In and Around Orlando
Orlando contains some of the most popular and amazing theme parks in the world. These include:-
Walt Disney World Resort
The largest vacation resort in the world home to FOUR theme parks , TWO water parks, and many additional attractions including recreation, golf courses, nightlife, and over 20 on-site Disney resort hotels. Walt Disney World is a vacation in itself, especially if you stay on-site at a Disney resort and visit the four parks and other attractions. The four parks include: Magic Kingdom is the original park famous for its Cinderella Castle and classic rides, Epcot is famous for its iconic large geosphere Spaceship Earth and the World Showcase where you can experience scenery and cuisine from various countries around the world, the park is also popular for its major rides which include "Test Track", "Mission: SPACE", and Soarin', Epcot is also popular for its night-time firework show "Illuminations: Reflections of Earth". Disney's Hollywood Studios dates back to its era of fame when it was once a live animation studio and film production facility. Disney's Animal Kingdom is where you can find exotic animals and various themed areas including Africa and Asia , the park has grown popular from its thrill ride Expedition Everest. The two water parks include Disney's Blizzard Beach and Disney's Typhoon Lagoon .
Which began as Universal Studios Florida is today another mega-resort home to TWO theme parks, the CityWalk entertainment area, and three on-site resorts. The two theme parks include Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure popular for its rollercoaster's and thrill rides. Islands of Adventure will also be home to the new Harry Potter land opening in 2010.
The largest SeaWorld Park , famous for its marine life, live shows, and two major rollercoaster's including Manta, a new floorless rollercoaster that opened in 2009. Also located on SeaWorld property is Aquatica Water Park and Discovery Cove , an exclusive dolphin-swim experience.
Also referred to as "I-Drive" is the main tourist strip in Orlando , similar to the "Vegas Strip" in Las Vegas . I-Drive is lined with hotels, shops, restaurants, outlet malls, and tourist attractions. Main areas on I-Drive include Pointe Orlando , an outdoor shopping mall and entertainment complex, the Orange County Convention Center which is surrounded mega-hotel towers, Festival Bay mall on the north end, the Prime Outlets mall and Wet n' Wild water park. Crime has increase in the north-end of I-Drive as it is an area where the city meets with tourist world, most locals are not very fond of the I-Drive area due to tourist traffic and tourist traps.
Major malls in Orlando include the Mall at Millenia popular for its contemporary architecture and high-end shops and the Florida Mall which is the largest.
Kennedy Space Center
For all you budding Astronauts - Kennedy Space Center invites you to embark on Mankind's Ultimate Journey and discover a truly uplifting Florida vacation. Just 45 minutes from Orlando is NASA's launch headquarters, located on a huge island wildlife refuge eight times the size of Manhattan . Each year, millions of visitors from across the world make the trek to this hub of technology and discovery, where many of mankind's greatest accomplishments take place. At Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, you get the unique chance to tour NASA's launch and landing facilities. Experience interactive simulators, live shows, and jaw-dropping encounters with massive rockets and have the opportunity to meet a real member of NASA's Astronaut Corps.