Ride space mountain, a roller coaster through space.  Or board splash mountain and ride a log boat past scenes from the movie Song of the South.  The end of the ride features a 52 1/2 foot drop.  Visitors love Big thunder mountain railroad, a runaway goldmine train in the old west.  Ride the Doom buggy through Disney's haunted mansion.  Check out the main street parade, and the night-time firework display.  Walk through Cinderella's castle, watch and sing along with the Country bear jamboree, take a ride on the river in a classic steamship boat, along with several other attractions. 

 

Epcot Center

Epcot Center is about twice the size of the Magic Kingdom.  Here guests will journey through Future World and the World Showcase.  It's a collection of pavilions from all over the world, with live entertainment, Disney characters, and many attractions.  Each pavilion is very realistic and features shops, restaurants, and buildings similar to each country.  Visitors can enjoy simulated hang gliding, ride through spaceship earth and learn about earth's history, or watch animated shows. 

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Disney's Hollywood Studios provides guests with behind the scenes glimpses of movie making at its best.  It's like walking on a huge set for a movie.  Ride the rock n roll roller coaster to music by Aerosmith, take a 3-D star wars tour, enter the twilight zone tower of terror, or sing on the replicated American Idol stage.  See the history of Disney movies and how they were created.

Animal Kingdom
Disney's Animal Kingdom is dedicated to nature and conservation, and home to more than 1,700 animals spread across 500 acres.  It is the largest animal themed park in the world.  Visitors can check out Expedition Everest, a roller coaster ride through an icy replica of Yeti.  Or go on a safari and get up close with wild animals from Africa.  Watch the festival of the Lion King, a broadway musical, or the Finding Nemo musical.  Ride a raft on the Chakranadi River through a rainforest.  Watch the live show featuring over 20 birds at the Caravan stage.  Or visit the Maharajah Jungle trek, where guests can see Asian tigers, komodo dragons, deer, birds, and other animals.  There is also a petting zoo area where kids can feed the animals, along with many other exhibits.  

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Disney's Blizzard Beach water park features a 120 foot high water slide and a 12 story drop at summit plummet.  Tike's peak is a shallow water area with a snow castle fountain, pop up water jets, and small slides for the younger children.  Ride a raft on cross-country creek, or a family raft on teamboat springs.  Head to toboggan racers and join a water slide race, or hop in the one acre wave pool.  Take a ride on the chairlift to visit even more attractions. 

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Disney's Typhoon Lagoon is another water park feature three roller coaster like water rides, a stream guests can float down, a surf pool, and a creek with ten activity areas for smaller children.  Ride gang plank falls, a three hundred foot long family water slide, or humunga kowabunga, an enclosed five-story water slide.  Visit the shark reef and swim with sharks, stingrays, and tropical fish inside a large saltwater tank.  Many other water slides are located inside the park, and surf lessons are offered. 

ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex offers many athletic events and programs such as tournament play, sports camps and academies, Atlanta spring Braves training, AAU sports national championships, Pop Warner Super Bowl and national cheer and dance championships, and the ESPNHS games. 

In the downtown Disney area guests can attend the circus performed by Cirque du Soleil at the La Nouba theater.  The show features acrobats, athletes, and performance artists from several countries in energetic shows, beautiful costumes, and live music.

Disney World also offers on site accommodations.  The Jambo House is located in the Animal Kingdom and is an African lodge style hotel.  The Kidani Village is also located in the Animal Kingdom and are African styled villas featuring kitchens and multi bedroom units.  Bay Lake Tower is inside the Magic Kingdom and is a contemporary modern resort with great views of the park.  Disney's Beach Club Villas feature studio and villas in mid Atlantic style.  The Boardwalk villas are waterfront cottages fashioned after Atlantic city in the 1940's.  Old Key West resort is a romantic Florida Key styled hotel.  Saratoga Springs is a resort and spa beside the lake with equestrian theme.  The Villas at the Wilderness lodge is modeled after the Pacific northwest.   Amenities vary depending on site but may include cable or satellite, concierge services, cribs, kitchens, hot tub, babysitting, in room massage, in room washer and dryer, internet access, laundry services, lounges, meeting rooms, pool, in room refrigerator, room service, and wheel chair access.  Some facilities offer bike rental, boat rental, a fitness center, bar, night clubs, dining, and a playground.  Transportation includes boat, bus, or Monorail.

The parks offer special accommodations for guests with disabilities, and have wheel chair and electric vehicles available for rent.  Services are also available for the hearing and visually impaired.  Service animals are welcome at most locations but must remain on a leash at all times.  Handicap accessible rooms are also available.

Guest services include ATMs, baby care centers, camera services, mobile apps, first aid, kennels, lockers, mail and post office, maps, package pickup, transportation, special dietary requests, stroller rentals, and rider swap.

Prices range varying on where you stay and which attractions you want to visit.  The best way to plan a trip to Disney World is the go to their website and order the free family vacation planning DVD.  Ticket and package pricing are available online, along with special offers and discounts.   A trip to Disney World can get pricy, but it's a trip your family will remember for a lifetime.

 

 


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