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Florida Attractions

Florida’s biggest attractions are the Walt Disney theme parks in Orlando. Walt Disney World - Magic Kingdom opened in 1971 and is based on Disneyland in Los Angeles with plenty of Disney characters on parade for younger children to spot and meet and a choice of thrilling rides to suit all ages. If you can stay until closing time don’t miss the Wishes firework display best viewed from opposite the Cinderella Castle. Disney-MGM Studios suits almost everyone and has superb special effect and stunt shows, informative behind- the- scenes tours and here you can find out all about Disney cartoon animation. Disney’s Animal Kingdom is a blend of zoo, theme park and ecology while Epcot celebrates science and technology in Future World and World Showcase each with a series of pavilions to explore. There are free buses linking all the Disney parks but be prepared for a lot of walking on site and queuing in the summer season. Allow at least a day per park and consider using the Fastpass system which allows you to book one ride at a time in advance. As with all theme parks fast food is the norm and generally pricey. Parades and spectacular fireworks are a regular event at each of the four Disney parks and you cannot fail to be impressed whatever age you are.
 
SeaWorld Orlando is the best of Florida’s marine parks. Here you can watch dolphin and killer whale shows, ride on a water coaster, visit the gigantic aquariums and learn about sea life. You won’t get wet at Universal Orlando but you will have chance to go on some of the best special-effect rides on offer and explore the world of American TV and film production with plenty of opportunities to join in. For something completely different try Gatorland (Orlando), a mixture of theme park, alligator and Everglade nature conservation.
 
The Kennedy Space Centre on the Space Coast east of Orlandois a vast complex displaying the history of NASA and space travel. You are best to join a bus tour on which will take you to the Apollo/Saturn V Centre where you will learn about the exploration of the moon and on to the LC39 Observation Gantry with itsgood view of the Space Shuttle’s launch pads.
 
For lovers of motor racing Daytona International Speedway has eight major race meetings a year whilst Daytona USA charts the history of racing which began on the beach in the early 1900’s.
 
Finally, Busch Gardens just outside Tampaoffers an alternative to Disney and is a huge animal park with rides and theatrical shows. Here you will find Kumba one of the world’s scariest roller-coaster rides. Enjoy!