Florida’s Best Local Amusement & Theme Parks

As a native Floridian, and residing in Orlando for the majority of my life, I know about the best theme parks in Florida. An article on the best theme parks in Florida would not get off to a good start without mentioning in detail a world-famous theme park. In the state of Florida, the theme park, the most sought after family destination is Walt Disney World. Located in Kissimmee, Florida, it is the spot on the map. At times, the city of Orlando can be switched for Kissimmee although Kissimmee is roughly twenty miles southwest of Orlando. It is the promotional, sensational theme park where dreams come true. Disney World is famous because of what it represents. It represents childhood, innocence, excitement, and dreams. Disney characters adorn the park entrances and the area of the inside. At Disney World, there are a variety number of parks such as Animal Kingdom, which caters for the animal lover. There is Hollywood Studios, which features the world-famous Twilight Tower of Terror and Rock n Roller Coaster. Twilight Tower of Terror has experienced a few reconstructions since its initial opening. However, the point of the ride remains the same. Guests sit in a creepy, haunted elevator as they are hurled up and down the elevator shaft. One of the newest reconstructions: it no longer includes seatbelts. Rock n Roller Coaster stars the band, Aerosmith. Aerosmith invites the guests to attend a concert with them, and the guests enter a stretch limo and the coaster begins from there as Aerosmith songs pump throughout the coaster’s tracks. Epcot: a theme park designed for adults and children alike. There are thrilling, educational rides like Mission Space and kiddie shows. Epcot is also famous for the huge globe center stage inside the park. Inside the globe is a ride that was revamped recently for a more modern portrayal named, Spaceship Earth. Epcot is also one of the few Disney parks which serve alcoholic beverages. Magic Kingdom is the first Disney park introduced dating to October 1, 1971. Magic Kingdom was built to be similar to Disneyland located in Anaheim, California. Magic Kingdom remained to be the only Disney World theme parks for eleven years. Magic Kingdom features famous rides such as Space Mountain, Thunder Mountain, Splash Mountain, and the Haunted Mansion. Epcot has the enormous globe as its icon while Magic Kingdom displays the ever-present Cinderella Castle.
Walt Disney World is the most frequented theme park resort in the world, for a reason. It has something magical for children and adults. No matter what age, a guest has nostalgia for what it was like to be kid.

In order to book a ticket or for questions:
Walt Disney World Guest Relations
P.O. Box 10000
Lake Buena Vista, Florida 32830
(407) 939-6244

One day/one park ticket for Florida residents: $73.80 for 10 years and up and $66.60 for 3-9 years
One day/one park ticket for non-Florida residents: $82.00 for 10 years and up and $74.00 for 3-9 years
For the special offers for this upcoming summer, please see link: http://disneyworld.disney.go.com/special-offers/

Any great company will have its competition. Universal Orlando is Walt Disney World’s Lex Luther. Universal Orlando founding name was Universal Studios and opened on June 7, 1990. Until summer 1999, it was the single park in Orlando for Universal. In 1999, Islands of Adventure opened its doors. Both parks offered something different for guests. Universal Studios showcased film themed rides such as the former Back to the Future ride, which is now The Simpsons Ride, Jaws, Revenge of the Mummy, Men in Black, and the famous E.T. Adventure. The Simpsons Ride is a three dimensional, simulation adventure, which takes the guests through a theme park of The Simpsons own. In Jaws, the guests are pulled into a boating adventure where they get up close to the terrifying shark, Jaws. Revenge of the Mummy is a high speed roller coaster, and it utilizes fire and theatrics to catch attention. Men in Black is another simulation ride that spins, dips, and shakes riders as they shoot at mean and friendly looking aliens. The E.T. Adventure is a ride from the opening start of the theme park. It takes the guests on a bicycling thrill ride in order to save E.T., the cute, little alien from the movie. Each of Universal Studios attractions catapults riders into the theme of the ride. From haunting trees, humorous video screening to goofy looking creatures, the attractions background elements places guests into the adventure. The introduction of Islands of Adventure was an idea of distinct “islands” of various adventures such as The Incredible Hulk Coaster, The Amazing Adventures of Spiderman, Jurassic Park River Adventure, and the latest attraction, Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey. Simply stated: The Incredible Hulk Coaster is a high-speed, twisting, spiraling roller coaster. The Amazing Adventures of Spiderman brings the guests into the newspaper agency of Peter Parker as the guests are engulfed into a simulation ride of villains, three dimensional graphics as Spiderman saves the day. Jurassic Park Adventure has the guests sit in a circular raft. They rapidly travel down a man-made creek while they are drenched from the water that splashes and gushes from all directions. Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey is the island featuring Harry Potter and friends. It opened at Islands of Adventure in fall 2010. Universal Orlando offers what Walt Disney World doesn’t: both parks are for adults and teenagers, and of course, there are many rides and playgrounds for children. Universal serves alcohol in the restaurants, food kiosks, and food vendors. The parks’ rides also display an emphasis on roller coasters and the thrill of falling down an incline. Annually during the month of October, Universal Orlando features Halloween Horror Nights. At this yearly event, scaritures, jump and creep out of the ominous darkness. There is a theme every year such as the horrifying director or clowns, and with this theme, the haunted houses follow the theme origination.

In order to book tickets with Universal Orlando or for questions:
Universal Orlando address is:
6000 Universal Boulevard
Orlando, Florida 32819

One day/one park ticket for Florida residents: $73.99 for 10 years and up and $66.99 for 3-9 years
One day/one park ticket for non-Florida residents: $82.00 for 10 years and up and $74.00 for 3-9 years
For the special offers for this upcoming summer, please see link: http://www.universalorlando.com/Hotels/RatesOffers/rates_and_offers.aspx?ComponentId=10976&SourcePageId=10636#9

Whether a person chooses Walt Disney World or Universal Orlando for their theme park desires, there will not be any disappointment. Both are wonderfully fun, exciting theme parks to attend. Both incorporate attractions for the adult, child or the child in the adult. The prices of each park are reasonable for budgeted theme park fun.