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14 Day Florida Theme Park Plan

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 1Ease yourself in gently
  • Day 2Disney’s Magic Kingdom
  • Day 3Epcot
  • Day 4The Wizarding World of Harry Potter
  • Day 5Discovery Cove
  • Day 6SeaWorld
  • Day 7Busch Gardens
  • Day 8Hit the Shops or the Beach!
  • Day 9Universal’s Islands of Adventure
  • Day 10Universal Studios
  • Day 11Disney World Water Parks
  • Day 12Disney World
  • Day 13Do Something Different
  • Day 14Your Last Day!

Day 1 - Ease yourself in gently

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 for your First Day:

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!

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.

Read our full guide to Disney's Animal Kingdom

Day 2 - Disney’s 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!

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

Out for the evening?

Eat dinner with the Disney characters! Dinner with Chef Mickey in the Disney Contemporary Hotel 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.

Top Tips for Magic Kingdom:

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!

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

Read our full guide to Disney's Magic Kingdom

Day 3 - 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!

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.

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

Top Tips for EPCOT:

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!

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!

Read our full guide to Epcot

Day 4 - The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

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!

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!

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!

Top Tip for The Wizarding World of Harry Potter:

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.

Check out our Hogsmeade guide and Diagon Alley guide to find out more about the Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Day 5 - Chill out 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.

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!

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.

Top Tip for Discovery Cove:

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

Read our full guide to Discovery Cove

Day 6 - 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.

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

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.

Top Tip for SeaWorld:

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.

Read our full guide to SeaWorld Orlando

Day 7 - Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

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.

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!

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!

Top Tip for Busch Gardens:

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.

Read our full Busch Gardens Guide

Day 8 - Hit the Shops or hit the Beach!

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….


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


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 more about Florida’s best beaches

Top Shopping Tip:

Take an Orlando shopping tour and you’ll have transport to all the malls plus somewhere to stash your haul!

Day 9 - Universal’s Islands 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.

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!

Top Tip for Universal's Islands of Adventure:

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.

Read our full guide to Universal’s Islands of Adventure

Day 10 - Universal Studios

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!

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.

Top Tip for Universal Studios:

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.

Read our full guide to Universal Studios Florida

Day 11 - Disney World Water Parks

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.

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!

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.

Day 12 - Make the most of Disney World

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!

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.

Top 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!

Read our full guide to Disney's Hollywood Studios

Day 13 - Do Something Different!

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:

Day 14 - Your Last Day!

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!

Mickey & Minnie at Epcot

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