Sometimes in life it does us a whole lot of good to simply scream at the top of our lungs and feel that rush of adrenaline. You can do this in many different ways, however one of the biggest thrills you will feel is that sense of flying when you reach the top of a huge rollercoaster, before plummeting back down, the wind in your hair and adrenaline coursing through your veins.
Of course, this scenario may also make you feel a little green around the gills just thinking about it, but there’s no denying that theme parks are a little slice of heaven for many.
If you’re looking for a huge collection of some of the best parks in the world, all in one place, then you simply have to visit Orlando.
The cost of visiting the Sunshine State has fallen over recent years, and more and more of us are now able to head to this fun-filled part of the world. Maybe you’re a Disney fan and you want to visit Mickey Mouse’s back garden, or you’re wanting to see the smile on your child’s face when she meets a Disney princess for the first time, or your son’s grin when he comes face to face with Buzz Lightyear, or maybe you want to swim with dolphins and touch a ray as it glides past you – basically you will find it all in Orlando.
If it is nature you want in your theme park, with a few rides and attractions too, then you must visit SeaWorld Orlando. This was one of my favourite parks out of them all, because it didn’t feel like a theme park, it just felt like one of the best days out I’d ever had! You can interact with dolphins, rays, and countless other types of marine-life here, as well as scream your head off on rides, such as Manta. Of course, there are also the shows, which are legendary.
Discovery Cove is a much more laid-back affair, keeping with the ocean theme. Here you visit what feels like a castaway paradise, with the chance to swim with dolphins, walk through a colourful and varied aviary of tropical birds, feed rays, swim in the lazy river, snorkel, and basically kick back and relax.
If you want to up the adrenaline then head to Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure. These two parks sit next to each other, and the latter includes the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, which is a must for fans of the films. These two parks include some of the biggest rides in the world, and you can also learn about how films are made and produced at the same time – adrenaline, fun, and education!
Busch Gardens is a little out of Orlando, situated in Tampa, but this nature-inspired theme park is another big-hitter which is certainly worth a visit. You could also head to Aquatica, which is a water-park with big slides and thrills – perfect for a cool down.
Last but certainly not least, we can’t forget Disney World. Simply one of the biggest and best entertainment districts on the planet, this is one you can’t miss. Four parks make up the sprawl, as well as two water-parks, and countless entertainment options too. Magic Kingdom is the most famous, with the iconic castle, however my favourite was without a doubt Hollywood Studios.
Wherever you choose to visit in Orlando, check out your ticket options, take your time, wear comfortable shoes, and remember to immerse yourself in the fun of this bright and colourful destination.
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