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Things to do in Orlando

Welcome to the land of imagination, where your child’s dreams come true and your childhood dreams are brought to life.

Not just for children, the attractions in Orlando cater to all its guests. Orlando is known as the theme park capital of the world. With a list like Disney World, Universal Orlando, SeaWorld Adventure Park and Busch Gardens and all that entails, it is not hard to imagine how Orlando gained its notoriety. Aside from exciting and fun theme parks,

Orlando Golf courses are of championship standards and the shopping in Orlando is as much an experience as the theme parks. Orlando is one of the most visited cities in America. Once you step foot in your favourite adventure area, you will discover why people of all nationalities, all walks of life, return again and again.

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Disney World

Mickey, Minnie, Goofy and Donald are all waiting for you at the 4 Disney World theme parks. At Disney’s Magic Kingdom the hit movies and storybooks come to life. Within the Magic Kingdom you can walk among the Pirates of the Caribbean, laugh with Monsters Inc characters on the Laugh Floor and ride the thrilling Space Mountain.

Disney’s Epcot Centre brings the rest of the world to Orlando through imaginative, fun and educational exhibitions. Disney’s Animal Kingdom offers amazing attractions and entertainment like the 4x4 Kilimanjaro safaris to see real African animals. Disney Hollywood Studios let you go behind the scenes to see how all of your favourite Disney movies are made.  Downtown Disney and Disney's Boardwalk are also well worth a look.

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Universal Orlando

Universal Orlando is a gripping and ever-changing park for families. Universal’s Islands of Adventure are 5 small islands packed with gravity defying rides and attractions featuring comic book heros and legendary characters. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is stated to open here in 2010 to much anticipation. Watch Shrek in a new 4D action packed episode, take a boat ride round Amity and bump into Jaws, or take time out at the new Simpsons attractions.

Universal Studios Orlando is a fully functioning movie and TV studio where the whole family can get in on the action. Explore your favourite Universal films of the past or learn about the up and coming shows and movie.

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Islands of Adventure

Next to Universal is Islands of Adventure, with a fabulous range of water rides and roller coasters where kids can have endless fun with the dinosaurs and cartoon characters, together with the usual wide variety of rastaurants and bars. Walk round Jurassic Park, get splashed at Toon Lagoon or fly round the roller coaster at the Lost Continent.

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City Walk

Based in the grounds of the Universal Parks, is City Walk, for the Adults which has some of Orlando's Premier Nightclubs, Bars and Restaurants situated round the lake which provides an experience that all must try out.

City Walk also put on summer concerts with some big names in the music industry appearing - Jordin Sparks, LL Cool J, The O'Jays and Natasha Bedingfield were included in the line up in 2009.


SeaWorld Adventure Park

The dazzling animal shows at SeaWorld Adventure Park have been entertaining audiences for decades. Shake hands with a walrus, get a kiss from a seal, feed the dolphins and see the phenomenal choreographed shows in the massive tanks. You can visit beluga whales, penguins, sharks, manatees and turtles. SeaWorld would not be an Orlando tourist park without some outrageous rides. From rollercoaster to water rides, you can have it all at SeaWorld.

Watch the world famous Shamu show, with the family of Killer Whales providing two different shows - Believe during the day and Shamu Rocks on an evening, or take in the Sea Lions.  Be sure to go on the newly opened Manta Rollercoaster, truly terrifying.  Another must do is the SeaWorld tower which goes up to 300 ft above ground and provides magnificent views over the parks and Orlando.

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Aquatica

The newest of the parks, situated opposite SeaWorld, Aquatica is a fabulous day out.  There are plenty of water attractions, where you can go down clear slides and slide through a pool full of dolphins, or just relax on their very own beach - which comes with its own wave machine.

A ride round Roa's Rapids provides great fun for people of all ages, or if you have kids head off to the wonderful Walkabout Waters, where there are many waterfalls, water pistols and much much more.

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Busch Gardens

Busch Gardens is located west of Orlando in Tampa Bay, Florida. Busch Gardens has loads of great rides like the wooden Gwazi rollercoaster featuring 2 different tracks. The Land of Dragons is set in a magical forest with a huge tree house and cascading waterfalls.

Travel round the Serengeti on the train, where you can get up close and personal with the likes of giraffes, antelopes and zebras.  Either that, or go on the Sky Ride over the top of the animal sanctuary - where you can get a great view of the Elephants.

You can get some magical close views of the Tigers, get up close with Lions, or just go round the park and get on some of the best rollercoasters in Florida such as the Scorpion, or enjoy the splash of the Tanganyika Falls.

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More Attractions in Orlando

Gatorland is a fabulous park and conservation area for alligators and other species common to Florida’s Everglades. Discovery Cove is an aquatic based theme park with water rides, an aquarium and warm beaches for soaking up the Florida sun. You can ride the waves at Typhoon Lagoon and explore the Titanic at Titanic Ship of Dreams. Wet N Wild and Castaway Creek are popular water parks, while the Pirates Dinner Adventure always proves popular and entertaining.

If you are into sports or music, the Amway Arena could be for you.  It is the home of the Orlando Magic, until 2010 at least when the new Orlando Event Center opens.  The Magic were crowned 2009 Eastern Conference Champions in the NBA before losing out to LA Lakers in the NBA Finals.  The Arena also attracts world class concerts, with pop legend Britney Spears and Il Divo heading the forthcoming gigs.  Tickets can be bought online or at the malls in and around Orlando.

About an hour outside of Orlando is the world famous Kennedy Space Center at Port Canaveral, where you see what astronauts feel, enjoy the new Shuttle Lauch Experience and take a guided tour of NASA's launch pad facilities.

Orlando also has many fabulous restaurants and cafes, including the world famous Hard Rock Cafe, and the highly commended Outback - which serves magnificent steaks.


Orlando Golf Courses

Not only does Orlando have the greatest concentration of theme parks in America, it also has a huge number of championship golf courses. Falcon’s Fire Golf Club has wide fairways and is recognised as one of the best golf courses in Orlando. Lake Orlando Golf Club is set amongst gorgeous trees with tricky water hazards. Newly built courses, at Reunion - designed by Jack Nicklaus, or Champions Gate, designed by the Great White Shark Greg Norman, come with enormous reputations for their magnificent courses.

Shingle Creek Golf Course offers a rewarding round of golf that will challenge all handicaps and is located only 9 miles from the centre of Orlando. Immaculate greens and long fairways are the order of the day at the ever popular Grand Pines Golf Course. Stoneybrook Golf Course features big bunkers, wide fairways and wetlands abound. Isleworth Golf Course is a taxing 18-hole course with fast greens and lovely rolling hills hiding bunkers and water hazards. Receiving high marks in maintaining its fairways and greens, Magnolia Plantation Golf Club aims to provide a rewarding golf experience for all.


Shopping in Orlando

Orlando takes pride in its malls and boutique shops. The shopping opportunities in Orlando are nearly unfathomable. From little t-shirt and souvenir stores, to mega outlet malls and posh boutiques, shopping is one of Orlando’s favourite activities. Veranda Park is a recent development and is offering a wide array of typical shops. The Florida Mall was greatly expanded in recent years and features your mainstay stores, but also some very unique shops including gourmet dog food.

The Goliath of all shopping complexes must be Prime Outlets Orlando. This is so expansive you’ll need a car to make it all the way around.  Premium Outlets also has loads of designer brands at cheap prices. For some kitschy classics head to Antique Row. The Pointe Orlando is a multi-use complex with excellent shopping mixed with eating, drinking and entertaining. In Downtown Disney shopping is an experience rather than an activity.