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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 Minnie 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.

Insider 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!

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

 Rapunzel kissing a little girl

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!

 Insider Tips

  • 1. 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.
  • 2. Staying at a Disney World hotel? Take advantage of the Extra Magic Hours, where the parks stay open longer especially for hotel guests!

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

There are lots of ways to meet the characters, from character dining to special Meet & Greets. 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

Chef Mickey with girl

In The Evening

Eat dinner with the Disney characters! 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 you should definitely book these in advance.

 

Want to know more about Magic Kingdom? Read our Magic Kingdom Guide

Day 3 - Epcot

Mission: Space 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!

 Insider Tip

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!

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.

Illuminations light show

In the evening:

Try to eat your way around the world - one of the favourite things to do at EPCOT's World Showcase, where you can sample food from 11 different countries!

Then round off your evening with the legendary Fireworks Show IIllumiNations: Reflections of Earth, 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 two amazing Harry Potter lands at Universal Orlando Resort: Diagon Alley at Universal Studios and Hogsmeade at Universal’s Islands of Adventure. Check out our Hogsmeade guide and Diagon Alley guide to find out more about each of them!

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!

Hogwarts Express at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter

 Insider 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.

In 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 *REST DAY* 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 with tropical fish, relaxing on sandy beaches and even swimming with dolphins!

 Insider Tip

Make sure you book your tickets for Discovery Cove well in advance! They only allow 1300 visitors into the park each day, so there are no crowds, but tickets can sell out very quickly

Book Discovery Cove Tickets
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!

Important: You'll need an additional ticket to experience SeaVenture - Find out more

In 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

Girl 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 rescue and rehabilitate marine animals like dolphins and manatees, always with the aim of returning them to the ocean. If this isn't possible, they are given a new forever home at SeaWorld.

 Insider 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.

Book SeaWorld Orlando Tickets
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.

In the evening:

After getting a taste of International Drive, you'll probably have a long list of places you want to try there! Whether it’s a new restaurant or dinner show, a ride on the Orlando Eye or some Adventure Golf, you’re bound to have a fun night out.

Want to know more about SeaWorld? Read our SeaWorld Guide

Day 7 - Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

Giraffes at Busch Gardens

Officially home to some of Florida’s most epic thrill rides, as well as over 12,000 wild and wonderful exotic animals, Busch Gardens is a must-do for adrenaline junkies, animal lovers, and everyone in between!

 Insider 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.

Book Busch Gardens Tickets
Feeding giraffes on the Serengeti Safari

While you’re here, don’t miss 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!

Important: You'll need an additional ticket to experience Serengeti Safari - find out more

In the evening:

Busch Gardens is about 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 *REST DAY* 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%.

Read more about Shopping in Florida
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)!

Find out more about Florida's Best Beaches

 Insider Tip

A great way to save money on dining, shopping & activities is with a Big Deal Card. You can use it as many times as you want at more than 100 different venues in Florida, and right now it’s FREE with all of our 2018 & 2019 Theme 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.

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

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.

Book Universal Orlando Tickets
Blue Man Group with drums on stage

In 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 our 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!

 Insider Tip

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

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)

In the evening:

Pay a visit to the world's largest Hard Rock Cafe, or catch one of the live shows at Universal CityWalk.

Want to know more? Read our Universal Studios Florida Guide

Day 11 - Water Parks!

Water slide at Blizzard Beach

When it comes to water parks, you're totally spoilt for choice in Orlando. As many of the water parks are right next to the various theme parks, your choices will probably depend on which theme parks you're visiting or which tickets you have.

These are the most popular water parks in Orlando:

Volcano Bay Water Theme Park (Universal Orlando Resort)

Volcano Bay is the newest water park to hit Orlando and is a truly 21st-century experience, with virtual queueing and state-of-the-art water rides.

Find out more about Volcano Bay

Blizzard Beach & Typhoon Lagoon (Walt Disney World Resort)

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

Aquatica

Aquatica (SeaWorld's Waterpark)

Voted Orlando's Best Waterpark 2017 by the Orlando Sentinel! Expect wild rides, crazy waterslides, wave pools and sandy beaches.

Find out more about Aquatica

Obviously you might want to spend more than just one day at a water park while you're here, but we've listed them together here so you can compare, contrast and choose your favourites!

 Insider 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.

In 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 unique shops including the world’s biggest Disney store!

Day 12 - Make the most of Disney World

Mickey during Fantasmic performance

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.

 Insider 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!

In 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.

Want to know 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 want to discover a little more of what Florida can offer, why not try:

Mounted sword fight at the Medieval Times Orlando Dinner Show

In the evening:

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

 Insider 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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