A guide to Disney’s Florida theme parks
Based in Orlando, Walt Disney World offers an extensive range of attractions for visitors to enjoy, including a couple of water parks, and shopping areas in downtown Disney. But most people on their Disney Holidays come for the four main theme parks, Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, Epcot and Hollywood Studios – each one with its own unique appeal.
This covers over 100 acres and offers guests the chance to take in six themed areas focusing on the classic Disney experience:
• Main Street • Adventureland
• Frontierland • Fantasyland
• Liberty Square • Tomorrowland
This part of the park has many of the most popular attractions, including Space Mountain, Thunder Mountain, Pirates of the Caribbean, the Haunted Mansion, It’s a Small World and the Jungle Cruise.
You can eat with a fairy tale princess and her friends inside Cinderella’s Castle, which is right in the heart of the park. Plan to take in the nightly fireworks, and don’t miss the parades that take place every day.
Disney’s Hollywood Studios
With its emphasis on the magic of Hollywood, this park takes you back in time to the extreme glamour of the film industry’s 1930’s and 1940’s heyday.
Hollywood Studios houses attractions like the Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster, the Great Movie Ride, the American Idol Experience and the Toy Story Mania ride. Catch performance such as the Lights, Motor, Action! stunt show or see the Little Mermaid take to the stage.
You’ll also have the opportunity to learn about the history of Disney animation, and you could draw your own Disney character. Alternatively, the kids could find themselves having a miniature take on the world with the I Shrunk the Kids adventure attraction.
There are two distinct areas to this theme park: World Showcase and Future World. While Future World houses attractions including Spaceship Earth and Test Track, World Showcase has 11 pavilions with country themes. Nations featured include China, Norway, Mexico, Germany, Italy, the US, England, France and Canada.
Finally, take part in the Kidcot programme with the children and get a special puppet, and a stamp for every visited “country”.
Animal Kingdom Park
This features over 250 different animal species, and there are sections covering Africa, Asia and Discovery Island, among others. Walk the trails that criss-cross the park to see the animals.
Take the Maharajah Jungle Treks, or the Kilimanjaro Safari ride. Join an expedition to Everest or ride the Kali River Rapids, while the Affection Section has a petting zoo and a quieter experience on offer.