Orlando and Disney World

by Mike Mulkern

A wonderful experience to be had by any child or children is when their parents tell them that the family holiday has been booked and they are all going to Disney World. Can you imagine all the excitement and joys of laughter, not to mention a sleepless night, looking forward to a truly amazing holiday.

Florida is the capital for all theme parks, it was 40 years ago that Walt Disney opened his first park, this being the first of many more to come. Universal studios, which is a working studio, also has another park called Islands of Adventure. This offers a number of big thrill rides.

There are many activities for children and adults alike at Disney world and when choosing to holiday there, take that into consideration as the area is equivalent to the city of Manchester in the UK. Depending where you are flying from, a two to three week holiday is probably advisable.

Head first to the Magic Kingdom and visit Main street USA. There you will see some of your favorites like Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, and Goofy. Other destinations in the kingdom include Fantasyland, Tomorrowland, Adventureland, Frontierland, and Liberty Square. Be sure also to go in Cinderella's castle and Mickey's Toontown Fair.

Epcot Center opened in 1982. Epcot comes from the acronym EPCOT (Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow). It's the center for innovation and international culture. It is the second most visited site at Disney World, after the Magic Kingdom. Go ther to see what the future looks like and try out cuisine from around the globe. Enjoy the whole day there, but don't leave before the fireworks spectacular.

Animal Kingdom brings an African experience to Florida and gives children the chance to see animals from other parts of the world. It is worth going to Animal Kingdom as early as possible so you can have a leisurely stroll around to stop and admire all the different species of animals.

Water Parks; how about trying Typhoon Lagoon themed around a tropical island with high speed water shoots and a huge lagoon with man-made waves - terrific fun. Those who want a relaxed time can enjoy a lazy river ride nice and gentle. How about Blizzard Beach for those who want to pretend they are near a snow capped mountain, with big slides just to make your heart beat that little bit faster. All the thrills and spills that children love.

Be sure to venture out one day to Sea World orlando, home of Shamu the Whale. He puts on one amazing show. See the dolphins, seals, sharks, manatees, turtles, penguins, sea lions,and other sea creatures while you are there. Don't forget the rides, especially their roller coasters. They are some of the South's best.

Many choices await the traveler to Orlando and Disney. It mostly depends on convenience and money. You can stay at Disney World and take the monorail everywhere or stay in Orlando in any hotel chain you want. Be sure to look for your place early and if you can go when school is in session, crowds and prices will be a little less.

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