We recently came across this USA Today article about Disney-inspired travel destinations around the world. However, if you want to keep things closer to home, your best bet would be to fly to Orlando where kids, and adults, can enjoy the magic of Disney World. But after you and the family have had enough of hyperactive costumed cartoon characters, what else can you do? We’ve lined up 5 things you can do in Orlando while visiting Disney World, that’ll be plenty of fun for you and the whole family.

Universal’s Islands of Adventure

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Comprising seven “islands,” including Jurassic Park and Seuss themed ones, kids and adults will love its famous The Wizarding World of Harry Potter section. There are rides and shops aplenty, and you’ll be transported into the magical London of J.K. Rowling’s stories. So go ahead, pick out your own wand and enjoy a round of Butterbeers!

Universal Orlando Resort

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You can jump on great rides for the whole family, including The Revenge of the Mummy, Despicable Me Minion Mayhem, and TRANSFORMERS: The Ride-3D. While it may not be as trendy and up to date as the Islands of Adventure, it’s sure to give you your fill of thrills!

SeaWorld Adventure Park Orlando

You can enjoy themed rides and marvel at the diverse marine life in this highly rated Orlando attraction. Scream your guts out on the Manta coaster or take in the slower pace of the Shamu Express. Acrobatic killer whales, playful sea lions, and entertaining dolphins are all part of the show that your whole family will love.

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Discovery Cove

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You’ve watched the amazing marine life at SeaWorld, but how about swimming with them? SeaWorld’s companion site Discovery Cove lets you swim with dolphins and stingrays and interact with otters and exotic birds. You’ll find that it’s one hands-on experience that the family won’t be able to stop talking about!

Wet ‘n Wild

Despite being the first major water park in America, Wet n’ Wild hasn’t garnered too many hot reviews of late. However, we still feel that the park offers some decent rides for a ticket price that won’t burn a hole in your wallet. Adrenaline junkies will enjoy the Aqua Drag Racer and The Storm, while the whole family can experience Blastaway Beach and lazy River.

Are you planning on visiting Orlando this summer? What sites will you and your family be hitting? Let us know in the comments below.

 

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