Theme Parks & Attractions
When not attending the meeting, one thing is for sure: With seven of the world’s top theme parks and more than 100 amazing attractions, there’s plenty to do in Orlando.
Magic Kingdom® Park is the most visited theme park in the world and is the quintessential Disney theme park, featuring six magical lands with attractions, restaurants and shops based on favorite Disney themes of fantasy, yesterday and tomorrow. Visit Cinderella’s Castle or Space Mountain or Pirates of the Caribbean. Or perhaps get autographs from your favorite Disney characters. Or you can take a slow ride through It’s a Small World, a timeless Disney treasure. So much to see, so little time :)
Disney’s Epcot is the second of four Walt Disney World theme parks. It opened in 1982 and is twice the size of the Magic Kingdom. It is dedicated to the celebration of human achievement, namely technological innovation and international culture and is often referred to as a ‘permanent World’s Fair’. Experience the culture and cuisine of 11 different countries represented in the World Showcase. This tends to be a popular place for adults to visit while their children are enjoying the rides or other Walt Disney World parks.
Disney’s Hollywood Studios®
Disney’s Hollywood Studios®, which opened in 1989, is a theme park with a complete motion picture and television studio. Feature attractions include Toy Story Mania; Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show. You can also take a tour of Walt Disney Animation Studios and see Disney artists creating movie cells. This park contains two of Disney’s most popular rides, the Tower of Terror and Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster starring Aerosmith.
Disney’s Animal Kingdom
The last Disney World theme park to open was Disney’s Animal Kingdom in 1998. The park is dedicated to animal conservation. Not only can you view exotic animals from around the world but experience a ride through the African savannah or an Asian rain forest. The park is known for its sculpted Tree of Life, an artificial ‘tree’ 44 meters tall and 15 meters wide.
The multiyear transformation of the Downtown Disney® Area at the Walt Disney World “’ Resort to become Disney Springs is under way, with the goal to create a welcoming, comfortable space with spectacular new restaurants and unique and distinctive shops. Disney Springs will celebrate the turn-of-the-century lakeside towns that once dotted the Florida landscape with waterfront dining and entertainment.
At Universal Orlando® Resort, you can experience the two uniquely different lands of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ – each located in on of Universal Orlando’s two theme parks. Stroll through Diagon Alley™ at Universal Studios Florida® where you can journey deep into the vaults of Gringotts™ bank on an all-new thrill ride and visit Hogsmeade™ at Universal Islands of Adventure® and explore the classrooms and corridors of Hogwarts™ castle. Plus travel between lands and through the British countryside on the iconic The Hogwarts Express™ with a Park-to-Park admission ticket.
SeaWorld® Orlando’s Antarctica
At SeaWorld® Orlando’s Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin®, you can now embark on an icy adventure and get up close and personal with nearly 250 penguins in an open-air habitat with an air temperature of approximately -1°C.
John F. Kennedy Space Center
The John F. Kennedy Space Center (KSC) is the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) Launch Operations Center which supports Launch Complex 39 (LC-39), originally built for the Saturn V, the largest and most powerful operational launch vehicle in history, for the Apollo manned Moon landing program proposed by President John F. Kennedy. It was named in honor of Kennedy by his successor, President Lyndon B. Johnson, shortly after Kennedy’s death in 1963. Since the end of the Apollo program in 1972, LC-39 has been used to launch every NASA human space flight, including Skylab (1973), the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project (1975), and the Space Shuttle program (1981-2011). KSC also has a facility which was used for landing the reusable Space Shuttle orbiters when weather permitted. At the KSC Visitor Complex you can tour the Space Shuttle Atlantis, which lets guests get close to the historic spacecraft and ‘be the astronaut” with never-before-seen multimedia presentations and more than 60 interactive, touch-screen experiences and high-tech simulators.
The Orlando Eye is poised to become Orlando’s newest icon. Standing at 122 meters tall, it is the largest observation wheel on the east coast of the United States. Located at the I-Drive 360 entertainment and dining complex, guests will be lifted away for 360-degree views of Central Florida. Groups will be able to reserve cabins (each seats 15) for a unique cocktail party during the 20-minute ride.
Madame Tussauds Orlando
Madame Tussauds Orlando will treat visitors to some Florida and U.S. history and a bit of fun with top celebrities. Groups will be able to reserve this venue for private events and pictures with the likes of Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie.
SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium
SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium is an underwater adventure with beautiful displays of colorful fish, sharks, jellyfish, sea horses, and more. Floor-to-ceiling displays, bubble aquariums and the first 360-degree underwater tunnels provide an immersive experience.
SKELETONS: Animals Unveiled!
SKELETONS: Animals Unveiled! is a venue that will exhibit over 400 skeletons in clever never-before-seen poses and dioramas, giving visitors a whole new respect for the animal kingdom.
Fun Spot America
Fun Spot America is a theme park that offers extreme go-kart racing and tons of thrill rides. The Orlando location features the White Lightning, Orlando’s only wooden roller coaster, and Freedom Flyer, an intense steel coaster.
Blue Man Group at Universal Orlando
Blue Man Group at Universal Orlando is the widely successful live entertainment experience which has a permanent home at Universal CityWalk®. The group entertains audiences with a live stage show which takes art, technology and musics to a whole new level.
La Nouba™ by Cirque du Soleil®
La Nouba™ by Cirque du Soleil®, located in Downtown Disney® West Side, is exclusive to the Walt Disney World® Resort, featuring a renowned blend of acrobatics, special effects and more than 60 international artists performing in a 1,671-person theater.
Escapology Orlando brings a new kind of entertainment to Orlando with its first United States location. The venue challenges guests to be their own heroes in a thrilling game of adventure and mystery.