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Attractions & Theme Parks

Mystic Dunes Golf Course How else could we start this section, other than with the Theme Parks...

Disney
have four parks - Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom (including Pandora - World of Avatar) as well as two fantastic water parks (Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon);

Universal Studios has two main parks, Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure, plus the new water park Volcano Bay, and the Sea World family also includes SeaWorld, Busch Gardens, Discovery Cove and the popular water park, Aquatica.

Then, of course you also have Legoland, Kennedy Space Center, Gatorland, Celebration, Kissimmee, Wild Florida airboats and for the adventurous Forever Florida Ziplines, beaches galore on both coasts and a whole range of eating, shopping and entertainment possibilities on International Drive ...

Disney Theme Parks

Disney Magic Kingdom Castle

Magic Kingdom:

One of the first sights you see on entering Magic Kingdom is the iconic view down Main Street USA, with Cinderella's Castle at the far end. This park is all about the young, and the young at heart, creating magical memories with your favourite Disney Characters, as you journey through seven fantastic lands.

Rides & attractions here are generally a little more sedate than in some of the other parks, but include Mad Hatter's Tea Party, The Haunted Mansion, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Space Mountain, Monsters Inc, Splash Mountain and the scenic Liberty Square Riverboat, that takes you around the park on a half-mile ride. End the day by experiencing the spectacle of Magic Kingdom's Happily Ever After fireworks display.

Approx 11 miles from the Villa, heading North along World Drive
Disney Soarin Ride at Epcot, Orlando

Epcot:

Or Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow is Disney's technological park of discovery, with the emphasis on high-tech fun. This park is divided into two distinct parts:
Future World, where most of the rides are, including the 4 most popular rides/shows here:-
Soarin, a flight simulator with a difference, where you glide over the Golden Gate Bridge;
Mission: Space, a shuttle launch and a trip to Mars, which all feels VERY real if you do the full, unabridged version of this ride (you experience nearly 3G during the lift off);
Test Track a 5-minute whirl along Disney's longest and fastest track. You can watch before you go in, and see cars whizzing past at 65mph;
Then, there's Turtle Talk with Crush, "totally awesome, dude"
Secondly, World Showcase, which is a journey around the world Disney style where you can easily have breakfast in Canada, lunch in Italy and dinner in China, and without suffering jetlag!

Approx 8 miles from Villa, situated off World Drive
Disney Hollywood Studios

Disney’s Hollywood Studios:

Welcome to a journey into the world of film and TV. Discover tricks-of-the-trade and behind-the-scenes glimpses, as well as rides such as:
The Twilight Zone: Tower of Terror, want to drop 13 floors in a lift - be my guest!
The Rock n Roller Coaster, featuring Aerosmith where you climb aboard Cadillac Cars for a high-speed trip through LA.
New for 2018 - Toy Story Land including the Slinky Dog Dash family-friendly rollercoaster and Toy Story Mania, where you can shoot your way to the top by blasting moving targets.

And don't forget to "Let It Go" when you join in with the Frozen Sing Along with Anna, Elsa and Kristoff.

Approx 7 miles from the villa, situated very close to Epcot.
Animal Kingdom

Animal Kingdom:

Disney’s Animal Kingdom is the largest Disney theme park in the world, spreading over an impressive 500 acres. The animals are undoubtedly the star attraction here, but there is still plenty for the avid theme park lover, from Expedition Everest, a quick-turning, high-speed roller coaster adventure complete with an 80-foot drop, to Kilimanjaro Safaris, for a tour of the savannah and a close-up look at lions, giraffes, elephants, zebra, ostriches and antelope.

Not forgetting Pandora - The World of Avatar where you can fly on the back of a mountain banshee. Also, if the weather is hot, Kali River Rapids is sure to cool you down. Climb aboard the 12-passenger circular raft for a turbulent trip down the Chakranadi River.

Approx 5 miles and 10 mins from the Villa, heading East on the US-192
Disneys Water Parks - Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon

The Disney Water Parks:

Florida specialises in elaborate water parks, and the Disney Water Parks, Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon are the two most well known. Each one with its own unique theme, they are perfect for half a day of watery fun for a change to the usual style of theme park.
Blizzard Beach means Disney ski resort, snow-effect scenery, Christmas trees and waterslides designed to look like bobsleigh and ski runs. Summit Plummet rockets you down a ski jump at up to 60mph.
Typhoon Lagoon According to Disney legend, Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park was created in the wake of the storm-of-storms, that left behind it Mount Mayday, a lazy river called Castaway Creek, Gangplank Falls (the clue is in the name) and the body slide that is Humunga Kowabunga where you drop over 200ft at speeds of up to 30mph.
Approx 10 miles from the Villa, heading North on the I4

Universal Studios

Universal Studios, Orlando

Universal Studios:

Universal Studios is the only place on earth where you can experience all the excitement, thrills and comedy of the greatest movies and TV shows ever created - and you are right in the middle of the action! This is a full day-out, and make sure to check times and dates as there may be shows/sports being filmed and you can be in the audience for FREE.

Swerve and crash your way through Krustyland on The Simpsons Ride. Plunge into darkness on Revenge of the Mummy. View the miracle of OgreVision with the hilarious Shrek 4-D. Then zap aliens to save the galaxy on the interactive ride MEN IN BLACK: Alien Attack. Or, if you are a fan of the Minions, you could try Despicable Me Minion Mayhem, and don't forget to catch the Blues Brother's shows for great music too...

Approx 18 miles from the Villa, heading North along the I4
Islands of Adventure at Universal Orlando

Islands of Adventure:

Next door to Universal Studios, and the home to the new Wizarding World of Harry Potter attraction, as well as the incredible spectacle that is The Incredible Hulk roller coaster.

Harry Potter dominates here now, and the attraction includes rides like Flight of the Hippogriff, the revamped Dragon Challenge which used to be Duelling Dragons, and the ride all Harry Potter fans head for, Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey. Also here is Skull Island: Reign of Kong and you can experience the real Jurassic Park, where dinosaurs have been brought back to co-exist with man ...

Approx 18 miles from the Villa, heading North along the I4
Volcano Bay Water Park at Universal Orlando

Volcano Bay:

Live the carefree island life at Universal’s Volcano Bay, an all-new water theme park where thrills and relaxation flow in equal measure. Here, the TapuTapu wearable wristband lets you hold your place in the ride queues and reveal wondrous surprises with just a wave of your wrist (you can link it to your credit card so you don't have to carry money around).

It’s a tropical paradise just steps away from everything Universal Orlando Resort has to offer, including Volcano Bay's Fearless River and Body Plunge!

Approx 18 miles from the Villa, heading North along the I4
Busch Gardens in Tampa

Busch Gardens Tampa:

Located just outside Tampa, about an hours drive from the Villa and defenitely a full day out! Experience the new Vanish Point where you can stand in a plastic tube and drop 70ft - each slide will send you through 425ft of spiralling tubes until you reach the splash run finale.

Maybe you'd prefer the Caribbean Corkscrew or perhaps you could take the whole family on the Wahoo Run (This ultimate family raft ride plunges up to five riders more than 20 feet per second on a thrilling ride).

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay cares for more than 12,000 animals representing more than 300 species! Get a chance to closely observe and even take part in the animal care experience at the Animal Care Center. From nutrition to treatments, X-rays to surgeries, you'll be able to watch animal care first-hand in this state-of-the-art facility.
Aquatica Water Park by SeaWorld

Sea World:

Get up close to Killer Whales by embarking on a behind-the-scenes tour or enjoying a delicious meal at Dine with Shamu. Enjoy some fantastic rides with Kraken, Manta and Experience Wild Arctic, where a flight simulator has you embarking on a thrilling jet-helicopter ride through the breathtaking, perilous, icy landscapes of the frozen north (brrrrrr) or watch Clyde and Seamore's sea lion antics.

Aquatica:

From high-speed water slides and exhilarating wave pools, to tranquil beaches and the remarkable animal habitats that are the hallmark of SeaWorld, Aquatica delights all ages and interests. The one-of-a-kind water park is home to some of the world’s most thrilling water rides, featuring 36 slides, six rivers and lagoons and more than 80,000 square feet of sparkling white, sandy beaches.

Approx 15 miles from the Villa, heading North along the I4
Discovery Cove by SeaWorld

Discovery Cove

Explore a lush landscape of rocky lagoons, waterfalls and pristine sandy beaches at Discovery Cove. You'll feel as if you have stumbled upon an undiscovered tropical island. You can move at your own pace through this sun-soaked oasis, doing as much as you want, or as little as you'd like. You can swim with dolphins too!

The park contains a free-flight aviary, which contains over 250 tropical birds including parrots, toucans, and over 30 other species of exotic birds. The heated Tropical River runs through the aviary and circles the park, letting you float past an assortment of Discovery Cove's beaches, waterfalls, and rainforest landscape. The Tropical River runs into the park's heated freshwater resort pool.

Approx 15 miles from the Villa, heading North along the I4