|In the beginning, Orlando was a collection of cow patties and orange groves, water-skiing shows and gators. Then came the Mouse. Or, more specifically, a mouse named Mickey and his creator, a man of fantastic imagination and vision named Walt Disney. And life in Orlando A.D. (After Disney) hasn't been the same since. Since the opening of Walt Disney World back in 1971, Orlando has grown to become one of the world's top vacation destinations. Love them or loath them, there is no getting away from Florida's ledgendary theme parks.
Florida has the best and most famous theme park attractions in the world. Nowhere else comes close.
The Magic Kingdom, Disney World's original attraction, at the heart of Walt Disney World consists of seven smaller islands. The rides are all based upon the Disney movies. Here you can enjoy such rides as Space Mountain, Pirates of the Caribbean, Splash Mountain, Thunder Mountain and the Haunted Mansion.
Epcot consists of 'Future World' which features technology and thrill rides and a 'World Showcase' which lets you experience various cultures from around the world. In Future World you will find some great rides such as Test Track, The Living Seas, Mission Space, Spaceship Earth and The Universe of Energy. Epcot stands for Experimental Prototype Community Of Tomorrow, however most people who have visited will tell you that it really stands for Every Person Comes Out Tired!
MGM Studios is a heaven for all film and movie lovers. Some popular attractions include The Voyage of the Mermaid, Star Tours, Rock 'n' Roller Coaster and the Great Movie Ride.
The Animal Kingdom is the place where you can experience a close encounter with animals from the real and imaginary world, together with 'thrill rides' and exotic landscapes.
Sea world is a marine park, which includes water rides and roller coasters. Sea World has Dolphins, Sea Turtles, Sharks, Whales, Penguins, Otters, Sea Lions, walruses, birds and various marine life.
Universal Studios is divided into two separate theme-parks, Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios Florida. Entry to each park is charged separately, although tickets are available that will provide entry to both. Universal Studios Florida offers famous rides such as Revenge of the Mummy, Jaws, Back to the Future, E.T. Adventure, Men in Black, Twister and Earthquake. Islands of Adventure features boast thrill rides of legendary proportions such as Jurassic Park, The Lost Continent, Incredible Hulk Coaster, The Amazing Adventures of Spiderman and Doctor Doom.