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14 Day Florida Theme Park Plan

Planning a trip to Florida?

Want to fit as much as you can into two weeks without missing any of the best bits?

Then this 2-week Florida theme park plan is exactly what you need!

Day 1 - Ease yourself in gently

Safari Mini and family at Animal Kingdom

Take it easy and get yourself used to Florida time. Orlando is 5 hours behind the UK, so you might find yourself waking up at silly o'clock while you adjust to the time difference. Use this day to get your plans straight for the next two weeks of Florida fun.

 Top Tip

Can't wait to get to the theme parks? Take a trip to one of the smaller parks like Disney’s Animal Kingdom. You can always leave early for a nap if you need to!

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Tree of Life Awakenings

While you’re here, don’t miss: Tree of Life Awakenings

As the sun goes down, the animal spirits carved into the Tree of Life - Animal Kingdom’s immense centrepiece - are magically stirred to life. This mesmerising show of colour and light happens every 10 minutes after dark until the park closes.

Want to know more about Animal Kingdom?

Read our Animal Kingdom Guide

Day 2 - Disney’s Magic Kingdom

Cinderella Castle at Magic Kingdom

Welcome to the most magical place on earth! With the iconic Cinderella Castle at its centre, the Magic Kingdom is made up of 6 themed lands where you can meet your favourite Disney characters, experience famous rides like Space Mountain and "it's a small world" and see spectacular parades and fireworks shows!

 Top Tip 1

Magic Kingdom is a busy place! Use your Disney FastPass to avoid the queues on the most popular rides - you can reserve a time for up to 3 rides or attractions a day.

 Rapunzel kissing a little girl

While you’re here, don’t miss: Meeting the Disney Characters

Little ones will be overjoyed to finally meet their heroes and heroines - and let’s be honest, the grown-ups will too!

Find out the best ways to meet the Disney Characters!

 Top Tip 2

Staying at a Disney World hotel? Take advantage of the Extra Magic Hours, where the parks stay open longer especially for hotel guests!

Chef Mickey with girl

Out for the evening?

Eat dinner with the Disney characters! Dinner with Chef Mickey at Chef Mickey's Fun Time Buffet is a great opportunity to meet the characters away from the bustle of the parks, get photos with them or even an autograph!

Character dining experiences are very popular so it’s essential to book these in advance.

Want to know more about Magic Kingdom?

Read our Magic Kingdom Guide

Day 3 - Epcot

Family running at Epcot

Explore the culture and cuisine of 11 different countries, ride one of the fastest attractions in any Disney theme park (Test Track) and meet the Disney characters at the Epcot Character Spot! Even if you’ve never been to Disney World before, you’ll recognise the “giant golf ball” which is EPCOT’s mascot – and is actually a ride called Spaceship Earth!

 Top Tip 1

Trying to eat your way around the world is one of the favourite things to do at EPCOT's World Showcase, with food from 11 different countries!

Mission: Space at Epcot

While you’re here, don’t miss: MISSION: SPACE

Possibly the most intense ride at Disney World, this simulator ride gives you a pretty authentic experience of taking a space shuttle launch! It has 2 levels of intensity, so if you’re prone to motion sickness you can take the less intense “Green” option.

 Top Tip 2

Use your Disney FastPass to avoid the queues on the most popular rides - you can reserve a time for up to 3 rides or attractions a day!

Illuminations light show

Out for the evening?

Have dinner at EPCOT's World Showcase where you can sample the food and drink from 11 different countries. Then round off your evening with the legendary IIllumiNations: Reflections of Earth Fireworks Show, which you'll be able to see from anywhere that has a clear view of the World Showcase Lagoon

Want to know more about Epcot?

Read our Epcot Guide

Day 4 - The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley

There are now two amazing Harry Potter lands at Universal Orlando Resort; Diagon Alley at Universal Studios and Hogsmeade at Universal’s Islands of Adventure. There are so many magical goings-on that you'll discover, but here’s a tip to get you started; the dragon at Diagon Alley breathes REAL fire every 15 minutes!

 Top Tip

If you’re planning to ride the Hogwarts Express, bear in mind that you’ll be travelling from one Harry Potter land to the other (ie. Hogsmeade to Diagon Alley or vice versa), so make sure you’ve made the most of the first land before taking the train journey.

Hogwarts Express at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter

While you’re here, don’t miss: The Hogwarts Express

Take a real journey on the famous train from the Harry Potter films! The Hogwarts Express connects Hogsmeade with Diagon Alley, and the views out of the windows are different depending on which way you’re travelling!

Check out our Hogsmeade guide and Diagon Alley guide to find out more!

Out for the evening?

If you’re spending the day at Universal Orlando, the ONLY place to go in the evening is Universal CityWalk. With restaurants, bars, clubs and loads of entertainment you could spend every night of the week here and still not get bored!

Day 5 - Chill out at Discovery Cove

Dolphin Swim at Discovery Cove

After a few full-on days at the theme parks, you deserve some time out!

The best place to relax and recover? Discovery Cove – an all-inclusive paradise where you can spend the day drifting along scenic rivers, hand-feeding exotic birds, snorkelling among tropical fish, relaxing on sandy beaches and even swimming with dolphins!

The number of visitors is limited to 1300 per day, which means no crowds, no turnstiles and no chaos; just relaxing in the beautiful natural surroundings.

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SeaVenture at Discovery Cove

While you’re here, don’t miss: SEAVENTURE

An amazing underwater adventure wearing proper deep-diving equipment, with beautiful tropical fish swimming all around you; SeaVenture is a real bucket-list experience with no diving qualifications required!

 Top Tip

Make sure you book your tickets well in advance! They only allow 1300 visitors into the park each day, so tickets sell out very quickly

International Drive

Out for the evening?

Discovery Cove is on International Drive, which is Orlando's main shopping and entertainment district! With restaurants, bars, attractions and lots more, a fun-filled night is right on your doorstep.

Want to know more?

Read our Discovery Cove Guide

Day 6 - SeaWorld

Gril with rays at SeaWorld

With some of the most state-of-the-art rides, stunning ocean-inspired shows and animal encounters, SeaWorld Orlando is a combination of theme park, waterpark and marine-life zoological park!

SeaWorld also work tirelessly to rescue and rehabilitate marine animals like dolphins and manatees, always with the aim of returning them to the ocean. If this is not possible, they are given a new forever home at SeaWorld.

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Pets Ahoy animal show

While you’re here, don’t miss: Pets Ahoy!

One of SeaWorld’s most popular shows, Pets Ahoy! stars a troupe of furry and feathery performers who are very talented at their tricks, but most importantly, they’re all rescue pets who have been given a new home by SeaWorld.

 Top Tip

Get the SeaWorld All Day Dining Pass, which lets you eat and drink as much as you like all day in most of SeaWorld’s eateries.

Orlando Eye at I-Drive 360

Out for the evening?

After one evening exploring International Drive, you'll probably have a long list of other places you still want to try! Whether it’s a new restaurant or dinner show, a ride on the Orlando Eye at I-Drive 360 or some Adventure Golf, you’re bound to have a fun night out.

Want to know more about SeaWorld Orlando?

Read our SeaWorld Guide

Day 7 - Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

Giraffes at Busch Gardens

Busch Gardens may be a little further from the other big Orlando attractions, but it’s definitely up there as one of Florida’s must-do theme parks!

This huge African-themed park combines some of Florida’s most thrilling rollercoasters with an animal park that’s home to almost 3,000 animals. Busch Gardens tickets even include free transport to the park.

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Feeding giraffes on the Serengeti Safari

While you’re here, don’t miss: Feeding Giraffes on the Serengeti Safari

The incredible Serengeti Safari takes you on an adventure across the wild African plain where the friendly giraffes will trot right over to feed straight out of your hand – so make sure you have your camera ready for the ultimate selfie!

 Top Tip

Get the Busch Gardens All Day Dining Pass, which lets you eat and drink as much as you like all day in most of Busch Gardens’ eateries.

Happy family dining together

Out for the evening?

Busch Gardens is around an hour away from the rest of the Orlando theme parks. Combine that with a full-on day of thrill rides and walking around, and you’ll probably be fancying a night in - you've earned it!

Want to know more about Busch Gardens?

Read our Busch Gardens Guide

Day 8 - Hit the Shops or hit the Beach!

Shopping in Orlando

It’s not all about the theme parks! Florida is also famed for its amazing shopping opportunities and gorgeous beaches, so you should make time to fit at least one of these (if not both) into your schedule….

Shopping

You could easily spend a whole day at the Florida Mall, Central Florida’s biggest shopping centre filled with big high-street and designer brands. If you’re after a bargain, head to one of Orlando’s Premium Outlet Villages where you can save up to 65%.

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Clearwater Beach Day Trip

Sunbathing

They don’t call it “The Sunshine State” for nothing! With an average 300 sunny days a year and literally hundreds of miles of beaches, you’ll definitely get your fair share of Vitamin D.

As with the shopping, there are all kinds of beaches to choose from depending on what you want to do (or not do)!

Read about Florida's Best Beaches

 Top Tip

Save cash on dining, shopping & activities at more than100 different venues in Florida with the Big Deal Card. You can use it as many times as you want during your holiday and the best part is – it’s FREE with all 2017 & 2018 Orlando Park Tickets!

Day 9 - Universal’s Islands of Adventure

The Incredible Hulk ride at Universal's Island of Adventure

Get ready to have fun with your favourite childhood heroes, comic book stars and cartoon characters at this awesome Universal Orlando Resort theme park.

Here you can swing through the city with Spider-Man, fight for survival on King Kong’s island and discover what it was like when dinosaurs walked the earth at Jurassic Park!

While you’re here, don’t miss: The Incredible Hulk

If you're an adrenaline nut, The Incredible Hulk rollercoaster is a must-do. It’s right at the entrance to the Islands of Adventure, so get there early to avoid the queues.

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Blue Man Group with drums on stage

Out for the evening?

Don't miss the Blue Man Group show at Universal CityWalk. One of the most popular evening shows in Orlando, this family show combines music, comedy, multimedia, theatrics and lots of paint!

Want to know more?

Read Universal’s Islands of Adventure Guide

Day 10 - Universal Studios

Despicable me minions

Go beyond the screen, behind the scenes, and right into the action of your favourite films and TV shows at this real, working production studio where YOU are the star!

Party with the Minions from Despicable Me, get busy zapping aliens with the Men in Black, and head to Springfield to meet everyone’s favourite family - The Simpsons!

 Top Tip

All the parks at Universal Orlando Resort - Universal Studios Florida, Universal’s Islands of Adventure and Universal CityWalk –are all within walking distance of each other so there’s no worries about how you’ll get around!

If you’re staying at an on-site hotel, there’s also complimentary transport to and from all of these areas.

Hard Rock Café Orlando interior

While you’re here, don’t miss: Universal’s Horror Make-Up Show

This hilarious live show reveals the secrets used by Hollywood's top make-up and special effects artists in the most legendary horror movies. (Parental Guidance is suggested)

Out for the evening?

Try the world's largest Hard Rock Cafe for size, or catch one of the live shows at Universal CityWalk.

Want to know more?

Read our Universal Studios Florida Guide

Day 11 - Disney World Water Parks

Water slide at Blizzard Beach

Disney World has not one but TWO water parks: Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon. Obviously you’ll want to try them both out, but if time is short, read Should I go to Blizzard Beach or Typhoon Lagoon? which should help you to decide.

 Top Tip

For a few months each winter the Disney water parks close for refurbishment. But while one is closed, the other will still be open, so just you may want to check if you're visiting between October-March.

Dining at Disney Springs

While you’re here, don’t miss:

Typhoon Lagoon has the largest wave pool in America!

Out for the evening?

Head to Disney Springs (formerly Downtown Disney), a district of Disney World Florida where you'll find world-class restaurants, spectacular entertainment and cool, unique shops including the world’s biggest Disney store!

Day 12 - Make the most of Disney World

Tower of Terror lift operator

You don't want to go home until you’ve seen every last bit of Disney World, so if there’s any Disney park you’ve not yet managed to get to, now’s the time to do it!

If you went to Animal Kingdom on your first day, you probably still need to visit Disney's Hollywood Studios and experience some of the most famous Disney rides like The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror and Rock ‘n Roller Coaster!

 Top Tip

Don’t forget you can use your Disney FastPass to pre-book your place on up to 3 rides or attractions a day and avoid the huge queues!

Mickey during Fantasmic performance

Out for the evening?

If you head to Hollywood Studios, make sure you stick around for the amazing show Fantasmic, an extravaganza of lasers, lights and special effects.

Find out more about Disney's Hollywood Studios

Read our Hollywood Studios Guide

Day 13 - Do Something Different!

Shuttle Atlantis at Kennedy Space Center

There’s much more to Florida than the theme parks (though they’re a good place to start!).

If you have the energy to discover more of Florida, why not try:

Mounted sword fight at the Medieval Times Orlando Dinner Show

Out for the evening?

If you haven’t yet had the chance, enjoy one of Orlando’s famous dinner shows:

 Top Tip

The Outta Control Magic Comedy Dinner Show takes place in the WonderWorks building, so you can easily visit this mind-boggling attraction just before dinner.

Day 14 - Your Last Day!

Little girl staring down a wall of Mickey toys at World of Disney

Leave this day free to visit anywhere you didn’t get the chance to, or do some last-minute shopping for souvenirs!

 Til next time!

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