Florida Amusement Parks

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Cinderella's Castle at Walt Disney World Shown at Night - Photo Credit: Brian McGowan / Unsplash

Walt Disney World Resort

Located in Lake Buena Vista, Florida near Orlando and Kissimmee, the world famous Walt Disney World Resort opened on October 1st, 1971.  The property covers approximately 25,000 acres and includes four theme parks, namely the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Disney’s Animal Kingdom, as well as two water parks, Disney’s Blizzard Beach and Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon.  The property also includes over 30 themed hotels operated by Disney, as well as nearly a dozen non-Disney hotels, the Disney Springs outdoor shopping center, several golf courses, a camping resort and more.  To visit the official Walt Disney World Resorts website, please click here.

Walt Disney World is located approximately 20 miles from Orlando International Airport (MCO) or around 50 Miles from Orlando-Sanford International Airport (SFB).  In addition to car rental, taxi, Uber or Lyft, Mears Connect™ offers convenient shuttle service between Orlando International Airport and Disney Resort area hotels with express and standard options.  The introductory rate for the standard service is $16 per adult and $13.50 per child each way or $32 and $27 respectively.  The child’s rate applies to kids 3-9 years of age, while children under 3 are free.  The roundtrip express service is $250 for up to four passengers and $55 for each additional passenger.  The express service does not have a child’s rate, so children of all ages must be included in the guest count.  For more information and to make a reservation please visit mearsconnect.com or click here.

Universal Studios Florida

The Universal Studios Orlando Resort consists of two theme parks including Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Island of Adventure, featuring the Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ - Hogsmeade™, as well as a water park called Volcano Bay – the perfect escape to beat the heat for a vacation within a vacation.  The resort also has eight on-property specially themed hotel resorts, offering convenient access to the parks, as well as exclusive value-added benefits. For more information, please visit the official Universal Orlando Resorts website by clicking here.

Universal studios is around 14 miles from Orlando International Airport (MCO) and around 37 miles from Orlando-Sanford International Airport (SFB). 

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The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal's Islands of Adventure in Orlando, Florida - Photo Credit: Aditya Vyas / Unsplash

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Getting Up Close and Personal With The Doplphins at SeaWorld in Orlando, Florida - Photo Credit Mick Haupt / Unsplash

Sea World Orlando

SeaWorld® Orlando consists of three parks including SeaWorld, Discovery Cove, and Aquatica.  Visitors can enjoy SeaWorld with spectacular rollercoasters, rides and shows, while getting up close and personal with sea life.  The park offers a range of special events, from food festivals to free concerts.  Discovery Cove offers an all-inclusive day, with a freshly prepared breakfast, gourmet lunch and unlimited snacks and beverages – including beer and wine.  Guests will have the opportunity to connect with dolphins, snorkel with spectacular rays, and hand feed exotic birds.  Discovery Cove is a nature lovers paradise, sure to please visitors of all ages.  Aquatica is more than just a water park, and offers everything from thrilling water slides, a lazy winding river, or your own private cabana for the day.  Whether you want to catch a wave or simply relax in a carefree environment, at Aquatica, you can choose the speed of your sun and fun experience. 

With a comprehensive range of SeaWorld Official Hotel Partners and SeaWorld Hotel Partners, travelers can choose from convenient local hotels that suit their own needs, taste and budget.  SeaWorld is around 14 miles from Orlando International Airport (MCO) and around 40 miles from Orlando-Sanford International Airport (SFB).  For more information, please visit SeaWorld Orlando’s official website by clicking here.    

Legoland Florida Resort

The LEGOLAND® Florida Resort includes three parks including the Legoland Theme Park, the Legoland Water Park and the new Peppa Pig Theme Park.  The LEGOLAND Theme Park features over 55 rides where visitors can Conquer The Dragon or get their drivers license from the Ford Driving School and so much more.  Naturally fans will delight in this paradise dedicated to Lego, the bright building blocks from Billund, which have allowed creators of all ages to ‘Leg Godt’ or ‘Play Well’ for over 50 years.

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Scene From LEGOLAND Florida Resort - Photo Credit: Mike Dias / Unsplash

When it’s time to cool off, travelers will enjoy the LEGOLAND Water Park, where visitors can slide and splash their way to fun with attractions such as the LEGO wave pool and the Build-A-Raft lazy river.  Guests will also enjoy tube and body slides, and interactive water-play structures including the Joker Soaker and Duplo® Safari.  Only steps away from the LEGOLAND Florida Resort, visitors can join Peppa Pig in the world’s first Peppa Pig Theme Park, for a playful adventure in the world of Peppa Pig.  

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The LEGOLAND Hotel at LEGOLAND Florida Resort - Photo Credit: Alex Cheung / Unsplash

For true LEGO aficionados, the immersive LEGO experience can be extended beyond the theme parks, as LEGOLAND Florida Resort offers several themed hotels such as the Pirate Island Hotel, LEGOLAND Hotel and the Beach Retreat.  At the Pirate Island Hotel, guests will enjoy a pool full of soft LEGO bricks, free daily breakfast and nightly PJ parties, to keep the fun going after closing time.  At LEGOLAND Hotel, guests can pick their own favorite LEGO theme, attend LEGO workshops and keep the party going with nightly PJ parties.  Finally, at the Beach Retreat, visitors can choose to stay in bungalows that look like they are made of LEGO.  This spacious lakeview resort features an awesome pool and an outdoor playground, where kids of all ages can soak up even more fun in the sun.

LEGOLAND Florida Resort is located in Winter Haven and is approximately 40 miles from Orlando International Airport (MCO), and around 52 Miles from Tampa International Airport (TPA).  For more information about LEGOLAND Florida Resort, please visit their official website by clicking here

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Visitors Enjoy the Thrill of Iron Gwazi at Busch Gardens Tampa on Tuesday, July 25, 2022 - Photo Credit: BREITFLYTE

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay is situated on 335 acres in Tampa, Florida and is owned and operated by SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment.  Busch Gardens offers guests a unique combination of exciting thrill rides, shows, activities, an extensive Africa-themed wildlife reserve, and so much more.  The theme park is home to some of Florida’s best roller coasters and thrill rides, including the newly opened Iron Gwazi, a steel roller coaster that plunges riders from a 206 foot tall peak into a 91-degree drop, reaching top speeds of 76 miles per hour.  With many other coasters such as Tigris, Cheetah Hunt, Cobra’s Curse, SheiKra, Montu, Kumba, Scorpion and SandSerpent, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay is a coaster enthusiast’s paradise.  For those not afraid to potentially get a little wet, the park also has two notable water thrill rides including the Congo River Rapids and Stanley Falls Flume.

Other thrill rides include the kid friendly Air Grover coaster located in the Sesame Street® Safari of Fun play area, a family friendly drop tower called Wild Surge and for the bravest, Falcon’s Fury, a 335-foot freestanding drop tower.

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Map of Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Theme Park - Courtesy Busch Gardens

In addition to the thrilling rides, Busch Gardens Tampa provides visitors with an immersive wildlife experience, from the award-winning 65-acre Serengeti Safari, where guests can take an up close and personal tour in an open air vehicle, to natural preserves and exhibits which are home a wide range of wildlife superstars.  Visitors can expect to see rhinos, sloths, cheetahs, tigers, lions, gorillas & primates, elephants, giraffes, hippos, hyenas, zebras, penguins, meerkats, kangaroos & macropods, alligators, snakes and reptiles, gazelles and antelope, flamingos & birds, lorikeets and more.  For true animal and nature lovers, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay also offers a wide range of animal-specific insider tours and other VIP experiences.  Additionally, the park offers numerous events throughout the year such as the new Summer Celebration Elite Tour, where visitors will enjoy a Busch Gardens nighttime adventure as a guest of honor during an exclusive seven-hour tour.  Leading up to Halloween, visitors can take a behind the scenes tour of Busch Gardens’ famous Howl-O-Scream event. 

Guests of Busch Gardens Tampa also have numerous food and beverage options with restaurants such as Oasis Pizza, the Dragon Fire Grill & Pub, Zambia Smokehouse, Zagora Café, the Garden Gate Café, the Giraffe Bar and more.  Busch Gardens is located around 15 miles by car from Tampa International Airport (TPA).  For Florida visitors looking to hit all the best theme parks, Busch Gardens is just over 70 miles from Walt Disney World, about an hour and twenty minute drive.  For more information on Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, please visit their official site by clicking here.   

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A Tiger Making His Presence Known at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay - Photo Credit: Dan Dennis / Unsplash

Adventure Island

Adventure Island is a water park located across the street from Busch Gardens Tampa and is also owned by SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment.  The park offers a ton of fun in the sun attractions including numerous water slides such as the spin and splash Solar Vortex, the epic free-fall Vanish Point, the Colossal Curl, the Aruba Tuba, the open flume water ride Calypso Coaster, the Caribbean Corkscrew, the Riptide, and the Water Moccasin.  Adventure Island also features a 17,000 Square foot Endless Surf wave pool, with rolling waves every five minutes.  For a more laid back experience, guests can take a half mile tube trip down the Rambling Bayou, which features lush landscapes, tropical waterfalls and even rain and fog, or play and relax at the Paradise Lagoon.  Kids will enjoy Fabian’s Fun Port with bubbling springs and jumping jets for playing and spraying, and a water friendly jungle gym for the parks youngest guests.  Additionally, Splash attack offers good water fun with a huge tree house surrounded by over 50 water play toys. 

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Map of Adventure Island Water Park in Tampa, Florida - Courtesy Adventure Island

The park also features a number of food and beverage options including the all new Hang Ten Tiki Bar, where guests can enjoy hand crafted signature cocktails, local brews, and a regional and international rum selection.  Hang Ten visitors can also grab new island lite bites such as a Tiki Man soft pretzel, empanadas or local gulf smoked fish dip with a pineapple relish.  For a more substantial meal, guests can visit the Surfside Café for a burger, chicken strips or fresh salads, accompanied by refreshing ice cold beverages and brews.  I you’re craving BBQ, visit Mango Joe’s, which offers smoked chicken, ribs, BBQ pork sandwiches and fresh salads, freshly made desserts and frozen cocktails, along with bottled beverages and draft beer from the Bayou Beach Club.  For a quick pitstop between rides, the Island Food Truck is the perfect place, where guests can enjoy a foot long hotdog, chips and more.  The truck is located across from Fabian’s Fun Port.  Colossal Snacks offers a variety of quick food and snack options including personal pizzas, chilled beverages and much more.  Located right next to the Endless Surf wave pool, Captain Pete’s Island Eats offers ice cold beer, Icee® frozen beverages, churros and pretzels.  For More Information, please visit Adventure Island’s official website by clicking here