Theme Parks

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AN­I­MAL KING­DOM, WALT DIS­NEY WORLD— Your imag­i­na­tion runs wild in this beau­ti­fully de­signed park. Hop aboard a sa­fari in Africa for real an­i­mal en­coun­ters then head to Asia’s Mount Ever­est coaster. The pet­ting zoo, Di­noLand U.S.A. and the themed play­ground will win over the kids, along with Find­ing Nemo and Lion King the mu­si­cals. www.dis­ney­world.com. 407.824.4321. Map 4, B5 BUSCH GAR­DENS— From eight ex­treme roller coast­ers to an­i­mal en­coun­ters, this park fea­tures thrill rides along with world-wide ad­ven­ture with stops in Egypt, Aus­tralia and the Serengeti. Best bets are Chee­tah Hunt, Ice­plo­ration show and the SheiKra dive coaster. www.buschgar­dens.com. 1001 N. Mal­colm McKin­ley Drive, Tampa, 888.800.5447. DIS­COV­ERY COVE— Swim with dol­phins, wade with rays, snorkel among thou­sands of ex­otic fish and hand-feed trop­i­cal birds in a free-flight aviary. Dis­cov­ery Cove’s full-day, all-in­clu­sive ad­ven­tures in­clude all meals, drinks and gear along with ad­mis­sion to SeaWorld or Busch Gar­dens. www. dis­cov­erycove.com. 6000 Dis­cov­ery Cove Way, 888.800.5447. Map 2, B7 EPCOT, WALT DIS­NEY WORLD— Distin­guished by its glis­ten­ing geo­sphere, Epcot of­fers vis­i­tors a look into the world’s tech­nol­ogy. Don’t miss Mis­sion: Space, Soarin,’ Test Track and the aquar­ium. World Show­case de­picts 11 coun­tries around a scenic lake so guests can dine, drink, shop and be en­ter­tained from a global per­spec­tive. www.dis­ney­world.com. 407.824.4321. Map 4, C5 HOL­LY­WOOD STU­DIOS, WALT DIS­NEY WORLD— This theme park dives into Hol­ly­wood with live stage shows, movie-themed rides and back-lot tours. Must-stops are Tower of Ter­ror, Rock ’n’ Roller Coaster, Toy Story Ma­nia and the Dis­ney Jr. live show. www.dis­ney­world.com. 407.824.4321. Map 4, C5 IS­LANDS OF AD­VEN­TURE, UNI­VER­SAL OR­LANDO— Six uniquely-themed is­lands: Seuss Land­ing, The Lost Con­ti­nent, Juras­sic Park, Toon La­goon, Marvel Su­per Hero Is­land and The Wiz­ard­ing World of Harry Pot­ter high­light ad­ven­ture, sto­ry­telling and high-tech rides, attractions and shows. Best bets are The Amaz­ing Ad­ven­tures of Spi­der-Man and In­cred­i­ble Hulk coaster, along with Harry Pot­ter and the For­bid­den Jour­ney at Hogsmeade. www. uni­ver­sa­lor­lando.com. 1000 Uni­ver­sal Stu­dios Plaza, 407.363.8000. Map 2, B1

LE­GOLAND FLORIDA— This 150-acre theme park and wa­ter park of­fers more than 50 rides, shows and hands-on attractions geared for fam­i­lies with chil­dren ages two-12. www.le­goland.com. 1 Le­goland Way, Win­ter Haven. Map 4, B7 MAGIC KING­DOM, WALT DIS­NEY WORLD— Cin­derella Cas­tle serves as the cen­ter of Mickey’s mag­i­cal wonderland. Meet your fa­vorite char­ac­ters and en­joy the rides, from clas­sics like It’s a Small World and Space Moun­tain to new ex­pe­ri­ences like Peter Pan, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train and Un­der the Sea. Pa­rades pro­vide lively entertainment, with the Wishes fire­works as the grand finale. www.dis­ney­world.com. 407.824.4321. Map 4, B4 SEAWORLD— Im­merse your­self in the sea, from up-close an­i­mal en­coun­ters to awe-in­spir­ing per­for­mances to thrilling rides. Come face-to-face with Shamu, play at Happy Har­bor, feed a sea lion, ride the roller coaster Manta and shop and dine at the Wa­ter­front. www.sea­worl­dor­lando.com. 7007 SeaWorld Drive, 888.800.5447. Map 2, B7 UNI­VER­SAL STU­DIOS— Be a part of the Hol­ly­wood ex­pe­ri­ence with rides, sim­u­la­tors and 3-D shows. Don’t miss the brand-new Di­agon Al­ley. Other must-sees are Re­venge of the Mummy, the Shrek show, the Simp­sons’ ride and Cu­ri­ous Ge­orge. www.uni­ver­sa­lor­lando.com. 6000 Uni­ver­sal Blvd., 407.363.8000. Map 2, B1

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