Disney, Universal, Seaworld & Attractions

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Theme Parks - Walt Disney World, Universal Studios & Seaworld

Whether this is your first or fiftieth visit to Florida and Orlando area, you will always find something new to do. The Walt Disney World area is forever growing and evolving at a rapid pace and as such, it is impossible to show you all the delights that are waiting beyond the four walls of the villa. When visiting the theme parks, irrespective of all tips and guide books - the best bit of advice... comfortable shoes and sun-screen are a must!

Walt Disney World Resort, Florida

With iconic images, fantastically themed events and mesmerising shows, the Walt Disney World Resort caters for all ages and is a delight for any visitor to the area.  

Incorporating a number of distinct parks - each with their own theme, characters and shows - these provide a change from the tranquillity of Indian Wells and relaxing by the pool.

It is not all about theme parks however, Walt Disney World also offers shopping, nightlife, entertainment and sports facilities.

Cinderella's Castle - Magic Kingdom

The official website links below provide more  information on the individual parks, rides and attractions, current ticket prices (along with special promotions) and opening times of each theme park.

  • Magic Kingdom - Magical fun, shows and rides for all the family - Space Mountain, Splash Mountain and Big Thunder Mountain

  • EPCOT - Science adventure with rides and the World Showcase of countries - Test Track, Spaceship Earth, Soarin' and Dive Quest

  • Animal Kingdom - African wilderness in Florida - Expedition Everest, Kilimanjaro Safari and Dino-Rama land for the children

  • Hollywood Studios - Movies based theme park - Rock 'N' Rollercoaster, Twilight Zone Tower of Terror and Star Wars

  • Typhoon Lagoon - Water-park with a tidal wave machine, beach, water rides, chutes, lazy river and even a shipwreck

  • Blizzard Beach - Fantastically themed water-park and beach set in an 'alpine' ski resort

  • ESPN Wide World of Sport - Sports complex with amateur and professional events

  • Disney Quest - Virtual gaming and interactive arcade - CyberSpace Mountain and Pirates of the Caribbean

  • Disney Springs - Entertainment, shopping and dining - Cirque du Soleil, AMC Cinema and the House of Blues

  • Disney's Boardwalk - Entertainment, shopping and dining

Universal Studios, Florida

Forbidden Journey - Islands of Adventure

If you are more 'thrill-seeker' than 'Mickey-seeker', you will enjoy the fantastic interactive rides and white-knuckle roller-coasters at the Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure parks.  

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is now located in both parks, with the Hogwart's Express taking you between them.  As a working studio, the majority of the rides are themed around the movies and television so expect something for all the family.

City Walk comes alive in the evening with vibrant nightlife, dining and entertainment.

The official website links below provide more  information on the individual parks, rides and attractions, current ticket prices (along with special promotions) and opening times of each theme park.

  • Universal Studios - Family theme park based around the movies - Diagon Alley, Men in Black, Transformers and the Simpsons

  • Islands of Adventure - Awesome thrill rides, roller-coasters and 'get-wet' rides - Reign of Kong, Spiderman and Jurassic Park

  • Wizarding World of Harry Potter- Part of Islands of Adventure and includes - Forbidden Journey and Dragon Challenge

  • Universal CityWalk - Dining, shopping, nightlife and clubbing.  Also includes live music at Hard Rock Universal

  • Wet 'n' Wild - The original water-park and still one of the best at the top of International Drive.  Just get wet!

Seaworld, Discovery Cove and Busch Gardens

If animals and sea-life, mixed with great thrill-rides is your preference, then Seaworld and Discovery Cove are a must when visiting the area.

With killer whales, sharks, penguins, dolphins, sea lions, polar bears, tropical birds, as well as some great thrill rides, Seaworld offers a fantastic day out for all the family.

Discovery Cove is exclusive and it is here you can swim with dolphins, barracuda and sting rays.  Aquatica is the latest water park to be added to the area, with swim through tubes and sea-life including more dolphins!

Shamu Show - Seaworld

The official website links below provide more  information on the individual parks, rides and attractions, current ticket prices (along with special promotions) and opening times of each theme park.

  • Seaworld - Family park with sea life in abundance - Shamu and Dolphin CoveManta and Kracken rollercoasters

  • Aquatica - Orlando's newest water-park with wave pools, lazy river and high-speed tube rides

  • Busch Gardens - Wildlife park and thrill rides in Tampa Bay - SheiKra, Cheetah Hunt, Congo River Rapids and Rhino Rally

  • Discovery Cove - Swim with dolphins, relax on the closest beach to Indian Wells or float around the lazy river

Buying Theme Park Tickets

Having decided which of the theme parks, attractions and water-parks you would like to visit, there is the decision of where and when to buy the tickets.  Not only that, but there are a variety of 'passes' you can buy which cater for multiple parks, tickets that expire after a certain amount of days and 'Hopper' passes (allowing you to visit multiple parks on the same day).  

At certain times of the year, parks will offer special promotions whereby a second or third day is free; which could mean purchasing a multi-day pass is not always necessary.  For special events or parks like Discovery Cove - which only allow a limited number of persons to enter each day - pre-purchasing tickets is strongly advised.  For attractions like Gatorland, look out for voucher booklets and on-line deals which may have money-off coupons.

Buying tickets at the park gate can sometimes be the most expensive, unless there are good value 'return deals' e.g. buy one day, get the rest of the year free.  Cheaper deals can often be found by pre-purchasing before arriving in Florida.  We would always recommend that you compare the official park websites for special promotions with ticket agencies and even your local travel agent.  When considering price, many of the official park websites have their tickets and passes quoted in US Dollars.  Given this, always take into account the exchange rate at the point you buy.  Before purchasing attraction tickets, ensure your requirements are met with regard to what parks are included with the ticket, how many days the ticket is valid for and do 'unused' days ever expire.

When you arrive in the Orlando and Kissimmee area, you will notice that ticket outlets are just about everywhere - all advertising the 'best' price.  Beware of purchasing tickets at market stalls and from unofficial sellers, as these may be time-share related, or 'unused' day passes that have been sold on and require identification to gain entry back into the parks.  It is worth noting that park tickets are very 'high tech', with re-entry into the parks comparing a biometric finger and bone density measurement of the original named assignee!

To gauge the approximate prices of many of the passes and tickets, take a look at 'Orlando Park Tickets' for discounted tickets from a reliable agency.  There is also another independent seller based alongside WalMart on the edge of Indian Wells and highway SR535.  As frequent visitors to the parks, we are always available to assist guests with their vacation plans and ticket requirements.

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