All the best places to eat in Orlando with the family.
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All the best places to eat in Orlando with the family.
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This 110-acre wildlife reserve is filled with gators and fun attractions. Zipline over a gator-infested lake, even pose for a wrestling photo.
Home to dozens of shops, restaurants, Cirque du Soleil, and more, it's a nice way to spend an afternoon or evening. You get a taste of Disney without the price of park admission.
This place is a little kid's dream. Giant dinosaur statues and a huge octopus surround the tables. It's very popular so make reservations early.
Get the Big Big Pig if you're appetite can handle it or a number of delicious sandwich baskets. The ribs fall off the bone at this family-friendly BBQ joint.
Enjoy pastas, soups, fresh baked goods, and healthy salads at this family-style Italian restaurant.
When you're really hungry, there are few joys like a hot sandwich with gooey melted cheese.
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It's like stepping inside a storybook from your childhood. You enter a land of fairy tales, pirates, astronauts, and cowboys. This is Disney World's flagship park.
This tiki hut serves frozen slushies, juice, and cookies, perfect for a hot day in Magic Kingdom.
Even in the future, the classic sundae reigns supreme. Stop by for a cold ice cream or soda float in Tomorrowland.
This beautiful glass atrium is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and host to daily meet and greets.
Inside Cinderella's Castle, this royal banquet hall has food fit for a princess with a refined palate. Make sure to reserve far ahead of time!
Hidden in Pinocchio Village Haus restaurant is a secret fairy wish book where you can write down your wildest wishes. The Blue Fairy checks it regularly ;)
It's hard not to get a tear at this touching ceremony. Every day at 5 pm, the marching band plays and a random guest is presented with the flag.
You control the spin and blasters on Buzz Lightyear's spaceship. Aim for the evil Emperor Zurg and score points. You may just get the high score.
You spin around in oversized tea cups in this Alice in Wonderland themed ride.
It starts as a calm river ride with animatronic animals, and ends with a huge drop down a waterfall. Sit up front if you want to get wet.
The roller coaster car swings around turns and takes you into the workplace of the 7 Dwarfs. Make sure to reserve fastpass+ for this popular ride.
Grab burgers, fries, and taco salads at this counter service restaurant in Frontierland.
Disney's newest restaurant is open for lunch and dinner. They serve delicious French food in the banquet hall of Sebastian's (the Beast's) castle.
Disney's manliest restaurant features giant pork shanks, BBQ, and burly cinnamon rolls. They also have a kid version of beer called LeFou's Brew.
Hearty Reubens, sandwiches, and burgers make up the menu at this old-fashioned American restaurant in Main Street USA.
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This 8-minute ride takes you through pirate battles and the adventures of Jack Sparrow. It's great for all ages, but really young kids might get scared.
Restless ghosts party in the halls of this haunted mansion. It's a delightfully scary ride for all ages. Kids will even love playing with the cooky attractions in the line.
It's one of the best attractions with the shortest wait. You venture inside a Disney movie, and wind hits you as fall, water splashes you, and you even get a whiff of perfume in Aladdin.
This coaster dips and dives, howling through the darkness of space. It's magical, futuristic, and very popular. So be sure to reserve your fastpass+ ahead of time.
It's the Italian restaurant where the Lady and the Trap ate from the same plate. They serve pasta, pizza, and Italian classics.
Sit down for a family-style Thanksgiving feast, any time of year. Enjoy New England food too in an elegant dining hall from the time of our founding fathers.
You can see the candy makers making fudge, taffy, and brittle behind the counter. It's an old-fashioned candy shoppe on Main Street USA
Enjoy a delicious Hawaiian banquet with storytelling at dinner time and character brunches with Stitch.
Fireworks light up Cinderella's Castle, while you finish off the night with a dessert party over the lake in Tomorrowland.
Equal to the thrill of taking off in a jet plane without a windshield, this riveting ride takes you from zero to 40 MPH in about two seconds.
You get to pick a song to listen to as you fly down 17 stories on the world's first non-inverting loop.
Drop down 185 feet and you'll feel weightless. Then you jolt upwards at the speed of a space shuttle.
Two rides in one, you can pick one of two dragons to race on intertwining loops. It's worth trying both, and with two coasters, the line goes faster.
Embark on a whirlwind adventure with Harry and his friends as you fly through the classrooms and halls of Hogwarts Castle.
This is how wizards use the ATM. Zoom through the underground vaults of Gringotts Bank in a multi-dimensional 3-D thrill ride.
What could possibly go wrong on a leisurely jungle cruise in Jurassic Park? Well, the raptors get loose, and now you have to escape by plunging down an 85-foot waterfall.
Fire lights up the ceiling and scarab beetles cover the walls. Then everything goes pitch black and you don't know whether to hold your breath or scream.
This classic log flume sends you flying over a 75-foot drop with a cool story beforehand that will have kids laughing.
You may be on the ground, but it sure feels like you're flying across the skyscrapers of Manhattan in this 3-D ride with stunning effects.
This I-Drive attraction is an odd museum filled with all the unbelievable anomalies of the world like six-legged cows, vampires, and giants.
Kids get to learn about science, the fun way, by doing cool interactive experiments. The upside down building is quite a sight too.
This smaller theme park is home to classic, hard-hitting thrill rides. Ride the slingshot and fly 300 feet in the air.
This old-timey themed park and shopping mall has bumper cars, laser tag, an arcade, go carts, and haunted house, among stores and restaurants.
Tons of thrilling waterslides will keep you cool on a hot Orlando day. The park will close in Dec. 31, 2016 to make way for another, bigger one: Universal's Volcano Bay.
It's a hipster's sports bar with creative burgers, big screen TVs, and an eclectic mix of graffiti art.
You fly across over a mile of cables on a course of 8 ziplines. Set up as dual racing zips, you can race your friends and family as you go.
Artists paint, musicians play, and you eat, very well that is, at this Florida-inspired, tapas restaurant.
Chicago-style deep dish is a great way to satisfy your hunger after a day at the parks.
Pancakes are the size of your dinner plate, which makes it easy for more than one kid to split an order. You can even grab breakfast to-go on your way to the parks.
Gather for great food, local art vendors, and family activities in this quaint historic town near Orlando.
You can buy crafts by local artisans and fresh produce in a shaded grove by Lake Eola.
Head south to downtown Kissimmee for their summer farmers market, held every Tuesday.
Take a realistic aerial tour over California from the beaches of LA to the stunning Yosemite Valley.
Design your own virtual vehicle and then compare it as you ride next to it.
It's in almost every photo of Epcot. This 16-story futuristic globe is home to a ride that takes you past breakthroughs in technology.
You start in a rainforest and take a boat past prairies, deserts, and exotic greenhouses.
Probably the best way to energize tired kids on a hot day is this holy combination of Disney Characters and air-conditioning.
Ellen DeGeneres and Bill Nye "The Science Guy" teach kids about energy from solar and atomic power to prehistoric volcanoes.
Hosted by Coca Cola, this showcase has dozens of sodas, which you can sample for free. Make sure to try the delicious soda called Beverly.
It's a fun little boat ride with the three caballeros. You explore Mexico through animation, superimposed over live-action clips of Acapulco, Chichen Itza, and Mexico City.
It's an animatronic tribute to the big personalities of American history from Mark Twain to Ben Franklin.
Bruce the Shark, Nemo, and friends swim through the coral reef of an actual aquarium.
Gather round the main stage on summer nights for this family-friendly concert series.
Storytellers from around the world describe their holiday customs and stories.
Sit outside at long tables for authentic German sausage and a stein, filled to the brim with crisp German beer.
Caramel treats of every kind imaginable line the glass displays of this German bakery and candy store.
This storybook dining hall resembles the inside of a medieval castle. Five different princesses, and the delightful Mary Poppins come by to meet the little ones.
The whole dining hall rotates slowly as you eat, showing you a different scene from nature. Meet Chip 'n Dale and animal friends as you dine.
In this quirky ceremony that takes place entirely in Japanese, you get to select an oyster and have it opened for you to reveal a pearl, which is yours to keep.
Tour 11 countries through their culture and food, as you walk around a lagoon. Then, see the triumphs of human technology and the wonders of the natural world.
For younger kids, this roller coaster is a blast. You get to fly on a trusty winged beast and don't have to wait in line too long.
Come for breakfast, pastries, and unusual ice cream flavors.
From Pineapple Whip Soft-serve with Coconut Rum to a Chocolate Waffle with Espresso Mousse, it's one of the best places for a frozen treat in Animal Kingdom.
Enter the world of double pineapple bliss – the dole whip float. It's soft-serve pineapple in pineapple juice. If that's not enough, you always get the fresh-cut pineapple.
It's a little counter where you can pick up soft-serve, pineapple floats, and collectable souvenir tiki bowls.
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Coca Cola logos are in Hindi script and Bollywood posters line the wall. Cool down with a slushy, classic Coke or a the rum spiked Coconut Lychee Lemonade.
It's like dining in the middle of a rainforest. The food is classic American with burgers, steak, and club sandwiches.
If your daughter is ages 2-10, this meet and greet with Anna and Elsa may just make their vacation. Lines are long! So come early, late, or at lunch time.
Laugh and sing along with Anna and Elsa. You become part of the frozen experience in this amazing retelling.
During the holidays, the entire castle has so many lights that they look like frosting or glowing streams of (magic) water.
One of the park's most popular parades, Festival of Fantasy is a celebration of all the amazing characters that make Disney what it is.
You'll see a parade with Mickey as a Jedi Knight, tons of fans dressed as characters, and celebrity guests. It runs every weekend from mid-May to mid-June.
Every night, thousands of lights decorate Disney floats at this Magic Kingdom parade.
Every night, fireworks light up the sky over Cinderella's Castle, while "When You Wish Upon a Star" plays triumphantly in the background.
Pyrotechnics and music combine in a spectacular battle between good and evil.
Nightly fireworks erupt on the lake at Epcot and a laser light show mixes themes from the cultures of the world.
Mickey and his friends have some serious dance moves. This afternoon dance party rolls down the track on Main Street USA.
What little kid doesn't love stepping back into the prehistoric times when dinosaurs roamed the Earth.
Your guide takes you on a Jeep ride that traverses an animal sanctuary. They'll stop along the way to show you giraffes, elephants, and lions.
Talented performers re-enact scenes from Finding Nemo with giant puppets. It's an entertaining and air-conditioned break from the heat.
Walk into the Tree of Life and you turn into a bug. It's an amazing 3D show that takes you into a tiny world where a blade of grass seems like a tree.
It's a fun roller coaster with backwards motion on the tallest mountain in the world. Keep an eye out for the Yeti!
This Broadway-style show uses singing, dancing, and acrobatics to bring the story of The Lion King to life.
This track and motion simulator transports you back in time to save a living dinosaur before the big meteor. If only it were real.
Book ahead of time to meet Donald, Mickey, and more at this very popular breakfast and lunch restaurant.