The city of Orlando is located in one of the world’s most visited tourist regions, which brings thousands and millions of visitors every year.
Many Nigerians love to tour Orlando especially our celebrities. Ever gone to their pages on Instagram and Twitter to see their vacation pictures? I won’t mention names but your guess is as good as mine.
Among Orlando’s principal tourist attractions are Walt Disney World, SeaWorld Orlando, and Universal Orlando. Within easy reach, too, is the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral. The establishment of these mega-amusement parks has encouraged other investors for business reasons, and there are nearly limitless hotel and motel beds in the Orlando area, lots of fancy restaurants, dozens of golf coasts and courses, beaches, amusement parks, national parks, array of unique tourists venues and numerous other attractions and things to do that makes Florida one of the most visited cities in America.
Orlando has a subtropical climate, with hot and rainy weather from May to October and cooler temperatures from November to April.
Intending visitors should know that there is a risk of hurricanes in this city due to its location.
For a taste of great island life, Orlando Florida is the place. Take a look at the amazing places you can tour in Orlando, Florida:
WALT DISNEY WORLD
For a unique amusement park experience, there’s no place like Disney World in Orlando. The magic of Disney has not worn off over the decades as millions of visitors still flock here each year to enjoy the Magic Kingdom and many other attractions of this mega amusement park. The number of things to do and see here has grown over the years and now includes an extensive list that reaches far beyond the traditional theme parks.
Walt Disney World is Florida’s most popular family attraction and has been for many years. While here, you should expect an around-the-world experience that gives visitors a chance to peek at different cultures and meet popular international Disney characters like Mulan, Belle, and Mary Poppins.
The Hollywood Studios park gives visitors the opportunity to see into the world of movie magic, that brings beautiful childhood memories to kids and teenagers with exciting stunts and special effects shows and even tours through actual studio space. The Kilimanjaro Safari experience at Animal Kingdom is an amazing way to see African animals run free in a natural habitat, and the massive Tree of Life makes the perfect backdrop for family photos.
Fireworks and parades are nightly events throughout the parks, and there are special events year-round. Although lines for the top attractions and rides are notoriously long, there are Fast Pass options that can help you get the most out of your visit. If you are going to be visiting multiple parks, leave a minimum of one day for each and be sure to use a park map to plan ahead.
UNIVERSAL THEME PARK
Universal Studios in Orlando is a fantastic experience, and for many visitors, it often tops a visit to Walt Disney World. This huge amusement park offers all kinds of fantastic rides and recreated sets based on popular movies and shows. While there, be ready to enjoy 3D and 4D simulator rides, thrill rides, and wet and wild rides at the newest theme park, Universal’s Volcano Bay. You can also find tamer rides for younger children to enjoy.
One of the most popular and impressive attractions is the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, where you can board the Hogwarts Express and wander through Hogsmeade Village. Universal’s Islands of Adventure has seven themed island parks that are each dedicated to a film franchise. These include Seuss Island, The Lost Continent, Toon Lagoon, Jurassic Park, Skull Island, and Marvel Superhero Island. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is the park’s newest addition, complete with Hogwarts Castle and Hogsmeade. Diagon Alley extends into the Universal Studios park, where visitors can join Harry’s escape from Gringotts bank. Universal Studios also has regular events and celebrations for the whole family. City Walk, also part of Universal, is a huge entertainment complex, featuring dining, shopping, movies, and other day and night entertainment.
Orlando’s SeaWorld is known for its massive aquariums, dolphin and whale shows, touch pools, and many exciting rides. Although guests may no longer feed the dolphins, you are still able to reach into the interactive dolphin pool and pet these beautiful, intelligent creatures. Those who want to get even more hands-on can sign up for an up-close tour with the dolphins, killer whales, sea lions, penguins, or sharks.
Other special tours include a behind-the-scenes look at SeaWorld operations and tours of the Manatee Rehabilitation Center or the Dolphin Nursery, where the park’s youngest dolphins are cared for. In addition to the plethora of sea life, the park has many exciting rides for all ages, including several water rides that are refreshing on a hot Florida day. The park’s most popular thrill rides are its rollercoasters, including the Mako hypercoaster, the Manta Coaster, and the Kraken Virtual Reality Coaster. Much like Walt Disney World, SeaWorld Orlando is a mega amusement park that has long been an important part of family vacations to Florida.
Other highlights include Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin display and a host of other aquarium exhibits offering opportunities to see all kinds of marine life.
THE ORLANDO SCIENCE CENTRE
The Orlando Science Center displays several branches of science from mechanics to biology and applied technology. There are a variety of themed exhibits. Among the top favorites is “Kids Town”. Kids Town is available to children under 48 inches tall with stimulating interactive exhibits. There are also laser shows and large format films at the Dr. Phillips CineDome. The gallery exhibits showcases all its exhibitions to tourists from different parts of the world.
Typhoon Lagoon is Disney’s biggest and most popular water park. There are a wide variety of attractions for all ages, including kiddie rides and swimming and splash areas, like the Ketchakiddee Creek, a play area designed for young children. Surfers will love the huge wave pool, and those who want to give it a shot can sign up for surfing lessons. Other attractions include a peaceful ride down the lazy river, whitewater adventures on Miss Adventure Falls, and thrill rides like Humunga Kowabunga. There are also multiple waterslides throughout the park for various age levels, and even a sandy beach where kids can play while parents relax. An alternative water park is Disney’s Blizzard Beach, which has a ski-resort theme and features a long, winding river that circles that park, as well as a variety of water rides for the whole family. Visitors can enjoy a family picnic while swimming as well.
Located next to SeaWorld Orlando, Discovery Cove is one of the area’s premier attractions. Visitors to the park can interact with the natural ocean life, including snorkeling along a coral reef, exploring underwater with a full dive helmet, wading among stingrays, and swimming with the dolphins. There is also a large enclosure where you can interact with exotic birds, a relaxing river that you can explore and snorkel in, and a tropical swim area where you can splash in the pools or relax in a lounge chair on the sandy beach. Visitors can purchase an all-inclusive, one day pass, and due to the extreme popularity of Discovery Cove, it is best to book a reservation well in advance during the peak season.
EXOTIC ANIMAL EXPERIENCE
Orlando’s Exotic Animal Experience offers visitors the chance to have personal encounters with some of the world’s most interesting animals. Residents at the park include several species of kangaroos and lemurs, owl monkeys, kinkajou, deer, and two-toed sloths. All visits are by reservation only, and guests have the choice of a group experience, private visit, and special packages that allow you to spend extra time with the animals. There is also a “Simply Sloths” option for those who want to spend all their time hanging out with the world’s most adorable animals.
WET ‘N’ WILD
This is one of Florida’s first water parks. Wet ‘N Wild contains a whole lot of fun and thrill rides to entertain people all day long. On-site are a wave pool, water slides, chutes, raft rides, and flumes. There are both individual and multi-person rides. Some of the highlights include “The Surge”, a six-story speed slide, and “Bomb Bay,” where the rider is dropped in a capsule from a great height. For those looking for a little less adventurous but just as much fun, there is a Lazy River where you can drift down a man-made river in an inner tube, especially if you don’t know how to swim.
TAKE A DAY TRIP TO KENNEDY SPACE CENTRE VISITOR COMPLEX
This complex is about an hour drive. The Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex is one of the most popular day-trip locations in Orlando. It gives tourists the unique opportunity to see one of NASA’s best-known operation centers. Here, you will find the Heroes and Legends exhibits, which introduce guests to the lives and careers of those who made the space program possible, from engineers to early space explorers.
This also includes the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame, as well as the Rocket Garden where you can see the rockets from some of NASA’s most famous flights, including the Apollo and Gemini programs.
Other exhibits include lunar explorations, mock astronaut training, the shuttle launch experience, and an IMAX theater. If you time your visit right, you can even watch launches from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. This is an educative and informative space centre to visit especially for engineers who have a career path.
This outstanding, Venetian-inspired property, built mainly in the mid-1920s, consists of the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, the Circus Museum, and the Ca’ d’Zan and Gardens. The art museum, housed in a stunning pink palace, is a true centerpiece, showcasing the Ringling’s extensive art collection, which includes pieces by Velazquez, El Greco, Van Dyke, Veronese, and Rubens, among others.
Added much later, the Circus Museum came about in the late 1940s to celebrate the history of this unique form of performance. It displays all kinds of circus costumes, props, posters, and other memorabilia, and features exhibits on the history of the famous Ringling Bros. Finally, the Ca’ d’Zan was the residence of John and Mable Ringling. Their inspiration for this Venetian-style mansion came from their travels in Europe and the great palaces of Venice. The 36,000-square-foot home was completed in 1926 and is an architectural masterpiece in southern Florida.
ACQUIRING YOUR VISA TO ORLANDO, FLORIDA.
Nigerian passport holders do require a tourist visa to visit the United States.
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