Your first trip to Orlando can be overwhelming. There are so many things to do – how do you know which theme parks to visit, or which attractions to ride when you’re there? The best way to get started is to read what each park has to offer generally, then pick the places you think sound the most interesting. Do a little more research to narrow down your options and before you know it, you’ll have a great touring plan.

Brantley Newton recently posted an article for beginners and it’s chock full of great tips. We’ve summarized some of our favorites below.

The Disney Parks


There are 4 Disney Parks in total:

  • Magic Kingdom is the top choice of families who want to experience the classic vision of Walt Disney.
  • EPCOT features food and drinks from 11 different countries, plus the popular nighttime laser light show, Illuminations.
  • Hollywood Studios offers pop culture themed rides and attractions, and has the most thrill rides of any Disney Park.
  • Animal Kingdom is a must-do for any wildlife buffs in your family. With safaris, roller coasters, and outdoor entertainment, there’s a lot to do at this huge park.

The Universal Parks


There are 2 Universal parks in Orlando:

  • Universal Studios gives you the chance to ride your favorite movies, and take on 90-degree drops in rides like Rip Ride Rocket Roller Coaster.
  • Islands of Adventure is where you’ll find comic book inspired rides, plus the most thrilling roller coasters. From Harry Potter to Spider Man, there’s a lot to explore here.
  • Disney World is also home to the 2 most popular water parks in the country: Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon.
  • SeaWorld is a more laid back park where you can take on a few thrill rides, see a few aquatic shows, and interact with wildlife.
  • Wet ‘N Wild was America’s first water park and features many elaborately themed water slides.

Other Orlando Attractions

Any of these attractions would make Orlando worth visiting, but when you look at the huge number of things to do in the area it can be hard to choose which options will work best for your family.

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