Theme Parks

Disney Magic Kingdom

The original and first theme park in Florida. The park has 46 attractions in 7 themed "lands". These seven lands are Adventureland, Frontierland, Libery Square, Fantasyland, Tomorrowland and Mickey's Toontown Fair.

The park is designed like a wheel with the hub in front of Cinderella Castle. Pathways lead out from the centre across the 107 acres of park. The Walt Disney World Railroad runs along the perimeter of the park and makes stops at Main Street, U.S.A., Frontierland, and Mickey's Toontown Fair.

Website: http://disneyworld.disney.go.com/parks/magic-kingdom/

Epcot

The park consists of two sections—Future World and World Showcase—laid out in an hourglass shape.

Future World consists of a variety of pavilions that explore innovative aspects and applications of technology. Here you'll find Spaceship Earth, Innoventions, Universe of Energy, Mission: SPACE, Test Track, The Seas with Nemo and Friends, The Land, Imagination!

World Showcase contains pavilions representing eleven countries - Mexico, Norway, China, Germany, Italy, United States, Japan, Morocco, France, United Kingdom, Canada.

Website: http://disneyworld.disney.go.com/parks/epcot/

Disney Animal Kingdom

GiraffeDisney's Animal Kingdom is an animal theme park located at the Walt Disney World Resort.

The Oasis is the park's main entrance. Along with providing various guest services, the Oasis features a number of animal habitats. Guests can encounter muntjacs, spoonbills, ducks, wallabies and giant anteaters, among others. The main paths lead deeper into the park, and onto Discovery Island.

Camp Minnie-Mickey is themed as a rustic summer camp. Here guests can meet the Disney characters such as Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Goofy and others.

Discovery Island is the "central hub" of Disney's Animal Kingdom, connecting almost all of the other sections of the park. The Tree of Life, the park's visual icon, is located here, surrounded by animal enclosures showcasing kangaroos, black crowned cranes, lemurs and others.

The Africa area area contains a number of animal exhibits.Guests climb aboard an open-sided safari vehicle for an expedition to see numerous African animals freely roam through acres of savanna, rivers and rocky hills, including giraffes, hippos, African elephants and lions.

Rafiki's Planet Watch showcases the various conservation efforts supported by the Walt Disney Company.

DinoLand U.S.A. is inspired by the public's general curiosity about dinosaurs.

In the Asia area the Maharajah Jungle Trek leads guests through the forests and ruins outside the village, which are home to a number of animal species, such as Komodo dragons, fruit bats, tapirs, and tigers. Nearby, Kali River Rapids is a river rapids ride through a rainforest, past an illegal logging operation and down a waterfall.

Website: http://disneyworld.disney.go.com/parks/animal-kingdom/

Universal Studios

Universal Studios Florida was designed as both a theme park and a studio. Universal Studios Florida features six themed areas all situated around a large lagoon. This lagoon is home to Universal 360: A Cinesphere Spectacular, a seasonal fireworks display that showcases scenes from various Universal films, featuring lasers, projectors and fireworks. The six surrounding themed areas, clockwise from the entrance, are Production Central, New York, San Francisco/Amity, World Expo, Woody Woodpecker's Kidzone and Hollywood. Each area features a combination of rides, shows, attractions, character appearances, dining outlets and merchandise stores.

Website: Universal Studios Website

SeaWorld

SeaWorld Orlando is a theme park, and marine-life based zoological park, near Orlando, Florida. SeaWorld Orlando has a vast array of attractions, including rides and animal exhibits.

Rides

  • Manta, a flying roller coaster
  • Kraken, a floorless roller coaster.
  • Journey to Atlantis, a boat ride with roller coaster elements themed to the mythical Atlantis.
  • Shamu Express, a junior roller coaster with cars themed as Shamu.
  • Sky Tower, 400-foot tall rotating observation tower, built in 1973.
  • Sea Carousel, a carousel themed with caricatured marine mammals and fish.
  • Jazzy Jellies, a tea cup style ride that lifts up and spins controlled by riders with a disk
  • Swishy Fishies, a teacups ride themed as fish.
  • Ocean Commotion, a rockin' tug ride.
  • The Flying Fiddlera kiddie crab themed freefall attraction
  • Net Climb, a four story net climb with tire swings and slides.

Animal exhibits

  • Penguin Encounter, an indoor exhibit that also includes puffins and murres.
  • Shark Encounter, which features an underwater tunnel and a wide array of sharks, rays and venomous fish. At Sharks Underwater Grill, guests can dine while observing the sea life in the main exhibit tank.
  • Pacific Point Preserve, home to the park's sea lions and seals.
  • Dolphin Cove, an outdoor exhibit where you can feed and touch Bottlenose Dolphins.
  • Turtle Point, an outdoor exhibit that features rescued sea turtles in a shallow pool with a beach.
  • Manatee Rescue, home to rescued Florida manatees.
  • Stingray Lagoon, a covered exhibit where you can touch stingrays.
  • Dolphin Nursery, a covered exhibit where new-born Bottlenose Dolphins reside.
  • Flamingo Pond, an outdoor exhibit where flamingos are exhibited.

Website: http://www.seaworld.com/orlando/

Islands of Adventure

Islands of Adventure consists of seven themed "islands," only one of which utilizes movie tie-ins with Universal Pictures. They are, in clockwise order from entry, Port of Entry, Marvel Super Hero Island, Toon Lagoon, Jurassic Park, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, The Lost Continent, and Seuss Landing.

Website: http://www.universalorlando.com/Amusement_Parks/Islands_of_Adventure/islands_of_adventure.aspx

 

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