It’s easy to get overwhelmed by the sheer amount of advertising and marketing done by the big Orlando destinations, but if you want to add some unique flavor and flair to your Orlando vacation, you won’t want to miss the smaller theme parks and attractions that Orlando has to offer. Each delivers a single, focused experience that you won’t want to miss.
Orlando’s area attractions offer targeted, niche experiences designed to please a specific group or demographic. Love working with LEGOs? You can find a few fun models at Disney Springs – or you can visit an entire theme park and water park dedicated to LEGOs at LEGOLAND. If you want to really immerse yourself in a specific niche, from NASCAR to an Upside Down house to the coloring fun of the Crayola Experience, the smaller Orlando parks allow you to do so.
You’ll find fewer crowds at the smaller parks. Why? Because the target market is smaller, resulting in naturally lower crowd concentrations. Think about it -- how many go-kart-lovers will be visiting Orlando the same week you are? Compare the number of people who want to experience the kitschy charm of Gatorland with the number who want to meet Mickey Mouse, and you’ll quickly see why the smaller attractions are less congested.
Many of the smaller Orlando attractions have a strong educational twist, making them favorites with families and homeschool groups. Want to experience a full day of hands-on science fun? Visit the quirky and unpredictable WonderWorks, and learn as you play.Ready to get up close and personal with some of Hollywood's biggest stars? Madame Tussauds Orlando wax museum puts you in the movies with characters like ET, Will Smith, Brad Pitt and more!
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Here are some of our favorite Orlando theme park destinations designed with specific themes in mind, from Lego Land to the Holy Land. We’ve given a brief description of each and linked to complete information about each attraction, so you can decide which suits your family best:
The official attraction of NASCAR, Daytona USA features a total immersion into the heart-pounding world of racing. If you’re a NASCAR fan, you won’t want to miss Daytona USA!
If you’re traveling with a would-be Paleontologist – or just love dinosaurs of any size, then Dinosaur World, the world’s largest dino-themed attraction is for you.
Jump in the driver's seat and take charge at the Fun Spot. You’ll find racing, arcades, rides, and non-stop fun at this Orlando vacation destination
See live gators and crocs, ride the railroad and see some amazing shows – including live gator wrestling. This attraction has been pleasing fans for over 50 years, and is well worth a visit for animal and reptile fans
LEGOLAND is a must-see attraction. From exquisitely rendered LEGO scenes to interactive and educational play zones, rides and even a water park, Florida’s latest theme park is a wonderful destination.
The Holyland Experience features a unique mix of exhibits and shows with a Biblical theme. You’ll find amazing Easter and Christmas pageantry, along with a changing array of exhibits and shows at this religious themed attraction.