There's so much to do in Orlando beyond Disney and Universal.
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There's so much to do in Orlando beyond Disney and Universal.
What you need to know if your planning a trip to Disney during a holiday.
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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.
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.
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.
Fireworks light up Cinderella's Castle, while you finish off the night with a dessert party over the lake in Tomorrowland.
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 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.
The water's always cool and clear in this natural spring. Take a scenic walk and then hop on in. Sure beats swimming with the gators.
They've got griddles by your tables where you can make your own pancakes. This 300-year-old mill at De Leon Springs was onced used by Spanish sugar plantations.
In this gorgeous coastal river, you have the opportunity to swim with hundreds of manatees. You can even kiss these loveable Sea Cows.
Sixty minutes from Orlando is a beach park, perfect for picnic. Bring your bathing suit and swim with dolphins and manatees in the warm ocean.
Kayak or paddle through a dense swamp forest at the headwaters of the Florida Everglades.
Take a boat ride on the canals that connect the lakes of Winter Park. You'll pass through a botanical garden and cruise by a sculpture garden. Then go explore the town.
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.
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.
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.
It's one of the of the most magical events at Disney World. The park is decorated with snow and millions of lights, and Christmas parties happen almost every night.
It's an amazing event to say the least, but be advised, the park can get extremely crowded on New Year's Eve and New Years Day.
September and October, Magic Kingdom is decorated with hundreds of jack-o-lanterns, and Disney characters are dressed in their finest costumes.
Dozens of topiary sculptures recreate Disney characters in greenery. You'll also see elegant flower displays and a number of farm-to-table food stands.
Mother's and Father's Day is a magical way for parents and lovers of Disney to spend their special day. Crowds also tend to be less.
After a patriotic ceremony, pyrotechnics erupt in beautiful sparks all throughout the park.
All around World Showcase you'll find 25 to 30 booths with food and drink from parts of the world not normally featured in Epcot.
It's the big show that you think of when you think SeaWorld. Orcas jump high in the air and dolphins do all kinds of crazy tricks.
Alright Hamilton! This 20 minute show features sea lions in a fictional high school, performing tricks and wacky antics as they work to earn their diplomas. Come at pre-show for good seats!
From June 20 to Aug 9, the park is open late and hosts nightly shows and fireworks. On weekends they throw the "Celebrating America" concert series.
Perfect for kids 12 and under, the park is filled with face painting, trick or treating, and other fun games and activities.
"O Wondrous Night," is a SeaWorld tradition which tells the story of Christmas from the perspective of 30 live animals.
How often can you say you've dined with a whale? This unique dinner show offers a buffet of organic food hosted by the orcas and their trainers.
Earning the TripAdvisor certificate of excellence, this is probably one of the best outlet shops in the US. You'll find tons of deals and a large food court.
It might not be as big as Vineland, but this sister property has great savings from designer labels such Coach, Cole Haan, and Michael Kors.
Though smaller than the other outlets, it's home to Calvin Klein, American Eagle, Reebok, and Skechers. Sometimes fewer options can make shopping easier.
It's geared towards value-minded shoppers and features top brands like Nike, Tommy Hilfiger, and Guess,
Talented performers re-enact scenes from Finding Nemo with giant puppets. It's an entertaining and air-conditioned break from the heat.
This Broadway-style show uses singing, dancing, and acrobatics to bring the story of The Lion King to life.
This 400-foot tall ferris wheel has changed the Orlando skyline forever. Get the best view of the city as you ride the loop.
It's soon to be the most happening spot of I-Drive! When completed, it will host a wax museum, aquarium, skeleton exhibit, and tons of shopping and dining.
It may be their first season, but the Orlando City Lions soccer team have exploded in local popularity. If you ever counted MLS out, think again.
If you're a fan, this is the time to visit. It's a celebration of Harry Potter with Q&A discussions featuring popular cast members and a costume expo.
It's the best of a Mardi Gras parade, but without the mayhem and debauchery. So dawn your shiny beads and try some Cajun-style food.
Seuss Landing becomes a winter wonderland at Christmas time. And what better way to get in the Christmas spirit than with the anti-Claus.
Madame Tussauds wax museum features shockingly life-like sculptures of history's famous icons. The museum is part of the I-Drive 360 area, which is also home to the Orlando Eye.
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